Happy 10th Anniversary Junior Premier Hockey – Continue To Grow The Game!

Over 120 Teams representing 70+ Clubs will celebrate Junior Premier Hockey 10th Anniversary by participating in three age divisions (U-14, U-16, U-19) and the newly formed U19 Elite, representing five regions as they get ready to kick off the 2022 Annual JPOL on Saturday, April 9.

Since 2013, the Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL) has been run under the umbrella of Junior Premier Hockey (JPH). Its creators, Nigel Traverso and Rachael Bloemker, whose vision and objective is to organize and run a competitive outdoor league in each region across the United States, whereby youth clubs and their membership have the opportunity to compete against each other on a regular basis and continue to Grow the Game.

This year JPH celebrates its 10th Anniversary with the launching of a new and exciting event called JPOL Elite.
The inaugural JPOL Elite kicks off on Saturday, April 9 at the Proving Grounds, PA. This event was created out of discussion with various clubs as to their need to play more often on water base turf regardless of the travel constraints and looking ahead to an easy transition to the NCAA format of play as their membership get ready for the next stage in their hockey career. The JPOL Elite is a U19 event and participation is by invitation only. Each year, four spots become available and all JPOL participating Clubs have the opportunity to earn one of those prestigious and well sought-after invitations, based on performance in their respective Regions.
JPH continues to work with clubs in all regions interested in participating in their leagues.

Each region’s JPOL league is played annually during the Spring, starting in April and ending with the Championships held no later than the second weekend in June. Participation is open to all USA FH member youth clubs and all are encouraged to participate in any of the three age divisions offered (U-14, U-16 and U19). JPH also continued to offer playing opportunities to our northern neighbors in Canada.

With tremendous interest and support, JPH will continue to host a U14 combined league that brings together clubs from Regions 3 through 7 to compete over six competition dates. Region 8 continues to support its own U14 Division, competing over three full weekends at River City, Richmond, VA, George Mason University, VA and a Championship weekend that will be held at the Regional Training Center in Virginia Beach on June 4 & 5.

THE 2022 JPOL PARTICIPANTS

JPOL U19 Elite
Central Penn FH – Dillsburg, PA
Freedom HKY – Annapolis, MD
Jersey Intensity FH – Monmouth Beach, NJ
Philly HC- Dublin, PA
SPark – Crofton, MD
South Jersey Edge FHC – Erial, NJ
Uprise FHC – Moorestown, NJ
X-Calibur FHC – Elverson, PA

REGION 1- 4 (NORTHEAST/NEW YORK/CANADA)
ADK – Round Lake, NY
Buffalo Hurricanes – Buffalo, NY
Cross-River Combo – New Paltz, NY
Empire United FH – West Henrietta, NY
Hudson Valley – Putnam Valley, NY
New York HC – Westchester County, NY
Strong Island – Farmingville, New York, NY

REGION 5 (PENNSYLVANIA)
Alley Cats – Harrisburg, PA
Central Penn FH – Dillsburg, PA
Freedom HKY – Annapolis, MD
Mayhem FHC (Mainline FH) – Philadelphia, PA
Philly HC- Dublin, PA
Souderton Strikers –Hatfield, PA
Vipers FHC – Collegeville, Pa
X-Calibur FHC – Elverson, PA
FSC – Mechanicsville, PA
High Styx FH – Kempton, PA
Powerhouse FH – Wayne, PA

REGION 6 (NEW JERSEY)
Centercourt FH – Morristown, NJ
Jersey Intensity FH – Monmouth Beach, NJ
Mid Jersey Knights FHC – Highland Park, NJ
NJ Starz FHC – Oxford, NJ
Princeton FHC – Princeton, NJ
South Jersey Edge – Erial, NJ
Red Knots FHC – NJ
New Heights FH – Chatham, NJ
Uprise FHC – Moorestown, NJ
Spirit of USA – Woodbury, NJ

REGION 7 (CHESAPEAKE)
Alpha Hockey – Ellicott City, MD
Empower FHC – Newark, DE
Freedom HKY – Annapolis, MD
H2O – Middletown, DE
Mustangs FHC – Washington, DC
Washington Wolves – Clarksburg, MD
Next Level – Bethesda, MD
Oranje-Gottaloveit! – Millsboro, DE
Rebels FHC – Taneytown, MD
SPark – Crofton, MD
Warhawks FHC – Glenwood, MD

REGION 8 (SOUTH)
Atlanta FHC – Atlanta, Georgia
Carolina All Stars FH – Chapel Hill, NC
Charlotte Ambush FHC – Charlotte, NC
Metro HC – Bethesda, MD
Saints FHC – Henrico, VA
Tidewater Undertow FHC – Richmond, VA
Focus FHC – Williamsburg, VA
Hammers FHC – Sterling, VA
High Voltage FHC – Fredericksburg, VA
Husel FHC – Oakton, VA
NC Fusion Platinum – Kernsville, NC
Panthers FHC – Richmond,VA
Stick Power Elite – Yorktown, VA
Xtreme FHC – Annandale, VA

U14 COMBINED
Alley Cats – Hatfield, PA
Centercourt FHC – NJ
Central Penn FH – Dillsburg, PA
Freedom HKY – Annapolis, MD
H2O – Middletown, DE
Mayhem FH (Main Line FH) – Wayne, PA
High Styx FH – Kempton, PA
Oranje-Gottaloveit! – Millsboro, DE
South Jersey Edge – Erial, NJ
Powerhouse FH – Wayne, PA
Red Knots FHC – NJ
Souderton Strikers –Hatfield, PA
SPark – Crofton, MD
Spirit of USA FH – Cherry Hill, NJ
Uprise FHC – Moorestown, NJ
X-Calibur FHC – Elverson, PA

JPOL is a USA Field Hockey Sanctioned Event. Participation in JPOL provides athletes and coaches with an organized level of competition on a regular basis, that helps prepare them and their Club for success at RCC, NCC, National Hockey Festival and other domestic competition.

In order to continue to Grow the Game, a key component that is often overlooked are the Officials. JPH events (JPOL & JPIL) are staffed with tournament officials (Umpires, Technical Officials and Site Coordinators) recruited from each region, who are sometimes entering hockey for their first time in a role other than an athlete or spectator. All JPH tournaments officials are developed and supported by highly experienced officials so they too can become key players in growing the game.

JPH continues its search for a Title Sponsor for this Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL), as well, as the Junior Premier Indoor League (JPIL), and hoping that some generous individual or company will come forward and support one or both of these great youth programs.

A special Thanks to our Sponsors, Mercian Sports, the Official Ball supplier; and Harrows Sport the Individual Awards supplier. Please make sure to thank these Sponsors and support them for all your Field Hockey needs.
Information on Sponsorship and support can be found at: https://www.juniorpremierhockey.com/sponsors/about-jph-sponsorship/.

We invite you to join us and hope to see you at one or many of the regions.
Good Luck to all participants!

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Thank you all for your continued support and for helping us reach this milestone. Hopefully with your continued support, we can look forward to reaching the next milestone in ten years!

2022 JPIL Champions – A decade in the making

The 10th Annual Junior Premier Indoor League (JPIL) ended on Saturday, February 12 at the 422 Sportsplex in Pottstown, PA with the crowing of new U16 and U19 Champions. The U14 Championship was held on February 6 at the Indian Creek School in Crownsville, MD.

Those in attendance witnessed intense competition throughout the season and several highly contested matches on the final day.  After six league dates of competitive indoor hockey, all participating clubs were well prepared for success at any level of competition at their upcoming National Indoor Tournaments (NITs). Huge improvements were seen from all participating Clubs.  Their hard work is commendable and attributed to the commitment made by the players, parents, and coaches.

In a battle for bragging rights among their peers, the U14 Division Championship saw Central Penn Purple against Central Penn Black. In the end, Purple got the better of Black by a score of 6 – 3. Central Penn Purple was consistent each and every week, scoring an astonishing one-hundred-and-five (105) goals in eleven (11) matches. Alison Bechtel was the Dita’s Top Goal Scorer of the League with forty-one (41) goals and Jesse Ickes was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award.

In the U16 Division, Freedom HKY earned the opportunity to retain the Championship Trophy and exact revenge against SPark, who were the only team to defeat them during pool play. Both Clubs were ranked first and second respectively after pool play with Freedom suffering its only defeat at the hands of SPark and SPark suffering two loses. Who would reign supreme? Would Freedom HKY defend its 2020 Crown (2021 JPIL was cancelled due to COVID-19) or would SPark prevail in the only match that counts?

In this match of hometown rivals, SPark came out strong by scoring the first three goals and ending the half with a decent 3-0 lead. Two of the first three goals were off the stick of Dita’s Most Valuable Player Kylie Corcoran who helped lead her team to victory. Freedom began their way towards a comeback by scoring the next two goals of the game, however SPark wasn’t ready to give up. They responded with another four goals to end the match for a final score of 7 – 2 at the buzzer.

In the U19 Division, the first semi-final was the top-seeded and only undefeated team, Freedom HKY versus the fourth-ranked Alley Cats. Earlier in the season, Freedom beat Alley Cats with a close 3-1, and this semi-final proved to be just as exciting. Alley Cats came out early scoring the first two goals, but by half time Freedom had leveled it out 2-2. Over the next two quarters, Freedom pulled away with three more goals to Alley Cats’s one for a final score of 5-3. Freedom remained undefeated and moved to the Championship against the winner of the second semi-final.

Semi-final two saw the return of Xcalibur FHC, who had not seen the podium since 2019, against Central Penn FH, one of 2022’s hottest competitors throughout all JPIL divisions. In a highly contested match and a tie-score of 5-5, Xcalibur was awarded a penalty stroke in the final seconds of the game. Dita’s Top Goal Scorer with forty-eight (48) goals, Julia Bressler, stepped up and converted the goal to make it 6 – 5. Central Penn was unable to break through in the remaining seconds, paving the way for Xcalibur to the final match. Xcalibur, the five-time Champion, continued their hunt to reclaim their 2019 crown in this 10-year Anniversary edition of the league.

The Championship was set between two indoor powerhouses – Freedom HKY vs Xcalibur FHC.

The match began with a scoreless first quarter. In the second quarter the scoring began to open up, closing out the half with Xcalibur 2 and Freedom 1. At the start of the third quarter, Freedom HKY came out with aggression and determination to tie the game. Five minutes into the third period it was tied 2 – 2, but not for long. One-minute later Xcalibur FHC retook the lead 3 – 2. With eleven-minutes to go, Freedom converted a penalty corner to again tie the game at 3. The next five-minutes were a spectator’s treat with some of the best Indoor hockey seen thus far. The coveted Championship Trophy and newly designed JPIL medals were on the line.

With six-minutes left in the match, Xcalibur FHC earned a penalty corner and converted by Dita’s Top Goal Scorer Julia Bressler, for another clutch goal. This proved to be a game-winner as the last goal of the match to enable Xcalibur FHC to reclaim its sixth JPIL Championship.

As Junior Premier Hockey celebrates their 10th Anniversary of JPIL, they would like to thank everyone past and present for your continued support over these ten years. They hope that you will continue to support JPH and what they do as we all look forward to the next decade of hockey competition and blooming talent.

The past, present and continued success of this League is not possible without the support of others who JPH would like to recognize: To the Umpire Managers, Donny Gobinsingh and Fran Corl, and their teams of dedicated Umpires. JPH appreciates your commitment and support and hope you will continue to make yourselves available in the years to come. To the Technical Director, Lurah Hess and her team of Technical Officers, including the Club parents who provided technical assistance as Judges, by keeping the games running on time and with accurate results reporting. JPH thanks you all! To the AltiusRT Director Kim Scott, who works tirelessly throughout the event to make sure all of the Team Rosters are set up and accurate and ready from day one. Much appreciation to her and her support crew! Junior Premier Hockey also wants to give recognition to the University coaches who took the time to be present and JPH hopes that you all were pleased with the level of competition and organization.

Last, but not least, many thanks to Junior Premier Hockey’s dedicated Sponsors: Dita USA, Official Award Sponsor; Mercian (dba Savage Field Hockey), Official Ball Supplier; Phoenix Hockey USA, Official T-Shirt designer; Rothman Orthopedics, JPH Gold sponsor and Exeter Foot, JPH Bronze Sponsor. Thank you for your continued support and for seeing the value for such an event in the development of our sport and its participating athletes. Junior Premier Hockey asks everyone to please show your support to these Sponsors throughout the year and by visiting them at NITs and the other National events. You can also go online and show your support by purchasing their products and services.

In celebration of their 10th Anniversary, Junior Premier Hockey gave Special Recognition to the following individuals who were each presented with a $150.00 Gift Certificate thanks to the generosity of our Award Sponsor, Dita USA.

  • U-14 Most Valuable Player: Jesse Ickes, Central Penn FHC
  • U-14 Top Goal Scorers: Allison Bechtel, Central Penn FHC
  • U-16 Most Valuable Player: Kylie Corcoran, SPark
  • U-16 Top Goal Scorer: Skylar Gilman, Freedom HKY
  • U-19 Most Valuable Player: Puja Nanjappa, Freedom HKY
  • U-19 Top Goal Scorer: Julia Bressler, Xcalibur FHC

On behalf of the Junior Premier Hockey Directors, Rachael Bloemker and Nigel Traverso, thank you for your hard work, commitment, support and cooperation in making this tenth-year a tremendous success.

Congratulations to the 2022 Champions, Central Penn Purple (U-14), SPark (U-16) and Xcalibur FHC (U-19) and all the Clubs for your participation!

Please note that JPH continues to look for a Title Sponsor for both their JPIL and JPOL events for the period from 2022 – 2024, as well as other supporters. If you or anyone you know who may be interested, please contact them at your earliest.

For all results and final rankings, please go to our Results Archive.

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