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Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 2 2011 at 10:40 AM
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what else is new......from the Tier 2 boards: "Interesting info for 95's"


http://www.network54.com/Forum/243529/thread/1301629526/last-1301687744/Interesting+info+for+%2795%27s

 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 2 2011, 11:35 AM 

Keep that in mind when you're dragging your 16 year-old to umpteen dozen rookie camps. These tryouts are nothing but major revenue streams for ownership.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 3 2011, 9:04 AM 

It's the experience that matters.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 3 2011, 9:11 AM 

Heh, if it works for them, why not?

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 12:29 PM 

And don't forget the exposure. If you're boy has anything, it will be noticed - maybe not this season but next.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 12:38 PM 

that's exactly the point the Jr A forum guys are making: it won't be for next season unless you've already been approached. yep, the season after for sure if they're good enough.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 1:34 PM 

What's the rush? Play on a good midget team, it's a marathon not a sprint.....

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 1:35 PM 

Don't listen to this BS people. Go take your kid out there.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 2:31 PM 

Teams are going to have a hard problem signing 16 year old kids with all these teams folding.

How many more have walked down the road kicking stones anyway?

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 2:38 PM 

How many are/have folded?

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 2:51 PM 

Not many 95's playing teir 2 this year on account of numbers with teams, and the understanding of a weak draft.
Many will need to play Midget, dont burn any bridges.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 2:55 PM 

Which teams have folded?

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 2:58 PM 

2:38, 2 years ago there were 37 teams and they dropped 1 team. last year 5 teams were "contracted" to 31. so far this year it has been announced that Dixie is merging with Cobourg. the league is saying that they plan to whittle that down by 4 teams to a total 26 this off-season. their objective is to be down between 20 to 24 teams in a few years.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 3:41 PM 

It was Streetsville (not Dixie) that merged with Cobourg.

However, yesterday they announced 3 more teams being decommissioned:

Dixie Beehives
Orangeville Crushers
Collingwood Blackhawks

So, officially down to 27 teams - maybe more to come.........

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 5:09 PM 

my bad. thx for the update.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 5:15 PM 

How meny 94's played in the T2 this year? How did they do? If I was looking for a place for my 95 kid I would go to the teams that have 94's. That tells me they are willing to take them.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 6:07 PM 

5:15, all but a very few teams don't carry at least 1 UA. about half carry their max of 2. as the league contracts most teams will begin to carry their full complement as they'll need to develop for the future just as the OHL does. you'll probably still get the odd team that won't carry any (unless they're 1st/2nd round studs) when they're planning an RBC national title run.

as for which teams to look at, you'll have to do your homework. here's a link to the OJHL:
http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=231&seasonid=5985

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 7:44 PM 

6:07 thank you. finaly no crap!!! If anyone does know what kids did well and what teams had 94's please let us know.

 
 
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Good Luck But...

April 4 2011, 8:42 PM 

Anyway you look at it your kid will be a first year player in a league with 4 year eligibility, Unless the player is either an exceptional player or politically connected he is going to have minimum ice time in a situation where he is playing against bigger, stronger and more experienced players. My opinion is to place your kid in a situation where he is going to play and play alot, For about 95% of the players out there who don't make the OHL cut Midget AAA is going to be there best bang for the buck. Playing is the key to moving up and OPJL hockey is still a league dominated by 18 and 19 year olds, always has been always will be. Put your kid where he has the chance to play and Doors will open as he gets older if he sticks with it. OHL is the shortest route to the pros but determination and perserverence is a great back up plan. Good luck!

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 4 2011, 10:54 PM 

95s should play midget, at least one year.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 5 2011, 12:06 AM 

94's should quit hockey for at least one year.

 
 
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Compromise?

April 5 2011, 7:11 AM 

16 and 17 year Olds that don't make OHL teams should play Midget hockey. Not sit on a OPJL bench! It's a game people, the pissing contest is out behind the rink, not inside! If you really want to give them your money at tryouts knock it down ,but chasing something for nothing is better done in a stripjoint, not a hockey rink.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 5 2011, 9:24 AM 

Here's a thought...

If a player doesnt make the OHL cut...actually will depend upon how close....ie. What round did he get drafted in? Did he sign an OHL contract? Tier 2 is probably the best bet depending upon the development opportunity.

The question becomes as to what teams are presented as options? What Midget team? What Tier2 team? I mean, being realistic, Midget hockey is watered down Minor Midget in most cases. The exception being the poorer Minor Midget teams where the addition of older boys in a combined year for the corresponding Midget team actually improves the situation. Make sense? In either case, the option of further development toward extending your hockey career will be limited.

As far as Tier 2 is concerned, the leagues are doing the right thing (merging centers) to help reduce the non-competitive teams and to improve the overall quality of play.

Long story short...way too many factors to address with a blanket statement. Most OHL clubs will take care of those close to making the team so they can monitor progress and callup as required. Others who are not close to making the team, will probably not legitimately make a tier 2 squad anywany.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 5 2011, 11:34 AM 

At some point isn't it a game of numbers?
Aside from those that go to the OHL, only 2 95's on each Jr A team, the rest of the minor midgets are trying to squeeze on the Midget teams, where half the players are still there comprised of 94's.
Are there enough spots?
Will there be 95's that don't make a midget team?


 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 5 2011, 11:41 AM 

Yes...it is about numbers as well. This is the year where you will see a filtering down effect. AAA to AA....AA...A etc. as there simply isnt enough room otherwise.

 
 
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Contrary to some

April 5 2011, 5:47 PM 

Midget Hockey is not watered down and the challenge of playing against players a year older should not be taken lightly. Secondly the politics that infests younger age groups is mostly put out to pasture in the Midget age group. Coaches who don't play the boys fairly are pretty much left with an empty bench as kids just quit if left out.
What really makes it an exciting age group is for the most part the kids are playing for themselves and to have fun, It's also amazing how much they seem to grow up at this age.(You might not get it yet but they do) You will be suprised at how much attitudes change when the Parental Umbrella is put away. I think it actually might be the funnest and best years of minor hockey your kid can play. I don't know why anyone would want to give it up to sit on a Tier II bench. Just one guys opinion.

 
 
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Re: Tier II spots for 95's already taken on most teams

April 5 2011, 6:09 PM 

Good point...but it does look like one of us misunderstood. I am of the opinion that only the better players who wish to take a series stab at playing hockey (beyond that of just for fun) do not play Midget hockey.
Yes I know I have offended some of you, but realistically, Midget hockey is not on a serious player's agenda.

To play for fun...absolutely!

 
 
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Contrary to some

April 5 2011, 6:17 PM 

Playing Junior Hockey will be a much more viable option after a year or two in Midget, remember there are only a couple of spots avaliable for sixteen year olds and only a couple of more for 17 year olds. If you still love to play opportunities abound at 18 and 19.

 
 
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