MARLBORO, MA - The Junior Bruins got great news a couple weeks back as they were invited to and accepted entry into the Mass. Select League at the 18U and 16U level. The Little Bruins, the program’s split season team, will participate in the 18U division while the Junior Bruins 16U (full season) team will participate at the 16U level.
The league schedule consists of 14-15 games (exact number of games is TBD but it is in that range) at both the 18U and 16U level. The league also plays an unbalanced schedule meaning the stronger teams in the league, like the B’s, will play the vast majority of their games against other strong teams.
While the Mass Select League (MSL), at the 18U and 16U levels are a split season league, the 16U B’s will participate. They will play their fall MSL schedule and then play the bulk of their United States Premier League Schedule (USPHL) during the winter months in addition to the top tournaments and showcases throughout the fall and winter.
This gives the Junior Bruins 16U team a schedule that no other program or team can offer in all of New England. In addition to their 3 hours of practice ice each week they now have a game schedule that is heavy with local games, limited travel and against the best competition.
The team will participate in both the MSL and USPHL so their league schedules include the likes of the South Shore Kings, Islanders HC, Jersey Hitmen, Suffolk PAL, Selects Academy, Portland Jr. Pirates, NH Jr. Monarchs, Springfield Pics, Bay State Breakers, Rochester Stars, Providence Capitals, CT. Yankees, Valley Jr. Warriors, GBL Bruins, Neponset Valley River Rats, Dual State Huskies, Springfield Rifles, SS Dynamos, RI Saints, Eastern MA Senators, Bulldog Selects, NS Wings and the 495 Stars.
The 16U’s will also play in tournaments such as the Labor Day invitational at NESC, BJB Shootout at NESC, the Beantown Fall Classic at Exeter, NH and a tournament in Chicago or Detroit to play the elite teams from the mid west and west such as the Chicago Fury, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Colorado Thunderbirds, LA Jr. Kings, Little Caesar’s, Honeybaked and Belle Tire to name a few. There may be another tournament/showcase added as well, but, with the aforementioned league and tournament schedule the 16U B’s will play a schedule that no one else can offer.
“This is adding 14-15 games to our schedule, local games that cuts down on the travel we had this past season, with strong teams that we will see at the state tournament in November as well,” coach Topher Bevis commented. “We had a great schedule lined up for the 2013-2014 season but now we have a better one. We are thrilled to be a part of the league.”
The Little Bruins, whose season currently ends at the same time as their MSL partners, will now add a strong league schedule to thier tournament and showcase schedule.
The Little Bruins schedule, for the 2013 fall season, will start with training camp in late August. They will participate in the top tournaments in the greater Boston area such as the Labor Day Invitational at NESC, BJB Shootout at NESC and the
Beantown Fall Classic at Exeter, NH. They will supplement those three tournaments, and potentially one other, with their league schedule against other top teams such as the Neponset Valley River Rats, GBL Bruins, Cape Cod Whalers, Eastern MA Senators and the SS Dynamos to name a few.
“We feel this gives our players the absolute best schedule there is in the fall,” Little B’s GM Peter Masters commented. “The players who are at a high school or prep school and need to supplement their winter season with a strong fall option will continue to be able to do so with our Little Bruins team. Anytime we can upgrade our schedule we are going to do so an this offers our players the best schedule, competition and exposure for our players. It adds no additional travel to our schedule and the players won’t miss any school so it will work out very well. We are thrilled to be a part of the Mass. Select League.”