Monarchs Unveil Full-Season U-16 Team
Team will play in EJHL 16-Under League
Hooksett, NH –The New Hampshire Monarchs are pleased to announce the formation of a full-season U16 Team for the 2012-13 season. The team will be a member of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) 16-and-under division. The league was recently unveiled by EJHL Commissioner Bob Mainhardt, and 12-14 teams will participate. The league will be the first of its kind in the Northeast, allowing for greater development at a crucial age for these players. The new league will follow the High Performance Club Criteria developed by USA Hockey in accordance with the American Development Model.
We will have our main tryouts the weekend of April 21and 22 in conjunction with our EJHL, Empire, ESHL and U-18 Split Season teams. The team will practice 2-3 times per week and play approximately 50 games. 25-35 of the games will be within EJHL competition with the rest taking part in showcases. The development model used by the EJHL team will be implemented with this team and all players will receive top-notch instruction both on and off the ice. In addition to phenomenal on ice training the team will also take part in proper off-ice training methods to ensure maximum development.
We are offering a bridge for the elite player that has been missing for a long time. For years players getting to the bantam major level often find themselves at a crossroads with their hockey path and now we will offer them a superior development option that will take them from U16 straight through the junior ranks with the ultimate goal to play in the EJHL. It makes sense for us to work with these younger athletes as they are at one of the most critical stages in their development and often do not receive the proper instruction to take their game to the highest level possible.
The New Hampshire Monarchs have placed over 100 players into Division One programs as well as 9 NHL Draft selections in the last decade alone. They have won 7 EJHL Championships and are considered by many to be the top program in North America. The same model will be used with the U-16 Team and development will be the focus with this team.