HAWTHORNE, NJ – In a unanimous vote, the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League approved a USA Hockey-led agreement and has accepted nine new members into the league, which will begin play in the 2013-2014 regular season. The new members are the New Hampshire Monarchs, the Philadelphia Revolution, Apple Core Junior Hockey, Boston Bandits, Valley Junior Warriors, Connecticut Oilers, Brewster Bulldogs, New Jersey Wildcats and the Frederick Freeze. The additions to the MJHL give the league twenty-seven teams, making it the largest junior hockey organization in the United States.
“A vote was held via conference call and it was a unanimous decision to move forward with the USA Hockey-led agreement,” commented AMHL President Gene Palecco. “It is an exciting time for junior hockey in the Northeast and everyone is looking forward to working with the new members in making the MET League the best league that it can be.”
"We (the AMHL) are excited to announce the nine new additions to the MET League,” said AMHL Director of Hockey Operations and Officials Paul Maciejewski. “As we continue to grow as a league, we have some great plans in store for all twenty-seven teams and will continue the driving force of player development and movement. We welcome each of the new members. A unanimous 19-0 vote to accept all nine goes to show the strength and commitment our members have in the continuing growth and success of our league."
“On behalf of the new franchises, I would like to thank the AMHL and the MJHL for showing confidence in the ‘new nine’ and welcoming us in as new members,” said Apple Core General Manager and Director of Operations Henry Lizard. “We look forward to a great relationship and will give 100% to make the league the best it can be.”
MJHL officials are feverishly working on new division alignments and getting scheduling completed for the 2013-2014 season. An official announcement of the new divisions and schedule is expected shortly.
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