The Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League will feature an event-heavy schedule in 2015-16, its fourth year.
The season will include around 2,000 league games in regular season play and a 27-event schedule. Commissioner Henry Lazar and his staff have decided on 27 events to maximize exposure and competition that is different from a team’s local league.
The EJEPL will be home to 68 organizations, with 250 teams in 15 states. The event list includes playoffs at all levels, all-star jamborees and organization-hosted showcase events for all levels.
The new division set-up includes Diamond Level 1 for top teams, Diamond Level 2 for above average teams, Futures for average teams and either Futures 2 or MADD for weaker teams.
The levels of competition are critical for the teams to enjoy competition at their own realistic level. The 2015-16 season will begin with huge showcases in both Philadelphia, Pa., and Brewster, N.Y., on the Aug. 28-30 weekend.
The Philly 10-11-12-13-14U showcase will be run on 12 rinks at Aston, Pa., The Pond in Delaware, the Igloo Ice Center in Mt. Laurel, N.J., Hollydell Rink in Sewell, N.J., Revolution Ice Gardens in Warwick, Pa., and Old York Road Rink.
The teams will play four league games each in the 140-team event. The Brewster Bulldogs will host their showcase at the Brewster Ice Arena and the Danbury (Conn.) Arena. There will be many playoff venues and three all-star jamboree venues, including Brown University for the 15-16-18U Diamond levels.
“This is a very ambitious schedule of events, complete with EJEPL supervisors at each event,” said vice commissioner Larry Nastasi.
The league is currently working on the Girls Conference (12U, 14U and 16/19U) and the 16U and 18U split-season divisions. Webmaster Nastasi is working hard on the website EJEPL.com, with an expected July 1 completion date. Included on the improved site will be all the divisions 21 in all, an online store and college information for student-athletes and parents, as well as many other features.
The EJEPL is looking into a broader competition plan for 2016-17 which would include a Canadian and European team “Super Showcase Jamboree” and a “Full Season” (35-game) option for Independent USA Hockey youth and midget programs. EJEPL officials will be meeting with foreign league officials shortly.
The Brown University All-Star 15-16U and 18U Jamboree, scheduled for Jan. 24, 2016, will again include Division 1 college coaches’ seminars before their games.
The fully USA Hockey-sanctioned EJEPL also follow all adult screening policies and safe Sport adult requirements. The EJEPL is proud to work with 68 organizations in 15 states with 250 teams.
Organizations in North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Michigan and Illinois have already inquired about 2016-17. The entire EJEPL staff will be working extremely hard on the “professional” aspect of the entire operation.
The EJEPL prides itself on a non-political and 100 percent fair and honest operation. The EJEPL will remain “First Class” from top to bottom. The EJEPL app is available for free from Apple’s App Store. Just click the logo on the home page of the EJEPL website.
Future plans also call for the EJEPL “Family College Advisory” service, which will begin in 2016-17. The EJEPL staff will advise on the college process, including transcripts, college visits, the Clearinghouse, Academic Index for Ivy League schools, financial aid aspects, the right “fit”, resumes, contact letters, DVD’s, how to interview, and many more aspects, all at a very reasonable price.
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