imageThe Boston Bandits recently announced that Doug Shepherd will be joining the organization as Managing Director/Sr. Advisor of Hockey Operations. Shepherd brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the profession of hockey development.

A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was Senior Assistant Captain of the RPI Men’s Hockey team, Shepherd enjoyed a productive career at both the NCAA Division 1 and Minor Professional levels. Following his playing days, he worked in the capacity of skating and development for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and helped to design and conduct pre-season skating camps for elite NHL players. Shepherd has been instrumental in the development of some of the NHL’s biggest stars (Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Jason Spezza, Jeff Skinner, Adam McQuaid, Nathan MacKinnon, etc).

Shepherd also spent time as a scout for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose and was an Assistant Coach & Director of Player Development at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is a certified NHLPA agent and has worked in various hockey development roles in numerous European countries as well as the United States and Canada.

In his position with Hub City Hockey, Shepherd will oversee a revitalization of hockey development at the Bridgewater Ice Arena. When asked about his move to Mass, Shepherd said, “My plan is to transform the Bridgewater Ice Arena into a hockey specific training forum for elite players. This will allow us to train these athletes with state-of-the-art equipment, the most advanced on-ice drills, and will also instill in them a deepened knowledge of the game.”

Shepherd and his wife, Amy, will be moving to southern Massachusetts along with their two children, Ava and Zack. Zack will suit up as a defenseman with the 2008 Bandits Elite team.

Doug is a partner in Andrews Hockey which should bring college bound Maritime players into New England to better compete for D1 spots.


2016 Senior Chowder Cup – Junior A Elite/College Open
July 14-17, 2016
Foxboro Sports Center, Foxboro, MA – Rodman Arena, Walpole, MA

John Cunniff Senior Chowder Cup Showcase in Boston, Massachusetts. This Showcase is among the most respected and heralded summer showcases in North America. The prestigious Showcase dates back over 30 years. This is an excellent venue to be showcased and to provide excellent visibility and exposure to the numerous Junior Tier I, Tier 2 Scouts and college recruiters. Players that attend will be exposed to high caliber hockey in front of scouts from various leagues including: NCAA, USHL, NAHL, USPHL, EHL and more…

See schedule here.


Fri., July 15th at 7:05 p.m. at Walter Brown Arena at Boston University. Last year, the game raised over $55,000!

For ticket information, donations and rosters please click



The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League held its draft this past Saturday. There were a number of Americans selected in the draft, of whom will play college. However, there are always players drafted who will choose the major junior route by decommitting from college or just wanting another choice in their development path.

When it comes to junior drafts, signability is a major consideration when making picks. We didn’t work with any teams this year, most likely that’s why the pics seem to be from a few of the same schools. As usual, good players were missed. Hockeyrecruits4u players in bold–

2 31 Rouyn-Noranda (from Cape Breton) Chris McQuaid 6.01 168 2000-01-01 LD Charlottetown, P.E.I. Kensington Wild

4 68 Cape Breton (from Moncton) Oliver Wahlstrom 6.01 205 2000-06-13 C Quincy, MA Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep

5 86 Moncton TJ Walsh 5.07.5 156 2000-04-29 C Shrewsbury, MA Cushing Academy Penguins

5 90 Drummondville (from Val-d’Or) Ryan Leonard 6.02 165 2000-01-01 LD Duxbury, MA Sacred Heart HS

6 105 Saint John Matt Gould 5.09.75 146 2000-06-26 LW Weymouth, MA Boston Junior Bruins 18U

6 109 Moncton (from Rouyn-Noranda) Patrick Keegan 6.00.25 189 2000-11-08 LD Billerica, MA Billerica HS Indians

7 111 Halifax Jake Wise 5.09.5 177 2000-02-28 C North Andover, MA Central Catholic HS Raiders

7 120 Chicoutimi (from Rimouski) Frank Fortin 5.10.75 156 2000-04-02 C Cornwall, P.E.I. Kensington Wild

8 134 Québec Sean Brown 5.10 154 2000-11-22 RW Seabrook, NH Central Catholic HS Raiders

8 135 Charlottetown (from Victoriaville) Liam Gorman6.01 165 2000-05-08 C Arlington, MA St. Sebastian’s PS Arrows

10 165 Halifax Jack Rathbone5.09.25 165 1999-05-20 LD West Roxbury, MA Dexter PS

10 175 Blainville-Boisbriand (from Cape Breton) Harrison Roy 5.10.75 154 2000-01-17 C Lakeville, MA Boston Bandits U16

10 176 Moncton Cameron Boudreau 5.11 147 1999-11-27 LD Salem, NH Governor’s Academy PS

10 179 Gatineau John Murray 5.11 170 2000-04-18 LD Dorchester, MA Noble and Greenough PS

11 182 Baie-Comeau Ethan Zarach-Croke 6.02 170 2000-05-04 LW
Acton, MA Boston Junior Bruins 16U

11 186 Acadie-Bathurst Sam Rand 5.10 155 2000-03-08 RD Marstons Mills, MA Winchendon PS Wapitis

11 188 Baie-Comeau (from Québec) Jacques Bouquot 6.00 152 2000-02-10 C South Windsor, CT Salisbury PS Crimson Knights

11 190 Chicoutimi Paddy Mangan 5.11.25 164 2000-08-17 RD South Burlington, VT Rice Memorial HS Green Knights

11 194 Moncton Mike Higgins 5.09.25 182 2000-04-06 RD Needham, MA Boston Advantage 16U

12 201 Halifax Brian Scoville6.02 209 1999-03-28 LD Agawam, MA Winchendon PS Wapitis

12 204 Acadie-Bathurst Jordan Tetreault6.01 200 1998-05-05 LD Palmer, MA Boston Junior Bruins 18U

12 205 Blainville-Boisbriand Ben Thomas 5.09 157 1999-01-09 C/RW Ashburnham, MA Winchendon PS Wapitis

12 217 Chicoutimi (from Rouyn-Noranda) Wyatt Schlaht5.11 172 2000-06-04 F Wellesley, MA St. Sebastian’s PS Arrows

13 221 Sherbrooke Nolan Lavallee 6.00.75 177 1999-02-21 LD Kensington, NH Kimball Union Academy PS

13 224 Québec Michael Kesselring 6.02 155 2000-01-13 RD New Hampton, NH New Hampton PS Huskies

13 225 Victoriaville John Copeland 6.06 175 1999-01-03 RW Wellesley, MA Belmont Hill PS

13 228 Rimouski Philip Kemp 6.02.75 186 1999-02-12 RD Greenwich, CT USA Under 17 Team

13 231 Saint John Derek Fournier 6.00170 1999-01-01 G Bangor, ME Bangor HS

13 232 Shawinigan Matt Pasquale 5.11.25 146 2000-10-16 G North Reading, MA Central Catholic HS Raiders

13 234 Val-d’Or Jordan Harris 5.09158 2000-07-07 LD Haverhill, MA Kimball Union Academy PS

13 235 Rouyn-Noranda Aiden Porter 6.02 160 1999-05-18 G Wellesley, MA Rivers PS Red Wings

14 238 Drummondville Henry Grey Betts 6.02 195 2000-12-20 F Hingham, MA Hingham HS

14 239 Sherbrooke Kyle Haskins 5.09.25 158 2000-02-16 LW Huntington, VT Selects Academy 16U Nat

14 243 Victoriaville Jake Veilleux 5.11 180 2000-01-19 RD South Windsor, CT Selects Academy

14 245 Charlottetown Craig Needham 5.08.75 161 1999-03-31 C Medford, MA Lawrence Academy PS

14 246 Rimouski Corson Sundquist 5.11 180 1999-04-20 RW
Glastonbury, CT Selects Academy 16U Nat

14 247 Cape Breton Thomas Lyons 5.10.5 168 2000-04-01 C Westwood, MA St. Sebastian’s PS Arrows

14 250 Shawinigan Thomas Carr 5.11 155 2000-01-01 LD York, ME Portland Jr. Pirates U16

14 251 Gatineau Eric Jeremiah 5.07 175 1998-03-30 RD Hanover, MA St. Sebastian’s PS Arrows

14 252 Val-d’Or Tristan Amonte 5.06.5 126 2000-02-01 RW Norwell, MA Thayer Academy Tigers

14 253 Rouyn-Noranda Ethan Kimball 6.00 175 1999-04-01 LW Holden, MA St. Mark’s PS Lions

See complete draft list here.


Hockeyrecruits4u players among 114 players that attended the event in Buffalo:

GRIFFIN LUCE, USA U-18, USHL, D (Salisbury School)
ANDREW PEEKE, GREEN BAY, USHL, D (Selects Hockey Academy)
Cam Dineen, North Bay Battalion, OHL, D

The event was held at First Niagara Center and the HarborCenter in Buffalo from May 30 to June 4. The Combine gives all 30 NHL teams a complete physical and medical assessment of the top prospects three weeks before the draft.

“The Combine week is always an interesting event for Central Scouting that seems to go by very quickly,” NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said. “The goal is to present an event that allows NHL personnel to interact with the future stars of our game and assist the NHL clubs in their pursuit of gaining as much knowledge about the draft prospects as possible. Central Scouting looks forward to hosting the prospects during Combine week so that they can further showcase themselves.”

See top ten in each category here.


Hockeyrecruits4u wants to thank all who have served. Our Heroes. We encourage all to go out of your way to Thank a Vet not just today but whenever you see a soldier, a veteran…at the airport, at a restaurant, at the gas station, etc

The Tri-City Storm won the team’s first-ever Clark Cup Championship thanks to a 3-0 sweep of the Dubuque Fighting Saints.


This marks the third season in four years that there was a sweep in the Clark Cup Final, and the second straight season for a Western Conference team sweep in the Clark Cup Final. Tri-City’s Clark Cup championship was the first by a Nebraska USHL team since 2008. Storm players are committed to play college hockey at 20 different NCAA Division I schools following their junior hockey careers.

Congrats to Hockeyrecruits4u players Monte Graham, Hanover, MA, F, 98 (Boston College) and John Marino North Easton, MA, D, 97 (Harvard).


When Hockey Essentials White claimed the 2015 New England Pro-Am Pre-Draft Showcase championship, they needed to come from behind and take things into overtime in order to do so. There were no such struggles on Sunday at the Foxboro Sports Center when Essentials made their return trip to the Pre-Draft title match. They jumped on Dynamo Hockey early and stayed well out in front on their way to a 7-0 win and repeat as tournament champions.

The score favored Essentials from essentially the opening faceoff, Grant Jozefek putting his side up 1-0 just 1:41 into the contest. All of 41 seconds later, on an Evan Wisocky tally at 2:22, their advantage was 2-0 and the score sheet fully under their control.

That two-goal advantage just 2:22 in matched Essentials’ margin of victory from their first two games of the day, a 3-1 defeat of Shamrock Elite and 2-0 blanking of Canada West Elite Red. Essentials, however, was a team that seemed to get better as they day went on, picking up steam in the semifinals, where they defeated the Boston Jr. Whalers Orange 5-1, and carrying it over into the final against Dynamo Hockey.

Marc Johnstone and 2015 Pre-Draft tournament MVP Jack Badini had goals at 8:25 and 16:46, respectively, to up the advantage to 5-0 before Jozefek and Wisocky chipped in their second goals of the game at 20:45 and 26:12. Dylan Healey then came through to close out the 7-0 victory, the game’s final goal coming at 26:36.

Jozefek (2G, 1A) finished as the game’s leading scorer and tied as the tournament’s playoff leading scorer with four goals and two assists on the day, which netted the Essentials forward the 2016 All-Tournament Most Valuable Player Award.

Zachary Risteau had just one assist in the final game, but it was one of five the Essentials forward had on the day, rightfully earning him a place on the All-Tournament team alongside Dynamo forwards Jack Bloem and Dom Kuziak.

Hockey Essentials Billy Sweezey and Dynamo’s Sean Allen were named as the All-Tournament defensive tandem, while Harrison Feeney earned All-Tournament goaltending honors following his shutout of Dynamo in the finals.

imageAll hockey players have a fantastic hockey mom. She’s the one who wakes you up at 5am and takes you to a freezing ice rink. She’s the one that packs 4 hockey bags and 4 kids into a minivan, and drives it 4 hours just for an away PeeWee game. She’s the one who always tells you that you played great, even if you had 0 points with a -6…

The hockey mom is always there for support, and without that support, we wouldn’t have all the great players that we have today.

So to all players out there, take the time to say thank you to that special hockey mom in your life and wish her a…

Happy Mother’s Day!


imageThe top midget players in 2016 will meet their new teams in Charlottetown when the city hosts the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft.

Charlottetown Islanders governor Geoff Boyle said bringing events like the draft to the city is something the new ownership group is proud of.

“The Quebec major junior draft is a show. It’s NHL style with the large board, it’s the red carpet out there,” Boyle said. “For our local fans, it’s the first glimpse that you’ll see who we draft.”

The draft will be held June 4 at the Eastlink Centre. The facility provides the opportunity for the draft to take place in the arena with teams having receiving areas in the connecting trade centre.


We heard of a two-day (April 23rd and 24th)New England Combine combine at the Haverhill Valley Forum, but as usual the QMJHL did a less then stellar job in getting the word out and many of the best players did not go.

Here is the final list for the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft, if your not on this you can’t be drafted.













Mark Morris, has accepted the head coaching job at St. Lawrence University named the third Charles W. Appleton II Hockey Coach and 14th overall in the men’s hockey program effective immediately. “Coaching at St. Lawrence alongside assistant coach Don Vaughan and under head coach Joe Marsh from 1985-1988 resulted in unforgettable memories for me, culminating with the 1988 NCAA Frozen Four title game in Lake Placid. St. Lawrence University hockey has produced legends in the game, and getting to know the storied tradition started during those years,” Morris said.

Most recently he was the coach of the Carolina Hurricanes’American Hockey League affiliate in Charlotte. “We respect Mark’s decision to return home to coach at St. Lawrence,” Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “We thank him for his work in Charlotte this season and wish him nothing but the best with the Saints.”

“Of course everyone knows which side of the rivalry line I stand on when Clarkson and St. Lawrence play hockey,” Tony Collins, president of Clarkson University, said. “But I’m pleased to see Mark Morris back in the North Country coaching hockey.”“I am excited to welcome Mark back into the ECAC. His wealth of experience and success at every level of hockey will provide St. Lawrence with one of the top coaching minds in the business. I look forward to competing once again with Mark’s teams,” Bob Gaudet, head coach for men’s hockey at Dartmouth College, said.

“Mark Morris is a winner. He has a proven track record of success at all levels of hockey from prep school to college and then professional. This will serve him well as he returns to the ECAC and college hockey,” Don Vaughan ‘84, head coach for men’s hockey at Colgate University, commented. “More than that he clearly understands what it takes for student athletes to be successful both on and off the ice at a highly selective University like St. Lawrence. I look forward to competing against his team’s in years to come.”

At St. Lawrence (ECAC) Mark replaces Greg Carvel, who left in March to be head coach at the University of Massachusetts.

Morris has coached 13 seasons at Clarkson University and has won more than 300 games at the professional and college levels this experience will help recruiting, knowing the type of player needed at the next level. The AHL Checkers finished this past season 36-32-8, just missing the playoffs.


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!

Video  —  Posted: March 29, 2016 in Best Young Hockey Players in New England

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