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The Eastern Hockey League is a Boston, Massachusetts based Tier III junior hockey league. The league was announced in the following twitter release on June 6, 2013: "The Atlantic Junior Hockey League has added six new members and is now the Eastern Hockey League!"   The league is made up of teams from the former Atlantic Junior Hockey League and the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

The six teams joining from the EJHL were the Boston Bandits (based in Bridgewater, MA), the Connecticut Oilers (based in Norwalk, Connecticut, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (based in Hooksett, NH), New York Apple Core (based in Brewster, NY), Philadelphia Revolution (based in Warwick Township, PA), and the Valley Jr. Warriors (based in Haverhill, MA).

The league's Director of Operations is Mark Kumpel.  The chairman of the Board of Governors Executive Committee is Bill Flanagan of the Northern Cyclones.

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 Twin Rinks at Eisenhower Park 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

Expansion/relocation/withdrawalsEdit

  • The Connecticut Nighthawks are awarded as an expansion team for the 2015-16 seasoon
  • An 18th team was added for the showcase events for the 2015-16 season to balance off the schedule: the New England Wolves (which is a team of the American Hockey Institute based in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire).

Formation of EHL Elite DivisionEdit

The league announced the formation of the EHL Elite Division in December 2014 with a start up of league play for the 2015-16 season.The division will be made up of the elite level teams of the  Boston Bandits, Boston Jr Rangers, New England Wolves, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, Northern Cyclones, Valley Jr. Warriors, Vermont Lumberjacks, and Walpole Express.

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, 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.

League Reorganization for 2017-18Edit

On December 22, 2016 the United States Premier Hockey League announced that the league would be adding six organizations from the EHL.  The Boston Bandits, Connecticut Nighthawks, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, New Jersey Rockets, and Northern Cyclones would be leaving the league as part of that announcement. 

On February 17, 2017 the league issued a release and announced the addition of eleven new members for the 2017-18 season.  USA Hockey had previously approved the addition of the New Hampshire Avalanche to the league.  Six of the seven current members of the North American 3 Atlantic Hockey League  (Central Penn Panthers, Jersey Wildcats, Long Island Royals, Metro Fighting Moose, New Jersey Renegades, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights).  As part of the announcement the league announced the return of the New York Bobcats from hiatus.  Three additional teams were announced as part of the release, the Cape Cod Athletics, Connecticut Hawks, and New Jersey 87s, no specific locations are given for these three teams as of yet.

On February 23rd, the Long Island Royals announced they would be joining with the New York Bobcats (who had been on leave in the EHL for 2016-17 season) for the 2017-18 season in the Premier Division.

SeasonsEdit

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