Philadelphia Little Flyers

The Philadelphia Little Flyers are an USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III junior ice hockey team from Aston, Pennsylvania. They play in the South Conference of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) at the IceWorks Skating Complex[1]

Philadelphia Little Flyers
CityAston, Pennsylvania
LeagueEastern Hockey League
ConferenceSouth
Home arenaIceWorks Skating Complex
ColorsBlack, Orange, and White
              
Owner(s)Rosemary Giacobbo
Head coachMark Catron
Franchise history
2003–presentPhiladelphia Little Flyers

The players, ages 16–20, carry amateur status under junior A guidelines and hope to earn a spot on higher levels of junior hockey in the United States and Canada, Canadian major junior, collegiate, and eventually professional teams.

History

The Little Flyers were one of the six charter members for the Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL) in 2003 after previously having Tier III Junior B teams in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. They played in every season of the AJHL until 2013 when Tier III junior hockey leagues were reorganized and the AJHL was re-branded as the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). In 2015, the EHL added a lower level of Tier III junior hockey for player development called the EHL-Elite Division and all the current EHL members, including the Little Flyers, were added to the EHL-Premier Division. In 2017, the league re-branded again, dropping the Premier name from their top division and renamed the Elite Division to Premier.

The organization also continues to field youth hockey select teams at the Midget 16U, Bantam, Peewee, and Squirt levels.[2] From 2003 to 2015, the Little Flyers fielded a team at the former Tier III Junior B level in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.[3]

Season-by-season records

SeasonGPWLTOTLPtsGFGARegular Season FinishPlayoffs
Atlantic Junior Hockey League
2003–04No information5th of 6, AJHLWon Quarterfinal game, 5–3 vs. New Jersey Junior Titans
Won Semifinal game, 3–2 vs. Hartford Jr. Wolfpack[4]
Lost Championship game, 2–7 vs. Washington Jr. Nationals[5]
2004–0541132503291242124th of 4, South
7th of 8, AJHL
Did not qualify
2005–0642211704461711845th of 11, AJHLLost Quarterfinals, 1–2 vs. Hudson Valley Eagles
2006–0744192302401862125th of 6, South
9th of 12, AJHL
2007–0844231902481771833rd of 5, South
7th of 11, AJHL
2008–0942202002421371543rd of 6, South
7th of 12, AJHL
2009–1042132603291342115th of 6, South
10th of 12, AJHL
2010–1144191906441561762nd of 6, South
7th of 12, AJHL
2011–12441228312811419210th of 12, AJHL
2012–1344112364321271559th of 12, AJHLDid not qualify
Eastern Hockey League
2013–144428112361169931st of 6, South Div.
2nd of 17, EHL
Won Round 1, 2–0 vs. Walpole Express
Won Quarterfinals, 2–1 vs. Hartford Jr. Wolfpack
Lost Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Northern Cyclones
2014–1544373478206751st of 5, South Div.
1st of 19, EHL
Won Round 1, 2–0 vs. Valley Jr. Warriors
Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Hartford Jr. Wolfpack
Lost Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Connecticut Oilers
2015–1641338066197831st of 9, South Conf.
1st of 18, EHL-Premier
Won First Round, 2–0 vs. Connecticut Nighthawks
Won Second Round, 2–0 vs. Philadelphia Revolution
Won Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Walpole Express
Lost Finals, 0–3 vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
2016–1748395583194741st of 4, Mid-Atlantic Div.
1st of 8, South Conf.
1st of 17, EHL-Premier
Won First Round, 2–1 vs. Connecticut Nighthawks
Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. New York Apple Core
Won Semifinals, 2–0 vs. New Jersey Rockets
Lost Finals, 2–3 vs. Philadelphia Junior Flyers
2017–18503992802131042nd of 4, Mid-Atlantic Div.
2nd of 8, South Conf.
3rd of 16, EHL
Won First Round, 2–0 vs. Connecticut Oilers
Won Second Round, 2–0 vs. Connecticut Roughriders
2–1–0 in Frozen Finals round-robin
(OTW, 4–3 vs. Jr. Rangers; W, 2–1 vs. Avalanche; L, 0–3 vs. Revolution)
2018–1944403181246731st of 5, South Div.
1st of 8, Mid-Atlantic Conf.
1st of 18, EHL
First Round bye
Won Second Round, 2–0 vs. Philadelphia Revolution
2–1–0 in Frozen Finals round-robin
(W, 4–3 vs. Wizards; L, 2–3 vs. Avalanche; W, 6–1 vs. Knights)
Lost Championship game, 3–4 vs. New Hampshire Avalanche

Alumni

The Little Flyers have produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I and III, ACHA college, and professional programs, including:[6]

References

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