Metropolitan Junior Hockey League
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The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is an American Tier III Junior ice hockey league with 16 teams throughout the eastern United States. The MJHL is part of the Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League organization. The League is the oldest junior league in the United States, founded in 1966 by NY Rangers GM, Emile Francis.
The MetJHL was affiliated with higher level AJHL, a Tier III Junior A league, while the MetJHL was sanctioned as a Junior B league until 2011 when USA Hockey dropped the letter designations in Tier III. In May 2012, the AJHL left the Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League family and became its own entity managed by the team owners. In 2013 as part of the north east re-organization of junior hockey the AJHL re-branded itself to the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).
The league does place a number of players into NCAA Colleges, with most going to Division III, and some to Division I.
During the summer of 2014 several new organizations joined the MET League and it became a 23 team league and added a fourth division. In December 2014, the Eastern Hockey League (EHL)announced the formation of an Elite Division for the 2015–16 season, which effectively removed eight developmental teams for the EHL from the MJHL. The Metropolitan league plan to offset the loss with the return of New Jersey Rockets and the addition of teams from the New Jersey Colonials organization. The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League would also drop its MET League and MetJHL monikers to just MJHL (likely due to the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL) and Midwest Junior Hockey League (MWJHL) ceasing operations after the 2014–15 season).
- http://www.atlantichockey.org/mjhl_sub.htm?content=mjhl_commitments MJHL 2009 College Commitments
- "MJHL Drops 'MET League' Moniker". atlantichockey.org. July 23, 2015.