bluechip
I posed this question on the Middle Border Conference page and got a few responses. Basically, in the Middle Border (I'm not sure about other conferences) there always seems to be a high percentage of freshman players on varsity compared to the amount of freshman playing varsity in other sports. I thought the reason might be because of a necessity based on the number of players available versus how many are needed to field a hockey team. But, some people responded by saying that physical size may be less important versus "skills" than in other sports, so that is why so many freshman play varsity. Freshman aren't strong enough to play varsity in other sports but in hockey that is less important because of the skill set needed.

Does anybody have thoughts on why so many freshman play varsity compared to the proportion who play varsity in other sports? This may not be an issue at larger schools, but the Middle Border is a D2-D3 winter sport conference.
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baseball0609_old
yea you pretty much said it, you dont really need much strength in hockey its more skill based, like in football freshmen just arent strong enought to play but in hockey if you are a smart player with good skills you can substitute taht for strength
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hockeyistheonlyway_old
Its getting there, improvement over the years through coaching and recruitment. But the simple fact of small towns=less players and big towns=more players still is prevelant in MOST cases (not all).
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hockeyistheonlyway_old
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Your conference just needs to get more kids skating and playing the game when they are little. Get some hockey parents that care about teaching skills and fun at the grade school level and within ten years you will notice very few freshman making varsity.


MBC has all 4 teams that have towns with a population of 5,000 or under. We have plenty of kids out skating, its just the simple fact that we are small towns.
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cverse1
Northland Pines would be a very good example of what you are talking about. I know for a lot of the people in the Eagle River area hockey is more than just a sport, it's a way of life. Pines only has an enrollment of around 550 yet they still are consistantly one of the top teams in the state.
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ashmg28
I would say that no matter how big or small your town is, a freshman is going to play if he is good enough. The only time a freshman that is exceptional wouldn't play is if the high school coach does not allow freshman on varsity.
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