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This is the 2016-17 Eastern Hockey League season.  This is the league's fourth season after the league's formation by the merger of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League with six members of the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

Reorganization of Elite Division for 2016-17Edit

The league announced on March 1, 2016 that the Elite Division was being reorganized as the 19U Elite Division.  The Elite Division will focus upon development of players for higher levels of play.  As part of this reorganization the league is adding seven teams from the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (New Jersey Rockets, New York Applecore, Brewster Bulldogs, Connecticut Nighthawks (who would later withdraw prior to the season), Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, and Philadelphia Revolution, and the Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels. As a result of this reorganization the membership of the MJHL was decimated.  The MJHL was absorbed by the North American Hockey League and the league was reorganized as the North American 3 Atlantic Hockey League in a similar manner to what the former Northern States Junior Hockey League had done when they became the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League prior to joining the North American 3 Hockey League's Eastern Division for the 2016-17 season.

Other League ChangesEdit

Current TeamsEdit

Northern Conference
Boston Division
Team Arena Location
Boston Bandits Bridgewater Ice Arena Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Boston Jr Rangers Breakaway Ice Center Tewksbury, Massachusetts
East Coast Wizards Edge Sports Center Bedford, Massachusetts
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill Valley Forum Haverhill, Massachusetts
Walpole Express Rodman Arena Walpole, Massachusetts
New England Division
New England Wolves Merrill Fay Arena Laconia, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Tri-Town Ice Arena Hooksett, New Hampshire
Northern Cyclones Cyclones Arena Hudson, New Hampshire
Vermont Lumberjacks Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena Burlington, Vermont
Southern Conference
Central Division
Connecticut Nighthawks International Skating Center of Connecticut Simsbury, Connecticut
Connecticut Oilers SoNo Ice House Norwalk, Connecticut
Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Champions Skating Center Cromwell, Connecticut
New York Apple Core Brewster Ice Arena Brewster, New York
Atlantic Division
New Jersey Rockets Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey
Philadelphia Junior Flyers Ice Line Quad Rinks West Chester, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Little Flyers IceWorks Skating Complex Aston, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Revolution Revolution Ice Gardens Warminster, Pennsylvania
On hiatus for 2016-17 season
New York Bobcats Northwell Health Ice Center East Meadow, New York
19U Elite Division
North Division
Team Arena Location
Boston Bandits Bridgewater Ice Arena Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Boston Jr Rangers Breakaway Ice Center Tewksbury, Massachusetts
New England Wolves Merrill Fay Arena Laconia, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Tri-Town Ice Arena Hooksett, New Hampshire
Northern Cyclones Cyclones Arena Hudson, New Hampshire
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill Valley Forum Haverhill, Massachusetts
Vermont Lumberjacks Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena Burlington, Vermont
Walpole Express Rodman Arena Walpole, Massachusetts
South Division
Team Arena Location
Brewster Bulldogs Brewster Ice Arena Brewster, New York
Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Champions Skating Center Cromwell, Connecticut
Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels The Rink at Lehigh Valley Whitehall, Pennsylvania
New Jersey Rockets Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey
New York Apple Core Brewster Ice Arena Brewster, New York
Philadelphia Junior Flyers Ice Line Quad Rinks West Chester, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Revolution Revolution Ice Gardens Warminster, Pennsylvania

StandingsEdit

To be added upon completion of the regular season

PlayoffsEdit

Premier League FormatEdit

The top eight teams in each conference qualify with the division winners seeded 1 and 2 based on points and tie breakers with the balance of the teams being seeded 3 through 8 based on league operating rules. The traditional 1 v. 8, 2 v. 7 etc. format is used in the best of three first round.  The eight first round winners are all re-seeded 1 though 8 based on league operating rules for the best of three second round.  The four second round winners are re-seeded for the best of three semifinal round base on league operating rules.  The semifinal winners meet in the best of five league final seeding will be base on head to head if they teams are from different conferences or league operating rules if they are from the same conference.  The higher seeded team will have the choice of a 2-2-1 or 2-3 format with the higher seed choosing which games it wants at home if they choose the 2-3 format.

19U Elite Playoffs FormatEdit

The top six teams in each conference qualify for  the playoffs.  The top two in each conference earn a first round bye. The 3 seed host the 6 seed and the 4 seed host the 5 seed in a single elimination game.

The second round consist of each conference having a four team round robin with each round robin held at a separate location.  The winning team from each pool will advance to the championship series which will be a two day two game with a 20 minute mini game if needed series for the league championship.

EHL's announcement of playoff format with tie breaking procedure

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