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
- On June 16th, 2016 the New England Wolves announced they had moved their higher level team back to Laconia, New Hampshire after having played out of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire for the past five seasons. The elite division team was already based out of Waterville Valley.
- The New York Applecore relocated operations to Brewster Ice Arena in Brewster, New York but did not change the team name.
- The New York Bobcats were removed from the league listing in mid-July of 2016. The team's head coach was named the coach of the New Jersey Junior Titans of the North American Hockey League and the team was unable to name a new head coach in a reasonable amount of time to prepare for the season and the team had attempted to relocate to the Jr. Titans arena in Middletown, New Jersey but was unable to work out a workable arrangement. The team announced that they were sitting out the 2016-17 season and would be planning on returning for the 2017-18 season.
- The Connecticut Nighthawks elite team withdrew on September 2, 2016 apparently due to a lack of players.
- On December 22, 2016 the USPHL announced that the Boston Bandits, Connecticut Nighthawks, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, New Jersey Rockets, and Northern Cyclones organizations are leaving the Eastern Hockey League and joining the United States Premier Hockey League for the 2017-18 season. This moved would bring six premier level and five elite junior teams. The 16U, 18U and youth porgrams of these organizations would also be involved in this move. The Boston Bandits, New Jersey Rockets, and Northern Cyclones would be also be part of the National Collegiate Development Conference when it commences play for the 2017-18 season.
- USA Hockey approved the addition of the New Hampshire Avalanche as an expansion franchise for the 2017-18 season. The organization has a history of running teams from mite to U-18. The team is apparently a replacement for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs who announced they were joining the USPHL for the 2017-18 season. The team will be based out of the Ice Den Arena in Hooksett, NH.
- On March 16, 2017 The Superior Roughriders of the Western States Hockey League announced they were changing thier affiliate program in Connecticut to be named the Connecticut RoughRiders which will be based out of the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Connecticut. The balance of the teams based out of the facility will also take the RoughRiders name. The existing Connecticut Oilers team will move to the Louis Astorino Arena in Hamden, Connecticut.
Premier League StandingsEdit
To be added upon completion of the regular season
New England DivisionEdit
|New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs||48||33||11||4||171||114||70|
|New England Wolves||48||8||36||4||98||196||20|
|Valley Jr. Warriors||48||32||13||3||178||127||67|
|Boston Jr Rangers||48||28||17||3||140||135||59|
|East Coast Wizards||48||21||20||7||145||155||49|
|Hartford Jr. Wolfpack||48||17||29||2||125||162||36|
|New York Applecore||48||14||30||4||129||214||32|
|Philadelphia Little Flyers||48||39||4||5||194||74||83|
|Philadelphia Jr. Flyers||48||36||8||4||163||88||76|
|New Jersey Rockets||48||26||20||2||167||141||54|
19U Elite League StandingsEdit
|New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs||42||29||10||3||152||100||61|
|Valley Jr. Warriors||42||25||14||3||194||143||53|
|New England Wolves||42||24||14||4||180||160||52|
|Boston Jr Rangers||42||22||15||5||149||122||49|
|Philadelphia Jr. Flyers||42||30||10||2||184||107||62|
|Hartford Jr. Wolfpack||42||22||14||6||143||118||50|
|New Jersey Rockets||42||10||31||1||108||226||21|
|Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels||42||6||36||0||75||239||12|
|New York Applecore||42||5||35||2||67||245||12|
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 based 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.
North Conference QuarterfinalsEdit
- New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs defeated Boston Bandits 2 games to none
- East Coast Wizards defeated Valley Jr. Warriors 2 games to 1
- Boston Jr Rangers defeated Vermont Lumberjacks 2 games to 1
- Northern Cyclones defeated Walpole Express 2 games to none
South Conference QuarterfinalsEdit
- Philadelphia Little Flyers defeated Connecticut Nighthawks 2 games to 1
- New York Applecore defeated Connecticut Oilers 2 games to none
- Philadelphia Jr. Flyers defeated Hartford Jr. Wolfpack 2 games to none
- New Jersey Rockets defeated Philadelphia Revolution 2 games to none
- Philadelphia Little Flyers defeated New York Applecore 2 games to none
- Philadelphia Jr. Flyers defeated East Coast Wizards 2 games to 1
- New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs defeated Northern Cyclones 2 games to none
- New Jersey Rockets defeated Boston Jr Rangers 2 games to 1
- Philadelphia Little Flyers defeated New Jersey Rockets 2 games to none
- Philadelphia Jr. Flyers defeated New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
19U Elite Playoffs FormatEdit
The top six teams in the North Conference qualify for the playoffs. The top two 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 top four teams in the South Conference qualify for the second round.
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.
North Conference First RoundEdit
- Boston Jr Rangers defeated Boston Bandits 3-2 (so)
- New England Wolves defeated Valley Jr. Warriors 4-1
North Conference Round RobinEdit
- New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs defeated New England Wolves 7-5
- New England Wolves defeated Vermont Lumberjacks 6-3
- Vermont Lumberjacks defeated Boston Jr Rangers 4-3
- Boston Jr Rangers defeated New England Wolves 8-2
- New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs defeated Vermont Lumberjacks 4-3 (ot)
- Boston Jr Rangers defeated New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 4-3
South Conference Round RobinEdit
- Philadelphia Jr. Flyers defeated Brewster Bulldogs 9-4
- Philadelphia Revolution defeated Hartford Jr. Wolfpack 5-1
- Hartford Jr. Wolfpack defeated Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 3-0
- Philadelphia Revolution defeated Brewster Bulldogs 3-2
- Hartford Jr. Wolfpack defeated Brewster Bulldogs 3-2 (ot)
- Philadelphia Revolution defeated Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 7-3