Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League

Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League: Girls divisions set for three age groups

Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League: Girls divisions set for three age groups

After careful planning, the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League Lady Prospects Divisions are ready for the 2014-15 season.

Co-directors Rich Righi and Devra Pulley have done a great job organizing the three divisions.

In the U12 Division, teams include Lady Islanders, New Jersey Rockets, Polar Bears, Lady Bulldogs, Quakers Hockey and NOVA.

In the U14 division, teams include Lady Islanders, West Chester Wild, Connecticut Ice Cats, Lady Bulldogs, Quakers Hockey, CP Dynamo, South Shore Conquistadors and NOVA.

In the U16/U19 level, the Lady Islanders, New Jersey Rockets, Lady Bulldogs, Quakers, Westchester Wild and Connecticut Barons will compete. There are several other teams inquiring for admission in the inaugural season.

The teams will play a 12-game schedule with two showcases accounting for eight of the games. Playoffs will be in Frozen Four format.

The boys are preparing to begin their season in four weeks with many showcases and special events scheduled for the third EJEPL season. The competition should be excellent in all five levels of play.

All-Stars for the U12-13-14’s will be hosted by the Connecticut Oilers, and for the U16-18’s by the Boston Bandits and Rhode Island Hitmen at Brown University. The playoffs will be hosted at the 12-13-14 level by the Little Flyers and at the 16-18 level by the CP Dynamo.

The new point system highlights some of the new changes for the EJEPL with three points for a regulation win and two for an OT win.

The EJEPL has eliminated shootouts. The new OT format will be 4×4 for five minutes followed by a new 3×3 OT for another five minutes.

FastHockey.com will be a part of the EJEPL, showing games at the U18 level and all-stars and playoffs, with some showcases also on the network.

Vice commissioner Larry Nastasi is very busy supervising the uploading of over 100 schedules and rosters onto the website EJEPL.com.

Showcase hosts include Brewster, Philly Revolution, Buffalo Regals, Igloo Jaguars, Northern Cyclones, New Hampshire Monarchs, Connecticut Chiefs and Quakers Hockey.

Please visit the website at EJEPL.com to view stories, league information and all the stats and special features in the EJEPL.

The EJEPL has officially received trademark status and the EJEPL will only get better as time goes on.

For 2015-16, U10, U11, U15 and U19 levels will be added as well as a developmental league for second teams. The entire EJEPL family wishes every organization the best of luck for the 2014-15 season.


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Connecticut Oilers: Developmental path through Oilers ranks helps National Team’s Krys

Connecticut Oilers: Developmental path through Oilers ranks helps National Team’s Krys

By Brian Lester

Chad Krys has been given a golden opportunity as a hockey player.

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Chad Krys

Krys played for the Connecticut Oilers’ U16 team in 2012-13 and practiced with the Oilers Eastern Hockey League team last season as he continued to develop his skills en route to joining USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program this year.

Krys scored 20 goals and dished out 51 assists during the 2012-13 campaign, and was named Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League All-Star as well, making a name for himself.

Oilers head coach Eric Lind said Krys is one of the best players he has ever seen at this level and expects him to have a bright future in hockey. He is already being recruited heavily by colleges and has pro potential.

Of course, Krys comes from a hockey family. His father, Mark Krys, played in two Frozen Fours for Boston University, including the 1991 national championship game.

“He is one of the most skilled players I’ve seen. He has the potential to be a first-round pick in the NHL,” Lind said. “He is an excellent skater and has great athleticism. Not only is he a great hockey player, but he is very talented lacrosse player, too. I wish him the best in the next step of his career.”

In other news with the Oilers, Connecticut will have a U18 and a U14 team this year. Lind said both teams have a cast of talented players and should both fare well in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League.

The U18 team will also play in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League. Both teams are expected to play between 50-60 games. This is the first season the Oilers have had a U14 team.

“Both teams are going to be very competitive, and the players on those teams will have a great opportunity to develop their skills,” Lind said. “Not only will they play a league schedule, but we also plan on having them compete in four to five tournaments. It’s a great opportunity for the players and they will gain valuable experience. We’re excited about it.”

Lind said he is also currently busy recruiting players for the EHL Oilers after a season in which they won the Central Division championship and made the playoffs. Lind was also named the Coach of the Year in the league.


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Boston Jr. Bandits: Team celebrates quick advancement in Eastern Hockey League playoffs

Boston Jr. Bandits: Team celebrates quick advancement in Eastern Hockey League playoffs

The Boston Bandits Eastern Hockey League team finished the season with a respectable record of 22-17-3-2, good for third place in the very tough Northern Division.

By a little after 3 p.m. on Feb. 28, the Boston Bandits were already set for the Eastern Hockey League quarterfinals, before some other teams had even begun their first round playoff series. The Bandits defeated the New York Apple Core, 6-4, on Feb. 27, and the next day, it was a 4-2 win to advance.

In the playoffs, Colin Capton racked up five points in the two games, while Jon Stickel and Eric Salzillo (four points) and Freddy Gerard (three points) also had more than a point per game.

Gerard led the way on offense to finish the regular season, scoring 22 goals and chipping in 28 assists for 50 points. Second behind him was team captain Alex Bonito, with a 46-point campaign.

Salzillo, Matt Baldino and Tyler Drevitch all finished with solid numbers, each posting 37 points in the regular season.

The defense was led by returning players Shayne Bailey and Andy Price. Both players helped the offense with 11-point regular seasons and a point apiece in the opening playoff series.

Between the pipes, Ryan Hubbard and Billy Palmer both proved to be starting goalies. Hubbard posted a 3.40 goal against average and a .901 save percentage, while Palmer posted a 10-5-3-1 record with a 2.69 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.  Both goalies had outstanding regular seasons.

On the alumni front, UMass-Boston forward Peter McIntyre was named to the ECAC East First All-Star team. Babson College forward Michael Phillips was named to the ECAC East All-Rookie team. In the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Alabama-Huntsville forward Matt Salhany led the team as a freshman in points with 12.


Metropolitan Junior League team wins regular season championship

The Boston Bandits Metropolitan Junior League (MET) team won that league’s regular season championship with an impressive 38-1-3 record.

“Entering the season, I felt that we had a good core of players returning from the previous year and we added some quality players to that core,” said head coach Scott Drevitch. “The players have really came together.”

The Bandits led the MET league in goals for (278), and also had the fewest goals against (62) in the league.

The team had four players in the top 20 in scoring. They were led by ’96-born Riga, Latvia native Davis Zembergs, who finished fifth in the league with 79 points (33 goals, 46 assists).

Other top forwards were Tom Mahoney (’95, Braintree, Mass., 25 goals, 64 points), Nick Cambria (’94, West Bridgewater, Mass., 33 goals, 63 points) and Connor Wiggins (’94, Grosse Pointe, Mich., 36 goals, 59 points).

Taylor Hale (’93, Glendora, Calif.) finished second in defenseman scoring in the MET with 40 points, while West Bridgewater’s Frank Cambria (’94, 24 points) finished 15th.

The Bandits’ goaltending tandem went 1-2 in goals against average. Tyler Miller (’95, Worcester, Mass.) was first overall with 0.99, and Ryan McCarthy (’93, Acushnet, Mass.) was second at 1.85.

Hale’s .942 save percentage was No. 1 in the MET as well.

“The players should be proud of themselves for their great regular season,” said Drevitch. “With their success, we had eight different players called up to our EHL team. Now, the regular season is behind us and we are focusing on the playoffs. They are continuing to work hard, as we have even bigger goals that lie ahead of us.”


High-scoring 16U team closes out season, joins new East Coast Elite League

The U16 team finished the season 33-22-1 overall.

Latvian Eduard Tralmaks led all scorers with 68 points, followed close behind by Logan Drevitch with 66.

The next three, John Giatrelis, Cooper Jones and Justin Bofshever all ended on a point-per-game pace with 56. Tralmaks and Jones also led the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League in forwards and defensemen scoring, respectively.

Chad Merrell, coming off an injury, stepped it up at the end of the season, chipping in five points in the playoffs. Nick Flanders also chipped in two goals during playoff round robin play.

Drew Benedict and Andrew Bluestein continued to be a steady presence in the net.

The team is returning some key players, including Bofshever, Merrell, Jones, Flanders and solid, physical defenseman Chase Lieblein.

“The coaches are already on the recruiting trail, piecing together next year’s squad,” said head coach Mark Jones. “It was tough ending this season, because we had a great group of kids and talented players, but we have a lot of interest in the team after a few successful seasons and we are excited about the core coming back. This, along with going to the new East Coast Elite League should result in many players looking to be part of it.”

Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League: Apple Core win 16U regular season title, Monarchs win 18U crown

Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League: Apple Core win 16U regular season title, Monarchs win 18U crown

Congratulations are in order for the New York Apple Core Apple Core/Westchester Express 16U, who have won the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League website regular season title with a 17-3 record.

Very close behind were the Boston Bandits at 15-3-2 and the surging Northern Cyclones at 15-5.

“The 16U playoffs are really going to be great and competitive,” said Cyclones head coach Frank O’Connor.

For Mykul Haun‘s Apple Core team, the offense was led by James Nicholas (14 goals, 30 pts), Rob Clerc (eight goals, 21 pts) and Ken McClean (14 goals, 20 points).

The goaltending was stingy, only allowing 35 goals in 20 games played. Goalies Brian Ketchabaw and Ben Fleischman had save percentages of .941 and .921, respectively.

The Apple Core team scored the most goals and let up the fewest, a formula for great success.

The Boston Bandits, coached by Mark Jones, finished just two points behind the Core with the difference being two OT losses in the mix.

For the very tough Bandit team, Eduards Tralmaks (20 goals, 34 points) and Logan Drevitch (nine goals, 27 points) led the potent Bandit offense, which scored 87 goals for the season.

The goaltending trio of Andrew Bluestein, Drew Benedict and Hayden Funk got the job done for the Bandits all season. For Frank O’Connor‘s much improved and hot squad going down the stretch, Channing Gorscak (19 goals, 31 points) led the team in scoring. Drennan Atherson handled most of the goaltending chores, posting an 8-4 record and a .922 save percentage. These teams were all expected to be hard to beat during the playoffs, which begin Friday, hosted by the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs in Hooksett, N.H.

Congratulations are also in order for Clint Edinger’s Monarchs, who clinched the 18U regular season crown with a pair of wins over the tough Jaguars over the weekend at the Igloo Showcase.

The Monarchs pulled down a 19-1 record for the 20-game season. The Monarchs just edged out the equally tough CP Dynamo, coached by Brad Shaver. The Dynamo finished 18-1-1, one point behind the Monarchs.

The two teams split their two games this year in tough battles. They could meet in a much-anticipated final game on Feb. 23. The Monarchs are led by Chris Moquin (29 pts) and Brendon McDonough (15 goals).

The goaltending trio of Jacob Cordeiro (.932 save percentage), Connor Minch (.932) and Josh Reinstein (.926) were stingy in the net all season.

For the CP squad, Tyler Bullard (All-Star MVP) tallied 38 points during the season on 19 goals and 19 assists. Josh Haskins, with 29 points, was also a main contributor. CP goalie Brandon Rathwell had an 11-0 record and a .916 save percentage.

It could be a game to remember if both the Monarchs and CP Dynamo get to the finals. Teams such as the Igloo Jaguars and Richmond Generals may have some say in that though.

The EJEPL playoff recap will appear in the next issue of USA Jr. Hockey Magazine as the league crowns its champions. The playoffs are to held at Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett, N.H., with 15 teams competing in two levels of play.


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Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League: Rhode Island Hitmen fighting to stay near top

Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League: Rhode Island Hitmen fighting to stay near top

The Rhode Island Hitmen weren’t quite sure what they were getting into, but three months in, they’re certainly happy with the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League.

“Anytime you go into a new league, with a new team, you really don’t know what to expect,” said Hitmen general manager/head coach Howie Rosenblatt. “As far as the league itself, so far in the showcases and games, we’ve been very pleased with the competition we’ve been facing.”

The Hitmen established themselves early on as a force in the EJEPL’s 18U division, standing at first at one point before suffering a tough setback on Dec. 7-8 against the CP Dynamo, another new EJEPL team.

The Hitmen were tied for second in the EJEPL 18U Division as of Dec. 12 with a record of 8-4-0. They Dynamo have tied the Hitmen in points (16), but have only played eight games for an 8-0-0 record.

Leading the 18U Division are the Richmond Generals at 9-1-0 for 18 points.

Rosenblatt has coached the Hitmen 18U team for the last four years. The Hitmen started out as a split team to allow high school players to improve their game before their high school season began.

“However, over the course of the last two to three years, more and more players were coming to us in the middle of winter, and were wishing the Hitmen were full-season,” said Rosenblatt. “They wanted better coaching and competition than in high school. I wanted to make sure that, if we were going full-season, we wanted to join a league that was legitimate. The EJEPL reached out to our program director, Rich Jones, and asked if we wanted to add 16U and 18U teams.”

Rhode Island Hitmen,Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League,EJEPL,USA Junior HockeyThe 16U Hitmen have struggled out of the gate, going 2-6-0 in eight games as of Dec. 12.

The 18U Hitmen have been strong thanks to the net presence of Steve Schmitt, a ’96 who held a .920 save percentage (good for seventh in the league).

“I knew him from last year’s 16U team. We’re really excited to have him be our No. 1 this year,” said Rosenblatt. “He’s a very focused kid who wants to get to a higher level. He has stood tall for us.”

College and higher-level junior coaches asked early on about Schmitt and ’96 forward Tucker Alberigo. Alberigo had 10 points through 12 games, including a five-game goal streak to start the season.

“He’s a very skilled forward who can play defense as well,” said Rosenblatt. “His biggest obastacle right now is becoming more of a two-way player, and being stronger on the defensive end of things. That’s where we’re working with him.”

Eric Pesola is the team’s leading scorer, a ’96 who scored eight goals and 15 points in 12 EJEPL games.

“He is just a workhorse,” said Rosenblatt. “He’s impressed me with his work ethic, toughness and a knack for scoring as well. Given the right opportunity, he can go far.”

Rosenblatt had a long minor pro hockey career, and was on the first Merrimack College Division 1 team in 1988.

“I have some very good connections in the USHL and NAHL through my minor league days through former players or coaches,” said Rosenblatt. “If I feel a player is ready to take the next step, I would definitely be able to make some calls for them. My job is to develop them to make sure they’re ready for when they get that opportunity.”


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