New England Prep School Hockey is the best school sponsored hockey league in North America. It has a long and rich history of producing student athletes who have gone on to play at the NCAA and NHL levels.
Some of the retired NHLers include Tony Amonte (Thayer), Brian Leetch (Avon), Tom Poti (Cushing), Mike Grier (St. Sebastian’s), Jay Pandolfo (St. Sebastian’s), Scott Young (St. Mark’s) and Jeremy Roenick (Thayer) to name a few. Among current NHLers who played NEPSHIA include Colin White (Nobles & Greenough), Noah Hanafin (St. Sebasitan’s), Brad Malone (Cushing), Jimmy Vesey (Belmont Hill), Keith Yandle (Cushing), Jonathan Quick (Avon Old Farms), Nick Bonino (Avon Old Farms), Connor Sheary (Cushing), Cam Atkinson (Avon Old Farms), Chris Kreider (Andover), Brian Boyle (St. Sebastian’s), Luke Glendening (Hotchkiss) and Max Pacioretty (Taft) to name a few.
The league leverages top quality academics with one of the most competitive hockey environments in the US/CAN. Teams play between 25-30 games per season and benefit by a 2:1 practice to game ratio. Most teams practice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with games on Wednesday and Saturday.
The 2016-2017 season had 2 NHL Draft Picks right out of prep school hockey in Jack Rathbone and Reilly Walsh; as well as Phil Kemp (Brunswick) and Jack Dugan (Northwood) who are prep school alumni. In that same year the US National Development Program selected 8 players for their U17 team from NEPSHIA which was the largest concentration of players from any league. Last year alone over 100 players moved on from prep school hockey to NCAA Division 1, NCAA Division 3 and Junior hockey in US/CAN.