The Eastern Junior Hockey League was formed to meet the needs of hockey players in the Northeastern United States, who wanted to further their skills in preparation for college or professional hockey. The EJHL has since established itself as a quality Junior Hockey Program, with many of its players realizing success at advanced levels of play.
The EJHL is committed to providing every opportunity and advantage to its member teams and players.
The following is Reproduced from the USA Hockey Official Rules, Junior Hockey Edition
Philosophy of Junior Hockey
What is Junior hockey?
Junior hockey is the pinnacle of the skill development program of USA Hockey. It is available to male athletes who are 20-and-under as of the 31st day of December in the season of competition.
The program is available to high school students and graduates who seek a greater or difficult challenge than that which might be available through their Prep School team, High school varsity or club team, or area Midget teams. The principal purpose of this development program is to prepare the athlete for career advancement either in a collegiate or professional opportunity.
What is the purpose Junior hockey?
The purpose of Junior hockey is really twofold:
1.To provide an opportunity for players in this age group to play organized hockey;
2.To improve and develop the skills and abilities of the participants, including the players, coaches, and officials.
What are the goals of Junior hockey?
To provide talented young men with the opportunity to develop competitively in an organized, structured, and supervised environment.
2. Quality Coaching
To provide considerable training time, quality coaching, and concerned supervision
3. Social Maturity
To provide players with a healthy, constructive environment in which to develop socially.
4. Educational Advancement
To provide assistance and opportunities for the accomplishment of the participant's educational goals.
5. Recruiting Exposure
To provide players with exposure to collegiate and professional scouts and recruiters.
6. Advanced Competition
To provide players with exposure to national and international competition.
7. Protection of Amateur Status
To protect, most importantly, the amateur status of all participants under the rules and guidelines established by the International Ice Hockey Federation, USA Hockey, the Canadian Hockey Association, the NCAA, the NAIA, and the National Federation of High Schools.