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02-18-2013, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by cgjoe64 View Post
All 4 of these kids are extremely gifted players. Scales lives in Labrador, which does not have a AAA midget team. He would have to go somewhere to play a reasonable level of hockey. A prep school was only sensible route for him. Holwell is living with a relative, though I hear now he may be back for U16 newfoundland team and Q Draft.
Nathan Noel was so far above the pack it made sense to leave for better competition. His success at Shattuck shows this was a sensible move. Picco was already living away from his home town (3 hours) to play hockey. Buddies with Noel, so it was a sensible move logistically for him. It is not about the parents with these kids. I know them all. Logistics here are far harder than on the Mainland, hence one of our AAA midget teams folded earlier this year. Some of the kids face a 2 hour or more, road trip each way, just to practice. The expense can be huge with travel, so the prep school fees are not a huge jump. Living away with generous relatives can be the only way for some to manage financially.
Each one of these kids will be a legitimate NHL prospect if they continue to develop and stay healthy.
All the current NHL players from here had to leave the province to develop
Yeah that all makes sense.. hard to know the situation for every kid. My point is that if we keep exporting our best players we are not going to grow our programs. There are lots of kids who live 2 or 3 hours away from their respective Midget Major teams on the mainland too. Most billet I believe. So if the cost of playing and billeting is lets estimate $10k per year.. that is still considerably cheaper than lets say $40k which is likely the average for Prep.

If you're wondering why I care, its because over the past 20 years the price to play hockey has skyrocketed for the average player. It seems the hockey community is creating a system where only the wealthy can get to the top because they are the only ones that can afford the summer camps, the spring hockey and now the prep school or moving away to play. Where does it end, and how many good players don't develop to the best potential because the cream of the crop have all moved away to play. And I also question the return on the $40k. All of those players would have been drafted or on the Q radar no matter where they played.

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