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.


Of the last ten local commits, all ten came right off the HOCKEYRECRUITS4u player listing.

Congratulations to ’96 John Laurito (St Paul’s ) on committing to United States Military Academy.


Congratulations to ’96 Adam Gaudette (Cedar Rapids) on committing to Northeastern University

Congratulations to ’98 Mike O’Leary (Salisbury) on committing to Cornell University

Congratulations to ’97 Elijah Harris (Austin Prep) on commiting to Brown University.

Congratulations to ’98 Logan Drevitch (Boston Bandits) on committing to Merrimack College

Congratulations to ’96 Brandon Fortunado (NTDP) on committing to Boston University

Congratulations to ’97 Jeremy Bracco (NTDP) on committing to Boston College

Congratulations to ’98 Jake Ryczek (South Kent U16) on commiting to University of New Hampshire.

Congratulations to ’99 Matty Allen (South Kent) on committing to Providence College

Congratulations to ’99 Dan Petrick (Cathedral Springfield) on commiting to Northeastern University

imageThe 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft was yesterday, May 31, 2014 at the Palais des Sports Leopold-Drolet beginning at 10:00 a.m.Sherbrooke, Canada.

Hockeyrecruits4u had four first round picks taken from our player listing. There were 48 picks of New England players selected in the draft, each team required to take two, here is the numbers breakdown by team: Moncton 8,  Acadia-Bathurst 4, Charlottetown 3, Cape Breton 3, Sherbrooke 2, Rimouski 2, Baie-Comeau 2, Chicoutimi 2, Blainville-Boisbriand 2, Drummondville 2, Gatineau 2, Halifax 2, Rouyn-Noranda 2, Quebec 2, Sherbrooke 2, Saint John 2, Shawinigan 2, Val-d’Or 2, Victoriaville 2.

Will the player report should be a major consideration when making picks, although some picks are made with the hope an NHL drafted player gets sent to the Q by that team and some just because they have to make the selections. Of the 47 local players selected in Saturday’s QMJHL draft, 38 came from the Hockeyrecruits4u prestigious listing, (that’s 80%)  all recognized as potential D1 hockey players.

Hockeyrecruits4u players in bold

Round 1
4 Sherbrooke Fitzpatrick, Evan G Newbridge AAAN-E/NS
6 Acadie-Bathurst Maher, Jordan F Central Ice Pak AAA T-N/NF
7 Charlottetown Balmas, Mitchell Cape Breton Tradesmen AAA QC
14 Cape Breton O’Leary, Michael Salisbury Prep NED1

Round 3
43 Moncton Murphy, Liam Avon Prep NED1
48 Charlottetown Getson, Keith South Shore AAA QC
56 Halifax Marino, John D South Shore USPHL

Round 4
60 Blainville-Boisbriand Campoli, MichaelLac St-Louis AAA QC
64 Moncton McInnis, Luke D Hingham HS MA
73 Charlottetown Sullivan, Frank. D Westminster NED1 CT

Round 5
79 Halifax Nauss, Morgan. D HalifaxAAAN-E/NS
84 Charlottetown Sangster, Lucas. D PictouAAAN-E/NS

Round 6
100 Moncton Murphy, RJ F St. Sebastian’sNED1MA
101 Acadie-Bathurst Armstrong, Jamie F Bishop Hendricken HS RI

Round 7
113 Saint John Graham, Monte F Thayer NED1 MA
114 Moncton Krys, Chad D Rockets U19 NJM CT
122 Gatineau Dillon, Matt D Shrewsbury HS MA

Round 8
137 Moncton Koopman, Matt F Marblehead HS MA

Round 9
148 Québec White, Colin F USA Under-17 NTDP MA
159 Sherbrooke Fitzgerald, Casey D USA Under-17 NTDP MA

Round 10
166 Acadie-Bathurst Dmowski, Ryan F Gunnery NED1 CT
169 Charlottetown Luhmann, Hunter F Proctor NED1 VT
170 Moncton Britner, Derek F Proctor NED1NH
178 Acadie-Bathurst Foley, Erik F Cedar Rapids USHL MA

Round 11
186 Shawinigan Filipe, Matt F Malden Catholic HS MA
198 Val-d’Or Layton, John D Austin Prep HS MA
199 Rimouski Stevens, Luke F Noble & Greenough NED1 MA

Round 12
202 SherbrookeBurke, Cal F Cedar Rapids USHL MA
204 Shawinigan Rowella, Alex F Scranton Jr. Knights AYHL18 CT
206 Moncton Roche, Robbie D Walpole Jr.B MA
216 Val-d’OrCousino, Matthew D Rice Memorial Prep VT
217 Rimouski Hill, Brent F Cushing Academy NED1 MA

Round 13
220 Moncton Alsfeld, Jonathan F Cranston Jr.B RI
225 Chicoutimi Brophy, William D Westminster Prep NED1 CT
227 Victoriaville Christie, Peter D Exeter NED1 NH
228 Rouyn-Noranda Corriveau, Taggart F Westminster NED1 CT
229 Cape Breton Sweezy, Billy D Noble & Greenough NED1 MA
232 Drummondville Dorsi, William F St. Sebastian’s NED1 MA
237 Baie-Comeau Markell, Harrison D Middlesex NED1 MA
239 Saint John Griffin, Lincoln F Thayer NED1 MA
241 Charlottetown Cowans, Ace F Groton NED1 MA
242 Acadie-Bathurst Germain, Jeremy F Choate NED1 VT
243 Chicoutimi O’Leary, Pat D Boston Advantage Tier1 MA

Round 14
245 Victoriaville Flanagan, McKay D Connecticut Oilers EHL CT
246 Rouyn-Noranda Finkelstein, Benjamin D KUA NED1 VT
247 Cape BretonLee, D Gunnery NED1 CT
248 Gatineau McKenelly, Jake F Austin Prep HS MA
249 Québec Young, Spencer D Exeter NED1 NH
250 Drummondville MacAdams, Eric F AustinPrep HS MA
251 Blainville-Boisbriand Sodergren, Connor F St-Paul NED1 MA
14 RimouskiPasse/Pass
254 Baie-Comeau Sundquist, Connor F Selects Academy USPHLU18 CT

See complete draft listing here.

Congrats to all the players!




imageHockeyrecruits4u has learned the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL are trading 4 pieces (Two players and two picks) for 3 pieces with Drummondville for Hockeyrecruits4u player Cam Askew as the center piece. Askew is a 2015 NHL Draft prospect, one of the best ’97’s in the world and will fit right in as the Wildcats second line center.

imageAskew was selected 11th overall by Drummondville in the 2013 QMJHL Draft. He was also drafted by the Indiana Ice (1st overall) in the ’13 USHL Draft, but decided to play in the QMJHL with the Voltiguers and now on his way to Robert K. Irving’s Moncton Wildcats.

After first trying around Christmas time and being told no deal, Roger Shannon was not to be denied, and as usual his best scout provided him with the confidential information to get the deal done.

Successful wheeling and dealing cannot happen without a process to select a higher probability of successful players, but also maximize their ability to understand and relate to each individual athlete in order to get the right mix for the roster. One part of that process cannot exist without the other, so it boils down to good scouting, player development and asset management.

Update: As we told you it’s now official, click here.

imageThe Boston Junior Bruins won the USA Hockey Tier-3 Junior National Championship game on April 7. “Zachary Malatesta (5gms 3A, 3Pts) was a horse back on defense.” according to his coach, “Our top four guys on defense will all end up being D-I guys,” Peter Masters said.

Malatesta is a top young prospect after his all-star performance at USA Hockey’s Select 17 Festival, as reported this past January in USA Hockey’s article, Junior Bruins’ patience is paying off in USPHL.

However, due to a lack of a college deal and apparently overlooked ??? in the recent USHL draft, Hockeyrecruits4u player Zach Malatesta has decided to take his incredible talents north to the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats!

Zach was drafted last year in the 11th round by Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, considered to be the highest level of junior hockey in North America. Although he had been contacted by schools such as UMass Lowell, Holy Cross and Cornell, none put a reasonable offer on the table.


The Major Junior circuits have improved the education packages for players, usually giving the US players their home state university tuition for every year they play in the QMJHL to use at any school in US or Canada. Plus if their dream of professional hockey doesn’t materialize after Major Junior then they can play four years at a Canadian University (CIS) where junior grads combine a high calibre of hockey with higher education and even develop more for that NHL opportunity…

imageIndiana Ice Win 2014 USHL Clark Cup Title

Clark Cup Final – Game Five

Indiana Ice 3 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 2

(Indiana wins series 3-2)

A third period comeback by the Indiana Ice led them to a 3-2 victory in Game Five of the 2014 USHL Clark Cup Final against the Waterloo Black Hawks and gave the Ice their second Clark Cup title in team history.

The Champion Indiana Ice was a hockey team that actually looks like a hockey team, balanced position wise and definitely built to compete. As most of us know, when building a team, it’s not as simple as picking the best players, you have to assemble a team you think gives you the best chance to win. The architect of the USHL Champions Indiana Ice is Hockeyrecruits4u friend Judd Brackett.

imageAs VP Player Personnel for the Indiana Ice, Brackett and his staff did a masterful job building this Clark Cup Championship team. The franchise will go into dormancy for the 2014-2015 season in hopes they can find a permanent home ice arena.

Judd is current Amateur Scout for the Vancouver Canucks.

Congrats to @Canuckscout!


imageThe 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup started yesterday as the 96th edition of the prestigious National Championship which takes place May 16-25 at Budweiser Gardens in London, ON. Hockeyrecruits4u is here in London to take in this unbelievable tournament for the second year in a row. This is definitely a bucket list event for the most diehard hockey aficionados. Our OHL friends are the most generous, hosts.

imageMidway between the hockey towns of Detroit and Toronto, London is at the heart of Southwestern Ontario. As the sixth-largest city in Ontario and Canada’s 10th largest city, London serves as a regional hub for surrounding communities.

The action begins on Friday May 16 when the host London Knights open against the QMJHL champions ValDor at 7:00 pm Eastern. The next afternoon round-robin action continues with the OHL champions facing the WHL champions on Saturday May 17 at 4:00 pm Eastern, with all other round-robin games along with the Tie-Breaker and Semi-Final contests to have 7:00 pm Eastern start times. The Championship Final takes place on Sunday May 25 with a start time to be confirmed at a later date.

All nine games of the championship will be broadcast live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup Schedule (All times are Eastern and are subject to change):

Round-Robin Game 1 – ValDor QMJHL vs. London on Friday May 16 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 2 – OHL vs. WHL on Saturday May 17 at 4:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 3 – London vs. WHL on Sunday May 18 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 4 – OHL vs. QMJHL on Monday May 19 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 5 – WHL vs. QMJHL on Tuesday May 20 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 6 – London vs. OHL on Wednesday May 21 at 7:00 pm

1. Fri May 16 Val-d’Or London
2. Sat May 17 Guelph Edmonton
3. Sun May 18 London Edmonton
4. Mon May 19 Guelph Val-d’Or
5. Tue May 20 Edmonton Val-d’Or
6. Wed May 21 London Guelph

Tie-Breaker (if necessary) – Thursday May 22 at 7:00 pm
Semi-Final – Friday May 23 at 7:00 pm

Championship Final – Sunday May 25 time to be confirmed

Follow all the action here


Hockeyrecruits4u learned NHL Central Scouting has invited many of North American and international prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft to the NHL Scouting Combine later this month in Toronto.

Dan Marr, the director of NHL Central Scouting, is anticipating the attendance of 119 players, including 101 North Americans, at the Combine from May 26-31.

There are six right off the Hockeyrecruits4u players list invited to attend. That’s six of the six picked from our area…Wow! At 12, Alex Tuch, 16 Sonny Milano, 44 Johnathan MacLeod, 58 Ryan Donato, 74 Miles Gendron, and 117 Tyler Bird. We had these players on our listing three years ago!

“It’s a change from past practice of invites being solely based on Central Scouting’s final rankings,” Marr said. “Research has shown over the last decade that an average of 78 invites to the Combine were selected in the top 100 at the NHL Draft.”

“For the 2014 Combine, a two-stage process was adopted. In the initial stage, the top 75 players on Central Scouting’s Players to Watch List were invited [at an earlier date] and the final stage involved the NHL clubs voting in the remaining 45 players. The number of invites increased this year.”

Central Scouting provided Hockeyrecruits4u the list of invites to the Scouting Combine. The Combine consists of three elements (team interviews, medical examinations, physical testing) and players participate in all segments.

Full list of 2014 NHL Combine invites

The latest edition of the United States Hockey League draft concluded with some familiar names right off the Hockeyrecruits4u players listing. The next big step in their hockey-playing careers with the hopes of following the successful paths of others from our listing.

Phase 2 had USHL teams selecting players in the 1994 through 1998 birth years in attempt to finalize rosters for 2014-15.






























imageThe 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft will be held Saturday, May 31st, at the Palais des Sports Leopold-Drolet in Sherbrooke.

The week of activities will culminate in the 2014 QMJHL Draft taking place on Saturday, May 31 at the Palais des Sports Leopold-Drolet beginning at 10 a.m. This flagship league event will be open to the public free of charge.

The organizing committee has been hard at work in recent months to be ready for the prestigious event.

“We have a team with incredible attention to detail that has worked diligently in recent months,” says draft committee president, Jacques Fortier. “Our objective was to create a unique event that the population of Sherbrooke, QMJHL management, the 17 organizations, and players and their families will always remember. The 2014 Sherbrooke Draft will undoubtedly showcase the City of Sherbrooke and the Sherbrooke Phoenix organization to the Maritimes and the Northeastern United States,” Fortier adds.

Destination Sherbrooke

The CSR list includes players from Quebec, the Atlantic Provinces and New England. The players of the first five rounds are in placed according to rank.

Click here for the list

The list also includes:

1- Player rankings for rounds 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 in alphabetical order

2- Other eligible 15 and 16 year-old players

3- List of added players (by League clubs)

4- List of American players