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EHL Weekend #3

By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media 09/21/2017, 9:00am EDT

Jr. Flyers Begin Title Defense on Sunday

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) continues play this weekend with 15 total games from Friday to Monday, and all 16 teams are in action. This weekend's games include the first home game in franchise history for the Total Athletics Seahawks, and the season opener for the 2016-17 EHL Champions, the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers. While both of those matchups can be highlighted, so can Saturday afternoon's face-off between the Philadelphia Little Flyers and Philadelphia Revolution, who will each enter the game with perfect 4-0-0 records.

"There is still a lot of hockey left to be played, but this weekend's matchups are great," said Mark Kumpel, the EHL's Director of Hockey Operations. "It's tough for me to highlight just one, but with every team in action, it now starts to really feel like the season is underway."

Scroll down to see all the games set to take place this weekend, and watch the #Eshow action all season long on HockeyTV.

The next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Tuesday morning at 9:00am.

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TSR Hockey Stars of the Week #2

By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media 09/19/2017, 9:00am EDT

Ochterbeck, Lewandoski, and Pelke Earn Weekly Honors

BOSTON, MA -- As the temperatures start to drop slowly, the number of games each week in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) continues to rise. This past weekend in the EHL featured 12 games over four days, and 3/4 of the teams in action.

The EHL is pleased to announce that Alex Ochterbeck (Philadelphia Little Flyers), Trevor Lewandoski (Philadelphia Little Flyers), and Travis Pelke (Philadelphia Revolution) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.

Another big week in the EHL starts tomorrow and features 16 games through Monday. The next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Tuesday, September 26th at 9:00am. Catch the #Eshow action all season long on HockeyTV.

Adamsons and Avalanche Split Opening Weekend

By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media 09/18/2017, 9:00am EDT

Connecticut College Commit Tallies an Assist

HOOKSETT, NH -- Chris Adamsons, a forward for the New Hampshire Avalanche, began his first season in the EHL this past weekend. Prior to heading to New Hampshire, the '98 spent two seasons at the Taft School in Watertown, CT. While at Taft, the native of Portland, CT caught the attention of Chris Cerrella (NHA Head Coach) and Connecticut College. As the Avalanche begin their first season in franchise history, they do so with already one NCAA Commitment on their resume. Adamsons is all lined up to join the Camels in the Fall of 2018.

"We went after Chris right away and he was one of our first players to sign for 2017," said Avalanche head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "He plays the game hard, and plays the game the right way; he is going to be a very good player in the NESCAC. We had been speaking often and Conn. College was his number one choice and he had a great opportunity to commit there now and develop for a season with the Avs. Conn. College has both great academics and great athletics it was a perfect fit for Chris. We wish him and his family the best of luck in the future and I am looking forward to developing him this season."

This past weekend, Adamsons tallied an assist as the Avalanche knocked off the New England Wolves by the score of 6-3 on Saturday, and then dropped a close 2-1 game to the Boston Jr. Rangers on Sunday. New Hampshire will look to get back into the win column when they return to action on Wednesday to take on the East Coast Wizards.

Learn more about the New Hampshire Avalanche on the team's official website, and check out a full breakdown of all the NCAA Commitments in the history of the EHL.

EHL Weekend #2

By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media 09/15/2017, 9:00am EDT

First Game in Avalanche History on Saturday

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) continues play this weekend with 12 total games from Friday to Monday. This weekend's action features four more teams kicking off their 2017-18 season, including the New Hampshire Avalanche who will play their first junior game in franchise history on Saturday night.

"We are all very excited to get started," said Avalanche head coach and general manger Chris Cerrella. "There has been so much work done leading up to this point, and now the weekend has finally arrived. It's time for our first game!"

Outside of the games taking place at the Ice Den Arena in Hooksett this weekend, the EHL has a number of other great matchups on the docket. Scroll down to see all the games set to take place this weekend, and watch the #Eshow action all season long on HockeyTV.


The next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Tuesday morning at 9:00am.

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EHL Pipeline of the Week - Plymouth State

By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media 09/13/2017, 9:00am EDT

18 Commits Since EHL was Formed

PLYMOUTH, NH -- Dating back to the formation of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) in 2013, a total of 18 players have made their commitments to Plymouth State while playing in the #Eshow. The Panthers compete in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), which is made up of a group of schools that all heavily recruit players from the EHL. This Fall their are five EHL alumni arriving at Plymouth State, and those five are part of the 22 EHL alumni that are now freshmen at MASCAC schools. 

"The EHL has done a tremendous job in preparing their players for the next level," said Plymouth State head coach Craig Russell. "The league is competitive and provides a strong development model with the quality coaching throughout the EHL. All of the players that have come to PSU from the EHL have been ready to compete the first day they set foot on campus."

This year's incoming freshmen class includes the following EHL alumni:

The EHL would like to wish this group of players the best of luck as they arrive on campus and get set to kick-off their collegiate hockey careers.

The #Eshow is back and remember you can catch all the action on HockeyTV. Also, keep an eye out for more 'Pipeline of the Week' features throughout the season.

Vida Commits to Lake Superior State

By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media 09/12/2017, 9:00am EDT

Applecore Defenseman Joins the Lakers

BREWSTER, NY -- Bennet Vida, a defenseman for the New York Applecore, has committed to Lake Superior State University for the Fall of 2017. After starting the 2016-17 season with the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), the Canadian joined the Applecore in mid-October. In 39 games with New York, Vida tallied a goal and five assists from the point.

With Vida's decision, the EHL can officially put a bow on the NCAA Commitments for the Fall of 2017. With over 160 players heading to college this season, the EHL continues to provide the Direct Path to College Hockey. Whether it's Division I, II, or III, the EHL and its coaches are determined to find the right fit for every player.

Learn more about the New York Applecore on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2017 NCAA Commitments.

TSR Hockey Stars of the Week #1

By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media 09/11/2017, 2:00pm EDT

Witman, Gratton, and Brawley Earn Weekly Honors

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) returned to action this past weekend with half of the teams hitting the ice for their first games. This season, the #Eshow will be releasing a new set of award winners every Monday or Tuesday, dependent on Showcase Series dates. Today, the EHL is pleased to announce Bryce Witman (Philadelphia Revolution), Chris Gratton (Walpole Express), and Brendahn Brawley (Philadelphia Little Flyers) as the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.

The #Eshow kicks things into a higher gear this upcoming weekend with 12 games from Friday to Monday, and that includes four more teams opening up their 2017-18 season.

The next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Tuesday, September 19th at 9:00am. Catch the #Eshow action all season long on HockeyTV.

EHL Opening Weekend

By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media 09/08/2017, 9:00am EDT

The Road to the Frozen Finals

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) returns to action this weekend with half of the teams hitting the ice. Its been just about five months since the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers knocked off the Philadelphia Little Flyers for the 2016-17 EHL Championship. As they say, 'that was then, and this is now,' as the league resets with new players and new teams for the 2017-18 season.

"It's an exciting time for the EHL," said Mark Kumpel, the league's Director of Hockey Operations. "Neil [Ravin] and I often joke about how the five-month offseason typically feels slower in comparison the seven-month hockey season. Each year flies by, and as this upcoming season follows the same pattern, were looking forward to what should be a milestone year. We are nearing in on commitment #700 for the EHL, and our hope is to be saying that same thing about #800 by next Spring."

The EHL seeks to provide the Direct Path to College Hockey, and that starts with all teams completing a 50-game regular season schedule. This weekend marks the first couple days in a long journey that will end at the 2018 EHL Frozen Finals. This year's Championship will feature a three-day round robin between the final four teams, and then the title game on the 4th and final day.

The location for the 2018 EHL Frozen Finals (March 22nd through 25th) will be announced soon, and in the meantime make sure to follow the league on social media for all the latest news and updates. You can also watch the #Eshow action all season long on HockeyTV.

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Wolves Junior Teams Experience Marine Workout

By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media 09/05/2017, 9:00am EDT

Players Put to the Ultimate Test

LACONIA, NH -- In what has become a 3-year tradition, the New England Wolves Junior Teams (EHL and EHLP) experienced first-hand what it means to be a U.S. Marine. This past Saturday, the Wolves were taken through a seminar covering the 14 points of Marine Leadership, and then they experienced a relay-style fitness challenge.

Four members of the U.S. Marine Corp outfit from Dover, NH drove 75 minutes North to Laconia to provide the Wolves with a direct understanding of the Marine code and work ethic.

“Coach Mike Potenza has organized this event for the last two years, and utilized it with his athletes over at Kingswood H.S. in Wolfeboro,” said Wolves EHL head coach and general manager Andrew Trimble. “It provides our athletes with a great understanding of what it takes a be a Marine, of leadership, and our players have to rely on each other to complete their tasks."

The four-point challenge consisted of an obstacle course, pullups, Big Rig Tire flips, and an artillery canister sprint.

"The boys showed a great work ethic and a true respect for these men,” added Trimble. “We were honored to have the Marines work with our young men, and can’t thank them enough.”

The Wolves continue their training camp this week in anticipation of their first game on September 16th against the New Hampshire Avalanche.

For more information on the program, visit the team's official website.

EHL Pipeline of the Week - Utica College

By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media 09/04/2017, 9:00am EDT

Bucell and Pietrowski Set to Join Pioneers

UTICA, NY -- Dating back to the formation of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) in 2013, a total of 12 players have made their commitments to Utica College while playing in the #Eshow. The Pioneers are former members of the ECAC West, a conference that is re-branding itself as the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) this Fall.

The structure of the UCHC includes ten men's and women's teams from Chatham University (PA), Elmira College (NY), Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY), King's College (PA), Lebanon Valley College (PA), Manhattanville College (NY), Neumann University (PA), Stevenson University (MD), and Utica College (NY). The conference also includes Nazareth College's (NY) men's team and will welcome Wilkes University (PA) men's and women's teams in 2018-19.

As a new era begins for Utica and the UCHC, the team feels very confident with this year's incoming freshmen class that includes a pair of EHL alumni.

"We've been recruiting players from the EHL ever since the league formed," said Utica head coach Gary Heenan. "From All-Americans, to the Player of the Year and the Rookie of the Year, we've found them all in the EHL."

This season's incoming EHL alumni are a pair of former Philadelphia Little Flyers in Jamie Bucell and  Tyler Pietrowski.

Pietrowski is a '96 forward who tallied 57 points in 48 total games during the 2015-16 season with the Little Flyers, and then spent this past year with the Odessa Jackalopes (NAHL).

Bucell put together a pair of solid seasons with the Little Flyers, including 59 points in 60 games last season, helping to lead his team to their 2nd straight appearance in the EHL Finals. Both players value the time they each spent in the EHL, and Bucell went on to extend his thanks to those who helped him reach this point.

“I’m very excited to go to Utica College to pursue my academic career as well as my hockey career, they have a great program up there and a really good thing going on, and I believe it is a great fit for me," said Bucell. "First off I’d like to thank my parents for everything they’ve done for me over the years, they gave me a great opportunity to move out of state to play junior hockey. I’d also like to thank all of my previous coaches, from youth through high school and up through juniors. I want to specifically thank Coach Rocky Russo and the entire Philadelphia Little Flyers coaching staff, they’ve helped me become the person I am today both on and off the ice. I’d also like to thank the Giacobbo family for giving all of us what we need to succeed here with the Little Flyers. Finally I’d like to thank my friends and people close to me for their support throughout the years."

Be sure to keep any eye on Utica College this season, and remember the #Eshow returns to action on Saturday.

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