The Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League wishes all a Happy New Year for 2016.
Many of the EJEPL Division races are very tight as the KRACH (“Ken’s Ratings for American College Hockey”) system ratings show.
With the playoffs a month away, every game is critical and many games have huge playoff implications. Here are the top contenders for the EJEPL playoffs.
10U Herb Brooks Diamond Conference: Delco, the Long Island Gulls, Red Bank Generals, York and the New Hampshire Monarchs look like they are playoff-bound.
10U Alex Ovechkin Futures Conference: The Long Island Rebels, NYC Cyclones, Palmyra Black Knights, Quakers Hockey and Long Beach Lightning look tough heading down the stretch.
11U Mark Bavis/Garnet Bailey Conference: The Monarchs, Red Bank Generals, Hollydell Hurricanes, Long Island Edge and Long Island Gulls are the top contenders.
12U Diamond Jim Prior Conference: The Red Bank Generals, Delco Phantoms, Hatfield Ice Dogs, East Haven Yellowjackets and Maine Moose are poised to advance.
12U Sidney Crosby Futures Conference: Red Bank, Long Beach, the NYC Cyclones, Kinnelon Colts and York Devils all seem ready for the playoffs.
13U Dan Esdale Diamond Conference: The Pitt Selects, Red Bank, Monarchs, CP Dynamo, Connecticut Chiefs and New Jersey Freeze are the top five.
14U Phil Coleman Diamond Conference: Howard, Rhode Island Hitmen, Hollydell Hurricanes, Connecticut Chiefs, CP Dynamo, Palmyra, New England Jr. Hurricanes and Red Bank are poised for the stretch run.
14U Futures Tyler Johnson Conference: Frederick Freeze, Long Island Edge, Kinnelon Colts, Pitt Selects, East Haven and Igloo are battling for the playoff spots.
15U Bob Johnson Conference: The California Wildcats, Delaware Ducks, York Devils, Northern Cyclones and Long Island Edge are the top five.
16U Gary Dineen Conference D-1: The Northern Cyclones, N.H. Monarchs, Igloo Jaguars, Boston Bandits, Maryland Selects and Philadelphia Revolution are the teams to beat.
16U Gary Dineen Conference D-2: Maine, Toms River, Delaware, the Lehigh Phantoms, Hollydell and Red Bank have good KRACH Ratings
18U Paul Gilmartin Diamond 1 Conference: The New Hampshire Monarchs, Revolution, Boston Rangers, Northern Cyclones, Pitt Selects and Boston Bandits are right there.
18U Paul Gilmartin Diamond 2 Conference: Delaware, GNY Stars, Gulf Coast Flames, Bridgton Academy, York and the Hatfield Selects rate as the teams to beat.
Here is how things look in the Girls Conferences:
14U: The Lady Islanders, Connecticut Ice Cats and CP Dynamo are neck and neck for playoff spots.
16/19: The Northwood School and Troy-Albany are the top two teams, with the Lady Islanders, Lady Bulldogs and New Jersey Rockets are only a total of (6) Krach points apart.
Showcase showdown: In January, two league showcases, the All-Star games and the girls playoffs take place.
Jan. 8-10 features the last of the three 15U showcases hosted by the Igloo Jaguars at Mount Laurel, N.J. The Boston Bandits will be hosting the Bandits Shootout Jan. 15-18 at the Bridgewater Ice Arena in Bridgewater, Mass.
Included will be games in the 18U Diamond, 16U Diamond, and 16U Futures.
The All-Star games will be held Jan. 18 and Jan. 24. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18, will see the 10-11U Diamond all-star games at Coney Island, N.Y., and the 12-13-14U Diamond all-star games at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Conn.
On Sunday, Jan. 24, the 16-18 games will be held at Brown University.
Please consult the EJEPL website for the details. Jan. 31 will be the date for the girls playoffs in Danbury, Conn.
The top four teams in each age group will play a Frozen Four format. The Diamond Playoffs will be all held on the Feb. 5-7 weekend in Albany, N.Y., as well as in New Hampshire and New Jersey. Click the playoff button on the EJEPL.COM home page.
The Futures and MADD playoffs will be held over the Feb. 12-14 weekend in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Plans are being formulated for the new 9-year-old Squirt Minor division, and to reconfigure the Futures Division into Gold and Silver for better competitive balance.
The EJEPL girls divisions will be adding a 10U and 12U conference, to join the present 14U and 16/19U levels.
Plans are being finalized for a Midget challenge series against a Canadian league.
Have a Happy New Year from all of us at the EJEPL.
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