After a very successful fourth year, which saw over 250 teams compete in 22 conferences from 10U to 18U to girls divisions, the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League is planning on its fifth season to be the best yet.
The EJEPL will add a 9-year-old birth year division, which will be named after longtime junior and college coach Jim Salfi.
Other proactive adjustments will include a new Futures level alignment with a Gold and Silver level. This will ensure teams can be placed in the proper competitive level.
The MADD (Mid-Atlantic Development Division) level will now be a limited travel two-or three-conference set-up with divisions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and in the metropolitan New York area.
The MADD level will play a 10-game schedule with one tournament and Frozen Four format playoffs.
The EJEPL will again have many showcases and special events. The all-stars will again be at Brown University for the 16/18U; Norwalk, Conn.’s SoNo Ice House for the 12-13-14U; and Coney Island for the 10-11-15U conferences.
Playoffs will again be the first two weekends in February at various venues. The teams will again play 16 games for 9 to 14U conferences, and 20 games for the 15-16-18 conferences.
The split season will be divided into two levels of play for competitive balance. They will play a 10-game season.
The girls will also play a 10-game schedule with playoffs at the end of January. All in all, the EJEPL will be a great supplemental league adding to teams’ local league schedules to create a full September to March season, with diverse competition for all teams involved.
The EJEPL follows all USA Hockey rules and fully agrees with the ADM model of development. Director of Player Development Dave Starman will work with league teams on proper practice techniques and the organizations’ direction toward instruction for the players.
The EJEPL wants to thank its Staff and Directors, beginning with thanking Larry Nastasi (Vice Commissioner) for his tireless efforts on the website and assisting Commissioner Henry Lazar in all aspects of running the EJEPL.
The league also wants to thank Dean Of Discipline Jon Sandos for his expertise in doling out fair justice to players and supervising many of the special events for the league.
Thanks also go to Secretary Carol Oldmixon and Director of Social Media Frank O’Connor.
Also due thanks is Girls Director Christian Hubert. The EJEPL will be adding few more staff members to better serve the teams.
Girls director Christian Hubert has released the schedule for the girls’ All-Star games. They will participate in the Shamrock Elite Tournament in Boston between April 29-May 1. The team will practice at the Boch Ice Center and then the 14U and 16/19U all-stars will play in the tournament. Good luck to the girls.
The EJEPL annual meeting is Monday, April 25, at the Stamford (Conn.) Marriott. Agendas and further information will be sent to all members in early April.
Hockey America Tournament to be held May 6-8
The EJEPL is proud to host the second annual EJEPL/Hockey America Tournament May 6-8 at the Ice Works in Aston, Pa. It will be a fun and competitive weekend for the teams at the 10-12-14-16-18U levels.
The Hockey America Championship Tournament brings top teams to the Mid-Atlantic region for a great weekend of intense competition.
The EJEPL, which covers 18 states, is excited about this championship tournament. Each team is guaranteed three games, with a maximum of five games. Winning teams from each level will receive a championship banner.
The EJEPL will invite all the college, prep school and junior scouts on the East Coast for the various divisions of play.
Teams that travel the farthest will have a travel-friendly schedule. The schedule-maker will accommodate out-of-town teams and special scheduling requests.
There will be round-robin play within the four-team divisions with the top two teams from each division advancing to the playoffs on Sunday morning.
Games for the 10U, 12U, and 14U divisions will be three (15-minute) periods. Games for the 16U and 18U will be two (25-minute) halves. Playoffs will be (30-minute) mini-games.
In case of overtime in the preliminaries, a three-man shootout will decide the game with the loser getting one point. In case of overtime during the playoffs, there will be a 5-minute 4v4. If still tied, then there will be a 5-minute 3v3 overtime. The final tiebreaker will be a three-man shootout.
The official tournament website is www.EJEPL.com/HockeyAmericaTourn. All tournament information will be available on the site, including all logistical info, including schedules and results of all games.
The tournament costs are $1,395 per team for 10U, 12U and 14U; and $1,595 per team for 16U and 18U.
If your team needs hotel rooms, Lisa Shaw in the Ice Works office can be reached at 610-497-2200. She has blocked off rooms in area hotels for the tournament.
To contact the tournament directors, reach out to Henry Lazar (718-332-4555), John Giacobbo (215-901-0440) or Larry Nastasi (516-582-4251).
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