Guilford, Conn. - The East Coast Elite League stopped in Connecticut for the first time this season where it called Yale University's Ingalls Rink & Northford Ice Pavilion home for the weekend. Friday morning at Yale's Ingalls Rink, the best players that the League has to offer went toe to toe in front of an energetic crowd consisting of friends, family, and multiple NCAA Division 1 coaches! The opening ceremonies before both games featured a ceremonial puck drop from Yale's current Men's Hockey Coach, Keith Allain, in addition to an incredible rendition of the National Anthem by two time Grammy Award nominee, Jimmy Green. Professional photographer, Rob Rasmussen was on site to capture both of the All Star Games. The photos are available online for viewing & purchase by clicking HERE.
In addition to the All Star festivities, the ECEL teams played four games each in the final showcase of the regular season. The Elite Hockey Program 18U club finished atop the 18U Division after sweeping the weekend with a record of 4-0. At the 16U Level, Newbridge Academy remains at the top of the standings after going 2-2 on the weekend and 9-2 for the season.
Top Performers for the ECEL Holiday Classic:
Trevor Ion Elite Hockey Program 6g-3a-9p
Nathaniel Young Team Maryland 3g-2a-5p
Cam Ellis Elite Hockey Program 2g-3a-5p
George McMichael Elite Hockey Program 4-0, 7 GA on 90 Shots
Tristan Therrien Newbridge Academy 5g-2a-7p
Michael Cosentino Team Maryland 3g-4a-7p
Billy Hartnett Boston Advantage 16U 4g-2a-6p
Domenic Basse Team Maryland 3-0, 5 GA on 73 Shots
"The Holiday Classic & All Star Games were fantastic." Stated ECEL Commissioner, JP Withington. "The players in the All Star Games were professional & really seemed to enjoy the event. It is very rewarding to see an event like this come together after seeing what the ECEL staff had done to prepare. We are extremely excited to see what the ECEL playoffs have in store come February as there are no unbeaten teams left in either division. The titles are up for grabs and this should make for an entertaining finale to the 2017-18 season."
Final standings for the 2017-18 regular season can be viewed HERE. The ECEL Playoffs will take place February 9-11, 2018 in Hingham, MA. Please check back soon for playoff match-ups & the final schedule, which will be released in the very near future!
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.