Have to chime in. My 09 is traveling to Nashville in Feb for a tournament. Living in MI (and teaching the USA U17 and U18 Hockey Boys) my son was on skates right after he learned to walk, LOL. He did 3 years on Mini Mites (started at 3), a year on Mites and then played up on Squirts last year. This year he's on a squirt travel team. Last year he was the youngest player on his team by 2-3 years (he was supposed to be a Mite) and was by far the best. The parents were shocked when he was checked into the boards by what looked like an 11yo and I screamed, "he's only 8!!!!" LOL. I hate that I can't pay his ice bill by CC, LOL. That would be a great way to hit all those spend minimums!!!!