How did this happen? I didn't even know that there was any "competative" non-pro hockey in town.
He will be 17 in September, just signed with the Corpus Christi (TX) Ice Rays to play there for a year while he finishes his last semester of high school and then goes on to college on their dime.
He has always played on leagues that had kids 2-4 years older than he was, because like most of my family he's big for his age, and his skill level is way up there.
At 12 he was ranked 35th in the nation amongst 16 year olds, at 13 he was 7th amongst 17 year olds, and he's been #5 or better amongst the 18 year old and up players since he was 14.
Fortunately he's smart enough to realize that one bad injury could end his career before it starts, so he's continuing to keep his grades up and go on to college to get that Mechanical Engineering degree as a back up.