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The Eastern Hockey League is a Boston, Massachusetts based Tier III junior hockey league. The league was announced in the following twitter release on June 6, 2013: "The Atlantic Junior Hockey League has added six new members and is now the Eastern Hockey League!"   The league is made up of teams from the former Atlantic Junior Hockey League and the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

The six teams joining from the EJHL were the Boston Bandits (based in Bridgewater, MA), the Connecticut Oilers (based in Norwalk, Connecticut, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (based in Hooksett, NH), New York Apple Core (based in Brewster, NY), Philadelphia Revolution (based in Warwick Township, PA), and the Valley Jr. Warriors (based in Haverhill, MA). The Long Island Royals and Metro Fighting Moose merged during the spring of 2017 as the Long Island Royals.

The league's Director of Operations is Mark Kumpel.  The chairman of the Board of Governors Executive Committee is Bill Flanagan of the Northern Cyclones.

Current TeamsEdit

Re-aligned for 2018-19 season.[1] The league would remove the Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels from the tier-II league for using an overage player.[2]

Eastern Hockey League (Tier-II)Edit

New England ConferenceEdit

North DivisionEdit
Team Centre Arena
Boston Jr Rangers Tewksbury, Massachusetts Breakaway Ice Center
New England Wolves Laconia, New Hampshire Merrill Fay Arena
New Hampshire Avalanche Hooksett, New Hampshire Ice Den Arena
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill, Massachusetts Haverhill Valley Forum
Vermont Lumberjacks Burlington, Vermont Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena
South DivisionEdit
Team Centre Arena
Connecticut Chiefs Newington, Connecticut Newington Arena
Connecticut RoughRiders Norwalk, Connecticut SoNo Ice House
East Coast Wizards Bedford, Massachusetts Edge Sports Center
Total Athletics Seahawks Hyannis, Massachusetts Hyannis Youth and Community Center
Walpole Express Walpole, Massachusetts Rodman Arena

Mid-Atlantic ConferenceEdit

North DivisionEdit
Team Centre Arena
Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels Whitehall, Pennsylvania The Rink at Lehigh Valley
New Jersey 87's Middletown, New Jersey Middletown Ice World Arena
New York Applecore Brewster, New York Brewster Ice Arena
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Pittston, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Centre
South DivisionEdit
Team Centre Arena
Philadelphia Junior Flyers West Chester, Pennsylvania Ice Line Quad Rinks
Philadelphia Little Flyers Aston, Pennsylvania IceWorks Skating Complex
Philadelphia Revolution Warminster, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Gardens
Team Maryland Odenton, Maryland Piney Orchard Ice Arena
NC Force Golden Bears Garner, North Carolina Garner Ice House

Eastern Hockey League Premier (Tier-III)Edit

North ConferenceEdit

Team Arena Location
Boston Jr Rangers Tewksbury, Massachusetts Breakaway Ice Center
Connecticut Chiefs Newington, Connecticut Newington Arena
New England Wolves Laconia, New Hampshire Merrill Fay Arena
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill, Massachusetts Haverhill Valley Forum
Vermont Lumberjacks Burlington, Vermont Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena
Walpole Express Walpole, Massachusetts Rodman Arena

South ConferenceEdit

Team Arena Location
Central Penn Panthers Lancaster, Pennsylvania Regency Ice Rink
New Jersey 87's Middletown, New Jersey Middletown Ice World Arena
New Jersey Renegades Flemington, New Jersey Flemington Ice Arena
Philadelphia Junior Flyers West Chester, Pennsylvania Ice Line Quad Rinks
Philadelphia Little Flyers Aston, Pennsylvania IceWorks Skating Complex
Philadelphia Revolution Warminster, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Gardens

Expansion/relocation/withdrawalsEdit

  • The Connecticut Nighthawks are awarded as an expansion team for the 2015-16 seasoon
  • An 18th team was added for the showcase events for the 2015-16 season to balance off the schedule: the New England Wolves (which is a team of the American Hockey Institute based in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire).

Formation of EHL Elite DivisionEdit

The league announced the formation of the EHL Elite Division in December 2014 with a start up of league play for the 2015-16 season.The division will be made up of the elite level teams of the  Boston Bandits, Boston Jr Rangers, New England Wolves, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, Northern Cyclones, Valley Jr. Warriors, Vermont Lumberjacks, and Walpole Express.

Reorganization of Elite Division for 2016-17Edit

The league announced on March 1, 2016 that the Elite Division was being reorganized as the 19U Elite Division.  The Elite Division will focus upon development of players for higher levels of play.  As part of this reorganization the league is adding seven teams from the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (New Jersey Rockets, New York Applecore, Brewster Bulldogs, Connecticut Nighthawks, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, and Philadelphia Revolution, and the Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels. As a result of this reorganization the membership of the MJHL was decimated.  The MJHL was absorbed by the North American Hockey League and the league was reorganized as the North American 3 Atlantic Hockey League in a similar manner to what the former Northern States Junior Hockey League had done when they became the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League prior to joining the North American 3 Hockey League's Eastern Division for the 2016-17 season.

League Reorganization for 2017-18Edit

On December 22, 2016 the United States Premier Hockey League announced that the league would be adding six organizations from the EHL.  The Boston Bandits, Connecticut Nighthawks, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, New Jersey Rockets, and Northern Cyclones would be leaving the league as part of that announcement. 

On February 17, 2017 the league issued a release and announced the addition of eleven new members for the 2017-18 season.  USA Hockey had previously approved the addition of the New Hampshire Avalanche to the league.  Six of the seven current members of the North American 3 Atlantic Hockey League will join the Elite Division (Central Penn Panthers, Jersey Wildcats, Long Island Royals, Metro Fighting Moose, New Jersey Renegades, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights).  As part of the announcement the league announced the return of the New York Bobcats from hiatus.  Three additional teams were announced as part of the release, the Total Athletics Seahawks (Hyannis, Massachusetts) (Premier), Connecticut Hawks (unspecified division but appear to disappear by late March, possibly being taken over by the Connecticut RoughRiders team as an organization named the CT Ice Hawks youth program was based out of the same arena (SoNo Ice House) prior to the RoughRiders being announced), and New Jersey 87's (Middletown, New Jersey).

On February 23rd, the Long Island Royals announced they would be joining with the New York Bobcats (who had been on leave in the EHL for 2016-17 season) for the 2017-18 season as the Bobcats Elite Division affiliate  As of early May this appears to have fallen through as neither organization was listed on the team listing.

On March 16, 2017 the Superior Roughriders of the Western States Hockey League announced they were changing their affiliate program in Connecticut to be named the Connecticut RoughRiders which will be based out of the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Connecticut.  The balance of the teams based out of the facility will also take the RoughRiders name. The existing Connecticut Oilers team will move to the Louis Astorino Arena in Hamden, Connecticut.

The league issued the alignment by divisions for 2017-18 on March 23, 2017.  The following additions were made the Connecticut Oilers will be adding a Elite Division team (later changed), the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights will have teams in both divisions, and the East Coast Wizards and New York Applecore (later changed to the former Brewster Bulldogs who played out of the same arena being renamed with the Applecore moniker) are dropping their Elite Division teams.

On May 5, 2017 the league announced that the higher level league would be known as "Eastern Hockey League" and that the lower level league would be known as the "Eastern Hockey League Premier".  By the time of this announcement the Brewster Bulldogs Premier team were now known as part of the New York Applecore organization, the Connecticut Oilers and Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels were both gone from the Premier league.

2018-19 changesEdit

At the end of the 2017-18 the EHL franchises affiliated with the Connecticut Oilers organization were sold and then relocated to the Newington Arena in Newington, Connecticut.

The New York Bobcats Royals are dropped from the league listing.

On April 12, 2018 the newly established Maryland Black Bears of the North American Hockey League established an affiliated team to be based out of their home arena, the Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, Maryland. The EHL team would be named Team Maryland on May 8, 2018.

The North Carolina Golden Bears were announced as a new member, they will be based out of the Garner Ice House in Garner, North Carolina

The Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels and New Jersey 87's who already had teams playing in the lower level 19U and Premier Divisions respectively add second teams to play in the higher level league

The Charleston Mariners were originally announced as an expansion team for the 2018-19 season. On May 16, 2018 the team had announced on its website that it would participate at the Junior A level in 2019-20 and that the timing is not appropriate for a 2018-19 start date.


In late May, 2018 the league announced the 2019 Frozen Finals will return to Schneider Arena on the campus of Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island for the second straight season It will be held March 21-24, 2019.

ChampionshipsEdit

AJHL/EHL-Premier/EHLEdit

Season Regular season Playoff National Tournament result
2003–04 Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Washington Jr. Nationals
2004–05 Boston Bulldogs Boston Bulldogs
2005–06 New York Bobcats New York Bobcats
2006–07 New York Bobcats New York Bobcats New York Bobcats lost Semifinal game vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL)
Northern Cyclones lost Semifinal game vs. Bay State Breakers (EJHL)
[3]
2007–08 New Jersey Rockets
Portland Jr. Pirates
Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones lost Semifinal game vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL)
New Jersey Rockets eliminated in Round Robin
[4]
2008–09 Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones and New York Bobcats eliminated in Round Robin[5]
2009–10 Northern Cyclones Walpole Express Walpole Express and New York Bobcats eliminated in Round Robin[6]
2010–11 Walpole Express Walpole Express Walpole Express lost Semifinal game vs. Helena Bighorns (NorPac)
Northern Cyclones eliminated in Round Robin
[7]
2011–12 Walpole Express Walpole Express No representatives sent to nationals[8]
2012–13 Northern Cyclones Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights No representatives sent to nationals[9]
2013–14 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Northern Cyclones Northern Cyclones lost Semifinal game vs. North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL)
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs eliminated in Round Robin
[10]
2014–15 Philadelphia Little Flyers Vacant
Connecticut Oilers wins vacated
Northern Cyclones lost Div. 1 Championship game vs. North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL)[11]
2015–16 Philadelphia Little Flyers New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Tier III National Tournament not held
2016–17 Philadelphia Little Flyers Philadelphia Junior Flyers
2017–18 Philadelphia Revolution New Hampshire Avalanche

EHL-19U Elite/EHL PremierEdit

Season Regular season Playoff National Tournament result
2015–16 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Boston Jr. Rangers Tier III National Tournament not held
2016–17 Vermont Lumberjacks Philadelphia Revolution
2017-18 Boston Jr. Rangers Boston Jr. Rangers

SeasonsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.easternhockeyleague.org/news_article/show/919860?referral=rss&referrer_id=1431284
  2. https://thejuniorhockeynews.com/the-death-pool-ehl-kills-off-lehigh-valley-after-catching-22-year-old-illegal-player/
  3. 2007 Tier III Junior A Nationals. Pointstreak. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  4. 2008 Tier III Junior A Nationals. Pointstreak. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  5. 2009 Tier III Junior A Nationals. Pointstreak. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  6. 2010 Tier III Junior A Nationals. Pointstreak. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  7. 2011 Tier III Junior A Nationals. Pointstreak. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  8. 2012 Tier III Nat. Championships. USA Hockey. Retrieved on August 19, 2015.
  9. 2013 Tier III Nat. Championships. USA Hockey. Retrieved on August 18, 2015.
  10. 2014 Tier III Nat. Championships. USA Hockey. Retrieved on August 18, 2015.
  11. 2015 Tier III Junior Nat. Championships. USA Hockey. Retrieved on September 17, 2015.