The Middlesex Islanders/New England Junior Huskies are pleased to announce the formation of a U-16 team for the 2012-13 season to participate in the new Eastern Junior Hockey League 16-and-under league. The program, which will consist of full-season teams, will be the first of its kind in the Northeast, allowing for greater development and less travel, resulting in a smaller number of school days missed. The new league will follow the High Performance Club Criteria developed by USA Hockey in accordance with the American Development Model.
The team will be coached by Sean Walsh and Leigh Dean. Sean Walsh is currently an Assistant Coach with UMass-Boston in the ECAC East Division. He is heavily involved with USA Hockey National Festivals. Walsh previously coach at Lawrence University. Leigh Dean is currently the Director of Hockey Operations for the Islanders Youth Hockey programs. He played hockey at Providence College and then spent three years playing professionally in the ECHL and CHL.
“This is going to be a great opportunity for elite players to continue to develop through an age that is normally void of strong hockey teams. We are extremely excited to have two top teachers coach this team,” commented Director of Hockey Operations Paul Jenkins.
The team will have its own dedicated locker room at Hockey East’s Merrimack College, practice twice per week and play a full 40 game schedule. The team will play in top showcase tournaments in addition to the EJHL affiliates.