Empire Junior Hockey League

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Empire Junior Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
CEO Don Kirnan
No. of teams 31
Country  United States
Ceased 2013 – Absorbed
Last champion(s) Florida Junior Blades
Official website empirehockey.com

The Empire Junior Hockey League (EmJHL) was an USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III junior ice hockey league. The league was classified as Tier III Junior B until the 2011–12 season when USA Hockey combined the Tier III Junior A and Junior B classifications.


On February 25, 2010, the Empire Junior Hockey League Board of Governors voted to eliminate 20-year-old players from the League by changing the restriction of no more than four 20-year-olds per team to a maximum of two per team in the 2010–11 season. Starting with the 2011–12 season there would be no 20-year-olds in the league.

In 2013, the Empire League and the Eastern Elite Hockey League both agreed to affiliate with the newly formed United States Premier Hockey League becoming the Empire and Elite Divisions, respectively. Starting with the 2015–16 season the USPHL's Empire Division was renamed to the USP3 Division.

Participating teams[edit]

2012-13 EmJHL team map

As of June 2012, the following teams made up the league in its final season:

Eastern Conference
Team Location
Bay State Breakers Rockland, Massachusetts
Boston Bandits Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Boston Jr. Bruins Marlborough, Massachusetts
Connecticut Oilers Norwalk, Connecticut
Islanders Hockey Club Tyngsborough, Massachusetts
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Hooksett, New Hampshire
Portland Jr. Pirates Saco, Maine
Salem Ice Dogs Salem, Massachusetts
South Shore Kings Foxboro, Massachusetts
Springfield Pics West Springfield, Massachusetts
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill, Massachusetts
Western Conference
Team Location
Adirondack Jr. Wings Troy, New York
Brewster Bulldogs Brewster, New York
Buffalo Stars Cheektowaga, New York
Frederick Freeze Frederick, Maryland
New Jersey Hitmen Wayne, New Jersey
Jersey Wildcats Randolph, New Jersey
Maksymum Jr. Hockey Club Rochester, New York
New York Apple Core Long Beach, New York
Philadelphia Revolution Warminster, Pennsylvania
P.A.L Juniors Islanders Hauppauge, New York
Syracuse Stars Cicero, New York
Southern Conference
Team Location
Atlanta Jr. Knights Atlanta, Georgia
East Coast Eagles Wake Forest, North Carolina
Florida Jr. Blades Estero, Florida
Florida Eels Fort Myers, Florida
Hampton Roads Whalers Chesapeake, Virginia
Palm Beach Hawks Lake Worth, Florida
Potomac Patriots Woodbridge, Virginia
Space Coast Hurricanes Rockledge, Florida
Tampa Bay Juniors Tampa, Florida



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