you dont know hockey because you play mens le (no login) Posted May 3, 2012 1:25 AM
There must be something wrong with you if you think your men's league team would even leave your zone against any tier III team.
I know many players from AAA to USHL, so I can say with confidence that in the chicago-land area both AAA and tier III is watered down. But I would never say they don't have enough talent to beat your men's league team. You must be joking! Both chicago AAA and tier III have their own pros and cons no doubt, but they are very capable of competeing in their respective tiers. A player really needs to figure out what where he wants to go and decide for himself the best way to get there (IT SEEMS EVERY YEAR IS DIFFERENT). Everyone can probably agree the hitmen are a poorly run organization from the NA3 to tier II, but that doesn't mean they don't have talent. Bottom line, the chicagoland area needs one junior team at the tier III level. The Bulldogs are a better managed team and do their job more effectively in developing there players than the hitmen. It is unfortunate that the Bulldogs don't move their players, because there top players would be mid-top players on any tier II or III team.
The GLJHL has some very talented players that really get overlooked, because the league is still young and has developed fast. But, I know a few players that would or have dominated an NA or other tier III team. In chicago, the 4th and 5th liners are there, because the hitmen exist. Not saying they arent talented either. AAA puts your son in a more marketable position to make a USHL team, but it doesn't mean he is developing into a better hockey player.
What is with the pure lack of support we give our own hockey community? Retar.."special" comments like "my fat men's league team can beat up on a team of 18 year olds that practice every minute of the day" actaully seem to resonate with some people. Hello??? these are players that we develop indirectly or directly in one way or another. I don't have a child that plays in that age group yet, but I do believe that as of this moment the GL is heading in the right direction and other leagues are heading in the opposite. I would lean towards the junior leagues. Things do change quickly though.
btw...the bulldogs have some of the most personable players. I've spoken with some during open hockey and I have nothing but good things to say about their character. Everytime I see them during intermissions, they have kids from the youth programs lined up by there locker room. There are role models on that team that give back to the community. I wish them all the best and hope they can make the jump to the next level. It's hard enough to do so, but when you have to deal with stupidity from your own community it makes it that much harder for these kids.