I have had the chance to talk to some MN parents whose kids are playing Juniors this year. I had not had any oportunity to discuss MN hockey prior to this. The 2 biggest points I take away from those conversations are this. 1) The hockey is far less expensive when compared to even AA in Illinois. 2) Both sets of parents pointed out, on their own, the huge difference between the top of the lineup and the bottom lineup in High School. They also went on to say that when they gathered for the after season or off season to play on select teams, this difference was far less noticeable.