By Neil Ravin - Directlor of Communications, 04/23/18, 8:00AM EDT
BOSTON, MA -- As we get set to turn the calendars over from April to May, the same can be said for the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), as the focus now shifts on the upcoming 2018-19 season. With a new season just over four months away, we'll take one last look back at the 2017-18 milestone year in the EHL. Below you'll find a breakdown of all the action, along with some key stats centered around the league's NCAA Commitments.
To date, the EHL has amassed 137 NCAA Commitments for the 2017-18 season. This grand total includes some league alumni, who made their commitments while playing in another league under either the USA Hockey or Hockey Canada umbrellas. Below you'll find to lists ranking the top EHL teams both including and excluding alumni commitments. In total, the EHL helped its players commit to 60 different schools during the 2017-18 season.
TOP 5 EHL TEAMS (INCLUDING ALUMNI)
TOP 5 EHL TEAMS (NOT INCLUDING ALUMNI)
This past season, all 16 EHL teams completed a 50-game regular season schedule. Of the 50 total games, all 16 teams played 21 "true" home and road games, with their final eight games taking place during showcase play. All in all, the EHL once again showed its parity, as just under 30% of the league's games were decided by a single goal (29.70%). Below you'll find a breakdown for both the regular season and the postseason.
400 REGULAR SEASON GAMES
148 Games = 37.00% of games have been decided by 2 goals or less.
118 Games = 29.50% of games have been decided by 1 goal.
40 Games = 10.00% of games have been decided in overtime.
12 Games = 3.00% of games have been decided in a shootout.
24 PLAYOFF GAMES
11 Games = 45.83% of games have been decided by 2 goals or less.
8 Games = 33.33% of games have been decided by 1 goal.
4 Games = 16.67% of games have been decided in overtime.
Last, but not least, we look at the battle between the North Conference and the South Conference. Led in large part by an 11-5 margin at the November Showcase, the North Conference took home the bragging rights for the 2017-18 season.
An interesting note shows that in 32 total showcase games played at Rodman Arena (October and December Showcases), the two conferences were split dead even at 16-16.
The countdown to 2018-19 season is on, so stayed tuned for news and updates that will get you all geared up for the 6th season of the EHL.