Club Hockey is the equivalent of all this "Elite" and "AAA" youth hockey that parents paid for so their kids can feel special (mostly the parents). So when these kids/players realize their not "Elite" anymore once reaching high school, club hockey was created to give parents an extra opportunity to keep paying for their kids hockey and feel special :laughing:
Or maybe a kid just likes to play? I have a son who is good, but not sure good enough to play High end D3. He wants to continue playing but the quality of the school is important to him. One option he is looking at his club hockey at a good D1 school.
Lose YOUR ego buddy and if the kid wants to continue to play that’s a great thing. As long as kids are playing at every level and staying out of trouble all is good. It’s a game.
Or you could wear that jacket too
I guess he's getting paid for all those hours he is logging on the ice and on the bus at the MIT quality D-3 school and why not, the gate revenue of those 127 friends, family and curious freshmen that show-up to those games must really fund the whole extravagant program. Maybe the kid can steal you one of those Fitchburg State jackets because you know they don't sell them at the campus book store. Do they have a campus book store?
D-3, club, same thing.
My son plays on the club team for a good Hockey East school. They consistently beat good D3 schools He was last kid cut from varsity his Freshman year, hanging on longer than a few “recruits”. He is still fun to watch, is very good and has a blast. Sorry your kid is pounding natty lights at UMass....
Go watch a typical d-3 game and you tell me, how hard is it for a kid to make a d-3 team? Pretty much high school 2.0
If the guy's kid couldn't make a D3 roster who knows if he will even play club at most universities. Sounds like intramural hockey to me! That's the one where they let girls play on boys teams, right?
? Just because your kid is a bubble player between D-3 and Club hockey doesn't mean the other guy is clueless. He has a point though.
The D-3 dad just doesn't stop. He thinks it's the last stop before the NHL.
I would be careful bashing New England D3 hockey. Search a few rosters of some NESCAC schools, Babson, Norwich, St. Anselm etc. and check the hockey pedigree of the players. No one goes from an MIAA school to D3. It is extremely difficult to play D3 hockey. It takes a strong prep school performance and then a year in juniors, maybe two. Hardly "high school 2.0." That is an ignorant statement. The pool of talent the coaches can draw from extends way beyond the borders of the Northeast. Many more kids are playing hockey across the country.
Rhode Island is the only club team to play D3 teams - not sure they still do. Arizona State did before full time commitment to D1.
Middlebury has 2 players direct from MIAA - CM and SJP.
"No one goes from an MIAA school to D3" isn't that they couldn't, it's because the coaches can select 18 year old boys or 20 year old men. The system is screwed up.
The bigger question is for many kids is would they rather go and play club immediately after h.s. or spend two years chasing the D-1 dream only to end up on a D-3 team which isn't a whole lot different in most cases. Still think they should put an age limit on D-3 hockey and it would do away with all of this stupidity of a year of P.G. and a year of juniors (so now you're $50k into it) just to make it to college and play for free in front of a couple hundred people in some old barn. Beleive me, college coaches would be all over the h.s. games if they had an upper age limit of 22 or 22.5 for players.
Top end club is not a whole lot different than D3 except the top 10-12 D-3 teams. It's pretty much a wash. When you see aged out kids, kids from the USHL and NAHL and other junior leagues playing club all over the country you would get it.
" Your an idiot " pretty much sums this guy up in three words. Congrats.
real college hockey = 10-12 D-3 programs and D-1
Can you please list the 10-12 D3 programs you would consider "real" college hockey? Hopefully some of them are right here in New England....
I will take a stab at it:
Mix of perennials and recently nationally ranked teams.
Current schools receiving votes, as compiled by D3hockey.com
# School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev.
1 St. Norbert (18) 1-0 298 1
2 Adrian (2) 2-0 277 3
3 SUNY Geneseo 2-0 251 5
4 UW-Stevens Point 1-0-1 234 2
5 Hobart 2-0 220 7
6 Salve Regina 0-0 204 4
7 Trinity 0-0 156 8
8 Utica 0-2 148 6
9 University of NE 0-0 146 9
10 Oswego State 0-0 130 10
11 Augsburg 2-0 94 11
12 Norwich 0-0-1 54 12
13 Nichols 0-0 32 15
14 UW-Eau Claire 2-0 31 NR
15 Colby 0-0 29 13
Dropped out: Marian (14)
Others receiving votes: Marian 25, St. Thomas 25, UMass Boston 21, Endicott 14, Babson 6. Plymouth State 5
The D3hockey.com Top 15 is voted on by a panel of 20 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.
What about all of the strong DIII programs in the Minnesota / Wisconson area, as well as a few others like Plattsburg in New York.
There are 80 D3 programs. The top 1/2 are very good. Those outside it are good and an achievement in of itself to varying degrees. Good for all the student athletes who achieve this
Go to the D-1 Club Nationals and say it's a Mens League