The EHF Selects dominated the Boston Junior Bruins Shootout this past weekend going 14-2-2 overall against teams from the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League.
“I think this showing proved to others what we already know, and that’s that this league is one of the best in the country,” said GBL Bruins General Manager Pat Bohan. “The high end talent and level of play is on display every weekend, and this past weekend, we saw how good it is compared to other leagues. This was a great performance for the EHF Selects.”
The Cape Cod Whalers 18U went 3-0 with wins over Victory Honda (5-4), Belle Tire (3-1), and Fox Motors (5-3).
The Cape Cod Whalers 16U won 4-2 over Belle Tire, 5-1 over Fox Motors, 5-4 over the Chicago Fury and tied Victory Honda 4-4.
"The event was a great opportunity for us to play some of the top teams from the Midwest, watch their style of play and systems,” said the Whalers’ Executive Director Rick Coan. “The Whalers are continually looking to challenge our players and provide the optimum exposure. The BJB Shootout and the EHF Selects league are certainly making that happen."
The Boston Junior Eagles 18U went 1-0-1 as they beat Victory Honda 6-2 and tied Belle Tire 1-1. The Boston Junior Eagles 16U beat the Chicago Fury 5-0.
The Eastern Mass Senators 18U beat Fox Motors 5-1. The Eastern Mass Senators 16U lost to Belle Tire 5-1 and 3-1 to Victory Honda.
The GBL Junior Bruins 18U posted a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Jr. Barons and a 4-1 win over the L.A. Jr. Kings. The GBL Bruins 16U team also got a 5-0 win over the Cleveland Jr. Barons.
The Little Bruins earned a 9-1 win over Belle Tire and a 7-0 win over the L.A. Jr. Kings.
The Boston Junior Bruins officially unveiled their 2018-19 Dineen Cup Championship banner on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The banner recognizes their National Collegiate Development Conference title won on April 1, 2019, a 2-1 series victory against the Connecticut Jr. Rangers.
It was prior to their Saturday game against the Rangers that the Junior Bruins recognized their current and former players who were part of the championship team.
"No championship series, no championship title, is ever won easily. It comes with battling, through perseverance, hard work and continuous effort," said Dan Kmiechick, host of The Dan K Show, the USPHL's Official Broadcasting Team.
"Down a game in their championship series, and with the leadership of head coach Mike Anderson, the Junior Bruins found a way to the Dineen Cup title," added Dan K.
With that, the attention was turned to the catwalk just above the Junior Bruins' goal, where former Junior Bruins Jamie Armstrong (currently with Boston University) and Casey Carreau (with Boston College) pulled a rope to unveil the championship banner.
Current members of the 2019-20 Junior Bruins NCDC team who were part of the championship team included:
Ryan Lovett (Dartmouth commit)
Zach Pellegrino (Bentley commit)
Johnny Mulera (UConn commit)
Nik Allain (Yale commit)
Michael Brown (Merrimack commit)
Congratulations to all of these Junior Bruins, and all members of the 2018-19 Junior Bruins for capturing the Dineen Cup.
The Boston Junior Bruins Shootout (running Friday through Monday, Sept. 20-23) is a rite of fall every year.
For some USPHL teams, it is the setting for their first league games of the season.
For others, it is a test of their skills against teams against teams they may be unfamiliar with, but with whom they share real estate at or near the top of the national Midget rankings.
As for the host Boston Junior Bruins, it not only brings their NCDC home opener but the chance to unveil their 2019 Dineen Cup Championship Banner.
Indeed, prior to their Dineen Cup Finals rematch against the Connecticut Jr. Rangers at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Junior Bruins will unveil their championship banner in a ceremony that will include an appearance by the USPHL’s Official Broadcasting Team, The Dan K Show.
Former Junior Bruins now playing college hockey - exact personnel still to be announced - will unveil the banner.
The Junior Bruins vs. Rangers game will be one of 13 NCDC league games to be played over the course of the showcase. Nine of the 13 NCDC teams will be in action over the weekend.
Additionally, there will be regular season USPHL Premier
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The first USPHL Showcase Series event featuring USPHL junior teams hit the ice at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Mass. (as well as other nearby rinks.
Every day provided fast, exciting hockey featuring teams from 15U all the way up to the NCDC.
It was, of course, the Boston Junior Bruins Shootout.
The annual event is often a first look for many college scouts at the amazing array of junior and Midget talent that the USPHL has to offer. The Junior Bruins also invite high-level non-league teams to test their mettle against the USPHL's best.
Out of the EHF Selects, it was the Cape Cod Whalers 16U squad defeating the Selects Academy at South Kent School's 15U team in the Sunday afternoon final.
"This tournament's a real high-end tournament, and all the best teams are here," said Whalers forward Brendan Dumas. He scored the game-and tournament-winner in the 2-1 final, and talked about his team's win on the EHF Selects Facebook page. "We just come here, work hard, have fun and we ended up with the win."
The Whalers defeated the USPHL's Skipjacks Hockey Club and Springfield Pics, and the EHF Selects' Mid-Fairfield Rangers. That 3-0 run put them into the playoffs, where they beat the Eastern Mass. Senators (EHF Selects) and Selects Academy 16U (USPHL 16U Affiliate members) to reach the 30-minute final against the Selects Academy 15U squad.
Speaking of Selects Academy, their 18U team defeated fellow 18U Affiliate members Newbridge Academy to start their showcase run. After a defeat against the USPHL's full-season P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 18U team, they went back to winning ways against the EHF Selects Boston Jr. Eagles to reach the playoffs.
In the playoffs, they first defeated the USPHL 18U's Jersey Shore Whalers and the EHF Selects' Mid-Fairfield Rangers. In the final, they picked up the title win over the Boston Junior Bruins' full-season 18U squad.
The National Collegiate Development Conference's first weekend started out with 10 teams going 1-1. That early parity fell away a little bit to reveal some early power brokers - the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, New Jersey Rockets and Junior Bruins all went 3-0 overall. They joined the Hitmen, who went 2-0 the first weekend and 2-1 at the showcase, to set four teams tied for first in the league at 4-1 apiece.
The South Shore Kings emerged as the top team in the Premier Division, going 4-0 for the weekend. With that, they stood shoulder to shoulder as one of nine Premier Division teams that haven't lost a game yet after multiple contests.
The Elite Division only featured a handful of teams, but the Boston Bandits had the best performance there. They went 3-0-1 and were one of just three Elite teams without a regulation loss this season after multiple games.
The Premier and Elite teams out of the Southeast and Florida Divisions take the showcase spotlight next. The Southeast Showcase runs from Sept. 27-30 at the Xtreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C., just outside of Charlotte.
The next Showcase Series event for the NCDC and Midget divisions is the New Jersey Hitmen Classic, with games running Oct. 4-8. and featuring USPHL teams from the NCDC, 18U and 16U Divisions. The majority of games take place at the Ice Vault in Wayne, N.J., with additional games being played in Little Falls, N.J.
This event, based largely at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Mass., runs from Friday through Monday, Sept. 21-24. The Shootout also uses five other Central and Eastern Mass. rinks, including NCAA Division 1 ice sheets at Bentley University and College of the Holy Cross.
The Shootout features the first league-wide gathering of National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) teams of each new season, with league games being played between teams with otherwise long bus rides between their home bases.
USPHL Premier and Elite teams from the Northeast and New England divisions also play league games.
USPHL full-season U18 and U16 teams, as well as split-season EHF Selects teams, play as part of a tournament format with championship games being played on Sunday.
A BJB Shootout record of eight rinks at the New England Sports Center will be utilized.