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The Elite Hockey Program looks ahead to the ECEL Fall Classic!
09/26/2016
September 26, 2016 - The Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy...
The Elite Hockey Program Heads to to the East/West Invite!
09/15/2016
  September 15, 2016 - The Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire...
Elite Hockey Player of the Week- Tim Heinke
09/13/2016
In conjunction with the start of the regular season, Elite Hockey...
16U Elite Hockey Players to USA National Development Camp!
07/15/2016
July 15, 2016-   Cheshire, Conn., The Elite Hockey Academy...
Elite Hockey Welcomes Top Finnish Players!
07/11/2016
  July 11, 2016 Cheshire, Conn. - The Elite Hockey Academy...
Elite Hockey Program releases 2016-2017 regular season schedule!
07/07/2016
The Elite Hockey Program 2016-2017 regular season schedule July...
ECEL Dates Announced for 2016-2017 Season!
06/01/2016
    New Haven, CT- Elite Hockey Academy is very...
AYHL announces addition of Elite Hockey Academy!
06/01/2016
AYHL announces addition of Elite Hockey Academy FLORHAM PARK,...
Kevin Cunningham Announced 18U Head Coach!!
05/11/2016
ELITE HOCKEY PROGRAM AT CHESHIRE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES...
Kei Yasuda to Play for Japanese 18U National Team at the IIHF!
04/04/2016
Keitaro Yasuda to Play for the Japanese 18U National team at the...
Welcome to the Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy!
03/18/2016
Welcome to the Elite Hockey Academy The Elite Hockey Academy,...
Attend Cheshire Academy!
09/29/2015
Attend Cheshire Academy! Founded in 1794, Cheshire Academy is...
 
The Elite Hockey Program looks ahead to the ECEL Fall Classic!

September 26, 2016 - The Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy is exited to head to the East Coast Elite League Fall Classic this upcoming weekend (Sept.30-Oct 2) in Hingham, Mass.  The Fall Classic is the first of four ECEL Showcases that the Elite 18U and 16U Teams will attend. All games this weekend are played at Pilgrim Arena in Hingham.

"Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy wants to play against the very best competition at all times, and I think our schedule reflects that," stated Peter Alden, Program Director. "By playing such a tough schedule against some of the top teams, not only in the region, but in the country, our players will have to raise their level of play and personal competition, which is very important at the U18 and U16 level."

The U18 and U16 schedule is as follows:

U18:

Friday, September 30th vs PAL Islanders at 8:30 PM

Saturday, October 1st vs Hill Academy at 9:20 AM

Saturday, October 1st vs Newbridge Academy at 4:40 PM

Sunday, October 2nd vs Team Maryland at 11:20 AM

U16:

Friday, September 30th vs NY Aviators at 8:20 PM

Saturday, October 1st vs Hill Academy at 9:30 AM

Saturday, October 1st vs PAL Islanders at 2:50 PM

Sunday, October 2nd vs Team Maryland at 11:10 AM

 

For more details about the event visit http://www.ecelhockey.com/ 

Good Luck to All Elite Hockey Teams this weekend!

 


by posted 09/26/2016
The Elite Hockey Program Heads to to the East/West Invite!

 

September 15, 2016 - The Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy is gearing up for a big upcoming weekend as the 16U and 18U teams head to western Massachusetts to take part in the Springfield Rifles East/West Invitational! This Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th , the Teams will take a drive short drive up I-91 to attend a top showcase tournament that boasts some of the top teams in the northeast.  All teams in the tournament will play at least four games, with the chance to play in the championship round on Sunday afternoon.

The 18U team will head to The Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, home of the UMass Minutemen (Hockey East D-1). On Saturday, Coach Cunningham and the 18U’s kick off their weekend at 10 AM against the local Springfield Pics and have a 4 PM matinee versus the JR Bruins USPHL 18U.  Sunday morning at 11 AM the boys are right back at it to take on the JR Bruins Gold.  Depending on the results of the three round robin games, Elite will play Sunday after noon against a to-be-determined opponent.

The 16U team will head to the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield this weekend to do their part in representing the Elite Hockey Program and Cheshire Academy.  Saturday afternoon at 1 PM Elite 16’s starts off vs the top ranked Buffalo Regals.  Saturday night at 7 PM will have Elite Hockey against the home standing Springfield Rifles.  With a quick turnaround, the boys are right back at it Sunday morning at 9 AM to take on the Neponset Valley River Rats.  The fourth game will be to be TBD as well.

Elite Hockey and Cheshire Academy would like to thank the Springfield Rifles organization in advance for hosting a top notch tournament and providing excellent exposure to all players.  Best of luck to all teams weekend!

To follow the 18U and 16U teams this weekend, please follow us on twitter: @EliteHockey_CA and online: http://www.riflesinvitational.com/. 


by EHP posted 09/15/2016
Elite Hockey Player of the Week- Tim Heinke

Heinke had 4 goals and an assist in AYHL Showcase

In conjunction with the start of the regular season, Elite Hockey is happy to give out the first 2016-2017 player of the week award to 16U Forward Tim Heinke ('01, Kensington, CT).  The 16U Elite Team went 1-1-1 over the weekend against some great competition, taking down Washington Little Caps 7-5, tying Philly Jr. Flyers 3-3, and being bested by Virtua 9-2.  During the initial weekend, Tim was able to find the back of the net in all three games, with 2 goals coming in the opener vs Washington. The versatile winger saw time in all situations, including having two of his goals come on the power play. 

 

Tim and the 16U Team are back in action this weekend at the Springfield Rifles East/West Invite at Olympia Ice Center (West Springfield, Mass.).  The boys take on The Buffalo Regals on Saturday, September 17th at 1 pm, and later on that day against the home team Springfield Rifles at 7pm.  They are back in action the next morning at 9 AM, Sunday 9/18, vs Neponset Valley River Rats.  

 

Big Congratulations to Tim and Best of luck to all Elite Teams this coming weekend.


by Elite posted 09/13/2016
16U Elite Hockey Players to USA National Development Camp!

July 15, 2016-

 

Cheshire, Conn., The Elite Hockey Academy wishes 16U Forward Tim Heinke & Defenseman Jarrett Overland the best of luck as they will be attending the 2016 USA Hockey National Development Camp in Buffalo, NY. The camp begins July 17th and will continue through the next week.  The nations top 2001's will be performing in various events both on and off the ice to showcase their skills in front of numerous coaches and scouts from around the US.

Jarrett Overland on the USA Hockey Camp "I am very excited for this opportunity and to perform at the USA Hockey National Camp while wearing a USA Hockey jersey. I hope to improve as the week progresses and perform at the highest level I am capable of. I've worked and trained very hard for this and will not take it for granted."

16U Associate Head Coach, Luke Curadi will be attending the camp this weekend and had this to say:

"I am very excited to see our guys playing with the best players in the US. Both of them are very talented hockey players great young men. They handle themselves like professionals and it will go a long way at this camp. This is always a great event and I am excited for a great weekend of hockey."

Good luck to Jarrett & Tim!


by posted 07/15/2016
Elite Hockey Welcomes Top Finnish Players!

 

July 11, 2016

Cheshire, Conn. - The Elite Hockey Academy continues to draw players from across the globe for the 2016-17 season!  Roope Partanen & Christian Reunanen will both call Cheshire Academy and the Elite Hockey Program home in 2016-17. Both of these players are coming to Cheshire through our Finnish partner Universal Players (www.universalplayers.com). Both players are coming off of impressive 2015-16 seasons playing at the U16 level in Finland.

Roope is a 5'11" 180lb defenseman who is a native to Finland. Coming off of an impressive season with Jokerit U16, Roope had 4G-12A-16P and 24 penalty minutes in 27 games. "We are very excited to have Roope on our 16U team. He is a good size player with good instincts and adds an offensive burst to the blue line" said Program Director Peter Alden.

When asked, "Why did you choose the Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy?" Roope said, "I was impressed with the coaching staff and the Elite Hockey Program. I believe I will find their coaching style very beneficial to my game. The campus was very spacious and I am excited for the opportunity to play another sport at school aside from hockey." Roope also stated that he has multiple goals set for the upcoming season: "I want to become the best player I possibly can and help my team win a Championship. The opportunity to play here will enable me to further my hockey career and ultimately help me reach my goal of playing hockey professionally."

The Elite Hockey Academy is very excited to welcome Christian Ruenenan to the 16U club. Christian is a 5'10" 177lb forward who is also native to Finland. Christian had a very successful 2015-16 season with his Finish club TPS Akatemia U16. "I am very excited to watch Christian play in the upcoming season. He is a quick forward with great skill and a high hockey IQ. With the amount of on & off ice training the Elite Hockey Program offers, Christian will undoubtedly become a player to watch" -  said Program Director, Peter Alden

When asked "Why did you choose the Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy?" Christian mentioned the following: "I chose the Elite Hockey Program because I want to learn more about the American culture, language and style of hockey. I want to develop into the best hockey player I can be. Cheshire Academy & the Elite Hockey Program have all of the necessary facilities and coaches to allow me to reach my goals. Helping my team win a championship while developing as a hockey player is my ultimate goal with the Elite Hockey Program."

 

by posted 07/11/2016
Elite Hockey Program releases 2016-2017 regular season schedule!

The Elite Hockey Program 2016-2017 regular season schedule

July 7, 2016

Cheshire, Conn - The Elite Hockey Program is excited to announce the release of the 2016-17 regular-season schedule.  Celebrating its 2nd season in 2016-17, the Elite Hockey Program offers the best of both worlds, with a high level of education and a competitive tier 1 full season hockey schedule.  The combination is second to none in the Eastern US for development and college placement.  Our objective as an academy is to prepare students athletically and academically with the ultimate goal of competing for championships and advancing our players. Elite Hockey Academy takes pride in developing athletic excellence on the ice as well as creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.

“The release of the regular season schedule is always an exciting time for both our U18 and U16 teams as it allows us to look forward to certain dates and start to promote our players.” said Elite Hockey Program Director Peter Alden. “Last year we got a taste of playing against amazing competition in the U.S. Tier-1 Elite League but look forward to our strong schedule and  playing predominately on the east coast with over 50 division one and division three NCAA schools in our backyard which will provide our players excellent exposure in the top leagues on the east coast.” 

The Elite Hockey Program is proud members of the East Coast Elite League (ECEL) and Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL).   Our coaching staff and players can look forward to playing a highly competitive schedule and fostering new rivalries in the region. The anticipation for the start of the season is at an all-time high.  Some of our returning and also incoming players have already begun to receive interest from the high level junior hockey and NCAA schools.  This strong schedule will help the Elite Hockey Program as a whole, due to the hard work and talent of these players before they even step foot on campus.

"I am extremely excited about the way that our schedule has come together! Our affiliations with the Connecticut Hockey Conference, East Coast Elite Hockey League and Atlantic Youth Hockey League combined with our non-league schedule enable us to compete against many of the top programs in North America. Our players will get tremendous exposure to college and junior coaches throughout the season, giving them the opportunity to showcase their abilities on a consistent basis. All in all, the schedule is perfect for us to pursue our program's three main goals of development. exposure and competition." Said, Kevin Cunningham - Head Coach 18U Hockey 

Both the U18 and U16 teams will play 60 - 65 regular season games. The regular season will commence on September 9, 2016 and end on February 26, 2017. Starting with the East/West Invite at the Mullins Center on the campus of UMass-Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts, the front end of the season is packed with fall prep elite league games against some of the top split-season teams in the country.  The teams will also be participating in four ECEL super showcases, East Coast Classic College Cup and AYHL league events.  The 18U and 16U teams will have a chance to prove themselves against top talent from across America. Both teams will also be playing against premier programs in the AYHL for the latter half of the season.

 

The Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy, located in Cheshire, Connecticut, is a 400 co-educational prep school that gives our players all the resources and help to be eligible to attend any university or college in the country.  Cheshire Academy boasts a beautiful in Cheshire, Connecticut; 104-acre campus and in close proximity to Yale University and Quinnipiac University.  Cheshire Academy provides a student centered, prep school education that prepares athletes for college and beyond. Founded in 1794, Cheshire Academy is a co-ed college-preparatory school for students in grade 8 through 12 that challenges its students, who come from all over the world. 

Click Here To View 18U and 16U Schedule


by posted 07/07/2016
ECEL Dates Announced for 2016-2017 Season!

 

 

New Haven, CT- Elite Hockey Academy is very excited to participate in the 2016-17 East Coast Elite League showcase schedule!  This season will feature four highly scouted showcases, three of which are preliminary events to determine seeding's for the Championship Showcase.

The ECEL has a new lineup of locations and showcases for the 2016-17 season!  This new look will provide our players with an opportunity to get noticed by both US & Canadian scouts while playing against some of the best competition possible!

Schedule:

ECEL Fall Classic

September 30th - October 2nd 2016

Hingham, MA

 

Canadian Classic

October 21st - 23rd 2016

Toronto, ON

 

ECEL Holiday Classic

December 9th - 11th 2016

Hingham, MA

 

ECEL Championships

January 27th - 29th, 2016

Hooksett, NH

www.ECELHOCKEY.COM 


by EHA posted 06/01/2016
AYHL announces addition of Elite Hockey Academy!

AYHL announces addition of Elite Hockey Academy

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The Atlantic Youth Hockey League announced today that Elite Hockey  has been approved to begin play in the AYHL beginning with the 2016-17 season.

Elite Hockey aims to provide a strong platform for player development by crafting a competitive, skill-focused and team-oriented environment for its players. The program will be geared towards serious student-athletes who understand that academics and athletics go hand-in-hand.

“Elite Hockey is excited to be a part of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League,” commented program director Peter Alden. “The AYHL sets itself apart from other leagues in the country with strong leadership, innovation, and elite competition from squirts through midgets.”

“It is important for the Elite Hockey players to continue to grow and develop in the most competitive AAA playing environment,” Alden added.

“We are excited for the opportunity to have Elite Hockey join the AYHL,” commented AYHL Commissioner Gene Palecco. “Peter has a proven track record of success and we looking forward to having his new venture in our fold.” 

The Atlantic Youth Hockey League is a Tier I travel league comprised of teams from the Atlantic, Southeast, New York and New England districts. The league has over 100 teams that come from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia. It is the league’s mission to develop these young players and move them on to the next phase of their playing careers. The divisions begin at the Squirt level and proceed all the way through the Midgets. 

 

 

 


by EHA posted 06/01/2016
Kevin Cunningham Announced 18U Head Coach!!

ELITE HOCKEY PROGRAM AT CHESHIRE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES U18 COACH

Cheshire, CT – Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy announces Kevin Cunningham as the U18 head coach for the 2016-2017 season. Kevin brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the program and will be instrumental in growing the Elite Hockey program.

Cunningham comes to Cheshire Academy from Connecticut College, where he served as assistant men’s hockey coach. Prior to Connecticut College, Cunningham coached at Brown University and Ohio State University.

“Kevin brings hockey knowledge and passion to Cheshire Academy and the Elite Hockey Program,” said Director of Hockey and U16 Head Coach John Toffey. “He has coached ice hockey at some of our country's leading academic institutions. Kevin’s knowledge of the college recruiting process will be very beneficial to Academy students.”

"Kevin Cunningham is a great fit for the Elite Hockey Program. He is first-class coach, a true professional and comes with many years of coaching experience that will contribute to building a successful hockey program here at Cheshire Academy”, said Program Director, Peter Alden.

The Elite Hockey Academy staff works hard to identify both suitable student-athletes and coaches that fit into the Elite Hockey model. Cunningham, along with Elite Hockey Academy staff, will continue to advance the fundamentals of the program and players for future success and growth.

"Given his years of experience on the ice as a coach as well as in higher education as a whole, Kevin is a great addition to the Academy given our goals for the program,” said Associate Head of School and Director of Admission Scott Pottbecker. “Kevin will be able to mentor these student-athletes for life after Cheshire Academy.”

Elite Hockey at Cheshire plays a full season of hockey beginning in September and continuing into March at the tier 1 level. Elite Hockey participates in the top leagues and highly scouted tournaments and showcases to provide the best exposure and development for amateur players.

For continued coverage of ELITE hockey, follow the program on Twitter @EliteHockey_CA and on Instagram @Elite_Hockey_Academy.  


by EHA posted 05/11/2016
Kei Yasuda to Play for Japanese 18U National Team at the IIHF!

Keitaro Yasuda to Play for the Japanese 18U National team at the IIHF

Cheshire, Conn., - The Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy has not been around for long, but that’s not stopping it from bringing in some of the top talent around the world, including Keitaro Yasuda ’19, who has been asked to represent his country on the U18 Japan National Team.

Keitaro Yasuda ('00 Forward) will participate in the IIHF World Championships for the Japanese 18U National Team in Asiago, Italy, April 18-24, 2016!  Japan will participate in the IIHF World Championships in a round robin format vs teams from Hungary, Italy, Korea, Slovenia & Ukraine.  

Yasuda had 17 points in 54 games in the 2015-2016 season and is currently a member of the 16U Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy.

For more information on the IIHF, please visit: http://www.iihf.com/competition/548/statistics.html


by EHA posted 04/04/2016
Welcome to the Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy!

Welcome to the Elite Hockey Academy

The Elite Hockey Academy, powered by Cheshire Academy,  has been approved to compete in the prestigious Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) for the 2016-17 season and the East Coast Elite League (ECEL). This is significant because it enables our players to continue their growth and development in the most competitive “AAA” Leagues on the East Coast.

The vision of the Elite Hockey Academy program is to provide strong development, create big opportunities which in return generate massive results. The innovative and complete development program will field full season Tier 1 teams at the 16U & 18U levels. All Elite Hockey teams have a committed coaching staff that brings a wealth of experience from both playing and coaching at all levels of hockey (Junior, Prep School, College (D1 and D3).

Elite Hockey Academy's mission is to provide a strong platform for player development by crafting a competitive, skill-focused and team-oriented environment for our players. The Elite Hockey Program is geared towards serious student-athletes who understand that academics and athletics go hand-in-hand. Elite Hockey Academy prides itself with weekly skills sessions, excellent competition and exposure at exclusive tournaments. 

Cheshire Academy boasts a beautiful, 104-acre campus and in close proximity to Yale University and Quinnipiac University. Cheshire Academy is also an hour and a half from New York City. Cheshire Academy provides a student centered, prep school education that prepares athletes for college and beyond. Founded in 1794, Cheshire Academy is a co-ed college-preparatory school for students in grade 8 through 12 that challenges its students, who come from all over the world. 

All levels will have an aggressive practice and game schedule for the 2016-2017 season and strong Tier 1 league memberships, including the well-respected and highly competitive Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) and East Coast Elite League (ECEL).

The Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy offers: 

  • First Class Private School Education (Grades 8-12 and PG) 
  • Average Class Size of 12 | 7:1 Student Teacher Ratio
  • Roxbury Academic Support Program for additional learning assistance
  • International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme (IB Program) and AP Courses
  • Full Time College Counselors 
  • Cutting Edge on and off ice Training | First Class Facilities 
  • Full Season Tier 1 AAA Hockey Schedule (55-65 games) 
  • Participation in Prestigious & National Tournaments 
  • League Affiliation: Tier 1 | East Coast Elite League 

To set up a visit, please email:   

Cheshire Academy Online Inquiry/Application: http://www.cheshireacademy.org/Page/Admission/How-to-Apply/Application

News, information, and updates will be posted on the Elite Hockey AAA website, www.EliteHockey.Academy


by EHA posted 03/18/2016
Attend Cheshire Academy!

Attend Cheshire Academy!

Founded in 1794, Cheshire Academy is a college-preparatory school that challenges its students, who come from all over the world and enroll in grades 8 through PG, to maximize their potential for academic achievement, on and off the ice! 
 
Elite Hockey Academy, Powered by Cheshire Academy is a Full Season, Tier 1 product that plays in the Tier 1, Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL),  East Coast Elite League (ECEL) and top tournaments/showcases on the east coast.  The Elite Hockey Program is the best development model for top players looking for proper development, exposure and advancement, while receiving a top notch education.
 
Cheshire Academy boasts a beautiful, 104-acre campus and in close proximity to Yale University and Quinnipiac University.  Cheshire Academy is also an hour and a half from New York City. Cheshire Academy provides a student centered, prep school education that prepares athletes for college and beyond.  Founded in 1794, Cheshire Academy is a co-ed college-preparatory school for students in grade 8 through 12 that challenges its students, who come from all over the world.  
 
The Cheshire Academy college counseling office supports students at every step of the college application process, from discovering strengths to overcoming weaknesses, registering for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and/or TOEFL), meeting with college representatives, visiting college campuses, writing application essays, completing applications, and submitting transcripts and recommendations to selected colleges. We ensure each student's college process to be a rewarding and positive experience. 
 
 
For more information on the Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy, please email: info@EliteHockey.Academy

by posted 09/29/2015
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