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The way too early pre-season "rankings"

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We all know how the WPA hockey truths, rumors and opinions circulate like wildfire.  What are some thoughts on teams that will take division titles this year based on player movements (whether through attrition or addition).  

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The Bantam birth year team at NP is a good group hockey players. Will be interested in where they play and how they do.

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I had heard of at least two orgs were short on 05 talent and in lieu of having an 05 BY team they went with an 05/06 mixed team..........anyone know if this is true or not?  

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6 minutes ago, fafa fohi said:

I had heard of at least two orgs were short on 05 talent and in lieu of having an 05 BY team they went with an 05/06 mixed team..........anyone know if this is true or not?  

South Hills for one is set up that way and would have to assume that as well with the Predators with the 05 team in place.

At the end of the day, the 05 birth year is weak in terms of numbers and too many teams, especially with the third 'A' to populate quality through to the AA level.

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NP had it set up for the 05 to be BY and the 06 to be BY. It was that way until the third night of try outs when it was rumored that the 05 team would be mixed.

 

I have no insight to the how or why.

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30 minutes ago, Chinstrap said:

NP had it set up for the 05 to be BY and the 06 to be BY. It was that way until the third night of try outs when it was rumored that the 05 team would be mixed.

 

I have no insight to the how or why.

The way it was explained to me was that 2 06 kids made the 05 team.  So, the 06 team is an 06 team but it is without two of their better players.

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More 05s exited the hockey travel scene this year. A few I heard about who were cut from Pens are just playing their school teams. Maybe next year when the Pens go to one team PAHL will pick up some more.

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7 hours ago, Saucey said:

More 05s exited the hockey travel scene this year. A few I heard about who were cut from Pens are just playing their school teams. Maybe next year when the Pens go to one team PAHL will pick up some more.

I have heard the same.  One parent I spoke to whose son was cut by PPE said in not so many words that PAHL AA was beneath them and their son would only play for his school.  Pretty pompous if you ask me.  

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39 minutes ago, powderfinger said:

PAHL AA is beneath them but PIHL is not?? Seems like an odd conclusion for them to come to.

Go figure.......

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55 minutes ago, fafa fohi said:

I have heard the same.  One parent I spoke to whose son was cut by PPE said in not so many words that PAHL AA was beneath them and their son would only play for his school.  Pretty pompous if you ask me.  

Hell, the Black team is equivalent to PAHL AA.

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3 minutes ago, HereWithPopcorn said:

Hell, the Black team is equivalent to PAHL AA.

Don't tell that to the parents paying ten grand or more for AA type hockey with a cool PPE sticker on their vehicle with sweet warmups and gear bags.  It was only this past season when some PAHL teams were beating PPE Black teams.

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8 minutes ago, fafa fohi said:

Don't tell that to the parents paying ten grand or more for AA type hockey with a cool PPE sticker on their vehicle with sweet warmups and gear bags.  It was only this past season when some PAHL teams were beating PPE Black teams.

Do you see it happening even more often this year given some of the exodus to PAHL teams (SCIR, Preds, NP)?  Or will they not even bother to play against PAHL?

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1 hour ago, fafa fohi said:

Go figure.......

Ya..... usually the AA teams have more talent across the board than a PIHL team who is limited to their school district. The one  former Pen parent that I spoke to, they sounded burned out and disappointed, too. Maybe school hockey won't be enough and they'll return next year. Or their kid reached the age where he is done.

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Saucey, I don't disagreee with you but the PIHL teams are pretty good at the Varsity level.  Do you compare them to U18 teams?  PIHL vs. PAHL battle of the champions would be something to see.  I may even pay $$ to watch this at the UPMC Center.

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