Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League: Showcases mark early stages of season; also, previewing the Girls Conferences
The August showcases held in Philadelphia and Connecticut were huge successes and launched the 5,000-game big fifth year of the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League.
The Aug 26-28 showcase in Philly at Aston IceWorks, Hollydell Arena, Igloo Ice Center, The Oaks, The Pond, Revolution Ice Gardens, Hatfield Rinks and Exton Power Play rinks had the 9U through 14U levels of the league all in one area.
There were many close games. The same can be said for the Connecticut midget showcases at SoNo Ice House, Terry Connors Arena, Darien Ice Arena, Northford Ice Pavilion, Milford Ice Pavilion, Hamden Rink and Newington Ice Arena.
At the end of September, the N.H. showcases also took place in Hooksett at the Ice Den, the Tilton School and the Tri-Town Arena, as well as in Hudson at Cyclones Arena, at Sullivan Arena in Conway, and a few others.
In October, the Connecticut Chiefs will host the Columbus Day weekend showcase for 15U, 16U and 18U. In Providence, R.I., the Futures 10-12-14U showcase will take place Oct. 21-23. In Buffalo between Oct. 28-30, there will also be a 16U and 18U showcase. The split-season 16/18 divisions will have playoffs Oct. 30 in Connecticut.
Please go to the web site EJEPL.com to view all the divisions and standings and feature stories. Great viewing.
Women’s Division continues to soar to new heights
The Women’s Division closed out the 2015-16 season with the crowning of two great champions.
The CP Dynamo team, which was led by Coach Shawn MacKinnon, captured the U14 title for the second consecutive season. The Northwood School, led by Coach Lucy Schoedel, captured the 16/19 title after an amazing regular season.
The EJEPL Women’s U14 All-Star team traveled to Walpole, Mass., at the conclusion of the regular season to represent the league in the Girls Shamrock Tournament at Rodman Arena.
The U14 All-Star team, led by coaches Christian Hubert and MacKinnon, competed against some of the strongest and highly selective New England spring teams.
The games were exciting, challenging, and highly competitive, but the team prevailed and went undefeated and won the championship.
This accomplishment only establishes that the EJEPL Women’s Division has a strong and talented pool of female athletes.
As the Women’s Division embarks on the 2016-17 season, the league is excited about the continued growth of the league. With the expansion of the new U12 division and the additional teams that joined the U14 and U16/19 divisions, the EJEPL is prepared to have another successful and productive season.
The league has expanded its geographical boundaries with teams joining from Vermont, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. New teams have recognized the league’s commitment to excellence and its functional design of games and showcases that met the needs of the female athlete.
The league welcomes the following U12 teams to the league: Lady Islanders, New Jersey Rockets, Hanover Wild, New Jersey Titans, Connecticut Ice Cats and Greenwich Wings.
With the U14 division’s talent, it will prove to be a difficult challenge for any team to capture the championship title. With the introduction of the Hanover Wild, Vermont Stars, New Jersey Titans and Greenwich Wings, this division should be closely watched.
The U16/19 division raises the level of competitiveness to a national level. With the additions of the Exton Elite, Connecticut Northern Lights and Jersey Shore Wildcats, this division will come down to hard-fought battles for one team to earn the title of champion.
College scouts and recruiters should follow the progress of teams and individual players throughout the season by visiting the league’s website www.ejepl.com. Team and players statistics are updated within two hours of any game.
EJEPL players to watch this season, as they continue to put numbers on the leaderboards, are CP Dynamo’s Madison MacKinnon, Gabby Cox, Allie Kelley and Jayden Kelley; the Connecticut Ice Cats’ Jennie Piotrzkowski and Jessie Eccleston; the Lady Islanders’ and Portledge School trio Brooke Hubert, Emma Hayes and Ava Salerno; the Troy/Albany Ice Cats’ and EJEPL All-Stars Ava Ferris and Cristina Darby; New Jersey Rockets’ sisters Julia and Renee Hoffmann; and the Exton Elite’s Katelyn Brown and Jordan Hower.
The EJEPL Women’s division will continue to expand into the 2017-18 season. Any team interested in joining the league, please contact Christian Hubert, Director of Women’s Hockey, at 516-993-5525 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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