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My son has no desire to leave home yet for Prep, enjoys playing for his public school D3. Playes spilt season for a very high level program.
He wants to try and play college but is there a way to do that if he stays with his local high school team? He received 3 Prep offers and a few full season offers but wants to keep playing with friends. Made MA Hockey final 40 last year, good player.
Its up to the kid at this point...if he values playing with local friends over playing prep then thats fine but its his call. You cant play D3 public high school hockey and go play any college level nowadays. At best it would be 4 yrs of D3 HS then juniors but by that time its a good chance he is off the radar. If he is serious about prioritizing hockey then he will have to go prep but that has to be in his heart. Nothing wrong playing d3 hs with friends...not everyone is cut out to play college hockey either.
There are sports that allow you to play 4 years at your local high school and still play high level college. This isn't one of them. Your kid will need to make some changes that seem major. Prep school, boarding, moving out west or starting college at age 21. A combination is probable. My suggestion is find out how important this really is to him and how much financial and life changing sacrifices you want to make. Also. Try to make an honest assessment about the level of college hockey he realistically projects for. Is it hockey east or Salem state? If he plays another sport then maybe consider focusing on that a bit more if the sacrifices seem a bit much.
You could pull it off. H.S. for four years and then at least one of juniors for D-3 college. The best bet might be to see if his split season team has connections to midwest junior hockey and get him out for a camp or two during the summer. If he can latch on to a team post high school it would move him into position for a legit shot at D-1 college.
To the original poster. And I’m being serious here. Your son has no future in hockey and don’t spend a dime on it, unless he falls in love with the sport. Right now, it sounds like your kid is in love with his friends, which is great, but don’t kid yourself, if a kid can’t make a shift to a local prep or FS team, he lacks passion for growth and development and doesn’t have what it takes. It sounds harsh but it’s true. Young men who have the desire required for success care more about the quality of talent they play with and against, always wanting more. It’s part of their DNA. Sorry to be the one to break this to you.
Lastly, D3 hockey is so bad he will actually get worse over time. I also find it hard to believe he can hang on a “very high level half season team then put up with benderville for 3 months. It’s not adding up.
A compromise at the very least would be FS, which in some cases better than prep. If he won’t do that, see note above. He’s not really a hockey player a good coach wants to put up with.
Stupid Fortnight game is the devil.
Agree with previous harsh poster. It ain’t Squirts. If a kid knows the talent he is playing with and against is bad and catch detach from his townie benders he probably doesn’t love the sport the way you describe. He WON’T be playing college hockey if playing public HS D3 hockey.
To be honest, D-3 college hockey isn't at all an unachievable dream for every good high school hockey player. It's not like making the NHL. Many better kids throw in the towel and hit the books instead of playing D-3 at some school they don't even want to go to.
Some really good and honest posts in this thread. I think as parents we lose sight of the reality of playing college hockey. Maybe because of the proliferation of club teams. Think about how many kids we played with that actually went on to play in college. It wasn't many. Now add in many more kids from other regions of the country and international kids to the equation and the pond is a lot bigger these days. It's a big commitment, and I root for all the local kids that go after it. But I hate to see families turn their life upside down to get their kid "looks" when they truthfully don't have much of a chance.
its nice to see this thread steer away from variations of 'musts': club, 'elite', league 'x', prep, never play town, never play public hs, never... yes he can play HS D3 and COULD eventually make a college D1 team but, even me --- a strong supporter of public HS hockey will concede at some point in your child's HS years a decision must be made, as that 'could' can be a tall hurdle for even strong players on very good high end teams. spending too much time in the wrong environment will allow rust/bad habits/etc to creep in. first impressions are hard to shake at the upper levels. while your player is 'getting looks' and you say 'he wants to play with his friends', those coaches hear he's not 'motivated' and those offers will dry up in hurry.
AND what do you mean 'getting looks'? there is a huge difference: full freight and full scholarship.
I think the guy said 'D-3 college hockey isn't at all an unachievable dream for every good high school hockey player.' Key word - dream. I would think any good h.s. hockey player who really committed themselves for their senior year and one good year of juniors and I think more than 50% could make it.
No **** in the fight here 😊
Honest advise here sir. I watch a fair amount of HS, Club and Jr hockey as I’m a ref. There is a very big difference in club vs HS hockey. Faster pace and way more structure to the game. There are a handful of kids south, north and off the 495 belt that are the D2 or 3 “standouts” that everyone watching says, “ boy, I hope he never leaves the team“ and at the same time ”he definitely should not be playing here“. There was a kid on the South Shore that was like that for the last few years. Hung with his HS team instead of progressing his skills. If he chooses to go on, it will be an eye opener for him at the next level.
495 belt also has a few. Assuming your child is one of them the only option you have is to get them out of high school before his junior year and onto a club team. If he doesn’t want that then the other posters may be right, competitive hockey probably not for him.
In this order
Top 6 Prep
T1 Elite League
NAPHL adding teams in east. ECEL adding teams as well. Better options than USPHL. If you are a USPHL person you were probably the Fed4Life guy. Newsflash. Better players aren’t playing in the USPHL after u14.
To put it in perspective, the Maine Moose are joining the USPHL. They take anyone. CP Dynamo losing their good players because the league is so bad at the 16 and 18 levels.
Have a clue about hockey dude.
Right...Giants u18 tied the top ranked Islanders...I see your point...talk to me about u18’s from local USPHL teams making the jump to the NAHL...you can’t. Keep writing those checks though...
Previous poster nailed it. RG is a black sheep in the eyes of USA Hockey. NCDC will never be granted Tier 2 status because of lack of talent and financial model. RG’s baby like, take my ball and go home attitude has ousted them forever from USA Hockey. Anyone with aspirations to further their hockey (Tier 1 or 2) won’t risk the association. Legit college programs simply not attending games and scouting. Go to a NAHL game (Generals) and they are there every game.
I believe what folks are saying is that the hype of the league is not living up to its promises.
Life is cyclical. Islanders on the downside.