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02-18-2013, 03:45 PM
hockey jockey
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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
Logistics in NB are just as tough if you want to play AAA Midget as both Mirimichi and Fredericton have kids that billet.The farthest draw area for Fredericton is about 3 hours north and about 2 1/2 north for kids in Mirimichi.Like I have said it is up to each family on what they feel is best for there kid , there is nothing wrong with prep schools , maybe the hockey at each provincial level will have to explore away to keep kids in there province for example if you leave for prep school and decide to return you may have to sit out a year ? who knows what the answer is , this will be a discussing that will go on for ever.

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