The Elite 9 Hockey League is excited to announce the 2017-18 E9 Prep League. The E9 Prep League will offer a Showcase Division that will feature the top 8 Midget/Prep Teams in New England at the U18, U16 & U15 level. By limiting the Showcase Division to include only the top 8 teams at each level, the E9 Prep Showcase Division will offer players the highest level of competition combined with unprecedented exposure to Hockey East, ECAC and NHL scouts each and every weekend. Those two factors have resulted in the E9 Prep League attracting the top Midget/Prep/High School players from across New England.
College and Pro scouts are excited about the league and in particular the showcase format, which will feature 200 of the Top College and NHL Prospects all in one venue on one day each week. The E9 Prep League will be comprised of three separate divisions: Showcase Division, Elite Division and Tier II Division and will set the standard for Tier I & II Midget Hockey in New England with 40 total teams, including 25 Tier I National Bound Teams.
The E9 Prep Showcase Division will feature perennial powerhouses such as Springfield Rifles (Advanced to USA Nationals in 2015), Neponset Valley River Rats (Reigning U18 State Champions, 2013 U18 National Champions), Valley Jr Warriors (11 USA Nationals appearance in last 10 years), Yale Bulldogs (Currently ranked #5 U18, #10 U16 & #15 U15 in USA), Boston Advantage (Tier I Elite League member & perennial top 20 USA), NH Avalanche (5 USA Nationals appearance in last 10 years) and East Coast Wizards.
Showcase format maximizes exposure to College & NHL Scouts
200 of top College Prospects in one location each Sunday
5-6 Showcase Events at Twin Rink Venues
NHL 1st Round Draft Picks
Last 6 years
NHL Draft Picks
Last 6 years
Current NCAA Players
E9 Alumni include the top players in the country over the past 6 years
Chris Kreider (E9-Valley Jr. Warriors) Boston College- NY Rangers (1st Rd)
Noah Hanafin (E9-Valley Jr. Warriors) Boston College – Carolina Hurricanes (1st Rd)
Jimmy Vesey (E9-EC Wizards) Harvard Univ. – NY Rangers (Top NHL Free Agent)
Colin White (E9-Valley Jr. Warriors) Boston College – Ottowa Senators (1st Rd)*
Brian Dumoulin (E9 – Seacoast Spartans) Boston College- Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd Rd)
The East Coast Wizards are excited to announce that ECW Jr. Boys' assistant coach Kory Falite will add to his duties here at The Edge and is now the permanent Boys U18 split season coach!
"I am very excited to have Kory coach our U18 program on a permanent basis." Hockey Director Bobby Jay said. "With the talent of players we have at our boy's Midget level, it is great to have someone with the knowledge and success Kory has had in his career guiding these players in a critical stage of their development!" "We see the fall season as a development period for these kids to get ready for their winter season at their respective schools. This is when they will need to play their best to continue their ultimate goal of playing college hockey." Jay added.
For a full bio of Kory please see below:
Kory Falite, is a 2010 University of Massachusetts-Lowell graduate. During his time at Lowell (2006-2010), Kory was a member of the Men’s Division 1 NCAA hockey program. He compiled 60 goals and 46 assists, leading the team in goals all four seasons. Kory was selected to the All-Hockey East Team in his Sophomore season, as well as representing the East in the Frozen Four Skills Challenge his Senior year. In 2016 Falite was inducted into the UML Hockey Hall Of Fame.
After graduating Falite signed with the St. Louis Blues and was assigned to Alaska Aces of the ECHL. He played 69 games during the regular season collecting 45 points in his rookie year. He also played in 9 playoff games helping the Aces win both the ECHL regular season and the Kelly Cup playoffs. Falite went on to play in over 250 professional games in the ECHL and the GET-Ligaen in Norway.
In 2013, Falite joined his brother Craig in Hong Kong, as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Hong Kong Typhoons. During his 3 years in Hong Kong he oversaw and coached in 7 leagues ranging from 8U – 17U. He was the Head Coach and organizer of the World Selects/Typhoons Training program, for power skating and skills development program. He also coached the Hong Kong Selects four youth teams, connecting HK hockey to the world bringing these teams to various tournaments across the globe. In 2014 & 2015 the HK Selects 12U team was the first Asian team to participate in the Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament. They made it to the semi-final in their division in 2014 losing in a shootout.
Falite returned to the states in the summer of 2016, where he joined the East Coast Wizards Premier team as the Assistant Coach. Kory also Assisted with the Boston Junior Bruins 18U, and is the Co-Head Coach of the Wakefield High School Girls Varsity. He also does skills full time with Elite-Skills Hockey and Dream Big Hockey Stars.
The ECW Fall U18 Boys will play in the E9 Elite Division as well as many top Tier 1 tournaments throughout the fall season.
Host Sites Announced for 2018 USA Hockey National Championships
Tournaments scheduled for March and April in cities nationwide
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today the host sites for its slate of 2018 National Championships, with each tournament to be contested in March/April 2018.
Among the notable highlights:
· The 2018 USA Hockey Girls National Championships will mark the 40th anniversary of USA Hockey crowning the nation's best in girls and women's hockey, a tradition that dates back to 1978 and the inaugural girls national championship tournament held in Orchard Park and Cheektowaga, New York.
· USA Hockey Arena, in Plymouth, Michigan, will host its first-ever USA Hockey Youth National Championship when the nation's best compete at the 2018 USA Hockey Youth Tier I National Championship for 15-year-olds.
NOTES: USA Hockey has been conducting the United States' national championship tournaments since 1938, with teams from 37 states being crowned champions in various classifications ... A list of USA Hockey national champions dating back to 1949 can be found here.
2018 USA Hockey National Championships Sites
Youth Tier I (14U)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Metro Hockey
April 5-9, 2018
Youth Tier I (15s)
April 5-9, 2018
Youth Tier I (16U, 18U)
Philadelphia Junior Flyers
April 5-9, 2018
Girls Tier I
East Coast Wizards
April 5-9, 2018
Women's A, B, C
East Coast Wizards
April 5-8, 2018
Wayzata Youth Hockey
March 22-25, 2018
Girls Tier II
East Coast Wizards
April 5-9, 2018
Youth Tier II (14U)
Amherst, New York
Amherst Youth Hockey
April 5-9, 2018
Youth Tier II (16U)
Wayne, New Jersey
April 5-9, 2018
Youth Tier II (18U)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay Area Youth Hockey
April 5-9, 2018
Adult Rec Men's
Adult Rec Women's
For more information, contact Jayson Hron (
Come to The Edge Sports Center this summer to work on your game! The Edge Sports Center will be offering the following camps as part of the Summer 2017 Hockey Development Program. Camp information and the registration link is located at the bottom of the page.
Power Skating Clinic– June 19 – 22nd (4 nights) 6:10 PM and 7:10 PM $125
This camp will focus on all aspects of skating for four 50 minute sessions on week night evenings. Skills to be developed include the following.
Women and men used to gaze up at the stars, awed at the sight and size of the universe, much like Detroit Red Wings fitness trainers used to be in awe at the sight and size of Brett Hull's butt during his final Motor City days.
My understanding of the sky's map is limited to the Big Dipper (good nickname for Buffalo's Tyler Myers, by the way) and the constellation Orion. Orion is located on the celestial equator and can been seen across the world, much like Pat Quinn's head. Its name, Orion, refers to a hunter in Greek mythology. Since my late teenage years, whether I am in Mingo Junction, Ohio, or Vancouver, British Columbia, I always look up and locate Orion. It's my satellite to home and youth.
I first became aware of Orion from the now bankrupt movie production company Orion Pictures Corporation, which made movies from 1978-1998. I remember the company's animated intro prior to the start of a movie: stars from the constellation would twirl into the letter "O" before the entire word "Orion" was spelled out.
It seemed as if 46 percent of movies produced in the late '70s and early '80s, my HBO sweet spot years, were produced by Orion. I am sure this number is probably much lower. "Back to School," "10," "Hoosiers," "Platoon," "No Way Out" and others all began with the animated Orion logo. I would like to publicly thank the now defunct movie company and HBO for my astronomy acumen and the indelible image of Bo Derek jogging on the beach with wet, braided hair. ("Before the Internet, there was HBO." Now there is a slogan to believe in.)
Today, kids, teenagers, adults and Sean Avery don't so much stare up to the trees, clouds, airplanes, stars and 6-foot-9 NHL linesman Mike Cvik as much as they used to; now, most stare down at their cell phones and personal digital assistants (Jim Balsillie's PDA BlackBerry, yo). As a result of all this "looking down," we miss so much up in the heavens. We even look down at these things during dinner, hockey games and Heisman Trophy presentations. People even look down at their PDAs while they drive. Who needs a moon roof on a clear summer night when I can play Tetris on I-95 while I soar through the E-ZPASS lane?
This is my gigantic preamble to why you should one day sign up your young son or daughter to play youth hockey at a local rink near you. If nothing else, it gets them away from electronics and teaches them a small slice of humanity that they can take forward through life, a life with more heart and less battery power. The rink's cold robs electronics of their battery power and signal reception, anyway.
So, if you are a first-time hockey parent, or dream of one day spending more than $10,000 and sacrificing weekends for a decade of glamorous youth or "minor" hockey, here are 13 important things you need to know about the youth hockey universe -- and hockey in general -- to help speed up the assimilation process in joining the "Congregation of Independent Insane in the Membrane Hockey Community Union" or COIIITMHCU. If you move those letters around you eventually get Chicoutimi. A miracle from the star-filled heavens above. (I'm sure my fellow COIIITMHCU members will offer even more, and we can post next week.)
1. Under no circumstances will hockey practice ever be cancelled. Ever. Even on days when school is cancelled, practice is still on. A game may be cancelled due to inclement weather because of travel concerns for the visiting team, but it would have to rain razor blades and bocce balls to cancel hockey practice at your local rink. It's good karma to respect the game.
2. Hockey is an emotional game and your child has the attention span of a chipmunk on NyQuil. The hockey coach will yell a bit during practice; he might even yell at your precious little Sparky. As long as there is teaching involved and not humiliation, it will be good for your child to be taught the right way, with emphasis.
3. Hockey is a very, very, very, very difficult game to play. You are probably terrible at it. It takes high skill and lots of courage, so lay off your kid. Don't berate them. Be patient and encourage them to play. Some kids need more time to learn how to ride the bike, but, in the end, everyone rides a bike about the same way.
Your kids are probably anywhere from age 4-8 when they first take up hockey. They will not get a call from Boston University coach Jack Parker or receive Christmas cards from the Colorado Avalanche's director of scouting. Don't berate them. Demand punctuality and unselfishness for practice and games. That's it. Passion is in someone, or it isn't. One can't implant passion in their child. My primary motive in letting my kids play hockey is exercise, physical fitness and the development of lower-body and core strength that will one day land them on a VH1 reality show that will pay off their student loans or my second mortgage.
4. Actually, I do demand two things from my 10-year-old Squirt, Jackson. Prior to every practice or game, as he turns down AC/DC's "Big Jack," gets out of the car and makes his way to the trunk to haul his hockey bag inside a cold, Connecticut rink, I say, "Jack, be the hardest, most creative and grittiest worker ... and be the one having the most fun." That might be four things, but you know what I mean.
5. Your kids should be dressing themselves and tying their own skates by their second year of Squirt. Jack is 67 pounds with 0 percent body fat and arms of linguini, and he can put on, take off and tie his own skates. If he can, anyone can. I don't go in the locker room anymore. Thank goodness; it stinks in there.
6. Do not fret over penalties not called during games and don't waste long-term heart power screaming at the referees. My observational research reveals the power-play percentage for every Mite hockey game ever played is .0000089 percent; for Squirts, .071 percent. I prefer referees to call zero penalties.
7. Yell like crazy during the game. Say whatever you want. Scream every kind of inane instruction you want to your kids. They can't hear you. In the car ride home, ask them if they had fun and gently promote creativity and competiveness, but only after you take them to Denny's for a Junior Grand Slam breakfast or 7-Eleven for a Slurpee. Having a warm breakfast after an early morning weekend game will become one of your most syrupy sweet memories.
8. Whenever possible, trade in your kids' ice skates and buy used skates, especially during those growing years and even if you can afford to buy new skates every six months. Your kids don't need $180 skates and a $100 stick no matter what your tax bracket is. They will not make them better players.
9. Missing practice (like we stated above) or games is akin to an Irish Catholic missing Mass in 1942. We take attendance at hockey games very seriously. Last week, the Islanders' Brendan Witt was hit by an SUV in Philadelphia. Witt got up off the pavement and walked to Starbucks for a coffee, and then later played against the Flyers that night. Let me repeat that: BRENDAN WITT WAS HIT BY AN SUV ... AND PLAYED THAT NIGHT! Re-read that sentence 56 times a night to your child when they have a case of the sniffles and want to stay home to watch an "iCarly" marathon. By, the way Philadelphia police cited Witt for two minutes in jail for obstruction. Witt will appeal.
10. Teach your kids not to celebrate too much after a goal if your team is winning or losing by a lot. And by all means, tell them celebrate with the team. After they score, tell them not to skate away from their teammates like soccer players. Find the person who passed you the puck and tell him or her, "Great pass." We have immediate group hugs in hockey following a short, instinctive reaction from the goal scorer. I am proud of my boy for a lot of things, but I am most proud at how excited he gets when a teammate scores a goal. He is Alex Ovechkin in this regard.
11. There is no such thing as running up the score in hockey. This is understood at every level. It's very difficult to score goals and unexplainably exhilarating when one does. Now, if we get to 14-1, we may want to take our foot off the gas a tad.
12. Unless their femur is broken in 16 places, Mites or Squirts should not lie on the ice after a fall on the ice or against the boards. Attempt to get up as quickly as one can and slowly skate to the bench.
13. Do not offer cash for goals. This has no upside. Passion and love and drive cannot be taught or bought. I do believe a certain measure of toughness and grit can be slowly encouraged and eventually taught. Encourage your kid to block shots and to battle hard in the corners. It will serve them well in life.
Enjoy the rink. Keep it fun, keep it in perspective and enjoy the madness. In this digital world of electronics, you may find hockey to be the most human endeavor you partake in. Cell phones run on batteries. Hockey players run on blood. Blood is warmer. Welcome.