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I think 7-8 at least. One at Brown, One at Lowell,One at Uconn, Two at Army, One at Providence. Plus a few others playing in D3 at Skidmore and Elmira that I know of.
1985 Merrimack Valley Knights
3 Div. 1 players
7 Div. 3 players
97 Valley Warriors
1 NHL (Noah Hannafin)
They used to have great battles with the Seacoast Spartans
And BTW, for all of you EHF Elitist, these teams were in the old NEHL which is now the E9. That's nearly 10 DI and 15 DIII college players between just two teams.
Completely agree with '97 Warriors. Hannifin (NHL), White (NHLish), Fitzgerald (BC), Askew (Q), Griffin (NU) and a number of players that had tons of talent but adolescence got in the way. We played this team over 3 years and they were very, very good.
Not even close 2001 flames...they won 150 plus games straight and 80 to 90 percent committed at age 14 and 15 to hockey east schools.
2006 ISLANDERS - ALL ARE FUTURE NHL PLAYERS AND 1ST ROUND DRAFT PICKS !
Didn't the Eagles beat the Islanders a few months ago for the Fed title, or did I miss something, get your head out of your ass, warriors 97 and flames 01 are legit, let's see what happens in the next 2 to 3 years Lenny
01 Northern Cyclones
Let's identify youth teams where the players are mostly college age now.
You've also got the 97' South Shore Kings (Hannifan played for both), they have around 4 DI college players now, with 3-4 DIII, and one player in the NHL. The 97' age group was probably one of the top age groups to come thru New England Youth hockey. Just from three teams, 97' Kings, 97' Warriors, and 97 Seacoast Spartans, you have around 15 DI players, nearly 20 DIII, and a couple NHL players already. Hard group to surpass.
And let's not forget the '97 Minuteman Flames.
Let us also not forget the non paying alternates and players that Top Gun "claims" to have played at that historic program. That is a list hard to beat.
And the funny thing is back in those days when they were playing the miscreants on this board talked about what a weak year the '97 year class was!
97 was one of the best birth years USA hockey has ever had competing at the international level
The older classes of kids 70, 80' and even 90's werent necessarily better they were just the best of the kids that played hockey. Now with the massive expansion of hockey across the country todays players arent just competing with kids from Minnesota they are competing against kids in 50 other states. Back in 1990 there was 195,000 kids playing hockey - in 2016 there are 555,000 players - more than 2x the amount of players to compete against.
The 1991 Springfield Pics stands head and shoulders above all.
You're late by 10 years.
Hainsey NHL Round 1 Montreal
Fried NHL Round 3 Florida
DiSalvatore NHL Round 4 San Jose
Nowak NHL Round 4 Bruins
Several other in minor pro and college
All at prep schools, ushl and most heading to hockey east on full boats....
That's actually undercounted on D1s for the 97 Warriors...alphabetically:
NH@BC (also NHL)
CW is Colin White....not sure who MP is
MP = BU backup goalie
Its a sad day when all we can talk about is 1 team from forever ago..New England hockey has just fallen.
At some points they are, like the Cape Cod Whalers.
Any names from that team? Scott Balboni? Moi?
Hard to beat Mount St Charles. It produced many NHL players
2005 New England Bulldogs
The old timers point to the Amonte, whoever and whoever years....
Shattenkirk, Jonathan Quick, and Max Pacioretty all played on the same mid Fairfield team, tough to beat that
In 5-6 years Eichel, Donato, Hannifin will certainly give them a run for it.