BOSTON, MA -- A new season has officially begun in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP). As the #Ecrew discussed during their most recent episode, this season is all about overcoming the hurdles, as every week will surely bring a new and unique challenge.
Below you'll find the 1st set of weekly top performers in the #Eshow. The forward and defenseman awards are presented by Verbero Hockey, while the goalie honors come courtesy of Vaughn Custom Sports.
The EHL is pleased to announce that Brayden Patricia (Protec Jr Ducks), Kevin Bite (New England Wolves) and George McMichael (New Hampshire Avalanche) have been named the EHL Top Performers for Week #1.
Patricia and the Ducks started their inaugural season off by going 2-1-1, earning five out of a possible eight points, and collecting a pair of victories over the New York Apple Core. The 2000-born native of Stewartsville, NJ tallied a total of 12 points in the four games, scoring four goals, and notching eight assists. Patricia started his 2020-21 campaign off by tallying an assist and the game-winning goal in overtime, ultimately propelling his team to their first win in franchise history this past Monday. Things did not stop there as he tallied two more goals the next day against New York, and then chipped in with three assists as well, as the Ducks completed the two-game sweep of the Apple Core.
Patricia then finished things off with a goal and three assists in Protec's two-game series with Team Maryland. The veteran forward will look to keep things rolling as his team takes on the Connecticut RoughRiders on Friday and the New Jersey 87s on Monday.
Bite and the Wolves earned all six out of a possible six points, and they sit at a perfect 3-0-0 heading into their matchup with the Seahawks Hockey Club on Wednesday.
As for the 2000-born native of Atlanta, GA, Bite scored a goal in his team's opening night victory over the Maine Eclipse, and then notched a pair of assists in both wins over the Valley Jr Warriors and Connecticut Chiefs. The Assistant Captain already ranks towards the very top of all defensemen in overall scoring, and he should easily surpass the 15 total points he notched in each of his first two seasons of junior hockey.
Wrapping things up between the pipes, McMichael and the Avalanche also won their first three games of the season, with the 2000-born native of Goldens Bridge, NY in net for a pair of the victories. The returning netminder posted a shutout against the Eclipse, turning away all 21 shots he faced on Saturday the 29th, and then made another 25 saves in his team's 5-2 victory over the Walpole Express this past Thursday. New Hampshire is set to take on the Warriors this Thursday, in their first game for the month of October.
The EHLP is pleased to announce that Graham Hassan (New Hampshire Avalanche), Brendan Schmidt (New Hampshire Avalanche) and Joey Jamison (New Jersey Renegades) have been named the EHLP Top Performers for Week #1.
Hassan, Schmidt, and the Avalanche followed suit with their EHL team, collecting all six out of a possible six points in their first three games of the season. New Hampshire beat the Maine Eclipse by scores of 4-1 and 7-1 on the 19th and 20th, and then made it three in a row with a 4-3 victory over the New England Wolves this past Tuesday.
As for the '01 native of Pickney, MI, Hassan tallied a total of five points during the Eclipse series, scoring two goals and dishing out three assists. The talented scorer then came up huge for his team by scoring the first goal against the Wolves, followed by the game-winner with under one minute remaining in regulation. It's also worth noting that Hassan's accounted for the game-winning goals against Maine as well, running his GWG total up to three for the year.
Schmidt made his presence known on the blue line for the Avalanche, tallying one goal and one assist against the Eclipse, followed by two-assist performance against the Wolves. The Avalanche are heading into a short break of game action in their schedule, as they will next hit the ice on October 10th against the Valley Jr Warriors.
Jamison and the Renegades went 2-0-1 in their first three games of the season, with the ’01 netminder standing tall between the pipes in victories over the Connecticut Chiefs and the Philadelphia Little Flyers.
The native of Plattsburgh, NY faced 98 total shots combined between the two games, allowing just five goals along the way. The .949 save percentage proved to be a key factor in his team's wins, as the Renegades hot start moving them inside the Nexlevel Power Rankings for the first time in franchise history. Coming up for Jamison and the Renegades, is a home-and-home series with the New Jersey 87s (Friday and Sunday).