Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF) has announced the structure for the EHF Selects (15/16U/18U divisions) which will begin play this Fall. The EHF Selects will be the new home to New England’s strongest fall season teams including: the Boston Jr. Eagles, Cape Cod Whalers, Mid Fairfield Jr Rangers and the Boston Jr. Bruins and others.
EHF Selects will be made up of the EHF’s Elite organizations and former Mass Select League organizations top level team at the 15/16U/18U divisions. These teams will then be divided into two National Bound Tier 1 groups: Tier 1 Elite & Tier 1 which will be determined after the tryout period by the EHF Selects committee.
The Tier I Elite division will be the top 15/16U/18U level in New England. The exact number of teams at each level will be determined by the EHF Selects committee. The divisions will be between 5 and 8 teams at each level. The quality of the teams in the Tier I Elite division will be similar to the top 4 teams in a EHF Elite youth level. Meaning these teams will all be top ranked in New England and among the top in the entire country in the myhockeyrankings.com rankings. This level will be a collection of New England’s top players competing against each other while providing unparalleled exposure to college coaches and NHL scouts.
The Tier I division will be the remaining top teams from each organization. These teams will have the ability to compete for a league championship and a spot in their State or Regional play downs which is the first step on the path to USA Hockey’s National Championships in the spring. To even further strengthen the EHF Selects schedule, the league has partnered with the top fall showcase tournaments to ensure EHF Select teams will get priority matchup against nationally ranked teams from outside of New England in all these events. Through these partnerships the EHF Selects has been guaranteed that our teams games will take place during the most optimal time slots to maximize visibility to the college and pro scouting community.
Both the Tier 1 Elite and Tier 1 divisions will participate in the following tournaments:
1. Tier 1 Face off, Labor Day Faceoff: Foxboro MA
2. Boston Jr Bruins Shoot Out: New England Sports Center
3. EHF Selects Columbus day Tournament: Boston area event at local college and university campuses such as BU, Harvard and Northeastern.
4. Fall Beantown Classic: New England Sports Center
Here are examples of organizations that have attended these fall showcase events in the past and whom the tournament directors expect will attend in the future: Selects Academy, Hill Academy,
Chicago Fury, Virtua Hockey, Toronto Nationals, Oakland Jr Grizzlies, Toronto Marlboros, Honey Baked, Northwood School and the Notre Dame Hounds.
Below is a tentative schedule for tournaments and league play for the Tier 1 Elite and Tier 1 divisions. To ensure high level games every weekend, Tier I Elite division teams will only play EHF Select teams and nationally ranked non New England based teams.
1-2nd Tier 1 Faceoff Foxboro, MA
8-9th League Play
15-16th League Play
21-23rd BJB Showcase NESC
29-30th League Play
5-8th EHF Columbus Day
Showcase Boston Area Universities
13-14th League Play
20-21st League Play
25-28th Fall Beantown Classic NESC
3-4th League Play
9-11th MA State Play-downs NESC