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EHL Weekly Preview

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications, 09/11/18, 9:00AM EDT


87s, Golden Bears, and Rebels Begin Inaugural Seasons

BOSTON, MA -- With a home-and-home series already in the books, the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) kicks into full gear this weekend with 15 total games on the docket. The action stretching from Friday to Monday includes 16 of the 19 teams hitting the ice, and a number of intriguing matchups.

Below you'll find the full schedule for the weekend, with the next #Eshow puck drop scheduled for Friday afternoon at 1:45pm. Included in this weekend's action are the first EHL games for three new teams to the league. Be sure to catch the #Eshow all season long on HockeyTV.

Lehigh Valley Junior Rebels

A pair of seasons removed from their inaugural season in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP), the Lehigh Valley Junior Rebels are back, and this time at the EHL level. Led by interim head coach TJ Plaugher, the Rebels begin the year on the road with matchups against the Walpole Express and the Boston Jr. Rangers this weekend.

This year's Rebels squad features a pair of goaltenders that led their respective EHLP teams on runs to the finals, as well as a number of forwards who have impressed during training camp. The Rebel's roster also includes six players born between the years 2000 to 2002, providing them with a nice balance between junior hockey veterans and rookies. 

New Jersey 87s

Last, but not least, in their first season of operating a junior franchise (2017-18), the New Jersey 87s turned heads on their way to going 33-9-2 in the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the EHLP. Their year unfortunately ended sooner then they had hoped, but they still had plenty to be proud of as a first-year franchise

Following the season the 87s applied for elevation and were approved by the EHL Board of Governors. This year, the 87s appear ready to make the jump as they will operate in both the EHL and the EHLP, and will be looking to make more strides towards building their program in Middletown, NJ.

North Carolina Golden Bears

Unlike both the 87s and the Rebels, the Golden Bears don't have any EHLP seasons under their belt, as they will play their first ever junior hockey game on Monday afternoon against the New York Applecore. Led by their head coach Brent Selman, the Golden Bears will have to learn to adjust as the season progresses. The former head coach of the Duke University club team knows the challenge that awaits his team, but is also ready and eager to get started.

“I am excited to be a part of this EHL franchise," said Selman. "Starting from scratch is never easy, but with a strong ownership group and a core group of players set to leave their mark, I think we are going to be a very well respected program."