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Re: EMHL

Anon
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It's not that hard people , really plain and simple EMHL is town hockey that gets 15 minute periods , that's it . The top teams would fair well in VHL high AA divisions that's it nothing more . The non sense is killing me .

The teams in this league are in it for a reason , they can't compete in tier 1 fed even against the bottom teams so they put this league together to keep the money for themselves and out of the VHL. Also the teams can charge a little more and call themselves "select"
And that's exactly what EMHL set out to be - a hybrid between club and town. Better ice time, better name recognition, a stepping stone for kids that want to take their hockey more seriously than the AVERAGE town team.

On a lot of town teams, in the fall kids will be there if they don't have football or soccer. In the EMHL since the parents pay more for better ice, they tend to put it first.

And on most town "A" teams the club kids show up for more ice when they don't have a club game. Can't do that in the EMHL.

So, for an extra grand for six months - that's about $40 a week for the math challenged - you don't have 6AM games and 7AM practices, your kid feels like he is a part of a team and doesn't lose ice to the pint sized prima donnas, and you have a more reliable product week to week. It was a good experience when we were there. It helped my kid to go to the next level. And the next. Oh, and the next.

But hey, go ahead and bad mouth it, if that's what you're into.


I don't think he was bad mouthing it. Just stating what it was so the Fed Rules people would just drop it. EMHL is part of the Fed and it does 100 percent keep money in house instead of the VHL getting more. Kids get more ice time as well.

Re: EMHL

Anon
What you get in the EMHL is a hybrid. Town A players not quite at the EHF Tier 1/BHL American level yet. You also get better ice, league, and name recognition.

The cost reflects that - more expensive than Town - you have to pay for the premium ice and league costs.

It originated from the EHF "AA" league which started in 2010. So it was Elite / AAA / AA. Now it's Elite / Tier 1 / EMHL. Same product.

BHL has Elite 9 / American / National. Average National team is maybe a little better than the average EMHL team.

IMO the kids on EMHL teams take it more seriously than the average Town kid. So if your kid is trying to climb the ladder, it may be worth it. If he's perfectly happy playing Town, might as well leave him there.


this was the best response -

Re: EMHL

I would argue that the BHL National is not as good as town hockey.

Re: EMHL

Don't listen to the negative idiots that think their kids are going to the NHL. They're part of the problem with youth sports and never competed at any high levels in sports,or they would be so ignorant to the matter.

The EMHL is a good building block. Depending on the team and level . The majority of EMHL kids are more intense and serious about their development than town league from my experiences. It all depends on your kids motivation and passion. If he wants more bring him to EMHL. I did in mites with my boys, and they both play for Top Five EHF(Black) currently.

Also,research the coach and team. Some EMHL teams are marginal as well. Like any team at any level.

Re: EMHL

Thanks to the people who took time to answer the question. To the others, shame on you for bashing 10 year olds. Do your research....plenty of NHL guys who got cut over and over as youngsters....kept at it....and made a pay day for themselves.

Re: EMHL

NewtoHockey
Thanks to the people who took time to answer the question. To the others, shame on you for bashing 10 year olds. Do your research....plenty of NHL guys who got cut over and over as youngsters....kept at it....and made a pay day for themselves.
Just keep asking the questions, ignore the 90% of BS responses and focus on the well meaning people. I've learned a ton from talking with other parents as my kid has "climbed the ladder" (yes, it's hard to do, but it absolutely is possible), including, believe it or not, from these Boards. You just have to be willing to suffer the fools.

Re: EMHL

EMHL is the same as the top level of Town B. The extra money gets you more ice time, a set schedule for the year and probably more chance for tournament play. Like more levels of youth hockey some kids progress past it and some kids don't.