For the first time since 2013, and for the third time in nine years, the Boston Bruins are headed to the Stanley Cup Final.
Boston, the Atlantic Division's second seed, completed their four-game sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, 4-0, to capture the Eastern Conference title and the Prince of Wales trophy. After navigating a playoff path that included a thrilling first-round series against Toronto and a challenge from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round, the Bruins now await the winner of the Western Conference Final between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues.
Among the many contributors to the Bruins' playoff run are alumni of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) and Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF), each of whom have contributed at some point over the last month.
Known at times to be the offensive spark, East Weymouth, MA native Charlie Coyle (South Shore Kings/Boston Jr. Terriers) helped the Bruins past their early playoff struggles. With 12 points in 17 games, this has been Coyle's most productive postseason in the seven he's played in the NHL. Of his six goals, none were more important than the game-tying and game-winning tallies in Game 1 of the second round against Columbus.
The United States Premier Hockey League, and its tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference, have announced their first-ever NCDC Midwest Combine, set to take place in Lansing, Mich., between June 7-9, 2019.
The Midwest Combine will be hosted by the Lansing Wolves, proud members of the USPHL Premier Division.
Coaches from NCDC teams set to play in the 2019-20 season will be on hand at the Midwest Combine, which will take place at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Dimondale, Mich.
The Summit, home to the Lansing Wolves, is a perfectly central location for players all around the state of Michigan. This location is also easily accessible off multiple interstates for players coming from other Midwestern states.
Register for the Midwest Combine: https://form.jotform.com/lansingwolveshc/ncdc-midwest-combine
The NCDC is the only tuition-free junior hockey league that is fully located in the Northeastern United States, limiting travel to New York, New Jersey and the New England states. This allows players to spend more time on development, both on-and off-ice, than traveling on a bus.
With the unmatched USPHL Showcase Series, NCDC players have several opportunities each season to play in front of several scouts at well-attended multi-day, multi-tiered events.
There were more than 400 former players from the USPHL’s top division skating with NCAA hockey teams during the 2018-19 season. This included individual season-ending award-winners from multiple NCAA Division 1 conferences and two Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalists.
More than 150 players committed to college hockey out of the 2017-18 season alone, and nearly 50 of those 150 players advanced to NCAA Division 1 institutions from what was then an 11-team league. USPHL alumni currently skating in the NHL include players such as Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, Brian Dumoulin, Jimmy Vesey and Trevor van Riemsdyk.
NCDC coaches will be behind the benches for scrimmage games to evaluate players as they continue to build their teams for the 2019-20 season.
Contracts and/or invitations to final, invite-only NCDC team camps for the 2019-20 season will be offered to select players from the NCDC Midwest Combine.
There will also be off-ice activities, as well as an NCAA college symposium featuring coaches from surrounding area universities. There will also be an NCDC Q&A session during the Combine, where players and their parents (if also in attendance) can ask questions directly of NCDC coaches and league officials.
The cost for the three-day combine is $325, with a four-game guarantee and includes off-ice activities, the NCAA coaches symposium, the NCDC coaches Q&A session and an exit interview. Also included: jersey, skate sharpening, laundry, accredited on-ice officials, and medical staff on site.
There are a number of hotels in the area, with special rates to be announced for players and their families as needed. Perani’s Hockey Store is a 12-to-15-minute drive from the rink, for any equipment needs.
Players traveling alone will be offered transportation services to and from the airport, and from hotels to the rink.
The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, is providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on-and off-ice recruiting opportunity for players in Michigan and from throughout the Midwest. Sign up today, as registration will be limited to the first 120 participants.
The Florida Eels are proud to announce that ALEX QUINTAL has committed to WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY and will be playing for its ACHA Division I hockey program. ALEX is the Eels 9th college commitment for this season. He marks the 242nd Florida Eels Alumni who have advanced to college. Alex is the Florida Eels 1st Florida Eel player to attend Western Michigan University and play for its ice hockey program.
Quintal 5’6 152 pounds forward/defensemen. He is a native of Redmond Washington which is near Seattle where he played his youth hockey. Alex is a 2-year veteran with the Florida Eels Junior Program. Alex had numerous opportunities by a good number of solid college programs. He took the time to visit many of the colleges and did his due diligence to find the right fit both from an academic and hockey perspective. He wanted to pursue a degree in Engineering and WSU had the academic program he was looking for. It was very important for Alex to look at the University’s academic program along with the hockey opportunities. He feels he found that at Western Michigan University. He is now part of the Florida Eels rich legacy in advancing players to college
General Manager Scarpaci comments, “Alex has a very strong work ethic. He is a dedicated and determined young man and a key component of on our Elite team for the past two seasons. To improve his game, he stayed an extra 1 ½ hours each day shooting 150 pucks. He is an impassioned young man. Strong will to win. He also worked part time, 20+ hours per week throughout the season. Over the Spring and Summer Quintal stayed in Florida to train with the Eels coaching staff. He also attended and competed in the Pro-Am Pre-Draft Showcases for two seasons, at the USPHL Spring and Summer Showcases for 3 seasons and the Pro-Am Sr. Chowder Cup for 2 seasons. These are the extra things he did in the off season to make himself a better player and ultimately ripen into a college player.
This is a strong character young man who has strong integrity echoes GM Scarpaci,, and this will follow him into college. He is extremely excited about the opportunities ahead of him at WMU. He comes from extremely supportive parents who have made enormous sacrifices to enable their son Alex to realize and fulfil his dream of attending college and advancing to play college hockey.
WSU is in the Great Lakes Hockey Conference and plays an impressive schedule including games vs Adrian College, Davenport University, Kent State University, Oakland University, Rochester University, Calvin College and Eastern Michigan.
SCOUTING REPORT by Premier Coach Frank Scarpaci and Elite Coach Alex Sanchez: Quintal is a 2nd year veteran with the Eels Junior program. A very dedicated, determined young man. Great work ethic, smooth skater, nice hands. When he plays as a forward, he shoots the puck 4 to 5 times per game. He has the hunger and thirst around the net. He has played both forward and defense for the Eels. As a defenseman, he is very steady on the blueline. Moves the puck quickly out of the zone. He is very smart in the D Zone. Makes simple plays. Makes a nice first pass out. Quick on the transition and line rush. He battles hard along the boards. Good hockey IQ. He has spent the time in the trenches and knows what it takes to win. Strong compete level.
This is what WSU announced in their press release about Quintal:
The WMU Stallions hockey club has announced their first commitment to the 2019-2020 roster, signing Marc-Alexandre Quintal as the first member of their recruiting class.
Quintal, from Seattle, Washington, joins the Stallions after spending the last season with the Florida Eels in the USPHL Elite Division. With his family originally from Quebec, Canada, Quintal speaks both English and French, and has been skating for as long as he can remember.
Outside of the rink, he enjoys snowboarding and being outdoors, and in the future would like to work on electric motors and cars.
“The widely accomplished engineering program is what brings me to Western. I hope to continue developing as a person as well as a player and will aim to use my work ethic to set a good example for everyone,” said Quintal.
GM Scarpaci concludes, “Alex will be truly missed as he was a staple to the Florida Eels program for the past two seasons. We wish Alex the best at Western Michigan University not only in hockey but in his academic career. He will no doubt go on and make us proud.”
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