NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List Released
The NHL's Central Scouting Service released its Preliminary Players to Watch List today.
It's a PDF file with the first three sections devoted to North American players. The fourth and final section, European players, starts on page 16. And the final player listed there -- way down on page 22 -- is Alexandre Texier of the Bruleurs de Loups de Grenoble (The Grenoble Wolf Burners), a grisly team name if there ever was one. Word has it that in the 17th century townspeople got a little fed up with wolves attacking their livestock and one night the peasantry cornered a pack of them in a section of forest and burned them alive. The team logo is of a wolf on fire.
At any rate, Texier hopes to become the sixth French-developed player to reach the NHL, joining Philipe Bozon, Christobal Huet, Stephane Da Costa, Antoine Roussel, and Pierre-Edouard Bellamare. (Bozon and Huet were also former Wolf Burners.)
NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List
Prep Cup Schedule & Rosters
The 2016 Prep Cup ('02s and '03s) will be taking place this weekend at four venues in Massachusetts, primarily Cushing Academy and the Winchendon School, which are eight miles apart from each other in the north-central part of the state. A smaller number of games will be held at the Williston Northampton School and Boston University's Walter Brown Arena.
Among the organizations sending teams are the Ottawa '67s, Long Island Gulls, Valley Warriors, Top Gun, the Minuteman Flames, Westchester Express, and the Mercer Chiefs.
2016 Prep Cup Program Book
Fri. 10/21/16 -- Updated Tues. 10/25/16
Fall Beantown Classic Adds U14 Division
The 2016 Fall Beantown Classic gets underway next Thursday, Oct. 27th, and runs through Sunday Oct. 30th. Most of the games will be played on the six sheets at the New England Sports Center (Marlborough, Mass.), with a smaller number of games being played at Navin Arena (Marlborough, Mass.) and North Star Ice Sports (Westborough, Mass.; three sheets).
New this year is a U14 division. It's small, with just six teams (Westchester Express, Junior Eagles, South Shore Kings, Minuteman Flames, Islanders Hockey Club, and Virtua Hockey).
The U16 division will have 42 teams, and the U18 Division will have 46. All USPHL Premier Leage teams will be at the event. (Technically, the tournament goes until Monday as all ten Premier League teams will be be playing their finals games that morning.)
Here's the most recently updated schedule:
2016 Fall Beantown Classic (Updated Tues. 10/25 at 9:00 am)
College Cup on Tap for This Weekend
The sixth annual East Coast Classic College Cup is on tap for this weekend, Fri.- Sun. Oct. 14-16, at a handful of venues in Connecticut.
Please click below for full rosters and schedules.
The 18U, 16U, and 15U games will be played at the Northford Ice Pavilion, Wesleyan, Yale, and the Newington Ice Arena. The 14U division will be held a bit farther away, at the Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, Conn.)
Red Division (18U & 16U)
White Division (18U & 16U)
Tues. 10/4/16 -- updated Wed. 10/12/16
NH Avalanche Fall Showcase Schedule
Here's the schedule for the New Hampshire Avalanche Midget Fall Showcase, scheduled for Sat.-Sun. Oct. 15-16 at the Ice Den (Hooksett, NH) and St. Anselm's College (Manchester, NH).
It's a U18 and U16 Tournament.
We expect to have rosters sometime next week.
NH Avalanche Fall Showcase Schedule (updated Wed. 10/12/16)