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EHL 10th Anniversary Team of the Week (New EHL Teams) | Episode 122

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On this week's episode of the #EShow, we officially welcome the pair of new EHL teams to the podcast. This fall marks the start of the 10th season in EHL history, and with the additions of HC Rhode Island as well as the Philadelphia Hockey Club, the EHL will have never been bigger with 19 teams set to hit the ice. The podcast begins (1:18) with an interview featuring James Mello, the former Head Coach of the Railers Jr. Hockey Club and the new Head Coach of the league's newest team in Rhode Island. Further along (19:46), Jeff Perreault comes on the show, as he gets set to lead PHC into the South Division, arguably the toughest division in the 2021-22 season.

Welcome to the e show with Neil Rabbit. Founded in two thousand and thirteen, the EHL has become the college placement leader on the East Coast. Sit Back and learn more about the next step in your junior hockey career. Welcome to the east show, presented by the Pelly box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto we take care of our own as they help out all of those within the hockey community who've experienced catastrophic event. Learned more at penllty box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven and this is episode Number One, hundred and twenty two of the show. On this week's episode we officially welcome the pair of new EHL teams the PODCASTS. This fall marks the start of the tenth season in ehl history and with the additions of EHCA Rhode Island, as well as the Philadelphia Hockey Club, the ehl will have never been bigger with nineteen teams that they hit the ice. The podcast begins with an interview featuring James Mellow, the former head coach of the railers junior hockey club, is now the new head coach of the League's newest team and Rhode Island further along. Jeff Perro comes on the show as he gets set to lead PAHC into the South Division, arguably the toughest division, and the two thousand one twenty two season. I'm joined now by James Mello, the head coach of Hca Rhode Island. How's it going, James? Goodnil. Thanks for having me. Thanks for coming back on. This is actually the I could have maybe even third time I've had you on. First Time, I think, by yourself with the new club. Last time was to announce your new team. Okay, you just talk about, you know, Jes, the overall excitement you guys have, how you cannot wait for it to be September. Yeah, obviously this whole thing started to come together pretty heavily through the winter time and you know, once we got the okay that we were going to be involved with the League, it all happened pretty quickly. There's a lot of a lot of little box that need to be checked and a lot of legwork needs to get done, solidifying housing, bus schedules, getting the actual physical schedule from the League, then creating a practice schedules, a lot of like the little tedious stuff while also going through recruiting. And now that you know a lot of those boxes are checked. You know, a lot of the sort of speak, ducks are in a row and now it's more heavily focused just on the recruiting and you know, every day and other kids signs and the team starts to take shape. So we're getting really excited for the fall, you know, especially for four year one here and and looking forward to doing things right. And we're going to talk a lot about your past experiences on this on this podcast. But let's start with you mentioned the schedule. I know toby was the one that made the schedule, toby O'Brian, or GM and and president, when you saw the opening home and home series against the wizards, forget the opponent, but is that a good way for you guys to start? You think? Yeah, I mean honestly, we it's a Friday Saturday series and we's to start...

...the sixteen seventeenth against them. It's like a midday game on the Friday and in an evening seven PM, kind of like a primetime game on the Saturday night. So obviously every every team in this league is going to be a worthy opponent. I learned that a couple of years ago. No, no easy no easy games. So, regardless of opponent, I think it's going to be a good opportunity for our kids to jump right in and experienced junior hockey, for the new guys and guys new to the League get to experience the Eastern Hockey League. You know, we're going to have two full weeks of practice prior to that, so we'll be as prepared as we can be and look forward to obviously get into our first contest that wee can. And you bring up your past experience and that's where I was kind trying to tie that into. is in the day's leading up to the scheduling meeting. I know you had just the one single season with Worcester, but was there a strategy that you would toby came up with or you gotta just wind it or did he just wig it? So Toby's toby's a general manager for the program. He's been fortunate enough to go a lot of different places in hockey and before he was, you know, in the Echl, he was in the old eastern junior league. so He's been through scheduling events and then did it in the Pro Hockey League for, you know, these coasts league for ten years. So, you know, I kind of left it up to toby. I know he's he's pretty aware of what what makes to be done, what he's trying to accomplish in terms of the overall flow of the schedule and when we were trying to get games. So I intrusted my general manager to do good job and I think we got a really nice schedule for your one. Yeah, and let's go back into that experience too, because you've do it. You did get to be a part of the railers year one, which I'm sure now feels like a decade ago, right. But for heading into this upcoming season, what would the biggest things that you learn from that experience and that one a year with the railers? Obviously, I think the biggest thing was time. You know, that first year and we got involved. We certainly had a little bit more time this year till we did myself to get involved in the recruiting at an earlier phase where, you know, a lot of discussions happened pretty late in your one when we were doing and Worcester where, you know, didn't have the the season to go through to go to games for kids. You know, kind of got brought in that Spring and had pretty much just the summer to get into that first fall. So I think that's probably one of the biggest learning learning experiences were in order for us to get involved in this, we want to do it with enough time to prepare for it and have, you know, kind of have the lay of the land in terms of the players and and then be able to get out and actively recruit. So you know, we were higher up on the list and board for some of their options in terms of teams and, you know, I think this year we're definitely, definitely going to benefit from learning from that. Do you think you're recruiting is different this year as opposed to that year in the past, different in terms of just your style, what you're looking for it do you do? You do you with that past knowledge? Does it change the way you recruit? Yeah, I think a little bit for sure. I mean obviously I had some some good mentors that...

...program and learned a lot in that first year a junior hockey and, you know, a lot of the recruiting and how to present your program etc. But I definitely certainly learned a lot about the league to what the level of the League is, what the Eastern Hockey League was that first year. You know, I had seen a little bit of Eastern League hockey but didn't see it on a daily basis from a coaching standpoint. And you know what, what shows up at some of these showcases? You know, sometimes it looks pretty good, but then when you put it in the League. I definitely gained a lot of respect for the level of the League and I think that year of experience certainly helped to prepare for this year a little bit differently in terms of, you know, seeking out players skill set, skill wise, what you're looking for overall. Definitely having a year of experience helped and the first recruiting event I actually saw you at the summer was our combine, our first ever combine in Wallpool. What was that experience like for the coaches for the first combine ever for the eastern hockey I was really sure what to expect. Obviously they it was great. It was right here and walt pull down the road. I thought the experience for the kids was tremendous. I know I'd pushed some of our around kids who, you know, don't always have an opportunity or know what what the next steps are, sometimes after high school or while they're in high school. So I think for them it was a good opportunity to see something that I think is definitely realistic and a good path for a lot of the kids in this area. I think the coaches did a nice job. Like I got on the bench a couple times. I know we were up. I think every single team from the eastern Hockey League was represented there. So all the kids got a pretty good opportunity to get exposure and I have an opportunity to be seen and get touches on a lot of different coaches. You know, wasn't the same guys on the bench every day. It seemed to rotate a little bit and you got the chance to see a lot of different kids and there's a lot of interaction, a lot of talking, which I know that's not always the case at some of those showcase events, but for the overall experience for the kids and everything, it seemed to be a pretty good one. And then so you get to experience that event which brought all of our coaches together, as you mentioned, which was really the first time I've done that in a long time. And then I actually saw you a couple weeks ago as well, out in Denver and Colorado. What you go on the road as a brand new program what do you find yourself selling first when you're trying to tell a kid to come play for eight SRD island? You know, I think obviously, first and foremost we want to present ourselves our backgrounds. I think that's, you know, for myself and toby, I think that's that's a huge part of the new franchise is we're not new to junior hockey. You know, for him, he was one of the original guys at started the eastern junior league back in the early S, so he had experience in junior hockey back when there really wasn't any junior hockey. So He's been through that, and myself going through it once previously. I think the experience that we've got kind of lends itself to being a new franchise but, you know, doing it such that we've been here before. You know, I think that that point of being a new franchise and breaking down of the barriers on kids, you know, is...

...appealing to some that it's a new franchise because, you know, we're stepping into a situation where everybody's going to have a fair opportunity to play and have a good opportunity to prove themselves this year. So some kids look for a fresh start and you know, I think most importantly, especially going out west to Denver, you know beyond being a new franchise, but also the importance of the League and what the Eastern Hockey League has done and you know, the importance and understanding of what, if what their ultimate goals are to get to the NCAA college hockey. I think the Eastern Hockey League is obviously one of the best leagues out there that's doing it. So you know presenting what we do, what we're about, how we operate, you know how we treat our kids and what our ultimate goal is for them, and then you know just the level of competition that we have to offer and the amount of looks that our kids get from college programs and everything that that I get the chance to experience previously too. So I think there's there's been a track record in a in a history of the League doing, you know, doing very well with that. Just making sure that everybody is a aware and understanding of the full picture so that when they go to make a decision, you know they got all the cards in front of them. All good points for sure. And in particular, you talk about the looks that your players will get. Let's talk about the looks just within your division, right, because you're going to join a division that includes your former team, the railers, who are one of the final four teams and the frozen finals this past year and on their way they are. They knocked off the chiefs, a team that continues to take a step forward each every year. And then, to round out your division, you have the rough riders in the apple core, who you could call maybe two of the most historic franchises in the EHL, part of the original six. When you join a division like that, do you feel almost instant pressure or is there no pressure? Well, this is obviously pressure. Were going to have success. I think for us we're going to be focused mostly just on the process and, you know, educating our kids, giving giving him a path for development and making sure that through through the process that we're providing you know, we're going to have success in wend up winning games. I'm I'm excited to be in the division that we're in. You know, I'm honored to obviously have the chance to compete in this league, but there's some certainly some some names and like when I played, you know valley junior warriors were around it. I know the Boston Junior Rangers were a franchise that has changed and shifted. So I mean there's a lot of teams, a lot of history in the league and we're very fortunate to be in in this type of situation. And I used to go up and play apple quarterback in two thousand and six when we were playing junior hockey. So, you know, certainly, certainly excited to get into it. Definitely, you know, not nervous. I think it's just we're excited to get boots on the ground and just start going. If you were able to go back in time and tell your past self that you were going to end up coaching again some of these teams that you were playing against, would your past self have believed that? Um, did you always did, you always visit envisioned...

...being a coach? Yeah, I think coaching something I always wanted to do. You know, I despite and Covid kind of change a lot of different things. I probably would have liked to stayed in the league and probably saw myself being in worcester longer. But because those situation and that circumstances in lending itself to doing that now, I was pretty eager to get back in the hockey and and took when, you know, took a year, took it to a year hiatus during that covid and had my first child and you know, I got the chance to enjoy that whole whole situation and very blessed that that was the fact. And I got right back into it last year and I went to my old school again. That was sound. Helped as an assistant coach just to kind of scratch the ITCH for a year while we started building the process for this junior team. So it's really only a year hiatus before I figured out that I wanted to find a way to get back in and this this was, you know, probably the best way to do it. So it's close to my house and also that we really get to help, I think, the local population. You know, we had some round kids that came up to Worcester and played and last year and you got to go to college and there some other round kids on other programs. Alex Pratt was one of them, Jack Divine and other so I know, I know some local kids have had success in the league and we'd like to see a few more Rhode Island kids, you know, have chances in college program so I think, I think this is going to be good for everybody. When you say those names, I can already really are re picture when Toby retweeted that from the island account, because when you guys are first getting in, obviously having played your first game yet, but he was sharing all the commitments that we have, but he was really sharing with emphasis all of the Rhode Island Kids, the Jack Divines to Alex Pratt's, the mat, the mental I know how much Friday gave him. But for yourself as well, when you see those Rhode Island kids have the success that they've had and then advanced on, how does that make you feel about the fact that now you're putting a team and our run, any of the other that the future will will have that same effect on some of the kids that are already there? It's interesting, you know. So being a right island kid myself and having played high school here and, you know, having guys that were giving kids opportunities, you know there's a there was a little bit of a gap in that and that that was for a lot of different reasons around here in the local scheme over island. But you know, there are a lot more kids, I think, that have the ability and and have certainly certainly the ability to place. They just don't always have the opportunity or the know. You know, I think a lot of kids out of here got stuck in just continuous kind of prep school model where when I played ten to fifteen years ago, they're, you know, more more kids played junior hockey from a you know, hockey development standpoint, more games, more practice, more times to more times to touch the bucket and improve, and I think that there's just so many people around here that, you know, if that didn't happen for them, there's sophomore years. Some kids kind of, you know, lost the luster for hockey where if they were presented with another option, there's plenty of kids at the developed their junior senior year, you know, and and maybe...

...proud school is in financially an option. I think this is going to have more Matt comentals and that played for me three years at Les a academy in High School. So like he's a kid that I've known since he was fourteen and you know, he just committed to Stonehill College, which he got the chance to go on a lot of colleges. Is extremely proud of him and Mike the maschool. That was a you know, Hender can kid who used to play against Matt High School, and Jack Devine also played for me in less Alan in Providence. So I think there should be more of those kids coming out of the woodwork. I think once me in grainess mentality into the local area, you know there might be more kids who aspire to try to get there because they now see a more clear path. I think, and I kind of asked this before, that, you know, did you ever envision yourself being a coach? But how about the fact that now you're an owner, your co owners with Toby, and you get to kind of set the ground work in the foundation from year one? When you look forward to this upcoming season, forget the winds, forget the loss. Is One of the main goes you want, you know, to set and achieve in your first year. So probably the most important thing for us is establishing the culture. You know, when your one bringing in the right mentality kids to have high aspirations and have high expectations all across life. Like most of our kids that we brought him so far, we're a lot of more former captain's assistant captains on their previous team. A lot of them are high academic performers. You know what, we want kids that are going to try to aspire to plague college hockeys, so that that foundation has to be laid. You know, I think that's the fun in coming into a new program and and having the opportunity to call it your own, which you know the fact that I do have a little bit ownership in this whole thing and it really allows you to make it your own and you know, you can care about it that that much more. You know, you never shut it off because it's got your name attached to it. So there's a constant thought process, like we were really just near one here. We want to do right by our kids. We want to provide a good opportunity for them to develop get better as the course of the year goes on and you know, hopefully, through the contacts and connections at Toby and myself have, you know if these kids can make those steps and make adjustments to their game and learn. You know, maybe some of them can go to college, and that's obviously the hope where the whole reason we're here is to try to develop and get kids into NCAA college opportunities. are defining the right fit. So if we can if we can provide a place where kids can spending the year develop continue to get better, you know, we provide them with a professional environment and work competitive every night and winning some games, I think it's going to be a good year. A hundred percent, and maybe this will sound hypocritical an now it's the past question, because I am going to talk about wins and losses. Beat just because of your location right, no team has ever been this close, located this closely to our frozen finals venue. By what year? If you...

...don't have to answer this, even I want to, but by what year do you expect to have said we were in the frozen finals, being that close? I'm a pretty humble person, so I'm not not going to put a year on it. Okay, but what my hope would be that through the process and what we're doing on a day to day basis, you know, we're going to have a chance to have a good good rood island home crowd at that event in the near future. You and I think if you build the culture right and we'll get the right players in the program you know, creating the right environment for them over the course of the year. You know, those types of teams make it there. When I was playing junior hockey myself, I played for a guy, a Sewan Trombley, and we made it to the finals and won my first year of Juniors. You know, it was a good experience that I had, you know, later as a coach at Weisal Academy, my third year in we went our second championship since one thousand nine hundred and seventy seven in the histories programs. Toy The chances that he had coach to win there and I'm looking forward to moving into the eastern league and having a good chance to, you know, build a program here and hopefully be able to do the same whenever it happens. And as two island is in the frozen finals and Rhode Island, it'll be pretty dampy. So it would be really cool and I played a pc that's where I practice and I was a kid and everything too, so it would all be a really sweet situation for sure. Well, I want to thank you for coming back on the PODCAST. I know we're in the middle of the summer right here, right now, and this the season will be here before we know it, that home and home series with the wizards. So I want to wish you the best of luck with the rest of the recruiting. I hope you get to enjoy some of the offseason this well and we'll talk to you soon. I appreciate it and you'll thank you very much and have a good rish you week. I'm enjoyed now by Jeff Perrot, the head coach and GM of the Philadelphia Hockey Club. As it going. Jeff, good, are you doing? Knowles good here? Thanks for coming on the podcast for the first time. This is an episode that will feature both of our our two new EHL teams. Obviously a very unique situation for your organization to come over, but can you gotta take take us through the process of how it all came to play from your perspective? Excuse me. Well, yeah, it was. It was pretty interesting. From last year. We obviously we're in the USPHIL we had the NCDC in the premier team. Ryland was coaching there at the the NCDC and Adam Bartholomy at premier and it seemed like business is is not as usual. And then, I guess, the way the hockey world works, got a call from the boss and whatever the hiccups were, that's not for me to really go into the politics or, I guess, the business of hockey on that end. And fast forward a month month into the process, we found ourselves, Philadelphia Hockey Club, on...

...ourselves in a unique and situation and in my opinion, you know, we we have now in an a North American hockey league franchise and an ehl franchise. So I feel like our program and association, our ownership, put to superior products under one roof, which is, I think, pretty unique in the country, with the Tier one program that we have feeding, you know, get giving kids multiple options for playing at the higher level, both in, you know, the Eastern Hockey League and the North American Hockey League. So it's been it's been pretty night it's been a whirlwind. New Coaches, new staff, it's been a lot of fun and challenging and but it's going to be a pretty positive experience for everybody involved, Oh for sure. And and not to get too much into the business out of things, like you were saying. But we now have two organizations that have exactly what you just said and Eh Shel team at an at a team in the same building. Heck, you're in the same division this team Maryland. How beneficial will that be for your EHL team success? Oh, I think it's without a doubt gives us a benefit, especially for the tools if we utilize it as a program I know you know our ownership and you know our entire coach and staff. It really is a onestop shop for our premium, our premier players at the UA team, Apaa and sixteen level playing now, you know, top competition in the Ay League, the NHNA, PHL in the in their premiere, you know, division under one roof and now having realistic goals to really find a home for multiple players. Whether you're ready at that AHL level, if you're ready for the NA level, it's up to the player, obviously, but there's going to be a real valid road for them to have to kind of, I guess, dictate their own success. We would obviously love to, you know, Groom from our Tier One program moving right up into, you know, the tier to junior a level and you know, I think it what's really beneficial when you're out on the road recruiting watching players. I've been telling a feel my, you know, players that I've been talking to and some that have signed with us. I have, I had two sons that played due to junior level up to Canada and through NCDC here in the US. It's kind of stressful, excuse, I think, going all over the country, trying out at this camp, going to this main camp and then all of a sudden you're released, you know, September, ten or whatever we want to go with. Next thing, you're looking for a...

...team to play for. I think we have a lot of players that are truly on the cost, depending on their age, their talent. Maybe a bubble NA player, if not, has a real solid home at the EHL level to one produce and develop into that player. And with the building that the ownership is built here. It's a beautiful building, state of the art, but they're about twenty thirty feet away from each other's locker room. So it's pretty easy for a coach to be like, Hey, I have an injury, Jeff, can I get a forward? Can I get a D and nothing will make me happier than say Ay, Johnny, go grab your bag, you're going next store, yea, and working under one roof. So with the facility that's been built here and from top to bottom with the NA, the ehl in an elite tier one. You know, product underneath for AAA, it is a onestop shop. And I bring up team Maryland before, which is an organization that you'll be competing with at the EHL and at a levels. But at the same time, is there anything that you can kind of learn from what they've done after the last few years of already operating with this Ehl and an a kind of Combo under their one roof? All as far as this is our first year, so I can only take what we did with the NCDC in the premiere at the time and what are velocity is from our ownership down through our coaching staff. I'm guessing it's fairly fairly similar. You know, the one thing where we're really going to take pride in, and I'm going to take pride in as a coach, when I'm recruiting players, I'm going to have, you know, obviously a passion for these players to move up but for me to validate what I'm doing because I want to see my players when they get that opportunity and they get the call, because some players will injuries happened, players move on, whatever situations in life and in the game of hockey happens. It's my job to have, you know, player a be and see ready to go to that next locker room and if they're not, then that's on me as a coach like I should you know, I have twenty five players, whatever it may be, someone should be wet ready to move up, to take that step and be next guy in line, not where we have to call across the country and go search and around North America to find a florid or a D or a goaltender. Yep, it's a great point and you and you touched on earlier how the locker rooms will be next to each other. I haven't seen the facility myself. I know I'll be down there for a many showcase though October, seventh and eighth. Everything that I've heard, everything that I've seen pictures of it looks incredible. But can you talk more about just what it's going to provide to your team? It's it's it is state of the art. I've been in thousands of ranks. The owner took the out of pride...

...when he took the building over several years ago. God knows how many millions of dollars you put into it, but he he's everything from the the ice, the boards, the Dashers, the glass, the benches, the locker rooms. All the locker rooms are pro quality college, Pro Quality Stalls. Obviously the showers, changing rooms for the players to put their suits, leave them in medical facility. Players launch with the television for video in between both the locker rooms, state of the art gym. When you walk into the facility with artificial turf, all brand new equipment, weights, biking. You know he's got a great, great you know, physical fitness team, are testing whatever, you know, our training staff, that you want to call it. He's got a multiple, you know, multiple guys doing doing their jobs down there. So four sheets total within, I guess, the structure the building. We have to NHL ranks in this building with many rank for training, shooting and then Jim bought the building right at the corner when you when you enter on the street. I guess it used to be. I'm a little newer to the area. It used to be an inline and I believe, gymnastics facility and he put another full NHL sheet there. So for our facility, for our players, we have three NHL sheets and a private half halfye sheet in the building. Everything's brand new. I mean a gorgeous restaurant that overlooks both ranks. Rowan University place here that I believe they're going NCAA division three next season, from what I've been told, PREP school hockey, high school hockey. So on the weekends it can be fun. So some of these in their inner division games when the little flyers come and Maryland. And you know what I what I love about the League in the EHL is how you guys have it structured. I think are within our division. I'm going one thousand nine hundred and ninety three miles as like our lockers, our longest road trip from within the division, which is Pretty Nice. You know, it seems like everything we shoot up and down the ninety five corridor and and where they are. So we're looking forward to having that product on the weekends and at night followed by an Na game and college games going on. It can be there's a lot of traffick here. It is a beautiful, state of the art facility and and plinty going on to and I'm glad that you brought up the South Division because I have to get to it because obviously you're going to jump right in with both feet. I'm not sure if you know this, and maybe this is just my opinion. I'm sure the other three divisions are going to probably text me after I say this, but the South Division was the toughest past year. Do you know that? Do...

...you know that? Getting into it, and I know what I'm getting into and I'm ready. I'm pretty excited about some of the players we have coming back from last year, possibly from both rosters, and it's a challenge. I'm originally from Western mask, from the Springfield area, so I'm excited with where the game took me. It's going to taken me all over the country and I've found my way back to the northeast, so I'm pretty excited to be back here and it's a new challenge in life and kind of back I have some competitive jass lasts yes, and in a way I didn't really do you any favors either with the showcase schedule. A few of your first matchups right off the batter against teams that recently have been in the frozen files. So, over all, though, to be able to be on this out of things now and get into the showcases that we that we put forth, how excited there you to be a part of those events? I think it's going to be great. I love how I love how you guys structure everything where the college coach is, but you know up and down, can really get to it on the way you do your scheduling in the days. I think it's it's been great for recruiting. I like you know, and in credit to you, to you guys in your staff, I have to say when we came on, when Jim Jim Mackee the onner, maybe an announcement, you guys were first class, totally pro multiple. Teams reached out to me and welcome, welcomed us, and I thought it was really genuine. And then when we went to the League meetings, you guys, who are, you know, over the top class, act like everybody in the league and I really, and I truly mean this, that I thought, I think is one of the first times I was in a meeting where you had you know all your owners and some coaches and I thought everyone was there for the right reason, trying to protect the validity of your league and the quality, and you know that. That's a credit to you and the rest of your owners and coaches in the league. It's been great. Well, good people like to be surrounded by good people, right. So I would always honestly be remissed and already acknowledge the good people in yourself and the staff that you mentioned. You've been gray since you've come in. We haven't even played a game yet, right, and we're actually prerecording this because it's going to drop. Will I'm away from my honeymoon, but you mentioned Adam Bartholomy's name. I could probably plan out my entire itinerary for my entire honeymoon because of what Adam provided to me after I announced that I was going away. So so good. Adam spend a dear friend of mine for a four years my son's had played form. I've known him probably, God, I'm a fifteen, probably fifteen years when he was out in Utah and he went the national and started the predators program then he ended up and and Philly and kind of a funny store are you? You know, after my playing days I was...

...a college and prograp for years. Probably where, you know, it's funny. I talk to a lot of coaches. Probably where I learned the most about I probably learned more about the game when I ref done college and pro hockey than ever playing the game. You ended up seeing the game in a whole. You end up seeing three hundred and sixty everything happening before it happens and you see, you see everything develop. When you play. You play, you read, you react. Coaches tell you what to do. You try to make them proud. Do what your job is, focus on your job and when you're officiating at the high level, you see everything and it's it's been. It's been great with with kind of coming full circle without them here. He's a great guy. He'll be a major part of the staff with us on and off the ice, for sure. And to wrap things up, but you don't have to give me any sort of number, type of bold prediction, but making this jump over, what is the main goal for the season when we get to this point a year from now? What's going to make you look back on this first year in the EHL and say that was a success because that happened. Two things. Well, I'm confident. Will Win Games, okay, and we'll be yeah, I expect that. I know the talent that and I'm not trying to sound arrogant. I'm want to be confident and moving, moving my players on the school I have. I feel I have a pretty solid foundation on Adam especially. We've done it together with, you know, going back to our premier teams. Think a couple of years ago we had thirteen commits in d three. Last year we had probably, I don't know, seven, eight, nine off of his team. So we both take pride in moving the players on. It's one of the first things I do when I talk to a player about recruiting, you know, when I'm recruiting them. You know, do you want to go to college? Do you not? And see double a, you know, clearing house. What are the grades? What am I working with? Because Zero Point Eight, I'm going to give me monster work out to get a school, you know, and see double a. So we take a lot of pride, pride in that. So I I fully intend and expect our team to be competitive the entire year and competing towards the top and I expect to be placing multiple players in NC double A. Well, we can't wait to see you res those expectations, so I hope. So what I thank you for coming on the PODCAST. Good luck. Good luck with the rest of the recruiting and enjoy some of the offseason, if you get the chance to enjoy that honeymoon. I yeah, but big the honeymoon coming up? Oh yeah, so you go. Thank you once again. You guys have been spectacular and if I can never be of any help or assistancy...

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