Guilford, Conn.-- The East Coast Elite League held its second showcase of the 2017-18 season in conjunct with the nationally recognized Beantown Fall Classic. ECEL teams traveled to the New England Sports center in Marlborough , MA to play three league games before moving on to crossovers and playing against teams outside of the league that were playing at Beantown. The event drew close to 200 NHL/NCAA/USHL/NAHL coaches and scouts to watch some of the top competition in North America.
At the 18U level, Boston Advantage, Elite Hockey and Team Maryland all went 3-0 on the weekend. Leading scorers from the weekend were Matt Gagnon from the New Hampshire Monarchs who had 11 points (7g, 4a), Alberto Pison from Newbridge who had 10 points (5g,5a), John Billingsley of Team Marlyand with 8 points (4g,4a) and Halen Cookston from Elite Hockey who had 7 points (3g,4a).
At 16U, Newbridge 16U and Boston Advantage 15U both went undefeated in ECEL games. Top performers were Cole Kimball of Hill Academy and Conner Murray of NH Avalanche who both tallied six points over three games.
Teams that advanced through crossovers at 18U level were both Team Maryland and Elite Hockey who made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Chicago Fury and New Hampshire Monarchs, respectively. The Boston Advantage 15U made it to the quarters as well before bowing out to Selects Academy 15U.
ECEL is back in action next month with is annual All Star Game Weekend on December 8-10. Last year, the ECEL held its All Star Game at the Bright-Landry Center on the campus of Harvard University. This year, on Friday December 8, top performers from around the league will suit up at Ingalls Rink at Yale University to participate in the 2017 ECEL All Star Game. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.
Founded in 2014, 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. For more information please visit us online: www.ECELHockey.com or follow us on Twitter @ECELHOCKEY.
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.
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).
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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