AJHL Hockey

AJHL Hockey

The Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL), was formed in 2003 as part of the Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey Organization with the goal to "meet the needs of the junior hockey community and the players it serves in the Eastern United States". In 2012, the AJHL announced that it would be splitting away from the Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey Organization, and the league would be managed by its twelve owners. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the AJHL rebranded itself to the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and added six teams from the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). As seen from the table below, junior hockey teams change semi-regularly change leagues as the junior hockey landscape in the Eastern United States continues to evolve.

 

AJHL Teams 2006

EHL Teams 2020

New York Bulldogs

Boston Junior Rangers

Boston Bulldogs

New Hampshire Avalanche

Northern Mass Cyclones

Walpole Express

Hudson Valley Eagles

Seacoast Spartans

Philadelphia Little Flyers

Seahawks Hockey Club

Hartford Junior Wolfpack

New England Wolves

New Jersey Rockets

Vermont Lumberjacks

Portland Junior Pirates

Railers Junior Hockey Club

Washington Junior Nationals

East Coast Wizards

Walpole Express

Valley Junior Warriors

Northwood School

Maine Eclipse

National Sports Authority

New Jersey 87’s

Laconia Leafs

Connecticut RoughRiders

 

Connecticut Chiefs

 

Team Maryland

 

Protec Jr. Ducks

 

Philadelphia Little Flyers

 

New York Apple Core

In 2017, the EHL changed its division structure to have the sixteen teams listed above as the EHL, and an additional 13 teams in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) league. The Premier League is made up of the following teams,

Maine Eclipse
New England Wolves
New Hampshire Avalanche
Vermont Lumberjacks
Boston Junior Rangers
Railers Junior Hockey Club
Valley Junior Warriors
Walpole Express
Connecticut Chiefs
New Jersey 87’s
New Jersey Renegades
Philadelphia Little Flyers

The Boston Junior Rangers last won both the EHL and EHLP in 2019, but unfortunately, there was no playoff tournament due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The 2020-21 season of EHL and EHLP hockey is underway with teams having played around 10 games each. The season is scheduled to run until March 1st, 2021, with the EHL and EHLP Frozen Finals set for March 28th, 2021.

Notable EHL alumni include; Noah Hanifan, Jeremy Bracco, and Eric Robinson. Hundreds of EHL players have gone on to play in the NCAA, CHL, as well as pro hockey leagues in North America and Europe. There were more than 100 NCAA commitments that came from the EHL last year alone, commitments in recent years have included schools such as,

Air Force Academy
Cornell University
Holy Cross
US Military Academy
UMass Amherst
UMass Lowell
Union College
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Nebraska Omaha
University of New Hampshire

The EHL should continue to be a strong feeder system to the NCAA for many years to come thanks to its large player base across its 22 teams today.

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