Some good points. Here is a couple of more. Mass cant compete with Minn/Canada or even Eastern European countries for "time on ice". They have many more community rinks and programs per capita, and when those aren't available, they have frozen lakes and ponds.
So, unless you have deep pockets for extra skills, camps, tournies or you are willing to be a transportation service for your bender and his 3 teams, good luck...Mass kids are never going to come close to "time on ice" versus the above areas.
It's not the secret to success, but if you have 2 benders with the same athletic ability and one gets 10 hours of ice time a week, versus 5, guess who improves?
Also, something vastly overlooked in Mass. When these cold area kids are playing pond hockey they are generally playing up with older siblings, the bigger kids, especially if they have any ability. By the time they are ready to hit or be hit, they are hardened and seasoned as they say up north.
Watch a youth game in Ontario and a kid has to get stitches before a whistle is blown. Here in Mass, you sneeze and a kid falls to the ice and the whistle blows!
You are doing a disservice to these kids with aspirations by encouraging no touch hockey.