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2017-18 Divisional Structure

03/23/2017, 9:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

EHL Announces Teams in Each Division

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) is pleased to announce the 2017-18 divisional structure for the Premier Division and the Elite Division.

PREMIER DIVISION (16 TEAMS)

  • Boston Jr. Rangers (Tewksbury, MA)
  • Connecticut Oilers (Hamden, CT)
  • Connecticut RoughRiders (Norwalk, CT)
  • East Coast Wizards (Bedford, MA)
  • New England Wolves (Laconia, NH)
  • New Hampshire Avalanche (Hooksett, NH)
  • New York Applecore (Brewster, NY)
  • New York Bobcats (Kings Park, NY)
  • Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (West Chester, PA)
  • Philadelphia Little Flyers (Aston, PA)
  • Philadelphia Revolution (Warwick, PA)
  • Total Athletics Seahawks (Hyannis, MA)
  • Valley Jr. Warriors (Haverhill, MA)
  • Vermont Lumberjacks (Burlington, VT)
  • Walpole Express (Walpole, MA)
  • Wilkes/Barre Scranton Knights (Pittston, PA)

ELITE DIVISION (17 TEAMS)

  • Boston Jr. Rangers (Tewksbury, MA)
  • Brewster Bulldogs (Brewster, NY)
  • Connecticut Oilers (Hamden, CT)
  • Central Penn Panthers (Lancaster, PA)
  • Jersey Wildcats (Randolph, NJ)
  • Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels (Lehigh Valley, PA)
  • Long Island Royals (Dix Halls, NY)
  • Metro Fighting Moose (Brooklyn, NY)
  • New England Wolves (Laconia, NH)
  • New Jersey 87's (Middletown, NJ)
  • New Jersey Renegades (Flemington, NJ)
  • Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (West Chester, PA)
  • Philadelphia Revolution (Warwick, PA)
  • Valley Jr. Warriors (Haverhill, MA)
  • Vermont Lumberjacks (Burlington, VT)
  • Walpole Express (Walpole, MA)
  • Wilkes/Barre Scranton Knights (Pittston, PA)

The EHL is committed to developing and producing student-athletes with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey. The expansion of the EHL will only increase the league's ability to fulfill its mission statement, and continue to provide the direct path to college hockey.

19U ELITE ::: EHL COACH OF THE YEAR

03/22/2017, 4:00pm EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

Mosso Named 2016-17 Coach of the Year

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League is pleased to announce that Jim Mosso (Vermont Lumberjacks) has been named the 2016-17 Coach of the Year in the 19U Elite Division. The award was voted on by all of the head coaches in the league.

"I am not surprised to hear to that Jim has been voted the Coach of the Year again this season," said Mark Kumpel, the EHL's Director of Hockey Operations. "Being named Coach of the Year is an unbelievable honor, and Jim truly respects that. Jim is not only the head coach of the Lumberjacks Elite team, but also the General Manager for the whole organization. Jim's talents as a coach and administrator have helped build a solid contender at both levels, Premier and Elite. After a good season last year, Jim took his Elite team to another level this season, winning the Regular Season title."

After finishing with a record of 18-22-2 last season, Mosso and the Lumberjacks took off this past September and never looked back on their way to a 36-4-2 regular season. While Vermont fell in the Round Robin stage of the playoffs, Mosso knows that a lot was still gained from this year.

"Being voted as Coach of the Year by the other coaches in the league is just an incredible honor," said Mosso. "Many of the coaches in this league, I have looked up to for the past 10 years, some of which, I actually played for. I believe the coaches of the Eastern Hockey League, are the best in the business, and I am proud that they have given me the respect as one of their own."

Mosso went on to talk about the coaches that have helped mentor him along the way, and offer his thanks to those leaders.

"I would like to thank Coach Doc Delcastillo for being my coaching mentor, and Mr. Lary for teaching me about creating culture and respect. This has trickled down to our players, and it is very rewarding that the Vermont Lumberjacks are being recognized with such an honor. I would also like to thank Chris Cerrella, Jon Lounsbury, and Rich DeCaprio for being major influences on who I am as a xoach, offering wisdom, and for giving me a target in which I strive to resemble."

Outside of winning the 2016-17 Regular Season Championship in the 19U Elite Division, another Lumberjacks highlight this season came from The Daughters of the American Revolution.

Learn more about one of the most well-respected teams in the EHL on the official website of the Vermont Lumberjacks.

19U ELITE ::: EHL ANNUAL AWARDS

03/22/2017, 2:00pm EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

Emoff Headlines Annual Award Winners

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League is pleased to announce this year's annual award winners for the following honors:

  • Most Valuable Player
  • Forward of the Year
  • Defenseman of the Year
  • Goalie of the Year

Each award was voted on by all of the head coaches in the 19U Elite Division.

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19U ELITE ::: NORTH AND SOUTH CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

03/22/2017, 10:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

All-Star Team Rosters Announced in Both Conferences

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League is pleased to announce a pair of All-Star Teams for both the North Conference and the South Conference. Each roster was formed based off of the coaches voting within their respective conference.

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PREMIER ::: EHL COACH OF THE YEAR

03/21/2017, 4:00pm EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

Russo Named 2016-17 Coach of the Year

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League is pleased to announce that Rocky Russo (Philadelphia Little Flyers) has been named the 2016-17 Coach of the Year in the Premier Division. The award was voted on by all of the head coaches in the league.

"Rocky is one of the hardest working coaches in the EHL," said Mark Kumpel, the EHL's Director of Hockey Operations. "Being named Coach of the Year is an unbelievable honor, and Rocky deserves it. To have the respect of all your peers is an incredible feeling."

In a year that includes a 30-game winning streak and 33-game unbeaten streak, Russo's Little Flyers have been steady at the top since the beginning of September. With sustained success comes pressure along the way, and great respect from all your opponents.

"Rocky is the reason the Little Flyers are who they are," said Walpole Express head coach Jon Lounsbury. "I don't think there's a harder working guy out there. He's got a drive to win and his players play off his energy. We have had some good battles and it's well deserved. Best of luck to Rocky down the stretch."

The Little Flyers are in the EHL Semi-Finals again, as they get ready to face-off with the
New Jersey Rockets this weekend. With this being Russo's 3rd straight season winning the Regular Season, he knows he hasn't got here on his own, and there's still more work left to take care of.

"I am honored to receive such a prestigious honor," said Russo. "The EHL is extremely competitive and features many quality coaches who run first class organizations. To receive recognition from such a great group is very humbling. I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Giacobbo for their support and giving our staff the resources we need to properly run our program. I would like to thank George Lewis and Mark Catron for all of their hard work and diligence towards our team's success. The Coach of the Year Award is not an individual award, it is a group effort to achieve success at this level, and in saying that I accept this on behalf of our entire staff and most importantly our players. Without them committing to the goals we set out to achieve, we would not be in this position."

Be sure to watch the Little Flyers in this weekend's Semi-Final action.

  • Game 1 - Friday at 3:30pm
  • Game 2 - Saturday at 3:30pm
  • Game 3 - Sunday at 1:00pm (If Necessary)

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PREMIER ::: EHL ANNUAL AWARDS

03/21/2017, 2:00pm EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

McCartney Headlines Annual Award Winners

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League is pleased to announce this year's annual award winners for the following honors:

  • Most Valuable Player
  • Forward of the Year
  • Defenseman of the Year
  • Goalie of the Year
  • Rookie of the Year

Each award was voted on by all of the head coaches in the Premier Division.

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PREMIER ::: NORTH AND SOUTH CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

03/21/2017, 10:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

All-Star Team Rosters Announced in Both Conferences

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League is pleased to announce a pair of All-Star Teams for both the North Conference and the South Conference. Each roster was formed based off of the coaches voting within their respective conference.

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2017 EHL Playoffs -- DAY 13

03/20/2017, 4:00pm EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

Matchups Set for Premier Semi-Finals

BOSTON, MA -- We've reached the best part of the playoffs, with just 4 teams left standing the Premier Division. This year's Semi-Finalists include the Philadelphia Little Flyers, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, and New Jersey Rockets.

Starting in Aston, Pennsylvania the Little Flyers and Rockets face-off in Semi-Final #1. Philadelphia finished the regular season with a record of 39-4-5, while New Jersey's season ended with their record at 26-20-2. The Mid-Atlantic Division rivals faced-off 5 times during the regular season, with Little Flyers winning the first 2 contests and the Rockets prevailing in the previous 3 matchups. A total of 4 of the 5 games were decided by two goals or less.

Heading up the road to West Chester, Pennsylvania, and our 2nd Semi-Finals matchup between the Jr. Flyers and Monarchs. Philadelphia and New Hampshire only battled each other twice during the regular season, with both matchups taking place during showcase play. The Monarchs won the 1st contest 3-2 in October, and then the Jr. Flyers turned the tables with a 4-0 shutout in December.

Below you'll find the complete schedule for the Premier Division Semi-Finals.

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19U Elite Division Champions

03/19/2017, 12:00pm EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

Revolution Earn Title with Sweep of the Rangers

BREWSTER, NY - After sitting at the top of the South Conference standings for the majority of the season, the Philadelphia Revolution cranked things up in the playoffs on their way to winning the 19U Elite Division Championship. The Revolution were a perfect 5-0-0 in the postseason.

Last weekend, Philadelphia knocked off the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, and the Brewster Bulldogs, earning themselves a spot in the Elite Finals. For their opponent, the Boston Jr. Rangers, their path wasn't as clear, but their history in the playoffs made them an opponent to keep an eye on. Last season it was the Rangers sweeping their way through the Round Robin stage, and then the Elite Finals against the Boston Bandits. This time around, it was Philadelphia's turn.

While the word 'sweep' gives the series a feeling of dominance, that wasn't the case in this year's Elite Finals. Each game was a one-goal contest with Game 1 needing overtime to determine a winner.

In Game 1, the two teams exchanged a pair of goals in the opening frame, heading into the break tied up 2-2. From there Philadelphia got a pair in the 2nd period, and Boston got a pair in the 3rd period, sending the game to overtime. With hockey, it seems like overtime in the playoffs either ends very quickly or it takes a long time to determine a winner. Friday night's extra frame was a quick one, as Luke Aquaro ended things just 3:26 into overtime.

A quick turnaround brought the teams back to Brewster Ice Arena for Game 2 on Saturday night. The scoring patterns showed up again in Game 2, as Philadelphia jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and then the Rangers began mounting their comeback. Boston got to within a goal, but Anthony Bench's tally early in the 3rd period proved to be the difference as the Revolution held on for a 4-3 victory.

A number of players shined brightly in the Elite Finals, but Blake Hallman stood out with his 2 goals and 6 assists. Hallman's eight-point weekend earned him TSR Hockey Top Performer honors for the series.

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Revolution on winning the 19U Elite Division Championship, and to the Boston Jr. Rangers on a phenomenal season.

2017 EHL Playoffs -- DAY 12

03/19/2017, 11:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

Pair of Key Premier Games on the Docket

BOSTON, MA -- Day 12 of the EHL Playoffs brings with it only action in the Premier Division, as the Philadelphia Revolution were crowned as the 19U Elite Division champions last night in New York.

With the Elite's finished, today's schedule features a pair of very important Premier games.

Premier Division Schedule

In the first game of the day, the Rockets are seeking a Quarterfinals sweep of the Rangers. New Jersey scored 5 unanswered goals in Game 1, in route to a 7-2 victory in Tewksbury. If the Rangers can force Game 3, it will be tomorrow afternoon at 2:20pm.

For the night cap, the Jr. Flyers and Wizards hit the ice for Game 3 and a trip to the Semi-Finals on the line. After Philadelphia won Game 1 by the score of 2-1 on Friday, the Wizards turned the tables with a 3-2 comeback victory last night.

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