The Elite "9" just finished up parity.... Any idea why the 2004 + 2005 Divisions each have 10 teams in the division, and the 2009 Division has 8 teams?
Not trolling, just curious....
The original charter members of the E9 are Advantage, Seacoast, Jr RAngers, VJW, Avalanche, and Wizards or 6 teams. This year Patriots became charter members. That makes 7 charter members now. Most of the older groups joined league with expectations of three spots open. Rifles got an automatic bid in a lot of age groups. In the 2004 age group Jr Rangers were not competitive last year and had to play in this year. So really it's 7 charter teams with 3 play ins with the addition of Assabet this year. Not sure what will happen with Jr Rangers/Rifles going forward.
Hopefully they keep it at 10 because BHL American is not as competitive as years past and any team that is just out of the E9 mix will not like beating the BHL American teams next year by large margins.
EHF vs E9 elite
Seacoast Spartans 0
Seacoast is not a deep team and the Islanders took their best player from last year. They beat them 7-4 last year in the same super series so this years results should not be surprising. What is surprising is that IHC had their pick of any E9 team to play and they selected Seacoast 2 years in a row. And yes, they do pick and choose who they want to play.
Gallant won't allow IHC to play any VJR team at any level and convinces other EHF teams to follow suit. Been like that for past few years. More to do with an ownership envy than anything else. It's a $$$$ thing. Get used to it
Isn't the E9 really an oxy moron??
[/quote]There's never E9 parents on here. Definitely none "making excuses." Only EHF parents beating their chests about a youth hockey league. Truly bizarre behavior. If you know anything about it, EHF recruits and cherry-picks the best E9 players, offers zero and half-tuitions. E9 teams don't have the pockets to do any of that. EHF doesn't "develop" players any more than a your standard little league "develops" college baseball players. It gives them a decent place to play. The comments on here about leagues are truly bizarre. [/quote]
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