Best AA Hockey Clubs

Best AA Hockey Clubs

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July 19th, 2012, 5:58 am #1

My Ranking for hockey development
CHICAGO BLUES
HIGHLAND PARK FALCONS
WINNETKA WARRIORS
WEST DUNDEE LEAFS
GLENVIEW STARS
NAPERVILLE SABRES
ORLAND PARK VIKINGS
ST. JUDE KNIGHTS
CHICAGO HAWKS
JOLIET JAGUARS
VERNON HILLS ICE DOGS
CHICAGO BRUINS
NORTHWEST CHARGERS
ROMEOVILLE HUSKIES
SKOKIE FLYERS
EVANSTON WILDKITS
HOFFMAN ESTATES WOLFPACK
NORTHBROOK BLUEHAWKS
ROCKFORD ICEHOGS
WHEATON CYCLONES
CRYSTAL LAKE YELLOWJACKETS
GLEN ELLYN ADMIRALS
BARRINGTON REDWINGS
WILMETTE BRAVES
CHICAGO JETS
MCFETERIDGE BULLDOGS
PARK RIDGE NORTHERN EXPRESS
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July 19th, 2012, 12:22 pm #2

You obviously don't have a good perspective on the clubs across the Chicago area. Some of your high ranked teams don't really develop anyone and turn out pitiful teams year after year.
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July 19th, 2012, 1:31 pm #3

What criteria do you use for your evaluation.
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July 19th, 2012, 1:46 pm #4

My Ranking for hockey development
CHICAGO BLUES
HIGHLAND PARK FALCONS
WINNETKA WARRIORS
WEST DUNDEE LEAFS
GLENVIEW STARS
NAPERVILLE SABRES
ORLAND PARK VIKINGS
ST. JUDE KNIGHTS
CHICAGO HAWKS
JOLIET JAGUARS
VERNON HILLS ICE DOGS
CHICAGO BRUINS
NORTHWEST CHARGERS
ROMEOVILLE HUSKIES
SKOKIE FLYERS
EVANSTON WILDKITS
HOFFMAN ESTATES WOLFPACK
NORTHBROOK BLUEHAWKS
ROCKFORD ICEHOGS
WHEATON CYCLONES
CRYSTAL LAKE YELLOWJACKETS
GLEN ELLYN ADMIRALS
BARRINGTON REDWINGS
WILMETTE BRAVES
CHICAGO JETS
MCFETERIDGE BULLDOGS
PARK RIDGE NORTHERN EXPRESS
EVER
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July 19th, 2012, 2:16 pm #5

What criteria do you use for your evaluation.
2 Choices lock kids up with clubs. Clubs should be accountable for development. Development means good coaching and ice time and not necessarily winning.
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July 19th, 2012, 2:30 pm #6

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With the way coaches and directors jump from club to club, it is hard to quantify which clubs are the best at developing kids. I will agree that as long as my son has been in hockey, the Blues and Falcons have always seemed to put out strong teams. Other clubs may have 1 or 2 strong teams depending on the year, but not as consistent top to bottom as the top 2 mentioned. The Bruins seem to have a pretty good thing going and the Sabres and Hawks have huge numbers. The large number of kids doesn't equate to good development, but if you have over 100 kids at an age level, it isn't hard to pick the top 15 and have a pretty good team.

The Ice Dogs were very strong at the 99 age group a few years back but that whole team went AAA. The Falcons 2001 were unbelievable last year but they lost some of those kids to AAA. The Chargers were strong at the Midget level for the past few years. I think the 2 choice rule is a sham and you should be able to play wherever you want. The strong will survive and the other money grabbers will become extinct.

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July 19th, 2012, 3:35 pm #7

2 Choices lock kids up with clubs. Clubs should be accountable for development. Development means good coaching and ice time and not necessarily winning.
"2 Choices lock kids up with clubs. Clubs should be accountable for development. Development means good coaching and ice time and not necessarily winning."

Couldn't agree more. You all rip on the Admirals but they have Noga as their Director of Player Development and that is impressive. My son has taken his Handler class and there are kids from clubs all over in it. They also went out and hired Craig Porazinski as their new USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) Programming Director. Seems like they are trying to right the ship and DEVELOP players. Their NIHL teams get 2 weekly 1/2 ice team practices and a weekly full ice Power Skate with Noga so that's 3x a week guaranteed. From what I've heard, they also give extra ice time when available, so some weeks, 4 hours of practice time is given. To me, as someone evaluating clubs, this smaller club doesn't look so bad. Looks like Stu is the Hockey Director but he seems fairly new and from what I remember, they didn't even have one prior to him for a few years.
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July 19th, 2012, 4:34 pm #8

With the way coaches and directors jump from club to club, it is hard to quantify which clubs are the best at developing kids. I will agree that as long as my son has been in hockey, the Blues and Falcons have always seemed to put out strong teams. Other clubs may have 1 or 2 strong teams depending on the year, but not as consistent top to bottom as the top 2 mentioned. The Bruins seem to have a pretty good thing going and the Sabres and Hawks have huge numbers. The large number of kids doesn't equate to good development, but if you have over 100 kids at an age level, it isn't hard to pick the top 15 and have a pretty good team.

The Ice Dogs were very strong at the 99 age group a few years back but that whole team went AAA. The Falcons 2001 were unbelievable last year but they lost some of those kids to AAA. The Chargers were strong at the Midget level for the past few years. I think the 2 choice rule is a sham and you should be able to play wherever you want. The strong will survive and the other money grabbers will become extinct.
hilarious that someone is so arrogant and lost that they think they can rank the programs in terms of development.

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July 19th, 2012, 4:40 pm #9

I dont see the Talahasee Warhawks boy!!?? Lol
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July 19th, 2012, 5:09 pm #10

hilarious that someone is so arrogant and lost that they think they can rank the programs in terms of development.
Not arrogance. Someone's opininion. You may disagree.
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