MASSACHUSETTS PREMIER DEVELOPMENT HOCKEY LEAGUE (THE PREMIER) EXPANDS TO INCLUDE MITE TO MIDGET DIVISIONS – Seven New Programs Join League!
The Massachusetts Premier Development Hockey League (The Premier) announced today that it will expand its levels of competition for the 2014-2015 season to include Mites through Midget divisions. The Premier officially accepted the following youth hockey programs into the league; Boston Stars, Central Mass Outlaws, Manchester Flames, New England Predators, New England Stars, New England Junior Hurricanes and New Hampshire Junior Monarchs. These programs will join current league members; Dual State River Hawks, Eastern Mass Senators, Rhode Island Hitmen, South Shore Conquistadors, Springfield Rifles and Walpole Express which will be adding youth teams as well. The remaining programs; Boston Shamrocks, Canton Bulldogs, Coastal Whalers, Dorchester Chiefs, GBL Bruins, Neponset Valley River Rats, Northstars Hockey, South Boston Shamrocks, South Shore Kings, Quincy 67’s, Wellesley Raiders and Weymouth Wildcats will continue their participation at the Midget and Bantam levels. The Premier is now comprised of more than 150 teams from 25 different hockey organizations making it one of the largest hockey leagues in New England.
The Premier will offer Premier, Elite, and Select levels of competition to all programs. This original parity framework provides for a fair and balanced level of competition. “Given the large number of programs and teams involved, we will be the first league that will develop a real balance in the level of play that will further the positive development of every hockey player.” states Mike Bonish, President of The Premier.
The Premier is now operating in its seventh year. Originally established as a Midget Hockey League, it has quickly grown in membership and has become a destination for top hockey talent. The move to expand play throughout the youth level divisions is part of its overall strategic plan for growth. Bonish states, "Our long term goal is be the best hockey league in the United States. Our plan is to partner with programs that embody the goals of USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) and prioritize developing their young athletes using the principles of Long Term Athlete Development so the players can be the best they can be. Our league will offer the stability and promise of a positive hockey experience for hockey families who are looking to give their kids the best opportunity to be coached, developed, and mentored. Developing hockey players is a long-term process. We believe that the successful development of a young athlete is absolutely dependent on their exposure to sustained and high-intensity skill development. The Premier teams all embrace this philosophy."
The Premier's expansion is undoubtedly a most positive and significant development in the youth hockey world in New England. Bonish declares, "We are just getting started! We will continue to grow to include more programs that embody a commitment to developing young hockey players and positively impacting their lives. The Premier will be one of the best hockey leagues in America!"
"The Premier" mission is to showcase and develop hockey players in an effort to help them realize their potential as athletes along with being valued members of their community. The League will help promote respect, courtesy and good sportsmanship among all teams participating inclusive of players, coaches, parents and fans.
It seems hard to believe but this Sunday November 3rd The MPDHL & the Walpole Express will be hosting our league’s 7th Championship Sunday! The day will feature the top 4 teams from each division in a “Beanpot Style” Tournament. With all of our races too close to call at this point this week’s games are more important as a number of bids have not been decided. The action will start with semi-final games featuring #1 vs #4 & #2 vs #3 in each division. The winners of those games will then compete in the Championship Games later on Sunday!
The following week November 8-10, 2013 Massachusetts Hockey will be hosting our State Championships at the 14, 16 & 18 Tier I & Tier II levels. A number of our teams will also be participating in those tournaments as well! The 16 & 18 tournaments will be @ the New England Sports Center in Marlboro & The 14 tournaments will be @ Iorio Arena in Walpole.
#1 RI Hitmen vs #4 SS Conquistadors @ 10:20am @ NHL Rink
#2 Weymouth Wildcats vs #3 DS River Hawks @ 10:40am @ OLYMPIC Rink
#1 RI Hitmen vs #2 Weymouth Wildcats @ 3:20PM @ NHL Rink
#1 South Boston Shamrocks vs #4 North Stars @ 12:00pm @ NHL Rink
#2 RI Hitmen vs #3 NV River Rats @ 12:20pm @ OLYMPIC Rink
#1 South Boston Shamrocks vs #2 RI Hitmen @ 5:00PM @ NHL Rink
#1 Weymouth Wildcats vs #4 Quincy 67's @ 1:40pm @ NHL Rink
#2 RI Hitmen-2 vs #3 RI Hitmen-1 @ 2:00pm @ OLYMPIC Rink
#1 Weymouth Wildcats vs #2 RI Hitmen-2 @ 6:40PM @ NHL Rink
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Premier Development Hockey League (MPDHL) I want to welcome you to our new website! We are very excited to be partnering with USA Hockey and Mass Hockey’s web partner SportNgin and look to develop the finest web site for our league members!
As you may know our league has recently changed our league name as we are entering our SEVENTH season of operation! As I enter this season as League’s President for my 7th year as well I can tell that we have as a dedicated group of officers and directors that “Get It” and truly have the best interest of “ALL” of the players that play in our League! It is a terrific group of people to work with!
I would like to tell you a bit about our growth the past 7 years. In year one, we had a league that involved 10 programs and 6 18U teams and 10 16U teams, 16 teams. Today our league has 18 programs and our team count is now 47 teams that include 13 14U teams, 18 16U teams and 16 18U teams.
Our league’s mission has always been to showcase and develop Bantam and Midget age hockey players in an effort to help them to realize their potential as athletes along with being valued members of their community. The league will continue to promote respect; courtesy and good sportsmanship among all teams participating inclusive of players, coaches, parents and fans.
Looking forward these are exciting times to be involved in Youth Hockey and I am confident that our league is ready to accept the challenges to continue to develop our league into one of the BEST in the Country!