Who are the Elmira Junior Enforcers?
The Junior Enforcers roster will be made up of players aged 17-20 from all over the United States, Canada and Europe. They are amateurs with the goal of playing in college and higher levels.
The Junior Enforcers will play 22 home games (and even more on the road) in the Premier Division of the United States Premier Hockey League. They will compete with USPHL Premier teams from Maine to Florida to Minnesota and everywhere in between with the goal of winning the USPHL championship.
Training camp begins in late August and the season begins September 25, 2020.
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Our home ice
First Arena, Elmira, New York
Players - Why Play for the Jr. Enforcers?
Our Vision for Players
To equip young men to make valuable contributions to their future chosen professions, their future home communities and the game of hockey through:
- An on-ice and off-ice hockey program that emphasizes work ethic and teamwork that teaches the finer points of the game to advance playing careers and equip players to share that knowledge with younger generations.
- Allowing for and encouraging academic development including on-line education and local public school and college to continue a pattern of life-long learning.
- A rigorous conditioning program that reduces the risk of injury and physically trains their bodies for the rigors of a full-time junior A hockey season.
- Mandatory community service projects that connect our players with diverse groups within the local community to instill empathy and respect for others.
Our Family Values
- We provide value for every family by providing safe, supportive billets and always making the health and well-being of our players our priority.
- We provide value for every family by proactively seeking opportunities to promote players within the USPHL ladder of development to the NCDC and ultimately college hockey.
- We provide value for every family by conducting ourselves in a professional manner above a typical junior A level.
- We provide value for every family by communicating regularly with parents.
“In the organization that I was with before, we always placed the emphasis on our players, and always got them into good colleges. That will not change with the Jr. Enforcers,” said Welsh. “We are going to run this program as best as we can and as close to an NHL model as we can within our budget. We have a professional locker room, good bus transportation, the kids will stay in good hotel rooms on the road and they’ll have good meals on the road, as well.” – General Manager Ray Welsh
Elmira Junior Enforcers Staff
Ray brings vast junior hockey knowledge and experience to lead the Junior Enforcers. Ray has previously owned franchises in the Northern States Hockey League, the North American Tier III Eastern Hockey League, and most recently in Binghamton in the North American 3 Hockey League. Ray has operated his programs to success both on and off the ice, having won multiple league championships, and having seen hundreds of former players advance to higher junior levels, college hockey, and professional ranks. Ray brings unmatchable passion to junior hockey and will do whatever necessary to ensure that his organization is successful on the ice and in the community.
A native of Highwood, Illinois, Cody Murphy played four seasons of junior hockey before a four-year NCAA Division 1 college career at Miami (OH), where he graduated in 2015 with a degree in Sports Management. Following college, he attended the Washington Capitals training camp before he headed to Sweden, where he played four seasons of professional hockey in Sweden’s 1st Division. Coach Murphy will establish the tone for the organization moving forward and take on the challenge and develop young hockey players into young men.
Andy brings 4 years of experience behind the microphone, having performed play-by-play duties for the NA3HL’s Binghamton Jr. Senators as well as a track announcer for motorcycle speedway tracks in the Southern Tier, including Action Park East and Champion Speedway. Andy also founded the website RoamingTheRinks.com, chronicling his travels to over 200 different hockey arenas throughout North America. In addition to play-by-play duties for HockeyTV’s Jr. Enforcers home games, Andy will handle media relations and present a weekly podcast covering the Jr. Enforcers.