NY Aviators Taylor Commits to Northland College

By NY Aviators Staff 03/24/2018, 10:00am EDT


The New York Aviators are proud to announce that Jacob Taylor (Liberty, MO) has committed to NCAA Division III Northland College of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA).

In 39 games with the Aviators, Taylor netted 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points.  However it was his defensive play and physical presence that set him apart from the competition.

“Jacob definitely made his mark on our organization,” stated Head Coach Mike Stanaway. “His skating ability along with his physical style of play will allow him to be very successful in the NCHA.  We have a lot of players that play in that conference and without question he will have a great career with Northland.”   

For more information on the New York Aviators, please contact Head Coach Mike Stanaway at mikestanaway11@gmail.com or Chris Werstine at chris@aviatorsports.com.

Syracuse Stars Move to Adirondack Bank Center

By Syracuse Stars Staff 03/22/2018, 10:30pm EDT

Beginning in August 2018, three of the Syracuse Stars' teams will play out of the Adirondack Bank Center, located in Utica, NY. "We believe in the development model being used by Rob Esche and his staff for the Utica Jr. Comets. This is in line with the USPHL model of providing a roadmap from mites thru Juniors. To be in the same facility as a top collegiate program like Utica College and the American Hockey League's Utica Comets is unprecedented".


Besides the access to state of the art facilities, perhaps the largest benefit the players within the Stars program will see is in the additional resources. "The philosophy in Utica is to grow hockey at every level. This philosophy runs parallel with the Stars' mission, established in 1985. Its to pool resources and provide opportunities for every player and every coach to reach his or her potential. They are providing the opportunity for kids to stay home and play the highest level of hockey from the time they learn to skate until they play Juniors and beyond. This is something we are excited to be a small part of," commented Kirnan.

The official release from Utica Comets President, Robert Esche:

Syracuse Stars Junior & Midget Teams Relocating to Adirondack Bank Center


Utica Comets President Robert Esche announced today that Syracuse Stars will relocate three of their teams - USPHL NCDC (Tuition Free), Premier, and U-18 Tier 1 - to the Adirondack Bank Center for the 2018-19 season. The United States Premier Hockey League is the largest hockey league in the United States and places hundreds of players in the collegiate ranks each year.


Esche and Stars Owner Don Kirnan worked together to bring the three teams down the thruway to Utica, where they will add another layer of tenants to the historic home of the Comets, Utica College Pioneers, and Jr. Comets.


The Stars play in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), and participate in both regular season games, showcase tournaments, and playoffs. The regular season consists of approximately 60 games, split between home and away. Teams are located across the northeast, with players from all over the world.


The acquisition of the three Stars junior teams is another step forward for the partnership between the Comets and Stars, and a testament to the longstanding relationship between Esche and Kirnan. The two have known each other for over 20 years, when Esche was coached by Kirnan during his time playing with the Syracuse Stars Junior team. The Stars began partnering with the Jr. Comets last winter, when members of the Jr. Comets Peewee team traveled to Quebec City as part of the Syracuse Stars. The partnership continued up north to Quebec earlier this month. And for the Jr. Comets, the relocation of the Stars teams to Utica further aligns the players with the USPHL for their future hockey careers.


“In building the Stars program over 30 years, I feel totally confident that Rob Esche and Nicole Kirnan have the vision and experience to bring youth and junior hockey to the best place ever in Central New York,” said Don Kirnan.


“It’s always an honor when you can partner on the sport that you love with a leader like Don Kirnan,” said Esche. “This partnership is extremely exciting to me personally as it will not only bring kids from all over the world to be billeted in Utica but will also add another element of tutelage for the younger hockey players as well.”


Esche and Kirnan will spend the Spring and Summer organizing the transition of the teams from Syracuse to Utica. This will include scheduling of ice, allocating space at the Adirondack Bank Center, overall marketing efforts, community endeavors, and billeting needs. The Adirondack Bank Center is now home to hockey programs ranging all the way from Mites to Juniors to College to Professional.


Finally, the additional tenant at the Adirondack Bank Center could not have come at a more opportune time, as plans for the Nexus Center continue to move forward. The future of a tournament-based sports recreation facility shines much brighter with a

neighbor just next door housing all levels of hockey. The Adirondack Bank Center and Nexus Center can truly exist in a mutualistic fashion, possible primarily through the sport of hockey thriving and growing in downtown Utica.

Syracuse Stars' Tier 1 U-16 Tier 1 team will continue to play out of Syracuse.


Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Jr. Comets: www.uticajrcomets.com

Stars: www.syracusestars.com

Islanders Premier - Lyonnais Commits to Post University

By IHC Staff 03/22/2018, 10:15pm EDT


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North Andover, MA – The Islanders Hockey Club is proud to announce that Premier Defenseman Hunter Lyonnais has officially committed to the Post University Hockey Program for the fall of 2018.

Lyonnais a native of Lake Worth, FL has had an outstanding career with the IHC Program. Lyonnais had a fantastic final season with the IHC as he racked up 5 goals with 19 assists for 24 PTS in 40 regular season games followed up with 1 goal and 6 assists for 7 pts in 10 playoff games.

“He’s a very dynamic skater that loves to get up in the play on the rush and has great hands and sense for setting up goals especially on the power play.” Said IHC Premier Head Coach Tim Kyrkostas.  “I really enjoyed all the years that I have gotten to coach and work with Hunter, he was a player that played for me down in Florida and he followed me up to the IHC. Post is getting a player that I believe will continue to have success at the collegiate level based upon the tools that he has” Added Kyrkostas.

“Playing for the Islanders Hockey Club over the previous two years has helped me develop as a player and a person. I can’t thank everyone enough my time here has ultimately helped me achieve my goal of playing NCAA College Hockey. I would like to thank Coach Tim Kyrkostas, & Coach Peter Wallack and of course my Mom and Dad for helping me achieve my dream.” Said Lyonnais.

The Islanders Hockey Club would like to congratulate and wish Hunter and his family the best of luck with his collegiate career.The Islanders Hockey Club will be holding their first round of tryouts with their open camp April 20th – 22nd for more information please click on this link - https://islandersusphl.sportngin.com/register/form/589138725  

2017-2017 Minnesota Moose USPHL Premier Overall Record 43-7-2

By Mnnesota Moose Staff 03/21/2018, 9:15pm EDT

The inaugural season of the Minnesota Moose was a season to remember. With an ownership group intent on making a splash in Blaine, Minnesota, the franchise made sure home games were a thing to attend. Not just by winning the home games, but having giveaways during games and fun games for the kids. The Moose have set the foundation for a successful run in Blaine and a name to remember in tier 3 junior hockey. Let's take a look at the ultra impressive first season of the Minnesota Moose:

The first victory for the franchise came on their very first game. September 17th, 2017 the Moose met the Minnesota Mullets in Blaine and defeated them, 4-2. The first winning streak starting on October 6th and lasted for five games. Part of that winning streak included the first ever showcase for the Moose. They ended up going 3-1 in the four games in Illinois. The Moose went on another winning streak after the one loss in the showcase, this time an eight game win streak. The Moose would finish 2017 with eight more wins including an undefeated second showcase. 

The new year of 2018 started with another showcase, this time in Boston. This time the Moose went 2-2 in their first ever trip to Boston, but it would not end up being their last trip. The Moose finished the regular season with 11 straight wins and earned themselves a regular season title in the Midwest West division. The Moose finished with a 37-5-2 record and showed a real knack for the net, scoring 43 more goals than any other team in the Midwest West division.  That set the stage for the  franchise  hosting their very first playoff series as a number one seed. The Moose had been chasing the Minnesota Blue Ox in the standings for most of the year, but were able to catch them. 

The playoffs were a success with a sweep of the Dells Ducks in the first round and the Minnesota Mullets in the second round. The Moose gave up just three goals in those four playoff games.  That meant the Moose were off to Boston along with the Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings to face the best of the best the Premier division of the USPHL. 

The Moose were victorious in the first game, defeating the Northern Cyclones 7-5. The next game wasn't as memorable as the New Jersey Rockets gave the Moose a wake up call, beating them 7-1. The Moose bounced back to win their next playoff game, 4-1, over the Tampa Bay Juniors. That win placed them in a semi-final match up with the defending champions, the Charlotte Rush. The Moose would fall short, losing 5-2 to Charlotte. There was nothing to hang their heads about as the Moose were the only first year franchise in the entire playoffs. 

The Moose also moved three players on to the next level as captains Dylan Gast and Riley Keays accepted offers to play college hockey next season, along with 1998 forward Matej Krasny, the Moose will have at least 5 more college commitments before June. Head coach Jon Jonasson and assistant coach Blake Mendenhall far surpassed expectations for the 2017-2018 Inagural season.

Now Fogerty Arena in Blaine will not be known just for hosting high school hockey, but for high level junior hockey as well. 

If your interested in playing for the Moose for the 2018-2019 season or on the Moose tournament teams this summer please contact Assistant Coach Blake Mendenhall at (907)317-5568 or b.mendenhall49@gmail.com or visit www.minnesotamoosehockey.com 

MCHC Announces Big Changes

By MCHC Staff 03/20/2018, 9:45pm EDT

UPSHL Midwest’s Motor City Rebrands, Signs New Rink Affiliation and is Joined by Red Wings Alumni to Fill Development Positions

Team Moves to Troy Sports Center, Welcomes Bertuzzi to
Player Development Post

March 19, 2018 – TROY, Mich – After the team’s first trip to the USPHL Premier Hockey Nationals in Boston, the Motor City Hawks have come home to announce a new rink, a new brand and some huge additions to its coaching and consulting staff for the 2018-19 season.

The Hawks have shed the Chicago Black Hawks logo and name to become the Motor City Hockey Club (MCHC), better affiliating with the Detroit area and the team’s heritage.  The team also announced it will move from Fraser Hockeyland to the Troy Sports Center beginning with 2018-19 tryouts on April 21 and 22. MCHC sees the move to Troy as a means of showcasing a state of the art facility that has a long history of hosting national-level tournaments and a more centralized Detroit area location to draw local talent to the team.

Solidifying head coach Jason McCrimmon’s relationship with the city and Detroit Red Wings alumni, the team has added former Red Wing, Todd Bertuzzi as Director of Player Development and will join the team on the ice during practice sessions this season.   Bertuzzi finished his NHL career with the Red Wings in the 2013-14 season and has remained in the Detroit area after a career which saw him play on the Canadian Olympic team and a first team All Star nod while with the Vancouver Canucks. “Todd and I have developed a great relationship over the past few years and he jumped at the chance to help MCHC with our player development,” said McCrimmon. “He has a real passion for helping kids get to the next level of hockey.”  

The team also announced that Mickey Redmond, a former Red Wing 50-goal scorer and award winning broadcaster and Trevor Thompson, a reporter and anchor with Fox Sports Detroit will serve as team consultants this season, helping Motor City establish added visibility in the community as well as with opportunities for MCHC players to move on to either higher leagues or colleges.  The Motor City Hawks and the former Monarchs have been leaders in both the MWJHL and USPHL in sending players to college hockey programs.

“These moves we’re announcing have been in the works for months and we’re so excited to enter next season with a new brand, new rink and some great Red Wing alumni additions,” said MCHC General Manager Mark Gilman. “Reaching the USPHL Finals in our first year in the Premier Division was a great accomplishment for us, but we also felt we hadn’t reached our full potential in league performance and player movement to colleges.”

A featured part of the MCHC team hitting the ground early and running into the 2018-19 season, the team also announced that feature sponsors, JJ Curran Crane Company and Affinity Electronics, Inc. have already renewed their commitment to the team.

The Motor City Hockey team will be hosting tryouts at the Troy Sports Center on Saturday, April 21 (2:15 to 4:15 pm) and Sunday, April 22 (12:10 to 2:10 pm) for the 2018-19 season. Cost for participation is $125 for the weekend.


Hampton Roads Whalers Win USPHL Elite and Premier National Championship!

By Hampton Road Whalers Staff 03/17/2018, 9:00pm EDT

Hampton Roads Whalers Win USPHL Elite and Premier National Championship!

The Florida Eels are honored to announce our 7th College Commitment this season A huge congratulation goes out to Brian Kozek as he commits to Framingham State University.  He is no doubt one of the Florida Eels top academic students. He had many NCAA Div. III options. He was honored to have been recruited by so many well-known and respected college coaches from some very prestigious colleges and universities.  No doubt FSU loves what they saw in him both from a tangible and intangible basis. 


Kozek is from Chicago, IL. He has been with our Eels Junior program for 4 years. He is a model for USPHL and the Florida Eels player development.  Initially he played for the Eels Empire team, then the USP3 team, then the Elite team and this year our Premier team. It was all about developing his skill set and getting him ready for college hockey. This season he was voted as team Captain as he was also Captain on his USP3 team and assistant Captain on the Elite team. He did an incredible job with leadership responsibilities on each team he was on. 


Florida Eels General Manager Scarpaci says: 

“Brian Kozek has great vision on the ice. He has tremendous passion and is one of the most dedicated and determined young men who ever laced up a pair of skates for the Eels. He has one of the best work ethic I have ever seen in a player.    He arrives at practice a minimum of 1 hour before anyone else and remained an extra hour shooting 150 pucks each day 5 days a week. This is a very dedicated and determined individual. He realizes in order to make it in life you can’t just put in your time. He works on all of the little things in his game during his down time. These are the ingredients of a successful individual in life whether as hockey player, lawyer, businessman or any craft. That is what makes him so special. I strongly believe he will go far in life. He will excel at anything he does.” 


 He is a great character young man who comes from extremely loving and supportive parents:    Anne and Mike Kozek, who were supportive in every way to facilitate and allow their son to reach and realize his dreams and goals of advancing to the Next Level: College Hockey. In fact, Mrs. Kozek moved to Florida and billeted numerous Eels Junior players over the past 4 seasons and has been real surrogate mom to our players, and has had a major impact on their lives.  The Kozek’s have been dedicated volunteers with the Eels program.


 Eels Premier coach, Frankie Scarpaci noted in his player profile and scouting report:


This Eels veteran has a big leadership role.  A big physical defenseman that plays in all 3 zones. A guy you want in the trenches with you in big games. As a defenseman, he makes excellent first passes out that college coaches look for.   He battles extremely hard in front of his net. He plays like he has deeded rights to the crease. Also, a monster on the boards.   Possess excellent gap control.  Block shots. In addition to his defensive skill, he has excellent offensive abilities. Indeed, he is the lead leading goal scorer for a defenseman.   He has a hard-heavy shot from the blueline that gets through traffic. On the powerplay and regular shift.    He gets sticks in lanes on the penalty kill. This season like in his previous seasons with the Eels, Brian was selected by a panel of coaches to the league’s All Star Team.


Kozek is looking forward to becoming a FSU Ram and playing for Coach Guy Angers. FSU plays in the prestigious Massachusetts state college league MASCAC.  Brian will be playing against Plymouth State, Salem State, Worcester State University,  Fitchburg State, Westfield State, and the University of Mass Dartmouth.  Coach Angers has been coaching for over 8 years at FSU.  He is building a strong program that his players and the University can be proud of. Kozek is use to a coach like Coach Angers who brings enormous passion, excitement and creativity to a team.  Brian is excited as well as he is joining 2 former Eels teammates: Goalie Nolan Greene and forward Michael Gennello who play for the FSU men’s hockey program. 


We wish the best of luck to Brian. There is no doubt that he will make us all proud in his endeavors and studies at college.

Premier Forward Jake Ratcliffe Commits to Westfield State University

By South Shore Kings Staff 03/16/2018, 6:30pm EDT

South Shore Kings Premier forward Jake Ratcliffe has committed to NCAA Division III Westfield State University for the fall of 2018.

 Ratcliffe, from Auckland, New Zealand began his junior career with the Kings in 2016-2017.

In his first season with the Kings, Ratcliffe helped the Kings to a 37-7 record, appearing in 43 games tallying 22 goals and 32 assists. This season, Ratcliffe was elected captian by his teammates. In 39 games played, he had a 20-38-58 line.

Ratcliffe will be playing for his home country in the 2018 World Championships (Division II Group B). This will be held April 14th-20th in Granada, Spain. This will be his third time playing for New Zealand in the World Championships.

Ratcliffe on his commitment "I'm very excited to continue my hockey career at Westfield State University. I'd like to thank the entire South Shore Kings coaching staff for the opporunity they gave me. This opportunity would not have been possible without the development I recieved playing for the Kings."

"Jake leads by example on and off the ice. His commitment and attention to detail over the past two seasons is why he has an opportunity to continue his hockey career at Westfield State University", head coach Dan Panciocco.

Congratulations to Jake and his family!