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ECEL Announces 2017-2018 Teams

08/17/2017, 10:30am EDT
By ECEL

Guilford, CT— The East Coast Elite League (ECEL) is proud to announce the 13 programs and 22 teams that have been granted access for the 2017-2018 season. 

18U Division

Elite Hockey Program (CT), Hill Academy (CAN), Newbridge Academy (CAN), Boston Jr. Rangers (MA), Team Maryland (MD), Ontario Jr. Reign (CA), Seacoast Spartans (NH), New Hampshire Avalanche (NH), Boston Advantage (MA), Boston Shamrocks (MA), 95 Giants (MA).

16U Division 

Team Maryland (MD), New Hampshire Avalanche (NH), Seacoast Spartans (NH), 95 Giants (MA), Newbridge Academy (CAN), Hill Academy (CAN), San Diego Gulls (CA), Boston Advantage 16U (MA), Boston Advantage 15U (MA), Southeast Elite (SC), Elite Hockey Program 15U (CT).

Founded in 2013, the East Coast Elite League is a four-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 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.

“This is an exciting opportunity for all those involved,” said ECEL Co-Founder and President of East Coast Classic Tournaments Peter Alden. “The ECEL allows us to take our expertise running tournaments and showcases and apply it in a league setting. Having successfully run dozens of elite tournaments and showcases, we understand how best to provide a structure that offers quality competition and prime exposure for our member organizations and their players.”

In addition to the four showcase weekends, we have an All-star game for both the 18U and 16U divisions. The All-star games will take place during the third showcase of the year. Also, the ECEL Cup will be held during the final showcase of the year, at Pilgrim Skating Rink in Hingham, MA (2/9-2/11).

 

2017-2018 Event Schedule

Pilgrim Skating Rink—Hingham, MA—September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017

New England Sports Center—Marlboro, MA—October 27, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Northford Ice Pavillion—Northford, CT—December 8, 2017 - December 10, 2017 (All-Star Weekend)

Pilgrim Skating Rink—Hingham, MA—February 9, 2018 - February 11, 2018 (ECEL Championship weekend)

For more information on the ECEL, log on to http://www.ecelhockey.com or on Twitter @ECELHockey

ECEL Hockey is very proud to announce that the ECEL All Star Game 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.

"We at ECEL are very grateful for the service that Shane and the United Heroes League has done, not only to the game of hockey, but to the United States," ECEL President Peter Alden stated. "It is very humbling to be working with the wonderful people at the United Heroes League..  It is an honor to help out the people literally defending Our Country in any way we can, and on behalf of the ECEL Hockey Staff, we are extremely grateful for that."

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 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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Congratulations to Elite Hockey Program alum, Erik Gordon for earning NAHL player of the week! Erik Gordon is off to a perfect start to help the Lone Star Brahmas to the best record in the North American Hockey League. The South Division-leading Brahmas are 13-2-1 for a .844 winning percentage, which is the best in the NAHL.

"Gordon is an outstanding goalie and fun to watch. His work ethic and approach to the game are second to none.  As a 17 year old, playing in that league and making that kind of impact right now, tells you, he is in a class of his own." Said Elite Hockey Program President, Peter Alden

NAHL:

Thanks to three wins in Odessa this past week, the Lone Star Brahmas are not only leading the South Division, but statistically, now have the best winning percentage in the NAHL. Goalie Erik Gordon, 17, was between the pipes for two out of the three wins during the weekend and allowed just one goal on 51 shots, making 50 saves. That included a 25-save shutout on Saturday night for the 5’10/160 lbs. native of Duluth, Georgia. Gordon is a perfect 7-0-0 this season with a 1.51 goals against average and a 93.8% save percentage.  “Erik was there to make the key saves. We had some breakdowns defensively this weekend and he made some big saves and stood tall when they had some quality opportunities.  He was our rock back there this weekend and it was one of the big reasons we picked up three road wins against a very good Odessa team,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.

Congrats Erik!

Founded in 2013, the East Coast Elite League is a four-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 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 & Canada, unmatched in its format and exposure opportunities.

Follow us on Twitter: @ECELHockey