Jersey Shore Whalers,USPHL Elite,USA Junior Hockey

Five Years Strong: Jersey Shore Whalers prosper in providing high-level training and advancement

By editor | December 11, 2017

Every time Matt Drake pulls on his Assumption College jersey, he is thankful that he once did the same with a Jersey Shore Whalers jersey. By Joshua Boyd “The Whalers were really instrumental in getting me into college hockey. They helped get me to the Islanders Hockey Club [in 2015-16]. Even when I was with…

United States Premier Hockey League,USPHL,National Collegiate Development Conference,NCDC,Rochester Monarchs,David Leaderer,USA Junior Hockey

United States Premier Hockey League: DeCristoforo A King From The Beginning

By editor | December 8, 2017

It means so much to Andrew DeCristoforo to pull on the South Shore Kings jersey. By Joshua Boyd The organization brought him in as a high school sophomore in 2013. After the end of December, the calendar will flip to 2018, marking five solid years for DeCristoforo as a defenseman with the Kings organization. All…

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Boston Shamrocks Women’s Hockey: Hennessey soon to bid farewell, move on to Lindenwood

By editor | December 6, 2017

The Boston Shamrocks knew they were getting an extremely qualified temp in Lauren Hennessey. By Joshua Boyd She had played for the East Coast Wizards and was fully planning on joining the University of North Dakota from there. She made her official visit on the day the coaching staff learned the North Dakota women’s hockey…

Viva Las Vegas!: Western States Hockey League excited for 14th showcase in new NHL market

By admin | December 4, 2017

By Joshua Boyd Even after its darkest day, Las Vegas continues to shine like a desert diamond. On Oct. 1, 2017, 58 people were killed and 549 were injured when a shooter fired into a concert audience, firing over the famous Strip. While the emotional healing certainly took time, Las Vegas immediately rallied around its real heroes – its…

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Potomac Patriots: Watt injects energy into Premier team’s lineup

By editor | December 3, 2017

With this one last year to play junior hockey, Chad Watt knew he needed to go somewhere that had a good reputation for development and advancement. By Joshua Boyd “I’m from California, but I knew a player who had played in the Potomac Patriots organization and they had a good experience,” said Watt. “As an…

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USPHL: Ferguson, Cheremeta Move Up Together With Islanders Hockey Club

By editor | November 30, 2017

Justin Ferguson can remember those early days with the Islanders Hockey Club, those days when he felt a bit like a garage door. By Joshua Boyd “My first year with the Islanders Hockey Club [USPHL 16U team] was really rough. I was seeing 50-60 shots per game,” said Ferguson. “That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.…

Western States Hockey League,WSHL,Cheyenne Stampede,USA Junior Hockey

Western States Hockey League: European-heavy Superior RoughRiders show no quit

By editor | November 28, 2017

Through 23 games, the Superior Roughriders have managed to fashion a winning record in the Western States Hockey League. They were 12-11 just after the Thanksgiving break, going 2-1 in the three games around the holiday. By Brian Lester   Head coach Paul DePuydt said the success is attributed to the fact that his team, despite…

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Vermont Lumberjacks: Defenseman Roth can do it all for Eastern Hockey League team

By editor | November 27, 2017

The Vermont Lumberjacks have gotten off to a great start in the Eastern Hockey League this season. Defenseman Max Roth is a big reason. By Steve Stein “Max is battling defensively, blocking shots, and he’s moving the puck and contributing offensively,” said Lumberjacks coach Doc DelCastillo. “He’s in our top defensive pairing and top power-play…

Hartford Jr. Wolfpack,Mike Tenney,USPHL,USA Junior Hockey

Hartford Jr. Wolfpack: Young team improving possession numbers

By editor | November 25, 2017

As the 2017 portion of the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack’s schedule winds down, head coach and general manager Mike Tenney considered what his team has done well in 2017. By Jim Smith He has also zeroed in on some areas of development that need to be honed for the final stretch of the schedule in 2018.…

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South Shore Kings: Goaltending depth remains key to climb through standings

By editor | November 24, 2017

The South Shore Kings simply have an embarrassment of riches in the nets. By Joshua Boyd It’s a tough choice for head coach John Gurskis to pick who is going to start each night, since he knows that no matter who he chooses has a great chance to win the game. The Kings did a…

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Connecticut Nighthawks: Experienced leaders help team to success

By editor | November 18, 2017

The Connecticut Nighthawks have crossed the median line of the season. By Jim Smith Head coach and general manager Brett Tryder believes his team has the talent to compete and needs to develop more consistency in their performance. “I think we have the talent to compete and we need to be more consistent. We need…

Eugene Binda,Officials Corner,USA Junior Hockey

Officials Corner: Talk to, not at, coaches during games

By editor | November 16, 2017

Over my many years officiating, there have been many times where a coach might lose his cool on the bench. Sometimes, it was hard to figure out if he was yelling at his players, his assistants or me. What I’m trying to say is there is a lot of emotion on the bench. Their emotions,…

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Connecticut RoughRiders: Mission is to be better every time you leave the ice

By editor | November 13, 2017

Twenty games into the season, the Connecticut Roughriders are playing well. They fashioned an 11-8-1 record in that stretch and were in first place in the Central Division of the Eastern Hockey League as of Nov. 13. By Brian Lester  “We’re doing well,” said Roughriders head coach Eric Lind. “We’re first in our division. We…

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East Coast Wizards: EHL squad rolls right into November

By editor | November 8, 2017

For the second straight season, the East Coast Wizards struggled out of the gate. Combined between this year and last year, the Wizards posted an overall record of 1-10-0 in 11 total games during September. By Joshua Boyd  However, just like last season, fall arrived and the Wizards turned things around drastically in the month…

Expanding on Success: New Hampshire Avalanche Leading Class of New EHL Teams

By admin | November 5, 2017

By Neil Ravin EHL Director of Public Relations & Social Media In the ever-changing world of junior hockey, teams come and go from year to year. For the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), this past off-season brought with it a handful of teams leaving, and a  group of teams joining the highly accomplished developmental league on the East Coast. The group that has…

USPHL Showcases bring nationwide teams together for increased scouting, diverse schedules

By editor | November 2, 2017

From New England to Chicago to Florida, and many locations in between, the United States Premier Hockey League Showcase Series brings high-level, high-intensity hockey to scouts, coaches and fans alike. By Joshua Boyd The Series features events almost every weekend of the season, from September clear through to February. These showcases are jewels in the…