Metropolitan Boston Hockey League[edit | edit source]

The league was born and founded March 31, 1977, and incorporated in Massachusetts in August, 1979.

The Metropolitan Boston Hockey League
City Boston, MA
Classification Minor Hockey
Founded March 31, 1977
Colors Gold and Black

The MBHL is unique in youth hockey. The MBHL is classified as an "AAA" or "Tier I" league, but have not had a ranked team in the top 50 "AAA" nationally in several years. However, Assebet Valley has been on the fringe of these rankings several times over the past decade. Within the league, modified NCAA rules are played, the same as in U.S. college hockey. Slapshots and body checking are allowed at all age levels. MBHL league play begins the first weekend after Labor Day and winds up with playoffs in late March of the following year. No other Minor hockey organization in North America -- or the world, permits body checking or slapshots at the Mite & Squirt/Novice & Atom levels.

The MBHL had fourteen original organizations, five are still going strong -- Assabet Valley Patriots, The Worcester Crusaders, Lowell Jr. Riverhawks, St. Moritz Devils and the Springfield Pics. The Bay State Breakers, Boston Jr. Eagles, Boston Jr. Terriers, Bridgewater Bandits, Middlesex Islanders, Minuteman Flames, Providence Capitals, South Shore Kings, and Top Gun all left the MBHL in 2004 for the Eastern Hockey Federation.

Teams[edit | edit source]

The MBHL Currently Has 10 Member Organizations (see table at bottom).

High school programs fed[edit | edit source]

The MBHL feeds many High School programs.

  • Catholic Memorial High School
  • Cushing Academy
  • Lawrence Academy at Groton
  • Malden Catholic High School
  • Matignon High School
  • Middlesex School
  • Phillips Andover Academy
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Saint Peter-Marian High School
  • St. John's High School
  • St. John's Preparatory School
  • St. Mark's School
  • Saint Sebastian's School
  • Thayer Academy
  • Worcester Academy

Notable MBHL player alumni[edit | edit source]

NHL, AHL, other pro, NCAA Div I, or drafted

Players[edit | edit source]

  • Tony Amonte
  • Tom Barasso
  • Al Bourbeau
  • Phil Bourque
  • Bobby Brooke
  • Doug Brown
  • Ed Campbell
  • Jim Campbell
  • Bob Carpenter
  • Eddie Caron
  • John Carter
  • Ted Crowley
  • Marvin Degon
  • John Doherty
  • Ted Donato
  • Hal Gill
  • Mike Grier
  • Bill Guerin
  • Ned Havern
  • Steve Heinze
  • Scott Horvath
  • Jeff Lazaro
  • Jordan LaVallee
  • John Lilley
  • Shawn McEachern
  • Jeff Norton
  • James Pemberton
  • Jeff Pietrasiak
  • Tom Poti
  • Jeremy Roenick
  • Kevin Stevens
  • Bob Sweeney
  • Keith Tkachuk
  • Dan Travis
  • Noah Welch
  • Jim Carey
  • Scott Young

Coaches[edit | edit source]

  • Bob Sweeney
  • Ulf Samuelsson
  • Scott Greer

Arenas[edit | edit source]

Team City Home Rink
Assabet Valley Patriots Concord, MA Valley Sports Arena
Capital District Selects Troy, NY Frear Park
Connecticut Lazers Simsbury, CT International Skating Center of Connecticut
Connecticut Wolves Northford, CT Northford Ice
Edgewood Hawks Cranston, RI Schneider Arena
Lowell Jr. River Hawks Lowell, MA Janas Arena
New Hampshire Avalanche Hooksett, NH Ice Den Arena
St. Moritz Devils Dedham, MA Boston Ice Center
Springfield Pics Springfield, MA Olympia Ice Center
Worcester Crusaders Worcester, MA Buffone Rink
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