there has to be some reasonable middle ground on this ridiculous subject....while most main stream parents look at junior hockey parents as quixotic, i dont understand the absolute rage coming from the people criticizing the junior hockey option.....there is no rush to college or the job market....41% of 25 to 29 year olds live with their parents anyway....and that is a documented fact. why not play an extra year or two of hockey before heading to school, regardless of compensation...and as for the suggestion of heading directly to school and playing club, good luck making a D1 club roster out of high school. about 80% of D1 rosters are filled with 20-21 year old freshman who played juniors. the youngest player on ohio's club team was 21 this past year...my kid, for amusement tried out and made 3 different junior teams out of high school, but wanted the "normal" college experience and instead played d1 club hockey. he graduated in 4 years with honors, took about 2 years to grow into club hockey and now would like an extra year of his youth after finding out the job market for 22 year olds is pretty unfriendly...now i personally think aging out in juniors is a little out there....but why would i get nasty about it?