Elite Hockey Program 18U and 15U to attend NAHL/NAPHL Showcase
Elite Hockey is looking forward to competing at the highly scouted event in Blaine, Minnesota
September 19, 2017
Guilford, Conn., - In June, when the Elite Hockey Program announced it was going to join the North American Prospects Hockey League (READ MORE), the Program had September 20-24 marked on the calendar as the first league event of the season! This week has Elite 18U and 15U headed to the Schwann Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota for the 15th Annual North American Hockey League (NAHL)/NAPHL Showcase!
In addition to every NAPHL member teams attending for 4 games, all 23 NAHL teams will play regular season games. This will provide Elite Hockey Program players the opportunity to not only play in front of NAHL coaches and scouts, but attend games and get a firsthand viewing of high level junior hockey. The NAHL Showcase will bring in close to 10,000 people from North America, including more around 400 NHL, NCAA and junior scouts.
Program Director and 18U Head Coach Luke Curadi, whose squad has started out with a strong 9-4-4 record, was excited about the upcoming event: “Elite Hockey players, parents and staff are extremely excited for this upcoming weekend. Our teams have had a great start to our season, with excellent showings at ECC Tournaments Labor Day Cup and the Springfield Rifles Invitational. The 18's and 15's have gone through the gauntlet against opponents like Yale, Midfairfield, Selects Academy, Neponset, among others. These are teams that will likely be at the USA National Championships in April.
Elite Hockey Program, President, Peter Alden said, "Playing the best competition across the country is important to us. We've had a successful fall and now are ready to now compete against the high end teams from all over the country. Our players will get to play in front of NHL, NCAA, USHL and NAHL scouts and give themselves a chance to impress those programs. As an organization, we want to prepare our players for top level Junior hockey, while giving them the visibility to D1/D3 College teams, and the NAHL/NAPHL Showcase is the perfect opportunity for just that.”
The schedules for the 18U and 15U teams are as follows:
Sun, Sep 24 7:00 AM - 08:30 AM vs Madison Capitals 15U
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Elite Hockey Program Player of the Week: George McMichael 18U
McMichael backstopped Elite to a victory over the defending National Champs
Guilford, Conn.-- After a solid performance at the Springfield Rifles East/West Invitational, Elite Hockey is happy to award George McMichael, 18U goalie, with Player of the Week honors. McMichael, a product of Golden’s Bridge, NY went 1-0-1 including a 3-2 Win over defending 18U National Champions on Saturday.
"George is defintely one of the best competitors on our team," said 18U Head Coach Luke Curadi. " Every game he brings it and doesn't get phased when things go south. He's very deserving of the accolade."
On Saturday, George was a calming factor for the 18U’s, providing steady goaltending and a game changing breakaway save with less than 4 minutes to go in the game. Sunday morning saw a similar effort for George as Elite tied Greater New Haven 0-0. George is now 4-2-1 in 8 games played with a .921 SV% and 1.93 GAA.
Congratulations George and the 18U's; best of luck moving forward!
NEWS: The 18U Elite Hockey Program Continue to Impress..
September 18, 2017
Guilford, CT - The 18U Elite Hockey Program has come out of the gate very strong for the 2017-18 season! With a 9-4-4 start, the 18U’s have shown up every day with the intention of getting better on and off the ice. At ECC Tournaments Labor Day Cup, they went 6-1 losing in the championship game to the Springfield Rifles 19U showcase team. This past weekend at the Springfield Rifles Invite, Coach Curadi was approached by 10 NCAA D1/D3 teams about players on our team, while EHP contuinued to impress with a 1-1-2 record, including a 3-2 win over 2017 18U defending USA National Champions, MidFairfield!
"As a staff, this start is very pleasing" Said EHP President Peter Alden. "The 18U team is treated very well, with having a custom locker room, student center and, like the rest of our teams, the opportunity to train off the ice with Strength Coach, Mike Bouchard. They are taking advantage of everything our Program has to offer and the results of the hard work are starting to show."
The 18U team is obviously our oldest group; a group that our younger teams should look up too," added" Program Director Luke Curadi. "But what is most impressive is that unlike previous years, they are serving as the gold standard for our Program. Our teams and players at the younger levels are striving to emulate the hard work the 18U players are putting in, so that someday they can expect the same high level treatment and success. The 18's have so far shown to be a model group with their behavior, and are having good success with their mentality."
This weekend, the 18s and 15s will be traveling to Blaine, Minnesota to take place in the NAHL/NAPHL Showcase, and there is expected to be over 300 scouts on site from NHL, WHL, NCAA, USHL, NAHL, BCHL & more! This is another great opportunity for our program and it is starting to get really exciting that coaches are now coming specifically to watch our guys." Said, Program Director, Luke Curadi.
For more inforamtion on the Elite Hockey Program, please visit our website www.EliteHockeyProgram.com and for continued coverage follows us on social media on Twitter @EliteHockeyAAA and on Instagram @Elite_Hockey_Program.
ANNOUNCEMENT: NAPHL Announces Final Team Line-Up for 2017-2018!
NAPHL Announces Final Team Line-Up for 2017-18 Season
Guilford, CT— The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced the 22 programs and 50 teams that have been accepted and granted memberships into the league for the 2017-18 season, which will be the ninth season of the NAPHL.
The Elite Hockey Program is proud to be part of its acceptance into the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) at the 18U and 15U levels. Participation in this league will allow our players to play high level competition and have exposure to NAHL, USHL, NCAA, and NHL teams and coaches.
Arizona Bobcats, California Titans, CarShield AAA, Colorado Springs Tigers, Dallas Blackhawks Elite, Esmark Stars, Elite Hockey Program, Everett Jr. Silvertips, Madison Capitols, Meijer AAA Hockey, New Jersey Jr. Titans, Pursuit of Excellence, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede, Tampa Scorpions, Thunder Bay Kings, Valley Forge Minutemen, Wenatchee Wolves
Alaska Oilers, Arizona Bobcats, CarShield AAA, Colorado Springs Tigers, Elite Hockey Program, Esmark Stars, Madison Capitols, Meijer AAA, New Jersey Jr. Titans, Omaha AAA, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders, Tampa Scorpions, Washington Little Capitals
“Our staff has done a really nice job building strong teams for this upcoming season and we are proud to be accepted into the North American Prospects Hockey League” said Peter Alden, Elite Hockey Program Director. "The NAPHL will be a great addition to our schedule. The League fields some of the strongest teams in the nation and is seen by many junior hockey and collegiate scouts as one of the top hockey leagues in the country. We look forward to providing Elite Hockey Program players with this additional opportunity.”
The NAPHL has proved over the years that the league is a great stepping-stone for development and training for young hockey players looking to gain experience and knowledge to work their way up to the National level. In total, 46 NAPHL players signed tenders with NAHL teams throughout the course of the 2016-17 season. What’s more impressive is that no other midget league had more players sign NAHL tenders than the NAPHL. In addition, 10 players with NAPHL ties were selected in the NAHL Draft. In total, 56 former NAPHL players now have their rights protected by an NAHL for the 2017-18 season. During the past two years, 120 NAPHL players have signed an NAHL tender or been drafted into the NAHL, a remarkable total.
GUILFORD, CT,. – The Elite Hockey Program is pleased to announce its acceptance into the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) for the 2017-18 season. as new full-time members for the 2017-18 season. The Elite Hockey Program will be joining the NAPHL in the 18U, 16U and 15U midget levels. Participation in the prestigious North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), will allow Elite Hockey Program teams to attend NAPHL showcase events and compete against highly renowned programs from across the country.
Celebrating its 8th season in 2016-17, the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is made up of 44 teams from 22 programs that compete at the 18U, 16U and 15U USA Hockey Tier I level. The NAPHL has established itself as one of the premier grounds for development and exposure. The success of teams on the National stage, as well as, the success of NAPHL players at the next levels of hockey, is further proof that the NAPHL is redefining exposure and has elevated itself to one of the premier training grounds for development and opportunity.
“We are excited to have the Elite Hockey Program as full-time members in the NAPHL,” said NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski. “With teams at all three levels, they will add significantly to the depth and competition of the NAPHL. In addition, they come from a hockey-rich area that is full of talented players that will be the future of top-level junior and college hockey programs.”
“The Elite Hockey Program is proud to be accepted into the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), said Peter Alden, Elite Hockey Program, General Manager. "We are always looking for ways to differentiate our program from everyone else and the NAPHL will be a great addition to our schedule. The NAPHL fields some of the strongest teams in the nation and is seen by many junior hockey and collegiate scouts as one of the top hockey leagues in the country. We look forward to becoming a strong partner in the NAPHL and providing Elite Hockey players with this additional opportunity.”
Peter Alden is the Elite Hockey Program, General Manager and also the 15U National Head Coach. Alden is a native of Connecticut and grew up playing in the NAHL for the Springfield Blues and furthered his playing career at UMass-Amherst (Hockey-East) and Quinnipiac University (ECAC). This is his 10th season as a club president and won a Tier 1 18U USA National Championship in 2015 with the CT Wolf Pack.
Luke Curadi is the Program Director and 18U National head coach for the Elite Hockey Program. Curadi played in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints and then went on to play division one at RPI. Curadi also played a year professionally in the ECHL and now also serves a scout for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL.
The Elite Hockey Program operates out of the Northford Ice Pavilion in Northford, CT. The Elite Hockey Program is located right outside of New Haven, CT, just a few miles away from NCAA division one powerhouses, Yale University and Quinnipiac University. The Northford Ice Pavilion is a three sheet facility, equipped with custom locker rooms for the Elite Hockey teams and 5,000 sq. ft. training facility for program’s strength and conditioning.
At the Elite Hockey Program, we provide a complete hockey experience, to help our players prepare for their next level of play. It is our developmental path that our players are given, the exposure they receive and the location we are in that makes us an attractive destination for a strong student athlete. We strongly believe in our culture and consistency. In order to develop a more complete player, we focus our energy on individual player development and teach our players to understand how their role fits into the identity of our team’s success.
Visit us online for continued coverage and for more information on our team offerings for the 2017-2018 season, please visit www.EliteHockeyProgram.com. Follow us on Twitter @EliteHockeyAAA and on Instagram @Elite_Hockey_Program.
For more information about the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), visit http://www.naphl.com
David Crandall named Elite Hockey 15U Associate Head Coach
Crandall will also serve as the programs Director of Player Development
Guilford, Conn. -- The Elite Hockey Program is excited to announce that David Crandall will be joining Peter Alden’s coaching staff as the 15U Associate Head Coach and Director of Player Development for the 2017-18 season. Crandall is currently a Regional Scout for the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) and has spent the past 17 years coaching Tier 1 midgets, most recently at New Jersey power house, the Delbarton School. He is thankful to have had the opportunity to work with several NCAA D1/D3, Junior and youth hockey coaches and players. He holds a MA in Psychology with a major concentration in leadership and team building.
“I am really excited to be joining the Elite Hockey Program. The emphasis the program places on player development and promotion compliments my player development experience and scouting role” said Crandall.
Crandall’s coaching success includes building strong teams that have won the Labor Day Tier 1 Face Off and more notable accomplishments that include an Atlantic District Championship, two Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) Championships, an International Silver Sticks Regional Championship and an International Silver Sticks Regional Finalist. His coaching experience also includes participating for several years in both USA Hockey’s Player Development camps and the Atlantic District Player Development program where he participated as an evaluator, coach and team leader.
“I am really excited to work with David for the upcoming season. He offers a unique perspective on player development and is very passionate about furthing players careers. David is a true professional and we are fortunate to have him in our organization” said Elite Hockey Program President, Peter Alden.
Crandall resides in Annandale, NJ with Audrey Melnick. His step-son, Josh Melnick, currently plays Division 1 for the Miami Redhawks.
The 15U level is a “pure” tier 1 division, meaning that only players of the 2002 birth year can compete at that level. The 15U level has been highly recognized and supported by USA Hockey, AYHL and college scouts. The Elite Hockey Program 15U team will compete in the AYHL 15U division and the East Coast Elite League 16U Premier division.
The 15U Main Camp Tryouts will be held at Yale University in New Haven, CT. For more information on the Elite Hockey Program, please contact Peter Alden (e)
and visit us online: www.EliteHockeyProgram.com.
As players and families, start to prepare for the 2017/18 hockey season, the main question that will be asked is "Is this organization a place that I can call my home?". To begin to answer that question, let's take a look at our recently upgraded facility, Northford Ice Pavilion.
Located at the very base of the I-91 corridor, "The NIP" has recently added a third sheet of ice to become the only arena of its kind in the state of Connecticut. Before the Quinnipiac University Men's Ice Hockey program moved to TD Bank Sports Center, Northford was their home for close to a decade. Elite Hockey, now entering our second season at Northford, utilizes the facility for all team practices from Pee-Wee Major to Midget Major.
All teams have a classroom that will be used to for team video and concepts. For the Elite Hockey Midget teams (18U, 15U), Northford allows our players the privilege of having own respective locker rooms. This helps our players get a taste for what to expect as they move up the ranks into junior and NCAA hockey. For our Bantam/Pee-Wee level players, this is further incentive to put in the work and aspire to someday be "one of the big guys".
Also located at Northford is MB Sports Training, which is used by Elite Hockey as the organizations off-ice strength and conditioning facility. Mike Bouchard and the MB Sports Training Staff see Elite Hockey teams up to twice a week in Coach Bouchard's new facility.
The Elite Hockey Program is proud to call the Northford Ice Pavilion and it's first class amenities Our Home. Information for our Main Camps are below. Looking forward to seeing everyone in March!