2023 Eastern Exposure Cup Preview: 120 Teams From 2008s -2014s Descend On Boston Area For Top Competition

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Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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The 2023 Eastern Exposure Cup, which will feature 120 of the top youth teams in North America, gets underway October 27-29 at a host of Massachusetts arenas.

The event actually kicks off with a pair of games Thursday night, October 26, with a prime-time game at both Boston University’s Agganis Arena, and Harvard University’s Bright Center.

The opening game of the 2008 Division will faceoff Thursday at 6pm at Agganis Arena and pit the Boston Jr. Eagles, ranked eighth in the country in the latest My Hockey Rankings, taking on the Markham Majors out of Ontario.

At the 2009 level, the North York Rangers (from Ontario) travel down to take on the 09 Boston Jr. Eagles, currently #2 in the USA at Harvard.

“I am looking forward to the weekend and I hope everyone else is too,” said Eastern Exposure Group Director Matt Miles. “The competition will be excellent this year. Every year we try our best to give everyone five games against competition they usually don’t see and against teams of similar talent. I feel we did that this year.”

Action in the 2008 Division, featuring 18 programs, will take place at the Lovell Arena in Rockland, MA, utilizing all three ice sheets. The teams will be broken down into two divisions – 2008 Elite and 2008 AAA.

In addition to the Boston Jr. Eagles, four other teams vying at the 2008 level are ranked in the top ten in the nation by My Hockey Rankings in Mt. St. Charles (2), the Long Island Gulls (6), Mid-Fairfield Rangers (7) and Seacoast Performance Academy (10).

“My team and I are dailed in this season and we are a team that has been clicking recently,” Mt. St. Charles player Will Bent told the Exposure Cup via Instagram. “We are going into the Eastern Exposure Cup fired up and ready to win the ‘chip.”

The Long Island Gulls’ Anthony Pedalino, fresh off a Beast League U15 title, added on the Exposure Cup IG “As a team everyone will see that our strong suit is our skating and we are going to out-skate teams. We have guys from all over. I am looking forward to having a great weekend at the Eastern Exposure Cup and hopefully getting a championship.”

The 2009 Division is the event’s biggest, with 32 teams competing in games that will be played at the Foxboro Sports Center, and Rodman Arena in Walpole, MA. The 2009 Elite and 2009 AAA divisions will each have 16 teams competing.

Keep an eye on the following top 2009 programs in the country: Mount St. Charles (2), Boston Jr. Eagles (3), Chicago Mission (6), Florida Alliance North (5), Mid-Fairfield Rangers (4), all looking to come home with the crown.

“We are excited to play in the Eastern Exposure Cup again. The competition is always awesome and it forces us to play our best hockey of the season,” said Boston Jr. Eagles standout Carter Meyer on IG. “As a team, we have had a good start to our season, but we need to keep getting better every week.”

10 teams, including clubs from Ottawa (Myers), Phoenix (Jr. Coyotes) and Team Illinois will vie for the 2010 championship. All games at the 2010 level will be held at the Canton Ice House.

The 2011 Division will have 16 overall teams, 10 in the Elite Division and 6 in the AAA Division. The Elite Division will feature locals like the Boston Jr. Terriers, and Boston Advantage, as well as the East Ontario Wild and Team Illinois. The AAA Division has Top Gun 2012, Philadelphia Jr Flyers, Long Island Gulls, Niagara North Stars, CP Dynamo and Mercer Chiefs in the field. Games will be at Skate 3 in Tyngsboro, and Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury.

At the 2012 Level there will also be 16 total teams, 10 in the Elite Division and 6 in the AAA Division. This action will also take place at Skate 3 and Breakaway Ice Center. The Elite Level will have a pair of teams from California in the LA Kings and Golden Bears (currently ranked #3 in the country by My Hockey Rankings), as well as the Budweis Stars from the Czech Republic. The Valley Jr. Warriors and Springfield Thunderbirds will be Massachusetts teams in the AAA Division.

Ten organizations will participate in the 2013 Division, with games at Thayer Academy, Harvard and Canton Ice House. All 10 are ranked in the Top 25 nationwide by My Hockey Rankings, with Team Illinois at #6.

A total of 18 teams will play at the 2014 level, with 10 in the Elite Division and eight in the AAA Division. The Bog in Kingston, Lovell Arena, Canton Ice House, Rockland and Thayer Academy will host action.

Here is the schedule for the Exposure Cup championship games:

2008 Elite
Sunday, October 29th – 2:45pm at Lovell Arena
2008 AAA
Sunday, October 29th -1:00pm at Lovell Arena
2009 Elite
Sunday, October 29th – 1:30pm at Lovell Arena
2009 AAA
Sunday, October 29th – 1:15pm at Lovell Arena
2010 Division
Sunday, October 29th – 12:30pm at Canton Ice House
2011 Elite
Sunday, October 29th – 12:45pm at Skate 3
2011 AAA
Sunday, October 29th – 9:45am at Skate 3
2012 Elite
Sunday, October 29th – 2:15pm at Skate 3
2012 AAA
Sunday, October 29th – 11:15am at Skate 3
2013 Division
Sunday, October 29th – 2:00pm at Canton ice House
2014 Elite
Sunday, October 29th – 2:15pm at The Bog
2014 AAA
Sunday, October 29th – 12:45pm at The Bog

For the entire schedule, click here:

Exposure Cup Schedule

Area Code Hockey

Additionally, Area Code Hockey, part of the Exposure Group, will be hosting a similar tournament for the 2015 and 2016 age groups. Eighteen teams will compete at the 2015 level, and 12 will participate at the 2016 level.

Games will be held at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, MA.

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