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Attention BEHL Players/Parents

All hockey programming is on pause at LECOM Harborcenter as we continue to follow all mandates set forth by the Federal, State and County Health agencies.  With BEHL originally set to begin March 22nd and finish June 14th, we are working hard to plan for the future.  It is our hope that we are able to begin by May 8th and still be able to finish the entire season with a short extension of the season into July.  We will consistently reevaluate on a week to week basis and make additional announcements as needed to ensure all are informed.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all adjust to the changes in our lives.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sean at sean.wallace@harborcenter.com

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Features

Welcome to LECOM Harborcenter's Buffalo Elite Hockey League (BEHL),  Western New York's premier summer developmental hockey league for AAA and AA travel players.  The league runs from March 22nd - June 14th.

New this year:
  • No games on Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Father's Day.
  • 1 season that will conclude mid June.
  • For all penalties the clock will stop, the player will go into the penalty box and sit for the duration of the penalty and the team will play shorthanded. There will be a face-off after each penalty.
BEHL divisions:
  • Mite BEHL (2012-2014)
  • Squirt BEHL (2010-2011)
  • Pee Wee BEHL (2008-2009)
  • Bantam BEHL (2006-2007)(Non - Checking)
Features:
  • All players are required to apply/register
  • 9 Game regular season plus playoffs for all divisions
  • Standings and player statistics
  • Team rosters include 15 skaters and 2 goalies
  • Coaches with Junior, NCAA and professional experience
  • BEHL branded jersey, socks and exclusive league t-shirt included
  • Games mostly on Sundays with a few games also on Friday nights
  • All games played at LECOM Harborcenter
  • Blackout dates will be Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day Weekend and Father's Day.
Cost for ALL Skaters = $195 and ALL goalies = $120
Registration
Step 1 - Registration
Step 2 - Team Information

After the registration process is complete, and as we approach the season you will receive all league information including team and schedule.

Step 3 - Puck Drop

Games begin in March and conclude in June.

Dates

 

  • Registration accepted until March 13th
  • Mid March - Rosters & Schedule set 
  • Game Days
    • Game Week 1 - March 22nd
    • Game Week 2 - March 29th
    • Game Week 3 - April 5th
    • Game Week 4 - April 19th 
    • Game Week 5 - April 26th
    • Game Week 6 - May 3rd
    • Game Week 7 - May 8th & 15th
    • Game Week 8 - May 17th
    • Game Week 9 - May 31st
    • Playoffs Week 10 - June 7th
    • All Finals Week 11 - June 14th

Dates are subject to change.

Rules
1. Playing Area

Protective netting, wall, glass and ceiling are all considered “in play”. All divisions including 8U are full ice. 

2. League/Teams

The league is made up of three divisions.  

  • Mite BEHL (2012-2014)
  • Squirt BEHL (2010-2011)
  • Pee Wee BEHL (2008-2009) 
  • Bantam BEHL (2006-2007)
3. Game Flow
  • Each warm up is 3:00 minutes.
  • Each game is 27:00 minutes for Mites and 27:30 for all other divisions.
  • The only faceoffs are the opening faceoff and during penalty kills.
  • 10U/12U/14U Shifts are 1:15 designed to push the pace and players will change on the horn.
  • 8U Shifts are 1:30 designed to push the pace and players will change on the horn. 
  • Games ending in ties will result in a sudden death shootout. 
  • Each team plays two back-to-back games on game day. 
  • Breaks in-between games will be 1:00.
4. Equipment
  • Full equipment is required for all players. 
  • Mouth guards are required for all players.
  • Facemasks are required for all players. 
5. Penalties
  • NEW: All penalties will result in a 2 minute power-play for the opposing teams. Clock will stop and face-offs will occur. Shift changes will remain same time. 
6. Playoffs
  • All teams will make playoffs. 
7. Golden Rule
  • The BEHL Commissioner may change any rule at anytime.
FAQs
1. When does the league start/end?

Applications will be accepted in January & February, and play begins in March. The playoffs conclude in June.

2. How much is the league and what does it include?

BEHL is $195 for skaters and $120 for goalies in ALL divisions.  The league includes 9 game days plus playoffs, high-level coaches, t-shirt, jersey, socks and parking for players.

3. Are all games at LECOM Harborcenter?

Yes. All games are at LECOM Harborcenter on Fridays and Sundays. 

4. Is parking free?

Yes, parking for players is included in your league fee.

6. Who picks the teams?

BEHL staff, coaches and scouts are responsible for accepting applications and dividing up teams.

7. What equipment do I need?

Full equipment including mouth guards and face masks are required for every level.

8. Who are the evaluators for applications?

The evaluators for applications will be the BEHL coaches, scouts, and staff. 

9. Can I pick what team I play on?

No. Teams will be picked by the BEHL coaches, scouts and staff.  Family members will be placed on the same team for transportation purposes.

10. Can I submit a team?

No. The application process is for individuals only.

11. Who are the coaches?

The BEHL coaches are high level coaches and players with experience at the Jr. A, NCAA and Professional level.

12. When will the schedule be out?

Dates are already available online, and game-times will be posted shortly.

13. How many games will we play a week?

A typical week will have one game day.  Bye weeks are worked into the schedule to avoid holidays and events at LECOM Harborcenter.

14. Will there be practices?

There will not be practices.

15. Are standings and stats posted?

Yes, team, player, and goalie stats will be tracked and posted at rinksatharborcenter.com

16. What if I miss a game or two?

The BEHL price point makes it easy to miss a few skates because of conflicts.  The rate will not change based on how many skates you can make.