December 7, 2016
The 2016-17 East Coast Elite League (ECEL) season resumes on Friday, December 9th, with its third showcase taking place December 9th, 10th and 11th at Pilgrim Arena in Hingham, Massachusetts. The weekend will be the final set of games for the ECEL 16U and 18U regular season before the leagues playoffs, January 27-29, 2017 championships in Hooksett, NH.
This weekend also marks the All Star Game events for both 18U and 16U divisions. The ECEL All-Star game, which will take place at Harvard University’s Bright Landry Arena, will benefit the United Heroes League. There will also be a special appearance from NHLPA member Dominic Moore that will be taking pictures with and meeting the players. prior to the game.
"It's an honor to partner with the ECEL and the big tournament this weekend at Harvard University. Luke Curadi and the entire staff, as well as the families with kids participating in the tournament, are making a tremendous impact this holiday season for the military families that are serving our great nation. Thank you to everyone involved, you're making a difference for countless children who are separated from their military parents serving overseas during the holiday season and for that I am truly grateful." United Heroes League Founder Shane Hudella
Started in 2009, the United Heroes League has helped thousands of military families offset the cost of hockey by collecting equipment and donations to assist its members. Each of the teams at the 16U and 18U competing in the All Star Game will be named after NHL players who are also major United Heroes Leagues contributors. The East Coast Elite League directors and staff ask that in lieu of an attendance charge, fans and families make a donation of any amount to contribute to the charity. In addition to the ECEL front desk, there will be a United Heroes League booth and representative with information on the charity along with a donation receptacle. United Heroes League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps keep military kids healthy & active while their parents are serving our nation. To find out more please visit www.UnitedHeroesLeague.org."
The 16U game will lead the night off at 6:05PM with the pregame festivities and a 6:30PM puck drop, with Team Krug, coached by Michael Fransen of Team Maryland, Luke Curadi of the Elite Hockey Program and Oliver Fillion of Newbridge Academy. Krug's opponent, Team Parros, will be led by Dan Borgia of NY Aviators, Sean Teakle from the Hill Academy and Jon Sokolosky of the Boston Shamrocks. There will be a ceremonial puck drop at 6:20PM where New England's United Heroes League Representative, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Moricas, will drop the puck. The 18U game at 8:30PM will be played by Team Burns and its coaching staff of Matt Anthony of Newbridge Academy and the Boston Jr. Rangers head coach John Hutcheon. Team Parise, led by Doug Orr of the Hill Academy and Christopher Ceransky from Team Maryland, will round out the 18U All Star game.
The past two ECEL events has seen the leagues’ players watched by NHL, NCAA, USHL, BCHL NAHL scouts and coaches, and the ECEL Winter Showcase will be no different. Providing superior exposure and strong competition, the East Coast Elite League, continues to be one of the top showcase leagues in North America.