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high school, junior, and college coaches couldn't care less what youth division a kid played in.
100% truth above. I’ve been coaching high school hockey in MA for 10+ years. Hope is to see coachable, hardworking, well rounded athletes. The ones who have been coached well stand out. The ones who are burnt out at 14 were probably very good squirts. Unfortunately I have a mite, squirt and a peewee player growing up in a time where hockey parents don’t get the fact that the level doesn’t matter. They have their kids playing year round so they can get on the team at the highest level. Just a terrible thing for the sport.
It’s more like 15 out of 16 elite team kids who are better than the platinum kids. But you keep telling yourself it’s 2-3
Sorry, but the difference between elite and platinum is exponential in terms of pace, hockey IQ, skating skill, and overall game play. Judging them against a metal-level team in a scrimmage is just apples/oranges fallacy. Go watch a practice, game, or tournament…you’re selling the elite teams and their players short to fit your argument and it’s nowhere near as close as you’ve described.
A$$ and tittys
^^^ True ^^^