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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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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