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November Newsletter - Get Connected

11/01/2019, 2:45pm EDT

Guilford, Conn., - The East Coast Elite League season is officially under way as the Fall Classic is now in the books. It was a highly successful event with a high amount of NHL and NCAA exposure at all levels. Some teams started their ECEL seasons on fire, with the Ontario Hockey Academy (18U Premier), Westlake Volts (18U Showcase) and NJ Devils (16U Premier) going undefeated at the Fall Classic. The remaining teams in the league, however, are looking to knock the unbeaten teams from their podium at our Holiday Classic Showcase from November 30th - December 2nd in Connecticut.

All-Star Announcements

The ECEL Board of Directors is happy to announce that this year’s All-Star Game will take place at the Tsongas Center, home of the three-time Hockey East Tournament Champion UMass Lowell Riverhawks. The two-day event will take place January 9-10 during our Winter Classic weekend. “This is a great choice for our league All-Star Game,” said ECEL Commissioner Peter Alden. “Since 2010, UMass Lowell has been one of the most consistent programs throughout the nation, so the fit of our all-star game and the Tsongas Center was a no-brainer.”

ECEL Alumni in the News:

-Nikita Nesterenko (NJ Titans/Chilliwack Chiefs/BCHL) has committed to Boston College for the 2020-21 season. The 2019 6th round draft pick of the MN Wild currently has 12 points through 15 games for the Chiefs.

-Lincoln Hatten (Elite Hockey Program) is off to a hot start this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the NAHL, leading the league in points (24) and goals (13) through 17 games played.

-Harrison Rees (Hill Academy) attended the San Jose Sharks development camp in June and has since started his freshman year for the UConn Huskies in Hockey East (D1). Through four games this year, Rees has tallied one goal and one assist.

-Cy Leclerc (Seacoast Spartans) was drafted in the 8th round of the USHL Draft by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The University of New Hampshire (Hockey East/D1) commit is currently playing for Islanders Hockey Club in the NCDC where he has three goals and six assists for nine points through fourteen games.

-Alex Gagne (NH Avalanche) was a part of the USA U18 team that finished in 6th at the Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic. The UNH commit has been able to play games for the RoughRiders before his prep season started with Tabor.


Player Spotlight

-Logan Nickerson (Elite Hockey Program 16U) was selected by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the QMJHL Draft. In the current ECEL season, Nickerson has 2 goals in 4 games.

-Tim Lovell (Boston Advantage 18U) was recently given a “C” Rating in the NHL Central Scouting list that was released in October 2019.

-Nick Ring, Matt MacDonald, Tim Lovell, and Nick Bevilacqua (Boston Advantage 18U) – were chosen to attend the USA National Camp this past summer. Ring, MacDonald, and Lovell have combined for 12 points through their team’s four games played, while Bevilacqua boasts a 2-0 record in two games played.

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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 U15, 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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