Thursday, June 14, 2018


This is a tough day.

Eli 16.10 finished team tryouts for the 18u AAA team Tuesday night. Today, he finds out if he made the team.

This is, by far, the most likely team for him to make. If he does, then he's essentially on the same team he's been on for the past two years, although some of the kids from last year's team will be playing juniors.

This is the path we talked about--one year of 18u, then try to play in juniors (USHL or NAHL) for a year, hopefully drawing enough attention that he signs with a D1 school.

It's much more complicated than that, but that's the happy path.

If he doesn't make this team, then we'll spend the rest of the summer trying to shake something loose at the AAA level. Worst-case scenario, he'll wind up playing high school.

That's not a death blow, but it would be very, very tough. We've already talked about it, though, and at this level, the only thing that matters if whether he can get better this season. No matter where he's playing.

He was terrific in tryouts, and clearly, he's improved since the season ended in early March. There were goalies from all over, though--Boston, Atlanta, even Russia, and those are just the ones I know of--and tryouts are a funny thing.

So. Waiting.

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