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
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.
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.
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New Haven,CT- ECEL Hockey would like to congratulate Team Maryland 16U Forward Connor Tait ('01) as the 16U division Top Performer from the ECEL Canadian Classic. Tait, who was only able to make it to his teams' Saturday games, had an impressive day recording 4 goals and 2 assists combined in the two games including a hat trick to lead Team Maryland to a 4-2 win over the NY Aviators.
"Playing in the ECEL this year has really benefited our team" stated the 15 year old Tait. "Having the opportunity to play against great competition and in front of high level coaches and scouts has been a very positive experience for us."
After two weekends, Connor currently leads all 16U ECEL skaters with 11 points and has been able to garner attention from the many coaches and scouts attending ECEL events. Congratulations Connor!