ELITE 9 HOCKEY LEAGUE – THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF COLLEGE HOCKEY & THE NHL
The Elite 9 (formerly known as the NEHL) has been the road to college hockey and the NHL for countless number of young hockey players in New England and the 2017-18 season is no different with 3 Elite 9 alumni dominating the college hockey landscape both nationally and in Hockey East. Those players include 3 of the top 7 scorers in Hockey East and the NCAA leading scorer in Adam Gaudette (Boston Advantage), Bobo Carpenter (Valley Jr. Warriors) and Brian Pinho (Valley Jr. Warriors)
Former Boston Advantage star Adam Gaudette has now taken his game to the next level at Northeastern University as he is the #1 scorer in College Hockey with 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points. This is an impressive follow up to his sophomore campaign in which Gaudette tallied up 52 points. Thanks to Gaudette’s prolific scoring, the Huskies currently sit in second place in Hockey East and have a date next Monday against divisional rival BU in a battle for the 2018 Beanpot Championship. Gaudette was an immense talent and leader for 5 seasons with the Boston Advantage and was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2015 NHL draft. Gaudette is finally getting the national recognition he deserves as he leads all NCAA players in scoring and is currently a top candidate for the Hobey Baker Award. Gaudette has trained with Boston Advantage/Lovell Hockey since the age of 6 and continues to train and work as an instructor in the offseason with Lovell Hockey.
Valley Jr. Warrior standout Bobo Carpenter played 7 seasons with the Jr. Warriors on a very talented ’96 team which was coached by his father and Boston hockey legend, Bob Carpenter. Bobo and his team captured multiple E9/NEHL Championships and went on to win the Mass Tier I State Championship as Peewees and advanced to USA Nationals. Carpenter took his talents to Commonwealth Avenue and is now leading the Boston University Terriers with 16 goals and 27 points, which ranks 5th in Hockey East. As a Freshman, Carpenter was a member of the 2015 BU squad that captured the Beanpot Championship, Hockey East Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship Finals where they fell just short in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Providence. Carpenter will now focus on attempting to lead the Terriers to their 31st Beanpot title next Monday versus Northeastern.
Brian Pinho developed into a top college and NHL prospect after playing seven seasons with the Valley Jr. Warrior ’95 team. Brian enjoyed success as a young Jr. Warrior also capturing the Tier I State Championship as Peewees and representing Massachusetts at USA Nationals. Brian has continued that winning tradition at Providence College, where his team won the 2015 NCAA Championship. As a senior and Captain at Providence this season, Brian currently ranks 7th in Hockey East with 11 goals and 26 points and is hoping to lead the Friars to their second NCAA Championship during his time in Providence. Pinho was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 2013 NHL Draft and also recently named a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, presented to the best American Born College Hockey Player in New England. Congratulations and best of luck to Bobo and Brian from the Valley Jr. Warriors.