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EHL 10th Anniversary Team of the Week (Rangers) | Episode 125

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we highlight our first 'Original 6' team of the off-season, in the Boston Jr. Rangers. Rich DeCaprio joins the podcast (1:13) to reflect on what his organization accomplished during the 2021-22 season. This past year included a second Regular Season Championship for the EHL team, and a third Postseason Title for the EHLP squad. Further along in the episode, the #ECrew comes together (16:04) for a new Top 10 selection, that for the first time, includes three netminders.

Welcome to the show with Neil Raven. Founded in two thousand thirteen, the E H L 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 show presented by the penalty 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 have experienced the catastrophic event. Learn more at penalty box foundation DOT COM. What's up? My name is Neil Raven. This episode number one of the show. On this week's episode we highlight our first original six team of the off season, in the Boston junior rangers. Rich DiCaprio joins the podcast or reflect on what his organization accomplished during the two thousand two season. This past year included a second regular season championship for the e h l team and a third postseason title for the E H L P squad. Further along in the episode, The e Cou comes together for a new top ten selection that, for the first time, includes three netminders, um joined now by rich DiCaprio, the head coach, and GM of the Boston junior rangers. How's it going? Rich going good? How about you doing well? Thanks for coming back on the PODCAST. Must be the fourth or fifth time at this point, so let's jump right into it. When you first look back on the two two season, what thoughts come to mind for you? Um, I thought that. I mean it was a great year for us, Um in terms of, you know, getting kind of back to where we thought we could be in competing for a championship and Um, you know, obviously our our college commitments. We still have a couple that are still in the works. But you know, in the regular season championship was a goal of ours which we which we were able to do and Um, we just weren't able to to get it done in the playoffs. I mean the biggest thing for us is was our power play wasn't it wasn't good all year. Um that kind of killed us into the playoffs. And but it was a great year overall and we were very, very happy with with that team and Um, proud of the guys and they battled every day and worked hard and it was a great group. And I'm glad they bring up the power play and the regular season championship, because the team kind of had this almost like quiet sense to us this year, Um, where maybe it was they were underrated. Do you do you push any of that towards the fact that the previous season, your championship year, that team, maybe it was one of the best teams in League history? Do you do you credit credit it towards that? Um, yeah, I mean I think. I think, Um, you know, our guys, just the players that we had this past year. I mean we obviously we didn't have an anymore. Um, we didn't have a jake with chance, but you know, we did have nate and net again, which was a big piece the championship year, Um, and it was an even bigger piece this year, to be honest with you. But Um, you know, I thought that the guys, they competed and it was a credit to them. You know, we didn't have the talent that we had two seasons ago, but I think the way the guys worked, Um, you know, through adversity and perseverance and never never quit in any game. Um, battled every day in practice and had fun coming to the rank. Um, you know, the guys were happy every day. So you know you're gonna WIN Games. Um, when guys are feeling happy and guys are working hard and Um, it was a it was a really good team chemistry. Um. But again, I think, I don't want to say we overachieved, Um, with what we had, because I thought we were a good, really good team. Um. But you know, yeah, that that team two years ago was was definitely, uh, you know, one of the best teams ever in league...

...history for sure. And you mentioned a name that was a part of that team and this past year's team and he'll be a part of the top ten. When we recorded that part of the episode as well. UH, Nathan Millar. Let's go back to when he first got to your program did you realize he was this good or did this kind of surprise? I didn't know he was going to be that good. I knew he'd be good. He was coming from one of my guys that I one of my advisors that I trust out in Minnesota and you know he sends me a lot of most of my Minnesota guys all come from him. But you know, he said he was going to be a really good goalie and I had a conversation with the move of the phone Um, in the summer before he got got here and asked him what kind of goalie he was and I remember having, you know, with Billy Girard and how well he played the park. We kind of grew accustomed to that. You know. Nolan Egbert was the same way. It was a really good puck playing goalie. So I asked him, I said, Hey, in the last few years we've had had some goalies that really played a puck well and you know, I really liked that. or You like that? Do you play that way? He's like, yeah, that's all I love to do. He's like, I love playing the puck and so I was, you know, happy to hear that. And then when he got here, Um, it was funny because we scrimmaged the ABS Um that first year and uh, you know, he had, I think Moldley. What was his goalie then? If I think, I forget who it was. But after the scrimmage we both looked at another and we were like and nate had played and his starter had played and we both looked at each other after the scrimmages said our goalies are not good. We didn't think good. We were like nervous about it because they stunk. The scrimmage and and then it just ended up being, you know, his goalie, our goalie, where the top two goalies in the league. and Um, you know nate. I remember talking to nate during the year and saying, Hey, you know babs and you know babs should be a school that's on your radar. He's a great student. Um, he never even heard. He's like what's Babs? And never even heard of it, because these those you know, those kids out Wet Midwest, they don't really know my about the school. got here. So Um, you know. And then fast forward and now he's going to bath yeah, but yeah, I mean I didn't think he was gonna be as good as he was. He was just a tremendous competitor and, Um, great kid and just wanted to win. Fifty two all time wins, single digit regulation losses, nine right. The one point. Four seven goals against is eighteen shoutouts. So many marks that are gonna be hard to break. But on top of that, to your point, seven assists, is that the one that you think will be the hardest to ever see broken? Seven assists from a goalie in two seasons? I think that, and I think the shoutouts you know, I think, Um, that's gonna be a tough one to beat. I mean I think he had what this past season, starts and thirteen shutouts or fifteen shoutouts or something. Still, and half of his starts were shutouts. When he gets hurt in that wild game and he's trying to keep himself in the game, did you even get a chance to talk to him or was it more just your trainer and him having that conversation? Yeah, no, it was, um, you know, he said he was fine and then I was watching him and, you know, he kind of made a single over the bench like he can't go, and Roachie went out and you know kind of took him off the ice and then he came back and you know, came over to the bench and said he's done, he's he's got an ankle, really high ankle sprain. Um. You know, unfortunately we had C J and C J went in and you know, he hadn't played in over a month, Um, and he gave us an opportunity to win. So and we were still right in the game, but it was definitely a little nerve wracking. I mean if if we had won that game, move on. Yeah, we wouldn't have had nate in in produce. Yeah, but you did have your e h l p team, and I'm sure we'll get into this in the top ten section of the of the segment of the podcast as well. Your E H L P team every single season is a contender. Broad question.

Why is that? I just think that, you know, we've we've got a proven system within the program. We've only got the two teams, you know. We don't have you eight team, we don't have you sixteen, Um. And I think that the players see the direct movement from premier to e h l to college. And if you look at all of our top from your guys every year, those players, Um, you know, like from this past season, you got the shadow, you got gosh, you've got merry men, you got, I mean all these other just a bunch of them that could have all probably played in the e h l Um somewhere. Um, but they, you know, they trusted the process, they trusted us as coaches and we tell them, look like, you have a chance to win a championship with this team, you know, move up playing the top team the next year and go to school. And we've been doing that for years. So it's not that we don't just say it, it's act. You can act see it. So I mean, you know, it takes a lot of phone calls and we're talking to a lot of players and there's a lot of kids that we don't get to sign because they don't trust the process. But if you know, with the Premier Team, if you can have, you know, six or seven forwards and four defensemen that are and obviously good goaltending, which we've had. Um, you know you're gonna be a contender every year. Yeah, and you mentioned some names. I want to bring up now because it's funny. You've had these, you know, fours of the year that has come up and it's just not messed to beat at the next level. Right, look at the first pair that you had. He had the Johnny Andrews Mike McPherson duo. Then you had the Johnny Mel and Drucolo Ryan Bailey duo. Uh. Is the shadow doss just the next duo to do the same exact thing? Well, I think there's there's the shadow, there's toss as the older, there's, I mean, I'm probably gonna Forget guys, there's there's UH, yeah, I think those guys can step right in and and and contribute. And you know, obviously with with Merriman, Um. You Know He Merriman, reminds me of Mitchell hate. Um, I call him Mitch Hate, Mitch hate two point Oh, um. And you know, and then you've got Taylor, Mitch Taylor moving up. So it's yeah, I think those forwards, I think there's a handful of forwards that will be able to step right in and and contribute. You bring up Mitch Hate, I'm sure a player that we're gonna talk about as well in the top ten part of this. Um, when you see another player come in, how can you make a comparison like that, that you that you see him as two point out? What? What is he doing on the ice that makes you feel that? One his skating. Um. You know, he's not as tall as Mitch. He might be a little bit of a stronger skater than Mitch, but Mitch was very smooth, Um, and so Chris, Chris is a very smooth skater. He's got really good hands, Um, he defends well, he uses a stick well, um, but then on the other side of it too, it's just off the ice, like he's just an unbelievable kid, Um, which Mitch was, you know, popp for ever in ranger history and in terms of in terms of character, right. So, and I think Chris is right there with him, Um, in terms of just this character off the ice and how much he cares and great teammates. Um. So, yeah, he reminds me a lot of MIT. And this is no knock on, no knock on Mitch, but I think he's gonna be better. Okay, well, he'll, he'll that. He's gonna hear that too, just so we know, because he's one of those guys that has he's one of those guys that that truthfully, has kept in touch. Right. I'll always remember a picture I got Um of him watching a game with chance Gorman from the wizards, right, because they're both at Elmira together. How, how rewarding is it to have alumni who stay in touch and keep in touch as much as your guys have over the years? No, it's great. got I got a text. m I still have the old group for the...

...season. Um, the group is still in the text, text with all those guys and every once in a while they'll they'll shoot out at random picture and you know, some of them are some of them I can share and imp Um, but no, it's good. I get text from those guys a lot and, you know, everyone's while. I'll get the Brockport guys together and sending pictures. Are All hanging out, maybe smoking a cigar and, you know, a coach. It's it's pretty cool. And Uh, you mentioned that those though. We've talked about this a little bit before, but since we're kind of in that that mode of of looking back to not be able to finish that nineteen twent season and then really cap off the season with a championship. Was that championship? At that time, did you receive more text from those ninety nine than ever before? Were they so excited to see you win that title? Yeah, they were. They all watched the game. I remember the bus ride home they were all text thing and calling and uh, you know, it was it was definitely rewarding Um, and I think they felt a part of that too, because, you know, it was something that we talked about with the team during the year. It was just say, like last year, you know, we were right here and we weren't able to to get done and those guys would have killed to be able to to get to the finals, and so we had that in our back back of our minds all year. So it was it was kind of a to two team championship. Yeah, and I asked that because now, as you look forward, you know e h l has got two frozen finals appearances in their history with the one championship. You Multiple Regular Season Championship. We touched on the E H L P team. I think they've been to the frozen finals three of the of the four years we've had it, with a few titles in there as well. How do you keep raising the bar with the full success that you've had just year and and year out at both levels? How do you keep raising that bar higher and higher? Well, I don't think. I mean the bar is always where it is right and we just try to stay at it and it's, you know, the bar is the top and it's just recruiting the right kids and the right players and, Um, you know, not rushing on on recruiting and taking your time and Um you know. And then once we get get the teams that we want and we meet as a group and honestly, it's it's it's more about the locker room, Um, and having the right kids in the locker room, the right pieces, the right attitudes, um, because everybody can play Um. You know, it's it's more of the intangible stuff. So, but it's yeah, it's the bar is always at the top and when we're recruiting that's how we handle. We want to you know, I think we do a good job of comparing players, Um, you know, to previous teams, like is this kid gonna be like him? Is this, you know, is this the next Brent Rickett? Is this obviously there's no anty Moors, but he'd like Connor Bizal was or Joey Shaffer Nathan like. So we can do a lot of comparisons and and try to try to make sure we're bringing in the same caliber talent and kids. Yeah, and then, you know, obviously when we watch kids too, it's we use a lot of the the top teams in our league. You know, I always say, Hey, like we were playing the ABS or we're playing a Walpole, like how is in that situation? Is that kid going to be able to handle, you know, uh, forward from the ABS coming in full bore on the four check, like you know. So we know what those games are like. So we try to picture those kids in those situations and if they can handle it, that's great. You mentioned so many names that myself, jeff and Anthony are gonna keep talking about here in the top tense segment, which we may be able to say it is easily that the toughest top tense segment of the office of the off season so far. So I appreciate you coming back on the PODCAST. I know for a fact the rangers will be contenders again this season at both the e H L and E H L P levels. So good luck with the rest of the recruiting and enjoy the rest of the season. All right. Thanks, Neil, you too,...

...see you soon. Thanks again to rich DiCaprio for coming back on the PODCAST. So let's bring in the e crew now, Anthony and Jeff. This is our first original, truly original team of the off season. We've had some teams with deep history, but this is the first one we've done so far that's been in the league every single season since the league was formed. More original than the original six? Well, I guess yes, that's all I'll say. I think they're part of the original original. I think we have our own E. H original six. They're just one of them. So with that, though, it gives us arguably the toughest challenge so far and now and narrowing down a list of of all the players over the years to ten. Right. So the other, the other top part of the two, Neil is, we always know coach DiCaprio is a he is a he is a coach, first things foremost. So what do coaches do? They like to correct you if you get stuff incorrect. UH, they held you to a higher standard, which coach Dicaprio always does and I appreciate with my broadcast, always chirps in with the text or call to let me know of certain rule changes, staff changes. And I say out of the deepens about our I love Retchie's, one of our favorite coaches in the league, always one of the more talented teams, and boxing junior rangers to great ownership with Mike's Ribella, and I think this is honestly easier because of the plethora of talent that the junior rangers have had. But now that we're looking at this list that me and you did last year, Neil Um, we were saying before our little pregame or our pre podcast chat how many we might break a record for goalies in this top ten. We've been kind of happen one or two. Last week we got two on there with Mela mccallup with the chiefs. But some of these teams we've gone goalie list. I don't think that's gonna happen this week with the Rangers. That you guys will both agree. Yeah, and this is pure coincidence that we went one wild card loser after the next and did not do that intentionally. We just did the chiefs last week and then the rangers. It's just how it worked out right. But of course the rangers have been passed the wild card before. They have two frozen finals appearances in their E H L history and I should I should know how many they have in their e h l p history as well, because it's definitely more than two. UH, because they're E H L we're pretty sure they're e H L P team won their third title this past season. That was in my call when they scored an overtime yes, so three E H L P championships. You can call it. Two frozen finals appearances for the E H L P in this past year and the seventeen eighteen season. So they've won two e h LP titles in Prov Sudens when they won the twenty fifteen sixteen e h l p title, that was my first year in the league and that was over the bandits. I believe they actually made it to the finals the following year, also sixteen seventeen, and lost the revolution. So they were in the last game of the season, if you will, for the first three years of the e h l p. Ye got knocked out. They don't. Yeah, don't skip the wolves either. You have the wolves when they had to go through the Rangers right to get there. Right then then the playoffs got canceled. Yes, one was the year the eighties, seventh one. The Rangers did not make the finals that year, but they did the following year. So a team that just has multiple finals appearances at both levels. And Okay, Jeff, let's get into it. Maybe it'll be easy, maybe it'll be hard, but we have the we have the all time team pulled up for what we did last...

...year. We could start anywhere here, but this is right. The first first player for me. First player for me would have to be the all time wins and shut AUS leader in the E H L, which is Nathan Miller. Gotta start with I agree. I agree with Anthony. That's the perfect place to start. I mean the accolades that Nathan Miller has had and and we've talked about it a lot, all of us have, me and Neil and then anthony. We talked about a lot with you this year about all the accolades that Nathan Miller was able to accomplish and all the records he broke of former goaltenders that are now having a lot of collegiate success. Right, BILLY GIRARD UP AT U N E. UM, Nolan Egbert, you mean Boston, I believe, transfer the brock COORP anser brockport. Yea. So now up with coach Dickinson's soon to be Don Cheriko from last week. Chief Um. Yeah, I mean he's not only broke over all these records, I mean he's done all the work himself. And just look at some of these numbers. Two single digit loss with the Bull Seasons, twenty four plus wins in each year. Those goals against or are stupid. Anytime I've build it done Rangers Games, which I've been lucky enough to do a good amount of them. The readies goals against in the safe percentages, like you're playing nhlo One oh one for goals against us year. That's just it's stupid, but good stupid for his career safe percentage, if you can have an entire E H L career stopping over the shots you face. I mean, look, the Boston junior rangers are usually a very good defensive team. or Uh they they don't often allow that many shots, but they're having games where they do allow a lot of shots and more often than not Nathan Miller is up to the task. Eighteen shoutouts. It's just crazy. So do we wanted to get the goalies out of the way first. I mean we got Miller. Um, jeff obviously mentioned billy Girard. I think we have to be have him on this list. First off, what he did in the League, right, and then helping to lead you, any to the division three frozen four this year. Um, it's it's crazy. He's technically the second best goalie in Rangers history. He would. He would be the best goalie on any other team. Right, he's the second best goalie in League history then, right, right, you can kind of say, right, I know came Primo, you know what he's done as well, but he was only here for a season. Billy Girard and Nathan Miller two seasons apiece. So I mean he he has to be on this list, though, of course. Yeah, absolutely. Um, I mean that's the thing. You just nailed it as far as um with Kate Primo. He was phenomenal, but he was here for a short amount of time. So when you when it comes to actually, that reminds me of did we do an all e h l all time team last year? We did that. That that will be talked about in, I believe, our season previews this year. So we're gonna Redo that again this year. Another might as well, but as well fight as well. We had two goalies to start things up and it kind of it worked out great for the Rangers that it really was Gerard. It was really Egbert into Gerard and then Gerard into Miller and then gigantic shoes for whoever wants to take the net next. So pobibly, Christi Jackson, possibly there's a spot for him. Um, in terms of this top...

...ten, though, is there anybody else that could make it on this list, because I can pull up two names that we can think about for if there's spots at the end Um. The first, yeah, yeah, goalie. I mean the first goal that that Jeff is mentioning in Nolan Niberg. A lot of these records that were broken by Gerard and then broken by Miller were set first by Egbert, right. So so you could possibly put him here, Um, and then on top of him you also have Evan Morrelli, who only spent a season but the rangers, but then helps them the state when four straight mask act titles. So, but that goes back, that goes back to our whole tiebreaker of using the college experience to maybe get somebody in over somebody else. So why don't we just leave these two was is and then get to the skaters, because just those two foundational pieces, all right, gigantic start for this organization. Well, you know, you know what's interesting? I see about the Boston junior rangers for being an original team and unless the elite prospects page is wrong, there's zero players that have recorded a hundred or more points with this team. So if there's any team that can be goaltender heavy, having three or four goaltenders it would have to be the Boston junior rangers because they're like, I mean, because I always say how the eight sevens are known for their offense. The Boston Junior Rangers are known for their defense and and maybe maybe it's balanced scoring. Yeah, that's always been the recipe, I feel like. I mean, look at guys like we always talked about goodld Johnny Alphabet, Johnny Mel and Drew Clod bockets of goal reporting. The H LP goes up to the H L was still a very good player but wasn't putting in a hundred and ten points because the adjustment from from year to the e h L. different speed, a little more physical. Um. So, like you were just saying, you know, they had just you become more of a they teach the same systems between their premier and their E H L, but because of the style and the opponents, I think it caters more towards a scoring by committee, which they've done really well. But I mean you still get guys like Bizoll McPherson any more that put in good amounts of points too. That will probably end up on this list. I mean connor was all was definitely a guy I think of that when it comes to talented forwards. As someone that he played a pretty important role in that championship game, would you say? So? That was the game Tigal. Anthony brings up that point about no one h points scores at the E H L level for the Rangers. McPherson's raising his hand to say, Anthony, just a reminder, I put up a hundred in one year and the E H L P. I mean this one. Yeah, this was the right but look at these numbers. Right, this is MC pherson right. So he puts up a hundred points combined in the first in his first season in the E H l P. obviously four of the year M v P. Well deserved. Right. When you see it translate the very next year to the E H L where you post nearly seventy points and just over fifty games. Did a small stick in the n a the following year and then returned to the rangers late in that seventeen eighteen season. I mean this is this is just stupid. He he put up twenty six points down the stretch in ten games. Like imagine if they had had him longer in that seventeen eighteen season, then he would have posted a hundred points easily. So, and this is seventeen. Eighteen is that first frozen finals appearance for them. So that was the year that the actually that was...

...the first year of the finals. That was that was the first time I went to Providence. I was back when I was just doing p a for you and it was one of your friends who was calling the game. Very true. Um. So I think McPherson obviously has to be on this list. So it's a good place to start too. And in the scoring hasn't slowed down at all once he's got to college. Right, got just as a freshman with six points. Twenty two is sophomore year. Ten is his junior year, abbreviated because of Covid and then twenty three this past year, uh, as a senior of Plymouth state. So Mike mcfierson, though, really was from twenties fifteen or so to Um all time leading score in Rangers history. So we'll put him on here first, and then jeff mentioned Connor Bazol. I think he's got to be here too. Right, right, I think they finished tied. Yeah, nine points apiece, because all played ten more games than McPherson did. Seventy nine as the post of six night games played, but both point per game players in their careers as junior rangers. So yeah, I think bisols a fitting and if I remember correctly too, doesn't bazole have a sister that's really good at hockey? Another little ingredient we could throw on the top ten. If you have a sibling that also is Napti hockeys, maybe elevates your status a little bit. Hit. It's amazing. Why You oh, you did, because this is connor sister who plays at the Ohio State University, right, and they just won the national championship this year in Division One. So while we're on this path, thank you, Jeff. You're welcome. I gotta remind everyone of a legendary instagram post from the Connor Brasile with his sister holding a national championship trophy and the caption is e h l champion Greater Than N C a Division One champion. Oh, I do remember that. I just love the look of the N C A trophies. They're so like clean. I don't know, I think they just looks they look so awesome. Right. So he's got this picture though, too, with the E H L trophy it's a little different. Um, he he was so good though, for the Rangers over there to those two years. Like I remember that championship game, obviously calling it with you, Jeff, and when the Rangers are down a goal late in that game, like they literally ran the same play on the power play like three times. It was anymore walk can get in looking for Bisol across and like you knew it was coming, but you still couldn't stop it because it was just such a lethal play. The reason, the reason why, and I love when teams do this, a lot of teams like to have players on their weak side on the power play, meaning right handed shot on the left side, thinks Stan coast, Vetchkin, McKinnon, etcetera, and then having left handed shots on the right side so they can shoot one timers when they're on the strong side. It's reverse. You have the right handed shots on the right side, lefties on the left side. So you said it was. It was more on the right side. More is walking in the right side to go across to Basil, right hand and on the left side. So he's a threat where he can either shoot the puck right from there or make the pass and you don't have to open your hips to make that pass, because if if Moore is on the left side and he wants to pass, you probably have to open up your hips a little bit to go for the scene pass. But instead you you have that uh, that kusher where...

...he can make that last second decision. Do I shoot? Do I passed? So I shoot? Do I passed him more was like no, you know, he sold the shot so well, then he passed it. So I mean that. That's why I love seeing that formation on the power play. And you're right, you know, they're able to run it a couple of times, but it worked. There is a picture. Here is the picture actually, because always a left handed shot. I'm wrong. So he didn't even want to. That's what I'm talking about. He's on his strong side, left on the left side. I mean, this is the picture and the history of frozen files right, because we said this Moore was walking in. I did it three times or so on that power play and it almost worked twice and they still read it again, Jeff, and just the way that the avalanche players were selling out trying to get there and this got in by what is that an in Shof the post? Yeah, and hickling images. Look, that's Michael Tod Kiss, that's three avalanche all trying to get in the way of it. And, yeah, by about an inch, it looks like a renaissance painting. Yeah, where we have the focal point and all the ass players, like you know, you can tell where they're looking, where they're pointing. It just all leads to the PUCK, the focal point like that was this this year's championship game. was was a great game, right, but you can make the case that that is the best championship game we've ever had because just the way that the rangers came back from being down to nothing. They were the best team in the league that seasonally really wired to wire. Uh, we had never had champions yeah, we had never had a team. Um, we never had a game, a championship game, go to overtime. Right, like we're down in Philly, which is the only location where we can have the foules. That's the COVID season. So it's a complete gong show. UH, and the Rangers captain puts the team on his back and leads them to the win. So yeah, I mean he's he's obviously on this list. I mean the four names that we've put to start it is there are four guys that could be on the top ten lists, right for the league, right, like I think about. So, Jeff, you were asking this before. Let me pull this back up for you. We did do an all time team this past year, and remember these all time teams that we did this past summer, like you put. We put a full group together. Right. Imagine making a top ten list for the League history, the nine years of the history, and then being able to say there are four rangers that could be on that. Almost half of that group could come from this one organized nation. Right, and sorry, and like this and some of the ones that were about. The name next to help round out our top ten, like, are damn good. Also, right. So where do we want to go next? I don't know. That's like I feel like ahead. We talked about players who have only spent one year with the team. Do we put Andy Moore on there? About to go there? Went on to the USA. One Commit University of main if I'm not mistake, he's from. He's from Maine, going to northeastern. So I'll give I'll give the pitch that I give every time on the road. Right, so I think what the E H L does well is we don't hide the fact that we know that we're a division two and three placement league. Right. So note in every ten kids is going Division Two, Ur Division three. Sure that Division One kid, they'll find you right. So Andy Moore, being from Maine, I have to plug that in. Obviously let's just keep read or anything. He is from Maine and I'm from Maine. So no, he's not,...

...he's not. He's not from scarborough. He played for a different high school. But being from Maine, I can say that I know the direction of where main high school hockey is going. But at the same time the toughest part about selling kids on junior hockey is when you're in high school you love the experiences that high school offer. You want to go to prom, you want to hang out at Friday night football games and whatnot. So he wanted to do that and experience that with his friends through high school and in doing so he was a rookie, but he was kind of an older rookie and his first year in the E H L, could he have gone straight to the M A or maybe even US H L? He probably could have. He was good enough to do that. But he is just getting his first taste of junior hockey, so he thought why not the E H L for a year? Right? So he comes in, wins rookie of the year. It was good enough to be the M v P also, and then goes out and and and place his second season with theater senior rapids in the USA Shell. Is Actually gonna go back, I think, for one more year. Um, so that that's probably be ready for him at northeastern. But to be like in your second year of Juniors ever and playing in the U S H L and they put an a on your Jersey like that's something special, right. So one more one more year of development in the USA Hill and then off the northeastern. Like I went to every bean pot when when Primo was playing for the northeastern, I'm probably gonna go to every bean podcast now because, like this get is something special, and it's not just because he's from me. Like he was as good a player as well as we've seen in our league. And actually, to go even further off track, it makes me just think, like we've put together such strong all star teams in the past few years that have faced the colleges. The team that we could have put together the year that we couldn't play the colleges, which was one season, would have been absolutely unreal because look at just I don't know if you want to w every game, right, but just when the Rangers, you have a millware, you have you have bizarre, you have any Moore. I mean we haven't even got to a guy like Jake let chance. Yeah, right, think about those guys. Then think about at that final we also had the avalanche, who had the Chris aarons and the George McMichael. They were the team that lost. Right. Then you have the eighties sevens, who were there with Dante's haremony and Tim the board and every defenseman put up thirty something plus points, and George Wiener and and uh Dylan good, right then you then you go to the lumberjacks, who had Paul final lease and Egan Schmidt. And that's just the frozen finals teams, right like so, to bring it full circle, I think that shows you how good that Rangers team was. Right, you can make the case that the Rangers Championship team is the best team in league history because because they were the competition in the league could have been better than ever before, right, and you look at the win loss record in the way they worked through the whole seasons and playoffs, you can make that case. But those five games so far, which include three players that are part of that team. Like this list is already stacked. That team was just so deep to Neil, when you look back at it, and if I remember correctly too, they had remember when we talked to her in the broadcast during the Fros and finals that I think it was their third line was now and drew low and Ryan Bailey. Ryan Bailey, yes, Ryan Bailey, my boy, Oh man, this is the Laska natives. Grandparents were offen big fans of the show Staylor, of the Bailey family, if they're listening Um. But yeah, so, I mean their third and fourth lines that year could have been first lines anywhere else in the entire league. That's how deep that team was and that's why they eventually became the champions that years. They could just roll...

...four lines, like you see in two years college and the pros. When it comes to playoff time you've got to be able to roll four lines. You can only rule one or two. Just catch us up to you and you end up, you know, put her out on fumes. But that Rangers team was yeah, I would say that. I would agree with that. It's been around as long as you have with the H L that that is probably one of the best teams of all time, for sure. I'm trying to now pull up the E H L P version of the Rangers on elite prospects, right, because you just mentioned a couple of names there that we talked about. McPherson, right, who was an M v P, and they basically was a big time from your guy. To look at look at the points of these guys put up in the E H L p. So this is Mike McPherson's brother, right, who put up a hundred three. Right, Malan Drukalo, who only put up twenties h l points because he got he actually got injured that year before I scoring the game winner and overtime in the championship. He only put up twenty six and twenty nine that year, but he put up a hundred and twelve in the e h l p the year before. Like Game Player, two zero points per game. It's it's just what would you say? It's like video game numbers, like he's playing in NHL two. It's like you just did the creative team and you just made like an absolute all star wagon team. And then Bailey two. He was no Slove. Look at it. His points per game. It's like two point three points per game. But then we're almost averaging a hat tricking points per game in the H L premiered. Will we ever see another sixty goals season? Sixty like like there's there's probably not. Here's your question. Will anybody ever break the Nathan Miller all time record for shutouts with this over his career with eight team shoutouts? Or anybody ever break the single goal mark and a single e h LP regular season that Malin DRUCO will put up with sixty? Hey, records are made to be broken. But you know, like they say, records all time while loads are gonna be hard to touch. Who is who is second in the E H L? A Palis. I just wanted to see that again. SECOND ALL TIME E H L P single season was Brendan, England Central Pen Panthers. I remember calling games against the central pen panthers for the eight seven. I mean he he was another good player, putting up fifty seven goodness, it's and Ryan Bailey is no slouts behind him. It's tough, right, because when you have two guys that put up so many points, think about it, for two Ur in twelve points, right. So Bailey is just as much an M v P candidate, board of the candidate as Malin Drucolo is that year in the e H L P eight. But because he has got a few more points, he gets the knot over him, right. Like, look at some of these numbers, though. Really you can talk to rich about this for days. It was really early on the Mike McPherson, Johnny Andrew's, Andrew's duo in the fifteen, sixteen season. That kind of laid the foundation for the future. Bailey, Malon Drucolo duo in the nineteen season. Guys. That then moved to right before them for multi yeah, so they and they were right before them. Here's Brett. There's a derek also. Yeah, like leading into what these guys have done in the e h shell. So just to reiterate, we got five guys so far. Malin, Drucolo Bailey are guys that we can think about. Andrew, Keith, Zach Norby Um. That bizarre line was saw Nathan young and Joey like younger is Brittany...

...hard just to call him Nathan Young. This was just one season. Rent Rickett Front Rickett. Sixty six points that year. No, because that's playing in the college ranks in Norwich Shield player. I'M gonna throw out there that Um that coach Di Capriol talks to me about all the time is one of his favorite guys to coach and just all around good kid, good player. Was Playing d one hockey and I see him a lot when they played Bentley's blake bride from the Air Force Academy. It was only there for one year, um, but like anny Moore did put up I believe it was forty something points in thirty games that he played there. But Um, and I also played a little bit of d h LP quick two games went on to the n a after that. But Um, yeah, forty two points and forty seven games, four points and five playoff games to a goal and three assists. He's someone that coach Caprio always talked to me about, that he liked him a lot. Blake broad. So here's the second story that I tell when whenever I go on the road right. So again, if you're good enough, they'll find you. It's kind of the thing, right, like most of our players got division two and three. But if, if you're, if you're good enough, they'll find you. So every year our coaches go out to the CCM showcase in Westminster. They call it Denver, but it's obviously not Denver. It's in Westminster. It's minutes away from Denver. But you know, you know how it works. Right. So we go out to this rich sees this player at the showcase and he says to me, I like that kid. Okay, sounds good, I'm gonna get him our league next year. Watch up, watch how far he goes. Okay, sounds good. Play. It was blake, Brian Right, he's from Colorado. Played a year in the E H L, master the level. Put up forty six points that year. Right then said I'll make one step up. Played a year in the N A. Put up, you can bind it between the Wilderness and the JACKALO has put up almost sixty points and said, all right, I'm aster that level, I'll go be a captain in the US a shell now in the USA H l. You know what he did when, while he was a captain in the USA Shell find a pictures the Clark Cup. It's a nice strop. MHM helps when it helps when the Clark Cup. And then, to come fully full circle, ends up back in his home state of Colorado Playing Division One hockey at the Air Force Academy and he will be there. He will be their captain this year. So you can announce that when you're apparently this fall Jeff captain, Blake Brid Hon. He's one of those guys. He hasn't been putting up buck at the points but he's very noticeable at Air Force. He's now, you know, yeah, five points, four teen Games, seven points, six points, but he's a guy that doesn't need to. He doesn't jump out on the stat sheet, but any coach, uh scouts, they notice him on he's an important player for him. And Yeah, not all captains have to be, you know, a hundred plus point guys. They bring their qualities and other ways. I didn't get to talk to blake bride much when he was with the junior rangers, so I don't know really at all, but just from what coach Dicaprio told us about him, makes sense and he's another of those guys we talked about. We always full tongue in cheek on the show during the year at about the E H L commercials. He's another guy. He as you said, Neil, he mastered D H L, goes to the N A, goes to the U S H L, and then do you want hockey? So think of beauty. As far as the junior hockey uh nuts go, we've kept on this list the entire time so far and I want to feel like we need to steer away from it, but I don't know. I'M gonna GO Brett Rickett next. It was...

...one of the toughest players to play against a near League. He was like the size and the speed and he could shoot. I wish it wasn't just one year right, because remember, this season was the year that we're always in a question because that was the year that we had to stop wait. We really couldn't even start the playoffs because we were kind of in that limbo stage in between first round and second round, with the first round buys just getting ready to start. But he was a huge piece of that, which ultimately led to the to the Rangers winning the championship the next year. Uh. That gives of the day a there's all those teams, not just the Rangers, all those teams, the Lumberjack, the avalanche, every team, the wizards, they were all loaded. We were just using for that playoffs and then just good to get it ripped out of thin air like that. Sucks, but hey, staying on the positive thing. To get a demail on here too. I feel like Mitch hate needs to go on her next deal. Did I tell the infamous? Should I tell the infamous, infamous Mitch Hate Story? I would say yeah, that's cool. Anthony loves the stories. So Uh man, it was nineteen twenty. That was the the let's see, that was the second or because we had it this fall. It's two all star teams ago, because we weren't able to do the All star team against the college. So we're talking nineteen twenty. was of the year we todd Fittzburgh, beat Salem, lost the UMS Boston. So we get the All Star Team together and Mitch hates there, e h LP to e h l along, captain the Rangers. On the ice, looks fine. Off The ice he's walking around with a walking bootle like he has a broken foot, and I'm like, uh, did something happen during practice? Mitch, like, do I need to bring somebody else in? No, I just always wear this h are you? Are you? Are you injured? Yeah, I may have like a small fracture in my foot, but like it's fine. I go so, like if you took a shot off, yeah, like if you took that shot off that foot, like it's it's still gonna be fine. We'll probably not, but I'm just kind of playing through it right now, and I was like okay, Um, if we need to bring somebody else in, I guess we could, but, like you say, you could, so we're Gott it was you know, you've seen walking boots. They go halfway up your way, right, and I'm like like okay, and he just takes it off, gets on the ice, gets off the ice, puts it back on. He was awesome, though, like one of the nicest kids truly to ever be in our league and one of those kids that keeps following it too, off at college now at Elmira, like he he was so just steady, just constantly in the right place, never at a position, not one of those d that would show up really a lot on the score sheet, not that that he's had to. I mean he's still put up sixty four points as I say that right. I was surprised how many points he had. He is the all time Games Leader d fix games played edged Andrew Keith up by three games in junior rangers history. Also was a unit too. I remember his side six, five, one pound. Absolute Unit. That's what you want. You can't see size right. That's what the coaches already always say, but he was. He was just an absolute unit. Left handed shot too, I think, if I remember correctly. Uh Yes, I'm looking at the way his shoulders are in this picture. I would believe that's correct. Um, big kid, you hate. Huh Oh, that's why I always say healthy hate on my broadcast. What's Sean Wall's favorite? So we have eight. We have eight for so far here. Eight players, eight, eight, and we haven't names, we haven't put on the list yet. UH,...

Daniela lary on Os, who's playing pro now. I forget what league. I apologized. Scored the game winning goal for the Rangers and the E H L P twenty eighteen championship game. That was that first frozen finals in Providence we've been talking about. Then jumped up to e h L. Daniel earlier. Yeah, the Deil of Chennikov was one of the fastest players I've ever had in the league. Eric, Eric Zohoffs, right, he was. He was legit. We mentioned we talked about Ryan Bailey, we talked about Nathan Young. Danny Sbella wanted Danny Sabella wanted every face off when he when he needed to right. Connor Doherty was great that same year as Brent Rick. In Nine we got Mitch hate. Jacob chance was probably the D of the year if he plays the full twenty one season. Right. Um, I want to talk about steady Damian Dang legger was never at a position. Never at name. Yes, jared burness, lifelong ranger. It felt like green, vallads and Danglegar were the deep hair. UH, Dante floori. You wanna talk about size, Jeff, remember how big Floria was. I was when I was looking at his name real I was trying to remember him. Some of these guys, now that we've been here so damn long, it's like some of them are starting a waiver in my memory. It's six five, six five. I want to say that Steven like an inch off. He was gigantic. Remember. He's the next yes, seven Ft. we'll just round up a name that I mentioned earlier but didn't make this all time team. Was Joey Schaeffer. We talked about Nolan Egbert. Um. You know, there's other goalies that you could even talk about Um that didn't spend nearly as much time in the league. Um, him on John Curry, I want to remember in curry now at Brockport. Um, I'm trying to find and Chris Jackson, if he comes back this year. He's been there for a couple of years with a good premier player and we'll see what he if he does come back, and what he would do. He would further cement himself from the goalie history there. This is Mike Robinson, who only only played eight games of the Rangers. But now is that you? And actually now is in the e h shell he was to start. Wow, did you hear that? Song just started playing in my ear? No, I don't know. Some music just started playing in my ear there for some reason. I don't know why. Um, I had to close out of that window. Totally distracted prospects. I love their ads. Now here we go, Oh my God, but he was for a four year guy at n a starter his last couple of years. I mean there's just so many players that have been so good over the years for the program. Another good one. Here's a player that can come back this year. Keep her eye on Victor Malls on right. Oh, he was real good last year, the better offensive defenseman he's had. The riches heads, another big veteran you love, you loved Nick Colin in in fantasy calling in real good. Jack Harges, Captain Jack, loved him. Aidan Zukowski with the invitation to Jeans Chicken Party. Oh my God, remember that. Connor Galloway, remember, look at the numbers. He had one. I don't know if it's gonna show it here. He had one chester. Absolutely monster weekend at Brockport this year. I mean, look at that. I know he think. I think he's kindly a sophomore because of the year. Thirty one points...

...in your first season to college hockey, like Damn. So we have plenty of options taken to keeps coming back to the H L. I wonder why we have plenty of options with two spots left. What we wanted to go? Oh, I don't just looking down this list, all these guys that we've named off I mean, Oh boy, Jake Blackwell is another name I remember. Japan. Andrews UH lucky from this past year is another good guy. This guy was on our all time team, another player that wore the city. I keep going back to Natan Young. I want to get him on there, the old younger. I keep going back to him. I mean that first season he doesn't get injured, doesn't get injured that first year, maybe he can put up uh, one more points and thirty more more games and he actually hits that hundred point plateau. Yeah, I think that would be a seat. But sure there was another captain, Captain that championship team. So I remember litty younger on there when when he got injured in the season, how devastated rich was because he knew how good he could be. But I mainly got him set to come back the following year Rehab from the point of nine points and then that championship season forty three and the regular season, nine in the postseason, like he was. He was huge Maryland Kid. Yeah, played for team Maryland's youth team for quite some time. There's nine guys there. I think we need another d right. He doesn't hate the only defense where we have on here. Do we all put a with chains on here? Let Chance Bernice. Yeah, say, Bernice was the guy that was there forever to like we said, he was like the Van Wilder of the junior rangers. So he was there for ten years. It's that that this this championship year from them, like that's the season that, as much as we'll always look back on the season and say what if, like I always look at the season and just think how special the League was that year, right, like you're never gonna have a kid go play a year at Wesleyan then come back and play in and then be able to go back just because, well, that has, I mean, knock on what. I never we hopefully the world never has to experience covid again, right, but because of that, that's what we were able to to have. Like he was so good too. Everything ran through a chance on that season. He was a trade deadline acquisition. Were Ethan Heat of PREUM was another big trade deadline acquisition for them. That played some good bottom bottom six minutes. And Yeah, I like the Rangers, always have good trade deadline moves. One of the more active teams, if you will, on the on the wires do we put? Do we put let chance here? Do we do we go back to Nolan Egbert? I would say you go the chance. You go Dan Wegger. We could go Egbert. We mentioned Larry Anas earlier. was playing pro. We've never had a third goalie in the top ten so far this offseason. Right, we call rich in and asked him real quick. No, the pressure on him. We have to we have to start over. Um, right, one eleven games this past year at procport. I'd be fine throwing them on there because we talked about I mean it would only makes sense that the team we always talk about on the show of being having the best goal ending having three goalies in the top ten...

...would make sense to me. All tracks. It was keeping track at home. Any teams have three goaltenders? It's the Boston Engineer Rangers. Yeah, so probably one of the only teams we'll have, but I'll have three goalies. I would agree with thanks, avalanche. Will be closed. I think this is the list. Guys, was it? Was It as easy as Jeff? I think. I feel like the names, just like from the Rangers. They come off easier than teams. Is just such a Plafora of talent that's walked through the good old doors of the coldest rink that we have, the breakaway. Think no caps worn by all. So here is our top ten, including three goalies. For the first time this offseason a list with three goalies. We've got Nathan Miller, Billy Gerard and Nolan Eggbert goes out of the three goals forward, Mike McPherson, Connor Bizal, Andy Moore, Blake Bride, Brent Rickett, Nathan Young. I know it's just one d but he was. He was a good d Mitchell. Hate all these, most of these guys, more letters for the Rangers. Um All were a huge part in helping them win that championship. Even if they weren't on that one team, they set the foundation and they've made the Rangers truly one of the best programs in our league. which shifts us back to the North now, because you've done two in each division, south, central and east. So maybe north we'll just go back to back ranger snaps. It's only fitting right. We didn't have it any other way. Maybe we'll do that next DiCaprio degree. Yes, maybe we'll do that next week. So all right, guys, we'll talk to you then good peop boys, then thanks for listening to the show. Learn more at Eastern Hockey League Dot Org and follow us on Facebook, twitter, instagram and Youtube. Also, be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week's PODCAST is released.

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