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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

HistoryEdit

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.

TeamsEdit

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

ChampionsEdit

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

Timeline Of TeamsEdit

Team Dates Fate
New England College Development League Classics (Walpole MA) (1993-1997) become Walpole Stars
Rhode Island Sharks (1993-1998) folded
Tyngsboro Huskies (1993-2001) become Lowell Jr. Lock Monsters
Matt O’Neill Lightning (1993-1998) become Boston Harbor Wolves
Granite State Stars (Exeter NH) (1993-1996) renamed Great Northern Snow Devils
Springfield Olympics (1993-1994) become New England Jr. Whalers
Niagara Scenics (1994-1995) join Metro Junior ‘A’ Hockey League
New England Jr. Whalers (Springfield MA)  (1994-1997) become Jr. Coyotes
New England Jr. Coyotes (Springfield MA)  (1997-2004) become Jr. Falcons
Valley Jr. Warriors (Haverhill MA) (1996-2013) join EHL
Great Northern Snow Devils (Exeter NH) (1996-1999) renamed Exeter Snow Devils
Walpole Stars (1997-2006) become Foxboro Stars
New York Apple Core (Long Beach) (1997-2013) join EHL
Boston Harbor Wolves (1998-2007) renamed Jr. Shamrocks
Bridgewater Bandits (1998-2011) renamed Boston Bandits, do not move
Capital District Selects (Clifton Park NY) (1999-2012) moved to Norwalk, renamed Connecticut Oilers
Bay State Breakers (Rockland MA) (1999-2013) join USPHL
Boston Jr. Bruins (Marlboro) (1999-2013) join USPHL
Exeter Snow Devils (1999-2001) renamed New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Green Mountain Glades (Williston VT) (2000-2012) sold, become Portland Jr. Pirates
Lowell Jr. Lock Monsters (2001-2004) become New England Jr. Huskies
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (Hooksett) (2001-2013) join EHL
New England Jr. Huskies (Tyngsborough MA) (2004-2012) renamed Islanders Hockey Club
New Jersey Hitmen (Wayne) (2004-2013) join EHL
Syracuse Stars (2005-2010) moved to Rochester
Foxboro Stars (2006-2007) renamed South Shore Kings
South Shore Kings (Foxboro MA) (2007-2013) join EHL
Boston Jr. Shamrocks (2007-2009) sold; move to Philadelphia renamed Revolution
Philadelphia Revolution (2009-2013) join EHL
New England Jr. Falcons (Springfield MA) (2004-2009) become Springfield Pics
Springfield Pics (2009-2013) join EHL
Rochester Stars (2010-2013) join USPHL
Boston Bandits (2011-2013) join EHL
Connecticut Oilers (Norwalk) (2012-2013) join EHL
Adirondack Jr. Wings (Troy NY) (2012-2013) join EHL
Portland Jr. Pirates (2012-2013) join EHL
Islanders Hockey Club (Tyngsborough, MA) (2012-2013) join EHL

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 linksEdit


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