About New England Fall Prep Hockey
The New England Fall Prep Hockey League (NEFPHL) https://www.nefphl.org/ began in 2008 with the goal to provide area players with a competitive fall schedule. It has grown to serve over 300 players each season with 17 teams over two divisions. In 2018 the league had players from over 60 area Prep Schools and High Schools.
The NEFPHL believes the Prep School route is the best way to achieve one’s goals in hockey. Our Coaches own a wealth of experience at various levels and almost all of them played Prep hockey before moving on to the NCAA and Professional ranks.
The league has helped over 100 students move on to the Division 1 and Division 3 level. With an emphasis on academics, the league schedules all games for Saturday Evenings and Sunday Mornings/Afternoons as to not conflict with school priorties. The majority of the teams have a “Game Only” schedule with no mid-week commitments that will take students off-campus. For local players we offer weekly practice and off-ice training with our Staff. Everything is centrally located with all games and training taking place at the Icenter in Salem, NH.
Within the league we have a U19 and U18 division. Players are evaluated and placed on a team and then provided with a tradition 14-15 game schedule from September through early November. On the Final Sunday each division will host a single elimination playoff tournament and crown a champion.
In 2018, the league introduced dedicated Prep School teams and the Top Gun Select program. Dedicated prep school teams allowed schools to submit a full team in to the league at either the U19 or U18 level. We had full team participation from Phillips Andover, Rivers School, Groton, Tilton School, Holderness as well significant participation from Belmont Hill, Kimball Union, Proctor, Berwick, Governor’s, Catholic Memorial, Central Catholic, and Phillips Exeter. The benefits from playing together with classmates in the fall showed in the results as Rivers, Phillips Andover, Tilton, and Holderness carried their play to go a combined 28-10-3 in November and December, while Groton won more games in a season than any prior season in the past twenty years.
The Top Gun Select program was also introduced in the fall of 2018. Former NHL’er Benn Ferriero was named head coach of the U18, U16 and U15 National Bound teams. Top players from within the league are selected for these teams and compete in the EHF and NEFPHL Select Series. The EHF consists of other area teams such as Emass Senators, Cape Cod Whalers, GBL Bruins, Little Bruins, Mid-Fairfield, Boston Jr. Eagles and Boston Bulldogs. The Fall Prep league also has a U19 Select team that participates in the NEFPHL Select Series and schedules several top Canadian Prep Schools.