Empire Junior Hockey League

The Empire Junior Hockey League (EmJHL) was an USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III junior ice hockey league. The league was classified as Tier III Junior B until the 2011–12 season when USA Hockey combined the Tier III Junior A and Junior B classifications.

Empire Junior Hockey League
SportIce Hockey
Ceased2013 – Absorbed
CEODon Kirnan
No. of teams31
Country United States
Florida Junior Blades
Official websiteempirehockey.com


On February 25, 2010, the Empire Junior Hockey League Board of Governors voted to eliminate 20-year-old players from the League by changing the restriction of no more than four 20-year-olds per team to a maximum of two per team in the 2010–11 season. Starting with the 2011–12 season there would be no 20-year-olds in the league.

In 2013, the Empire League and the Eastern Elite Hockey League both agreed to affiliate with the newly formed United States Premier Hockey League becoming the Empire and Elite Divisions, respectively. Starting with the 2015–16 season the USPHL's Empire Division was renamed to the USP3 Division.

Participating teams

As of June 2012, the following teams made up the league in its final season:

Eastern Conference
Bay State BreakersRockland, Massachusetts
Boston BanditsBridgewater, Massachusetts
Boston Jr. BruinsMarlborough, Massachusetts
Connecticut OilersNorwalk, Connecticut
Islanders Hockey ClubTyngsborough, Massachusetts
New Hampshire Jr. MonarchsHooksett, New Hampshire
Portland Jr. PiratesSaco, Maine
Salem Ice DogsSalem, Massachusetts
South Shore KingsFoxboro, Massachusetts
Springfield PicsWest Springfield, Massachusetts
Valley Jr. WarriorsHaverhill, Massachusetts
Western Conference
Adirondack Jr. WingsTroy, New York
Brewster BulldogsBrewster, New York
Buffalo StarsCheektowaga, New York
Frederick FreezeFrederick, Maryland
New Jersey HitmenWayne, New Jersey
Jersey WildcatsRandolph, New Jersey
Maksymum Jr. Hockey ClubRochester, New York
New York Apple CoreLong Beach, New York
Philadelphia RevolutionWarminster, Pennsylvania
P.A.L Juniors IslandersHauppauge, New York
Syracuse StarsCicero, New York
Southern Conference
Atlanta Jr. KnightsAtlanta, Georgia
East Coast EaglesWake Forest, North Carolina
Florida Jr. BladesEstero, Florida
Florida EelsFort Myers, Florida
Hampton Roads WhalersChesapeake, Virginia
Palm Beach HawksLake Worth, Florida
Potomac PatriotsWoodbridge, Virginia
Space Coast HurricanesRockledge, Florida
Tampa Bay JuniorsTampa, Florida



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