Well that is the norm for high school hockey in PA. Mo financial support. When my son played the PA high school, the teams weren't even sanctioned by the schools as an official sport. Since he played both high school and travel hockey we shelled out considerable cash annually. Not to mention all the traveling expenses occurred with the home rink being 50 miles away and travel games up to several hundred miles. He did get to play in the Keystone games twice. Overall he loved the hockey experience and we enjoyed it too.
He was too busy then with practice, games, school and a girlfriend to get into much trouble. Now he works 20-30 hours a week as a co-op, college full time and still the same girlfriend. I think the hockey experience helped prepare him with the time managment aspects of life. Money and time well spent.
New York was different with the high school teams being sanctioned and some financial support. Much stronger organized hockey in New York. We got to see Tim Connolly and Matt Murley play as kids. My son played squirts with Robbie Schremp. They would have been on the same high school team, but we moved back to PA. Ice time there was alot cheaper and travel league expenses were less. I wish PA could support high school hockey more, but most kids sports budgets are shrinking.