After three months to look, D1 programs have turned up their noses en masse at what NCDC is offering. Since September, more than 100 players committed to D1 hockey teams. During that same time, NCDC committed next to none. Reports that NCDC pre-season hype and promotion was "hot air" are looking like the right call.
Can NCDC turn this absolute drubbing around, or has NCDC already entered the dreaded downward spiral?
Do you still think a D1 commit means anything in 2017?
Wait. You'll see.
A commit at this age means written commit. Money and playing time, unlike a bantam or midget verbal.
The only player worth anything in that league is John DeRoche. If he were playing in the USHL or NAHL this year, he'd have a commitment in hand. Word around the rinks is that the only question mark on his game is the cupcake teams he's playing. No idea why he'd go to that league after playing real junior hockey.
Jeff Cox had him on his list of "Top Uncommitted Players" at the Fall Beantown Cla$$ic, so he's not committed to Quinnipiac. My guess is there had to be some shady backroom deals that saw him bounce around. He did great in the NAHL, and while it's not quite the USHL, it's light years ahead of the garbage he's playing in now.
DeRoche's height had nothing to do with Quinnipiac dropping him. It was his attitude. He burned so many bridges in his 19 years that Quinnipiac wanted nothing to do with him. At the end of last season, he was number 10 on his NAHL team in scoring despite only playing 20 or so games with them and probably was their leading scorer in all the games after he arrived, but the coach sent him down to the NA3 and he later refused to report. If he weren't such locker room cancer, he'd be a Bobcat by now.
If your kid is not in the league, why do you care? League has been ok for my kid. Ups and downs like any other league. And he has received an offer just not sure he's taking it.
Hey Misery. Why are you a NE Generals hater? Your kid got cut? Lets all pull for him and hope he has better luck next year.
Another NCDC to D1 commit to CO College today. But no one is following the league.
Having been through this myself, the thing I don't understand is if the kid is interested in playing D-1 college hockey then why on God's earth do all of the local kids hang around New England waiting to see if they're good enough and doing time in lesser leagues hoping for someone to notice them?
Play in the Tier1 League, go to the summer camps out in the Midwest (a hint here: their camps are a lot cheaper than the ones around here!), meet the coaching staffs from the USHL teams when you're a Peewee or Bantam, try to fill-out the Midwest's team's rosters in tournaments here or there, create an ongoing dialog. The connected parents (ex-NHL'ers, D-1 legacy kids, NHL front office guy's kids....) they all get it. It just seems like the geographic divide is treated like it's the size of the Atlantic ocean. If you're serious about hockey then spend some time where it will be rewarded.
Any parent of a better than average kid should take a look at doing a summer camp of one of the programs that have an USHL team or one that draws Tier1 kids. Does this mean the kid will someday play out there? No, but at least the kid will get to see the lay of the land. Some of these camps are a couple hundred dollars a week....the local hockey people here wouldn't bother turning the lights on at the rink for what these guys charge and a few family days in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Chicago...not so bad.
Does the NCDC put forth any effort to get its players D1 commitments? From the start of the season, NCDC's eleven teams combined for a mere four (4) D1 commits. The NAHL announced four D1 commits last week alone.
What is NCDC's value proposition? Is it sustainable?
Time to reorganize.
Yeah because the honest path to D-3 hockey includes high school hockey or Midget hockey, any junior league, college club hockey and just about anything else you can think of.
The anti-NCDC contingent is becoming as boring as the endless, pointless EHF-E9 debate on the Kiddie Boards.
Go watch a Generals game, then go watch a Kings/Bandits/Whoever NCDC game. Sorry folks, not even close. Bash BA and Generals all you want, much better talent, much better development plan/path. A bunch of D1 commits already, all have high-end D3 offers but are waiting for the real D1 offer to come through. Very different compared to the USPHL where kids are jumping on low end D3 offers early in the season. A lot of 99’s and 00’s vs 97’s and 98’s still chasing the dream.
Hey EHF daddy, let it go, end result is those leagues are not all that.
Your kid is clearly an EHF disciple that woke up one day when he was 16 and realized that him being "elite" all those years meant nothing.
Sorry your kid got cut from the Generals.
I was at both Titans- Generals games last weekend. That is what real junior hockey is. The Generals really made it special for the players with a top-notch presentation. The stands were packed and scouts were practically hanging off the rafters. Few overage players. Fast and physical play all game long. Take in a Generals game and then drive up 128 to Foxboro and see the difference.
For the NCDCers, is the plan to rejoin USA Hockey next season? Any hints on direction from the front office?