The New England Fall Prep Hockey League (NEFPHL) was founded in 2008 with a mission designed to benefit the top prep/high school players throughout New England. With many of the United States’ top junior leagues located within the midwest, prep school remains among the highest quality of hockey for those in the Northeast. The NEFPHL is designed as a pre-season kicker for players who are looking to reach their peak performance during their respective winter seasons.
The league has helped to prepare players from many local prep schools such as Belmont Hill, Kimball Union, Proctor, Berwick, Governor’s, Groton, Hoosac, Holderness, Rivers, Tilton, Phillips Andover and Phillips Exeter. In addition, the league also features a strong MIAA contingent including Central Catholic, Catholic Memorial, St. John’s Prep, Bishop Fenwick, Malden Catholic, Arlington, Austin Prep, Dracut, Woburn and many others.
As with prep school hockey, the league places heavy emphasis on academics. Therefore, games are played only on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings so that there is no conflict with academic commitments. The league consists of two divisions, U18 and U19, both playing a competitive schedule of 14-15 games stretched over the course of early September to early November with all games played at the Icenter in Salem, NH.
“We’re really excited about teaming up with the NEFPHL,” said Brian Murphy, Vice President and Director of US Scouting for Neutral Zone. “With this partnership we get a chance to showcase local players who might otherwise be overlooked during their winter season, and discover watch candidates before they take their next step. Scouts and coaches can’t be everywhere at once, especially during the season, so it’s a great opportunity to provide them with stats, recaps and detailed player information from elite prep and MIAA players in New England during the Fall.”
The partnership between Neutral Zone and the NEFPHL will strive to cover prep and Massachusetts high school players like never before. It will offer added exposure through a new website providing not only regular game recaps, but also box score statistics, shot sides, heights, weights, as well as captivating stories about these local athletes and their background, all at no cost to the consumer.
“This partnership is so beneficial in so many ways,” said Peter Ferriero, Director of the NEFPHL. “Our players are now going to be introduced to even more exposure than ever before. The coverage provided by Neutral Zone means that scouts from all over North America will be able to follow players and games within the league. It’s a really exciting time for the NEFPHL.”
The NEFPHL has helped guide over 100 student athletes to the NCAA Division I and III level. Since the league’s inaugural season in 2008, it has grown to serve over 300 players with 17 teams among two divisions. The league has now hosted players from over 60 elite prep schools and high schools throughout New England.