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MAY 2015

Frozen Four: Divine Providence 
The Battle for Boston came down to two Hockey East teams with vastly different legacies, and a dramatic third period delivered the Providence College Friars to the college hockey promised land.

Women’s Hockey: Blades of Glory 
The Boston Blades repel rival Montreal to capture the CWHL title for the second time in three seasons.

Bruins Beat: Anatomy of a Failure 
Injuries, cap mismanagement and underperforming stars add up to the Bruins’ last-day elimination — and GM Peter Chiarelli’s dismissal.

APRIL 2015

Playing Pro, Part 3: The Afterlife
The final installment of NEHJ’s three-part series looks at the post-playing pursuits of New Englanders. Some are thriving within the game, while some have chosen different paths to “get their engines charged up.”

Frozen Four: Battle for Boston
Sterling efforts in regionals have Providence and Boston University on the brink of Division 1 college hockey supremacy.

19th annual Summer Hockey Camp Guide
Check out insight from feature writer Phil Shore, columnists Brion O’Connor, April Bowling and Julie Nicoletti, and our exclusive directory of the region’s best camp options.

MARCH 2015

Playing Pro, Part 2: Livin’ the dream
The second installment of NEHJ’s three-part series showcases a handful of New Englanders who have forged vastly different minor-league careers. Are the rewards worth the grind? The answer to that question is unique to each player.

Bruins Beat: Tales from the Ice Crew
TD Garden’s Ice Crew thrives in a high-octane atmosphere. Go behind the scenes with the arena’s “family.”

Eichel, Grzelcyk savor Beanpot
The BU Terriers turned back a resilient Northeastern effort to claim its first Beanpot championship in the David Quinn head coaching era.


‘So you wanna be a pro hockey player?’ 
NEHJ’s three-part series opens with a reality check on the odds of making it at the elite levels, and what it takes, on and off the ice, to break through.

Prospects Pulse: Adam Gaudette
Kirk Luedeke’s second installment of this season’s Prospects Pulse draft series checks in with former Thayer Academy star Adam Gaudette, now thriving in the USHL.

College Spotlight: When the club becomes family
The “Lavender Game” helps the Roger Williams hockey family rally around James Stowe as he turns back cancer.


Prospects Pulse: Noah Hanifin
Kirk Luedeke kicks off his Prospects Pulse draft series with an inside look at Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin (Norwood, Mass.), expected to be a top-five pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Boston Bruins top prospects
David Pastrnak has dazzled at world juniors and the AHL level and is the top prospect in the Boston Bruins’ pipeline. Check out Kirk Luedeke’s rankings of all the best prospects in the team’s developmental system.

High Schools: Belisle back for 40th
Fueled by his simple love for the game, Bill Belisle enters his fourth decade spearheading the storied Mount St. Charles hockey program. Plus, check out our new state-by-state notebook.


High schools: Where it still matters
Enjoy a hockey express through the New England states, as Mike Zhe explores six winter wonderlands where high school hockey is THE game in town. Plus, check out our state-by-state high school previews.

Prep schools: Goalie stalwarts
Kicking off our season preview — including our school-by-school capsules — we outline some top veteran goalies on the circuit and how they help to shape the prep landscape.

Amateurs: A 50-year bond
Each winter, the Massachusetts seaside gem of Marblehead renews its hockey-loving vows with Saint-Lambert, Quebec.

Buyer’s Guide: Sticks
Get pro insight on flex, curve and other factors. Plus, check out great new gear for the 2014-15 season from STX, True Hockey, Sher-Wood, Graf, Easton, CCM and Bauer.


Q&A: Jeremy Roenick
From the South Shore of Massachusetts to hockey havens across the country, “J.R.” has forged an intriguing niche as a man of many opinions and many endeavors. We check in with the Hall of Fame hopeful as he dishes on his passion for golf, the state of today’s game, hockey broadcasting and what it’s like to be a video game legend.

Division 3 Colleges: From the Ground Up
Mike Zhe dives into the mission of Endicott College — as well as Daniel Webster and Western Connecticut State — to find a pot of gold at the Division 3 level. Plus, previews of the NESCAC, MASCAC, ECAC East and ECAC Northeast.

Amateurs: Boston Bear Cubs 
Behind the scenes with the Boston Bear Cubs program, which offers a unique and inspirational haven for special hockey players.

HockeyTown: Canton, Mass. 
Check in on a Greater Boston town that has seen the sport thrive in the wake of Hockomock Cup championships and the 2010 boys high school state title.


Pucks with Haggs
Joe Haggerty, the NHL/Bruins Insider for Comcast SportsNet New England, returns to NEHJ with a new monthly column. Plus, we profile top Bruins draftee David Pastrnak.

Colleges: Jack Eichel
As he embarks on a pit stop at Boston University, Bay Stater Jack Eichel — 100 percent pure hockey player — shrugs off talk of being the No. 1 draft pick. But he’s good. And he makes it look easy.

Colleges: 2014-15 Season Preview 
We preview every Division 1 men’s and women’s team in Hockey East, ECAC Hockey and Atlantic Hockey, plus unveil our preseason rankings.

Buyer’s Guide: Gloves
Less-intrusive cuffs are key to the evolution of hockey gloves. Plus, check out the latest gloves from Bauer, CCM, Reebok, STX and Warrior.


European adventure
A host of players with New England ties are finding green pastures overseas. New England Hockey Journal shares their insight and experiences, from the KHL to Western Europe and everywhere in between.

NHL New England: 'Shatty' on a mission
Former Boston University national champ defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk looks to elevate his game into Norris realm this season as the St. Louis Blues chase elusive Cup glory.

College recruiting lists
Check out the recruiting classes for Hockey East, ECAC Hockey and Atlantic Hockey.


Bruins: Savoring their chance
Boston Bruins development camp is not all about the high-end draft picks. For a handful of undrafted players with local ties, an invitation to camp is another opportunity to prove their worth.

NHL New England: Chargin’ Charlie
Weymouth, Mass., standout Charlie Coyle took a gamble when he left BU for major juniors. Good move or not, Coyle’s stock is on the rise, paralleling a Minnesota Wild franchise on the upswing.

10th annual Prep School Guide
One of the most important decisions facing a young player and his or her family is whether or not the prep route suits them. Prep staffers offer their take on all aspects of the prep school experience.

JULY 2014

NHL Entry Draft: New England review
The Black and Gold seek a hometown home run with the second-round selection of Ryan Donato (Scituate, Mass.), while the likes of Johnathan MacLeod, Miles Gendron, Beau Starrett and Shane Eiserman solidify 2014 as a terrific draft for the region.

NHL Entry Draft: Bruins review
GM Peter Chiarelli continues the club’s European penchant with the selection of David Pastrnak, plus a breakdown on all six Black and Gold picks.

Buyer’s Guide: Goalie Gear
Retail insiders — and goalies themselves — serve up valuable insight to help you find the best gear for your money — and your talents.

JUNE 2014

NHL Entry Draft: New England preview
As Ryan Donato (Scituate, Mass.) ramps up for his Crimson crusade under the guidance of father Ted, he looms as a potential first-round pick in this month’s NHL draft in Philly. Plus, we rank the top 11 draft-eligible prospects and highlight some potential sleeper picks.

NHL Entry Draft: Bruins preview
Will the Bruins’ European trend continue? Could GM Peter Chiarelli make a bold play for the Florida Panthers’ top draft slot?

Off-ice training
Next season starts now: Check out what’s trending with some of the region’s top hockeytraining headquarters.

MAY 2014

Bruins Beat: Loui, Loui
The former Dallas Star sparkplug has reinvented himself in Claude Julien’s system, and his contributions are proving crucial as the Bruins aim to play deep into the spring.

2014 Frozen Four
Buoyed by a Bay State native behind the bench and plenty of Northeast talent, Union charges to glory in Philadelphia. Plus, Boston College sensation Johnny Gaudreau savors the Hobey Baker Award.

Spotlight: Crimson Classic
A quarter-century ago, Harvard coach Bill Cleary molded a savvy, talented batch of players into national champions. NEHJ looks back at that magical season.

APRIL 2014

2014 Frozen Four
Boston College edges UMass-Lowell and eyes revenge in Philadelphia. Plus, we recap the college conference tournaments.

Prep School Championships
Kimball Union savors its second Piatelli/Simmons title in three seasons. Plus, complete coverage of the state high school tournaments.

18th Annual Summer Hockey Camp Guide
Instructors’ diverse backgrounds help shape dynamic, fun agendas. Plus, check out our exclusive summer hockey camp directory.

MARCH 2014

Cover Story: Top Tiger
Fans, college recruiters and pro hockey scouts might have asked “Adam who?” just a season ago, but Adam Gaudette has placed himself firmly on the radar for next-level promise.

The 62nd Beanpot
Even Johnny Hockey couldn’t steal the spotlight from BC captain Patrick Brown in the title game against Northeastern. 

Sochi Olympics: Crunch-time debacle
NEHJ was on the scene in Sochi, and contributor Wayne Fish gets perspective on what went wrong from New Englanders Jonathan Quick and Max Pacioretty. Plus, we revisit a gut-wrenching flirt with gold by the American women.


Cover Story: Max Pacioretty
For Taft School product Max Pacioretty (New Canaan, Conn.), the road to the Sochi Olympics has been paved with challenges. He’s prevailed.

Sochi Olympics preview
As Sochi prepares to light the Olympic flame, we try to answer five burning questions facing the U.S. men’s team, starting with whether Jonathan Quick (Hamden, Conn.) gets the nod in net. On the women’s side, Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) hopes to captain Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal since 1998. 

Bruins Beat: Sam Berns
Sam Berns, the special Bruins fan from Foxboro, Mass., who passed away last month, serves as an inspiration to the Black and Gold.


Legacy of Lake Placid
More than three decades after the 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” the village of Lake Placid is largely unchanged, its allure still captivating players and fans of all ages. We revisit the drama of the time and why Lake Placid still holds a prominent perch in our hockey hearts.

Bruins Beat: Frozen in time
From the “Miracle on Causeway Street” to “Boston Strong” to the heartbreak of Game 6 against the Blackhawks, Jesse Connolly leads us on a photographic rewind of 12 engaging months of Bruins hockey.

Hockey East: Providence’s Jon Gillies
In an ultra-competitive conference, the PC Friars have emerged as a team to beat, thanks largely to super soph goalie Jon Gillies.


State of High School Hockey
The high school game remains an irreplaceable part of New England winters, but its growth has been stunted by many outside factors.

Prep School Preview
Five players — Dexter’s Ryan Donato, Rivers’ Miles Gendron, Kimball Union’s JD Dudek, Noble & Greenough’s Cal Burke and Phillips Exeter’s Ted Hart — enter the New England prep spotlight.

Bruins Beat: Reilly Smith
Considered by some a “throw-in” in the Tyler Seguin trade, former Miami of Ohio star and Dallas Stars prospect Reilly Smith finds his niche in Claude Julien’s system.


State of Women’s Hockey
In our special report, we examine the women’s game, which has experienced unprecedented growth over the past 15 years.

Bruins Beat: Special Krug
The strong brotherly backing of a true hockey family — coupled with a can-do attitude — energizes Bruins’ blueline prodigy Torey Krug.

Division 3 Season Preview
A big, talented sophomore class has UMass-Boston poised for a shot at the top spot in ECAC East. Plus, check out our preseason Div. 3 power rankings and our conference-by-conference previews.


Bruins Beat: B-lievin’ in Bergy
Intangibles trump tools in Patrice Bergeron’s journey to greatness. Plus, the Chicago Blackhawks top our rankings of all 30 NHL teams.

Cover Story: Johnny Hockey
Creativity, hard work and drive define Boston College’s sparkplug, but Johnny Gaudreau has unfinished business at The Heights.

2013-14 college season preview
We preview every men’s and women’s Division 1 team in Hockey East, ECAC Hockey and Atlantic Hockey, and rank all of the New England schools.


Cover Story: College Recruiting
We analyze how a non-traditional power such as Merrimack competes in a cutthroat, make-or-break game of persuasion.

Exclusive: Jack Parker Q&A
In a lengthy sitdown interview with NEHJ, the legendary Boston University coach proves he’s not lost passion for the game in retirement.

Bruins Beat: Training Camp Preview
Jarome Iginla, Loui Eriksson fortify right-wing slot, while Torey Krug targets starting role for revamped contender.

Juniors: MC Hammer
Casey Fitzgerald departs Malden Catholic to pursue his national team dream. Plus, juniors notes and Recruiting Trail.


Bruins Beat: Boston Common
They’re home grown. They’re Comm Ave rivals. They’re in the Bruins’ development pipeline. But pals Ryan Fitzgerald and Matt Grzelcyk have miles to go before they peak.

Juniors: Linc-ed In
Thayer Academy’s Linc Griffin brings a Marchand-like tenacity to the U.S. Under-17 Select team. Plus, juniors notes and Recruiting Trail.

Ninth annual Prep School Guide
Our annual guide catches up with 15 prep schools to discuss why student-athletes who choose the prep route will discover that the combination of athletics and academics is unmatched by what they could find anywhere else.

Buyer’s Guide: Skates
Top retailers shell out top-notch advice on skate fitting, technology and brand loyalty. Plus, check out our exclusive buyer’s guide.

JULY 2013

Stanley Cup Finals: An American Original
The Bruins' memorable playoff ride comes to a screeching halt, as the Blackhawks dash their title dreams in a classic Stanley Cup Final. We cover all the angles, including Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask and Chicago's Ben Smith (Avon, Conn.).

NHL Draft: Erne, Sanford lead local crop
Our draft guru, Kirk Luedeke, breaks down all of the New England and Bruins draft selections, starting with Adam Erne and Zach Sanford. Plus, John Hayden (Greenwich, Conn.) reflects on his draft experience.

Buyer's Guide: Goalie gear
Tap into the inner"netmind" of a goalie equipment retailer to gear up for success. Plus, check out our exclusive buyer's guide.

JUNE 2013

NHL Draft: New England preview
Our resident draft guru, Kirk Luedeke, analyzes the local players with the best chances of being tabbed in the NHL draft.

NHL Draft: Bruins preview
With recent success and stability, the Bruins are able to take a long-term view when sizing up prospective draft picks.

Bruins Beat: Core values
The Bruins’ May Miracle extended the season and kept the Stanley Cup-winning band intact.

Buyer’s Guide: Hockey uniforms
Four industry leaders share their passion and trade insight on what goes into making a good jersey.

MAY 2013

National champs: Bulldog mentality
In an all-Connecticut championship game, Yale finishes off a whale of tournament run for the ECAC’s first NCAA title since 1989.

Bruins Beat: The Old Man and the Swede
Will the still-dynamic Jaromir Jagr and intriguing import Carl Soderberg boost the Bruins’ playoff fortunes?

Prospects Pulse: Brian Pinho
As the NHL draft approaches, we analyze the St. John’s Prep star and update the NEHJ Top 10 draft prospects.

APRIL 2013

Cover Story: Jack Parker bids farewell
The BU bench legend retires with three national crowns, 21 Beanpot titles, 11 league banners and priceless rink-forged relationships.

Three for the Frozen Four
Three New England schools — UMass-Lowell, Quinnipiac and Yale — advance to the Frozen Four with hopes of their first national title.

Bruins Beat: Brad Marchand
By any of his evocative nicknames, Brad Marchand evolves from the Bruins’ ultrapest to their top gun.

17th annual Summer Hockey Camp Guide
Summer camps embrace technology, but time-tested drills remain the focal point. Plus, we offer tips and advice along with our comprehensive camp directory.

MARCH 2013

Bruins Beat: Dougie Hamilton
Bruins fans and members of the organization expected the rookie blueliner to be good. But Dougie Hamilton has exhibited the confidence and poise of a veteran. Plus, listen to the NEHJ podcast on this month’s cover story.

AHL: A game for the fans
The American Hockey League proves endearing to fans across the region, with a commitment to entertainment value and family-friendly atmospheres complementing the tremendous on-ice showcase.

High schools: Heart of a lion
Chelmsford (Mass.) High School’s Brandon Spring proves it’s not always big numbers that matter in our great game.


The 61st Beanpot: Overdue for an overhaul?
New teams? New format? New location? NEHJ examines college hockey’s most iconic tournament. Do we need to energize the Beanpot? Plus, listen to the NEHJ podcast on this month’s cover story.

Bruins Beat: Locked in
With the lockout-shortened season finally under way, we analyze the key factors as the Bruins push to bring the Stanley Cup back home.

Juniors: Worth their weight in gold
Harvard freshman Jimmy Vesey and Boston College sophomore Johnny Gaudreau prove clutch as Team USA wins World Juniors title.


100 Greatest Players from New England
In our special report presented by Bauer, we rank the all-time best hockey players from our region, including the 10 best female players. Plus, listen to our first NEHJ podcast on the making of the 100 Greatest Players issue.

Bruins Top 10 Prospects
Dougie Hamilton tops our annual ranking for the second year in a row.

In Appreciation of Jerry York
We pay tribute to college hockey’s all-time winningest coach.

Prospects Pulse
Adam Erne (Branford, Conn.), who is excelling in the QMJHL, leads off our annual look at the region’s top NHL draft prospects.








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