so let me get this straight
these LHPS school teams that can "recruit" any student from anywhere in Quebec (North America +++) will compete against teams who's players are bound by a postal code
how is that going to work ?
Things will run as usual. Long term, instead of seeing Quebec youngsters take the US Prep School route - Torrey Mitchell etc, or a western route - Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis etc, they will have a local alternative. Plus for Quebec hockey.
Hockey in Quebec is a "volume" game. The Qc govt will (Hence HQ) do what they need to assure the civilian part of it continues and flourishes
Qc is a poor province and majority of kids will not afford the costs associated with school hockey
Hockey Q is now in control and will assure that the civil (city) hockey option always has the better over the school
I expect changes over time to remove restrictions to postal codes and free borders for all players who do not chose school option; Increasing competition and quality of opponent
The above is a more logical conclusion.
School hockey has been around a long time. Their budgets are squeezed too. Certainly , if cannot afford private school in which the LHPS operates you will not be able to afford community hockey. Tuition at some of the Quebec based prep schools are I the neighbourhood of $20k and they do not have $100 million ++ endowments like the US PREPS. We were approached - I know the Quebec prep school had no money to give towards the tuition - unlike in the US. This agreement was a takeover not a merger.
actually, kids with money and hockey at young age; I can guarantee that
hockey is NOT a career option for these folks
the LHPS has 1000 players that's chump change vs HQ registrations and numbers
HQ did this deal to eventually control all of hockey and reign in the LHPS (who was against wall due to the fact that US schowcases/tournaments where refusing their applications because they where not part of "hockey Canada"....)
Suggest going to Centre-Sud and other similar organizations and looking at their benefactors. Also the various non-profits - the Canadiens, Hyundai.
This help has been around for ages, Predates the McConnell Foundation that helped sponsor the Boys Club after WWII, the various service organizations - Optimist, Kiwanis, etc.
I know in our hockey association, if a kid cannot afford to pay - they can apply to the cities and they will pay. It is need based. Same as Hyundai which is rather new - but we had kids in our association make use of this program as well. So there are options out there. Mind you this very basic and would not cover large AAA/AA budgets.
If a kid is really good - there will always be "help" from one source or another. Such is life. Depending on the kids age - if somehow they are deemed a pro prospect - help will come to them.