New Haven, CT- ECEL Hockey is happy to announce that its 2016-17 season All-star game will be returning to The Bright-Landry Hockey Center at Harvard University. The ECEL All-Star Event will be held on Friday evening as a part of the ECEL WinterFest Showcase at Pilgrim Arena in Hingham, MA (December 9-11, 2016). The top players from the respective 16U and 18U divisions will head to Harvard Friday, December 9th to play games in front of what is expected to be the most highly viewed event of the 2016-17 season.
“ECEL just finished up our Fall Classic and even us staff were pleasantly surprised by the amount of junior, college and even NHL teams that came to watch our teams play,” said league director J.P. Withington. “We had close to 20 Division 1 schools in attendance, similar numbers of D-3 schools and at least 10 NHL scouts come to the Fall Classic. Judging by that outcome I have no doubt those numbers will rise for not only our future showcases, but also for the ECEL All-star Games. The best players on ice at the prestigious Harvard campus will bring out the best in the players and naturally attract the type of attention the players deserve.”
In addition to the release of the All-star game date, ECEL is more than proud to announce that the event itself will host a fundraiser for United Heroes League (formerly Defending The Blue Line). Founded in the spring of 2009, United Heroes League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps military families with the high costs of hockey and helps ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the great sport.
Its founder, Shane Hudella, retired from the Army at the rank of 1SG (First Sergeant) and uses his 24 years of military experience and leadership to run the organization. In lieu of a specific admission fee to the All-Star Games, patrons are asked to make a financial donation to UHL. United Heroes League operates at a 90% giving ratio, ensuring every available penny of your gift supports military kids while their parents our serving our country. There will be donation receptacles set up at the entrance to the Bright Hockey Center at Harvard. The respective 16U and 18U teams will be named after NHL players who have made significant contributions to the organization with a special guest (TBA) puck drop before the first game.
The ECEL All-star games for 16U and 18U will be as follows:
Team Krug vs Team Parros 6 PM
Team Burns vs Team Parise 8 PM
Both games will consist of three (3) 17 minute periods. Rosters will be announced shortly after the ECEL Canadian Classic in Toronto (October 20-22).
Founded in 2013, the East Coast Elite League is a five-weekend showcase series that will provide maximum exposure for its member organizations and their players, by playing in top venues, in ideal scouting locations. Spread across the U14, U16 and U18 divisions and represented by several of the top hockey organizations across the country, the ECEL is the premier showcase series in the United States, unmatched in its format and exposure opportunities.
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