This is the 2017-18 Eastern Hockey League Premier Season. This is the Eastern Hockey League's lower level league. It is the league's 3rd season as a feeder league for the higher EHL's league. It was known as the Elite Division for 2015-16 and the 19U Elite Division for 2016-17.
USA Hockey approved the addition of the New Hampshire Avalanche as an expansion franchise for the 2017-18 season. The organization has a history of running teams from mite to U-18. The team is apparently a replacement for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs who announced they were joining the USPHL for the 2017-18 season. The team will be based out of the Ice Den Arena in Hooksett, NH.
the top five teams qualifying with the fourth and fifth place teams playing a single game sudden death and then the winner becoming the fourth seed. The division semifinals are also single elimination within the division. The division final is best-of-three. The division winners meet in a single game final on March 25th at Schneider Arena in Providence, Rhode Island.