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Team USA will again compete at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, scheduled for Feb. 12-21, 2016, in Lillehammer, Norway.

The USA team will feature Hockeyrecruits4u players,

Jack Deboer 6-2, Madison, NJ Salisbury Prep
Oliver Wahlstrom 6-1, 190 Quincy, MA Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep
TJ Walsh 5-9 160 Shrewsbury, MA Cushing Academy
Jake Wise 5-11 178 North Andover, MA Central Catholic High School
Mattias Samuelsson 6-3 200 Voorhees, NJ Northwood School
Adam Samuelsson 6-4 210 Rye, NY CT Jr Rangers U16

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This is the second iteration of the ice hockey competition in which the U.S. will participate. In 2012, Team USA finished fourth.

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Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland recently signed an entry level contract with the Arizona Coyotes. The 19 year old is running away with the scoring race and will not be returning to the QMJHL next season.

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We are past the halfway point of the season now, NHL Central Scouting has updated their rankings for 2016.

Here’s a look at how the Hockeyrecruits4u players fared…

9 MCAVOY, CHARLES BOSTON UNIVERSITY H-EAST D 6’0.25″ 208

24 THOMPSON, TAGE CONNECTICUT H-EAST C 6’5.0″ 185

30 KRYS, CHAD USA U-18 USHL D 5’11.0″ 185

50 PEEKE, ANDREW GREEN BAY USHL D 6’2.75 “20

54 LUCE, GRIFFIN USA U-18 USHL D 6’3.0″ 21

64 FILIPE, MATT CEDAR RAPIDS USHL LW 6’1.5″195

67 FOX, ADAM USA U-18 USHL D 5’10.25″ 180

99 RIFAI, MARSHALL HOTCHKISS SCHOOL HIGH-CT D 5’11.0″ 175

105 MASONIUS, JOSEPH CONNECTICUT H-EAST D 6’0.25″ 190

108 FITZGERALD, CASEY BOSTON COLLEGE H-EAST D 5’10.5″ 186

110 CAMPOLI, MICHAEL USA U-18 USHL D 6’2.25″ 190

112 BALMAS, MITCHELL CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL C 6’0.0″ 180

116 RYCZEK, JAKE SIOUX CITY USHL D 5’10.0″ 180

117 DINEEN, CAM NORTH BAY OHL D 5’11.0″ 183

118 MCINNIS, LUKE YOUNGSTOWN USHL D 5’9.5″ 167

127 PRINTZ, GREG SELECTS U18 -SOUTH KENT HIGH-CT LW 6’1.75″190

133 ARMSTRONG, JAMIE AVON OLD FARMS HIGH-CT LW 6’0.0″ 180

136 NOEL, NATHAN SAINT JOHN QMJHL C5’10.5″ 179

144 WESTLUND, GUSTAFTHE GUNNERY HIGH-CT C 5’11.0″ 150

146 HARPER, PATRICK AVON OLD FARMS HIGH-CT C 5’7.0″ 145

162 KARASHIK, ADAM AVON OLD FARMS HIGH-CT D 5’10.5″ 174

166 KIRWAN, LUKE FLINT OHL LW 6’1.75″ 230

170 SPAXMAN, ETHAN MERRIMACK H-EAST D 6’3.5″193

179 O’NEIL, KEVIN ALBANY HIGH-NY RW 5’9.5″ 150

183 PRISKIE, CHASE QUINNIPIAC ECAC D 5’9.75″ 182

185 DILLON, MATT CUSHING ACADEMY HIGH-MA D 6’1.0″ 177

190 FRYER, CALLUM UMASS H-EAST D 6’2.0″190

198 MURPHY, LIAM MONCTON QMJHL C 6’0.75″ 208

205 LONG, CARTER U18 – SOUTH KENT SCHOOL HIGH-CTD 6’2.5″ 198

208 MATTHEWS, BRIAN BELMONT HILL HIGH-MA D 5’11.0″ 175

184 GOSIEWSKI, MATT CEDAR RAPIDS USHLC 6’3.75” 220

imageThe Eastern Hockey League features a number of league-wide Showcases each season in which EHL teams play regular season games, at one venue, over a three-day period. This weekend is the MLK Showcase January 16-18, at Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett, N.H. See full schedule here.

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As an elite hockey player and a student, student-athletes need to have benchmarks and goals in a season. So many students-athletes primary goal is to commit to and play at a NCAA Division 1 college. Unlike players in the Canadian Hockey League, a college prospect needs to balance goals on the ice while more importantly balancing them in the classroom and the community. It takes an extreme amount of commitment and desire to achieve the requirements of collegiate athletics, thus goal setting plays a large role for a Division 1 prospect.

Instead of setting a lofty goal, such as playing for BU or BC, work small and build your way up. For example, start with a goal of making it a point to focus on things such as doing well in the next practice, game or shift. Think of your goals as building blocks, picking one small thing to change or work on a week. Every week, add another building block on top. Over time, those goals will grow and with it, and you will get better. The goals shouldn’t necessarily just be wins and losses, but achievable goals to help your team.

Student-athletes have to prepare for the demands of Division I athletics. Some college athletes arrive on campus without fully developed time-management skills, student-athletes must understand the expectations about the demands on Division I athletes from the beginning of the recruiting process. This is why the prep boarding schools are such great incubators for D1 hockey players. NCAA eligibility Rules state that student-athletes will need to meet athletic and academic requirements for the division they wish to compete in.

Requirements will include:

  • Meeting core course requirements specific to NCAA division I or division II.
  • Meeting grade-point averages on a sliding scale when compared to ACT and SAT test scores for NCAA division I or meeting grade and test requirements for division II.
  • Completion of Amateurism certificate.

Hockeyrecruits4u believes if you stay the course and work hard and do what you can to the best of your ability to reach your goals, you can do great things!

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BB&N Holiday Showcase @ BB&N

Dates: 12/30/15 – 12/31/15

Wednesday, December 30th 9:00 AM BB&N vs. Roxbury Latin
Wednesday, December 30th 11:15 AM Pingree vs. Moses Brown
Wednesday, December 30th 4:00 PM BB&N vs. Moses Brown
Wednesday, December 30th 6:15 PM Roxbury Latin vs. Pingree
Thursday, December 31st 10:30 AM Moses Brown vs. Roxbury Latin
Thursday, December 31st 12:45 PM BB&N vs. Pingree

Edward G. Watkins Invitational @ Cushing

Dates: 12/31/15 – 1/2/16

Thursday, December 31st 9:00 AM Northfield vs. Lawrence Academy
Thursday, December 31st 11:10 AM Cushing vs. Canterbury
Thursday, December 31st 1:20 PM Dexter vs. Culver
Thursday, December 31st 3:30 PM Thayer vs. Gunnery
Thursday, December 31st 5:40 PM Canterbury vs. Northfield
Thursday, December 31st 7:50 PM Cushing vs. Lawrence Academy
Friday, January 1st 9:00 AM Culver vs. Thayer
Friday, January 1st 11:10 AM Dexter vs. Gunnery
Friday, January 1st 1:20 PM Canterbury vs. Lawrence Academy
Friday, January 1st 3:30 PM Cushing vs. Northfield
Friday, January 1st 5:40 PM Gunnery vs. Culver
Friday, January 1st 7:50 PM Dexter vs. Thayer
Saturday, January 2nd 9:00 AM Fisher 4th Place vs. Iorio 4th
Saturday, January 2nd 11:10 AM Fisher 3rd Place vs. Iorio 3rd
Saturday, January 2nd 1:20 PM Fisher 2nd Place vs. Iorio 2nd
Saturday, January 2nd 3:30 PM Fisher 1st Place vs. Iorio 1st

Vermont Academy Holiday Showcase @RPI
Dates: 1/2/16 – 1/3/16

Saturday, January 2nd 11:30 AM Kingswood vs. Tilton
Saturday, January 2nd 1:30 PM Wyoming Seminary vs. Brewster
Saturday, January 2nd 3:30 PM Hoosac vs. Vermont Acad.
Saturday, January 2nd 6:15 PM Kingswood vs. Brewster Acad.
Saturday, January 2nd 8:15 PM Wyoming Seminary vs. Tilton
Sunday, January 3rd 11:15 AM Hoosac vs. Brewster Acad.
Sunday, January 3rd 1:15 PM Wyoming Seminary vs. Vermont
Sunday, January 3rd 3:15 PM Hoosac vs. Tilton
Sunday, January 3rd 6:00 PM Kingswood vs. Vermont

Joshua Weeks New Year’s Tournament @ Tabor

Dates: 1/3/16 – 1/4/16

Sunday, January 3rd 9:00 AM Tabor vs. Kents Hill Tabor
Sunday, January 3rd 10:45 AM Kimball Union vs. Winchendon
Sunday, January 3rd 12:30 PM Hill School vs. Milton Acad.
Sunday, January 3rd 3:00 PM Winchendon vs. Kents Hill
Sunday, January 3rd 4:45 PM Tabor vs. Hill School Tabor
Sunday, January 3rd 6:30 PM Milton Acad. vs. Kimball Union
Monday, January 4th 9:00 AM Game 1 (teams TBD)
Monday, January 4th 11:00 AM Game 2 (teams TBD)
Monday, January 4th 1:00 PM Championship Game

imageimageHockeyrecruits4u is proud to announce Erik Udhal,’96, F has accepted an offer to play for the Boston University Terriers starting this January semester. Erik was on our original listing 4 years ago and now completes our entire forward graduation class of 2014. That’s
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‘We are extremely proud of Erik,” said Express Head Coach/General Manager Barry Wolff. “His work ethic and desire to improve his game are two big reasons he is getting this opportunity. It is a tough time to lose a player to the next level, but this is why we are in Junior hockey, to help move the players to the next level.

“This is a great opportunity for Erik to go to a great program and a school close to his home.”

Erik left the Rivers prep school to join Boston Advantage Full-Season midget program in 2011. Then Udahl was the point leader on the BA U18 Full Season Team, finishing fourth in the league. He went on to play Jr A for the Langley Rivermen (his first season in the BCHL). Now halfway through his second season playing with the Coquitlam Express his dream comes true.

“I would like to thank Coach Barry Wolff and the Coquitlam Express for a great first half of the season,” said Udhal, who is from Walpole, Mass. ” I am very sad to be leaving, but BU is my dream school and I am very excited to face every challenge thrown at me. I wish the Express the best of luck with the rest of the year and will miss everyone in the organization deeply.”

Congrats to Erik and his family!

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Au nom de toute l’organisation des Hockeyrecruits4u, on souhaite à tous un Joyeux Noël.

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Well he is home now to celebrate Christmas with his family.

The former Salisbury School star, O’Leary was a first round pick of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the 2014 QMJHL draft and then a third round pick of Moncton in 2015. He is currently playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL and has only six points in 24 games.

He recently de-committed from attending Cornell University next season. If O’Leary reports to Halifax, the Wildcats will receive a fourth round pick as compensation.

In exchange the Mooseheads received the rights to forward Michael O’Leary, a second round pick in the 2016 QMJHL draft that originally belonged to Acadie-Bathurst and a fourth round pick in the 2017 draft.

A.J. Greer, originally committed to become a Nittany Lion in 2015 or 2016, and was selected in the 11th round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft (193rd overall) by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

 

The Colorado Avalanche 2015 second-round draftee A.J. Greer has left Boston University to play for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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Rouyn-Noranda leads the QMJHL with a 27-4-3-1 record (58 points) and by acquiring Greer loads up as the trading deadline approaches. Greer will have the rest of this year and next year to play in the 20-under Quebec league.

Greer, the former Kimball Union standout was a struggling in his first two seasons at BU, producing just five points (one goal) in 18 games this year and as a freshman before being selected by Colorado with the 39th pick in June, Greer had just seven points (three goals) in 37 games.

“He decided he wanted to move,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said of Greer. “They got a great team and have a good chance to win the Memorial Cup. He just feels for his development, that’s the change he wanted to make. We’re going to support him.”

imageUSA Hockey unveiled the 29 players selected to the preliminary roster for the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team.

Team USA will hold its training camp from Dec. 14-18 at Agganis Arena here in Boston. The final roster will be announced by December 24th. Team USA chose not to invite forwards Jack Eichel and Dylan Larkin or defenseman Noah Hanifin. Although all three players have junior eligibility remaining, none were expected to be freed by their NHL teams to participate in the tournament.

Team USA has been shut out of the medals the last two years at the World Juniors last winning gold in 2013. The camp roster for the 2016 World Junior Championships, has some surprising omission from the final list of the 29 best U20 American players. Free-wheeling offense thrives on the large ice surface of the world juniors so when offensive dynamos get left off the invite list.. well…our guess, it’s politics.

How does Kitchener Rangers forward Jeremy Bracco not make the cut for the selection camp roster despite posting 18 points in 15 games for the Rangers this season? All-time, Bracco is the best playmaker the USNTDP has ever seen. His 122 assists across two seasons passed Patrick Kane’s record of 88. With 168 career points, Bracco is third all-time in USNTDP scoring, behind only Kane (172) and Phil Kessel (180).

What about QMJHL scoring sensation Conor Garland not getting a Team USA invite? His major junior stats are mind boggling. He put up 129 points last season, and seems destined to approach 150 this year, with 69 through just 28 games on pace to break a Sydney Crosby record.

Also, not invited were both Kyle Connor (Michigan) and Jack Roslovic (Miami Ohio), as freshmen, both lead their respective teams in scoring and are drawing rave reviews for their play.

All practices in Boston will take place at Agganis Arena and are open to the public … A total of 21 players named to the preliminary roster have ties to the United States Hockey League … Team USA has medaled in three of the last six IIHF World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2010 and 2013, plus bronze in 2011. The U.S. placed fifth in last year’s tournament … Ron Wilson (Riverside, R.I.) is head coach of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. Ryan Martin (Simsbury, Conn./Detroit Red Wings) and Ben Smith (Gloucester, Mass./USA Hockey) are assisting with player evaluation during training camp …

Invitees ( Hockeyrecruits4u players in bold):

Goalies: Brandon Halverson, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (New York Rangers); Luke Opilka, Kitchener, OHL (St. Louis Blues); Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth, OHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Tyler Parsons, London, OHL (2016 draft eligible)

Defensemen: Louis Belpedio, Miami University, NCHC (Minnesota Wild); Brandon Carlo, Tri-City, WHL (Boston Bruins); William Borgen, St. Cloud State University (Buffalo Sabres); Ryan Collins, University of Minnesota, BIG 10 (Columbus Blue Jackets); Brandon Fortunato, Boston University, H-EAST; Chad Krys, USNTDP, USHL (2016 draft eligible); Charlie McAvoy, USNTDP, USHL (2016 draft eligible); Zachary Werenski, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Columbus Blue Jackets); Casey Fitzgerald, Boston College, H-EAST (2016 draft eligible)

Forwards: Kieffer Bellows, USNTDP, USHL (2016 draft eligible); Paul Bittner, Portland, WHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Anders Bjork, University of Notre Dame, H-EAST (Boston Bruins); Brock Boeser, University of North Dakota, NCHC (Vancouver Canucks); Alexander DeBrincat, Erie, OHL (2016 draft eligible); Ryan Donato, Harvard University, ECAC (Boston Bruins); Christian Dvorak, London, OHL (Arizona Coyotes); Scott Eansor, Seattle, WHL (2016 draft eligible); Ryan Hitchcock, Yale University, ECAC (2016 draft eligible); Clayton Keller, USNTDP, USHL (2016 draft eligible); Auston Matthews, Zurich, SUI (2016 draft eligible); Ryan MacInnis, Kitchener, OHL (Arizona Coyotes); Sonny Milano, Lake Erie, AHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Nick Schmaltz, University of North Dakota, NCHC (Chicago Blackhawks); Matthew Tkachuk, London, OHL (2016 draft eligible); Colin White, Boston College, H-EAST (Ottawa Senators)

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Moncton Maestro. (2015, December). Prospects Hockey, 22-25.

With 58 points in 24 games , Arizona Coyotes prospect and Moncton Wildcat Conor Garland leads all scorers in Major Junior Hockey League.

Now 19 years old from Scituate, MA, Garland is the reigning co-recipient of the CHL’s Top Scorer Award with 129 points in 67 games last season. Playing in his fourth campaign with the Wildcats, the fifth round pick of the Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Draft has 58 points with 15 goals and 43 assists.

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If he continues on this path , Garland could become the fourth player in history of QMJHL with two consecutive league leader in points.

The last to have done is a … Sidney Crosby.

Hockeyrecruits4u will kick off the prep season watching the Lawrence T. Piatelli Jamboree tomorrow at the Jack, Berkshire School.
Rink 1:
9:30 am — Pomfret vs. Brunswick
11:30 am — Berkshire vs. Nichols
1:30 pm — Canterbury vs. Pomfret
3:30 pm — Berkshire vs. Northwood
Rink 2:
10:00 am — Kent vs. Canterbury
12:00 pm — Northwood vs. Gunnery
2:00 pm — Brunswick vs. Nichols
4:00 pm — Gunnery vs. Kent

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Plenty of very good players left…

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Find them here.

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Presented to the individual who has outstanding long term contributions to the sport of hockey in New England and has the grown the success of hockey in New England by advancing opportunities for players.

The 2015 winner, John Patrick “Jack” Riley Jr. at 95 is a living hockey legend. Jack Riley has earned the reputation of a winner, having lifetime of outstanding leadership in hockey in the United States, from on the ice to behind the bench.

ACHIEVEMENTS;

1979 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame,
1986 Lester Patrick Award (Coach)
1991 Hobey Baker Legend Memorial Award
1995 Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame (1960 gold medal olympic team)
1998 IIHF Hall of Fame
2002 Lester Patrick Award (1960 gold medal olympic team)
2004 Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame
2004 U.S. Army Sports Hall of Fame
2015 Hockeyrecruits4u Hockey Achievement Award

Jack Riley, a native of Medford, Massachusetts, as a player received All-Scholastic honors at Medford High School in Massachusetts. He had season tickets to Boston Bruins games as a youngster and spent all of his time trying to talk to management and coaches about breakout plays and coaching philosophies, instead of chasing autographs. Walter Brown was the owner of the Bruins and got to know Riley, an eager hockey student. Riley played prep-school hockey at Tabor Academy, graduated in 1939 before playing hockey, soccer, and baseball at Dartmouth University (1940–1942).

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During his college playing career, Dartmouth won three Ivy League Hockey Championships and compiled a 44-game winning streak. As a sophomore Riley led the team to a 21-2-0 record, the winningest hockey season ever for the Big Green. After a four year stint (1942–1946) as a Navy Air Corps aviator during World World II, Riley returned as Dartmouth’s hockey captain for the 1946-47 season. In his final season and a year before the start of the NCAA Tournament, Dartmouth tied the University of Toronto for the 1947 North American Championships.

In 1948 he was part of an American team that was disqualified as two rival teams arrived for the Americans at the St. Moritz Olympics. He was then player-coach of the national team at the 1949 IIHF World Championship. As the head of the Amateur Hockey Association, Walter Brown chose Riley to coach the 1960 United States Olympic team. Jack coached the US Team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley.

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Mr. Riley later coached the Army hockey team at West Point for 36 years (1950-1983), compiled a coaching record of 542-343-20 over the course of his extraordinary career and won the Spencer Penrose Award as the NCAA Division I coach of the year, twice.

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Hockeyrecruits4u raises our stick in salute of Jack Riley for a lifetime committed to our beloved sport, as a role model for our young players. We are honored to introduce the second inductee of our annual Hockey Achievement Award … Mr. John Patrick “Jack” Riley Jr.

Yesterday, Hockeyrecruits4u player, Jake Ryczek 98, D, signed his Letter of Intent to attend Providence College.

The LOI is a document an athlete signs to declare that he or she will be attending a specific school for a year. The letter of intent is not an offer of admission from a school, but it is binding, so if an athlete wants to change schools after signing, he or she must receive a release form from the school.

The letter is specifically between the player and the school, not the player and the coach, so even if a coach leaves after National Signing Day, the school can still keep that player.

The NLI does not provide anything to the process beyond ensuring the athlete will end up at the school he or she has committed to.

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Congrats to Jake and his Family!

Hockeyrecruits4u wants to congratulate the U18 Tier 1 Champions..

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U16 Tier 1 Champions Yale Midget Minor, Congrats!

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All our Champions on their way to San Jose in April to make a run at the National Championship!

imageHockeyrecruits4u wants to wish all the Champions luck on their quest for the National Championship!!!

U14 Tier 1 Valley Jr. Warriors 0 vs. Boston Jr. Eagles 6

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U16 Tier 1 Cape Cod Whalers 12 vs. Boston Jr. Bruins (Bohan) 2

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U18 Tier 1 Boston Bulldogs 1 vs. Cape Cod Whalers 2

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Bring back the trophy boys #natty’s

November 13th – 15th
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The New England District includes the states of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. This weekend the Midget Tier 1 Regionals will held at Berkshire School.

Midget Major schedule/results.

Midget Minor schedule/results.

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November 13-15
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All games will be held at will be held at
New England Sports Center – 121 Donald Lynch Blvd. • Marlborough, MA 01752 • 508-229-2700 • http://www.nes.com
or
Rodman Arena – 2130 Providence HWY • Walpole, MA • http://www.rodmanarena.com

See all brackets here.