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November 9, 2017
For Immediate Release
The Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF) is excited to announce a merger with the Mass Select League to create the EHF Selects 15 Pure/16U/18U Division to begin play in the Fall of 2018. The EHF Selects will be home to the top 15 Pure/ 16U/18U teams in New England and will bring unparalleled exposure to the players participating.
EHF Selects will be made up of the 11 Eastern Hockey Federation Elite Organizations along with the 8 Mass Select League organizations. Each summer, upon conclusion of tryouts, teams will be broken into divisions. A top division will be made up of the best teams at their respective age levels in New England. This structure will guarantee quality games for each weekend of the season.
Regardless of which division the teams are originally placed, each team will have the ability to compete for a league championship and a spot in their State or Regional play downs and a path to the USA Hockey’s National Championships in the spring.
Additionally the EHF Selects will participate in premier fall showcase events. The showcases will highlight various league member teams and will include top rated teams from outside the local area.
The EHF established in 2004 is the undisputed top youth hockey league in the Eastern United States, typically landing multiple teams in the top 10 Nationally per age bracket. (www.myhockeyrankings.com)
The Mass Select League has been the undisputed top fall 1/2 Season league in New England for over 25 years. The league’s teams have won numerous Tier 1 Mass State Championships; have sent more 16U & 18U teams to USA Hockey National Championships than any other in New England over that time and have a number of USA Hockey National Championship wins.
Collectively the EHF & Mass Selects have 100’s of former players currently playing NCAA college hockey. Notable alumni currently playing in the NHL include Jack Eichel, Keith Yandle, Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Vesey, Noah Hannifin, Brian Boyle, Cory Schneider, Brooks Orpik, Miles Wood, Chris Kreider, Conor Sherry, Brian Gibbons and many others.
“The EHF is thrilled to add the Mass Select League organizations and their expertise in the fall season structure. This alliance will now allow EHF youth players the ability to progress in one league from learn to play hockey all the way thru high school; all along competing at the highest level of play in the country.” EHF President Jerry Buckley said.
“Joining with the EHF to create the EHF Selects division is a tremendous opportunity for the organizations and players of the Mass Select League. This merger will continue to ensure that our players attain the best exposure and ultimate in competitive games. The EHF will provide our organizations with long term structural and financial stability, a professionally administered front office and access to the best sports complexes in New England.” Mass Select League President Pat Bohan commented.
The Eastern Hockey Federation is made up of over 25 youth organization throughout New England and ownership of over 40 rinks. The EHF’s Elite organizations will all be participating in the EHF Selects division beginning the Fall of 2018. They are: Bay State Breakers, Boston Bandits, Boston Jr. Eagles, Boston Jr. Terriers, CT Jr Huskies, Islanders Hockey Club, Minuteman Flames, Providence Capitals, South Shore Kings, Top Gun and Mid Fairfield Jr. Rangers.
The Mass Select League organizations joining the EHF Selects are: Boston Bulldogs, NS Wings, 495 Stars, North Stars Hockey, Boston Jr. Bruins, RI Saints, Cape Cod Whalers, Junior Bruins Hockey and Eastern Mass Senators.
More information will be released but in the meantime
please contact the directors of each program or EHF Director of Hockey Operations Jack Sweeney at jack@Fedhockey.com for more details.
There will be that many more high school half season hacks added to the mix. Many of those teams are trash. Coaches watch while meatheads run around looking for the KO. Trash
Just what New England needs: another watered-down league. But hey, there's money to be made and parents to fleece!
No wonder the River Rats jumped to the Beast Series. That may be the only good fall-hockey option left.
Someone needs to create a New England Fall Prep Hockey League for Boston area and south and call it a day.