When the Eastern Hockey League Premier Division wrapped up its showcase in Worcester, Mass. back in January of 2020, nobody suspected that it would take nearly two calendar years for the next one to take place.
But now, 620 days later, the EHL and EHLP are headed back to Worcester to pick up where they left off.
As teams arrive in Massachusetts this weekend, it is safe to say this showcase will mean more to the players, coaches and staff members across the league. The return of the EHL Showcase Series represents another step towards normalcy after the league (and by extension the world) was upended in March of 2020.
The players are excited too, such as Colin Bella of the Connecticut RoughRiders. After leading the league with 25 goals last season, he is a prime example of a player who can showcase his talents in front of collegiate coaches in search of an NCAA commitment.
The showcase runs Thursday Sept 30 through Sunday Oct 2, and each day will have several exciting matchups. Here are some games to keep an eye on.
Thursday Sept 30
Friday Oct 1
Saturday Oct 2
Sunday Oct 3
New York Apple Core vs. Boston Jr. Rangers – 12:00 p.m.: While the Rangers have a strong goalie tandem in Chris Jackson and Nathan Mueller, Apple Core has a terrific goalie of their own in Bernard Jackson. He has a .942 save percentage through five games and has stopped 106 of the 113 shots he’s faced in his last two contests. Expect a goalie battle on Sunday afternoon.