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Son played 6 games for his new prep this year due to Covid. It was a cool experience, he can say he did it, but he’s not going back next year, going to try his hand in jr hockey. I know all schools were in the same situation but coach didn’t really talk to any of the players, and the kids who decide not to come back to school said they had a great experience playing jr hockey. I would assume many kids will do the same next year as lock downs at schools will continue.
In 8 months, you think there are going to be continued lockdowns and no hockey next winter?
I suppose it depends the level of jr hockey. Is he going to USHL? nope? Best to stay in prep.
This was a very frustrating year in prep. If he can go to the AJHL, he should. I bet every prep team will lose more players than usual to juniors out west and north this year. (I know ours will.)
I do t understand why everyone is in such a rush for your kid to play jr hockey. If your kid is an 03 I understand you have a choice to make, does he stay at prep or go, even then why not stay 1 more year, play and prepare for high level Jrs. 04 and younger, it makes no sense to leave school and sit on the bench. Stay, play, prepare.
Yea playing time overrated. Sit on the bench or in the stands to watch the pace up front and close should translate. Dont worry about puck touches.
100% ; Log jam at all levels
Education experience not so much. It is not a development league ; they expect 100% commitment on hockey. School education not a concern. Good Luck
I've heard of 4 leaving for BCHL next season early with maybe more to come. Preps already tightened up FA dollars to hockey kids; maybe worried about this trend in long run? Makes sense if it's T1 or T2 not T3...my kid goes if he gets a shot at Jrs as a jr or sr as his hockey skills gets him a D1 ticket not his prep diploma.
We have heard from 2 AJ teams and 2 BC teams but I don’t know how to find out information on these teams reputations, etc.. just like there are some poorly run programs in USHL there must be some in those leagues also but there’s much less info here in the states on these teams.
Why do Americans need to go to BCHL or AJHL or any Canadian leagues, aren’t there enough teams here in the states to grow and gain college interest?
Will Canada even be open next year or at least the border open in time to start hockey season? I wouldn't trust that because the Canadian government has taken a much stricter approach in locking down their border.
There will be a mass exodus from boarding schools in New England next year. In the past 2 weeks we have heard from 20 families looking for other options (most ever during this time) as they don't want to send their kids back to a campus where they cant ever leave, have to wear a mask for all waking hours of the day and could possibly not have a hockey season again. In some cases head coaches were not there, assistant coaches were not there. There is not 1 hockey player in MA/CT/RI Prep that got better this year from on campus sessions.
With the Canadian boarder still in question, spots will be extremely limited here in USA but with that said, the competition of all the leagues might be the best since the early 90's!
My kid’s prep school already has 1 Canadian on the roster with 2 Montreal commits (Juniors) on the way.
Leaving Prep next year..shhhh..dont tell, my son is playing in the PHL starting in April and hopefully will open some doors but there is no way he's going back to that prison.