Hockeyrecruits4u player Miles Gendron ’14 of Rivers was named the 2014 recipient of the John Carlton Award as the top senior hockey player in Massachusetts.  Miles will be playing his junior hockey for the Penticton Vees in the BCHL next season.

The Carlton Award, named in honor of the late Bruins scout and administrator, is presented annually to the outstanding male and female student-athlete in Eastern Massachusetts who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence.

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Miles received a call from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and will be presented the John Carlton Award on 4/12 during the Bruins/Sabres game.

Congrats to Miles and his Family!

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Jakob Chychrun (TSN)
OHL Member Teams are permitted to register a maximum of four 16 year old players selected in the OHL Priority Selection. Those 16 year old players that are allowed to be signed are the first two 16 year old players selected and a maximum addition of two 16 year old wild carded players in any round of the OHL Priority Selection.

All other 16-year-old players selected are eligible to be called up as an “affiliated player” or “floating affiliate player” for a maximum of 10 games or for any OHL regular season or playoff games when such player’s team has been eliminated from competition for that season.

The 2014 OHL Priority Selection is set to commence at 9:00 am and will include 300 picks across 15 rounds. Follow entire draft here.

The Ontario Hockey League in association with the Sarnia Sting Hockey Club selected US 16-year-old defenseman Jakob Chychrun of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens will be the first overall pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, presented by State Farm. Elite franchise defender, outstanding mobility, strength and confidence. An intimidating presence on both sides of the puck.

7 of the 9 (78%) players Hockeyrecruits4u recommended to various OHL teams were selected!

Shaun Bily Erie
Sam Field Kingston
David Melaragni London
Adam Fox Kitchner
Liam Moore Windsor
Cam Dineen Northbay
Marcus Dickerson Mississauga
Evan Wisocky Windsor
Zach Berzolla Sudbury

Congrats to the players and their Families!

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The Cornerstone Ice Center and other area rinks in the Green Bay Wisconsin Area were booming today because 48 teams from 18 states converged for USA Hockey’s National Tier 1 14U, 16U and 18U Championships meaning the some of the best young hockey players in the country are here.

Over the next four days, 1,200 hockey players between 14 and 18 years-old will square off for the National Championship, tourism leaders say the tournament will pump at least a million dollars into the local economy.

See more info here.

 

Tier III Junior National Championships
April 3 – 7, 2014
International Skating Center of CT
Simsbury, CT

On behalf of the Hartford Junior Wolf Pack and the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League…Welcome to the official home of the USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Championship.

The Hartford Junior Wolf Pack and the MET League are proud to host this event for the second time at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury.

 

See full schedule here.

 

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USA Hockey announced today their 22-man roster for the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team, and they’ve added Hockeyrecruits4u connections to the largely-NTDP roster that will compete at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s Under-18 World Championship from April 17-27, in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Hockeyrecruits4u player forward Jack Eichel, is the only returnee from last year’s team.

The roster for Team USA carries seven defensemen, including Hockeyrecruits4u players Brandon Fortunato, Noah Hanifin  and Johnathan MacLeod .

The team is carrying 13 forwards, including Hockeyrecruits4u players Ryan Hitchcock, Sonny Milano, Alex Tuch and Joe Wegwerth.

The CT Yankees Hockey Club now will be known as the Connecticut Junior Rangers..

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NEW PREMIER JUNIOR COACH
• Vincent Montalbano •

The Connecticut Junior Rangers are excited to name Vincent Montalbano as the new USPHL Premier Junior Coach. Vincent comes to the Junior Rangers with an extensive and diverse hockey background. A graduate of Avon Old Farms, Assumption College, and New England School of Law, Vincent has been involved at all levels of hockey. Currently an NHL scout, he has worked as a Regional Manager for the US National Team Development Program, U.S. Director of Central Scouting for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, USHL Scout, Prep School coach, and the Director of a very successful elite spring and summer showcase. “Vincent is highly respected in the hockey world as a sharp, hard working, and passionate teacher of the game.” states Jeff Hamilton, Program Director of CT Junior Rangers Hockey Club. “He has an extensive list of hockey connections and is uniquely positioned to help the CT Junior Rangers identify and develop players and to help place them in college hockey and beyond.”

Located in Stamford, Connecticut, Chelsea Piers CT will be the home facility for the Connecticut Junior Rangers.

A true gentleman, Montalbano also heads up the highly successful East Coast Kings summer teams. Hockeyrecruits4u is sure he will hit the ground running upon his arrival in Stamford. He will hire coaches, scout and recruit players, and become an active member of the community. He will be an excellent mentor to his players and that’s good for the players and the community because a lot of them will be moving on to college and they’ll need that experience. Vinny will help them grow as hockey players and young adults.

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Congrats to Vinny and his family!

imageHockeyrecruits4u is in Oshawa, Ontario this weekend for the fifth annual OHL Development Combine powered by Under Armour which takes place at the GM Centre.

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The program offers 16 goaltenders and 80 skaters born in 1998 the opportunity to showcase themselves both on and off the ice to OHL member team personnel with Sport Testing results distributed to every OHL member team General Manager to assist in their evaluation for the OHL Priority Selection to be held on Saturday April 5, 2014.

Sport Testing will next be at the Hockeyrecruits4u Elite Combine and Prospect Evaluation on April 26 at Rodman Arena. In addition to the on-ice testing conducted by Sport Testing, players will compete in small games being watched by QMJHL member teams and QMJHL Central Scouting. This will be the last chance to be see before the 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft from May 27-31, in Sherbrooke.

imageNo one believed us when we first broke our story, A Change is coming… that Hockeyrecruits4u player Noah Hanifin would be moved up to the U18 team. Well thats exactly where he was the last two nights. Friday, against Cedar Rapids, Noah had an assist and was plus two in a 5-3 loss.

Last night, in game two versus Cedar Rapids, Noah was very good, recording 3 assists (2 on PP). He was paired with Belpedio (1g 1a), and Larkin (2g), on the power play he looked like a pass first Boston College d-man. Noah finished the game missing on his shoutout opportunity, the Roughriders won the overtime game 4-3.

Noah, watched patiently as others were first moved up from U17 to the U18′s however after this weekend there should be no more questions regarding his qualifications to the task..

imageThe Junior Bruins beat the Jersey Hitmen 4-2 to win the first USPHL Premier Championship Series. The team included Hockeyrecruits4u players Bryan Lemos and Zack Malatesta.

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“We’re excited to welcome another talented crop of players to our tryout camp,” Peter Ward, director of player personnel for the NTDP, said in a press release. “The entire scouting staff puts in days, months and years of hard work to identify what we believe are the nation’s top players in this age group.”

USA Hockey released their roster for the U17 NTDP tryout Camp, which is the for the players that will be selected for the 2014 NTDP U17 team. The camp, which will help select the 2014-15 U.S. National Under-17 Team, will take place March 21-25, at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.

The 52 players on the NTDP Evaluation Camp roster represent 17 different states. Minnesota leads the way with 12 on the roster, while Hockeyrecruits4u and Michigan tie for second with eight. Followed by Illinois and Missouri with six players each followed closely by New York (4)

Here are the invitees…Hockeyrecruits4u players in bold..

F Joey Anderson Roseville, Minn. Hill-Murray School (Minn.)
F Jamie Armstrong Warwick, R.I. Bishop Hendricken High School (R.I.)
F Kieffer Bellows Edina, Minn. Edina (Minn.) High School
F Logan Brown Chesterfield, Mo. Indiana Ice Midget Minor
F Hank Crone Cedar Hill, Texas Dallas Stars Midget Minor
F Grant Cruikshank Delafield, Wis. Milwaukee Admirals Midget Minor
F Josh Dunne O’Fallon, Mo. St. Louis Blues Midget Minor
F Trent Frederic St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis Blues Midget Minor
F Timothy Gettinger North Olmstead, Ohio Cleveland Barons Midget Minor
F Keeghan Howdeshell Brighton, Mich. Detroit Compuware Midget Minor
F Max Jones Rochester, Mich. Detroit Honeybaked Midget Major
F Clayton Keller Swansea, Ill. Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)
F Patrick Khodorenko Walnut Creek, Calif. Detroit Honeybaked Midget Minor
F William Knierim Skokie, Ill. Chicago Mission Midget Minor
F Noah LaLonde Macomb, Mich. Detroit Honeybaked Midget Minor
F John Leonard Amherst, Mass. Springfield Cathedral High School
F William Lockwood Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Oakland Grizzlies Midget Minor
F Mitchell Mattson Grand Rapids, Minn. Grand Rapids (Minn.) High School
F Graham McPhee Bethesda, Md. Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)
F Dominic Mersch Park Ridge, Ill. Chicago Mission Midget Minor
F Jacob Nielsen New Berlin, Wis. Milwaukee Admirals Midget Minor
F Nick Pastujov Bradenville, Fla. Detroit Honeybaked Midget Minor
F James Sanchez Northbrook, Ill. Chicago Young Americans Midget Minor
F Riley Tufte Ham Lake, Minn. Blaine (Minn.) High School
F Garrett Wait Edina, Minn. Edina (Minn.) High School
F Zach Walker Boise, Idaho Colorado Thunderbirds Midget Minor
F Kailer Yamamoto Spokane, Wash. LA Jr. Kings Midget Minor
D Brett Callahan Westmont, Ill. Chicago Mission Midget Major
D Michael Campoli Pointe-Claire, Que. Lac St. Louis Lions
D Derek Daschke Troy, Mich. Oakland Grizzlies Midget Minor
D Cameron Dineen Toms River, N.J. NJ Rockets 19U
D Mitch Eliot Grosse Pointe, Mich. Detroit Honeybaked Midget Minor
D Tyler Farmer O’Fallon, Md. St. Louis Blues Midget Minor
D Adam Fox Jericho, N.Y. Long Island Gulls Midget Minor
D James Greenway Potsdam, N.Y. Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)
D Matthew Hellickson Rogers, Minn. Rogers (Minn.) High School
D Kenneth Johnson Ann Arbor, Mich. Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)
D Matthew Kiersted Elk River, Minn. Elk River / Zimmerman High School
D Alex Green Chicago, Ill. Chicago Mission Midget Minor
D Chad Krys Ridgefield, Conn. NJ Rockets 19U
D Ryan Lindgren Minneapolis, Minn. Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)
D Griffin Luce Williamsville, N.Y. Salisbury (Conn.) Prep
D Luke Martin St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis Blues Midget Minor
D Luke McInnis Hingham, Mass. Hingham (Mass.) High School
D Andrew Peeke Parkland, Fla. Selects Academy Midget Minor
D Sam Rossini Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Burnsville (Minn.) High School
G Stephen Dhillon Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo Regals 15U
G Ryan Edquist Lakeville, Minn. Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)
G Michael Latorella Macomb, Mich. Detroit Honeybaked Midget Major
G Jake Oettinger Lakeville, Minn. Lakeville (Minn.) North High School
G Dayton Rasmussen Eden Prairie, Minn. Holy Family Catholic High School
G Joseph Woll Dardenne Prairie, Mo. St. Louis Blues Midget Minor

We told you who would be picked in our February 11, 2014 post, 2014 NTDP U17 Selections

Hockeyrecruits4u players going to USHL, couldn’t jump in to local USPHL team because they are in the middle of playoffs but the Prep players are off for a three week break so a few games make sense…

3/12 update..Nobles Cal Burke (Notre Dane) is making his Cedar Rapids RoughRiders debut tonight.

Evan and Mitchell Smith (Yale) to play for Dubuque Fighting Saints. Evan will wear #15, Mitchell will wear #21.

Joey Dudek,F, (BC), KUA going to Dubuque Fighting Saints

Ryan Dmowski,F, (UMASS Lowell) Gunnery to Des Moines Bucaneers

Mike Lee,D, (Vermont) Gunnery to Tri City Storm

and Bobo Carpenter,F, (BU). Austin Prep to Sioux City Musketeers.

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

Hockeyrecruits4u players fill the 17 camp team rosters of the New England Districts invited to Hooksett, NH the last weekend of this month.

The next must stop for these same players will be April 26th at the Hockeyrecruits4u Elite Prospect And Player Evaluation for their the last opportunity to be seen before the USHL, QMJHL drafts and of course make our prestigious listing.

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With 51 assists on the year, Hockeyrecruits4u player Jeremy Bracco passed Patrick Kane’s single season assist record with the USNDTP. Yeah, Kane’s was with the U18′s and Bracco’s with the U17′s (both in the pre-draft year), Bracco is a March birthday compared to Kane’s November birthday.

Eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.) is playing with the U.S. National Team Development Program’s Under-17 team.

The other thing about Kane’s U18 year is he scored 52 goals in addition to his 50 assists (Bracco has 13). With the move from the NAHL to the USHL I don’t expect anyone to break that record any time soon.

“All year, I’ve been working on becoming a more well-rounded player,” Bracco said. “I’ve paid more attention to details on the defensive side of things, and that’s earned the trust of the coaches to play me on the penalty kill. Any time I’m on the ice I look to create, and now that I’m more focused on the defensive side of things, I make better reads and choose my spots to try and make things happen.”

Bracco credits his Dad, Mike, a coach for the Long Island Gulls organization, with getting him started in hockey.

“Ever since I could walk, my dad had me on skates,” he said. “That was so important in getting me into hockey from an early age.”

Bracco is a great playmaker and his line with Hockeyrecruits4u players Luke Kirwan and Colin White have piled up points in international play in a manner few NTDP U17 lines ever have. It’ll be interesting to see if it carries over to the U18 team next year and beyond. Even though we believe he will be going to the OHL next year.

note: NTDP U18 Hockeyrecruits4u player Sonny Milano currently has 46 assists this season so he’ll likely pass Kane/Hilbert as well. There’s a chance he could pass Bracco given he’s got more games in hand than him.

In the Elite Tournament semifinals games, Salisbury dominated Phillips Exeter, 6-0. Gunnery beat Berkshire 5-2. The last time these two played Salisbury won in overtime, 3-2.

imageimageSalisbury beats Gunnery in overtime, 3-2 to win Stuart/Corkery Championship.

 

 

 

In the Small school semifinals, Dexter beat Groton, 2-1, while Kimball Union knocked out defending champion Brooks, 4-3.

imageimageKimball Union defeats Dexter 5-1, to win the Piatelli/Simmons Championship

 

 

 

In the Large school semifinals, Loomis defeated host Phillips Andover, 2-1 and St. Paul’s won by shutting out Choate, 2-0.

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imageThe Prep playoff route this year goes to Yale University, ironically the country’s oldest college hockey program. Founded in 1896, it was one of two representing the East at the 1952 national championships, before the NCAA adopted its current 16-team format.

Much of the team’s recent success is owed to coach Keith Allain, a Yale graduate who took over the program in 2006. The Bulldogs have made four NCAA tournament appearances in the past five years, versus two prior to Allain’s arrival.

“I truly thought that at Yale you could have the best of both worlds, the best education in the world and compete in hockey at the highest levels,” Allain told reporters last week. “So our mission is to consistently compete for championships.”

This is the same philosophy of the very prep teams coming here next weekend to compete for the Elite 8, Small and Large Championships.

Here are the teams loaded with players from our prestigious listing, with quarter finals at host schools or neutral sites, Semi finals and the Championships at Yale.

Elite 8 Stuart/Corkery Championship
Salisbury
Kent
Thayer
Exeter
Nobles
Berkshire
Gunnery
Cushing

February 26th
Cushing at Salisbury, 3:30pm
Nobles at Phillips Exeter, 5:00pm
Berkshire at Thayer, 3:30pm
Gunnery at Kent, 3:30pm

Large School Tourney Martin/Earl Championship
St. Pauls
Andover
NMH
Choate
Belmont Hill
Loomis-Chafee
Taft
Proctor

February 26th
Proctor at St. Paul’s, 3:00pm
Belmont Hill at Choate, 4:00pm
Loomis Chaffee at Northfield Mt. Hermon, 3:00pm
Taft at Phillips Andover, TBA

Small School Tourney Simmons/Piatelli Championship
Dexter
KUA
Rivers
Westminster
Groton
Brooks
Canterbury
Millbrook

February 26th
Canterbury at Dexter, 4:00pm
Groton at Westminster, 3:30pm
Brooks at Rivers, TBA
Millbrook vs Kimball Union, at Deerfield, TBA

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source:masshshockey.com

imageHockeyrecruits4u is pleased to announce the Sherbrooke Phoenix Hockey team will host the 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft from May 27-31, 2014 in Sherbrooke. The week of activities will culminate in the 2014 QMJHL Draft taking place on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Palais des Sports Leopold-Drolet beginning at 10:00 a.m.

“We have a team with incredible attention to detail that has worked diligently in recent months,” said Sherbrooke Draft 2014 committee president, Jacques Fortier. “We set the objective to create a unique event which the population of Sherbrooke, QMJHL management, the 17 organizations and families of those players that could be drafted will always remember”.

“The 2014 Sherbrooke Draft will undoubtedly showcase the city of Sherbrooke and the Sherbrooke Phoenix organization to the Maritimes and New England,” continued Mr. Fortier.

Pierre Leduc, QMJHL Director Hockey Operations has invited each of the member teams to attend the Hockeyrecruits4u Elite Combine and Prospect Evaluation on April 26, 2014 at a Rodman Arena in Walpole, MA for a last look at eligible New England players (98′s, 97′s, and 96′s).

A web page dedicated to the Combine is available here to provide all important information on the event and for eligible players to sign up for this event.

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Troy Dumville, QMJHL Director of Recruitment for Atlantic Division and USA is working with Hockeyrecruits4u to coordinate the events conference room exclusive for registered Combine participants to interact with the 18 QMJHL member teams.

Sporttesting will conduct the same on-ice challenges as they just did for the CHL Top NHL Prospects and will at the 2014 QMJHL Combine, May 2 at Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau.

imageLook for Hockeyrecruits4u player Noah Hanifin to be moved up to the U18 team (3/7 the game of chess has begun…Why move him up if he’s thinking of leaving early, maybe use as leverage…who pays his exit fee, BC or? …stay tuned this will get real interesting) He is home in Massachusetts this weekend but when he returns Hannifin will be suiting up for the U18′s. Noah and his teammates took home top honors at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 5 Nations Tournament.

We published in September 2012 he would be a first round NHL pick. Hannifin is one of the most talented kids for his age group. He’s a solid 6’2″ 205, skates great and hits hard. An excellent puck-handler that sees the ice and anticipates plays extremely well. He’ll be in the same NHL Draft (2015) as Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel (Ryan Kennedy compares in The Hockey News), so we shall see who the #1 overall will be next year. As a matter of fact the 2015 NHL Draft will be loaded with New England players. Like Eichel, Noah will accelerate his studies to enter college this fall. Eichel to the Terriers and Hannifin to play one year for the Eagles..this is just the beginning!

imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player John McDermott ’97, F, commits to Boston University. A sophomore at Westminster school has been a big part of the Westies end of season surge.

Congrats to Johnny and his Family!

Hockeyrecruits4u will be at The Eaglebrook Varsity Hockey Tournament this weekend scouting the rising talent. Hockeyrecruits4u believes this is an extraordinary academic school with a celebrated hockey history.
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Group A
NE Stars
CT Jr. Falcons
Middlesex Bears
Hillside School

Group B
Assabet Valley
Springfield Rifles
North Broward Prep
Eaglebrook School

2014 SCHEDULE
(The locker room assignments are in parenthesis.)

Friday, February 21, 2014:
4:40 PM: CT Jr. Falcons (1) vs. Hillside (3)
6:00 PM: NE Stars (2) vs. Middlesex Bears (4)
7:20 PM: North Broward Prep (1) vs. Assabet Valley (3)
8:30 PM: Eaglebrook vs. Springfield Rifles (4)

Saturday, February 22, 2014:
9:00 AM: North Broward Prep (1) vs. Springfield Rifles (3)
10:20 AM: Assabet Valley (2) vs. Eaglebrook
11:40 AM: CT Jr. Falcons (1) vs. Middlesex Bears (3)
1:00 PM: Hillside School (2) vs. NE Stars (4)
3:20 PM: Springfield Rifles (1) vs. Assabet Valley (3)
4:40 PM: Eaglebrook vs. North Broward Prep (4)
6:00 PM: NE Stars (1) vs. CT Jr. Falcons (3)
7:20 PM: Hillside School (2) vs. Middlesex Bears (4)

Sunday, February 23, 2014: (to be determined)
7:00 AM:
8:20 AM:
9:40 AM:
11:00 AM:
12:20 PM:
1:40 PM:
3:00 PM:
4:20 PM:

imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player John Marino ’97, D, commits to Yale University. In 32 games the young dman has 6G 10A 16Pts for the USPHL’s South Shore Kings. The sixteen points place him nineteenth in scoring for defensemen in the USPHL.

Congrats to John and his Family!