The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) are pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2023-24 Showcase Series. This year’s version of the Showcase Series will feature three league-wide events in the EHL, a pair of league-wide events in the EHLP, and three additional mini-showcases in the EHL.
Here are the dates and locations for the 2023-24 Showcase Series:
WORCESTER LEAGUE-WIDE SHOWCASE (SEPT 28TH – OCT 1ST)
All EHL and EHLP Teams – Worcester Ice Center
NORTH REGIONAL SHOWCASE (FEB 20TH – 22ND)
All EHL North, East, and Central Teams – The Rinks at Exeter
2024 FROZEN FINALS (MAR 27TH – 31ST)
EHL – This year’s 4-team format will seed the finalists #1 through #4 and set up a pair of best-of-three series to be completed March 27th through 29th. The two series winners will advance to the EHL Championship Game on the 31st.
EHLP – This year’s 4-team round-robin format will take place from March 28th through 30th, followed by the EHLP Championship Game on the 31st.
Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP)
The Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) serves as a developmental division for the EHL. The EHLP celebrates the start of its 9th season under the EHL this fall, with 16 teams split up between 3 different divisions. The league exists to help yougner players develop and prepare for the next step in their journey.
The EHL’s sub-division has done a great job promoting players up the ranks of junior hockey, and is responsible for a number of the league’s NCAA Commitments. Over 400 players have developed at this level and then made their jump up to the EHL.
What is the EHL?
The EHL is a junior hockey league that is fully committed to developing the skills hockey players need to be prepared for the next stage in their career. We are focused on maximizing your potential in the time you spend with us. When leaving the EHL, you’ll be better prepared for your next step.
Through individualized coaching, premium training programs, and a more dedicated experience, our priority is to provide the student athlete with the necessary tools to reach their goals on and off the ice.
Committed To Our Players
At the EHL, our passion for the game of hockey shows in everything that we do. Through dedication and hard work, we have seen personal success starting with our sport, and our goal is to provide those same opportunities to the next generation of elite hockey players.
We believe through mutual commitment and passion, professional dedication, and access to the necessary resources, every hockey player can become a better version of themselves on and off the ice. It is through this individualized attention and holistic improvement that players achieve the highest level of success in their hockey goals and beyond. Because when dedicated individuals are in the habit of constantly improving, any level of success is possible.
Our goal is to show players and families what they deserve to receive as a valued member of a community. We insist on fostering a high level of competitiveness and a high level of play. However, we will not put coming in first over the development of an individual. Instead we create competitive success through the improvement of every player. We will not make unattainable promises just to have a player commit, but to be honest and forthright. We will not let any player fall behind, but instead push each student athlete to be their best.
We do this by committing to players the same way they commit to us. This means a dedicated coaching staff that works closely with every individual player to highlight their strengths and lessen their weaknesses.
At the EHL, our focus every day is on the student athlete and their goals so their focus can be on hockey and their own improvement. We work tirelessly to prepare the student athlete for their dreams so when they reach them, they’ll be ready.
LEAGUE STAFF & COACHES
Bertagna (right) poses with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman while receiving the Lester Patrick Award, given to him for his outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
Joe Bertagna, now in his 4th year with the EHL, serves as the league’s Commissioner. Bertagna comes to the EHL following a 38-year run as a commissioner in NCAA Division I hockey.
Bertagna has enjoyed a unique and distinguished career as a player, a coach, and an administrator. A native of Arlington, MA, he was an outstanding goaltender at Arlington High School before moving on to Harvard University, where he played for Hall of Fame coaches Ralph “Cooney” Weiland and Bill Cleary. He also played one year in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and for the Milwaukee Admirals.
As a coach, he began a summer goaltending school in 1974 (still active), while working with Tim Taylor, who went on to coach for Yale University and the 1994 U.S. Olympic Team. Bertagna teamed up with Taylor again in 1991 and 1994, serving as Team USA’s Goalie Coach for the Canada Cup and Winter Olympics, respectively. He also served six seasons as the goalie coach for the Boston Bruins from 1985 to 1991.
Throughout this period, Bertagna’s primary occupation was as an administrator and he became the longest-serving college hockey commissioner in NCAA history. His 38-year career as a commissioner began with 15 years with ECAC Hockey, followed by 23 years with the Hockey East Association. He was also named the first Executive Director of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) in 1991, and maintains that position today.
His efforts have been recognized with numerous awards, most notably the USA Hockey Distinguished Service Award and Hall of Fame recognition from Massachusetts Hockey, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the Women’s Beanpot Tournament, and the Massachusetts High School Hockey Coaches Association.
Ravin (left) poses with Anthony Viola following the 2021 EHLP Championship Game.
Neil Ravin, in his 9th year with the EHL, serves as the Associate Commissioner for the league. In eight seasons with the EHL, Ravin has helped more than quadruple the league’s following across social media, all while also serving as the play-by-play broadcaster for over 75 games during the 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 seasons. Ravin is also the host of the #EShow Podcast, which debuted back in January of 2020, with a new episode released every Thursday throughout the year. Ravin brings with him experience from working for the Portland Pirates (AHL), the Portland Sea Dogs (AA – Baseball), and the Hockey East Association (NCAA Division I). A Maine native and a graduate of Quinnipiac University (2013), Ravin earned a degree while studying Broadcast Journalism in college, and spent much of his senior year (2012-13) covering the men’s hockey team on their run to their first Frozen Four appearance in Pittsburgh, PA. Ravin has since played an integral role in developing the league’s version of the Frozen Four, the EHL Frozen Finals at Providence College.
In addition to the annual Frozen Finals, Ravin also has taken the EHL Showcase Series to new heights since joining the league, helping to provide all players with unmatched levels of exposure at each season’s league-wide events.
Along with the EHL Showcase Series, Ravin also helped form the EHL All-Star College Series, in which the league faces off in a group of exhibition games against NCAA opponents. The EHL is the only junior hockey league in the United States that provides this unique opportunity to its players.
Whether you’re looking to break into the league through the EHL Combine Series, gaining exposure while playing in the EHL Showcase Series and EHL All-Star College Series, or claiming a trophy at the EHL Frozen Finals, Ravin has his fingerprints on every league event that transpires in every calendar year — working hand and hand with the coaches to provide a league that serves as tremendous platform that helps propel the players to the next step in their respective careers. Look no further for proof than league’s NCAA Commitment total which surpassed 1700 in the middle of the 2023-24 season.