Hockeyrecruits4u has learned the NAHL (North American Hockey League) has announced the addition of a new hockey league. The North American Hockey League is the only Tier II Junior A League in the country, and teams provide a competitive opportunity for the elite player in a non-pay-to-play environment.

imageThe NA3EHL features 10 members, which include: Cape Cod Islanders (Dennis, MA), East Coast Minutemen (Salem, NH), Jersey Shore Wildcats (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ), Lockport Express (Lockport, NY), Maine Wild (Biddeford, ME), New England Stars (Hudson, NH), New Hampshire Fighting Spirit (Laconia, NH), Roc City Royals (Rochester, NY), Syracuse Stampede (Mexico, NY) and Wilkes-Barre Miners (Wilkes-Barre, PA).

“We feel this is a unique opportunity to operate the NA3EHL in our family of leagues and continue to provide more opportunity for players across the United States who have aspirations of playing college hockey. The Northeast is an area of the United States that has extensive hockey tradition and talent, as well as, a wide range of college programs that are always on the lookout for players,” said NAHL President and NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “We will continue to make decisions for what is best for players that are advancing though our unique ladder of development, and combined with our professional management and staff, we feel we can take the NA3EHL to a heightened level of competition and organization.”

The primary mission of the NA3EHL, which is now managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes at the Tier III junior level, who have the ability and the aspirations to play at the collegiate level. The common goal is to produce athletes that are committed to excellence in academics as well as athletics. By providing a high level of competition, the players will be given the resources to contribute and succeed at the next level of hockey and education. The NA3EHL will operate independently for the 2014-15 season and will apply to join USA Hockey for the 2015-16 season.

“From the outset, our key component has been trying to move players onto college hockey. We believe our new association with the NAHL will further assist us in accomplishing that goal,” said NA3EHL Commissioner Wayne Sheehan. “The cooperative agreement with the NAHL brings a new level of professionalism and organization to our league and provides a new level of credibility. In an area that is rich with hockey talent, we plan to show everyone that the NAHL brand is second to none. When it comes to exposure, awareness, education, organization and events, we believe the NA3EHL will be at the forefront.”

If this new league is able to add to the NA3HL and become one league across the entire US then they will really draw the players because of their unique vertical integration…

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2014 Beantown Fall Classic
Thursday, October 23-Sunday, October 26
@ The Rinks at Exeter (Exeter, NH), Haverhill Valley Forum (Haverhill, MA), University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH), Merrimack College, The Rinks at Dover, Phillips/Andover & the Valley Forum (Lawrence).

Schedule/scores here.

imageTSN as the network today announced a new partnership with College Hockey Inc. to deliver expanded live coverage of the 2014-15 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey season, including the Frozen Four championship. With more NCAA Hockey games available in Canada this season than ever before.

“This partnership will allow TSN to deliver Canadian fans unprecedented access to the excitement of NCAA Hockey,” said Mike Snee, Executive Director, College Hockey Inc. “Canadians have always had a strong presence in college hockey and currently make up 30% of all Division I players. TSN will provide fans in Canada the chance to see for themselves why so many skilled Canadian hockey players are choosing college hockey, and why NCAA Hockey is the fastest growing development path to professional hockey.”

October

Friday, Oct.17, Lake Superior State @ Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, Oct. 18, Lake Superior State @ Notre Dame, 6 p.m. ET on TSN2

November

Friday, Nov. 21, Massachusetts-Lowell @ Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
Tuesday, Nov. 25, Massachusetts @ Vermont, 7 p.m. ET on TSN2

December

Saturday, Dec. 6, Maine @ Massachusetts-Lowell, 8 p.m. ET on TSN2
Sunday, Dec. 28, Quinnipiac @ Princeton, 4 p.m. ET on TSN3

January

Saturday, Jan. 3, Union @ Boston University, 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, Jan. 10, Northeastern @ Boston College, 4 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, Jan. 10, Rivalry on Ice – Harvard vs. Yale, 6 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, Jan. 17, Michigan State @ Penn State, 5 p.m. ET on TSN2
Wednesday, Jan. 21, Merrimack @ Boston College, 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, Jan. 31, New Hampshire @ Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m. ET on TSN2

February

Monday, Feb. 2, Beanpot – Northeastern vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. ET on TSN2
Monday, Feb. 2, Beanpot – Harvard vs. Boston University, 8 p.m. ET on TSN2
Friday, Feb. 6, Notre Dame @ Maine, 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Monday, Feb. 9, Beanpot Championship, 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
Friday, Feb. 13, New Hampshire @ Boston University, 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, Feb. 21, Minnesota @ Penn State, 5 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, Feb. 21, Connecticut @ New Hampshire (joined in progress), 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Friday, Feb. 27, Boston College @ Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2

March

Friday, March 6, Minnesota @ Ohio State, 5 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, March 14, Hockey East Quarterfinal – Game 2, 4 p.m. ET on TSN2
Sunday, March 15, Hockey East Quarterfinal – Game 3, 4:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
Friday, March 20, Hockey East Semifinal #1, 5 p.m. ET on TSN2
Friday, March 20, Hockey East Semifinal #2, 8 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, March 21, Hockey East Championship, 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Friday, March 27, Frozen Four – TBD, 2 p.m. ET on TSN2
Friday, March 27, Frozen Four – TBD, 5:30 p.m. ET on TSN3
Friday, March 27, Frozen Four – TBD, 8 p.m. ET on TSN3
Saturday, March 28, Frozen Four – TBD, 3 p.m. ET on TSN3
Saturday, March 28, Frozen Four – TBD, 4 p.m. ET on TSN4
Saturday, March 28, Frozen Four – TBD, 5:30 p.m. ET on TSN3
Saturday, March 28, Frozen Four – TBD, 9 p.m. ET on TSN3
Sunday, March 29, Frozen Four – TBD, 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2

April

Thursday, April 9, Frozen Four – Semifinal #1, 5 p.m. ET on TSN2
Thursday, April 9, Frozen Four – Semifinal #2, 8:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, April 11, Frozen Four – Championship, 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN3

imageBoston College head coach Jerry York has secured a verbal commitment from one of the country’s top young goal scorers.  Hockeyrecruits4u player T.J. Walsh, F, 00, commits to Boston College for 2018.

Hockeyrecruits4u had him listed as a sure fire D1 commit two years ago.. when no one else had him listed… Look on our left column under archives, see September 2012, click it…scroll down for the Hockeyrecruits4u listing..all the way down to 2000 and see TJ Walsh…

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Congrats to TJ and his Family!

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The Eastern Hockey League features four, league-wide Showcases each season in which all EHL teams play three regular season games, at one venue, over a three- or four-day period. These Showcases feature more than 200 NCAA and NHL coaches and scouts during the course of the season.

Columbus Day Showcase
October 10-13, 2014

HOST RINK:
Cyclones Arena
20 Constitution Drive
Hudson, NH 03051

Veteran’s Day Showcase
November 8-10, 2014

HOST RINK:
Tri-Town Ice Arena
311 West River Road
Hooksett, NH 03106

Christmas Showcase
December 19-21, 2014

HOST RINK:
International Skating Center of Connecticut
1375 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070

MLK Day Showcase
January 17-19, 2015

HOST RINK:
Rodman Arena
2130 Providence Hwy
Walpole, MA 02081

imageJake Wise,’00, F, has committed to Boston University for the fall of 2018.

Hockeyrecruits4u had him listed as a sure fire D1 commit two years ago.. when no one else had him listed… Look on the left column under archives, see September 2012, click it…scroll down for the Hockeyrecruits4u listing..all the way down to 2000 and see Jake’s name..BINGO!

Read the in depth story over at The Terrier Hockey Fan Blog.

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Congrats to Jake and his family!

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The Boston Junior Bruins Shootout

September 19-21, 2014

The BJB Shootout is a team entry event for Jr., 18U & 16U teams that takes place at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA every September. The Shootout is a tournament format for the 18U and 16U levels but also has USPHL games played in a showcase format at the Premier, Elite and Empire levels.

Hockeyrecruits4u is very interested in watching the USPHL Premier. This league has real potential as an NCAA feeder. The key would be to somehow get the prep players to think this league for after they graduate…

Follow scores here.

Since 2011, of all NCAA commits ’96 birth year or younger, 114 of 123 are from our listing ..thats identifying 93% of all players to commit before they verbally agreed with the coach.

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Those selected will add another chapter to their story of success by getting their name on The Hockeyrecruits4u Prestigious Player Award, which is presented annually to the Northeast outstanding hockey players on our list.

Our prestigious players listing is used by NHL, NCCA, CHL, USHL, other Junior leagues, and Prep Schools to find the very best players…

Hockeyrecruits4u scouts are in East Meadow, New York as the USHL preseason begins with four Member league teams participating in the USHL Atlantic Challenge this weekend. Games are being played at the brand new Twin Rinks Ice Center of Eisenhower Park, a 165,000 square foot hockey and entertainment facility with two NHL-sized ice surfaces.

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Three teams from the USHL Eastern Conference and one from the Western Conference are scheduled to participate in the preseason event. The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Muskegon Lumberjacks will make a return after competing last season in the inaugural USHL Atlantic Challenge, while the Lincoln Stars and Team USA Under-18 squad make their first appearance in the preseason showcase.

USHL Atlantic Challenge Schedule

Friday, September 5th

5:00 PM – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders vs. Lincoln Stars

8:00 PM – Team USA vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks

Saturday, September 6th

3:30 PM – Lincoln Stars vs. Team USA

6:30 PM – Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Sunday, September 7th

12:30 PM – Lincoln Stars vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks

The USHL exposure is working as more and more players from the Northeast are playing in the USHL, or other junior leagues for better competition and to avoid the local pay to play Tier 3 leagues…

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For the 10th year in a row, the Woodchuck Classic will be held in Burlington, VT this weekend. Hockeyrecruits4u looks forward to another excellent showcase put on by all of the Jr. A, Jr. B, and Midget AAA teams as we finalize our prestigious listing for this year.

Click here for schedule and results.

imageThe last three commits came right off our prestigious player listing and were on the Hockeyrecruits4u 25 Top Uncommitted players list. that’s a Hat Trick!

Jamie Armstrong, the ’98-born forward heading to Avon this fall announced via Twitter on he has verbally committed to play college hockey at Northeastern.

Will Brophy ’96, commits to new Holy Cross head coach David Berard. The commitment of big Westminster senior Brophy gives them a solid defensive d-man.

Boston Advantage defenseman Pat Holway,’96, has committed to the University of Maine for the 2016-17 season. Holway, listed at 6-5 and 195 lbs., is a big defenseman who has a lot of potential.

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Ten Hockeyrecruits4u Players Selected for 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo. We identified them to you over three years ago on our prestigious player listing.

USA Hockey announced today the 42 players who will compete in the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game set for Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center, home to the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.

The game assembles the top U.S. players who are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Twenty-three players appeared on the 2014-15 NHL Central Scouting Futures List, which highlights players that have potential to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft.“This game has developed into an exciting opportunity for the best players in the United States to showcase their skills on a national stage,” said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations. “Input from the NHL scouting community is that this year’s game will feature the highest level of talent to date for this event. We greatly appreciate the support of the Buffalo Sabres organization, which has proven to be an outstanding partner in this event.”

Among the 24 forwards are Jack Eichel who helped the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team capture the gold medal at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s Under-18 World Championship. Earlier this month, Eichel attended the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp. Eichel was a member of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. Joining him, Cam Askew, Jeremy Bracco, Taggert Corriveau, Erik Foley, Connor Moynihan and Colin White.

The defense corps boasts Noah Hanifin  who joined Eichel on the gold-medal winning U.S. squad at the 2014 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship. Also selected, Casey Fitzgerald, Steven Ruggerio and Spenser Young.

imageThe cream of World’s club junior hockey are in Ufa, capital of Bashkortostan, The Sioux City Musketeers roster features Hockeyrecruits4u players Bobo Carpenter,F, and Jake Ryczek,D.

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Carpenter choose the best developmental route going NCAA/USHL instead of the lure and unknown of the QMJHL. He scored 2 goals in the Musketeers 7-2 win over The Salzburg Red Bull Team.

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See all the stats and follow the tournament here.

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Click here for teams schedules, scores and standings.

Hockeyrecruits4u will be here looking to update our prestigious listing for this year, coming in September.

The worst kept secret is now a fact,

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According to Murphy, “It was a tough decision, and I had a lot of sleepless nights over it,” he said. “I just think the QMJHL is the best route for me. It’s the best route to the NHL, and that’s my goal. Coming to Moncton is the best decision for me.”

 

The Moncton paper reports, “Murphy, a third-round pick in the 2014 QMJHL draft, is an American forward who turned down a U.S. college hockey scholarship and signed with the Wildcats yesterday.”

Wait, was a letter of intent signed? Did the player pass clearinghouse?? Then the was no college hockey scholarship to turn down, only decommitted on a verbal agreement…

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Image  —  Posted: August 18, 2014 in Best Young Hockey Players in New England

We realize we are a head of anything official but that’s what our readers count on, is knowing what’s going to happen…

Selected in this years QMJHL draft at 164 by Halifax Kevin Resop, ’97, G, Boston Jr. Bruins.
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The ’97 hails from St. Petersburg, Florida and played at Shattuck St. Mary’s from 2011 to 2013. This past season, Resop suited up for the Boston Jr. Bruins U18 team and solid .921 save percentage in 15 games not only earned him an honorable mention in the USPHL Prospects Top 50 Players Of 2013-14, but was also awarded USPHL U18 Goaltender of the Year. The 6’2″, 185-pound net minder will soon be a Moosehead!

Here is tonight’s roster:
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Scoring 1 and 2 assists in Win over Titan!

Avon Old Farms forward Liam Murphy committed to the University of Connecticut for the fall of 2015. The Killingworth, CT native has played midget hockey with the CT Wolfpack and Vinnie Montalbano’s East Coast Kings. He played his first season of prep hockey this past winter for the Winged Beavers of Avon Old Farms.

Hockeyrecruits4u sources have found out this season he will make the big jump and will sign with Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. He has removed Avon Old Farms and UCONN Commit from his twitter profile picture.

To be selected Round 3, 43rd overall a deal was in the works early. Not many will make clubs this year the New England group of ’98’s are just not that good.

The push is on this year as Major Junior is trying to outplay the NCAA, wanting to get the top defensemen signed before the colleges recognize who are the best at this position. We all know NCAA schools go after the offensively gifted forwards first or the very few phenom defensemen, yet Hockey East shockingly only has a few d-men committed entering college 2016 or later. Yes it takes longer to develop defensemen but our QMJHL sources tell us they spent a lot of time looking for those projecting the greatest potential and wants them at their training camp.

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The Halifax Mooseheads will begin 2014 Training Camp on Tuesday, August 12th at Cole Harbour Place starting with registration day. The players will suit up for their first practices and intrasquad game the following day.

John Marino, ’97 SS Kings, drafted in third round #56 by Halifax. General Manager Cam Russell said Marino has a commitment to Yale University and scouts say he is a skilled offensive defenceman with great instincts.


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Players (Including Zach Malatesta ) will arrive in Moncton for Wildcats training camp registration next Monday. The Wildcats will have four teams in an intrasquad tournament that begins next Tuesday at the Red Ball Internet Centre with games at 9 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.

Luke McGinnis, ’98, Dexter, BC commit, who had a good performance at the recent USA Hockey Select 16 Festival is coveted by Moncton.

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Moncton also has their eyes on Jamie Dorsey ’96,NMH, selected in 2013 QMJHL draft. According to Roger Shannon, “He’s a two-way defenceman that skates well and shoots the puck well. He’s a big, strong kid who can play the power play and penalty kill.”

The Charlottetown Islanders week one of their 2014 training camp will open on Monday, August 11th at the Pownal Sports Centre. Week one will feature daily practices, three intersquad games and two exhibition games, hosting the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Saturday, August 16 and visiting the Moncton Wildcats on the 15th. All practices will be open to the general public.

The Islanders traded a second-round pick to Shawinigan for a fifth-round pick and Gianni Paolo,’96, SS Kings, selected in 2013 QMJHL draft. A costly trade unless the team has inside information that the chances of signing are pretty good.


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Although according to Mark Divver of The Providence Journal Paolo will not be reporting to the Charlottetown Islanders this season, the 18-year-old plans on staying with the South Shore Kings of the USPHL Premier. According to our source and GM Sonier, he will be in camp.

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Frank Sullivan, ’96, Westminster, is a smooth skating, puck-moving defenceman. “We have to convince him to come here now because he’s got NCAA schools coming after him” says Charlottetown General Manager Grant Sonier.

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Other D-men drafted this year recognized by the Q as top of their class in New England some attending camp:

Moncton-Chad Krys, Gatineau-Matt Dillon, Sherbrooke-Casey Fitzgerald, Val-d’Or J.J Layton, Moncton-Robbie Roche, Val-d’Or-Matthew Cousino, Chicoutimi-Wil Brophy, Victoriaville-Peter Christie, Cape Breton-Billy Sweezey, Baie-Comeau Harrison Markell, Chicoutimi-Pat O’Leary, Rouyn-Noranda-Ben Finkelstein, Cape Breton-Mike Lee, Québec-Spencer Young.

The reward will have to be compelling, let’s see where they end up…

You would think College hockey coaches feel like they’re fighting for recruits sometimes, but actually there are many spots available and it’s important they make sure the fit is good if not perfect.

No better way then for NCAA coaches to discover the right ones then at the upcoming college hockey showcases:

This week, Hockey Essentials is having their Northeast College Showcase.

July 27-29 is the College Hockey Experience at Harvard University’s Bright Hockey Center.

College Hockey Experience

http://www.gocrimson.com/information/camps/index

 

August 1-3 is the UMASS Lowell Prospect Showcase at the Tsongas Arena hosted by Norm Bazin, Head Coach – UMass Lowell. click here.
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On July 30-August 2, CT Elite Hockey Showcase is led by four-time national champion collegiate coach Mike Cavanaugh, at UCONN at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. Click here

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August 4-August 7 at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena the BU Hockey Prep/High School Showcase hosted by Associate Head Coach Steve Greeley. click here.

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August 15-17 the Brendan Wittet Hockey Showcase, this year at Foxboro Rink due to summer construction at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium.  Click here

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