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i just love these 'conversations'. AND then in November of the follow year comes the coach/teammates/parents/travel 'suck' comments. stop chasing the name (league/team) and chose the coach. i hated my HS coaches because the morons would yell 'get it out'. SERIOUSLY you think my goal is different? thanks for that critical piece of coaching.
All I know is that 12 E9 kids have already skated at my kid’s T1 practice in the last month with half of them coming from one club in particular, (rhymes with Carriers) *cough-cough* . Keep fooling yourself into thinking T1 kids “move up” to E9.. And here’s the kicker... that loon of a coach plans to replace his defecting skaters with town kids. Good luck with that! 18-19 is going to be a complete dumpster fire up in Haverhill. Don’t ask me what birth year either, figure it out.
I don't have a horse in this race but have close knowledge of both.
It's really close and depends on the team. In '06, I think the top 2 or 3 E9 teams might be a goal better than the top Black teams. It might be the difference of one or two players. The top Black teams are likely better than at least half of the E9 teams.
Weight the coaches, the commute, your gut...