I'm from that area, the programs I would target are the Islanders Hockey Club, Valley Jr. Warriors and the East Coast Wizards. These are solid organizations, across all age groups. From there the capabilities and reputation of individual coaches needs to be considered.
Agree on the three programs mentioned, they are a cut above. There are also many other programs in the area, if you don't find what you are looking for. In fact, I would guess there are another half dozen or so within 30 minutes of your future home.
Be sure to check out a game or two and ask for your son to attend a practice as well. I've yet to see a program at that age that doesn't employ anything but fathers as coaches but most of them I would not call "daddy coaches" but watching a game and getting in a practice before tryouts will help you with that determination. Just remember, buyer beware, especially with youth hockey in New England.
Can't believe you fools took the bite on this one. OP was looking for you to bash the program that has a dog on the shirt
In terms of a relo - how does the Lexington-Bedford area compare to the Sharon area?
Quality of life/traffic/schools, etc?
Seems that there are solid hockey programs both to the North and the South, so that's less of a concern.
Outside of those areas, are there any other communities that are worth considering, factoring in the criteria above + decent proximity to tech jobs and good Bantam Major hockey?
I was just asking a similar question. So Wizards program is pretty good then? How does ADM differ from a conventional, for the lack of a better term, development system for levels starting with suirt? I thought, ADM was strictly applicable to mite level?
Why would you attempt at selling the Wizards program. 06 and 05 teams both Elite and Select are a total joke.
Wizards have always been a good organization, focused more on skill development at the younger ages versus wins. However their teams do eventually start to win and many of their older players do well on festival teams, preps etc.