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At 05 level very few good teams went.
Pretty sure, IHC 05 beat the Mississauga Senators, Whitby Wildcats and Chicago Young Americans before losing 2-0 to the Marlies in Finals, sounds like they didn't have an easy round to the Finals.
The majority of the top teams that went last year did not go this year. The Cup was loaded with bad teams that in the past would not have been invited. This is most likely due to the Super Series this weekend in Mississauga which has the majority of the top teams going.
Case in point. The 05 Islanders beat the Buffalo Saints (70), NJA (35), Whitby (16), Mississauga Senators (25), CYA (14) and the Buffalo Sabres (20). They didn't play a single team in the top 13 until the final.
Don't have to go to Buffalo to play great youth hockey, that's why
You don't know what you don't know. Keep telling yourself how good the JWK is
04 eagles won 2016 JWK. Invited to buffalo cup this year went 0-4. You need to play the best and they are in buffalo
How did the 05 Jr Rangers do?
Getting weaker each year after Pee Wee minor. That year for 03's had 8 of top ten Canadian teams plus a bunch of top US teams. This year the top Canadian team was the #18 Brantford 99ers, they're ok very big but slow.
Congrats to Eagles though!
Sounds like it was on a year by year basis. I can tell you 05 age sucked.
Whoa whoa whoa, stop the clock. My kid is an 04, so I know nothing about 05 EHF except what I read on here, and the Islanders seem to take a lot of punishment. Now you're going to devalue what they accomplished this weekend? Any time you travel that far from home and make it to a final game in a tournament of that caliber, it is an accomplishment that should be celebrated and not minimized. In your race to discount their accomplishment, you failed to note that they ran the table through the semis (6 wins without a loss) and stayed within 2-0 in the final against the Canadian #2 Marlboros. That's a **** good run. I'm no Islander lover, but congratulations to that team.
Oh by the way, they only let up 3 goals all weekend and 2 of them were in Finals to the #2 team in Ontario.
Your making my point!!!!!
How good can the teams be if there were no goals scored against till the final!
Honey Baked #3
MF Rangers #4
Chicago Mission #8
Belle Tire #11
Florida Alliance is a joke with 15 games played and was exposed. Royals at #9 and a few Canadian teams. Only good team was the #2 Toronto team.
Hey, but don't let the facts get in the way.
They cant control who showed up or dictate the schedule. Still an impressive performance and get over the rankings - after the top 7-8 it's garbage anyway.
Plus, all of the top Canadian teams (Titans, Nationals, Barrie Colts, Jr. Canadians, Toro's, Red Wings,etc.) that were there last year chose not to go. There were 3-4 decent teams this year, a far cry from last year when the tournament was loaded with the top teams from the USA and Canada.
2006 Division was loaded with top teams from U.S. and Canada. Great hockey all around for that age group.
04 group was not as strong as in years past. 2 of top 3 teams in North America were still there, and a few other elite teams, but most of the rest of the field were more like top-25 teams. Not bad but not hyper-elite.
As previous poster said, there was a SuperSeries which pulled teams + SilverSticks was also this weekend and pulled some teams.