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10-02-2007, 06:10 AM
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My son plays Tier I AAA hockey, which is the highest level of youth hockey that your kid can play. For reference, house/rec hockey is usually considered B league. Travel teams are your A teams, and your highest level of travel team is your AA team. This is what I call "club" hockey. AAA hockey in Illinois only starts at your squirt major year through Midget Major. Each AAA club in Illinois has one team at each level, so if your kid doesn't make a team, you don't play for that club. I do know that Minnesota is different. From what I understand, they don't or didn't adopt USA hockey rules, and are kind of on their own. Their high school system is a lot stronger then ours. So for many talented kids in Illinois, high school hockey isn't an option. AAA is.

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