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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.

Teams[edit | edit source]

Eastern Hockey League[edit | edit source]

New England Division[edit | edit source]

Team Centre Arena
Boston Jr Rangers Tewksbury, Massachusetts Breakaway Ice Center
Connecticut Chiefs Newington, Connecticut Newington Arena
East Coast Wizards Bedford, Massachusetts Edge Sports Center
New England Wolves Laconia, New Hampshire Merrill Fay Arena
New Hampshire Avalanche Hooksett, New Hampshire Ice Den Arena
Worcester Jr. Railers Worcester, Massachusetts Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center
Seacoast Spartans Exeter, New Hampshire Rinks at Exeter
Seahawks Hockey Club Hyannis, Massachusetts Hyannis Youth and Community Center
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill, Massachusetts Haverhill Valley Forum
Vermont Lumberjacks Burlington, Vermont Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena
Walpole Express Walpole, Massachusetts Rodman Arena

Mid-Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

Team Centre Arena
Connecticut RoughRiders Norwalk, Connecticut SoNo Ice House
New Jersey 87's Middletown, New Jersey Middletown Ice World Arena
New York Applecore Brewster, New York Brewster Ice Arena
NC Force Golden Bears Garner, North Carolina Garner Ice House
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

Eastern Hockey League Premier[edit | edit source]

North Conference[edit | edit source]

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
New Hampshire Avalanche Hooksett, New Hampshire Ice Den Arena
Worcester Jr. Railers Worcester, Massachusetts Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill, Massachusetts Haverhill Valley Forum
Vermont Lumberjacks Burlington, Vermont Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena
Walpole Express Walpole, Massachusetts Rodman Arena

South Conference[edit | edit source]

Team Arena Location
New Jersey 87's Middletown, New Jersey Middletown Ice World Arena
New Jersey Renegades Flemington, New Jersey Flemington Ice Arena
New York Apple Core Brewster, New York Brewster Ice Arena
New York Bridgemen Staten Island, New York Staten Island Skating Pavilion
Philadelphia Little Flyers Aston, Pennsylvania IceWorks Skating Complex
Philadelphia Revolution Warminster, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Gardens

Member Teams[edit | edit source]

Team Location Arena Tenure Notes
Connecticut/Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Cromwell, Connecticut Champions Skating Center 2003-2017 withdrew to join United States Premier Hockey League
New Jersey Junior Titans Middletown, New Jersey Middletown Ice World Arena 2003-2004 withdrew
New York Bobcats East Meadow, New York Twin Rinks at Eisenhower Park 2003-2016 withdrew
North Jersey Avalanche Hackensack, New Jersey Ice House of New Jersey 2003-2004 folded
Philadelphia Little Flyers Aston, Pennsylvania IceWorks Skating Complex 2003-2005 withdrew
Washington Jr. Nationals Laurel, Maryland Gardens Ice House 2003-2014 relocated to Burlington, Vermont; renamed Vermont Lumberjacks
Boston Bulldogs Salem, New Hampshire Salem ICenter 2004-2012 franchise sold; relocated to Tewksbury, Massachusetts as Boston Jr. Rangers
Northern Cyclones Hudson, New Hampshire Cyclones Arena 2004-2017 withdrew to join United States Premier Hockey League
New Jersey Rockets Berkeley Heights, New Jersey & Bridgewater, New Jersey AmeriHealth Pavilion & Bridgewater Sports Arena 2004-2017 withdrew to join United States Premier Hockey League
Portland Jr. Pirates Saco, Maine MHG Ice Centre 2004-2012 join Eastern Junior Hockey League
Hudson Valley Eagles Troy, New York Houston Field House 2005-2007 re-join Metropolitan Junior Hockey League
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers West Chester, Pennsylvania Ice Line Quad Rinks 2005-2006 withdrew
Laconia Leafs Laconia, New Hampshire Laconia Ice Arena 2005-2013 suspend operations; return for 2014-15 as Waterville Valley, New Hampshire based New England Wolves
Walpole Express Walpole, Massachusetts Rodman Arena 2005-present
Northwood School Lake Placid, New York Herb Brooks Arena 2005-2006 limited schedule team
National Sports Academy Lake Placid, New York Herb Brooks Arena 2005-2006 limited schedule team
Binghamton Jr. Senators Binghamton, New York Ice House Sports Complex 2006-2010 relocated to Pittston, Pennsylvania as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Philadelphia Little Flyers Aston, Pennsylvania IceWorks Skating Complex 2006-present
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers West Chester, Pennsylvania Ice Line Quad Rinks 2008-present
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Pittston, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Center 2010-2015 withdrew to join North American Hockey League
Boston Jr. Rangers Tewksbury, Massachusetts Breakaway Ice Center 2012-present
New Jersey Junior Titans Middletown, New Jersey Middletown Ice World Arena 2012-2015 withdrew to join North American Hockey League
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Hooksett, New Hampshire Tri-Town Ice Arena 2013-2017 withdrew to join United States Premier Hockey League
Boston Bandits Bridgewater, Massachusetts Bridgewater Ice Arena 2013-2017 withdrew to join United States Premier Hockey League
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill, Massachusetts Haverhill Valley Forum 2013-present
Connecticut Oilers Hamden, Connecticut Louis Astorino Arena 2013-2018 sold and relocated to Newington, Connecticut but fold prior to playing
New York Applecore Brewster, New York Brewster Ice Arena 2013-present
Philadelphia Revolution Warminster, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Center 2013-present
East Coast Wizards Bedford, Massachusetts Edge Sports Center 2014-present
New England Wolves Waterville Valley, New Hampshire (2014-2016)
Laconia, New Hampshire (2016-present)
Waterville Valley Ice Arena (2014-2016)
Merrill Fay Arena (2016-present)
2014-present
Vermont Lumberjacks Burlington, Vermont Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena 2014-present
Connecticut Nighthawks Simsbury, Connecticut International Skating Center of Connecticut 2015-2017 withdrew to join United States Premier Hockey League
New Hampshire Avalanche Hooksett, New Hampshire Ice Den Arena 2017-present
Total Athletics Seahawks Hyannis, Massachusetts Hyannis Youth and Community Center 2017-2019 renamed Seahawks Hockey Club
Connecticut RoughRiders Norwalk, Connecticut SoNo Ice House 2017-present
New York Bobcats Royals Huntington, New York Dix Hills Ice Rink 2017-2018 withdrew
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Pittston, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Center 2017-2019 withdrew to join North American 3 Hockey League
Connecticut Chiefs Newington, Connecticut Newington Arena 2018-present
Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels Whitehall, Pennsylvania The Rink at Lehigh Valley 2018-2018 removed from league early December 2018 due to use of overaged player
New Jersey 87's Middletown, New Jersey Middletown Ice World Arena 2018-present
North Carolina Golden Bears Garner, North Carolina Garner Ice House 2018-2019 renamed NC Force Golden Bears
Team Maryland Odenton, Maryland Piney Orchard Ice Arena 2018-present
Seacoast Spartans Exeter, New Hampshire Rinks at Exeter 2019-present
Worcester Jr. Railers Worcester, Massachusetts Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center 2019-present
Seahawks Hockey Club Hyannis, Massachusetts Hyannis Youth and Community Center 2019-present
NC Force Golden Bears Garner, North Carolina Garner Ice House 2019-present


Developmental League Team Timeline[edit | edit source]

Team Location Arena Tenure Notes
Boston Bandits Bridgewater, Massachusetts Bridgewater Ice Arena 2015-2017 join United States Premier Hockey League
Boston Jr. Rangers Tewksbury, Massachusetts Breakaway Ice Center 2015-present
New England Wolves Waterville Valley, New Hampshire (2015-2016)
Laconia, New Hampshire (2016-)
Waterville Valley Ice Arena (2015-2016) Merrill Fay Arena (2016- ) 2015-present
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Hooksett, New Hampshire Tri-Town Ice Arena 2015-2017 join United States Premier Hockey League
Northern Cyclones Hudson, New Hampshire Cyclones Arena 2015-2017 join United States Premier Hockey League
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill, Massachusetts Haverhill Valley Forum 2015-present
Vermont Lumberjacks Burlington, Vermont Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena 2015-present
Walpole Express Walpole, Massachusetts Rodman Arena 2015-present
Brewster Bulldogs Brewster, New York Brewster Ice Arena 2016-2017 withdrew
Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Cromwell, Connecticut Champions Skating Center 2016-2017 join United States Premier Hockey League
Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels Whitehall, Pennsylvania The Rink at Lehigh Valley 2016-2017 withdrew
New Jersey Rockets Newark, New Jersey Prudential Center 2016-2017 join United States Premier Hockey League
New York Applecore Brewster, New York Brewster Ice Arena 2016-2018 withdrew
Philadelphia Junior Flyers West Chester, Pennsylvania Ice Line Quad Rinks 2016-2019 withdrew
Philadelphia Revolution Warminster, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Gardens 2016-present
Central Penn Panthers Lancaster, Pennsylvania Regency Ice Rink 2017-2019 withdrew
Jersey Wildcats Randolph, New Jersey Aspen Ice 2017-2018 withdrew
New Jersey 87's Middletown, New Jersey Middletown Ice World Arena 2017-present
New Jersey Renegades Flemington, New Jersey Flemington Ice Arena 2017-present
Philadelphia Little Flyers Aston, Pennsylvania IceWorks Skating Complex 2017-present
Connecticut Oilers Hamden, Connecticut Louis Astorino Arena 2017-2017 withdrew before play; return as Connecticut Chiefs
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Pittston, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Centre 2017-2017 withdrew before play
Connecticut Chiefs Newington, Connecticut Newington Arena 2018-present
Worcester Jr. Railers Worcester, Massachusetts Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center 2019-present
New York Applecore Brewster, New York Brewster Ice Arena 2019-present
New York Bridgemen Staten Island, New York Staten Island Skating Pavilion 2019-present

Expansion/relocation/withdrawals[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Division[edit | edit source]

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 2016-17[edit | edit source]

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 2017-18[edit | edit source]

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 changes[edit | edit source]

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.

2019-20 Changes[edit | edit source]

On April 23, 2019 the league announced the leagues teams for the 2019-20 season.  Among the changes:[1]

Championships[edit | edit source]

AJHL/EHL-Premier/EHL[edit | edit source]

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
2018-19 Philadelphia Little Flyers New Hampshire Avalanche

EHL-19U Elite/EHL Premier[edit | edit source]

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
2018-19 Boston Jr. Rangers New England Wolves

Seasons[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.easternhockeyleague.org/news_article/show/1014424
  2. http://www.na3hl.com/news/story.cfm?id=26800
  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.
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