That would make sense, but I don't know too much about NJ youth hockey, I think they finish the season early because they're not allowed to play multiple teams, (school and club) simultaneously? The club season ends and the school season starts. Maybe somebody with more familiarity from over there can comment. But it is common for players to cross the bridge to join mid season with PA teams so they can continue playing throughout the winter season. That's a ton of money to play 3 teams, unless the player is a goalie, they typically play for nothing or virtually nothing since goalies are always in demand.