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imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player Max Prawdzik,’97, G, of Brooks School commits to Boston University for this fall! In his senior season at Brooks, Prawdzik compiled a 19-5-4 record, a 1.39 goals-against average, and .943 save percentage with six shutouts. He was named the 2014-15 ISL Eberhart Division MVP and also received 2014-2015 All New England Team honors. Max helped Brooks to a 4-2 victory over Belmont Hill in the NEPSAC Martin/East Large School title game.

BU leads the way and continues to bring in players right out of high school, Eichel, MacLeod, Greer and now Prawdzik.

Congrats to Max and his family!

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors, convening for its Spring Meeting today in Chicago, Ill., has approved the following division alignment for the 2015-16 AHL season.

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Hockeyrecruits4u is pleased with this major expansion across the United States. As the sport grows in popularity it’s becoming a huge economic engine as well. In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15.

Clearly this alignment moves teams into growing hockey hotbeds in the United States leaving only a few teams in Canada. Basically because it’s become a very costly sport, pricing our neighbors to the north right out of the game. NHL teams will start taking NCAA players in later rounds of the NHL Draft. If teams start to project who they think they might target as college free agents during their draft years, they could draft those players and then keep them as prospects for at least three years before really having to make a decision on who they might sign to their AHL affiliate.

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Why are we here at Hockeyrecruits4u so excited??? We can guarentee that the NCAA will follow the expansion and growth of the NHL/AHL…this creates more spots/scholarships for the players on our prestigious listing. Mike Snee, executive director of College Hockey Inc., said the idea of schools on the West Coast adding hockey has been growing, with many people around the sport expecting more schools to follow Arizona State’s move to Division I.

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The QMJHL released their final scouting list of players for their draft, which will be held in early June. The Sherbrooke Phoenix, in conjunction with the City of Sherbrooke and Destination Sherbrooke, will host this major event for the second year in a row. The QMJHL Annual Session will take place from June 2nd to June 6th at the Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet in Sherbrooke.

Here is the listing:

http://chl-wordpress-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/app/uploads/2015/05/Liste-finale-pour-Internet-7-mai-2015.pdf

Hockeyrecruits4u is pleased to have provided our list to the QMJHL for review, we have become the number one source for many teams.

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Register here

imageThe North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced that the Board of Governors has approved the relocation of the Soo Eagles membership in the NAHL to Middletown, New Jersey beginning in the 2015-16 season. The team will adopt the name New Jersey Jr. Titans and play in their current facility, the Middletown Ice World Arena.

“We have seen our footprint in the North Division slowly migrate to other areas that became increasingly further from Sault Ste. Marie are and were left with no opponents within a reasonable traveling distance to the upper peninsula of Michigan. As a result, the NAHL recently opened up a discussion with us about a new opportunity that existed in New Jersey that is going to be a part of new growth of the league in the east,” said Ron Lavin, principal owner and governor of the Eagles. “”While the past two months have been filled with many details, emotions and recent league approvals surrounding a decision like this, it reflects the current footprint that has evolved in the North Division.”

“Everyone in the Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan has been tremendous to our organization and are grateful for their support. We have the best volunteers and community support and it is our mission to continue to have a junior team with local ownership under the Soo Eagles name in a different Canadian junior league,” Lavin continued. “The Titans have a great history and new arena and sports complex to go with it. Their youth organization in the NAPHL and Tier III junior players will make a great compliment to our organization. Bringing the NAHL to New Jersey will introduce players and fans to a whole new experience and level of hockey.”

“Since their arrival in the NAHL, the Soo Eagles organization has done a wonderful job on and off the ice and has a great track record of developing players for the next level, and that is something that we expect to continue in New Jersey,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “Middletown will be inheriting a very successful franchise with solid and committed ownership. We feel this move to the east was a necessary one and a reflection of the current changing landscape of the NAHL and it provides the team with the best option to be successful moving forward. We are confident that with the commitment of the ownership, the quality of the coaching and the state-of-the-art venue will allow the team every opportunity for success.”

The Middletown Ice World Arena is a single-sheet facility that currently seats approximately 1,550, which is inclusive of four private boxes, a party room overlooking the rink, a bar rail, table tops in the end zone and mezzanine seating at one end of the building. The venue is also home to the New Jersey Jr. Titans. The Titans are members of the NAPHL and their hockey program’s contains over 400 participants. The NAHL team will also enjoy a dedicated locker room, office and training space.

Vinnie Dicks, Jr. Titans Hockey President said, “Ron and Head Coach Bruno Bragagnolo are great for the game. We are excited to host them in our building and have the players put on Titan uniforms. It also gives our developing players a very local aspiration. The talent in the NAHL is impressive and I can’t wait to have our players come out to watch,” said Dicks.
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This year under head coach Bruno Bragagnolo, the Soo Eagles finished in 3rd place in the North Division with a 31-25-4 record and 66 points, qualifying for the NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. The Eagles swept their North Division Semi-Final series against the Keystone Ice Miners and advanced to the North Division Finals, where the Janesville Jets eliminated them from the playoffs in four games this past weekend. In their three years in the NAHL, the Eagles have put together a 97-66-17 record overall, which includes the North Division regular season title during the 2012-13 season. In those three seasons, the Eagles have advanced more than 20 players to the NCAA level.

Tryout registration here.

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We had many calls all weekend right up to the USHL Phase 1 draft regarding players right of our prestigious listing, here are the ones taken from our area. All but five from our listing..

RD1 14 REILLY WALSH • RD • Proctor Academy
RD2 9. JACK RATHBONE • LD • Dexter Academy
RD2 14 BEN MIRAGEAS • LD • Avon Old Farms
RD3 11 MARK MCLAUGHLIN • C • Cushing Academy
RD3 13 CAMERON BURKE • C • Nobles
RD3 14 JOEY CIPOLLONE • C • Selects South Kent
RD4 8 MICHAEL CALLAHAN • LD • Roxbury Latin
RD5 7 CHRISTOPHER GARBE • LW • Long Island Gulls
RD5 8 CHRISTIAN THOMAS • F • Northern Cyclones
RD5 9 RILEY PRATTSON • C • Springfield Cathedral
RD5 10 MATT ALLEN • C • Selects South Kent
RD5 12 DANNY PETRICK • RD • Springfield Cathedral
RD6 1 COLIN FELIX • RD • St. Georges Prep
RD6 11 BEN PIRKO • LD • Selects South Kent
RD6 13 ERIK URBANK • RW • Nichols School
RD6 14 SEAN KEOHAN • RD • Dexter Academy
RD6 16 JAMES O’BRIEN • C •Dexter Academy
RD7 9 BRIAN SCOVILLE • LD • Cushing Academy
RD7 12 TYCE THOMPSON • C • Salisbury School
RD7 15 DEREK CONTESSA • RW • Christian Bros Academy
RD7 16 CRAIG NEEDHAM • C • Lawrence Academy
RD8 10 MARC DEL GAIZO • LD • NJ Rockets U18
RD8 13 JAYSON DOBAY • LD • BC High School
RD9 10 KEITH PETRUZZELLI • G • Springfield Cathedral
RD9 15 TOMMY CRAFT • RD • Deerfield Academy
RD9 16 NEIL SHEA • F • Marshfield HS
RD10 7 STEVEN AGRIOGIANIS • RW • Delbarton

Follow the entire draft http://draft.ushl.com

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The North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL) has announced that a new expansion team, the Northeast Generals, have been granted approval by the NA3EHL Board of Members as a new team in the league for the upcoming 2015-16 season.

The team will be based out of the Canton Sportsplex in Canton, Mass. The arena features two ice surfaces, eight locker rooms, including a dedicated one for the Generals, pro shop and snack bar.image

The NA3EHL features 12 active members, which now include: Cape Cod Islanders (Dennis, Mass.), East Coast Minutemen (Salem, N.H.), Jersey Shore Wildcats (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.), LA Fighting Spirit (Lewiston, Maine), Lockport Express (Lockport, N.Y.), Maine Wild (Biddeford, Maine), New England Stars (Hudson, N.H.), Northeast Generals (Canton, MA), Roc City Royals (Rochester, NY), Skyland Kings (Stockholm, N.J.), Syracuse Stampede (Mexico, N.Y.) and Wilkes-Barre Miners (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)

As the 2014-15 edition of the United States Hockey League season is coming to a close, USHL Member Clubs have already begun their preparations for the future, and the next major step in that process happens when the League conducts the 2015 USHL Draft on May 4th and 5th.

Next Monday and Tuesday, a new wave of talented youth hockey players will hear their names called by United States Hockey League clubs.The USHL Draft, has two phases and will take place on May 4-5. On May 4, the league will conduct Phase One of the draft, where the member clubs will pick ’99 birth-year players in the part of the draft process previously referred to as the ‘futures draft.’

imageUSHL teams have the option to tender a ’99 birth-year player before the draft, as well. If they choose to go that option, they can lock up a player without risking losing him in the draft, and they sacrifice a Phase One draft pick. Teams can tender two players each season (a first tender costs them their first-round Phase One pick, and a second tender costs them a second-round Phase One pick).

Phase Two of the draft will begin at 9 a.m. on May 5. Any player ranging in birth year from ’95 to ’99 not currently property of a USHL club are eligible for the draft. There is no pre-set number of rounds for the Phase Two process because all teams take turns making selections until their 45-man protected list is full. The protected list includes affiliate players from the 2014-15 season (previously drafted players), players selected in Phase One and players signed to a tender.

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imageHockeyrecruits4u player Colin White scored the game-winning goal in overtime to help the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team knock off Finland, 2-1, in the gold-medal game of the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship.

The victory marks the ninth all-time gold medal for the United States at the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship and sixth in the last seven years.

White’s game-winner came 12:44 into the extra session on a one-timer from the right of the Finnish net. The play started when Charles McAvoy fed Jeremy Bracco just inside the offensive blue line. Bracco pulled up, moved to the middle and eventually threaded a pass through traffic to White on the backdoor for a game-winning tally.

imageWith an overtime goal in game six, the Penticton Vees won the 2014-2015 Fred Page Cup championship Friday night at Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo. The Vees had two Hockeyrecruits4u players Miles Gendron (UCONN) had 11 playoff points and Mike Lee (Vermont) had 4.

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The Vees won the BCHL Final four games to two, and now are off to Fort McMurray, Alberta, to represent the BCHL in the Western Canada Cup (WCC). Friday marked the 11th time the Vees as a franchise have won the BCHL title and it was the second time in the last four years they captured the league crown.

No surprise to us, Hockeyrecruits4u player Jack Eichel was named the 2015 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.

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Eichel played two years for the Junior Bruins as a 15 and 16 year old, as we mentioned in our 2011 article,”Empire and Eastern Junior hockey news. with 132 points (54G, 68A) in just 76 games.

Then he spent two seasons in the USHL with Team USA, racking up 72 points (33g, 39a) over 59 regular season games in the League. He tallied 45 points (20g, 25a) and a plus-20 rating over just 24 games during the 2013-14 season to earn a spot on the All-USHL Second Team.

Eichel led the NCAA in scoring with 70 points (26g, 44a) through 39 games this season. He recently had three points (2g, 1a) for Boston University in the Frozen Four to lead them to NCAA title game tonight. In addition to leading the nation in points and assists, he is tops with a plus-51 rating.

The 18-year-old has already collected numerous accolades this season as he previously was named Hockey East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, in addition to earning MVP of the Hockey East Tournament.

The native of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts is rated as one of the top prospects for the upcoming 2015 NHL Draft and was recently listed as the #2 skater by NHL Central Scouting in their final rankings. Hockeyrecruits4u was the first to identify him as an NHL first round draft pick three years ago…

The 2015 OHL Priority Selection presented by State Farm takes place this Saturday April 11 beginning at 9:00 am hosted at OHL.com. Unlike most years, there is no clear-cut consensus on which two or three players in this year’s draft will end up being the cream of the crop two or three years down the road. A player taken late in the first round, or even the second round, could emerge as that player. In Canada and here in the US the 98’s and 99’s are just not that deep…

Here is the guide, cluck to viewimage

Hockeyrecruits4u player Evan Wisocky commits to UCONN. The forward had a great showing with the NJ Avalanche U18 finishing as USA Hockey National Championships Silver Medalists and is a good get for Cavanaugh’s Huskies! Two years on our prestigious listing, we knew then he would end up on a D1 roster.

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Congrats to Evan and his Family!

imagePenticton Vees defenseman and Hockeyrecruits4u player Miles Gendron,’96, D, has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 29, the league announced.

Gendron helped the Vees to two wins to begin the Round-robin semifinals and assisted on four goals from the blueline along the way. The Toronto product set up three Vees tallies, including Riley Alferd’s winner March 27, and was named 1st Star in that contest. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound rearguard assisted on Demico Hannoun’s OT winner in Chilliwack as well. Vees assistant coach Nick Fuher, works with the defenceman, said Gendron’s confidence has taken off.

“His timing and his mental game out there have been outstanding,” said Fuher. “He’s really learned where to have his presence on the ice, when to be physical and when to jump up in the play. He’s really timed that out well, especially in the those overtime situations where he has been a huge factor for us.”

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An Ottawa Senators third-round draft pick in 2014, Gendron is committed to the University of Connecticut for next season. He has 10 assists in 14 playoff games after posting just 17 points in 54 regular-season games. Skating ability, size and reach are what the Ottawa Senators liked so much about Miles Gendron that they decided to use their third pick, 70th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft to select him.

“Really happy with the way Fred (Harbinson, the Vees coach-general manager) has worked with him,” said George Fargher, a Vernon-based amateur scout for the Senators. “I think he has done a real good job of bringing him along.”

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March 25: Nanaimo Clippers 1 @ Penticton Vees 4
March 27: Chilliwack Chiefs 3 @ Nanaimo Clippers 7
March 29: Penticton Vees 4 @ Chilliwack Chiefs 3 (OT)
March 31: Chilliwack Chiefs 2 @ Penticton Vees 5
Thursday, April 2: Penticton Vees @ Nanaimo Clippers, 7pm
*Saturday, April 4: Nanaimo Clippers @ Chilliwack Chiefs, 7pm
*Monday, April 6: Tiebreaker game

*If necessary

The 2015 BCHL Semifinals Double Round-Robin standings will be updated each night after the game is complete:

SEED Wins Losses Points GF GA
1 – Penticton Vees 3 0 6 13 6
2 – Nanaimo Clippers 1 1 2 8 7
3 – Chilliwack Chiefs 0 3 0 8 16

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Doug Messier is the reason the Wolf Pack are the champions. Two years ago his U18 Mid-Faifield Blues were runner up and he coveted this title ever since.
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“He’s compassionate, but he’s very demanding,” said son Mark, who for five years had assisted his father coaching youth hockey before stepping away. “He’s a benevolent disciplinarian.”

This discipline is exactly what the Wolf Pack needed to contain their sometimes over zealous competitiveness while focusing on the ultimate prize, USA Hockey’s National Championship.

In route, they lost their first game 2-1 to the Dallas Stars, then beat Little Caesar’s 6-2, followed by a 7-0 blow out of the Springfield Rifles where Messier spread his players around the Olympic ice sheet. He told them they had room to be patient, wait for Springfield to swarm then pass the puck across ice for an open player with speed to exploit the out-coached opponents. The Olympic sheet favored them again in a 4-2 win over Bracket C winner Ohio Jr Blue Jackets and then a 4-1 win against perennial powerhouse Shattuck St Nary’s. The Pack knew how to win on the big sheet!

In the finals today against the previously undefeated NJ Avalanche the Wolf Pack won 5-4 in OT! Although the game was on the smaller surfaced feature rink, an early lead and tenacious play help them win the ultimate prize…Watch the Wolf Pack win Youth Tier-1 18U title, 5-4, in OT over NJ Avalanche right here

Congrats to all the Wolf Pack and their families!

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The best bantam and midget teams in the country with many of the top teen-aged players will be in Amherst, NY this week as part of a grand-scale USA Hockey tournament.

USA Hockey Tier I National Championships will be held from March 26 to 30 at the Northtown Center at Amherst, bringing with it the top U14, U16 and U18 teams. A total of 48 teams will be at the heavily scouted tournament. NHL, NCAA, and Junior scouts will looking over the talent.

Seventy-five years ago, in 1940, USA Hockey (then known as AHAUS) hosted its first-ever youth national championship. Classified as the United States Junior National Championship, it was held at the Boston Arena (now known as Matthews Arena home of Northeastern) and featured eight teams of varying ages, many of them comprised of players in their late teens.

Visit Buffalo Niagara, which is presenting the tournament along with Amherst Youth Hockey, the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, said more than 3,500 hotel room nights have been booked across the region because of the tournament. The anticipated economic impact of the event will exceed $2.5 million.

Visit full site here.

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imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player Ben Finkelstein commits to St. Lawrence University Saints. Tim Whitehead’s Kimball Union Wildcats, puck moving defenseman,  is an undersized (5’8″, 160#’s) blue liner but led his teams defense in points. Ben was a 2014 QMHJL draft pick of Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Congrats to a Ben and his Family!

imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player Jake Massie commits to the University of Massachusetts. The tall lanky Kimball Union junior is a puck rushing defenseman just the type Coach Michelletto likes.

A late bloomer while at John Rennie HS outside of Montreal, Jake stood 5’11” 151 and was overlooked in his first draft eligible year for QMJHL but grew to 6’2″ 165#’s in 2013-14 and was a fifth round pick of the Saint John’s Seadogs but choose to attend KUA and pursue the NCAA

Congrats to Jake and his family!

 

Three years ago, we listed Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin as 1st round NHL draft picks before anyone else would make the prediction. Look back on our 2012 listing here.

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As June’s NHL draft closes in the Hockeyrecruits4u tandem along with Alex Tuch picked up more accolades being named to the Hockey East All Rookie Team.

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