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Somewhat reality, but a bit strong. Let's face it, need to pay $50k+ a year to send little billy to dexter to make it to the next level. Kid has to be a legit player, but has no chance if he isn't playing year round; tournaments and camps in the summer, fall club with a good team aka rats, whalers; winter at a prep with good hockey (bbn doesn't count) and spring training with paul vincents of the world. Handouts to pay these guys along the way. D1 hockey is about a $500k cash outflow over ~10 years. But billy goes to UMASS for 50% scholarship state tuition free. Please! Funny my 80 year old dad still considers hockey a blue collar sport. Its a rich man's game, so long as the kid has reasonable talent. It helps if your dad played pro or college hockey too so you can grease skids along the way. NEHJ will be writing about you from pee wee levels if your dad was a stud. Really funny how they operate. Good luck to everyone. Lax a better choice but that is quickly becoming the next racket. Give it a few more years to catch up to hockey. Jeff cox will be a lax expert soon. Just read he's coaching rats. I guess that's not a conflict.
It continues, another instagram post from a son of a former nhl guy headed to Cambridge. I'm convinced there are no less than 100 kids in greater Boston that are not committed that are much better.
The lineage crap gets very tiring. There may be two D committed around here across four age groups where you didn't see a familiar last name. I could not agree more that there are probably at least 100 kids at least equally deserving. Maybe because there are more available spots in a lot of other college sports, but the lineage stuff is way more prevalent in the hockey world. Great family, great player, great kid - I get it but there are a lot of those that fit the bill without the last name or deep rooted connections and the eye ball test will clearly tell you that seems to be the difference in getting over the commitment hurdle.
It seems like no matter how many times people tell you, these comitments do not mean anything, people still get all worked up about it. The comitment is a marketing tool. Universities are businesses so when a kid announces, their circle of contacts and followers all see that. Drives traffic to the site, interest in thier program and hopefully more tours and applicaitons, which it is their job to create. If a kid is dominant at 15 (and I mean really dominant) they will probably be dominant or at least a standout at 20 (thats life, some guys are just good). For most they will either get better or worse and are all over the place. That is why there are so many hockey leagues now. If my kid commits at 15 or 16 and the NCAA does not want them until they are 21, that is at least 5 years of hockey before they ever play a game. So much can happen over that time. My suggestion is to shut down your twitter account and instagram etc. Who needs it.
Lets not forget its a marketing tool for the kid too. Lot easier to make some of these top leagues and teams or find a new commitment when you are already committed.
As 26 did with the other boy too. Plays the strategy game very well. I think we all saw the televised game this past June. These lineage kids are all walked through the process early on which includes getting the little logo next to your name before National Camp, NHL draft or whatever the next IMPORTANT thing is. Cant say they are wrong thinking this helps them. Immediately perceived as being better than the kid with a logo next to his name.
My son uses these commitments as energy. Energy to outplay these kids, put them through the boards, maybe a couple slashes after the whistle, offer to fight, etc. Amazing how soft many of those kids are!
Those "superstar cant miss" juniors players you're thinking of still need to be accepted into these Universities academically. A kid can be a stud on a sheet of ice, but a dunce in the classroom. So guess what happens? Most D1 schools are going to pass.
Recruiters tell this to hockey parents all the time, some of you hockey parents refuse to listen.