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At the risk of being called a loser because I looked this up:
MA and NY had about the same number of youth players in 2015-16. MI was right there too, but MN was higher by about 15 percent. I will now head over to the Minnesota hockey dboard and ask them what is wrong with their system that they can't produce NTDP-caliber players.
BTW NJ and CA are not even tabulated, but presented as part of "Atlantic" and "Pacific". Atlantic as a whole has about 70 percent of the players that Mass has, and Pacific as a whole is about the same as Mass. Those two regions seem to be fertile ground. As hockey continues to expand into these regions, it'll be harder and harder for Mass boys to make an impact on the National Team.
So while the number of MA players reaching this rarefied level has certainly gone down, perhaps it has more to do with the growth of hockey into more of a national (instead of regional) game than it does our region falling behind. Not good for MA players, but it certainly has done wonders for the US in our competition with Canada.
Who was on the selection committee? Was there a reason for NY being about double the statistical representation?
You do realize that some other kids were invited and turned it down about a month ago, right? Or was that not in your article?
Two kids from Millis MA, that both committed to same school ? Hmmmm, weird that of all the 2001's across the country and state two come from a town with 7k people ?
In any event, people need to understand that lots of really good kids who could make the program do not even pursue that route.
And where did these Mass kids play their youth hockey, that is the important question !!