The United States Premier Hockey League (“USPHL”) is pleased to announce the integration of the USPHL High Performance Youth Organizations’ squirt minor to bantam major teams into the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (“EJ”) starting in the fall of 2020.
Under the direction of EJ Commissioner Henry Lazar, the EJ will maintain its name and current structure along with its multi-level, multi member divisions and will add a new Platinum Division to accommodate the USPHL High Performance Teams. The mechanics of the EJ are planned to be as follows:
The EJ Platinum Division will play a 20-game league schedule that will include playing each division
member a minimum of two times. The structure includes participation in two EJ Showcases on August and
October Weekends to facilitate a more efficient travel schedule and allow an opportunity to possibly play
other non EJ teams.
Team Placements for competition for all other USPHL youth teams will be based on comparable rankings
and a review by the EJ League Office. These EJ Divisions will maintain the EJ’s current 16-league
schedule mechanics which includes participation in two showcases.
EJ Playoffs will occur on Super Bowl weekend with the EJ Platinum Division having a separate playoff
weekend in late February.
The EJ will continue its tradition of a year-end All-Star Event for the Diamond and Platinum Youth
Divisions. All USPHL players playing in these EJ Divisions are eligible to be selected for the EJ All-Star
The USPHL teams participating in the inaugural USPHL/EJ Season include the following 12 organizations
competing at with various teams at levels from Squirt through Bantam (U14).
Philadelphia Hockey Club
New Jersey Rockets
Jersey Shore Whalers
Palmyra Black Knights
Hartford Jr. Wolfpack
Connecticut Junior Rangers
New York Aviators
Wolverine Hockey Club
Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
Applications to participate in the EJ are still being accepted for the 2020-2021 season. Please contact EJ
Commissioner Henry Lazar or visit the EJ website at EJEPL.net.
Please visit the USPHL website at www.usphl.com or the member organizations for specific information regarding
team registration and tryout process.
The Ice Vault in Wayne, N.J., was busy morning, noon and night the weekend of Feb. 29 and March 1, 2020, with the 2020 EHF South Championships.
On the Sunday, March 1, six new champions were crowned in birth years ranging from 2010 (Squirt Minor) to 2005 (Bantam Major).
• 2010 Squirt Minor: The Rockets Hockey Club defeated the Connecticut Jr. Rangers, 7-4.
• 2009 Squirt Major: P.A.L. Jr. Islanders beat the Philadelphia Hockey Club, 5-2.
• 2008 Peewee Minor: CP Dynamo beat the Philadelphia Hockey Club, 5-3.
• 2007 Peewee Major: Connecticut Jr. Rangers defeated the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, 4-0.
• 2006 Bantam Minor: CP Dynamo won by an 8-4 score against the Wolverines Hockey Club.
• 2005 Bantam Major: Connecticut Jr. Rangers beat the Rockets Hockey Club, 2-1, in triple overtime. Sam Tsao scored the big winner.
The United States Premier Hockey League, and its tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference, are proud to announce their 2020 NCDC Combines, set to take place in Detroit, Mich. (April 10-11) and Chicago, Ill. (May 1-2).
These Combines will feature guaranteed scouting opportunities by coaches from the USPHL’s Tier-2 tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference, along with additional scouting opportunities with other USPHL teams.
Players born between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2004, will be eligible.
Registration costs only $79 for each Combine. The USPHL is dedicated to providing a great value to prospective players to show their skills in front of NCDC coaches and begin new relationships.
Players will be guaranteed a minimum of three scrimmage games, and there will be goaltender-specific training sessions at each event. There will also be an informational seminar about the United States Premier Hockey League and its unparalleled USPHL Development Model.
The NCDC Detroit Combine (April 10-11) will be held at Fraser Hockeyland at 34400 Utica Road, Fraser, Mich., in the northern suburbs of Detroit, Mich. It is just over 30 minutes drive from Detroit Wayne County Airport. Players can stay at the Hampton Inn Detroit/Roseville (33680 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Township, MI 48035) with a special room rate. The Hampton Inn is eight minutes drive from Fraser Hockeyland.
Register for the 2020 NCDC Detroit Combine (Forwards and Defense slots available) :
The NCDC Chicago Combine (May 1-2) will be held at the Fifth Third Arena at 1801 West Jackson Blvd., in Chicago, Ill. Fifth Third Arena is the practice facility for the Chicago Blackhawks. Located in downtown Chicago, it is just over 30 minutes drive from O’Hare International Airport, and under 30 minutes from Chicago Midway International Airport. There are countless lodging options in the Chicagoland area, all within a short drive of Fifth Third Arena.
Register for the 2020 NCDC Chicago Combine (Forwards and Defense slots available):
Invitations to NCDC tryout camps for the 2020-21 season will be offered to select players from each Combine. The NCDC Draft will be held on May 15, and NCDC teams will be scouting players for potential selections in that event to be held less than two weeks after the Chicago Combine.
The cost for each three-day combine is $79, with a three-game guarantee as well as off-ice activities, and player evaluations.
Also included: jersey, accredited on-ice officials, and medical staff on site.
There will also be a Q&A/information seminar during each Combine, where players and their parents, if in attendance, can ask questions directly of NCDC coaches and USPHL league officials.
The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, are providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on-and off-ice recruiting opportunity for players from throughout the United States. Sign up today, as registration will be limited.
About the NCDC
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, Philadelphia 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 2019-20 season. This included individual season-ending award-winners from multiple NCAA Division 1 conferences.
More than 100 players committed to college hockey out of the 2018-19 NCDC season alone, and more than 30 of those players advanced to NCAA Division 1 institutions from what was then a 12-team league.
USPHL alumni currently skating in the NHL include players such as Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, Brian Dumoulin, Jimmy Vesey and Trevor vanRiemsdyk.
It’s only October, but the Jersey Hitmen Bantam Major team has already checked off a very big box - EHF Invitational Champions!
Facing stiff competition, the Hitmen reeled off three straight wins to blitz their way to the coveted title.
The Hitmen began play on Saturday morning with an 8-2 win over the Islanders Hockey Club. Forward Colin Watson led the way with a hat trick and one assist.
Forward Ty Oller recorded two goals and one assist, forward Cory Robinson had a goal and one assist, forward Erik Bjornson had a goal and two assists and forward Tommy Scully also recorded a goal. Goalie Daniel Dmitrievsky earned the victory in net making 11 saves.
Up next, the Hitmen squared off against a very good Connecticut Jr. Huskies squad. The game ended in a 2-2 tie with defenseman Kenny Kalman and Forward Braeden Guiterman lighting the lamp. Goalie Justinas Sanders was excellent in net turning aside 28 shots.
The Bantam Major team would fall short in their third contest of the weekend, losing 4-2 to a very talented Minutemen Flames team. After trailing 2-0 early, the Hitmen rallied and tied the game at two (goals by Watson and defenseman Ethan Leja) late in the second period but they couldn’t hold off the Flames who would tack on two more goals before the final horn would sound.
Needing a victory in their final round robin game, the boys in blue delivered with a 6-3 win over the Boston Jr. Terriers. Dmitrievsky and Sanders split the game making 20 saves on their way to the victory. Goals scored by defenseman Owen Waivada, forward Josh Shpungin, forward Jake Rosolanko, Bjornson, Scully and Oller.
After earning the fourth seed, the Hitmen were matched up against the top-seeded Minutemen Flames. In a back and forth battle, it was the pack mentality that prevailed as the Hitmen took care of business with a 5-4 hard earned win.
Watson recorded his second hat trick of the weekend with two unbelievable cannons and a huge wolfpack goal. Oller and Rosolanko also tallied goals in the victory. Sanders was up to the task in net, earning the victory by making 39 saves.
In the championship game, the Hitmen took on the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes. It was the Canes who struck first but it wasn’t long before the Hitmen answered back with a PP goal by Robinson. The Hitmen took the lead in the middle of the third off a 2 on 1 rush. Rosolanko made a beautiful pass to Watson who ripped one top shelf.
The Hitmen had to kill off a 6 on 4 late to preserve the victory and earn them their first championship banner on the young season!
Notables: While Watson led the team in points for the weekend, it was a total team effort with each forward recording at least one goal and multiple points - Oller, Robinson, Rosolanko, Bjornson, Scully, Guiterman and Sphungin all finding the scoresheet. Defensemen Kalman, Leja and Waivada tallied goals while Kelmer and St. Pierre recorded assists and played excellent defense. Andrew Chanfrau was the ultimate team player this weekend, finding himself doing double duty as a Forward and Defenseman. Chanfrau played a key role in the victories by providing offense and playing great shut down defense.
The United States Premier Hockey League and Eastern Hockey Federation congratulate its Member Organizations' three alumni who were selected in the First Round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Trevor Zegras was selected Ninth Overall by the Anaheim Ducks. Zegras is a former Mid-Fairfield Jr. Ranger, who are members of the EHF Selects and EHF.
Also a former Mid-Fairfield player was Spencer Knight, a goalie who was drafted 13th overall by the Florida Panthers.
Zegras, 18, scored 26 goals and had 61 assists in 60 games played for the U.S. National Under-18 team this season. The 6-foot, 174-pound Bedford, N.Y., native is headed to Boston University next season.
Knight had a 2.36 GAA in 33 games with the USA 18U team and a 2.21 GAA in 16 games with the U.S. NTDP Junior team. He will also attend Boston College next season.
Just prior to Knight, however, the Minnesota Wild selected former Boston Jr. Eagle, Cape Cod Whaler, South Shore King and Providence Hockey Club member Matthew Boldy.
Boldy spent the past season playing for the USA 18U team and had 33 goals and 41 assists in 81 games played. Boldy will play for Boston College next season.
Congratulations to all three of these players with USPHL/EHF ties, and best of luck to all those who received Final Rankings by NHL Central Scouting for Rounds 2-7.
The United States Premier Hockey League wishes the best of luck to all of its USPHL Member Organizations’ alumni who received Final Rankings for tonight’s NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver.
The First Round (picks 1-31) begins at 8 p.m. EST and will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
Rounds 2-7 will take place on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. EST. and will be televised on NHL Network.
The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to see that more than 20 of its current players and organizations’ alumni were ranked ahead of the NHL Entry Draft.
(Final Ranking. Name)
6. Trevor Zegras
Zegras played for the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers 16U team, currently in the EHF Selects Division, in 2016-17. He also played for the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers youth teams, currently members of the Eastern Hockey Federation.
Selected 9th Overall by Anaheim
9. Matthew Boldy
Boldy played for the Cape Cod Whalers 16U team, current members of the EHF Selects Division, in 2016-17. He also previously played with the South Shore Kings and Boston Jr. Eagles.
Selected 12th overall by Minnesota
28. Shane Pinto - Former Selects Academy (USPHL 16U/18U); and former New York Aviators Midget player.
35. John Farinacci - Boston Jr. Eagles (EHF Selects).
39. Henry Thrun - Former Minuteman Flame (Eastern Hockey Federation)
40. Braden Doyle - Little Bruins (EHF Selects) / Junior Bruins (NCDC)
48. Jayden Struble - Boston Jr. Eagles, Cape Cod Whalers (EHF Selects)
68. Dominick Fensore - Former P.A.L. Jr. Islanders USPHL 16U (2016-17)
70. Zachary Jones - Former Selects Academy USPHL 16U and 18U (2015-18); former Richmond Generals Midget player.
78. Ethan Phillips - South Kent Selects Academy (USPHL 18U).
83. Tyce Thompson - Former P.A.L. Jr. Islanders (EHF South)
87. Cade Webber - Little Bruins (EHF Selects) / Junior Bruins (NCDC)
88. Cooper Moore - Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers 18U (EHF Selects)
116. Ryan Siedem - Former Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers 16U (2016-17)
131. Tomas Mazura - Top Gun/NEFPL (EHF Selects)
134. Marc Del Gaizo - Former N.J. Rockets (EHF South)
139. Ben Meehan - Boston Jr. Eagles (EHF Selects), former Cape Cod Whaler.
144. Arlo Merritt - GBL Jr. Bruins (EHF Selects)
173. Cade Alami - Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers 18U (EHF Selects)
163. Malik Alishlalov - Connecticut Jr. Rangers (USPHL 16U, 2016-17)
210. Parker Ford - Former South Kent Selects Academy (USPHL 16U/18U, 2015-17)
211. Alex Steeves - Former N.H. Jr. Monarchs (USPHL 16U/18U, 2014-15)
1. Spencer Knight - Former Mid-Fairfield Jr. Ranger
Selected 13th overall by Florida Panthers.
29. Derek Mullahy - Boston Jr. Eagles (EHF Selects)
The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) congratulates former Islanders Hockey Club standout Zach Sanford for winning his – and the St. Louis Blues' – first-ever Stanley Cup Championship on Wednesday, June 12.
The Blues dominated the Boston Bruins, 4-1, in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final for their first title in the franchise's 52-year history.
For the fourth time this series, Sanford found himself on the stat sheet with one point, this time finding the back of the net late in the third period extend St. Louis' lead, 4-0, and seal their storybook ending.
Forward Brady Berard of the South Shore Kings, proud member of the Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF) and United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), announced on Friday his commitment to playing his collegiate career at Providence College, an NCAA Division I program.