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Mid-Fairfield '05 Forward Fine Commits to BU

By Matthew LaRochelle /, 04/27/19, 1:00PM EDT


Forward Ryan Fine of the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers, proud member of the Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF) and United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), announced on Friday his commitment to playing at Boston University, an NCAA Division I program.

Fine, a native of Center Moriches, NY, played in the EHF Elite Division for the 2018-19 season, aiding his team to the Bantam Minor championship back in March.

Boston University, a founding member member of Hockey East, finished the 2018-19 season with 16-18-4 record. Along with their annual appearance in The Beanpot Tournament, they traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, in November to participate in the Friendship Four.

In the postseason, the Terriers made their 35th straight appearance in the Hockey East Championship, advancing to the semifinals after knocking out nationally-ranked UMass Lowell in their first round series. They are the only team in Hockey East to make the postseason tournament every season since the league’s inception in 1984.

Of the 26 players making up BU’s 2018-19 roster, seven players were recruited straight from, and/or spent significant time in, the USPHL’s National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC), Premier, Elite, USP3HL, and 16U Divisions, as well as the EHF.

About the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL)

Best Coaching. Best Competition. Best League.

With over 150 teams from across 17 states, The United States Premier Hockey League is the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league. Founded in 2012, the league’s mission is to prepare and develop players for college hockey (and beyond) through the establishment of a tiered development program. Through the USPHL and its tuition-free junior division, the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC), over 1,100 alumni have advanced to the collegiate level and beyond.


About the Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF)

Founded in 2004, the Eastern Hockey Federation is New England’s premier youth ice hockey league. With over 20 of the top organizations from across the region, the EHF provides the opportunity to play and develop alongside the top young talent in the sport though the highly-competitive Elite Division, the multi-level Tier I division, and the exclusive, split-season midgets league, EHF Selects. In 2018, the EHF merged with the United States Premier Hockey League, becoming the first amateur ice hockey organization to offer a complete development model from “cradle to college.”

In Fall 2019, the EHF will integrate the USPHL’s High-Performance Youth Division, along with a collection of teams from the Mid-Atlantic region, to create the EHF South division.