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I'm hoping someone can answer me a question based on past experience.
How do you compare the levels of hockey (knowing some teams are better than others) in terms of deciding whether to try out for a U18AAA team that plays say in the Tier1 Elite League vs. a Prep School vs. High School
I know Prep is higher than High School Hockey but some teams (the Catholic league teams, some publics) can compete on occasion. Is the Tier 1 full season u16/u18 level higher than both?
I would love to get some perspective on this.
So the questions I would be asking is, who gives you the best exposure to college coaches.
Prep- Good hockey, pack house, most of the time solid coaching and academically getting ready for college.
U18AAA- New England crap hockey, Midwest Strong hockey, no fans better players playing in Junior Leagues
High School- Coaching stinks, pack house, low end hockey, better players playing in Prep, U18AAA, Juniors
Hope this helps.
Remember play where you can make the most impact: No reason to sit on the bench.
In general I would agree with the previous post. But it really depends on where your kid is going to school. In this area, Prep is the highest level in most cases. However, there are some mediocre to poor prep programs so do your homework there. As far as catholics/public HS, truly matters which school you are talking about. MC, SJP, BCH, AP, PF, Hingham, Reading and teams like that are usually WAY better than any U-18 teams in this area. Again, do your homework. Go watch some games.
Not sure wihat this guys smoking but top u18 teams better than any cc or good D1 school program around
"I'd say top 10 Prep and top 10 T1EHL would be pretty close games." You are crazy. A top U-16 T1EHL team would smoke almost every prep team and give the top few a game....and that includes their 19 year old repeaters.
So how is it a handful of prep kids end-up in the USHL and about a third of every T1 team ends up there?
Prep hockey isn't all that.