Eastern Hockey Federation
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2004
CEO Jerry Buckley
No. of teams 18 across age groups
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Official website fedhockey.com

The Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF) is an independent American Youth Minor ice hockey league. Established in early 2004, when the Bay State Breakers, Boston Jr. Eagles, Boston Jr. Terriers, Bridgewater Bandits, Middlesex Islanders, Minuteman Flames, Providence Capitals, South Shore Kings, and Top Gun left the Metropolitan Boston Hockey League. The league operates teams at the mite, squirt, peewee, bantam and U14 levels with at least two tiers in eage age group.

Its stated goal is to foster and govern an elite amateur minor hockey league comprising the top youth hockey organizations in the region.

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During the league's inaugural 2004-2005 season, ten programs committed to participate:

  • Bay State Breakers
  • Boston Jr. Bruins
  • Boston Jr. Eagles
  • Boston Jr. Terriers
  • Bridgewater Bandits
  • Middlesex Islanders
  • Minuteman Flames
  • Providence Capitals
  • South Shore Kings
  • Top Gun

During the Summer of 2005, the EHF announced that three new teams would be joining the league for the 2005-2006 season:

  • Connecticut Riptide
  • Portland Jr. Pirates
  • Brewster Bulldogs

In March 2006 the Eastern Hockey Federation's Board of Directors announced that the Exeter Freeze would be joining the League for the 2006-2007 season. The board also announced the establishment of a Western Division for the '06-07 season that would consist of two New York-based organizations—the Westchester Express and the Syracuse Stars.

Later that month, the EHF revealed that the 1A Division would be replaced by the AA Division with nine teams aligned to compete in that grouping:

  • Bay State Breakers
  • Bridgewater Bandits
  • Connecticut Riptide
  • Exeter Freeze
  • MassConn Braves
  • Minuteman Flames
  • New England Moose
  • Team Dynamic
  • Top Gun
  • New England Junior Falcons

Also, in 2009 the Boston Little Rangers were added to the EHF.

On March 6, 2011 the New England Junior Falcons(NEJF)joined the Eastern Hockey Federation

On May 29, 2013 Eastern Hockey Federation announced the addition of two new AAA programs, The New England Bulldogs and the North Shore Shamrocks, will be joining the Eastern Hockey Federation's AAA division as well as the Eastern Minor Hockey League (EMHL) for the upcoming '13-14 season.

On June 14, 2018 the EHF announced it would be merging with the United States Premier Hockey League. The EHF will continue under its' own identity but will be worked into the organizational set-up of the USPHL. The organizations under the EHF banner will be integrated into the USPHL model for player development at the athletic, academic, personal, and social levels.[1] At the time of the affiliation with the USPHL the EHF had 27 member organizations.

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