Eastern Hockey League (2013–)

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Eastern Hockey League
Eastern Hockey League logo.jpg
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2003
CEO Mark Kumpel
No. of teams 16 — EHL
13 — EHL Premier
Country  United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Premier — Philadelphia Junior Flyers (2016–17)
19U Elite — Philadelphia Revolution (2016–17)
Official website EHL EHLP

The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) is an American Tier III Junior ice hockey league with teams in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. The EHL was officially announced on June 6, 2013, after the Atlantic Junior Hockey League welcomed six new members from the old Eastern Junior Hockey League and the AJHL re-branded itself under the EHL banner

The league prepares high school and college aged players for college and professional hockey. The league has hundreds of alumni that have gone on to play for NCAA colleges, various professional leagues, the CHL, and in Europe.

History[edit]

The Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL or AtJHL) was part of the Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League organization and was formed in 2003 with a stated goal to "meet the needs of the junior hockey community and the players it serves in the Eastern United States". The AJHL played its first season in 2003–04 with six teams that had previously played in the Junior B Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. On May 30, 2012 the AJHL announced that after nine years of being a part of the Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League, the 12 AJHL ownership groups successfully became a stand-alone entity. After the split, the AJHL was managed and governed solely by the league owners.

In 2013, Tier III junior hockey leagues underwent a large reorganization that led to the dissolution of the Eastern Junior Hockey League and six of their former members joining the AJHL. Prior to the 2013–14 season, the AJHL re-branded to become the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).[1] The six members who came from the EJHL were the Boston Bandits, Connecticut Oilers, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, New York Apple Core, Philadelphia Revolution, and the Valley Jr. Warriors.

In December 2014, the EHL announced the Connecticut Nighthawks as an expansion franchise to start in the 2015–16. They also announced the formation of the EHL-Elite Division and that eight teams would participate in the first season composed of the former Junior B teams for EHL organizations. The formation of the Elite Division led to the previous Junior A members to be placed in the EHL-Premier Division. In May 2015, the North American Hockey League, a Tier II league, announced that the New Jersey Junior Titans and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights had been approved to elevate their organizations. After their promotion, the two EHL franchises went dormant.[2]

In March 2016, the EHL announced that it was changing the name of the Elite Division to 19U Elite Division for the 2016–17 season and doubling in size by adding eight more teams, mostly the prospect teams from the Premier Division's South Conference teams.[3] However, the 19U Elite Connecticut Nighthawks team were dropped from the schedule prior to their first season.

In December 2016, it was announced that six organizations (the Boston Bandits, Connecticut Nighthawks, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, New Jersey Rockets, and the Northern Cyclones) would be leaving the EHL for the 2017–18 season for the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL).[4] The Bandits, Rockets, and Cyclones had already been announced as adding free-to-play teams in the USPHL's National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) for the 2017–18 season.[5] All six organizations will add their Premier and Elite teams to the USPHL's Premier and Elite Divisions.

In February 2017, the EHL announced that they would expand[6] to make up for the teams lost to the NCDC. The first team announced was New Hampshire Avalanche, an organization that previously only had youth teams. Next, it was announced the league would be adding the teams from the North American 3 Atlantic Hockey League (the former Metropolitan Junior Hockey League). The six teams from the NA3AHL were the Central Penn Panthers, Jersey Wildcats, Long Island Royals, Metro Fighting Moose (who left for the USHPL after the announcement), New Jersey Renegades, and the return of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The league also listed the New Jersey 87's and Cape Cod-based Total Athletics. The one-year dormant New York Bobcats are also expected to return. The Connecticut Oilers relocated from Norwalk to Hamden following the announcement that the ownership of the USHL's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders added a team called the Connecticut RoughRiders that will play out of the Oilers' former arena in Norwalk.[7]

In March 2017, the EHL announced their new divisional structure for the 2017–18 season with 16 teams in the Premier and 17 in the Elite,[8] although the Elite would decrease to 13 after the departures of the Connecticut OIlers Elite team, the Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels, Long Island Royals, and Metro Moose. In May 2017, the league announced that they would reorganize their two-tier league with the top tier (formerly called the Premier) being only called the Eastern Hockey League and the lower tier being called the Eastern Hockey League Premier Division. The naming conventions were changed to put the emphasis on the top level league for college development.[9]

Current teams[edit]

Eastern Hockey League
Conference Division Team Arena Location Joined
North Boston Boston Junior Rangers Breakaway Ice Center Tewksbury, Massachusetts 2004
East Coast Wizards Edge Sports Center Bedford, Massachusetts 2014
Total Athletics Seahawks Cape Cod Training Center Hyannis, Massachusetts 2017
Walpole Express Rodman Arena Walpole, Massachusetts 2005
New England New England Wolves Merrill Fay Arena Laconia, New Hampshire 2005
New Hampshire Avalanche Ice Den Arena Hooksett, New Hampshire 2017
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill Valley Forum Haverhill, Massachusetts 2013
Vermont Lumberjacks Leddy Park Arena Burlington, Vermont 2003
South Central Connecticut Oilers Louis Astorno Arena Hamden, Connecticut 2013
Connecticut RoughRiders SoNo Icehouse Norwalk, Connecticut 2017
New York Apple Core Brewster Ice Arena Brewster, New York 2013
New York Bobcats Dix Hills Ice Arena Dix Hills, New York 2003
Mid-Atlantic Philadelphia Junior Flyers Ice Line Quad Rinks West Chester, Pennsylvania 2008
Philadelphia Little Flyers IceWorks Skating Complex Aston, Pennsylvania 2003
Philadelphia Revolution Revolution Ice Gardens Warwick Township, Pennsylvania 2013
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Revolution Ice Centre Pittston, Pennsylvania 2010
EHL Premier Division
Conference Team Arena Location Joined
North Boston Junior Rangers Breakaway Ice Center Tewksbury, Massachusetts 2015
New England Wolves Merrill Fay Arena Laconia, New Hampshire 2015
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill Valley Forum Haverhill, Massachusetts 2015
Vermont Lumberjacks Leddy Park Arena Burlington, Vermont 2015
Walpole Express Rodman Arena Walpole, Massachusetts 2015
South Central Penn Panthers Regency Ice Rink Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2017
Jersey Wildcats Aspen Ice Arena Randolph, New Jersey 2017
New Jersey 87's Middletown Sports Complex Middletown, New Jersey 2017
New Jersey Renegades Flemington Ice Arena Flemington, New Jersey 2017
New York Apple Core Brewster Ice Arena Brewster, New York 2016
Philadelphia Junior Flyers Ice Line Quad Rinks West Chester, Pennsylvania 2016
Philadelphia Little Flyers IceWorks Skating Complex Aston, Pennsylvania 2017
Philadelphia Revolution Revolution Ice Gardens Warwick Township, Pennsylvania 2016

Former teams[edit]

Championships[edit]

EHL (formerly AJHL/EHL-Premier)[edit]

Season Regular season Playoff National Tournament result
AJHL
2003–04 Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Washington Jr. Nationals
2004–05 Boston Bulldogs Boston Bulldogs
2005–06 New York Bobcats New York Bobcats
2006–07 New York Bobcats New York Bobcats New York Bobcats lost Semifinal game vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL)
Northern Cyclones lost Semifinal game vs. Bay State Breakers (EJHL)
[10]
2007–08 New Jersey Rockets
Portland Jr. Pirates
Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones lost Semifinal game vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL)
New Jersey Rockets eliminated in Round Robin
[11]
2008–09 Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones and New York Bobcats eliminated in Round Robin[12]
2009–10 Northern Cyclones Walpole Express Walpole Express and New York Bobcats eliminated in Round Robin[13]
2010–11 Walpole Express Walpole Express Walpole Express lost Semifinal game vs. Helena Bighorns (NorPac)
Northern Cyclones eliminated in Round Robin
[14]
2011–12 Walpole Express Walpole Express No representatives sent to nationals[15]
2012–13 Northern Cyclones Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights No representatives sent to nationals[16]
EHL Premier
2013–14 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones lost Semifinal game vs. North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL)
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs eliminated in Round Robin
[17]
2014–15 Philadelphia Little Flyers Vacant
Connecticut Oilers wins vacated
Northern Cyclones lost Div. 1 Championship game vs. North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL)[18]
2015–16 Philadelphia Little Flyers New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Tier III National Tournament not held
2016–17 Philadelphia Little Flyers Philadelphia Junior Flyers
EHL

EHLP (formerly -19U Elite)[edit]

Season Regular season Playoff National Tournament result
EHL-19U Elite
2015–16 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Boston Jr. Rangers Tier III National Tournament not held
2016–17 Vermont Lumberjacks Philadelphia Revolution
EHLP

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ EHL (June 6, 2013). "Announcing The Eastern Hockey League". EasternHockeyLeague.org. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "EHL History". EHL. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ "EHL Announces New 19U Elite Division For 2016-17". Eastern Hockey League. March 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "USPHL Consolidating Tier III Junior Hockey in the East". USPHL. December 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ "USPHL Announces New Tuition Free Hockey Division for 2017-18 Season". Junior Hockey News. October 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ "2017-18 League Expansion". EHL. February 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ "CT RoughRiders Press Release". Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. March 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ "2017-18 Divisional Structure". EHL. March 23, 2017. 
  9. ^ "EHL Announces New Two-Tier System". EHL. May 5, 2017. 
  10. ^ "2007 Tier III Junior A Nationals". Pointstreak. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ "2008 Tier III Junior A Nationals". Pointstreak. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ "2009 Tier III Junior A Nationals". Pointstreak. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "2010 Tier III Junior A Nationals". Pointstreak. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ "2011 Tier III Junior A Nationals". Pointstreak. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  15. ^ "2012 Tier III Nat. Championships". USA Hockey. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  16. ^ "2013 Tier III Nat. Championships". USA Hockey. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ "2014 Tier III Nat. Championships". USA Hockey. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ "2015 Tier III Junior Nat. Championships". USA Hockey. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 

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