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Re: Framingham / Hingham

Tier 1 = "crappy hockey in front of 5 people"?

Very informed/insightful post. MOron.

Re: Framingham / Hingham

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So if the premier public school hockey teams are horrible - what are the options. \$40k-\$50k at a prep school? \$15-25k at a CC school? What if you have 3 kids - looking at \$100-500k investment for high school hockey? Yes, I know the elite kids get the prep \$\$\$\$, but what about the kids that mature late and develop at 16? If public high school hockey is horribe, and you dont have the \$\$\$ for prep - I guess you hang them up and focus on another sport?
What are the options? You have your kid stay and play at his public school and enjoy playing in front of friends and family. Enough about kids being late developers, etc. If he plays out of his mind at a public school he will be found and moved onto a prep. High school hockey is the pinnacle for 98% of hockey players - let them enjoy it. If the kid scores 50 goals he will get looks but people really need to stop chasing that golden carrot and enjoy where they are.
Thanks, Gramps. The exact same argument can be made for Town youth hockey. How's that working out?

The lower cost option to still play good hockey is full season. That, too, will get watered down if Public HS hockey is as bad as fast as it seems to now trending, no different than "Elite" youth hockey, but does your kid want to be the last decent player on the team, turning the lights out?

So, instead of listening to Grams, sitting in his Barcalounger with his letterman sweater on, ask your kid, what does HE want out of his HS hockey experience?

My kid said he just wants to play the best hockey he is capable of, that he could care less about who comes to see him play aside from his family and closest friends. Said he'd rather be middle of the pack on his full season team than the best kid on his public HS team.
You don't have to insult the guy. So your kid is playing full season instead of high school so that he can play at the highest level possible. That's admirable, but why? Presumably so he can position himself for college hockey. Well, most kids (and many very good players) will not be playing college hockey, so HS hockey is the destination after the youth hockey journey. These kids should stay with their high school program and enjoy the ride. No need to look down on that path. In fact, we should encourage it. Unless you are a plant for an owner of a FS team.

Re: Framingham / Hingham

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So if the premier public school hockey teams are horrible - what are the options. $40k-$50k at a prep school? $15-25k at a CC school? What if you have 3 kids - looking at $100-500k investment for high school hockey? Yes, I know the elite kids get the prep $$$$, but what about the kids that mature late and develop at 16? If public high school hockey is horribe, and you dont have the $$$ for prep - I guess you hang them up and focus on another sport?
That is exactly how/why lacrosse is taking off. No huge annual bill, equipment is cheap and doesn't wear out, no hugely expensive club teams, more college programs with more roster spots, no two years of juniors and about 15 other good money saving reasons to dump hockey. And oh, fewer concussions and assorted medical bills and oh, no freezing your tush off sitting indoors in an ice box and oh....and oh....and oh....

Re: Framingham / Hingham

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I once heard the guy that runs Pilgrim say it was a "state of the art facility." I think he was serious.
You have to get to Cape Cod before you find a decent youth hockey rink on the south shore.

Re: Framingham / Hingham

Framingham made it to D1 finals last year and they were bad....it's only getting worse!

Re: Framingham / Hingham

Sometimes the roster turns over in high school hockey