Yes RG from Islanders. Read Jeff Cox article in New England Hockey Journal...
Austin Prep has announced its intention to move from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association to the New England Prep School Athletic Council.
The move will impact all sports at the Reading, Mass., school, but the ***ure plans for the Cougars’ hockey program are complex.
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, the Islanders Hockey Club will host U14 and U16 teams with the plan, according to multiple sources, to move to an affiliation with Austin Prep in the ***ure. The varsity team will compete as an independent prep school team in the NEPSAC. According to the same sources, the following season, the school will move to a complete academy model. The prep team will be replaced by an U18 team.
The school will reportedly put these teams on in conjunction with the Islanders Hockey Club. Mike Busconi will coach the U14 team while John McLean will be the bench boss for the U16 squad.
Busconi and McLean have the credentials to be strong coaches at their respective levels. Busconi has experience as an assistant coach with the Islanders HC NCDC team, as well as at Lawrence Academy and Neponset Valley River Rats. McLean, who pla*** at Boston College, has experience as an assistant coach at Merrimack and was a highly successful head coach at Malden Catholic.
Mount Saint Charles has developed an excellent academy model organization with Devin Rask and Matt Plante at the helm. The duo, as well as others, including Eric Soltys, helped start South Kent’s initiative to move away from prep and into a full-season academy model.
Talking to numerous college coaches, NHL scouts and agents, a majority have the same concern I do. Austin Prep’s venture with the Islanders Hockey Club could work out.
The problem is the region is becoming saturated with too many academy-model teams. It is watering down the product and negatively impacting all levels of play that high school-aged kids in New England can parti****te in.
Like all things, if Austin Prep and the Islanders have the financial backing and continue to employ strong coaches and recruiters, there could be another adequate option for players in the region.
At some point, the powers that be need to step in and help do what’s best for kids in the region. Regardless of how AP and IHC fare, parents are being sold a bill of goods by all of these academy-model teams that aren’t always based on reality.
Look through the rosters and past editions of successful teams at Mount, Kimball Union and Salisbury: there are players that move on to successful college careers and fewer that make it to pro hockey.
Is it worth it to leave home and not play with friends when the return on investment isn’t always fruitful? That’s the six-figure question.
Hopefully, hockey in New England can stay grounded and allow more and more players to stay in the game.
Editor’s note: We have clarified this story to reflect that Islanders Hockey Club will host the U14 and U16 teams next season instead of Austin Prep.
AP already putting out the fires! One would hope they are giving the customer the straight skinny otherwise it will hurt them down the road.
Is the New England hockey journal usually pretty accurate with their stories?
All that is left is for MIAA publics to get in on the hockey madness with open school choice. The school districts make money by having more school choice.
The story is still featured prominently on the NEHJ website...
NEHJ printed a retraction: https://www.hockeyjournal.com/analysis-austsin-preps-move-to-the-nepsac/
Like going to Prep is the way to go. Please, Prep schools are nothing but low lifers trying to make a living off of peoples kid’s college funds. Last time I checked, your astronomical tuition fees are ridiculous. Repeat after me, PREP SCHOOLS ARE FOR BOOK WORMS AND TIN FOIL LIBERAL RETARDS.
So you think the Academy is still alive!! Thanks for confirming.
There is a massive bottleneck at the top and not enough programs to support the number of talented hockey players the USA is producing. NCAA hockey simply hasn't grown enough in the last 20-30 years. The level of play in NCAA hockey has grown exponentially in the last several decades with NCAA players now making up a third of the NHL. That never used to be the case as the NCAA is where you went if you had no ***ure in pro hockey.
The top of Junior hockey in the USA, the USHL, has settled at 16 teams.
The NAHL has expanded to 29 teams and the NCDC has 13 teams for Tier 2 options.
The lack of growth in NCAA hockey has resulted in the rat race to go into overdrive at the youth hockey levels in order to put players in the best possible position to get the inside track on one of those coveted spots at the top, the USHL to NCAA path. Until that issue is resolved, if ever, you will see the proliferation of acadamies and other hockey programs that come with ridiculous price tags. It's simple supply and demand. This will end up hurting the sport in the end.
That said, there is truth that if a kid can play they will be found. The path is going to be much more difficult with lots of twists and turns and a much greater chance of getting derailed along the way. Theoretically, a player could go from HS, to Tier 3 juniors, to NAHL/NCDC, to USHL or NCAA. It's just the odds of doing so become very long.
It doesn’t matter how many junior teams there are. The problem Is orgs and coach’s jobs at the junior level are not predicated/based on winning here in New England. Until that changes, it will continue to be the player that has parents with the biggest pocket is the winner. Everyone at the junior level are crooks. It needs to be cleaned up.
Hearing CM X and BCH are in talks. SJP is also VERY close to moving. Look for one of the big 4 (CM, BCH, X, SJP) to leave next year
MC combines with Malden/Revere....
AP had it's final hurrah when that goalie kid in the Dominik Hasek helmet / mask was there. What ever happened to that kid?
It's embarrassing really. AP was outed, and now AD/coaches/parents are scrambling. Nothing good happens when you get in bed with RG. And the two coaches mentioned in the article? They're really good at cashing private skills and tournament team checks, but developing young boys? Hold your breath... see what happens.
But hey... if you're willing to cut a $25K check for a subpar private school education, you are very likely to cut a $25K check for subpar 'academy' hockey.
Plays at Endicott
He is on the team at Endicott, does not touch the ice. Shows your how competitive it is to play D-3 college hockey
So plan has been in place for a while. And now with J McLean as the u18 coach rhe islanders an funnel more kids into ap and eentually the academy program