Eastern Junior Hockey League
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Head Office Woburn, Massachusetts
Official Web site EJHL
Commissioner Dan Esdale
Founded 1993
Folded 2013 (teams established United States Premier Hockey League and Eastern Hockey League)

The Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) was an American Tier III Junior A ice hockey league. Founded in 1993 by Dan Esdale[1][2], the EJHL had fifteen teams from across the Northeastern United States. The EJHL was a member of USA Hockey, and the EJHL champion went on to play for the National Championship against the champions of the five other Tier III leagues and a host city.[3]

The league disbanded in 2013 after the establishment of the United States Premier Hockey League of which three EJHL members joined.  The twelve teams that did not join the USPHL formed the Eastern Hockey League along with the members of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League

History[edit | edit source]

The league was formed in 1993 with the NECDL Classics, the Rhode Island Sharks, the Tyngsborough Huskies, the Matt O'Neil Lightning, the Granite State Stars and the Springfield Olympics. The following year the Niagara Scenics joined the league from the North American Hockey League. The Scenics later left for the Metro Junior A Hockey League in Ontario. In the subsequent years, the league has added the Valley Jr. Warriors (1996); NY Apple Core (1997); Capital District (1999); Bay State Breakers (1999); Junior Bruins (1999); Green Mountain Glades (2000); NJ Hitmen (2004) and the Syracuse Stars (2005) who joined from the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.

Teams[edit | edit source]

Northern Division
Team Centre
Boston Jr. Bruins Marlborough, Massachusetts
Philadelphia Revolution Warwick Township, Pennsylvania
Green Mountain Glades Williston, Vermont
New England Jr. Huskies Tyngsborough, Massachusetts
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Hooksett, New Hampshire
Syracuse Stars Syracuse, New York
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill, Massachusetts
Southern Division
Team Centre
Bay State Breakers Rockland, Massachusetts
Bridgewater Bandits Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Capital District Selects Clifton Park, New York
New Jersey Hitmen Wayne, New Jersey
New York Applecore Long Beach, New York
South Shore Kings Foxboro, Massachusetts
Springfield Pics West Springfield, Massachusetts

Champions[edit | edit source]

The winning team in the EJHL is awarded the Gary Dineen Cup[4], named for the late Gary Dineen, one of the founders of the New England Junior Hockey League and of the New England Junior Falcons[5][6][7]

Season Gary Dineen Cup Playoffs Champions
1993-94 New England College Development League Classics
1994-95 Niagara Scenics
1995-96 New England Jr. Whalers
1996-97 New England Jr. Whalers
1997-98 New England Jr. Coyotes
1998-99 Walpole Stars
1999-00 New England Jr. Coyotes
2000-01 Walpole Stars
2001-02 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
2002-03 New York Apple Core
2003-04 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
2004-05 Boston Jr. Bruins
2005-06 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
2006-07 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
2007-08 New Jersey Hitmen
2008-09 New Jersey Hitmen
2009-10 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
2010-11 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
2011-12 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
2012-13 New Jersey Hitmen

Timeline Of Teams[edit | edit source]

Team City Arena Seasons Fate
New England College Development League Classics Walpole, Massachusetts Rodman Arena 1993-1997 become Walpole Stars
Rhode Island Sharks North Smithfield, Rhode Island Rhode Island Sports Center 1993-1998 folded
Tyngsboro Huskies Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Skate 3 1993-2001 become Lowell Jr. Lock Monsters
Matt O’Neill Lightning Boston, Massachusetts Emmons Horigan O'Neil Rink 1993-1998 become Boston Harbor Wolves
Granite State Stars Exeter, New Hampshire Rinks at Exeter 1993-1996 renamed Great Northern Snow Devils
Springfield Olympics Springfield, Massachusetts Smead Arena 1993-1994 become New England Jr. Whalers
Niagara Scenics West Seneca, New York West Seneca Recreation Center 1994-1995 join Metro Junior ‘A’ Hockey League
New England Jr. Whalers Springfield, Massachusetts (1994-1995) Enfield, Connecticut (1995-1997) Smead Arena (1994-1995 Enfield Twin Rinks (1995-1997)  1994-1997 become Jr. Coyotes
New England Jr. Coyotes Enfield, Connecticut Enfield Twin Rinks 1997-2004 become Jr. Falcons
Valley Jr. Warriors Haverhill, Massachusetts Haverhill Valley Forum 1996-2013 join EHL
Great Northern Snow Devils Exeter, New Hampshire Rinks at Exeter 1996-1999 renamed Exeter Snow Devils
Walpole Stars Walpole, Massachusetts Rodman Arena 1997-2006 become Foxboro Stars
New York Apple Core Long Beach, New York City of Long Beach Arena 1997-2013 join EHL
Boston Harbor Wolves Boston, Massachusetts Emmons Horigan O'Neil Rink 1998-2007 renamed Jr. Shamrocks
Bridgewater Bandits Bridgewater, Massachusetts Bridgewater Ice Arena 1998-2011 renamed Boston Bandits, do not move
Capital District Selects Troy, New York SoNo Ice House 1999-2012 moved to Norwalk, renamed Connecticut Oilers
Bay State Breakers Rockland, Massachusetts Rockland Ice Rink 1999-2013 join USPHL
Boston Jr. Bruins Marlborough, Massachusetts New England Sports Center 1999-2013 join USPHL
Exeter Snow Devils Exeter, New Hampshire Rinks at Exeter 1999-2001 renamed New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Green Mountain Glades Williston, Vermont Gutterson Fieldhouse and Cairns Arena 2000-2012 sold, become Portland Jr. Pirates
Lowell Jr. Lock Monsters Lowell, Massachusetts Tsongas Arena 2001-2004 become New England Jr. Huskies
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Hooksett, New Hampshire Tri-Town Ice Arena 2001-2013 join EHL
New England Jr. Huskies Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Skate 3 2004-2012 renamed Islanders Hockey Club
New Jersey Hitmen Wayne, New Jersey Capital One Bank Ice Vault Arena 2004-2013 join EHL
Syracuse Stars Syracuse, New York ESL Sports Centre 2005-2010 moved to Rochester
Foxboro Stars Foxborough, Massachusetts Foxboro Sports Center 2006-2007 renamed South Shore Kings
South Shore Kings Foxborough, Massachusetts Foxboro Sports Center 2007-2013 join EHL
Boston Jr. Shamrocks Hingham, Massachusetts Pilgrim Skating Arena 2007-2009 sold; move to Philadelphia renamed Revolution
Philadelphia Revolution Warwick Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Gardens 2009-2013 join EHL
New England Jr. Falcons West Springfield, Massachusetts Olympia Ice Center 2004-2009 become Springfield Pics
Springfield Pics West Springfield, Massachusetts Olympia Ice Center 2009-2013 join EHL
Rochester Stars Rochester, New York ESL Sports Centre 2010-2013 join USPHL
Boston Bandits Bridgewater, Massachusetts Bridgewater Ice Arena 2011-2013 join EHL
Connecticut Oilers Norwalk, Connecticut SoNo Ice House 2012-2013 join EHL
Adirondack Jr. Wings Troy, New York Houston Field House 2012-2013 join EHL
Portland Jr. Pirates Saco, Maine MHG Ice Centre 2012-2013 join EHL
Islanders Hockey Club Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Skate 3 2012-2013 join EHL

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Quincy Patriot Ledger, Dec 18, 2004, "College Boards: Top hockey players .... Eastern Junior Hockey League"[1]
  2. Official Game Pucks, EJHL Puck "1993-Present" [2]
  3. USA Hockey Junior Nationals Web Page [3]
  4. March 2007 EJHL News article "Mello, Thompson Fuel Monarchs to Second Straight Title" [4]
  5. Sports Reference.com [5]
  6. New England Junior Falcons web site [6]
  7. AHL Obituary for Gary Dineen[7]

External links[edit | edit source]


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