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Son is 15, has a goal of playing College Hockey, not ready to leave home for Prep, Local U16 not very strong, Public High School team is D8...Trying to determine best path for him. Very good player, Very good team guy, scores a lot of goals in Elite/Tier 1 hockey. What path would you or did you consider to get to college?
You're gonna have to help on the geography a bit to get good advice. Why would he need to board to play Prep? What are the "Local U16" teams that aren't good?
It sounds like he needs to play full season, but would need to know where you are to recommend.
Based upon where you live, a prep school is the best option but only you know if you can invest the coin that it takes. Prep and some half season hockey let's him develop academically, physically and athletically and then in a year or two see where he is at. If he's progressing as a player then great. Junior,senior years become a year to year deal to see what options he might be good enough and want to take (USHL). If not but he's doing well academically then there are many other options to consider.
You can't know where a 15 year old will be when he's 17 or 18 so make the best decision for him today where he can grow in all aspects of his development and then course correct in a couple of years based upon where he is at.
You may want to consider Pope Francis. High School hockey is down but that is a very good program. They beat Hingham tonight (6-0) and will be playing for the Super 8 title vs BC High on Saturday. If he grows out of it after a few years then you can look at Prep, FS or Jr's. Otherwise, base off of where you live and your son wanting to stay home Pics , Jr Bruins or Wolfpack
I don't think I'd waste too much time in high school hockey. The kid will get more ice time at a full season team as an under classmen than high school. So if he has a legitimate chance and he has the size then play F.S. and progress to better leagues with the end result being either NAHL or USHL. Good luck
02 or 03
Both can be 15 right now
What’s the difference between the BJB national bound tryout and the non national bound tryout listed on the website?
Go to Pope Francis and then try to transfer to prep for your junior or senior year. If you live in Longmeadow you have plenty of prep options that do not require boarding. If you don't like Pope, then Pics to prep. You save money targeting prep hockey for junior year. Besides with post grads your kid will probably be on JV as a freshman and maybe sophomore.
Are the PICS NB?