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Boston Junior Bruins
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City: Marlborough, MA
League: United States Premier Hockey League
Division: Premier
Founded: 1991
Home Arena: New England Sports Center
Colors: Yellow, Black and White
Owner(s): Bay State Hockey Foundation
General Manager: Peter Masters
Head Coach: Peter Masters (EJHL),
Chris Masters (EmJHL)


The Boston Junior Bruins are an American junior ice hockey organization playing in Marlborough, MA. They field three Junior and a number of Youth teams. The teams are affiliated with the United States Premier Hockey League; they play in the USPHL Premier Division, USPHL Elite Division, United States Premier 3 Hockey League; and the youth teams play in the USPHL's U18, U16, U16F leagues.

MissionEdit

Junior Hockey is the pinnacle of the skill development program of USA Hockey. The program is available to high school students and graduates seeking a greater challenge than that available through their prep school, high school, or club team. The principal purpose of the Junor Bruins development program is to prepare the athlete for career advancement; either a collegiate program or professional opportunity.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Boston Junior Bruins was founded in 1991 as an independent junior team. The Junior Bruins played prep schools and local junior teams, and competed in major tournaments throughout North America before joining the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) in 1999.

During their first three EJHL seasons, Head Coach Peter Masters and his staff led the team to fourth, third, and second place finishes overall in the twelve-team league. In 2000-01 the team finished the regular season with a 45-15-1 overall record as the EJHL Northern Division Champions.

Team Members and Regular SeasonEdit

The Junior Bruins hold tryouts in April and final camp in late July. The Junior Bruins team is typically composed of 12 to 13 forwards, 6 to 7 defensemen, and 2 goalies on the active roster. All players are between the ages of 16 and 20. The season starts the day after Labor Day and playoffs finish during the third week of March each year. The team typically practices 3 to 4 times per week.

The schedule includes 45 EJHL regular season schedule games plus three rounds of playoffs. From year to year the Junior Bruins normally play one or both of the US National teams (USA Hockey's National Team Development Program)[2] in an exhibition game along with some scrimmages versus local prep schools and participate in 4-6 major recruiting showcase/tournaments.

CoachEdit

Head coach Peter Masters functions as both head coach for the EJHL team and manager for all Junior Bruins activities. His responsibilities include program and organization development, direction of skill sessions and summer camps for youth hockey players and the Annual Junior Bruins Shootout Tournament in the fall and Beantown Classic Tournament in August.

Peter Masters, 2001 EJHL Coach of the Year, graduated from Boston College in 1997. While at Boston College, Masters played defense for the BC Eagles under coaches Steve Cedorchuk and Jerry York, and was recognized in 1997 as one of eight defensemen nation-wide picked as Hobey Baker Award pre-season 'players to watch'.[3]

AlumniEdit

Since 1992 the Junior Bruins have placed over 100 players in college hockey and since 2001 more than 35 have been recruited to Division I college teams.[4]

Notable former Boston Junior Bruins players include
Blake Sloan (NHL)[5]
Brendan Buckley (AHL)[6]
Sean Haggerty (NHL)[7][8]
Tim Lovell (AHL)[9]

Charitable involvementEdit

The Bay State Hockey Foundation (BSHF) is the non-profit arm of the Junior Bruins Organization. Founded in 2005, the mission of the BSHF is to provide " ... children and young adults with lower extremity paralysis and other disabilities the opportunity to participate in the sport of sled ice hockey ... " Equipment and participation are free for qualified individuals.[10]


Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Eastern Junior Hockey League
1999–2000 40 22 18 0 175 157 44 5th EJHL
2000–01 38 30 7 0 1 61 2nd EJHL Won Quarterfinal game, 4-2 vs. Capital District Selects
Won Semifinal game, 5-3 vs. New England Jr. Coyotes
Lost Championship game, 3-5 vs. Walpole Stars[11]
2001–02 38 26 11 0 1 173 103 53 3rd EJHL Lost Quarterfinal game, 2-5 vs. Walpole Stars[12]
2002–03 38 28 6 4 0 180 90 60 1st EJHL North Won Quarterfinals vs. Capital District Selects
Lost Semifinal game, 2-5 vs. Walpole Stars[13]
2003–04 38 32 3 2 0 180 73 66 1st EJHL North Won Quarterfinals vs. Walpole Stars
Won Semifinal game, 3-2 vs. New England Jr. Coyotes
Lost Championship game, 3-6 vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs[14]
2004–05 51 36 8 6 1 200 102 79 1st EJHL North Won Quarterfinals, 1-0-1 vs. New England Jr. Falcons
Won Semifinal game, 2-0 vs. Walpole Stars[15]
Won Championship game vs. New Hampshire Junior Monarchs
League Champions
2005–06 45 34 8 1 2 177 111 71 2nd EJHL North Won Quarterfinals, 2-0 vs. Bridgewater Bandits
Won Semifinal game, 3-1 vs. New England Jr. Falcons[16]
Lost Championship game, 5-6OT vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs[17]
2006–07 45 30 11 3 1 170 116 64 2nd EJHL North Won Quarterfinals vs. New York Apple Core
Lost Semifinals vs. Bay State Breakers
2007–08 45 29 10 5 1 162 102 64 3rd EJHL North Won Quarterfinals vs. Bridgewater Bandits
Lost Semifinals vs. New Hampshire Junior Monarchs
2008–09 45 32 9 3 1 183 101 68 2nd EJHL North Lost Quarterfinals vs. Bay State Breakers
2009–10 45 30 11 5 0 166 109 64 2nd North
4th EJHL
Won Quarterfinals 2-0 vs. Bay State Breakers
Lost Semifinals vs. New Hampshire Junior Monarchs
2010–11 45 38 6 1 0 215 118 79 2nd North
3rd EJHL
Won Quarterfinals 2-1 vs. Springfield Pics
Lost Semifinals 0-2 vs. New Hampshire Junior Monarchs
2011–12 45 37 7 1 239 135 75 1st EJHL Won Quarterfinals 2-0 vs. New England Jr. Huskies
Lost Semifinals 0-2 vs. Jersey Hitmen
2012–13 45 32 10 3 155 113 67 1st North
2nd EJHL
Lost Quarterfinals 0-2 vs. Bay State Breakers
USPHL - Premier Division
2013–14 48 36 8 4 184 103 75 1st of 9, USPHL Won Quarterfinals 2-0 vs. Portland Jr. Pirates
Won Semifinals 2-0 vs. Islanders Hockey Club
Won Finals 2-0 vs. Jersey Hitmen
League Champions
2014–15 48 38 8 4 207 122 80 2nd of 11, USPHL Lost Quarterfinals 1-2 vs. South Shore Kings
2015–16 44 33 9 2 195 104 68 3rd of 12, USPHL Won Quarterfinals 2-0 vs. Philadelphia Flyers Junior
Lost Semifinals 0-2 vs. Jersey Hitmen
USPHL - Elite Division
2013–14
2014–15 4 38 5 1 184 67 77 1st of 9 North,
1st of 18
USPHL-Elite,
Won North Quarterfinals 2-0 vs. Portland Jr. Pirates
Won North Semifinals 2-0 vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Won Round Robin 3-0
WON CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 3-2 (ot)(Syracuse Stars
won Division 2 Round Robin Nationals
Won championship game 9-1 (New York Jr. Aviators
National Champions
2015–16 44 28 16 0 144 107 56 2nd of 10, North
T-4th of 19, USPHL-Elite

Won Quarterfinals 2-0 vs. Jersey Hitmen
Won Semifinals 2-0 vs. South Shore Kings
Championship Round Robin
finished with 1-2 record (eliminated)

USA Hockey Tier III Jr National ChampionshipsEdit

Round robin play in pool with top 4 teams advancing to semi-final.

Year Round Robin Record Standing SemiFinal Gold Medal Game
2014 W, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 5-3
W, Helena Bighorns 6-0
W, Marquette Royales 11-1
3-0-0 1st of 4
Red Pool
W, Springfield Pics 6-0W, North Iowa Bulls 4-1
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

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