‘So you wanna be a pro hockey
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
The “Lavender Game” helps the Roger
Williams hockey family rally around James Stowe as he turns back
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
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
Amateurs: A 50-year bond
Each winter, the Massachusetts seaside gem of
Marblehead renews its hockey-loving vows with Saint-Lambert,
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
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
Behind the scenes with the Boston Bear Cubs program, which offers
a unique and inspirational haven for special hockey players.
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.
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
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
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
NHL Entry Draft: New England
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
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.
NHL Entry Draft: New England
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
Will the Bruins’ European trend continue? Could GM Peter
Chiarelli make a bold play for the Florida Panthers’ top
Next season starts now: Check out what’s trending with some
of the region’s top hockeytraining headquarters.
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
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.
2014 Frozen Four
Boston College edges UMass-Lowell and eyes revenge in
Philadelphia. Plus, we recap the college conference
Prep School Championships
Kimball Union savors its second Piatelli/Simmons title in three
seasons. Plus, complete coverage of the state high school
18th Annual Summer Hockey Camp Guide
Instructors’ diverse backgrounds help shape
dynamic, fun agendas. Plus, check out our exclusive summer hockey
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
High School Hockey
The high school game remains an irreplaceable part of
New England winters, but its growth has been stunted by many
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.
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
In our special report, we examine the women’s
game, which has experienced unprecedented growth over the past 15
Beat: Special Krug
The strong brotherly backing of a true hockey family
— coupled with a can-do attitude — energizes
Bruins’ blueline prodigy Torey Krug.
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
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.
Story: Johnny Hockey
Creativity, hard work and drive define Boston
College’s sparkplug, but Johnny Gaudreau has unfinished
business at The Heights.
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
We analyze how a non-traditional power such as Merrimack competes
in a cutthroat, make-or-break game of persuasion.
Exclusive: Jack Parker
In a lengthy sitdown interview with NEHJ, the legendary Boston
University coach proves he’s not lost passion for the game in
Bruins Beat: Training Camp
Jarome Iginla, Loui Eriksson fortify right-wing slot, while Torey
Krug targets starting role for revamped contender.
Casey Fitzgerald departs Malden Catholic to pursue his national
team dream. Plus, juniors notes and Recruiting Trail.
Bruins Beat: Boston
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
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
Ninth annual Prep School
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.
Top retailers shell out top-notch advice on skate fitting,
technology and brand loyalty. Plus, check out our exclusive
Stanley Cup Finals: An American
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
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
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.
NHL Draft: New England
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
Four industry leaders share their passion and trade insight on
what goes into making a good jersey.
National champs: Bulldog
In an all-Connecticut championship game, Yale finishes off a whale
of tournament run for the ECAC’s first NCAA title since
Bruins Beat: The Old Man and the
Will the still-dynamic Jaromir Jagr and intriguing import Carl
Soderberg boost the Bruins’ playoff fortunes?
Prospects Pulse: Brian
As the NHL draft approaches, we analyze the St. John’s Prep
star and update the NEHJ Top 10 draft prospects.
Cover Story: Jack Parker bids
The BU bench legend retires with three national crowns, 21 Beanpot
titles, 11 league banners and priceless rink-forged
Three for the Frozen Four
Three New England schools — UMass-Lowell, Quinnipiac and
Yale — advance to the Frozen Four with hopes of their first
Bruins Beat: Brad
By any of his evocative nicknames, Brad Marchand evolves from the
Bruins’ ultrapest to their top gun.
17th annual Summer Hockey Camp
Summer camps embrace technology, but time-tested drills remain the
focal point. Plus, we offer tips and advice along with our
comprehensive camp directory.
Bruins Beat: Dougie
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
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
High schools: Heart of a
Chelmsford (Mass.) High School’s Brandon Spring proves
it’s not always big numbers that matter in our great
The 61st Beanpot: Overdue for an
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
Bruins Beat: Locked
With the lockout-shortened season finally under way, we analyze
the key factors as the Bruins push to bring the Stanley Cup back
Juniors: Worth their weight in
Harvard freshman Jimmy Vesey and Boston College sophomore Johnny
Gaudreau prove clutch as Team USA wins World Juniors
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.
Adam Erne (Branford, Conn.), who is excelling
in the QMJHL, leads off our annual look at the region’s top
NHL draft prospects.