Hockeyrecruits4u player Mark McLaughlin,’99, F, at Cushing Academy commits to St Lawrence University. We had him listed two years ago on our prestigious listing as a D1 commit!

Mark pictured below with his best friend Ben Thomas.


Congrats to a Mark and his Family!

imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player Steven Ruggiero ’97, D, has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Providence College following his USHL career.

The 18-year-old from Kings Park, New York has been on our prestigious listing since 2012, playing for the Metro Fighting Moose (MetJHL) prior to his time in the USHL.

Head Coach Nate Leaman likes our listing with three other Hockeyrecruits4u players from the USHL are committed to Providence College; Erik Foley (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Spenser Young (Dubuque Fighting Saints), and Bryan Lemos (Youngstown Phantoms).

Hockeyrecruits4u player Chas Zieky scores a sweet one!


Hockey cultured Canadians will celebrate their true love today as one of the year’s most anticipated televised events returns,

“Hockey Day in Canada”.

Canada’s hockey holiday is headlined by a 13-1/2 hour national broadcast featuring all seven NHL teams from Canada in action.

2 pm ET Edmonton Oilers @ Ottawa Senators.
7 pm ET Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens,
Winnipeg Jets are in Detroit to face the Red Wings.

The day festivities end with the Calgary Flames hosting the Vancouver Canucks at 10 pm ET.

The celebration of hockey together through kids’ hockey skills clinics, games and NHL celebrities, community by community. This year, the Rogers broadcast will be headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia with special activities highlighted in communities across the country.

Visit site here.


After a couple of hours of meetings we arrived at the Olympia in West Springfield to see a few potential NHL prospects at the Springfield Cathedral Hockey Tournament, then a dinner at a nearby restaurant where we compared notes on prospects for the better part of the evening for the Hockeyrecruits4u blog. It’s sorta funny to see the NHL scouts only share small talk with each other about certain players. It’s most interesting hearing their phone conversations. Some were about players and their draft status, rising or falling, some were coaches informing them on players to watch. The most fun was listening to them talk to Division 1 coaches on the phone about committed and uncommitted players. The Heisenberg list has been for years a great source for the NHL scouts to follow the best players.

It’s a rather busy grinding schedule particularly when your trying to organize a small group. There are hindrances too. It’s a contact sport, players get injured plus it’s flu season and all of a sudden a player isn’t in the lineup. The length of travel and time it takes to get to the destination complicates the day as well. Everyday includes writing game reports on games seen the previous day or week. Reports include documenting players seen and observing progress on Central Scouting listed players.

Being that it was a Friday, we had planned on hitting five games, ten teams, in two days, our bags packed for the allotted amount of time, two reservations, three rooms, two different hotels, and a rental car with a full tank of gas. Off to the Olympia to see some specific players in-game one on Delbarton then the second game to see Springfield Cathedral’s prospects.

Some mornings are better than others in terms of what time to leave, but the routine more or less remains the same in the hours leading up to checkout. This morning there is a lot of time to go over things, make sure Rink Net rosters are printed, double check the hotel reservations, call and make sure everything is in place and go over a checklist, etc.

Today we are heading south to see the beginning of the Deerfield @ Avon game then a quick ten minute drive down RT 202 to Simsbury for the last two periods of the Choate @ Westminster game. For each game we have rosters in hand, scouting over anything interesting, such as who is injured, who is scratched and/or who is playing on what line. Check weights and heights as they compare to what the player looks like on ice. Watch body language to read a players attitude, take notes on game situations, compete level, skating, shot, physicality, IQ, etc. Most observations are mental, with some brief notes because looking down at a piece of paper takes away from what you see on the ice. There will be time for writing though, later on, back at the hotel is when the full reports are done.

This evening our group will be at the High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden to see Clarkson @ Qunnipiac. A late dinner after the game before going back to our second hotel. We have early flights out of Bradley on Sunday to end another usually busy weekend.



imageHockeyrecruits4u has found high school hockey at its best! We are at the Olympia Ice Arena in West Springfield to see the SPRINGFIELD CATHEDRAL TOURNAMENT. Here is the schedule…

Friday, Feb. 13
Delbarton (N.J.) vs. Bishop Hendricken (R.I.), 4 p.m.
Acton-Boxboro vs. Springfield Cathedral, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14
Consolation, 12 p.m.
Championship, 2 p.m.



imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player Brian Scoville, ’99, D from Cushing Academy commits to the University of Massachusetts. The Agawam, Massachusetts native is a sophomore at Cushing Academy…good move by UMASS given a scholarship to a state resident.

Congrats to Brian and his Family!

Hockeyrecruits4u is pleased to announce another hockey option in New England. Our friend, Peter Alden, has put together a first class hockey venture called, Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy, it will be for U14, U16, U18 levels. This will continue the growth of hockey in Connecticut.


This is a hybrid situation in that it will offer the benefits of a boarding school by having the players live away from home to develop their independence, including:

Average Class Size of 12 with 7:1 Student Teacher Ratio
Roxbury Academic Support Program for additional learning assistance
International Baccalaureate® Diploma Program and AP Courses
Full Time College Counselors

While offering Elite Hockey Development with:

Cutting Edge on and off ice Training
Full Season Tier 1 AAA Hockey Schedule (55-65 games)
Participation in Prestigious & National Tournaments
Tier 1 League Affiliation.

The goal of Cheshire Academy and the EHP is to focus on developing athletic excellence on the ice as well as creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.

See full story here.

Last night at the Boston Bruins hockey game vs The New York Islanders, New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski dropped the honorary puck. Well GRONK’d the puck!!!


While evaluating and selecting his players, coach Herb Brooks said, “I’m not looking for the best players. I’m looking for the right players.” and that’s exactly what Exeter has at 19-0-2 and first place in all the Prep polls.


Hockeyrecruits4u players Teddy Hart (is one of the captains) recently decommitted from Providence and would be junior Spenser Young (Providence) joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints leaving this top prep team with zero D1 commits.



Hockeyrecruits4u player Conor Garland has a QMJHL-leading 84 points in 49 games. Being the league’s top scorer is getting the attention of NHL teams. Along with teammate forward Ivan Barbashev, and Cam Askew the trio make up one of the most talented and feared lines in the league, with a combined 176 points. The GAB line…



imageHockeyrecruits4u will be at the 2015 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament to watch our local talent compete on the international stage. This event attracts the best teams from 16 different countries. Players and their families will gather from February 11-22, 2015 at the Pepsi Center in Quebec City. These 11 and 12 year olds will compete for a chance to be considered World Champions in front of crowds of 10,000 spectators.

The Baystate Breakers,  Long Island Stars, Mid Fairfield Jr RangersNew Jersey Devils, New York Rangers,  Philadelphia Flyers  and  South Shore Kings Pee Wee Major 2002 teams hves been accepted into the World’s most prestigious youth hockey tournament, more than 150 teams apply and only 60 teams are accepted at the elite level.

The tournament has a rich history of NHL players competing in this tournament with over 1400 NHL alumni having played in this tournament since 1960. Just a few of the notable names, Guy LaFleur, Denis Savard, Paul Coffey, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Marian Hossa, Marc Andre Fleury, Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, and many of the current Blackhawks.

Follow all the action here.



If you were leading a tour of UMASS you would lead them to the spectacular, state of the art, $114.5 million Integrated Sciences Building, the brand new Blue Wall or the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community, but would you take them to see a UMASS hockey game?

Probably not, because after perusing the roster you would be embarrassed to see the Commonweath’s Flagship Campus hockey team has only four players from Massachusetts and that’s less than most other Hockey East teams. We broke down the numbers in our earlier story, Sustainable hockey players…why not shop locally?

Now that you selected a new chairman for the University of Massachusetts Board of Trusties, the recent UMASS president just resigned, and the UMASS Athletic director is leaving, it’s time for a new philosophy.

Let’s populate the team with a majority of Massachusetts players, start a culture of kids growing up wanting to play for the Minutemen. Give a majority of those scholarships, not to Canadians, but to families of Massachusetts taxpayers who will most likely stay in state after graduation. Attendance would increase as well because of local family, friends and relatives of these in-state players would go see the games.

More Americans are playing the game at the highest levels, thanks in large part to the current USA development model that continues to produce some of the game’s best young talent. USA Hockey and College Hockey Inc are working together to get more Americans to play hockey, go to college and then to the NHL.

UMASS as a national research and innovation leader continues to soar and was recently named one of the 100 best universities in the world and the No. 1 public university in New England, should be easy to recruit the local talent…

imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player Joey Daccord of Cushing Academy is ranked 29th overall among North American goaltenders on the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting rankings, released last week.

We had him on our prestigious player listing four years ago, recognizing him as a D1 hockey player.

The native of North Andover, MA, was drafted by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2013 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in round 11, 185th overall.

Congrats to Joey and his Family!

imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player and Dexter standout Matt Brazel has committed to attend and play Hockey at Babson College. Brazel, a speedy and tenacious forward, and one of Dexter’s best scorers.

This is the Beavers first pull from the Hockeyrecruits4u prestigious players listing…We told everyone four years ago Matt would be a college hockey player, having been on all four of our annual listings.

Congrats to Matt and his Family!

imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player Zach Mirageas announced that he will play for the Air Force Falcons!! The Newburyport native began playing organized hockey when he was a mite during the 2005-06 season. He now plays for the Islander Hockey Club.

Congrats to Zach and his Family!



One thing we all have in common is a love for the game, camaraderie for the team and a desire to see our kids play. If you spend time at the New England Sports Center, you’ll meet all kinds of families involved in hockey. If your a hockey family in the Northeast you have either played for or against the Minuteman Flames.


Hockeyrecruits4u has been noticing a team that’s a part if this program that has succeeded at so many levels —

The 2001 Minuteman Flames have 5 players on our prestigious players listing. Its our bet that a lot of the players go on to a prep and then play college hockey and why not, the have a coach that really gets it..

“We’re proud of the fact we have developed this team from the very beginning. At least nine of the kids have been with us since Mites, and new players from other leagues have quickly adapted to the team chemistry. Skating, hockey sense and quick puck movement— along with hard work at every practice— have been the focal points of the coaching staff from the very beginning,” stated head Coach Mike Moore. “We encourage creativity and puck possession. The kids are truly brothers, and the parents have bought in to our philosophy with tremendous faith, which focuses on the merits of unselfish play and great sportsmanship.”


2001 Youth Elite Hockey team. Competes in the ultra competitive EHF Elite. Ranked #1 by My Hockey Rankings for the past two years.

Semi-Finalist International Silver Sticks
Flames Bow Out of Silver Sticks in Semifinals with 6-4 loss to Chicago Mission
Whitby, ON – After going 11 periods without letting up a goal the Mission battled past the boys by scoring six and overcoming two deficits. The Flames won their bracket, beat the London Jr. Knights 4-0 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. The Flames became the first EHF team ever to make the Semifinals of the Bantam AAA North America Silversticks. Flames return to EHF play this weekend.

Flames Win Prep Cup
Cushing Academy – The 2001 Flames won six games in 48 hours as they outlasted the field of 24. First 3 games saw the team outscore East Coast Wizards, Team Comcast and Rochester 28-3. Sunday was a battle of close games as the team bested Ct Wolfpack 2-1 and Boston Bandits 3-0. The final was a battle versus Mid Fairfield and saw the Flames garner the championship with a 1-0 victory.


Flames Fall in Semi Finals in EHF Invitational
The Mid Fairfield Jr Rangers did something that nobody in the four previous years were able to achieve, win a game versus the Flames in the tournament. Surviving the first 40 minutes of the game as the Rangers limited the barrage of shots to a one goal lead. The boys from CT then busted loose and scored two and a hard fought empty netter to stop the drive for five straight championships.

2001 Flames end the Showdown in Downtown with 4 wins and 1 loss. Beating Honebaked, Team Illinois, Orange County Ducks and New Jersey Colonials. Only defeat came against the Toronto Marlies. Finish tied with the top record with the Marlies and Chicago Mission. Travel safe and many thanks to Mid Fairfield Rangers, Marriott in Stamford and SuperSeries Hockey. Three Great Years with a total of 13 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties.

Lake Placid, NY – The 2001 Flames pieced together 2 shutouts of the Canadian Teams and escaped a 2-1 thriller against Pittsburgh as they upped their record to 8-0-0. The Flames skated by Markam 6-0 in game one on Saturday and thjen posted a 6-1 victory versus Syracuse during the Saturday Nightcap. On Sunday the Flames faced a determined Jr. Penguins squad and had to fight to the end to earn a 2-1 victory. Sunday’s last game was a decisive 3-0 win against Quinte.

The 2013-14 2001 Elite Minuteman Flames ended their two Year Pee Wee Campaign 125-3-6. One of the most impressive runs in Pee Wee hockey ended as the Flames won their third consecutive EHF Title beating the Boston Bandits at the New England Sports Center.

The 2012-13 version of the 2001 Elite Minuteman Flames cemented one of the most incredible seasons in recent memory. With the 5-3 win over league-rival, the #5 U. S. ranked South Shore Kings, the Flames had won the EHF Playoffs and finished the season with an overall record of 68-0-6, and a league record of 44-0-2. The magical season included four major tournament victories, the Downtown Showdown Super Series, Detroit Warrior Invitational (repeat Champions), International Silver Stick Tournament in Whitby, Ont., and the EHF President’s Day Tournament (three-peat Champions).




Congrats to the 2001 Minuteman Flames and their families!


Hockeyrecruits4u wants to thank for the team stories and pictures.



The EHL’s fourth and final Showcase Series event, the Martin Luther King Day Showcase, will be held January 17-19 at Rodman Arena in Walpole, MA.

Full Schedule is here.

Hockeyrecruits4u is having an invite only dinner for our NHL and NCAA friends Saturday night at Patriot Place. The weekend fun will continue with the group attending the New England Patriots AFC Championship Game Sunday night and then culminate Monday touring Gillette Stadium, the potential site of the 2016 NHL Winter Classic.


Will take place January 13, 2015 at 7:00 CT at the home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, the Mystique Ice Center. The game will be broadcasted live courtesy of FASTHockey. NHL Central Scouting has listed 29 players invited to participate, including 3 “A-rated”, 7 “B-rated” and 19 “C-rated” players. Check back to the Top Prospects Game Hub for updates, and follow the action on Twitter by following @USHL and join the conversation at #USHLTPG.

Many Hockeyrecruits4u players are on the rosters..Eric Foley, Adam Gaudette, Cal Burke, Joe Masonius, Robert Carpenter, and Chris Birdsall.















January 8th-12th,
Hockeyrecruits4u will be at the USPHL Winter Showcase featuring 95 different teams. The event will take place at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA. In addition to the Sports Center there will be games taking place at Blackstone Valley and Merrimack College. All five USPHL divisions will be in action that weekend.

A very special feature to this years Showcase will see a USPHL/Tier 1 Midget Showdown. This portion will feature teams from the Tier 1, Midwest Elite Midget League. The LA Kings, Dallas Stars, Colorado Thunderbirds, Chicago Fury, Penguins Elite and St Louis Junior Blues will all be participating with bith their 18U and 16U teams. These teams will face off against some of the top midget teams for the USPHL 18U and 16U divisions. The showdown game results can be found under the Showcase tab on the USPHL main page. The inaugural USPHL U16 Development Division will also be competing in the event.

Hockeyrecruits4u will be hosting a invite only dinner meeting on Friday night.


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