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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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Hockeyrecruits4u player Sean Keohan commits to Dartmouth College. Added to our prestigious listing two years ago as a sure fire D1 player proves again we know the players.

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Congrats to Sean and his Family!

 

imageFifty of the top American hockey players born in 1999 have been invited to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp it was announced by team officials.

The 50 players on the 2015 National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp roster represent 17 different states. Hockeyrecruits4u listing leads the way with eleven players on the roster, followed by Minnesota with nine then Michigan is third with seven.

The camp, which will help select the 2015-16 U.S. National Under-17 Team, will take place March 20-24, at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.

Congrats to the following Hockeyrecruits4u players!

Matthew Cassidy, F, Medford, NJ, Team Comcast/St. Augustine HS

Kyle MacLean, F, Basking Ridge, NJ, New Jersey Rockets 19U

Marc McLaughlin, F, North Billerica, MA, Cushing Academy

Tommy Craft, D, Hamden, CT, Deerfield Academy

Anthony DeMeo, D, Port Washington, NY, Portledge

Phillip Kemp, D, Greenwich, CT, Brunswick School

Ben Mirageas, D, Newburyport, MA, Avon Old Farms

Jack Rathbone, D, West. Roxbury, MA, Dexter School

Reilly Walsh, D, Andover, NH, Proctor Academy

Keith Petruzzelli, G, Wilbraham, MA, Springfield Cathedral

Cayden Primeau, G, Voorhees, NJ, Philadelphia Revolution/Bishop Eustace HS

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The Beantown Spring Classic is a three day event, March 11, 12, and 13, 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.

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

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NJ Hitmen will face Philadelphia Flyers in Dineen Cup Final starting on Wednesday at Beantown Classic in Marlboro, MA

See full schedule here.

Hockeyrecruits4u player Cameron Askew has more than doubled the points he had last year, and is catching the eyes of many NHL scouts in his first draft eligible year..

After a relatively uneventful first season with Drummondville, (16 points in 64 regular season games), Askew was dealt to Moncton, a team with a recent history of selecting and grooming American-born players. This year Cam is blossoming with 41 points in 60 games!

Even Hulk Hogan is a Cam Askew fan. Why, because Cam is dating Hulks goddaughter Alana Leslie (Brutus Beefcakes daughter) .

Checkout, from John Moore’s SportsAndMoore.com comes this clip of the Hulkster getting pumped up and backing the Moncton’s Askew…

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Image  —  Posted: March 6, 2015 in Best Young Hockey Players in New England

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CHAMPIONS Salisbury 3 vs Dexter 1

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CHAMPIONS Brooks 4 vs Belmont Hill 2

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CHAMPIONS St. Marks 3 vs Westminster 1

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Thats all there was in the Prep Elite 8, as every top seed was bounced!

#8 KUA-2 vs #1 Exeter-1

#7 Dexter-1 vs #2 Cushing-0

#6 Gunnery-6 vs #3 Nobles-1

#5 Salisbury-3 vs #4 Loomis-1

imageimageHockeyrecruits4u player Bryan Nelson now playing for the Walpole Express just committed to Harvard University..

This is another player that was on our prestigious listing for all four years and many d-men were committed before him, then he was put on the Top 25 uncommitted list available this past July, the 12th player to commit since we sent out our listing… B-I-N-G-O! gonna be a D1 player, our list holds true!

Congrats to Bryan and his family!

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ELITE 8 TOURNAMENT
Quarterfinals – Wednesday, March 4th
#8 Kimball Union vs. #1 Phillips Exeter
#7 Dexter vs. #2 Cushing
#6 Gunnery vs. #3 Nobles
#5 Salisbury vs. #4 Loomis Chaffee
Semifinals – Saturday, March 7th
Final – Sunday March 8th
5:oo pm – St. Anselm College

LARGE SCHOOL TOURNAMENT
Quarterfinals – Wednesday, March 4th
#8 Thayer Academy vs. #1 Brunswick (at Avon Old Farms)
#7 St. Paul’s vs #2 Choate
#6 St. Sebastian’s vs. #3 Brooks
#5 Berkshire vs. #4 Belmont Hill
Semifinals – Saturday, March 7th
Final – Sunday, March 8th
2:3opm – St. Anselm College

SMALL SCHOOL TOURNAMENT
Quarterfinals – Wednesday, March 4th
#8 New Hampton vs. #1 St. Mark’s
#7 Vermont Academy vs. #2 Westminster
#6 Tilton vs. #3 Rivers
#5 Winchendon vs. #4 Proctor
Semifinals – Saturday, March 7th
Final – Sunday, March 8th
12pm – St. Anselm College

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If you haven’t been able to following the EHL playoffs, you can right here with the playoff tracker.

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Hockeyrecruits4u will be in Lowell this weekend to watch the Super 8 tournament at UMass-Lowell’s Tsongas Center. The best-of-three first-round series will continue Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5, with times and location to be determined.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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.