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Moving Up the Ladder

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/23/2018, 8:00am EDT

From the EHLP, to the EHL, to NCAA Hockey

BOSTON, MA -- This past week, Mike McPherson of the Boston Jr. Rangers made his commitment to Plymouth State University for the Fall of 2018. With his decision finalized, the native of Somerville, MA joins a growing list of players who've worked their way up from the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP), to the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), and then on to NCAA Hockey. The 2015-16 Most Valuable Player benefitted greatly from the year he spent in the EHLP.

"We just finished the third season for our development division, and the EHLP has grown tremendously since we we kicked things off prior to the start of the 2015-16 season," said Mark Kumpel, the EHLP's Director of Hockey Operations. "The intentions for the league were really quite simple, as we wanted it to help develop the players for the next step up our ladder. The numbers speak for themselves as more and more players continue to go from the EHLP, to the EHL, and on to NCAA Hockey."

In the first season of the league (2015-16), the EHLP saw a handful of players make their commitments to NCAA programs, including players such as Ray Feeley and Ryan Wagner. Since that season, the EHLP has put together back-to-back years of 15+ NCAA Commitments. While there have still been some direct EHLP to NCAA Hockey commitments, the majority have followed the EHLP-EHL-NCAA pattern.

Below you'll find a combined list of NCAA Commitments from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Highlighting just this past season in particular, a record 32 EHL players with EHLP experience, made their NCAA Commitments for this upcoming Fall.

Smith Commits to Worcester State

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/21/2018, 12:00pm EDT

EHLP Alum Set to Join Lancers this Fall

HAVERHILL, MA -- Brian Smith, a forward for the Valley Jr. Warriors, has committed to Worcester State University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 played the past two seasons in the Warriors program, spending a year apiece at both the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) levels. This past season in particular, Smith racked up 26 points in 40 games in the EHL.

"Brian is a tenacious player on the puck,” said Warriors head coach and general manager Andy Heinze. “If he loses it from a back check he’ll stop hard and go after it hard instead of making a big loop. He’s a very competitive, and he's always had the ability to score; he did that this year for us."

Two seasons ago during the 2016-17 campaign, Smith played the entire year for the Warriors' EHLP team. The native of Dracut, MA was one of the top scorers in the league that season, racking up 68 points in 41 games.

Read the full story on the official website of the Eastern Hockey League.

Allen Commits to Framingham State

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/21/2018, 10:00am EDT

EHLP Alum Set to Join Rams this Fall

LACONIA, NH -- Zander Allen, a forward for the New England Wolves, has committed to Framingham State University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 just finished his second season with the Wolves at the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) level, after spending the 2015-16 campaign with the team at the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) level. Over his three years of junior hockey, the native of Rochester, NH racked up 55 points in 44 EHLP games, and 38 points in 95 EHL games.

"Zander sets a tremendous example with his on-ice grit and determination," said Wolves head coach and general manager Andrew Trimble. "He's very adaptable, and can be used in all situations. I am very happy for Z, and proud of this next step he is taking. FSU is getting a tremendous player and person to add to their room."

While the season ended sooner than Allen and the Wolves had hoped, one major highlight was the forward's performance against the Valley Jr. Warriors on February 4th. Allen's four-goal night led the way to a big Wolves victory, and he was later named the EHL's Forward of the Week for his performance (TSR Hockey Stars of the Week #22). Allen is one of three Wolves that have committed to join the Rams, as he will meet up with Rodahn Evans and Anthony Thurston when they arrive on campus this Fall. All three players developed for at least one year at the EHLP level.

Read the full story on the official website of the Eastern Hockey League