There’s a phrase that comes up a lot when discussing the grassroots hockey scene in Massachusetts these days: “watered down.” Still a hub in America for grassroots participation, the state is going through a period where many believe kids are being pushed into playing too many games, while at the elite level a laundry list of league options is hurting the competition balance. “It’s too watered down, there are too many fishbowls,” said one NHL executive. “Minnesota has one fishbowl.”
While hockey has expanded greatly in the U.S., a ton of talent still comes out of the Three M’s: Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota. In Minnesota, high-school hockey is still a huge draw, with the state tournament featuring packed crowds at the Xcel Energy Center, home of the NHL’s Wild. In Michigan, youth ...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.