The United States Premier Hockey League (“USPHL”) and the Eastern Hockey Federation (“EHF”) have agreed to merge operations (the “Merger”) into the USPHL to form the nation’s largest amateur hockey league. The EHF will maintain its name and current 11 team Elite structure along with its multi-level, multi member Tier 1 divisions under the USPHL umbrella. The new combination will also allow the EHF Selects Midget Division to create a one of a kind competitive schedule with the USPHL’s most competitive full season Midget teams to provide unmatched exposure to NCAA hockey programs for young aspiring hockey players.
The USPHL and EHF organizations have each developed a complete player development model where, for the 2018/2019 season, boys will train, compete and enjoy the sport of ice hockey within their respective age group at the right competitive level. These programs go beyond the on-ice experience to include education, leadership and community service components to help foster a complete student-athlete. Upon completion of this process, the USPHL membership will consist of over 100-member organizations with 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20 and having a geographic reach that spans the complete Eastern Seaboard and expands west as far as Wisconsin.
The Merger of the EHF into the USPHL will be completed over the summer and will commence competition in September of 2018. Please visit the USPHL website at www.usphl.com or the EHF website at www.fedhockey.com for more information regarding member teams and further announcements.
Boston, MA - The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to announce the 2018-19 National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) Entry Draft to be held on Wednesday, May 16; three days after the conclusion of the USPHL Spring Showcase in Marlborough. The NCDC Entry Draft will be a twelve-round draft which will allow NCDC organizations an equal opportunity to build their teams with star players competing in North America and Europe.
Congratulations to 1997-born forward, Thomas Dyreng on his commitment to Becker College for the fall of 2018!
The Northern Cyclones USPHL Elite team is proud to announce their 1st college commitment of the 2017-2018 season. Thomas Dyreng has committed to Becker College in Worcester, MA. This is also the 13th college commitment for the Cyclones Premier / Elite teams for the 2017-2018 season. The 1997-born forward came to the Cyclones two years ago from San Jose, CA after a successful high school career. In year one with the Cyclones, Dryeng fought for playing time for most of the season and earned his opportuntiy to play in 34 of the 44 league games. He finished his first season with a stat line of 3-2-5.
With Thomas expected to return this past season, the coaching staff made sure he knew what the expectations were. The staff wanted to see Dyreng improve his skating, get stronger and make a jump to be more productive. The staff always made it clear to Thomas that the expectation was for him to get an opportunity with the premier team.
When the team reported back in early September, Thomas proved to the coaching staff that he made the improvements during the off-season. Thomas was stronger, faster, and ready to make an impact from day one.
This past season, Thomas was named captain of the USPHL Elite team for his leadership on and off the ice. He also practiced every day with the USPHL Premier team and also saw some game action. He had a stat line of 27-42-69 in 47 USPHL Elite games. Thomas is considered a two-way forward who competes on every shift and has the ability to make plays consistently. He is player who will do everything he can for the player sitting next to him.
Becker College is a private university in Worcester, MA and they compete in one of the toughest Division 3 conferences in the nation, the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Becker went 3-15-0 in conference and 5-18-1 overall this past season. Becker will be expecting Thomas to have an impact right away, like he did for the Cyclones.
The Northern Cyclones would like to congratulate Thomas and his family on this great accomplishment and wish them the best of luck in the future
Dineen Cup Champs IHC NCDC announce tryout camps!
The two-time defending Dineen Cup Champions, the Islanders Hockey Club, are proud to announce this spring and summers tryout process for the upcoming 2018-19 season. The first step is attending the April 21 & 22 Pre-Draft Camp, which will allow players to be seen by all three IHC Jr Team Coaches (NCDC, Premier, & Elite). Players can also contact GM/Head Coach Sean Tremblay to play on one of two teams in the May 11-13 USPHL Spring Showcase by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for the April 21 & 22 Tryout please go to https://www.islandersusphl.com and click the Tryout Registration button located on the right hand side of the home page.
“The April Camp is the first step in our process in evaluating players for next year’s team,” stated GM/Head Coach Sean Tremblay. “Last year we identified a good number of players who made this past season’s NCDC team, as well as others who made our premier and elite teams. All three teams made it to their respective Division Championship event and we are looking to do the same starting April 21!”
Islanders Hockey Club
NCDC PreDraft/Premier/Elite/U18/U16 Camp
May 11-13 - USPHL Spring Showcase
IHC will be bringing 2 Jr Teams (open to 98-02’s)
NESC, Marlboro, MA
May 16 – NCDC Entry Draft, 12 rounds
July 10-12 into July 13-15
NCDC Main Camp
Main Camp (open camp for 98’s – 03’s) July 10-12, the top 40 players (24 F, 12 D, 4 G) will be selected to play in the Summer Showcase July 13-15
$350, plus $175 if you make it to the Summer Showcase
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
Florida Eels Elite Captain Sean Doyle Commits to Concordia University ACHA Division II
The Florida Eels are proud to announce that Sean Doyle has committed to Concordia University Wisconsin and will be playing for its ACHA Division II hockey program. Sean is the Eels 8th college commitment for this season. In fact, Sean Doyle is the Florida Eels 5th Florida Eel player to attend CUW and play for its ice hockey program. Eels alumni include Jari Sanders (former Captain of the Falcons), Joel Stevenson and Eels Premier team head coach Frankie Scarpaci all played for CUW NCAA Division 3 Falcons. Vyctoria Smith currently plays for CUW’s women’s team.
Doyle is a native of Naples Florida. Sean has been an Eels his entire playing career. He played his youth hockey right here in Ft Myers at the Ft Myers Skatium as a peewee bantam and midget. He is an excellent example of Florida Eels player development model. He is a gifted athlete who plays multiple sports including lacrosse. Sean was elected team Captain of the Eels Elite team this season by his peers and coaches. He showed strong leadership skills both on and off the ice. General Manager Frank Scarpaci noted that he counted on Doyle to be his right-hand guy in a myriad of responsibilities including organizing team meetings, setting up team video analysis sessions, and assisting with the Hockey/Fast Hockey operations of weekly broadcasting of Premier and Elite games. He will for sure be missed next season.
SCOUTING REPORT From Head Coach of the Premier Team Frankie Scarpaci:
Sean Doyle is a solid defenseman. He is 5’09’ 180 pounds. Shoots left. Sean was leader on our Defensive-core. Sean is a very talented multi-sport athlete, which transitions nicely on the ice. You can see this from his movement on the ice. – an example of a true athlete. Sean has good vision and good hockey sense. He makes clean smart veteran first passes out. He battles extremely hard in front of the net and along the boards wearing down opposing forwards. He is smart and protects the defensive zone first. Very good in all 3 zones. Outstanding one-on-one and very good gap on zone entries. He has a very hard shot from the point. Solid on special teams both power play and penalty kill. Very knowledgeable of the game and makes a strong captain in communicating and advocating with the officials.
General Manager Scarpaci comments, “Doyle has a very strong work ethic. He is one of the most dedicated and determined young men on our Elite team this season. To improve his game, he stayed an extra 1 ½ hours each day shooting 150 pucks. He volunteered as a coach in the rink’s house rec league giving back to the game and you can see how these extra things enhanced the knowledge of the game and his abilities on the ice. He is an impassioned young man. Strong will to win. He also worked part time 20+ hours per week while also attending college part time throughout the season.
This is a high character young man echoes GM Scarpaci, who has strong integrity and this will follow him into college. He is extremely excited about the opportunities ahead of him at CUW. In addition to his passion in playing ice hockey, Sean is a gifted artist and plans to pursue a career in art, art design and drawing and its related profession. You can readily see the passion flowing in his eyes when he discusses his path, He comes from extremely supportive parents Jeff and Misty Doyle who have made enormous sacrifices to enable their son Sean to realize and fulfil his dream of attending college and advancing to play college hockey. The Doyle’s were also one of our key families who stepped up this season when Hurricane IRMA pounded Southwest Florida and displaced many of our billeted hockey players. They opened their home and family as shelter and provided the comfort of a home and food and safety to ½ dozen young men; their unselfish generosity will never be forgotten and speaks volumes towards the character and morals of Sean’s upbringing.
We wish Sean Doyle the very best in college.
by TBJ Staff
Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors are proud to announce that Goalie Perry "Spike" Giannino has committed to play hockey at the University of Kentucky for the 2018-19 season. Spike, a native of Palm Beach, FL, has played the last 2 season's with Tampa playing in 29 games between the USP3 and Elite teams.
“I couldn't be happier for Spike," said Head Coach Garrett Strot. "He came to us in the middle of last year and helped stabilize our goaltending. This season he showed the type of leader that he is and helped our Elite team to it's best season ever.”
“My time with the TBJ organization changed my life," said Perry, "I'm so grateful of coaches Garrett and Brett Strot and Rett Vossler for helping shape me into who I am now and coach Glenn Murphy for helping me bring my game to another level.”
Kentucky plays in the ACHA at the Division II level. TBJ wishes Spike and his family the best of luck as he continues on with his hockey career.
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