BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) are pleased to announce that Mark Kumpel (Director of Hockey Operations) and Neil Ravin (Director of Communications) will join a strong list of teams heading to Denver, CO next week for the annual CCM Showcase.
The event in Denver features nearly 400 players each year, and some of the top aspiring junior hockey talent in the country. Over 15 EHL and EHLP teams have confirmed their intentions on attending next week, to go along with Kumpel and Ravin. While there will be a number of different teams and junior leagues at the event, Kumpel and Ravin are the only set of league representatives that will be joining their teams.
"I am thrilled to welcome the management team from the EHL to the 2019 CCM Showcase”, said CCM Showcase Director Mike Gempeler. "I applaud their commitment to not only the Showcase, but to the growth and development of their league as well. By attending the CCMHS, the EHL will have the unprecedented ability to showcase their league and its teams to our players and their families."
By joining the EHL and EHLP teams in attendance, Kumpel and Ravin intend to help teach the players and parents more about the league and what it has to offer.
"We are beyond excited to attend the showcase next week, and knowing that we will be the only junior league officials in attendance is great," said Ravin. "Our coaches have recruited some high-end players from this event in the past, many of which have gone on to NCAA hockey. I am looking forward to speaking with the many players and families that the showcase attracts from across the US, Canada, Russia, and Europe.”
As Ravin mentioned, many top EHL players have come from this event including Blake Bride, who is now an alumnus of the Boston Jr. Rangers.
Bride spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Rangers, tallying 46 points in 52 total games that season. The '98 is committed to the Air Force Academy, and he's also now the captain of the Sioux Falls Stampede in the United States Hockey League (USHL).
“Playing in the EHL was huge for my development as a player," said Bride. "This league was my first taste of junior hockey and it taught me that you can’t just rely on skill. To move forward you have to be smart, passionate, and have the heart to push yourself everyday. These all are things that the Rangers and Coach DeCaprio helped me with. Lastly, I learned about the focus players need to have off the ice too. With nutrition and workouts both being important. The EHL improved my game and made it so I can succeed when given an opportunity at the next level.”
Bride is a perfect example of a native of Colorado, who didn't know much about the EHL when the CCM Showcase began, but then developed tremendously during his time in the league.
If you are skating in the CCM Showcase next week, be sure to stop by the league booth to meet Kumpel, Ravin, and all the EHL and EHLP teams in attendance. Always remember that every story is different, and we're ready to help you write the next chapter in yours. Next stop, the #Eshow.