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One school that has offset this trend is Duluth Marshall, whose players stay in high school and graduate before leaving for juniors or the college ranks.
“Hermantown has lost kids and so has
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However, success isn’t necessarily the catalyst to retaining players. There are plenty of examples of kids who have won individual accolades or state championships who still leave early for juniors.
Hockey is unique from other varsity sports where kids are able to play on the junior level before graduating high school. Because of this, there can be added pressure from higher ranks to advance players at a younger age and, according to Flaherty, it starts at the very top.
“It appears to be trickle down effect, from the pros to college, college to juniors and juniors to high school kids.”
While it is getting more uncommon for high school players to go straight to college hockey, especially Division I without a stop in juniors first, the opportunities to play junior hockey are still there after graduating high school.
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