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So can someone explain why the league allows this to happen? Why don't they move them up. It is not good for them or the rest of us to have to play them and get smoked.
Slow down. Other than crappy vipers they haven’t “smoked” anyone.
They should place themselves in the best tournaments, with the best Elite talent, that they can get into. The results will speak for themselves. It’s early in the season, so scores may be a little skewed now, but normally teams like this one are placed where they should be.
Team played in super series and did well. Also smoked every team so far except 1. That includes 5-1 win over PHC which beat the E9 champs (Rifles) in VJW tourney.
Team is easily top 5 elite team if they moved up.
They will never "move up". This is what holds back teams like shamrocks, vipers, northstars, Manch. Flames etc. from drawing in better players and becoming better teams. Nobody is developing kids any more. It's all about how to attract good players to your team and if your team isn't in the "elite" division, it will be difficult to compete against those "elite" teams when it comes to recruiting. If those teams were allowed to play in, the owners would be slicing their own throats and ruining the image they are trying to portray.
Perhaps some of you weren't around but there was an opportunity for the top Tier 1 teams to move into Elite a few years back. If I remember the structure, it was a bit insane. The top 1 or 2 Tier 1 teams at the end of the season played 3 games each against the upper half of the Elite division, at the Elite teams home rink and had to gain 5 points in 3 games to earn an elite spot. I think #1 Tier 1 played Elite 1, 3, and 6 of Elite, #2 played 2, 4 & 5 or some such nonsense. I don't believe a single team at any age level got more than 2 points total for their three games. My recollection of it might be a bit off in terms of structure but I do know that not a single Tier 1 team qualified to move up.
No matter what we think, the top EHF Elite teams are the best our area has to offer. Yes, there are occasional anomalies ('03 VJW a few years back were pretty dang good) and I'm sure the Northstars are a great team with a bunch of great kids but I sincerely doubt they would crack the top 4 of Fed Elite.
As has been stated, the guarantee of Elite status gives all of those teams a huge advantage in recruiting & marketing and they aren't going to give that up, nor should they it's bad for business.
Northstars are NOT that good to be even considered in the FED conversation.
Saw them in a tourney and they are a good team but not FED elite level, not even close
That said are they better than crappy Kings and Breakers? Absolutely but that's not saying much!
If your a team like this and you want to go "Elite" go to the E9/BHL. Only league that you can actually play into the Elite level. Top to bottom not as good as FED but top teams would be mid level in FED elite and could compete with the Terriers, Huskies, MF
They were 40-0 2 years ago and got laid out by the mighty maxpro jets.