TEWKSBURY, MA -- The Boston Junior Rangers are pleased to announce the addition of a new full-season 18U program this fall, that will play and compete out of the BEAST League and Tournament Series (BEAST). Located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, the BEAST celebrates its 5th season in the fall 2021 having established itself as the top showcase league for U18, U16, U15, U14, & U13 programs.
“We’re thrilled to expand our program to include full-season U18s”, said Mike Sorabella, co-founder and President of the Jr. Rangers. “The chance to compete in the BEAST is an incredible opportunity for our program and players. We’re excited to offer such a phenomenal platform where our players will get the exposure to play in front of top college and junior scouts.”
Rich DeCaprio, General Manager and Head Coach of the Rangers’ EHL team, added, “The BEAST is at the top of Midget platforms in the country. We intend to build a highly competitive Midget program, like we have at the Junior level, which can compete against the top teams in the country.”
The full-season 18U program will be led by Mike Grace, who will also be the Head Coach for the Rangers' team in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP). A native of Rochester, NY, Mike brings a strong coaching background with him to the Jr. Rangers. His career includes time spent with King's College in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC), as well as with the Maine Eclipse and Railers Junior Hockey Club in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). As a player, Mike played his collegiate hockey at NCAA Division III Plattsburgh State University in New York, where the team won two State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championships, along with three NCAA Division III national tournament berths.
Grace is equally excited about the prospect of starting a new program, along with taking over an EHLP team that has developed into an annual top contender.
“I’m looking forward to working with the Jr. Rangers and launching our full-season 18U program. Playing in the BEAST will offer our players a great situation for colleges to watch them play,” said Grace.
The organization's main focus remains centered on helping players advance in their careers to ultimately reach the collegiate level. Since 2013, the Rangers have guided 98 different players along this process, and will soon hit a milestone mark at 100.
By adding a full-season midget program that will compete at the highest level, the Rangers now provide players with the opportunity to further their development even earlier in their respective careers.
Players interested in the Jr. Rangers full-season 18U program can fill out a registration form here: bostonjuniorrangers.sportngin.com/register/form/718393229
Interested players can also reach out directly to Rich DeCaprio (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
To view the Beast Series showcase schedule please visit here: www.beast.hockey/news_article/show/113655