Boston Junior Bruins
|Boston Junior Bruins|
|Home arena||New England Sports Center|
|Colors||Black, gold and white
|General manager||Peter Masters|
|Head coach||Peter Masters (Premier)|
The Boston Junior Bruins are an American junior ice hockey organization playing in Marlborough, MA. They currently field three junior and a number of youth teams in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL).
Junior Hockey is the pinnacle of the skill development program of USA Hockey. The program is available to high school students and graduates seeking a greater challenge than that available through their prep school, high school, or club team. The principal purpose of the Junior Bruins development program is to prepare the athlete for career advancement; either a collegiate program or professional opportunity.
The Boston Junior Bruins was founded in 1991 as an independent junior team. The Junior Bruins played prep schools and local junior teams, and competed in major tournaments throughout North America before joining the Tier III Junior A Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) in 1999.
During their first three EJHL seasons, Head Coach Peter Masters and his staff led the team to fourth, third, and second place finishes overall in the twelve-team league. In 2000–01 the team finished the regular season with a 45-15-1 overall record as the EJHL Northern Division Champions.
To better develop talent for their Junior A program, the Junior Bruins fielded a number of youth hockey teams as well as two Tier III Junior B teams in the Empire Junior Hockey League (EmJHL) and Continental Hockey Association (renamed to Eastern States Hockey League in 2011) (CHA/ESHL).
During the 2012–13 season, Junior Bruins and other EJHL teams announced the formation of a new league called the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). The new league would go on to absorb the former EmJHL and the recently announced Eastern Elite Hockey League (a new league consisting mostly of the former EJHL South) to create several junior and youth divisions within the USPHL. The former Junior A team would play in the USPHL Premier Division and its former Junior B team would play in the USPHL Empire Division (later named USP3). The Junior Bruins would also field a team in the USPHL Elite Division.
Team members and regular season
The Junior Bruins hold tryouts in April and final camp in late July. The Junior Bruins team is typically composed of 12 to 13 forwards, 6 to 7 defensemen, and 2 goalies on the active roster. All players are between the ages of 16 and 20. The season starts the day after Labor Day and playoffs finish during the third week of March each year. The team typically practices 3 to 4 times per week.
The schedule includes 45 EJHL regular season schedule games plus three rounds of playoffs. From year to year the Junior Bruins normally play one or both of the US National teams (USA Hockey's National Team Development Program) in an exhibition game along with some scrimmages versus local prep schools and participate in 4-6 major recruiting showcase/tournaments.
The Bay State Hockey Foundation (BSHF) is the non-profit arm of the Junior Bruins Organization. Founded in 2005, the mission of the BSHF is to provide " ... children and young adults with lower extremity paralysis and other disabilities the opportunity to participate in the sport of sled ice hockey ... " Equipment and participation are free for qualified individuals.
|Season||GP||W||L||T||OTL||GF||GA||Pts||Regular Season Finish||Playoffs|
|Eastern Junior Hockey League|
|2000–01||38||30||7||0||1||—||—||61||2nd EJHL||Won Quarterfinal game, 4-2 vs. Capital District Selects
Won Semifinal game, 5-3 vs. New England Jr. Coyotes
Lost Championship game, 3-5 vs. Walpole Stars
|2001–02||38||26||11||0||1||173||103||53||3rd EJHL||Lost Quarterfinal game, 2-5 vs. Walpole Stars|
|2002–03||38||28||6||4||0||180||90||60||1st EJHL North||Won Quarterfinals vs. Capital District Selects
Lost Semifinal game, 2-5 vs. Walpole Stars
|2003–04||38||32||3||2||0||180||73||66||1st EJHL North||Won Quarterfinals vs. Walpole Stars
Won Semifinal game, 3-2 vs. New England Jr. Coyotes
Lost Championship game, 3-6 vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
|2004–05||51||36||8||6||1||200||102||79||1st EJHL North||Won Quarterfinals, 1-0-1 vs. New England Jr. Falcons
Won Semifinal game, 2-0 vs. Walpole Stars
Won Championship game vs. New Hampshire Junior Monarchs
|2005–06||45||34||8||1||2||177||111||71||2nd EJHL North||Won Quarterfinals, 2-0 vs. Bridgewater Bandits
Won Semifinal game, 3-1 vs. New England Jr. Falcons
Lost Championship game, 5-6OT vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
|2006–07||45||30||11||3||1||170||116||64||2nd EJHL North||Won Quarterfinals vs. New York Apple Core
Lost Semifinals vs. Bay State Breakers
|2007–08||45||29||10||5||1||162||102||64||3rd EJHL North||Won Quarterfinals vs. Bridgewater Bandits
Lost Semifinals vs. New Hampshire Junior Monarchs
|2008–09||45||32||9||3||1||183||101||68||2nd EJHL North||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Bay State Breakers|
|Won Quarterfinals 2-0 vs. Bay State Breakers
Lost Semifinals vs. New Hampshire Junior Monarchs
|Won Quarterfinals 2-1 vs. Springfield Pics
Lost Semifinals 0-2 vs. New Hampshire Junior Monarchs
|2011–12||45||37||7||—||1||239||135||75||1st EJHL||Won Quarterfinals 2-0 vs. New England Jr. Huskies
Lost Semifinals 0-2 vs. Jersey Hitmen
|Lost Quarterfinals 0-2 vs. Bay State Breakers|
|USPHL - Premier Division|
|2013–14||48||36||8||—||4||184||103||75||1st of 9, USPHL||Won Quarterfinals 2-0 vs. Portland Jr. Pirates
Won Semifinals 2-0 vs. Islanders Hockey Club
Won Finals 2-0 vs. Jersey Hitmen
|2014–15||48||38||8||—||4||207||122||80||2nd of 11, USPHL||Lost Quarterfinals 1-2 vs. South Shore Kings|
USA Hockey Tier III Jr National Championships
Round robin play in pool with top 4 teams advancing to semi-final.
|Year||Round Robin||Record||Standing||SemiFinal||Championship Game|
|2014||W, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EHL) 5-3
W, Helena Bighorns (AWHL) 6-0
W, Marquette Royales (MnJHL) 11-1
|3-0-0||1st of 4
|W, Springfield Pics (USPHL Elite) 6-0||W, North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL) 4-1
Head coach Peter Masters functions as both head coach for the EJHL team and manager for all Junior Bruins activities. His responsibilities include program and organization development, direction of skill sessions and summer camps for youth hockey players and the Annual Junior Bruins Shootout Tournament in the fall and Beantown Classic Tournament in August.
Peter Masters, 2001 EJHL Coach of the Year, graduated from Boston College in 1997. While at Boston College, Masters played defense for the BC Eagles under coaches Steve Cedorchuk and Jerry York, and was recognized in 1997 as one of eight defensemen nationwide picked as Hobey Baker Award pre-season 'players to watch'.
Since 1992 the Junior Bruins have placed over 100 players in college hockey and since 2001 more than 35 have been recruited to Division I college teams.
Notable former Boston Junior Bruins players include
Blake Sloan (NHL)
Brendan Buckley (AHL)
Sean Haggerty (NHL)
Tim Lovell (AHL)
Bobby Butler (NHL)
Jack Eichel (NHL) Steve Moses (NHL)
Notes and references
- Eastern Junior Hockey League Mission Statement
- USA Hockey NTDP Website
- Bay State Hockey Foundation web page
- "2014 Tier III Nat. Championships". USA Hockey. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
- Junior Bruins Website Coach Bio
- EJHL Certified College Signings
- Legends of Hockey
- Sportsnet Ontario
- Legends of Hockey
- Hockey's Future 1997-1998 Sleeper Article
- Lovell's Hockey School