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May I get a refund in cash! This use to be good and now it's awful: I can't believe my coach endorse this crap.
Tournaments or skills?
My son is an 2005 and we have been playing with the Blue Chips every spring for the past 4 years and it has been fantastic. Over the last 2 years we have been a little more selective on what tournaments we play in as some like the Shamrock are local and fun but not much competition when you have a strong team and my son plays baseball so we hit the field instead of the rink. That being said we went to the Show in MN with a very talented team, played well against very good competition, it was a very well run tournament and had a blast. The next year we went to the Triple Crown in Montreal again with a very good team, played some fantastic teams from all over North America and held our own and all our games were close. We stayed in down town Montreal instead hotels near the rink and it was great. Site seeing, restaurants and an occasional gentlemen's club for the dads late night. We also attend the Toronto Top Tier every year with a very talented team of local kids who have all become close friends from playing together every spring over the years, we always play other talented all-star teams from around North America, the games are always competitive and we are always playing on Sunday for a chance to win it. So Blue Chips might not work for you and your son but it does for many of the best 2005 birth years. As youth hockey for us comes to an end me and my son are going to miss the spring hockey years we spent with MS. You can follow our team next weekend (May 4th-6th) at this years Top Tier. Go Bruins so we can talk some **** up there!
Impressive, when you go late night to the gentlemen's clubs, do you sneak out after you tuck your son in or do you take turns with other Dad's to hold the fort down?
Hey buddy, The Ramrod is not what they mean when they say "gentleman's club".
My son is an 05 and frankly not good enough to be chosen for Blue Chips - however we have played against them many times in the spring. It's a very very good hockey team - they play hard and fast and play the game the right way. Although they always beat us by a bunch - it's great exposure to top level hockey at that age group and a good barometer to show the type of work needed to get to next level. They also represent New England well at national tourneys - so don't bash the team - use it as a barometer for what your kid needs to do to bring his game up a notch.
Better blue chip teams remind me of the true Club teams of 25 years ago. There was only a few of them and the true elite kids from a wide geographic area would play on them secondary to their town teams. Now they play on them secondary to their Fed team. Fed and E9 will probably have a handful of Div 1 recruits per league, per age group. These true elite teams of 25 years ago had a handful of Div 1 recruits per team. Just a consequence of too many teams and too many people looking to make a $$$$.