Friday, February 7, 2014

Introducing the ECEL

Press Release sent to the World of Junior Hockey

NEWARK, NJ – The East Coast Elite League (ECEL) is pleased to announce a Tier I Showcase Series for the U14, U16 and U18 levels that will commence competition in the fall of 2014. The East Coast Elite League’s Showcase Series is designed to provide top competition and exposure for the elite teams, and organizations, throughout the country. The League’s members will compete in five weekend showcases, culminating with league playoffs in February of 2015.

The ECEL Showcase Series will complement the regular league schedule of its members by offering high-quality competition played at top venues and desirable scouting locations for maximum exposure to college and professional scouts. All ECEL showcase games will be broadcasted live; a broadcasting partnership will be announced at a later date.

East Coast Elite League proudly welcomes the following teams at the U14, U16 and U18 levels: Boston Bandits, Colorado RoughRiders, Connecticut Wolf Pack, Hill Academy and the New Jersey Rockets. Applications for additional teams and organizations are still under consideration.

“This is an exciting opportunity for all those involved,” said ECEL Co-Founder and President of East Coast Classic Tournaments Peter Alden. “The ECEL allows us to take our expertise running tournaments and showcases and apply it in a league setting. Having successfully run dozens of elite tournaments and showcases, we understand how best to provide a structure that offers quality competition and prime exposure for our member organizations and their players.”

ECEL Showcase events include:
·       East Coast Fall Challenge – September 5-7, 2014 in Ann Harbor, Michigan at University of Michigan and USANTDP Training Facility
·       East Coast College Cup – October 17 -19, 2014 – Connecticut – Yale, Quinnipiac and Wesleyan Universities and Trinity College
·       East Coast Rocky Mountain Challenge – November 21-23, 2014 - Denver, Colorado - University of Denver
·       East Coast Holiday Classic – December 19-21, 2014 - Cromwell, Connecticut
·       East Coast Elite Championships – February 13-15, 2015 - Boston, Massachusetts (Exact Location TBA)

“The ECEL is the perfect way to showcase top programs with the concept of quality over quantity,” added ECEL Co-Founder Bob Thornton.

"The Boston Bandits organization is thrilled to be a part of the ECEL,” said Boston Bandits General Manager Todd Stirling. “The league structure will provide wonderful opportunities for players to showcase themselves all over the US. We look forward to high level play at all levels of the league!"

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Founded in 2013, the East Coast Elite League is a five-weekend showcase series that will provide maximum exposure for its member organizations and their players, by playing in top venues, in ideal scouting locations. Spread across the U14, U16 and U18 divisions and represented by several of the top hockey organizations across the country, the ECEL is the premier showcase series in the United States, unmatched in its format and exposure opportunities.

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