You're all idiots. Let the kids dream and give them every opportunity and experience. These are life experiences that kids will remember forever, whether or not they play hockey after 18. People who tell their kids that there's no chance to have a hockey career after youth hockey are apathetic losers. You're raising your kids to be complacent with underachieving. If winning the Powerball had the same chance as playing in the NHL, you numbskulls would be at Wawa immeadiatly.
I wonder who's dream we are really talking about here. The dad's or the kid's?
Personally, I love it when people tell my kid that they have no chance at doing something. I wish they would do it more often. It's a great motivator.
Admittedly I was one of them. All gung ho when my boys started, screaming from the stands. Telling them how to play after games. Telling them what they need to fix and how to do it. I wanted them to be better than I was when I was a kid and go further. I think that's every parents dream, at least those who will admit it.
Long story short. Your kids make themselves, parents don't. I gave up living vicariously through them a couple years ago and accepted them for what they are, they're good hockey players and they like playing. They're not interested in all of the extras like practicing on their own in the driveway, basement or street. They aren't interested in off ice dry land or playing on spring or summer teams. They do well in school and enjoy playing with their friends. That's pretty much all we can ask for and support them.