Not everyone goes to the public high school in their hometown, which can have an impact on local athletic programs, some more than others.
This is especially the case in hockey in the metro Boston area. There are a handful of towns just south of Boston who are in close proximity to a handful of private schools as well as vocational options. It might detract from their programs, but it has not stopped teams from being successful and competitive.
The Braintree High boys hockey team has been fortunate in recent years to keep its participation rate up despite the nearby competition. This year, Braintree had 97 kids try out for the program, despite some serious obstacles.
Not only is Braintree a couple of exits away from Boston on the highway, but also the town itself features three high schools with the option of attending a fourth for its town residents. Braintree High School is the main high school, but Archbishop Williams, a perennial Division 1 playoff contender in the Catholic Central League, also is located in the town.