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Full season teams in the area are starting to catch up to the better prep school programs! If you don't believe it go see a game or look at head to head match ups. Looking at the scores between the better u18/u16 teams and the next tier of full season teams, you realize that not much separates them. The only difference is that Prep schools have more of the higher end kids that have not moved on to juniors ( and more full pays) that round out the rosters. Full season teams might be as strong or stronger top to bottom. Probably why the Split season teams are mostly Prep All Star teams and tend to get the better of the full season teams.
Northwood came in a few weeks ago and played the Jr Bruins u18 and lost 5-2. They came back again last week for the Beantown and lost to the SSK u18 and beat the Bandits u18 by one goal. Look at their roster and you will see those kids are from Northwoods Jr team. Look at how Northwood has fared vs SSM, Culver, St Andrews and the New England Preps and have fared very well. So Northwood is having a strong year and having trouble vs USPHL u18 teams.
Look at how the JR Bruins have done vs local u18 teams within and outside the USPHL and you will see there is plenty of parity. Those same u18 teams outside of the USPHL have done well vs the Canadian and local prep schools too.
All good hockey albeit watered down. No need to go to prep school for strong hockey any longer here in New England.
Prep hockey is so bad that asserting U18 is better really isn't saying much. New England hockey is dying because no one ever gets cut. Its like a forest filled with dead wood in need of a good fire.
If the kid is good then it doesn't matter. They will find him.
One thing you will notice here on the DBoard is the Prep parents will defend it until their fingers get bloody. No chance will they hear of someone paying $6-$8K for something better than they are paying $20k for...and it's too funny when you go to the local tournaments in the off-season and see full season kids, C.C. kids and a handful of public school kids taking it to the prep kids. The prep parents turn their heads and act like it didn't happen. Very funny stuff.
"Go look how many kids are committed on your kids jr team compared to the prep teams."
Yeah, yeah. Percentage wise the local kids in the Tier1 League are getting many more D-1 placements than any prep school. You get all excited when you see the PG kids who dust your little bender every game thinking they're going to the show but keep it in your pants, you just don't know.
My son transferred from public to Prep this year. You know what he loves more than Hockey? Money.
Turns out instead of dealing with public school classes of 28 students, he can take the classes he’s really interested in with 8-10 kids, focus on
Entrepreneurship and how to start a business, Investment and Savings, And play hockey at the same time. Unfortunately Hockey is only in the top 20, but
To each their own. Enjoy the yellow bus drama and keep complaining about leagues.
Your son is 100% correct and so are you for supporting him. The reality is most kids won't play professional sports, but a quality education is far more important. Some parents forget about the broken leg theory....When I asked my ISL son what he wanted to do, he told me, "Id love to play in the NHL, but the owners make the most money". My kid is there for the education, if for some bizarre reason he should get lucky I will support him, otherwise he's getting a great education and thats all that really matters. Maybe I'll have him start a u18 half season team so all you suckers can pay his bills......keep smoking the pipe.....
"Id love to play in the NHL, but the owners make the most money"
Why shoot for the moon when you can just aim at Jupiter?
Seriously, if your kid actually said that, (I have doubts), you need to get his feet planted back firmly on the ground.
Imagine that, the owners of a business make the most money? Mom and Dad must have voted for Bernie.