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The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League, or the ‘MJHL’ as it is also known as, is the longest operating Junior Hockey League in the United States and is now celebrating its 50th Anniversary season. Founded by former New York Rangers General Manager, Emile ‘The Cat’ Francis in an effort to foster the growth of amateur hockey in the greater metropolitan area, the MJHL has an impressive list of NHL alumni including Jim Dowd, Brian and Joey Mullen, Nick Fotiu, Mike Richter, Mark Eaton, Nick Foligno and Mike Komisarek. More recent alumni include Frank DiChiaha (Yale), Ryan Hitchcock (US NTDP, Yale), Matt Beattie (2012 Vancouver Draft Selection), Jeremy Bracco (US NTDP career assists leader), Chandler Yakimowicz (2014 St. Louis Blues Draft Selection) and Kevin Labanc (2014 San Jose Sharks Draft Selection).

The MJHL Is compromised of 16 teams, spread across the Eastern seaboard from Connecticut through Pennsylvania, which play a regular season that runs from September through March, culminating with the Foster Cup Championship Playoffs, named after MJHL Commissioner Richard ‘Dick’ Foster. The winner of the Foster Cup represents the MJHL in the USA Hockey Tier III National Championship. The MJHL also conducts several showcases throughout the course of the regular season where the league comes together to showcase its member teams and their players.

As a developmental league, the MJHL is where many players begin their junior careers. It is a developmental stage of the player’s life where adjustments to the playing style of a higher level of hockey are intertwined with the adjustments to a new phase of life. Over the years, many players choose the MJHL as the start to their junior careers.