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EHL and EHLP All-Academic Teams

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications, 04/15/20, 9:00AM EDT


Bjornlund and Matejka Named Student-Athletes of the Year

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) are pleased to announce the rosters for each of the 2019-20 All-Academic Teams.

All 55 players that are being honored excelled both on and off the ice this past season. Along with the All-Academic Teams, Tiger Bjornlund (EHL - Philadelphia Revolution) and Andreas Matejka (EHLP - New England Wolves) are also being recognized as this past season's Student-Athletes of the Year in their respective divisions.

"This is our third year recognizing a group of top student-athletes, but also the first time we've named a set of full All-Academic Teams. I believe this recognition truly shows how dedicated our players are both on and off the ice," said Ken Hodge, the league's Coordinator of Hockey Operations. "On behalf of the league, I would like to congratulate Tiger and Andreas on their individual honors, as well as all of the rest of the players that were awarded for their academic excellence."

As for Bjornlund, the 2000-born native of Bethesda, MD made strides in his second season in the EHL. After tallying 18 points in 39 total games during the 2018-19 season, Bjornlund went out and notched 26 points in 35 total games this past year. Off the ice. The skilled defenseman boasts a stellar 4.7 GPA, to go along with a near-perfect 35 score on the ACT.

"It has been a pleasure working with Tiger for the past two seasons, both on and off the ice," said Revolution head coach Jon Rogger. "He is one of those players that is as equally focused on his school work, as he is on his hockey career. He has been talking to a few high-end NCAA academic hockey schools, where he has already been accepted. I am positive that he will make a great impression on both his coaches and future teachers. Wherever he lands, they will be getting both an excellent player and student. Tiger really deserves this award and I couldn’t be happier for him. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for our defenseman."

Back for his second season with the Wolves, Matejka also saw his production improve from year #1 to year #2. After notching 15 points in 46 total games during the Wolves 2018-19 championship run, the '01 native of the Czech Republic came back with an even 41 points in 41 games this year.

Matejka immigrated to US when he was just nine years old, and of is many talents, he can speak four different languages, which are English, German, Russian, and Czech. When you tack on a 4.4 GPA, a 32 ACT, and a 1410 SAT, Matejka was a lock as the first-ever back-to-back Student-Athlete of the Year award winner.

"Andreas Matejka is an excellent definition of a Student-Athlete," said Wolves head coach and general manager Andrew Trimble. "He is fully invested in both aspects of his life. In his two years so far in Laconia he has set an amazing example for his peers. Of his accomplishments he helped us win a title and then served as a team captain. From a recent All-Conference selection, to winning this award for the 2nd straight year, the future is so bright and we are very proud of Andreas."

Below you'll find a breakdown of each All-Academic team roster, highlighted by this season's pair of Student-Athletes of the Year.


First Name Last Name Position Birth Year EHL Team NCAA Commitment
Joey Schaefer Forward 2000 Boston Jr. Rangers -
Nathan Young Forward 2000 Boston Jr. Rangers -
Alejandro Apud Forward 2001 Connecticut Chiefs -
Brendan Darby Forward 1999 East Coast Wizards -
Gabriel Jodoin Forward 2000 New England Wolves -
Kyle Anderson Forward 1999 New Hampshire Avalanche Wesleyan University
Aiden Lovett Forward 2000 New Hampshire Avalanche Tufts University
George Vonakis Forward 1999 New Hampshire Avalanche Curry College
Andrew Maynard Forward 1999 New Jersey 87's Tufts University
Francisco Martinez Forward 2000 New York Apple Core -
Sean Barritt Forward 1999 North Carolina Golden Bears -
Jacob Berg Forward 1999 Philadelphia Little Flyers -
Jake Dubay Forward 2000 Seacoast Spartans -
Jack Macdonald Forward 2000 Seahawks Hockey Club -
Jack Studley Forward 1999 Valley Jr. Warriors Bowdoin College
Egan Schmitt Forward 2001 Vermont Lumberjacks -
Jon Courchesne Forward 1999 Walpole Express Suffolk University
Grey Owens Defense 1999 Connecticut RoughRiders Babson College
Brent Valentine Defense 2000 East Coast Wizards -
Jacob Iida Defense 2000 New Hampshire Avalanche Tufts University
Tim Lazouski Defense 2000 New Jersey 87's -
Brett Turner Defense 2000 Philadelphia Little Flyers -
Tiger Bjornlund Defense 2000 Philadelphia Revolution -
Trenton Wells Defense 1999 Railers Jr. Hockey Club -
Bjorn Schuepbach Defense 2000 Seacoast Spartans -
Evan Green Defense 1999 Team Maryland Becker College
Cal Mell Defense 2001 Walpole Express -
JP Mella Goalie 2000 Connecticut Chiefs Trinity College
Sean Dynan Goalie 1999 Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Connecticut College
Anthony Shrum Goalie 1999 Philadelphia Revolution Worcester State University
Tristan Hadley Goalie 2001 Seahawks Hockey Club -
Tanner Rusnak Goalie 2000 Valley Jr. Warriors -


First Name Last Name Position Birth Year EHLP Team
Duncan McLellan Defense 2001 Boston Jr. Rangers
Nate Rider Defense 2001 Boston Jr. Rangers
Bradley Hoang Defense 2002 Connecticut Chiefs
Andreas Matejka Defense 2001 New England Wolves
Alarico Valentini Defense 2002 New England Wolves
Dom Migliorato Defense 2002 New Jersey 87's
Anthony Conti Defense 2003 New York Bridgemen
Matthew Sartorelli Defense 2001 Valley Jr. Warriors
Ben Keever Defense 2002 Vermont Lumberjacks
AJ Palermo Defense 2003 Walpole Express
Hugh McGuigan Forward 2002 New Jersey 87's
AJ Mule Forward 2002 New Jersey 87's
Nick Emmons Forward 2002 New Jersey Renegades
Pavel Serhiayenka Forward 2003 Philadelphia Revolution
Shawn Spring Defense 2003 Railers Jr. Hockey Club
Ethan Blanchard Forward 2002 Railers Jr. Hockey Club
Evan Vassilovski Forward 2001 Railers Jr. Hockey Club
Matthew Morrison Goalie 2002 Boston Jr. Rangers
Logan Palmer Goalie 2001 Boston Jr. Rangers
Jacob Kindestin Goalie 2000 New Hampshire Avalanche
Jacob George Goalie 2000 Philadelphia Litte Flyers
Jake Stern Goalie 2003 Philadelphia Revolution
Connor McCaffrey Goalie 2003 Philadelphia Revolution