The Rochester Junior Americans are proud to announce the formation of a United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) Elite Junior Hockey team for the 2015-2016 season.
Adding a USPHL Elite Division junior program helps to connect the Junior Americans Premier team with the Junior Americans full-season 18U and 16U AAA teams, and allows a clear path of development for local players to advance to the junior levels in their hometown, while still seeking the best and brightest players from around North America and the world.
The Rochester Junior Americans currently place 12-14 student-athletes to the NCAA level annually, a number expected to increase with the addition of the Elite program.
“Adding this USPHL Elite program means more quality players will have the opportunity to further develop their game as members of the Junior Americans,” said General Manager Jeff Kolcon.
Rochester will no longer be fielding a team at the USPHL Empire level but will soon announce an Empire affiliate.
The Junior Americans fielded a team in the USPHL Elite Division in 2013-2014 before that team was elevated to the Premier Division. The Junior Americans Elite team finished 36-4-1-1, a franchise record for the program and a 12 win improvement over the previous season’s team.
With a long track record of success on the ice as well as a history of placing players at the collegiate and professional levels, the Junior Americans have become a top destination for youth and junior hockey players in the Western New York region and the nation. The Junior Americans 16U and 18U teams are partnered with Rochester Youth Hockey. In its 2013-2014 inaugural season, the USPHL had well in excess of 150 participants that went on to play collegiate hockey, making it the clear leader in the East to help aspiring players reach their collegiate goals.
Wojciechowski Commits to Nazareth College
The Rochester Junior Americans are proud to announce that defenseman JR Wojciechowski has committed to play collegiate hockey for Nazareth College for the 2015-2016 season.
Wojciechowski, a native of Lapeer, MI and a member of the Junior Americans USPHL Premier Division team, has four goals and ten assists this season. Wojciechowski has been a consistent player on the blue line for the Americans, appearing in 47 games this season.
“JR is one of our most mature players, both on and off the ice,” said head coach Craig Macdonald. “There is no doubt he is ready to take the next step in his career and will find success with the Nazareth program.”
Nazareth plays at the Bill Gray’s Iceplex, the same home arena of the Junior Americans. Wojciechowski will be the second Junior Americans player to suit up for Nazareth in the last two years. Oliver Janzen joined the Golden Flyers after spending the 2013-2014 season with the Junior Americans Elite team. Janzen was named to the ECAC West All-Rookie team this season.
The Rochester Junior Americans are members of the United States Premier Hockey League, with teams in the USPHL 16U & 18U midget divisions, and in the USPHL Empire and Premier junior divisions. The Junior Americans 16U and 18U teams are partnered with Rochester Youth Hockey. In its 2013-2014 inaugural season, the USPHL had well in excess of 150 participants that went on to play collegiate hockey, making it the clear leader in the East to help aspiring players reach their collegiate goals.
Janzen Named to ECAC West All-Rookie Team
Junior Americans alumnus and Nazareth College freshman Oliver Janzen was chosen to the ECAC West conference’s All-Rookie team.
Janzen played in all 25 games for the Golden Flyers, leading the team with 11 goals on the season. The Denver, Colorado native finished the season with 21 points and helped lead Nazareth to a third place finish in the ECAC West.
Janzen scored 15 goals and notched 26 assists last season for the Junior Americans Elite team
Patry Named USPHL Player of the Week
Shaun Patry was named the USPHL Premier Division Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending February 16th.
Patry had a huge weekend in helping the Junior Americans to a 3-0 mark at the USPHL Showcase, exploding for three goals and six assists on the weekend. Patry started the weekend by scoring just 29 seconds into Sunday’s game against the Boston Junior Bruins. He added three assists in a 6-3 Rochester victory.
Monday saw Patry score twice in a dominating 10-1 win over the Springfield Pics, which he followed up by dishing out three assists in a 7-5 victory over the South Shore Kings. The weekend sweep clinched a playoff spot for the Junior Americans.
Patry finishes the season with 18 goals and 2 7assists in 47 games this season for the Premier team. The Oakville, Ontario native is in his fifth season in the Rochester Junior Americans program.