The USHL Draft takes place during the first week of May each year and is completed in two “Phases”.

Phase I of the Draft is eight rounds of “Futures” age players only, which are U-17 players for next year’s season. (2000 birth year players only for the 2016 Draft)

Phase II of the Draft will take place the following day beginning with round one. This draft is open to players of all ages eligible to play junior hockey and are not currently protected by another USHL team. Teams will fill their roster to a total of 45 players on this date; this includes players that were previously on a team’s Affiliate List. The total number of players that a team will draft will vary depending on the number of Affiliate players a team may have. All veteran roster players are automatically protected by their current team until July 10.

Teams will have their training camps/tryouts in June and July. Teams will typically have 60-80 players at their training camps. By July 10th, teams must be down to a 30-man protected and 18-man affiliate list. Undrafted players have the opportunity to go to any team’s camp and make the team as a tryout player.

Before the season starts, teams will be required to have their team rosters cut down to 23 players and teams are allowed to carry an 18-man affiliate list of players.

Draft Dates:

USHL Phase I of the Draft – May 2, 2016
USHL Phase II of the Draft – May 3, 2016

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.


New Era in Finnish junior hockey history. After winning gold at both the 2014 and 2016 World Juniors, the Finns have now added U18 supremacy to their resume. Finland, U20 and now U18 World Champions…. Little, BIG hockey country!


Incredible to see Finland success at the u-18 and u-20 level this year especially because Quebec with same population is not even close. Cost are the most pressing problem facing hockey at the grassroots level across Canada. Ask officials involved with minor hockey across the country to explain why registration is down in many provinces, and cost comes up as the number one factor. It’s the key factor keeping kids out of the game. Most of the parents of kids who play AAA hockey are all professional people, they’re doing very well. It’s becoming an elitist sport in North America.

97 D Jake Massie (USHL Omaha) commits to Vermont. Cats get an athletic, offensive minded LD, 6th rd NHL pick in ’15. Was UMASS commit. As we wrote in our story ” Try to Follow… ” NCAA coaching changes always mean there will be other moving parts.


Jake Massie – D – Omaha Lancers (USHL) – Apparently signed NLI with UMASS. Susan Peal, the N.C.A.A.’s director of the national letter of intent, or N.L.I., said athletes could ask for a release through the university’s athletic director if they want out of the agreement. She said 96 to 98 percent of the athletes who asked for a release were granted one.

If an athlete signs the letter and is not granted a release, he or she can go to another school and be on scholarship and practice, but the athlete cannot compete for one year, leaving three years of eligibility.

44 GP / 4 G / 6 A / 10 Pts / 43 PIM / -18

The USHL regular season is over and Omaha did not make the playoffs.. Massie had a bit of bad luck before and during the season with injuries. The very offensive minded defenseman Massie must not have been in defensive minded new UMASS coach Carvels plans.

UVM head coach Kevin Sneddon cannot comment on a recruit until the student-athlete has signed an NCAA letter-of-intent and a has applied to the university.



Kyle Koopman ’98, D (Berkshire) announced via his twitter he commits to Providence College, and Matt Koopman ’98, F (Berkshire) commits to Friars (former NU recruit) joining his brother.

Twins Matt Koopman, a center who previously committed to Northeastern University, and his brother Kyle Koopman, solid on defense, once again will be playing together at Providence College.

Both players were on our very first prestigious listing, we noticed them when they were at Marblehead HS, Everybody was saying maybe about Matt and no way regarding Kyle, yet four years ago Hockeyrecruits4u identified these two as D1 hockey players.

Congrats to a Kyle, Matt and the entire Koopman Family!




Eric Cooley and Jordan Timmons each had a goal and an assist to lead Pittsburgh Penguins Elite to a 3-0 victory over Culver Military Academy Monday in the USA Hockey 18U National Championship game at San Jose.

Connor Quinn scored the other goal and Chad Veltri stopped all 22 shots as Penguins Elite claimed its first national title.

Pittsburgh beat national powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s as well as teams from Cape Cod, North Jersey and host San Jose en route to the title.

Will Casey recorded two goals and Billy Harris added the other in a 3-2 win over Shattuck St. Mary’s in round-robin competition.

Timmons had a hat trick in a 7-3 romp over Cape Cod in the quarterfinals. Casey, Quinn, Nick Long and Austin Tonkovich all added goals in that victory.

Logan Stork scored in overtime as Pens Elite beat North Jersey, 2-1, in the national semifinals on Sunday. Luke Edgerton had the other goal.

Other members of the Pens Elite national championship 18U team are Aidan Quaglino, Jack Lipovich, Christian Louria, Daniel Bigley, Tyler Hudak, David Nee, Stephen Rex, Ian Houk-Graves, Alexander Crilley, Jasper Uricchio and Dustin Rinaldo.

Players follow coaches, they will commit then decommit followed by a commit elsewhere. Right after coach Borek left UNH’s staff, Jake Ryczek decommits then commits to the same school as Borek, Providence. It gets to be like a shell game.

NCAA coaching changes always mean there will be other moving parts. UMASS just hired St.Lawrence Head Coach Greg Carvel, that being said, a few players will have uncertain futures, and looking for other options..


Taggart Corriveau ’97, F Westminster School @ USA nationals with MidFairfield U18, invited to Carolina Hurricane Camp ’15


Ben Finklestein ’97 D Kimball Union Academy


Mark McLaughlin ’99 F Cushing Academy



The movement not only happens during a coaching change but when the kid told he could come in yet the schools don’t have enough scholarships, so they push them out to continue to play in juniors.


It means you can take as much as you need, for as many times as you need, but if you take more than you need, or you need to take more than can be replenished, there is nothing more left to take.


American International College (AIC) Director of Athletics Matthew Johnson announced that after 32 years at the helm of the men’s ice hockey program, Gary Wright has resigned as head coach.

“My time at AIC has been enormously enriched by the people I’ve worked with on campus, our assistant coaches and the players I’ve coached. And by my coaching colleagues on the other bench. It has often been said that playing college hockey helps make college the best four years of your life. For me, that association extended to nearly forty years [32 years at AIC]. I only wish that my record had been better. Otherwise, it has been a wonderful run, with few regrets,” commented Wright.
Wright, along with Red Berenson of Michigan, was the longest tenured head coach in all of Division I and eclipsed the 300 win plateau during the 2013-14 season with a 2-1 victory over Army West Point.

Along with his win total of 313 games, Wright coached some impressive teams during his time on the bench with the Yellow Jackets, including capturing the ECAC East Championship during the 1989-90 campaign.

Wright was also instrumental in AIC’s jump to Division I status at the start of the 1998-99 season, becoming a charter member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and later the Atlantic Hockey Association. He was named MAAC Hockey League Coach of the Year leading AIC to an 11-14-4 record in their first season as a Division I program.

AIC is well known for recruiting respectable young men, who work hard on the ice and in the classroom. Wright’s team achieved a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 1000 during the 2014-15 campaign and has a four-year average of 993. This past winter, AIC was also awarded the Atlantic Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award for the third consecutive season and fourth time overall under Wright’s guidance.

AIC’s Athletic Director Matthew Johnson shared, “Gary Wright has done things the right way for 32 years. He recruited students of high character and prepared them to be productive members of society after college. He has mentored hundreds of players, instilling sound moral and ethical principles on a daily basis through his own actions. Gary is well respected on campus, within the Atlantic Hockey Conference and throughout the country. He has been a tremendous ambassador for the game of hockey and American International College for more than three decades. We will deeply miss Gary and wish him nothing but health and happiness as he enters a new chapter of his life.”

Congrats To Gary!


Hockeyrecruits4u friend Greg Carvel is the University of Massachusetts new head hockey coach.

Most recently the head coach at St. Lawrence, Carvel, with a record of 72-63-15 in four years leading the ECAC team, will make the move to the UMASS Amherst in Hockey East.

An outstanding hockey and soccer player at Canton (NY) High School, Carvel was All-Northern in both sports prior to prepping at the Hotchkiss School where he had 35 goals and 75 points for the league championship team. He was first-team All New England, MVP at Hockey Night in Boston, Hockey Night Offensive Player of the Year and Hotchkiss MVP among his many awards in his prep year.

Certain schools you’re not going to compete with, but there’s a lot of kids out there that want a solid reputation. UMASS can offer a good package, especially to Massachusetts residents where they can fill a niche. Plus Carvel has coached (Zdeno) Chara and (Erik) Karlsson. He can coach and develop into a pro hockey players…It’s big sales point.

“I am very excited about the opportunity that exists for the University of Massachusetts hockey program and the potential for success here,” Carvel said. “I was very impressed with the vision and energy of Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford and his desire to succeed in Hockey East. I feel that I bring a wide range of coaching experience and proven success at the collegiate, professional and international levels”

Carvel, a former academic all-American, plus his prep school  (Canterbury)) and NESAC (Amherst) coaching roots will continue make him a heavy recruiter from the prep school ranks. Last season he had nine former prep schoolers on his roster, plus he has five comitted to St. Lawrence. Hopefully Carvel builds UMASS with players from Massachusetts!

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Congratulations to the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs EHL Premier Champions!



Hockeyrecruits4u will be at the 2016 USA Hockey Youth U16 & U18 Tier I National Championships. The event will take place March 31st thru April 4th, 2016. The USA Hockey Youth U14 Tier I event will be held in Anchorage, Alaska.

This will be the first time the USA Hockey Youth U16 & U18 Tier I National Championships will be held in the Pacific District.

“The USA Hockey National Championships being held in San Jose validates the growth of hockey in the Bay Area and California. California is becoming a focal point for hockey and especially youth hockey development. We are honored to host Nationals and we hope to have the opportunity again in the future,” said Curtis Brown, Director of the Jr. Sharks.


Watch all games live on @FASTHockey.

Malden Catholic is D1A Super 8 Champs with a 2-1 win over St Johns Prep in OT!





Hockeyrecruits4u congratulates the Jersey Hitmen on their second consecutive Dineen Cup Championship and the Hitmen and Islanders Hockey Club on excellent seasons.



The Jersey Hitmen won game one on Wednesday 3-0 and then went on to a 5-2 victory Thursday over the Islanders Hockey Club for their second consecutive USPHL Dineen Cup Championship.




Many Prep schools will harvest these players…

Division I Year End Awards
Skater of the Year: Jack Pardue (Darien)
Goalie of the Year: Kyle Thibodeaux (Glastonbury)
Freshman of the Year: Brooks Gammill (New Canaan)
Offensive Defenseman of the Year: Sam Carignan (Hamden)
Defensive Defenseman of the Year: Colin O’Connor (NDWH)
Coach of the Year: Bob Russel (Greenwich)

@CTHSHockey Division I First Team
G Kyle Thibodeaux, Sr. (Glastonbury)
F Jack Pardue, Sr. (Darien)
F Jeremy Routh, So. (Hamden)
F Liam Smith, Sr. (Ridgefield)
D Sam Carignan, Sr. (Hamden)
D Colin O’Connor, Jr. (NDWH)

@CTHSHockey Division I Second Team
G Mike Savino, Sr. (West Haven)
F Alec Andreucci, So. (NDWH)
F David Piekut, Sr. (Xavier)
F Tyler MacLean, Sr. (Glastonbury)
D Kevin Piotrzkowski, Sr. (Greenwich)
D Vinny D’Amore, Sr. (Fairfield Prep)

@CTHSHockey Division I Third Team
G Will Massie, Sr. (Darien)
F Ryan Deering, Sr. (Fairfield Prep)
F Patrick Hompe, Sr. (New Canaan)
F Christian Ugolik, Jr. (Hamden)
D Logan Underwood, Sr. (Glastonbury)
D Nick Tuzinkiewicz, Sr. (Darien)

@CTHSHockey Division I Honorable Mention
Jake Kirby, Jr. (Darien)
Craig Miller, Sr. (Darien)
Sam Knowlton, Jr. (Darien)
Jake McCarthy, Sr. (East Catholic)
Alex Manner, Sr. (East Catholic)
Justin Blanchette, Jr. (Fairfield Prep)
Jack Taubl, Sr. (Fairfield Prep)
Adam Yeager, Jr. (Glastonbury)
Matt Holdaway, Sr. (Glastonbury)
Bryan Archino, Sr. (Greenwich)
Matt Lodato, Sr. (Greenwich)
Kristian Cunningham, Jr. (Greenwich)
Brian Silard, Sr. (Greenwich)
Jake Blackwell, So. (Hamden)
Stephen Richetelli, So. (Hamden)
Eric Perez, Sr. (Hamden)
Max Begoon, Sr. (New Canaan)
Parker Lewis, Sr. (New Canaan)
Ted O’Rourke, Sr. (New Canaan)
Anthony Ceolin, So. (Northwest Catholic)
Mike Camasso, Jr. (Northwest Catholic)
Tucker Alissi, So. (Northwest Catholic)
Connor McCutcheon, Sr. (ND Fairfield)
Jon Suporn, Sr. (ND Fairfield)
Billy Scovill, So. (ND Fairfield)
Ryan Gawricki, Sr. (ND Fairfield)
Tyler Henchcliff, Jr. (ND Fairfield)
Landon Gabriele, Sr. (ND Fairfield)
Seamus O’Rourke, Jr. (ND Fairfield)
Joe Ansaldo, Jr. (NDWH)
Doug Caliendo, Jr. (NDWH)
Brad Alexander, Sr. (Ridgefield)
Jimmy Wilkinson, Jr. (Ridgefield)
Paul Garlick, Sr. (Ridgefield)
Wil Rooney, So. (Simsbury)
Drew Marquis, So. (Simsbury)
Scott Skenyon, Jr. (South Windsor)
Scott Swan, Jr. (South Windsor)
Filippo Petrini, Sr. (St. Joseph)
Adam Usinger, So. (St. Joseph)
Tyler Paine, Jr. (West Haven)
Jeremy Borelli, Jr. (West Haven)
Ben Guidobono, Sr. (Xavier)
Cam Pollack, Jr. (Xavier)
Adam Aresco, Sr. (Xavier)
Hunter Wilcox, Sr. (Xavier)
John Ford, Sr. (Xavier)


The Beantown Spring Classic is a three day event taking place Wednesday, March 9th-Friday, March 11th with the intent of showcasing the best players from east coast in a small event setting for the purpose of giving the NHL scouts and college recruiters the best forum to evaluate the top talent from the past year in one setting. Each team will be coached by a NHL scout.

The tournament features three boys divisions and the USPHL Premier and Elite championship series.


The Gunnery hangs on to beat Milton Academy 3-2 for Elite Championship. Congratulations to the Highlanders!



2016 Large School Champions – Thayer, beats Westminster 6-3




St. Mark’s School beats Rivers in OT, 3-2 – 2016 Small School Champion’s.




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imageIt’s already the second week of the 2015-16 EHL Playoffs, and the matchups are very interesting… Each and every series features an in-state rivalry, sure to bring with it plenty of playoff intensity, just what the scouts are looking for..

Here is the complete schedule for the next phase of the postseason.


Re-seed first round winners within North and South Conference.

North Conference
#1 Boston Bandits vs. #4 Walpole Express

Game 1 ::: Express 2 @ Bandits 1
Friday, March 4th at Bridgewater Ice Arena
Game 2 ::: Bandits @ Express
Sunday, March 6th at Rodman Arena – (6:50pm warm-ups/7:20pm puck drop)
Game 3 ::: Express @ Bandits
Monday, March 7th at Bridgewater Ice Arena – (1:00pm warm-ups/1:30pm puck drop)

#2 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs vs. #3 Northern Cyclones

Game 1 ::: Cyclones @ Monarchs
Saturday, March 5th at Tri-Town Ice Arena – (6:20pm warm-ups/6:50pm puck drop)
Game 2 ::: Monarchs @ Cyclones
Sunday, March 6th at Cyclones Arena – (4:30pm warm-ups/5:00pm puck drop)
Game 3 ::: Cyclones @ Monarchs
Tuesday, March 8th at Tri-Town Ice Arena – (7:30pm warm-ups/8:00pm puck drop)

South Conference
#1 Philadelphia Little Flyers vs. #4 Philadelphia Revolution

Game 1 ::: Revolution @ Little Flyers
Saturday, March 5th at Ice Works Complex – (3:30pm warm-ups/4:00pm puck drop)
Game 2 ::: Little Flyers @ Revolution
Sunday, March 6th at Revolution Ice Gardens – (12:00pm warm-ups/12:30pm puck drop)
Game 3 ::: Revolution @ Little Flyers
Monday, March 7th at Ice Works Complex – (11:15am warm-ups/11:45am puck drop)

#2 Connecticut Oilers vs. #3 Hartford Jr. Wolfpack

Game 1 ::: Wolfpack 4 @ Oilers 5
Thursday, March 3rd at SoNo Ice House
Game 2 ::: Oilers 5 @ Wolfpack 3
Friday, March 4th at Champions Skating Center

Game 3 ::: Wolfpack @ Oilers
Saturday, March 5th at SoNo Ice House – (8:10pm warm-ups/8:40pm puck drop)
Highest seed gets home ice advantage as determined by EHL Operating Rules. Each series is best-of-three. Second round must be done by March 9.


For the eight straight season the Jersey Hitmen Premier team has advanced to the Dineen Cup final four. Although the Hitmen took the unconventional route, needing three games to beat a very competitive CT Jr Rangers team, the #2 USPHL seed will host the #3 seed Boston Jr Bruins this weekend in a best of three semi final series at the Ice Vault Arena beginning Friday at 5pm.

The Founders Cup Champions Islanders Hockey Club allowed just one goal in a two-game sweep over the Rochester Americans winning 3-0 and 4-1. The wins propel the IHC into the semi-finals of the USPHL Premier Division and will host again this weekend as the #1 seed against the #4 seed South Shore Kings. Games will take place in Gallant Arena on the campus of Merrimack College on Friday and Saturday with game times being 5pm.


The USPHL Premier champion is awarded the Dineen Cup, named for the late Gary Dineen, one of the founders of the New England Junior Hockey League and of the New England Junior Falcons (Springfield Olympics).

Dineen was also highly respected in the NHL community. More than 25 of his players were drafted by NHL teams. One of those players, Bill Guerin credited Dineen for laying the foundation for his success. Guerin believes he was probably better prepared for the NHL life than most young players because he had been tutored by Dineen.”He was easily my biggest influence — no one is even close,” Guerin said. “He was a Canadian guy who played at St. Mike’s, and for Canada’s national team and he played pro. He knows the game. He knew how to develop young players. When college scouts and pro scouts came into the picture, he knew what to do. I wouldn’t have had a clue if it wasn’t for him.

“Playing for Dineen was like earning a degree in hockey, according to Guerin: “I took so many things with me. He taught how to win at a young age, and he taught me how to win with class. He treated us like pros even when we were junior players.”

imageForty-eight of the top American hockey players born in 2000 have been invited to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp it was announced by USA Hockey. The camp, which will help select the 2016-17 U.S. National Under-17 Team, will take place March 18-22, at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.

The 48 players on the 2016 National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp roster represent 17 different states. Hockeyrecruits4u and Minnesota lead the way with 11 on the roster, while Michigan is second with seven. Illinois boasts five players and Massachusetts is next with four.

Hockeyrecruits4u 2016 NTDP Evaluation Camp Invitees:

F Jack DeBoer Madison, NJ Salisbury (Conn.) School BU commit
F Joel Farabee Cicero, NY Selects Academy 16U (Conn.) UNH commit
F Patrick Giles Chevy Chase, MD Baltimore Skipjacks 16U BC commit
F Oliver Wahlstrom Quincy, MA Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep Harvard commit
F T.J. Walsh Shrewsbury, MA Cushing Academy (Mass) BC commit
F Jake Wise N. Andover, MA Central Catholic High School (MA) BU commit
D Jimmy Dowd Pt. Pleasant, NJ New Jersey Titans 16U
D Jordan Harris Haverhill, MA Kimball Union Academy (N.H.)
D Adam Samuelsson Rye, NY Connecticut Jr. Rangers 16U BC commit
D Mattias Samuelsson Voorhees, NJ Northwood School Michigan commit
D Brandon Tabakin Woodbury, NJ North Jersey Avalanche 16U Yale commit

Congrats to all!

2015-2016 SEEDINGS

Elite 8
Stuart/Corkery Tournament
Wednesday, March 2nd
#8 Brunswick (20-7-3) at #1 Avon Old Farms (20-1-4)
#5 Gunnery (24-6-1) at #4 Salisbury (20-4-1)
#7 Loomis Chaffee (16-6-3) at #2 Kimball Union (29-3-1)
#6 Milton Academy (18-5-2) at #3 Phillips Exeter (26-3-1)

Saturday, March 5th
Brunswick/Avon Old Farms winner vs. Gunnery/Salisbury winner
Loomis Chaffee/Kimball Union winner vs. Milton Academy/Phillips Exeter winner

Sunday, March 6th
Championship Game – St. Anselm College, 5pm

Large School
Martin/Earl Tournament
Wednesday, March 2nd
#8 Nobles (15-9-3) at #1 Cushing (19-10-2)
#5 Tabor (18-11-0) at #4 Thayer (17-9-2)
#7 St. Sebastian’s (15-9-3) at #2 Westminster (14-8-3)
#6 Belmont Hill (17-8-6) at #3 Proctor (20-11-2)

Saturday, March 5th
Nobles/Cushing winner vs. Tabor/Thayer winner
St. Sebastian’s/Westminster winner vs. Belmont Hill/Proctor winner

Sunday, March 6th
Championship Game – St. Anselm College, 2:30pm

Small School
Simmons/Piatelli Tournament
Wednesday, March 2nd
#8 Canterbury (11-12-6) at #1 Rivers (20-5-4)
#5 Lawrence Academy (10-11-4) at #4 Dexter School (15-11-1)
#7 St. George’s at #2 St. Mark’s (20-5-1)
#6 New Hampton at #3 Brooks (17-8-2)

Saturday, March 5th
Canterbury/Rivers winner vs. Lawrence Academy/Dexter winnerSt. George’s/St.Mark’s winner vs. New Hampton/Brooks winner

Sunday, March 6th
Championship Game – St. Anselm College, 12 noon