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

Cyclones Arena
20 Constitution Drive
Hudson, NH 03051

Veteran’s Day Showcase
November 8-10, 2014

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

Christmas Showcase
December 19-21, 2014

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

MLK Day Showcase
January 17-19, 2015

Rodman Arena
2130 Providence Hwy
Walpole, MA 02081


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.


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.



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…



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.


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.


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.



See all the stats and follow the tournament here.


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,


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…


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.
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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


August 1-3 is the UMASS Lowell Prospect Showcase at the Tsongas Arena hosted by Norm Bazin, Head Coach – UMass Lowell. click here.

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


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.


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


Our scouts have met and the Hockeyrecruits4u staff has finished the 25 Top Uncommitted players list. These players will be offered deals as July winds down into August beginning the recruiting season for NCAA Hockey.

With college camps giving coaches a chance to jockey for position with the top players they haven’t landed yet. These stars, in turn, get a chance to show how far their games have advanced.

NCAA coaches ONLY will be able to log on to get our 25 Top Uncommitted players listing. This will not be published.

Coaches sign up now and get THE list!

imageHockey traditionalists have been pointing to the Hockeyrecruits4u scouting and prospect choices for quite a while, yet we keep listing talent at a high rate (92%) of pre-NCAA D1 commits. Now we begin churning out NHL talent as 9 players were selected right off our prestigious listing.

Rd 1 #16 CBJ SONNY MILANO LW USA 5′ 11″183 USHL USA U-18
On our 2012-13 listing

Rd 1 #18 MIN ALEX TUCH RW USA 6′ 3″213 USHL USA U-18
On our 2012-13 listing

On our 2012-13 listing

On our 2011-12 listing

On our 2011-12 listing

On our 2011-12 listing

On our 2012-13 listing

On our 2012-13 listing

On our 2011-12 listing

With the draft in the books its time to take a look at how everyone did. This was a down year for draft-eligible talent, with the 2015 edition in Sunrise, FL having this years draft beat by miles in terms of depth as well as first round talent.

New England Prep had 6 players selected, Hockey East with 2 players selected, followed by the ECAC 2 and Big Ten and CCHL with 1 each. The Junior leagues, USHL (30-12 USNDT= 18) OHL (41), WHL (37) QMJHL (17) USHL (30) BCHL (5) USPHL (2) NAHL(1).

Here’s how we see it after the NHL’s 2014 draft in Philadelphia.


  • American-born players being selected, as 67 U.S.-born players were taken, representing its highest percentage (32%) of total selections ever. Did this have something to do with $8 million from the NHL?
  • USHL had reached an all-time high in player selections over the two days of the 2014 NHL Draft as a total of 35 players who appeared during the 2013-14 USHL season were chosen by NHL clubs.
  • Hockeyrecruits4u players listing had 9 players drafted off our listing, with 4 on our original listing four years ago and 5 on our listing of three years ago.
  • Nine players with NHL bloodlines were selected.
  • New England Prep had 6 players selected.


  • Canada had their numbers drop from 96 players in 2013 to 77 players taken in 2014.
  • The QMJHL only 17 total with zero first round picks, not a good sign as their talent pool continues to shrink.
  • USA Hockey selection process, 7 USNDT players were not drafted (this excludes Jack E.)yet in New England alone obviously someone missed the 5 that were…

Said one GM “The one nice thing is we have patience, we like to think we can develop players, and we’re not in a hurry. So in that sense, it makes sense to take players who fit that mold. … It’s nice to be able to let the player develop and succeed.

For all the undrafted players it doesn’t end here. Many college free agents get to choose their NHL team every year and arguable, are in a better situation.

After playing 18 holes with our NHL hosts over in New Jersey at Pine Valley Golf Club, Hockeyrecruits4u is in the City of Brotherly Love for the 2014 NHL Draft at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.



We are staying at The Ritz-Carlton, just south of City Hall. Known for its majestic marble domed lobby, the 30-story hotel features 299 guest rooms and suites, more than 26,000 square feet of meeting space and a popular bistro and lounge.


Hockey fans throughout the world are on hand to witness the beginning of the careers of future NHL stars. Round One of the draft begins on Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. and continues with Rounds Two through Seven on Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m.

NHL team executives, scouts and coaches from all 30 clubs will be present on the NHL Draft floor (the playing surface of the Wells Fargo Center), while thousands of fans will also be in attendance.

The 2014 Draft is interesting, because there seems to be no true franchise prospects. Each player who will be selected in the top six has qualities and ingredients that set them apart from the rest of the group but after the top 20 players, the NHL team evaluators must really look deep and sort through the rest of the class to see which players look like they are on the right trajectory to become NHL players.

Watch for teams to run down their lists and take developmental defensemen, bigger men who need a bit of time to develop, and team favorites who are probably a bit more polished second year eligibles who have continually improved.

Hockeyrecruits4u NHL sources have indicated the following players from our prestigious listing will have their name called…

Alex Tuch RW US-Under-18 (USAH-NTDP)6′ 3.75″222

Sonny Milano LW USNTDP (USHL)5′ 11.5″183

Ryan Donato C Dexter School (HS-MA)6′ 0.25″175

Miles Gendron D Rivers Country School (HS-MA)6′ 2″172

Jonathan MacLeod D US-Under-18 (USAH-NTDP)6′ 1.5″200

Tyler Bird RW Kimball Union Academy (HS-NH)6′ 2″188

Matthew Highmore Saint John (QMJHL)5′ 11″174

J. J. Piccinich RW Youngstown (USHL)6′ 0″190

Ryan Hitchcock LW US-Under-18 (USAH-NTDP)5′ 9.5″170

J.D. Dudek F Kimball Union Academy (HS-NH)5′ 11″178

Robert Bobo Carpenter F Middlesex Islanders (EJHL)5′ 10″175

Joe Wegwerth F US-Under-17 (USAH-NTDP)6′ 4″210

Ben Freeman F Northfield Mount Herman 6′ 4″ 190

Follow complete draft coverage here.

imageThe roster of stars is out on who will attend Team USA’s World Junior summer evaluation camp in Lake Placid (Aug. 2-9), but it’s lacking one super nova, Noah Hanifin.

After all, people at the world under-17 hockey challenge at Sydney, N.S., came away raving over USA defenceman Noah Hanifin. “He’s better than Seth Jones at the same age. He’s 16 and six-foot-four and close to 200 pounds already. I think he can be as good as that Jake Eichel (U.S. world junior team forward), but Hanifin will go third in the 2015 draft with (Canada’s Connor) McDavid and Eichel to see who’s first” said the NHL amateur scout.

A pair of NHL 2015 draft eligible players, forward Jack Eichel and defenseman Brandon Carlo and Auston Matthews, a 16-year-old forward who is eligible for the 2016 draft, will attend but no Hanifin, why? After all, Hanifin had 46 points with U17’s then 13 points in 14 games with the U18’s.

In our earlier article, Change is coming…we told you Hanifin was accelerate his schooling to enter Boston College this fall. This allows him to:

1) Pursue his College Education at one of the nation’s best and most selective universities.
2) Play NCAA hockey against bigger stronger players to help his development
3) Play for a Bean Pot Championship
4) Play for a Hockey East Championship
5) Pursue a NCAA National Championship in his backyard, maybe even play in the Frozen Four 2015-Boston

However it appears USA Hockey is snubbing the player for saying he is leaving early, yet truth be told they could have brought Hanifin in a year early with the 96’s but opted not to..also, 12 CHL players are getting invites, including Ryan MacInnis who too left USNDT early but went to the Kitchner Rangers of OHL.

Hockeyrecruits4u always thought the national development program goals are to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers or


We all read the article by Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald, since 2011, 21 recruits from four high-profile colleges have changed their commitments, and gone the Major Junior route. Add Cam Askew (#1 USHL pick), Willie Smith (4 for 4, UMASS) John Marino and Kevin Resop being courted Halifax, Jack Eichel meeting with St. John, a record number of New England players taken in this years QMJHL draft…

Hockeyrecruits4u player Johnathan MacLeod had a dinner meeting with Robert Irving, the owner, of the Moncton Wildcats this past Wednesday.

Hockeyrecruits4u player Luke Kirwan an automatic Top 10 NHL draft pick in two years (2016) left the USNTD. The Windsor Spitfires landed Kirwan’s Ontario Hockey League rights from the Guelph Storm for two second-round picks.

Kirwan put up 29 goals and 28 assists along with 54 penalty minutes in 54 games. Representing the U.S at last season’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the 6’2, 220-pound left winger from Syracuse, New York, was dominant, putting up six goals and seven assists in six games.

It’s a tough decision time when your halfway through the two year commitment, however Ryan MacInnis did so when he joined the Kitchner Rangers last season and it helped him position as a first or second round NHL pick.

In our recent story, Malatesta us gonna be a Wildcat , the potential D1 player who could play in any USHL team had four USHL teams interested in him but when not one selected him in this years draft his choice was seemingly blocked so he took his talents to the CHL.

If your drafted by a CHL team, you have been professionally recognized as an elite player. Just look at our pretigious listing the players drafted by the Q either have college deals or get them.

The CHL promise is clear, in writing, not an early verbal that may or may not turn into a partial scholarship, 1 for 4 or 2 for 4 where the family pays before the scholarship kicks in. There are as many stories of players not staying because the team isn’t playing them as verbally promised, coaches are making mistakes on a lot of kids, and schools are getting saddled with a player who doesn’t end up panning out for them.

Our sources tell us the problem is things need to change, while players like the prolific Kirwan watch teammates getting moved up to play with the U18 squad on the higher stage, of course they too want that chance for development.  As good as NCAA hockey is, sending players off to play juniors for a year or two, needs to be debated. Same goes for USNDTP, players development changes year by year, there should be national tryouts every year. The Junior leagues should be regionalized into Tier 1, 2 and 3 with vertical integration as the number one goal.

Bottom line, players want and should be in charge of their development.