NA3EHL releases 2015-16 regular season schedule
June 19, 2015
The North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL) has announced the release of the 2015-16 regular-season schedule. This will be the NA3EHL’s first season as a USA Hockey-certified league and second season overall. Back in May, the NA3EHL announced that its member teams have been granted USA Hockey Tier III independent certification for the upcoming 2015-16 season.
The primary mission of the NA3EHL, which is managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes at the Tier III junior level, who have the ability and the aspirations to play at the collegiate level. The common goal is to produce athletes that are committed to excellence in academics as well as athletics. By providing a high level of competition, the players will be given the resources to contribute and succeed at the next level of hockey and education. During the past two seasons, over three-dozen players have committed to NCAA schools.
NA3EHL teams will compete in a 44-game regular season schedule and features 13 active members for the 2015-16 season, which include: Cape Cod Islanders (Falmouth, MA), East Coast Minutemen (Salem, NH), Jersey Shore Wildcats (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ), LA Fighting Spirit (Lewiston, ME), Lockport Express (Lockport, NY), Maine Wild (Biddeford, ME), New England Stars (Hudson, NH), New York Aviators (Brooklyn, NY), Northeast Generals (Canton, MA), Roc City Royals (Rochester, NY), Skyland Kings (Stockholm, NJ), Syracuse Stampede (Mexico, NY) and Wilkes-Barre Miners (Wilkes-Barre, PA).
The 2015-16 season is an exciting time for the NA3EHL, as the league will be at an all-time high of 13 teams. This includes three new teams this season with the inclusion of the New York Aviators, Northeast Generals and Skyland Kings. There are two divisions in the NA3EHL for the 2015-16 season, the East Division and the West Division. The regular season will commence on September 11, 2015 and conclude on March 6, 2016.
The NA3EHL will hold two a league-wide Showcase Tournaments in which all 13 teams will be in one location to play three regular season games. The first NA3EHL Showcase will be held from October 8-11, 2015 at the Skate 3 Ice Arena in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. The second NA3EHL Showcase will be held from January 28-31, 2016 at Cornerstone Ice Arena in Lockport, New York.
The NA3EHL will also send two Top Prospects teams to the annual NA3HL Showcase, which will take place from December 16-19, 2015 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
The 2016 NA3EHL playoffs will begin the week of March 7-13 with the top four teams in each division qualifying for the post-season.
2015-16 NA3EHL Divisional breakdown:
East Division (7 teams): Cape Cod Islanders, East Coast Minutemen, Lewiston/Auburn Fighting Spirit, Maine Wild, New England Stars, Northeast Generals and Skyland Kings.
West Division (6 teams): Jersey Shore Wildcats, Lockport Express, New York Aviators, Roc City Royals, Syracuse Stampede and Wilkes-Barre Miners.