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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...
Rutkowski Signs with Trenton Golden Eagles in OJHL!
06/24/2016
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Oil Barons sign American recruit Leeseberg!
06/22/2016
Oil Barons sign American recruit Leeseberg Cheshire, Conn. (June...
Elite Hockey Program Adds Luke Curadi to the Coaching Staff!
06/17/2016
Luke Curadi Joins Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy Coaching...
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,...
 
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 Ruenenan will both call Cheshire Academy and the Elite Hockey Program home in 2016-17. 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
Rutkowski Signs with Trenton Golden Eagles in OJHL!

                                                    Rutkowski Signs with Trenton Golden Eagles

Cheshire, Conn. (June 24, 2016) – The Elite Hockey Academy is excited to announce that  18U Defenseman Jaxon Rutkowski (Rome, NY) Has signed to play with the Junior "A" Trenton Golden Hawks of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).

Rutkowski is a strong, physical defenseman who was named Captain of the Elite Hockey 18U team in their inaugural 2015-16 season. In 72 games with Elite Hockey last season, the 5”10", 175 pound defenseman registered 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) and 126 penalty minutes.

"I am very excited to be playing with Junior A in the OJHL with Trenton Golden Hawks. The Elite Hockey Academy has given me the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the country and has provided me with a great education at Cheshire Academy." Said Rutkowski 

“Jaxon has developed into a well-rounded defenseman while playing for the Elite Hockey Academy” said Program Director, Peter Alden.  “He brings a great physical presence, has great vision and we are confident he will be successful at the Junior level. We are very excited for Jaxon and his family as he continues his hockey career in Canada.”

The Trenton Golden Eagles are members of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and will host the Dudley Hewitt Cup in 2017. They play in Trenton, Ontario, Canada at the Duncan Memorial Community Gardens. 

 

by posted 06/24/2016
Oil Barons sign American recruit Leeseberg!

Oil Barons sign American recruit Leeseberg

Cheshire, Conn. (June 22, 2016) – The Elite Hockey Program is pleased to announce that 1998-born forward Nicholas Leeseberg (Parker, CO) has committed to play for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons for the 2016-17 in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) season.

Leeseberg, 18, spent last season with the 18U Elite Hockey Program.  In 64 games with Elite Hockey last season, the 6'2", 174 pound forward registered 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) and 46 penalty minutes.
 
“Nick was some body that our scouting staff identified early on in the year as a player that sort of fits the mold of what we needed. Leeseberg can skate really well, can play either forward position whether it’s wing or centre,” said Oil Barons Head Coach and General Manager Tom Keca. “Just his versatility along with his size and his skating ability was probably the most attractive attribute that he had for us.”
 
Keca notes that Leeseberg’s best assets are his size, speed, and versatility. Oil Barons fans will see him used in all situations including on the power-play, penalty-kill and in tight game situations.
 
"Leeseberg has developed into a more complete player over the past year in our program,” Elite Hockey Academy Program Director, Peter Alden said. “He always had the gifts of a good offensive player and goal scorer. He worked hard to develop his body and become a better player without the puck offensively and defensively. He has now earned the opportunity to play at the next level and we are very happy for him and his family."
 
The Fort McMurray Oil Barons are an ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They play in Fort McMurrayAlbertaCanada at the Casman Centre, capacity 1,937. The following former Oil Barons have gone on to play in the NHL:  
 
For more information on the Elite Hockey Program, please visit: www.EliteHockey.Academy
 
 

by posted 06/22/2016
Elite Hockey Program Adds Luke Curadi to the Coaching Staff!

Luke Curadi Joins Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy Coaching Staff

CHESHIRE, CT — Luke Curadi has been named Associate U16 Head Coach for the Elite Hockey Program (EHP) at Cheshire Academy. Curadi played Division I college hockey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and professionally with the Adirondack Thunder in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

Peter Alden, General Manager and Director of the EHP comments, "Luke is an up-and-coming hockey coach. He has a reputation for a tireless work ethic and knowledge of the game.  He welcomes the opportunity to share the keys to his success with young student-athletes. Combining Curadi's experience with our current staff, EHP has assembled a team of coaches that knows what it takes to advance our student-athletes to the next level."

Curadi a native of Cheshire, CT, comes from a strong playing background. He played junior hockey in the BCHL and the United States Hockey League (USHL), where he helped his team, the Dubuque Fighting Saints, win a Clark Cup Championship in 2011. The Championship team was coached by Jim Montgomery, the current Head Coach of Denver University. 

Curadi went on to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC - NCAA DI), where served as an assistant captain during his senior year in 2015 and was a pivotal piece of the RPI defensive core, as a physical, stay-at-home defenseman. Curadi graduated on the Dean’s List in 2015 with a Business and Management degree. "I feel very fortunate and proud to have played Division 1 hockey in the ECAC at RPI for Seth Appert and his staff. Coming from one of the top college hockey programs in the country, I understand what it means to be a student-athlete at a great school and all the responsibilities that come with that," Curadi said. 

Shortly after graduating from RPI, Curadi signed a pro hockey contract with the Adirondack Thunder in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).  During his time in the ECHL, Curadi played in 55 games, contributed 8 points and had 88 penalty minutes. "I have learned the valuable lessons in development, recruiting and coaching from Seth Appert at RPI and former Fighting Saints Head Coach, Jim Montgomery currently at Denver University. I owe a great deal of this opportunity to all of my coaches and family for what they have taught me while playing.  I look forward to working with the Elite Hockey Staff and players and helping to grow both the players and the program." Curadi said. 

Elite Hockey is a Tier 1/AAA hockey organization with teams at the youth and midget levels.  EH operates its 16U and 18U program in conjunction with Cheshire Academy, where it provides its student athletes with New England Prep School education and full season Tier 1 hockey experience.  All teams under the EHA umbrella receive professional coaching, access to top leagues and tournaments as well as a dedicated staff that works to develop and advance its players. For more information on the Elite Hockey Program, please visit www.EliteHockey.Academy

 


by posted 06/17/2016
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
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