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Generally speaking the people who look at youth hockey as a means to an end will always fail to see the bigger picture. Enjoy that your kid is involved in a competitive sport /league and learning lessons that will help them in the future. If they end up playing at a high-level, and a sport helps to open doors to further their education then it's a huge win.
Very few will earn a living playing any sport but most people can recall important lessons they learned regarding commitment, work ethic and being a good person.
As the poster above indicates, the race to get 100 games in a youth season is a race to the bottom.
I think what the OP is saying is that some of these parents on here calling teams of 07's "scared" and worried about their "MHR ratings" are likely loser dads that played JV soccer in high school and are trying to live vicariously through their kids. Parents that feel the need to come on here and brag under an anonymous name that their 8 year old's team was 2-0 on the weekend and then simultaneously make fun of other 8 year old's teams while hiding behind a computer, well chances are, they're going to ruin it for their kid one way or another.
Agree completely with your point. My kid is never going to play D1, much less professional-- I want him to have the team experience and a great sport to play for life. That said, it's discouraging as a MA hockey person that our representation on national teams (men and women) and in the NHL has fallen off so steeply. Many here have talked about the causes: too many games, too many "elite" clubs, etc.
I disagree. A few years back I was at a BU hockey game. just about every kid was from Canada. If you watch that team this year there are more than a half of dozen kids from MA and 80% of the team from the US. BC also has a few MA kids and those two teams are two of the best around. Just saying more MA kids playing DI right here at home......
Ping Pong or Badminton ?
Either is next to Toyota .
Connect Four is my thoughts
Where is the list? I want see if my kid is on it. Seriously, curious to see what ages are consider and who's on it.
Shoot. There goes my dream of my little dusty bender being a top 5 pick in the NHL Draft. Is this all really worth it?
c'mon fellow dboarders...this is some guy who has a squirt/peewee (probably from the cape) who's trying to fool you all. Sure, there are several knuckleheads out there living vicariously, but I believe the large majority are here to poke fun (mostly at the dad's living vicariously!)
You all have been duped!
If that makes you the popular guy at the bar you must hang out with some real losers! Youth hockey has never come up in one of our social outings and definitely not a league and division. My friends all played hockey in college and beyond and have kids who play hockey and not a word! I think I would get a beer thrown in my face if it even came up! That's pathetic!