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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 Long Island Royals and Metro Fighting Moose merged during the spring of 2017 as the Long Island Royals.

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

note: Table will be changed when conference alignments within each division alignments are announced.

Premier DivisionEdit

Team Centre Arena
Boston Jr Rangers Breakaway Ice Center Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Connecticut Oilers Hamden, Connecticut Louis Astorino Arena
Connecticut RoughRiders Norwalk, Connecticut SoNo Ice House
East Coast Wizards Edge Sports Center Bedford, Massachusetts
New England Wolves Merrill Fay Arena Laconia, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Avalanche Hooksett, New Hampshire Ice Den Arena
New York Apple Core Brewster Ice Arena Brewster, New York
New York Bobcats Northwell Health Ice Center East Meadow, New York
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
Total Athletics Seahawks Hyannis, Massachusetts Hyannis Youth and Community Center
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill Valley Forum Haverhill, Massachusetts
Vermont Lumberjacks Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena Burlington, Vermont
Walpole Express Rodman Arena Walpole, Massachusetts
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Pittston, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Centre

19U Elite DivisionEdit

Team Arena Location
Boston Jr Rangers Breakaway Ice Center Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Brewster Bulldogs Brewster Ice Arena Brewster, New York
Central Penn Panthers Lancaster, Pennsylvania Regency Ice Rink
Connecticut Oilers Hamden, Connecticut Louis Astorino Arena
Jersey Wildcats Randolph, New Jersey Aspen Ice
Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels The Rink at Lehigh Valley Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Long Island Royals Huntington, New York Dix Hills Ice Rink
New England Wolves Merrill Fay Arena Laconia, New Hampshire
New Jersey 87's Middletown, New Jersey Middletown Ice World Arena
New Jersey Renegades Flemington, New Jersey Flemington Ice Arena
Philadelphia Junior Flyers Ice Line Quad Rinks West Chester, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Revolution Revolution Ice Gardens Warminster, Pennsylvania
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill Valley Forum Haverhill, Massachusetts
Vermont Lumberjacks Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena Burlington, Vermont
Walpole Express Rodman Arena Walpole, Massachusetts
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Pittston, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Centre

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 will join the Elite Division (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 Total Athletics Seahawks (Hyannis, Massachusetts) (Premier), Connecticut Hawks (unspecified division but appear to disappear by late March), and New Jersey 87's (Middletown, New Jersey).

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 as the Bobcats Elite Division affiliate.

On March 16, 2017 The Superior Roughriders of the Western States Hockey League announced they were changing their 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.

The league issued the alignment by divisions for 2017-18 on March 23, 2017.  The following additions were made the Connecticut Oilers will be adding a Elite Division team, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights will have teams in both divisions, and the East Coast Wizards and New York Applecore are dropping their Elite Division teams.

ChampionshipsEdit

AJHL/EHL-PremierEdit

Season Regular season Playoff National Tournament result
2003–04 Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Washington Jr. Nationals
2004–05 Boston Bulldogs Boston Bulldogs
2005–06 New York Bobcats New York Bobcats
2006–07 New York Bobcats New York Bobcats New York Bobcats lost Semifinal game vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL)
Northern Cyclones lost Semifinal game vs. Bay State Breakers (EJHL)
[1]
2007–08 New Jersey Rockets
Portland Jr. Pirates
Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones lost Semifinal game vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL)
New Jersey Rockets eliminated in Round Robin
[2]
2008–09 Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones and New York Bobcats eliminated in Round Robin[3]
2009–10 Northern Cyclones Walpole Express Walpole Express and New York Bobcats eliminated in Round Robin[4]
2010–11 Walpole Express Walpole Express Walpole Express lost Semifinal game vs. Helena Bighorns (NorPac)
Northern Cyclones eliminated in Round Robin
[5]
2011–12 Walpole Express Walpole Express No representatives sent to nationals[6]
2012–13 Northern Cyclones Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights No representatives sent to nationals[7]
2013–14 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones lost Semifinal game vs. North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL)
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs eliminated in Round Robin
[8]
2014–15 Philadelphia Little Flyers Vacant
Connecticut Oilers wins vacated
Northern Cyclones lost Div. 1 Championship game vs. North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL)[9]
2015–16 Philadelphia Little Flyers New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Tier III National Tournament not held
2016–17 Philadelphia Little Flyers Philadelphia Junior Flyers

EHL-19U EliteEdit

Season Regular season Playoff National Tournament result
2015–16 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Boston Jr. Rangers Tier III National Tournament not held
2016–17 Vermont Lumberjacks Philadelphia Revolution

SeasonsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2007 Tier III Junior A Nationals. Pointstreak. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  2. 2008 Tier III Junior A Nationals. Pointstreak. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  3. 2009 Tier III Junior A Nationals. Pointstreak. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  4. 2010 Tier III Junior A Nationals. Pointstreak. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  5. 2011 Tier III Junior A Nationals. Pointstreak. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  6. 2012 Tier III Nat. Championships. USA Hockey. Retrieved on August 19, 2015.
  7. 2013 Tier III Nat. Championships. USA Hockey. Retrieved on August 18, 2015.
  8. 2014 Tier III Nat. Championships. USA Hockey. Retrieved on August 18, 2015.
  9. 2015 Tier III Junior Nat. Championships. USA Hockey. Retrieved on September 17, 2015.

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