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A very credible source in the outlaw organization confirmed this. Lovell bought all the ice at Blackstone for next year and is announcing new program. Will be in BHL and trying for e9. Great for the area for the young kids. No need to travel to the flames, Northstars or patriots from this area anymore. Same for having to head south to Kings. This is a ripe area for an actual good program.
Who cares guy!
This is all true- going to be called Maple Leafs or something from what I heard. Flyers and promotional items to go up in Hopedale rink this week in time for Outlaws tryouts. Outlaws own page says all levels moving to NESC next year.
Blackstone is wide open so Lovell bought up the ice. Also with Walpole Express moving to BHL and Manchester Monarchs and Cyclones moving to EHF this makes sense as 495 is a ripe area for a AAA team. Flames adding another EMHL level team so there is plenty of demand.
Hopedale Rink is a dump though.
So when does Lovell plan on announcing this supposed new program?
East Coast Maple Leafs out of Blackstone Iceplex just announced. http://www.lovellhockey.com/news/95/lovell-hockey-presents-east-coast-maple-leafs
Mentions Valley and Independent Select- not sure what league they are planning to play them out of.
E9/BHL and Valley
Nope. They will asses after tryouts and then you will see the announcements. Silimar as the did with Giants.
They announced two teams- Valley and Independent Select. The way it is worded it seems like it won't be the BHL. Someone mentioned Lovell saying they'd play other Lovell teams. Just don't know if you can make 30-35 games doing just that.
If individual teams have enough players at the select level they will put them in the BHL. Lovell and Gilmartin run the E9/BHL so they really don't have to check that off with anyone but themselves. Lovell is not going to risk not being able to pay for all that ice. Parents know not to go to a new indie team. The Lovell's are too smart for that. Some teams will be in the BHL some will be independent for year 1. I also heard a rumor that some teams will just simply play as one of his establish programs out of that rink. So you may see multiple Lovell Knights, 95 giants or Boston advantage next year out of new rink. This way he is able to attract some talent and have them compete in an actual league.
Great for the kids so what's the problem?
If you are a Lovell lover that I'm sorry your kid isn't that good. Go to a Knights, Giants or Ice try out. Complete joke.
Lovell has placed teams in the Yankee conference before so this is nothing new for them. I'm sure they will make money and kids will develop so this will most likely be a good thing for the area.