JUNIORS ARCHIVES

August 19, 2013
Eastern Hockey League: Old rivalries, new philosophy
Coaches and owners are excited about the potential of the new Eastern Hockey League, formed from the remains of the EJHL and AJHL.

August 16, 2013
Thayer's Griffin brings Marchand-like tenacity to U-17 selects
Playing with Noah Hanifin, Colin White, Cam Askew and Casey Fitzgerald on the ’97 Valley Junior Warrior team that went to nationals, it’s possible to get lost in the limelight, but Linc Griffin is no B-list movie star.

August 1, 2013
JWHL elevates women's game
Now boasting 12 North American teams, the Junior Women's Hockey League helps players grow off and on the ice.

July 30, 2013
From NEHJ: Zaniboni forges winning identity
While Bill Zaniboni worked for everything he had as a player, he always gave everything he could to others.

June 5, 2013
From NEHJ: Southie's Cam Askew amped for USHL
The Indiana Ice knew they were on to something last year when they drafted Cam Askew as a 15-year-old in the sixth round of the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.

May 30, 2013
From NEHJ: Nolan Vesey forges own path
Austin Prep star turns focus to South Shore Kings.

April 16, 2013
From NEHJ: Luke Esposito rarin' to go for Crimson
Messier’s nephew hopes to build off stellar B.C. juniors campaign.

April 5, 2013
Premier League could reshape juniors landscape
There are questions abound as to what junior leagues are going to exist next season and what they will look like.

March 20, 2013
Knights defeat Northern Cyclones in thrilling AJHL finals
Jack Ceglarski (Byfield, Mass.) and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights beat the Cyclones to capture the President's Cup as AJHL champs.

March 16, 2013
Tight-knit Jersey Hitmen claim EJHL crown
The Jersey Hitmen defeated Islanders Hockey Club two games to one in the EJHL finals, capturing the Dineen Cup for the third time in five years.

March 15, 2013
Islanders goalie Phinney gets the win and the game-winner
Islanders Hockey Club's Colton Phinney stopped 48 Hitmen shots and -- technically -- buried the winning goal in Game 2 of the EJHL finals.

March 12, 2013
Juniors Journal: Four left to decide EJHL, AJHL titles
And then there were four. After enduring the regular season and playoff wars, two teams in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and two clubs in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League have survived and are ready for one more battle in order to claim their respective league championships.

March 6, 2013
Juniors Journal: No four-peat for Walpole Express
The Walpole Express, the three-time defending champs in the AJHL, were swept out of the playoffs by the underdog New Jersey Rockets.

March 1, 2013
MVP Felteau, Cyclones enter AJHL playoffs as team to beat
With the league MVP and the AJHL Goaltender of the Year in their lineup, expectations are certainly high for the Northern Cyclones as they enter the postseason.

February 28, 2013
From NEHJ: Vesey, Gaudreau worth their weight in gold
Harvard freshman Jimmy Vesey and Boston College sophomore Johnny Gaudreau have always felt they have something to prove.

February 27, 2013
Juniors Journal: Predictions for the EJHL playoffs
Who has the best chance of winning the Dineen Cup? We’re glad you asked. Here are our predictions for the Eastern Junior Hockey League's postseason.

February 22, 2013
Juniors Journal: Islanders' Stahl the best-kept secret in EJHL
Derek Stahl (Londonderry, N.H.) is the best defenseman in junior hockey on the East Coast and you, in all likelihood, have never heard of him.

February 16, 2013
Juniors Journal: Nemo throws wrench in playoff pushes
With New England bombarded by a major blizzard, most of the scheduled junior hockey action throughout the region was put on hold.

February 7, 2013
Juniors Journal: Big dreams, long journey for Lawrence
From California to Kansas, down to Texas then up to Boston, Sean Lawrence has traveled across the continent in hopes of reaching his ultimate goal.

February 1, 2013
Juniors Journal: Felteau leading the charge for Cyclones
Johnathan Felteau has been on a tear for the Cyclones, helping his team climb in the standings and vaulting himself to near the top of the league scoring race.

January 24, 2013
Juniors Journal: USPHL's launch put on hold
After a missed application deadline and an allegedly poor presentation to USA Hockey, the USPHL won't be dropping the puck in 2013.

January 16, 2013
Juniors Journal: Small town, big names
NU commit Michael Jamieson of the Islanders Hockey Club has what it takes to be the next great hockey player to hail from the town of Billerica, Mass.

January 10, 2013
Juniors Journal: New Englanders aid in U.S. victory at WJC
Team USA took home the gold medal from the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia over the holidays, becoming world champions for the second time in the last four years.

December 31, 2012
Vesey helps lift U.S. into quarterfinals at WJC
Jim Vesey helped spark the United States' offense in a 9-3 win over Slovakia, keeping the team's hopes of capturing a gold medal alive.

December 21, 2012
Juniors Journal: New England midseason All-Stars
The holiday season has arrived, which means it is time to unveil our midseason New England Junior Hockey All-Star team.

December 12, 2012
Juniors Journal: Winning isn't all that matters to Wolfpack
Results certainly matter to the Wolfpack, but helping players achieve their goal of playing hockey and acquiring a first-class college education is a win-win situation.

December 8, 2012
Juniors Journal: Ceglarski leading in more ways than one
Knights captain Jack Ceglarski's (Byfield, Mass.) work ethic has made him the AJHL's top scorer and a perfect role model for his teammates.

November 28, 2012
Juniors Journal: Four EJHL squads form USPHL
On Nov. 19, the Jr. Bruins, Hitmen, Kings and Islanders Hockey Club announced the formation of the United States Premier Hockey League.

November 24, 2012
From NEHJ: Another Whitney on the prowl
As older brothers Joe and Steve prosper, Tyler Whitney takes on the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

November 21, 2012
Juniors Journal: Doherty dominant for Islanders Hockey Club
Through hard work and determination, Michael Doherty (Reading, Mass.) has evolved into an offensive force for Sean Tremblay's Islanders.

November 15, 2012
Juniors Journal: Rangers need no learning curve
As AJHL newcomers, the Boston Jr. Rangers should be struggling to string together wins. Instead, they've got the best record in the entire league.

November 7, 2012
Juniors Journal: Harris, Hitmen helping New Jersey rebuild
Coach Toby Harris' (Kingston, Mass.) Jersey Hitmen are a united bunch determined to help rebuild communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

October 30, 2012
Juniors Journal: Orszulak leading hometown Pics' surge
Most junior coaches search far and wide to find the perfect players. The Pics had no such plight in the case of skilled Springfield native Austin Orszulak.

October 25, 2012
Juniors Journal: Breakers backstop Halford does it all
Ben Halford's (Lenox, Mass.) ability to thrive at every facet of his position has made him one of the top goalies in the EJHL this season.

October 21, 2012
Collier, Fitzgerald and Tringale form dream line
Brendan Collier, Ryan Fitzgerald and Devin Tringale have been all but unstoppable together for the EJHL's Valley Junior Warriors.

October 18, 2012
Baillargeon, Fitzgerald make World Jr. A Challenge roster
Robbie Baillargeon (Enfield, Conn.) and Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) will be representing the U.S. at the World Junior A Challenge.

October 17, 2012
Juniors Journal: Bates, Cyclones hope to take the next step
Connor Bates (Laconia, N.H.) and the Northern Cyclones hope to atone for last year's early playoff exit and reign supreme in the AJHL.

October 10, 2012
Juniors Journal: Kings' Piacentini proving doubters wrong
Tyler Piacentini (Weymouth, Mass.) often gets asked about his lack of size. South Shore's high-scoring forward is letting his game do all the talking.

October 3, 2012
Juniors Journal: Valley off to best start in franchise history
With a 6-0-0-0 record, the EJHL's Jr. Warriors have been on a roll since the first drop of the puck and, up to now, have been unstoppable.

October 2, 2012
Jr. Ranger Swett named Offensive Player of the Week
Thanks to a pair of scintillating road performances, Matt Swett (Groveland, Mass.) earned Offensive Player of the Week honors in the AJHL.

October 1, 2012
MVP award proof Fitzgerald can 'hang with the big boys'
Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) proved he could hold his own against his elite brethren in the All-American Prospects Game.

September 29, 2012
Islanders Hockey Club touched by an angel
Coach Sean Tremblay's Islanders took to the ice with heavy hearts on Friday after the passing of inspirational six-year-old Avalanna Routh.

September 25, 2012
Juniors Journal: Tringale, Fitzgerald talk draft buzz
Valley Jr. Warriors teammates Ryan Fitzgerald and Devin Tringale are thrilled to be on Central Scouting's preliminary rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft.

September 21, 2012
From NEHJ: Debating visors vs. cages
As the NCAA moved closer over the summer to allowing players to wear visors rather than full cages, NEHJ asks four former junior players who have worn both for their opinions.

September 18, 2012
Juniors Journal: Should I stay or should I go?
Shawn Hutcheon asks the top junior stars why they jumped from the prep circuit, picks his game of the week and ranks the top teams in the region.

September 14, 2012
AJHL swings into second week of action
The Jr. Nationals and Jr. Titans are looking forward to getting their seasons underway in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.

September 12, 2012
EJHL drops puck on new season
Shawn Hutcheon previews the opening weekend of what promises to be an exciting season for the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

September 12, 2012
Jr. Bandits center Bruckler commits to Army
Joe Bruckler (Burlington, Mass.), a newcomer to the EJHL's Boston Jr. Bandits, has made his college commitment and will join Army in 2013.

September 10, 2012
Islanders Hockey Club raises over $12,000 for Jimmy Fund
Tyngsboro's Islanders Hockey Club's fundraising efforts have helped make Avalanna's Angels Against AT/RT the No. 1 Jimmy Fund team.

August 17, 2012
From NEHJ: Kelleher's can-do attitude
Tyler Kelleher inherited a couple of traits from his grandfather, Packy O’Neil, a pro boxer in Western Mass. in the 1940s. One is resiliency.

August 6, 2012
Eastern Junior Hockey League gets new look
The 2012-13 season is shaping up to be another exciting one for the EJHL, as the league's undergone major changes during this offseason.

July 18, 2012
From NEHJ: Quartet proving people wrong
With the support of Tim Thomas, four college players have successfully started a motivational company, Prove People Wrong.

July 13, 2012
How junior hockey prepares players for college and beyond
Future NHLers are drafted from the USHL and EJHL every year, but the goal of those circuits is to prepare players for life on and off the ice at college.

July 10, 2012
QMJHL draft chock-full of New Englanders
In the QMJHL draft last month, 37 players from New England were selected.

June 27, 2012
Gillies recaps thrilling experience at draft
What's it really like to be anxiously waiting to hear you name called at the NHL Draft? Maine's Jon Gillies shares his exciting experience.

June 20, 2012
Gillies gearing up for draft weekend
USHL standout Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) is brimming with excitement as he heads to Pittsburgh for this year's NHL Draft.

June 10, 2012
From NEHJ: Pecararo's promise points to USHL
Given that most USHL draftees hail from the Midwest, Waterloo's selection of Liam Pecararo (Canton, Mass.) at No. 2 is a true testament to his potential.

June 5, 2012
The Baillargeon Blog: A wild final day at the combine
After a day filled with intense physical testing and interviews with the media, Robbie Baillargeon wraps up his experience at the NHL Draft Combine.

June 1, 2012
The Baillargeon Blog: Sitting down with the B's on Day 3
Robbie Baillargeon's (Enfield, Conn.) string of interviews at the combine continued, including a sit-down with his favorite team: the Boston Bruins.

May 31, 2012
The Baillargeon Blog: Day 2 full of interviews
Indiana Ice standout Robbie Baillargeon (Enfield, Conn.) weighs in on his slew of interviews at Day 2 of the 2012 NHL Draft Combine.

May 30, 2012
The Baillargeon Blog: Checking in from Day 1 at the combine
Indiana Ice standout Robbie Baillargeon (Enfield, Conn.) weighs in on his experience at the first day of the 2012 NHL Draft Combine.

May 21, 2012
Maine native, USHL standout Gillies commits to Providence
Indiana Ice netminder Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) has committed to joining coach Nate Leaman and the Providence Friars.

May 17, 2012
From NEHJ: Vesey gets another shot
Getting snubbed at the 2011 NHL draft motivated Jimmy Vesey (North Reading, Mass.) to work harder.

May 3, 2012
Jr. Bruins standout Eichel commits to Boston University
After weighing his options, Junior Bruins forward Jack Eichel (Chelmsford, Mass.) has decided he'll attend BU in the fall of 2015.

April 22, 2012
From NEHJ: Tremblay's major move
After leading the Manchester Monarchs to a seventh EJHL title, coach Sean Tremblay (Newburyport, Mass.) bolted for a tempting opening with a different club.

April 8, 2012
Gacek making his mark with USHL's Youngstown Phantoms
After some early struggles, Alex Gacek (Dracut, Mass.) has come into his own in the USHL and is poised for a successful collegiate career at Miami (Ohio).

March 27, 2012
From NEHJ: Junior tryouts offer opportunities
Similar to picking a high school, a college or accepting a new job, selecting a junior hockey organization and going through the tryout process requires preparation, research and self-assessment.

March 20, 2012
Walpole Express win third consecutive AJHL title
Walpole entered the season with the bull's eye on its back as two-time defending AJHL champs. After defeating New York in the finals, that bull's eye will be back again next season.

March 18, 2012
Bobcats hope to keep Express from defending AJHL title
The Atlantic Junior Hockey League’s President Cup playoffs have come down to the final two teams. The defending champion Walpole Express will face off against the league’s third seed New York Bobcats.

March 15, 2012
Juniors Journal: Monarchs, Hitmen to battle for EJHL crown
The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Jersey Hitmen will square off in the Eastern Junior Hockey League championship.

March 7, 2012
Juniors Journal: Is the USHL coming to New England?
Rumors are swirling that the USHL will have multiple new franchises based in New England at the start of the 2013 season.

February 29, 2012
Juniors Journal: South Shore Kings developing future stars
With at least 10 of his players joining the college ranks next season, South Shore coach Scott Harlow has prepared his junior troops well for their future hockey endeavors.

February 15, 2012
Baillargeon, Gillies share common goals in Indiana
The Indiana Ice are one of the United States Hockey League’s more lethal clubs, and also boast a pair of New England standouts in Robbie Baillargeon and Jon Gillies.

February 12, 2012
From NEHJ: BC-bound Vatrano on verge
A center on the U.S. Under-18 National Team with a scholarship waiting next year at Boston College, Frankie Vatrano’s ability has him in the mix at the highest level of the game.

January 21, 2012
From NEHJ: Young and restless
For a ninth-grader who turned 15 in October, it hasn’t taken long for Empire Bruins' captain Jack Eichel to make his mark in hockey circles.

December 27, 2011
World Juniors: Coyle's hat trick leads rout in opener
Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass.) scored three goals, and Jason Zucker had a goal and two assists, as the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team earned an 11-3 win over Denmark.

December 19, 2011
From NEHJ: Fathers coaching sons
It usually starts with getting rustled out of bed on a cold, winter morning long before the sun rises.

December 5, 2011
Coyle, Arnold, Brickley on prelim U.S. roster for WJC
Arnold, Coyle, Brickley on World Junior roster

November 24, 2011
From NEHJ: EJHL becoming destination location
Over the past decade plus, scores of New England players have migrated west for their hockey. But more and more players are coming east, or maybe north, to the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

October 18, 2011
From NEHJ: Full speed ahead for Southie's Darcy
South Boston's Cam Darcy forges ahead after a trying first season in the USHL.

September 22, 2011
From NEHJ: Remarkable recovery for Silk
Things were going pretty good for Brendan Silk last summer. Then it all changed pretty quickly.

August 15, 2011
Former Worcester coach Granato tapped by U.S. NTDP
USA Hockey chooses Granato for NTDP

August 15, 2011
Former Worcester coach Granato tapped by U.S. NTDP
ormer Worcester IceCats coach Don Granato has been named head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, it was announced Monday.

August 11, 2011
From NEHJ: For Brandon Shea, a change of direction
For a hockey player entering his sophomore year in high school, Brandon Shea has accomplished quite a bit.

July 21, 2011
Recruit Shea bypassing BC for QMJHL
Prized prospect Brandon Shea, a 16-year-old center from Marshfield, Mass., will join the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

July 19, 2011
From NEHJ: Fans, players lament loss of Maineiacs
Lewiston Maineiacs fans were loyal and passionate, following the team on road trips to Canada and tailgating in frigid Central Maine mid-winter temperatures.

June 23, 2011
Hamilton's draft stock soared after strong season
Dougie Hamilton is one of the more intriguing draft options who possesses the size, skating and skill that could see him develop into a top NHL defenseman someday.

June 23, 2011
Skilled Strome could be first-round option for B's
If the Boston Bruins adhere to their traditional draft philosophy of grabbing the best player available, Niagara center Ryan Strome might be a viable option for the Stanley Cup champions in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday.

June 22, 2011
Defenseman Murphy could be an option for Bruins
Ryan Murphy is one of the more dynamic players at any position in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and based on some projections he could be on the board when the Boston Bruins pick at No. 9.

June 20, 2011
BC-bound McGlynn an unknown no longer
Conor McGlynn kept a low profile for most of his life, but the soon-to-be Eagle is no longer flying under the radar.

June 20, 2011
Memorial Cup champ Beaulieu could interest B's
If the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs taught the Boston Bruins anything, it was the value of having skilled two-way defenders in the lineup.

June 5, 2011
Prince might be worth second-round look for B's
For Ottawa 67’s winger Shane Prince, the sacrifices are starting to pay off.

June 1, 2011
QMJHL to dissolve Lewiston Maineiacs franchise
Lewiston Maineiacs franchise all done

May 16, 2011
From NEHJ: Youth served with Boston Jr. Bruins' title
Maybe experience is overrated. The Boston Junior Bruins of the Empire Junior Hockey League provided evidence for that argument.

April 30, 2011
From NEHJ: N.E. connections help make Dubuque a contender
From the mag: Dubuque's expansion power

February 20, 2011
From NEHJ: U.S. settles for bronze at World Juniors
Boston University freshman center Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass.) and Boston College sophomore defenseman Brian Dumoulin (Biddeford, Maine) are in select company.

January 20, 2011
From NEHJ: Jr. Monarchs maintain torrid pace
In their first 28 games, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs won 25, lost 1 and tied 2. Out of a possible 56 points, they earned 52, a .929 winning percentage. They outscored their opposition by 94 goals in 28 games.

January 5, 2011
Kreider proves mettle with bronze at World Juniors
Kreider proves mettle at World Juniors

January 5, 2011
Kreider, U.S. capture bronze at World Juniors
World Juniors: Kreider, U.S. earn bronze

January 5, 2011
Kreider proves mettle with bronze at World Juniors
Chris Kreider’s veteran leadership played a pivotal role in helping the team come away with the bronze.

January 3, 2011
Coyle crucial to USA's chances of defeating Canada at WJC
BU's Coyle key to USA's hopes of reaching finals at WJC

January 3, 2011
World Juniors: U.S. falls to Canada in semis
World Juniors: U.S. falls to Canada in semis

January 1, 2011
World Juniors: U.S. earns semifinal spot
World Juniors: U.S. earns semifinal spot