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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!

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

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

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




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


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.


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…