Guilford, Conn.- In a little less than a week The ECC College Cup, one of our premier events, takes place in the Greater New Haven Area.
The College Cup is a three-day tournament taking place from October 4-6 showcasing 44 teams. “We are really excited about the College Cup,” said ECC President Peter Alden. “We have a lot of competitive teams and that will lead to very competitive hockey throughout the age groups.”
At the 18U and 16U age groups, the teams will be split up into two divisions, Red and White. The 18U field will consist of competitive organizations such as the NJ Colonials, Jr Bruins, Elite Hockey Program, Westchester Express, Springfield Pics, among others. The 16U brackets will see teams including the NJ Devils, Neponset Valley River Rats, Wonderland Wizards and Ashburn Xtreme to name a few.
The 15U division will showcase some of the top programs in the country such as the LI Royals, CT Whalers, and Jersey Shore Whalers.
The 14U division will feature programs from Montreal, New York, Vermont and Connecticut.
Perhaps one of the major draws of the College Cup is its close proximity to numerous college campuses boasting high-level hockey teams. In fact, some of the games will take place at these sites such as Yale’s Ingalls Rink and Wesleyan’s Spurrier-Snyder Rink. Alden believes that playing games at these types of buildings are great for the kids. “It’s cool for these kids to play in college barns,” said Alden. “By playing at these barns, you can get a picture of what would be on a Friday night in front of a packed house and begin to think one day soon I could play here.” Because of the hot bed that is college hockey in New England, the College Cup is an ideal scouting destination for numerous schools thirsty for young athletes looking to take the next step in their playing career.
Wesleyan University: Address: 161 Cross St, Middletown, CT
Yale University: 73 Sachem St, New Haven, CT
Northford Ice Pavilion: 24 Fire Lite Place, Northford, CT
East Haven Veterans Memorial Rink: Address: 71 Hudson St, East Haven, CT
Louis Astorino Ice Arena/Hamden: 595 Mix Ave, Hamden, CT
We look forward to more growth in this event. Follow our Instagram @ecc.tournaments to stay up to date, and go to our website www.eastcoastclassictournaments.com for more information about upcoming tournaments.