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U18 is better then Prep

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.

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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.
U18 better than the top Prep, not even close! But nice try though

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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.
U18 better than the top Prep, not even close! But nice try though
Go check the scores. Use Northwood Jr team as the barometer. Look at how they have done vs SSM , Culver Academy, St Andrews and the New England Preps. Look at how they have done vs USPHL u18 teams. They advertise themselves as Northwood u18 on the USPHL website but use their top team for USPHL play. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Prep school is very good hockey and in most cases very good academics but things have become watered down and now it is all the same. Sorry!

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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.
U18 better than the top Prep, not even close! But nice try though
Go check the scores. Use Northwood Jr team as the barometer. Look at how they have done vs SSM , Culver Academy, St Andrews and the New England Preps. Look at how they have done vs USPHL u18 teams. They advertise themselves as Northwood u18 on the USPHL website but use their top team for USPHL play. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Prep school is very good hockey and in most cases very good academics but things have become watered down and now it is all the same. Sorry!
But what happens to the u18 kids when they are done? Whats college look like? Where do they matriculate? Keep in perspective people.

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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.
U18 better than the top Prep, not even close! But nice try though
Go check the scores. Use Northwood Jr team as the barometer. Look at how they have done vs SSM , Culver Academy, St Andrews and the New England Preps. Look at how they have done vs USPHL u18 teams. They advertise themselves as Northwood u18 on the USPHL website but use their top team for USPHL play. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Prep school is very good hockey and in most cases very good academics but things have become watered down and now it is all the same. Sorry!
But what happens to the u18 kids when they are done? Whats college look like? Where do they matriculate? Keep in perspective people.
Nobody's saying it's a better path for college bound kids, but if the hockey is better, than the hockey is better. Many kids going to prep right now that are unfit for the academic load solely because of the hockey. If I'm a prep parent, I'm afraid those kids might water down the academic reputation of my kid's school. Let them go to juniors.

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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.
U18 better than the top Prep, not even close! But nice try though
Go check the scores. Use Northwood Jr team as the barometer. Look at how they have done vs SSM , Culver Academy, St Andrews and the New England Preps. Look at how they have done vs USPHL u18 teams. They advertise themselves as Northwood u18 on the USPHL website but use their top team for USPHL play. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Prep school is very good hockey and in most cases very good academics but things have become watered down and now it is all the same. Sorry!
But what happens to the u18 kids when they are done? Whats college look like? Where do they matriculate? Keep in perspective people.
Nobody's saying it's a better path for college bound kids, but if the hockey is better, than the hockey is better. Many kids going to prep right now that are unfit for the academic load solely because of the hockey. If I'm a prep parent, I'm afraid those kids might water down the academic reputation of my kid's school. Let them go to juniors.
True. Good point, but what happens after Jrs? So go play Jrs, and then what? Is College Hockey the goal because its still College, or are these kids hoping to ship off to Europe, or ECHL? I guess Im trying to work from the future back to understand whats best for my kid..adulting is hard.

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But what happens to the u18 kids when they are done? Whats college look like? Where do they matriculate? Keep in perspective people.
Nobody's saying it's a better path for college bound kids, but if the hockey is better, than the hockey is better. Many kids going to prep right now that are unfit for the academic load solely because of the hockey. If I'm a prep parent, I'm afraid those kids might water down the academic reputation of my kid's school. Let them go to juniors.
True. Good point, but what happens after Jrs? So go play Jrs, and then what? Is College Hockey the goal because its still College, or are these kids hoping to ship off to Europe, or ECHL? I guess Im trying to work from the future back to understand whats best for my kid..adulting is hard.
Assuming your question is on the level (always dangerous) it is a difficult decision. My kid is an honors student at a local Prep school. The D-1 commits at his school are not exactly up to the Prep academic standard, as the other poster alluded to.

But his passion is hockey. For my kid to play D-1 or top 10 D-3 he will need to head to the U, either the year he graduates or the year after that. Then again, so will most of those D-1 commits. It's the rare player - the 1st or 2nd rounder - that goes to college at 18. And he isn't there for the degree.

So, he can (and will) apply to colleges based on his chosen major. But, I believe you can only defer for a year, two if you're lucky. During that time, he will have to make a decision. All we can do is set him up with choices.

The route is the same for the Full Season U18s I know. They're mostly there because their HS team sucks, but they either don't want to, or can't ($$$) go the Prep route. Some of them are doing online school or billeting and attending HS in the area, but that's a pretty big compromise to make educationally for hockey, particularly a fringe player.

Take a kid from Hingham that could choose to play for HHS, BA or, say, Thayer. I'd say he will get just as much notice playing for BA as Thayer, and he will have similar choices when he comes out on the other side. If he goes to HHS he better look to transfer to Prep when he's a Junior if he wants to play D-1.

But, they're all headed to Juniors.

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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.

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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.
It's a lot harder to make Top Prep and top U18 than you're portraying.

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If the kid is good then it doesn't matter. They will find him.

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If the kid is good then it doesn't matter. They will find him.
Yeah, but you still need a good development path. A lot happens from 14 to 18, and the decisions you make when the kid is a Freshman have a bearing for the next 4 years.

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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.

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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.
Keep telling yourself that. Prep is fantastic hockey and fantastic education. Go look how many kids are committed on your kids jr team compared to the prep teams. Its not close.

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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.
Keep telling yourself that. Prep is fantastic hockey and fantastic education. Go look how many kids are committed on your kids jr team compared to the prep teams. Its not close.
You are a fool if you think "Prep" is fantastic hockey. Just look at the Prep scores--most games aren't even close, meaning one of the teams sucks. There are a few good prep teams who play mostly crappy other teams. The only kids with commits out of prep play Club in the split season cuz--with the exception of when the really good teams play each other--there are no scouts in the stands at prep games! And insofar as education is concerned, there are a few top schools that are much more rigorous than even a top public would be. Most other prep schools, however, are filled with kids who couldn't hack it at a top public.

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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.
Keep telling yourself that. Prep is fantastic hockey and fantastic education. Go look how many kids are committed on your kids jr team compared to the prep teams. Its not close.
You are a fool if you think "Prep" is fantastic hockey. Just look at the Prep scores--most games aren't even close, meaning one of the teams sucks. There are a few good prep teams who play mostly crappy other teams. The only kids with commits out of prep play Club in the split season cuz--with the exception of when the really good teams play each other--there are no scouts in the stands at prep games! And insofar as education is concerned, there are a few top schools that are much more rigorous than even a top public would be. Most other prep schools, however, are filled with kids who couldn't hack it at a top public.
Wow you are misinformed. Go to prep games and you will always see college coaches and scouts. Every single game. Period. Once again how many college commits on your sons junior team? I will be waiting....

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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.
Keep telling yourself that. Prep is fantastic hockey and fantastic education. Go look how many kids are committed on your kids jr team compared to the prep teams. Its not close.
You are a fool if you think \"Prep\" is fantastic hockey. Just look at the Prep scores--most games aren\'t even close, meaning one of the teams sucks. There are a few good prep teams who play mostly crappy other teams. The only kids with commits out of prep play Club in the split season cuz--with the exception of when the really good teams play each other--there are no scouts in the stands at prep games! And insofar as education is concerned, there are a few top schools that are much more rigorous than even a top public would be. Most other prep schools, however, are filled with kids who couldn\'t hack it at a top public.
Wow you are misinformed. Go to prep games and you will always see college coaches and scouts. Every single game. Period. Once again how many college commits on your sons junior team? I will be waiting....
LOL, I'm sure Roxbuy Latin vs. St. Georges is a big draw for the scouts. My son plays prep at a top 8 program and the only time there are scouts there is when they play other top 8 programs, which only happens 3 or 4 times a season. Where's your kid play that there are scouts at every game? Oh, and as to all of the commits coming out of prep? LOL. If you're not at one of about 5 or 6 schools its a miracle if there's even one commit. And if there is, it has nothing to do with how he plays during the prep season, but how he did in the Fall or how much his Dad donates.

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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.
Keep telling yourself that. Prep is fantastic hockey and fantastic education. Go look how many kids are committed on your kids jr team compared to the prep teams. Its not close.
You are a fool if you think \\\"Prep\\\" is fantastic hockey. Just look at the Prep scores--most games aren\\\'t even close, meaning one of the teams sucks. There are a few good prep teams who play mostly crappy other teams. The only kids with commits out of prep play Club in the split season cuz--with the exception of when the really good teams play each other--there are no scouts in the stands at prep games! And insofar as education is concerned, there are a few top schools that are much more rigorous than even a top public would be. Most other prep schools, however, are filled with kids who couldn\\\'t hack it at a top public.
Wow you are misinformed. Go to prep games and you will always see college coaches and scouts. Every single game. Period. Once again how many college commits on your sons junior team? I will be waiting....
LOL, I'm sure Roxbuy Latin vs. St. Georges is a big draw for the scouts. My son plays prep at a top 8 program and the only time there are scouts there is when they play other top 8 programs, which only happens 3 or 4 times a season. Where's your kid play that there are scouts at every game?
Hahaha, and of course everyone knows the kids at Roxbury Latin only go there to play hockey. Not for the education.

It's amazing how under-informed parents are. Doesn't stop them from displaying their lack of knowledge though!

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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.
Keep telling yourself that. Prep is fantastic hockey and fantastic education. Go look how many kids are committed on your kids jr team compared to the prep teams. Its not close.
You are a fool if you think \\\\\\\"Prep\\\\\\\" is fantastic hockey. Just look at the Prep scores--most games aren\\\\\\\'t even close, meaning one of the teams sucks. There are a few good prep teams who play mostly crappy other teams. The only kids with commits out of prep play Club in the split season cuz--with the exception of when the really good teams play each other--there are no scouts in the stands at prep games! And insofar as education is concerned, there are a few top schools that are much more rigorous than even a top public would be. Most other prep schools, however, are filled with kids who couldn\\\\\\\'t hack it at a top public.
Wow you are misinformed. Go to prep games and you will always see college coaches and scouts. Every single game. Period. Once again how many college commits on your sons junior team? I will be waiting....
LOL, I\'m sure Roxbuy Latin vs. St. Georges is a big draw for the scouts. My son plays prep at a top 8 program and the only time there are scouts there is when they play other top 8 programs, which only happens 3 or 4 times a season. Where\'s your kid play that there are scouts at every game?
Hahaha, and of course everyone knows the kids at Roxbury Latin only go there to play hockey. Not for the education.

It's amazing how under-informed parents are. Doesn't stop them from displaying their lack of knowledge though!
Umm, you said "every prep game has scouts". Doesn't "every" mean "all"? Most kids in prep school aren't there for the hockey. If that's all they cared about, they wouldn't be there in the first place. Too bad you didn't get the memo.

So where is this magical school where scouts come to every game and the education is unmatched? Cuz the hockey powerhouses are 2nd rate academically and the top-tier schools have 2nd rate hockey.

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"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.

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"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.
The ISL alone probably has 30-40 committed to D1 schools. Does Boston Advantage U18 Tier 1 have any? Any at all?

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\"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.
The ISL alone probably has 30-40 committed to D1 schools. Does Boston Advantage U18 Tier 1 have any? Any at all?
Actually the ISL has 28 commits right now (1.5 per team). The interesting thing is that nearly all of them played on one of 3 split season U18 teams--Whalers, River Rats, Eagles. That is where they got noticed, not while playing prep. The Advantage has 1 commit from its U15. So ISL beats Advantage 1.5 to 1. Impressive.

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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.

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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.....

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\\\"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.
The ISL alone probably has 30-40 committed to D1 schools. Does Boston Advantage U18 Tier 1 have any? Any at all?
Actually the ISL has 28 commits right now (1.5 per team). The interesting thing is that nearly all of them played on one of 3 split season U18 teams--Whalers, River Rats, Eagles. That is where they got noticed, not while playing prep. The Advantage has 1 commit from its U15. So ISL beats Advantage 1.5 to 1. Impressive.
How about the U16 Advantage team? How about the U18 Advantage team? None? So the ISL has 28 commits and the local Tier 1 program has 1 total.....wonder whats better?

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\\\\\\"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.
The ISL alone probably has 30-40 committed to D1 schools. Does Boston Advantage U18 Tier 1 have any? Any at all?
Actually the ISL has 28 commits right now (1.5 per team). The interesting thing is that nearly all of them played on one of 3 split season U18 teams--Whalers, River Rats, Eagles. That is where they got noticed, not while playing prep. The Advantage has 1 commit from its U15. So ISL beats Advantage 1.5 to 1. Impressive.
How about the U16 Advantage team? How about the U18 Advantage team? None? So the ISL has 28 commits and the local Tier 1 program has 1 total.....wonder whats better?
You don't play for a league--the relevant comparison is 1.5 per ISL team to 1 on Advantage. And if your kid doesn't play for the Whalers, River Rats or Eagles the relevant number is 0 per ISL team vs 1 for the Advantage. Turns out U18--split season U18--is what really matters.

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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.
Keep telling yourself that. Prep is fantastic hockey and fantastic education. Go look how many kids are committed on your kids jr team compared to the prep teams. Its not close.
You are a fool if you think \\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Prep\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" is fantastic hockey. Just look at the Prep scores--most games aren\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t even close, meaning one of the teams sucks. There are a few good prep teams who play mostly crappy other teams. The only kids with commits out of prep play Club in the split season cuz--with the exception of when the really good teams play each other--there are no scouts in the stands at prep games! And insofar as education is concerned, there are a few top schools that are much more rigorous than even a top public would be. Most other prep schools, however, are filled with kids who couldn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t hack it at a top public.
Only true for some teams; especially if teams are in a league (not independent). Rivers is much better than all the teams in ISL Eberhart, and are not challenged until that play non league games against teams in ISL Keller or Independent teams.

Independent teams set their own schedule, and can make it as challenging as they wish. For example, Gunnery and Williston have tough schedules, and just about all games are close. No games vs. Brooks, Governor's, or BB&N.

College and Junior scouts go to the games that their schedule allows. It is more related to their schedule than the game they get to watch; less games during the season, unless it's a highly anticipated match up (KUA vs. Exeter). That's why the holiday tournaments and end of year playoffs are so popular, all good teams in one place, very few lopsided games.

Re: U18 is better then Prep

"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.

Quickly.

Re: U18 is better then Prep

Imagine that, the owners of a business make the most money? Mom and Dad must have voted for Bernie.