Wow! You guys need to relax, I think you're being trolled. We're talking about 2011 Birth Year here. Seriously, who cares how many kids from what club are playing summer hockey, or are how many kids from a particular team are being invited to tournaments. It means absolutely nothing. How good a team is has no bearing on the individual advancement and success of your child. If your goal is to get your son or daughter to the highest level they can achieve, then you look for a coach and program that can develop the player regardless of wins and losses. I've seen kids play for average teams that have gone on to Prep School, D3/D1, and Pro. One of the common denominators was the coaching they received. Now, if your goal is to chase wins with no aspirations to play after 18U, then have at it. Everyones journey and goals are different in this sport. Sit back and enjoy watching your child play because it will change fast. Your 2011 will be a teenager soon. If he/she is really good, they will be moving away to continue playing. If they decide they want to stop playing after 18U (or beforehand), it's the end of the line and you're looking back thinking how quickly it all went by.
The original title of this post was "New THF Tier 1 League". Let's get back on topic here and talk about the new league. I think overall it will make games more competitive. There is nothing worse than driving two hours to pump a team by 10 goals. No one develops or gets anything out of that. It sounds as if this new league will use their parity event to match teams so that games are competitve for developmental purposes.