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EHL 10th Anniversary Team of the Week (Express) | Episode 127

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On this week's episode of the #EShow, we officially welcome Nic Cota back to the EHL. Cota played for the Express Hockey Club back in the inaugural campaign of the league, the 2013-14 season, and he now returns for season #10, ready to serve as the new Head Coach in Walpole. Cota joins the podcast (1:14) to talk about how things have come completely full circle for him, and how he can't wait for his team's first game on September 17th. Further along, the #ECrew gets back together (13:08) for another Top 10 selection, featuring plenty of debate and discussion.

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 east show. President, boy the polly 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 a catastrophic event. Learned more at polly box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven. This is episode number one seven of the show. On this week's episode we officially welcome Nick Cooda back to the e h l. CODA played for the express hockey club back in the inaugural campaign of the League, the two thousand thirteen fourteen season, and he now returns for season number ten, ready to serve as the new head coach in Walpole. CODA joins the PO podcast to talk about how things have come completely full circle for him and how he can't wait for his team's first game on September. Further along, the e crew gets back together for another top ten selection featuring plenty of debate and discussion. I'm joined now by Nick CODA in, the new head coach of the Express Hockey Club. How's it going, nick? Good Neil. Thanks for having me, thanks for coming on and welcome officially to the e H L. I know we we put the article out, but this is the first welcome to the podcast as well. We're excited to have you. I know in the story that I wrote you put in your quote that it's all kind of come full circle for you. Can you just talk about that more, going from being a player for the Express and now the coach of the Express? Yeah, full circle moment. It's UH, almost get chills talking about it. Some of the best years of my life down there. You know, Um, two thousand thirteen and two thousand fourteen, I played there both years, Um, and you know, walking down to the h the Rodman arena this this week early and you know, walking in the locker room, doing your doing your walk through through the building and you know not much has changed and it's just pretty amazing to be back there and it's a humbling experience for sure. If you could talk to your former self and tell that player, that former Walpole player, that you were going to eventually coach this team. Well, what would that guy say back to you? Good luck filling those shoes of the coaches before you. I mean you look at the guys. I mean comps lounds either. I mean you know cody, Josh, even long time ago, Sarella. There's just so many great coaches and it's like that. That's that's the biggest thing I would think of. It's like, Hey, good luck, buddy. You know your your work cut out for you. Do you feel an immediate pressure on you right now? Um, no, no, I'm I'm I'm just looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge. I think it's you know, the landscape of junior hockey right now has changed dramatically since I played. Um, you know, there's tuition free in New England now and and back when I was playing it was all paid to play. And you know it's yeah, the pressure not so much. I'm just I'm amped. You know, there's there's a fine line between nerves and excitement and I think I'm just just, you know, walking that line. And how are the conversations with Josh Gone? Because it's kind of similar to a year ago where cody got an opportunity. Late in the Summer Josh became the head coach and then similar here. I guess the difference between you and Josh as you have more time than Josh did. So how have those conversations gone? Yeah, it's it's, you know, just the the change and and obviously it happened so quickly, and so his mentorship for me coming in, his huge Um, giving me, you know, positive influence, you know, just kind of telling me, hey, at the end of the day, is another opportunity to move up in the ranks and your coaching career and and you know, again to bring back the whole thing of me being a product of the organization is is really a positive thing for myself when it comes to the recruiting aspect and and it's you bring experience, though, too. I mean multiple years of the New Hampshire junior monarchs. How valuable will the time that you spent up there with that staff, which of course is a former E H L organization as well? How valuable would that be for you once this becomes fully yours down in Walpole? Yeah, it's Um. You know that. That time up in New Hampshire was amazing. I learned a ton of you know, working under the late Great Ryan frew Um, one of the best in the business. Got Got Miss Him every day. But you know, and and working with Clinton Attinger as well. You know those guys. They have a great thing going on up there. They do a really good job with the junior program and they've produced so...

...many college hockey players throughout the years. And being able to, you know, learn the ropes with them and and hit the road recruiting and, you know, getting a lot of nose along the way. You know, like we spoke about earlier, it's you have to get you have to understand that that happens in this business and and uh so to be mentored by them has been very great. I'm glad that you mentioned Ryan because I always give him credit throughout this podcast. He's a big reason why I'm here where I am. Um. It's it's kind of funny how things have worked out in that it's actually Ryan's you know, the golf tournament in his honor where you have I have connected over the last two years. So you've talked to me each year about how the e h l just has always caught your eye. But now, as a coach right we know you played in it the very first year, but now as a coach, what about the League caught your attention that you know when this opportunity of the Walpole I know it's the formal organization, but when the opportunity came for you're a coach in this league, why does he just jump right at it? We're on a platform the League has provided for not just the players but even the coaches. I mean, you look at the two coaches at Walpole before me, Josh and cody, both move up to the N A and Division One hockey. You know, great opportunities and that starts with with the League. And you know that the social media platform is on point, Um, that the league just does a great job, Um, really helping the players get to the next level. It's not just the coaches pushing for their players, it's also the league and that's what I really love about it. And a big part of that, a sense, and that cody and Josh have kind of gone on, is is the GM that's in place, uh in Walpole, and Todd Sterling Um, which I know is the guy who brought you in right. You know, todd and I had a few conversations when Joshky the news that he was taken off and I said Hey, next year, Guy, and it's all worked out like this. How hard will you lean on todd at least early on when you're getting first started? Unbelievable Resource. Um, he's, you know, a guy of his stature and and you know what he's done in hockey the past, you know, longer than a decade. You know. It's it's amazing how involved he is, how many connections he has. So to have his mentor ship coming in back to Walpole is it makes me feel comfortable about what I'm I'm going into. You know, it's he's got a lot of positive things to bring to the table and and stuff that I can learn right off the bat which will help. And when you get started, I mean maybe this is kind of a loaded question. Is your vision kind of the same as like what cody and Josh have done? I mean a few years and then you'd love this. You see yourself take another step just like they did. I think, Um, you know, I think every young coach aspirations are the coach at the highest level. Um, the this is the next step for me and and that's really all I think about. I I think about it as uh, you know, when I played it was kind of the same thing. Go Day to day and you go down the hallway and try and get to the end of that hallway to the to open that door instead of opening a ton of doors on the way and keep your head down and and uh, just looking forward to this opportunity right now to hopefully continue to grow as a coach and move to the higher levels at some point. And I know this all came so fast for you during the summer, right I mentioned, you still have a couple of months, but how much are you just looking forward to the first game and well, that feel almost like a weight off your shoulders at that point. Yeah, definitely. It's get you know, getting the guys into training camp. You know, we've we've done a good job as a staff so far in the past week to to reach out to all the players that have signed and started communication amongst the boys. That way they feel comfortable coming into training camp and I think once we get through those first two weeks and you know, the energy starts to build in the building and we get through the seventeenth of September, a game one and it's it's all the jars will be out for sure and and uh, it'll be a good it'll be a great day on the seventeenth. I'm fired up now. I know that we're going to talk about this when I bring Jeff and Anthonya out later in the podcast. Um, I'm not sure if the balances were still the same when you are there. I went as a player, but we've always joked over the years on how in each rank, the Olympic and the NHL side, there are a few kind of quirks along the boards. Did those still exist when you were a player? Oh yeah, that's funny. Um, yeah, no. Well, I gotta say when it when it came to my style of play when I was playing to it would benefit my game when we were playing on the small sheet. You know, if we're on the boys got to move a little bit. When we're on the smaller sheet, I find myself in contact with guys. So yeah, that's too funny. And I know I gotta asked this before about the full circle, but it really is a full circle thing for you to have played in the League in the very first year. That was...

...your last year years with the captain of the Hall Pool, fourteen to them return in the tenth season. A milestone here. Uh. Do you have to kind of pinch yourself a little bit? Yeah, I'm old, right. What just happened? Um, yeah, yeah, that's it's amazing for the League to to reach that ten year mark and to have so much, uh, positive success out of those ten years and in the amount of N C double a commits and and you know, the coaches that come into the league. That just it's amazing to see what's happened in those ten years since I left, or in the nine years, you know, since I've left as a player to now walking in with the opportunity to be the head coach of a program. It's uh, it's amazing to see what the League has done, honestly, and it's it's only gone up, I feel like, you know, it's that first year there was definitely some division one to it's to come out of it and but I I can't I don't see a comparison to any other league when it comes to pushing out N C double. That's at the tier three level and it's, like you said, the junior hockey landscape has just changed so much and I'm sure you've had a chance to to look a little bit, but we've done all offseason. I've had these coach interviews that have been followed by our chance to do a top ten breakdown of each franchise. Um, those top tens have been focused a lot on guys with a lot of points. I will I'll start with that. So, Um, I hate to break it. I'm not sure if your name will be on the top ten player list for the Express. But before I bring Jeff, jeff and Anthony on, were there any guys that you played with, maybe in particular that last year the e h Shell, that, even if it don't make a make on the list, you want to mention because, like you said, it was the first year and the landscape has changed a lot. Yeah, I think you know Frankie Cefalu, who ended up going to the University of New Hampshire, one of my good buddies still to this day. Um, what an impressive player to play with. For for me, I was twenty one at the time. Go you know or are going to be turning twenty one that summer. Um, and uh, to see a young kid come in and absolutely light the league up. I can't even remember, but I think he had like forty eight assists in in in his first season in the league, and I'm thinking to myself, this kid is going to be pretty special and his character away from the ice and still to this day, is just top notch. So he's he's one guy that really sticks out to me for sure. Well, that's perfect. I have a strong feeling that he will be a part of the top ten list. Sure you will. So I want to again officially welcome you to the E H L and on this podcast for the first time. I know it won't be the last and it's it's awesome for me how a conversation on the golf course over the last two years kind of turned into this. So I'm pumped to have you in the league. I'm really looking forward to it, Neil, and it's been a pleasure getting on here and talking to you and obviously building a relationship with you through golf tournament in the past two years. For sure. Good luck with the rest of the off season and the start of the new season for you. Appreciate it. Thanks again to Nick Koda for coming on the podcast this week. His first time won't be his last time. An official welcome to the E H l. But with that let's bring in the crew and jeff and Anthony. Uh. This is an interesting top ten this week because for the first time as we go through we always use elite prospects, despite the ads we all as we go through early prospects, there are some names on here that we can't use that kind of get in our way because of just how deep the history of the express was, because there's a lot of Atlantic junior hockey players here have never played in the E H ll. Right, yes, which is what the E H L was prior to the name James Right, but like Max McKay at the top, which I think you even said, Jeff, that's not his real last name. It's Max Cap. You One, everyone knows. The cap you wanted was Jack Cap. You want a long time hiol just coach, still assisting somewhere Pittsburgh's Autowa, forget. And His dad, UH, blanking on Dad's name. I just know Jack from my time at Hofst when he was with the islanders. But Dave, Dave Camp, you one on there. It is boom done. That's why Jack is his uncle, Davis his father. But yeah, he was a hell of a player. But I mean we'll recognize that he put up a hundred and forty five points in seventy two Atlantic junior hockey league games, which is obsurds right, Chris, two point zero one points per game, like awesome if this was the entire history of the express organization. Obviously he's a lock. But he tenditally never played a game in the E H L, so we can't put him on this. But the manory below we can start off with Chris Peters. Do you remember Chris Peters? Very well? So do you. That was the beginning of your reign here in the H L, right in the beginning. It was my very first year he began. I always like forget that he played e h l p. me too. When I was looking at that last night,...

...was like monarchs h LP. Why didn't even remember him? The wolves. I always remember the twenty four points in twelve games and like the monarch and like that monarch's e h l team in six team was the one that won the championship. Right. So like maybe I kind of get why they didn't have a spot for him in the E H L, but they're like, you know what, just go up the road to the wolves for that's the season and he put up twenty five points there. So we haven't got to the wolves yet. And I know Anthony has brought this up before and I think we've already had one in Kaya Suda. Maybe a future double top dead for Chris Peters. I know the wolves was just kind of half a season, but he's obviously a lock for the Walpole Express tactically an organization history, the second all time leading scorer, but in just e h l history the all time winning scorer was was a captain for them and that haventeen eighteen season obviously puts on our e h l all star team that when played against you mass Boston, and now he's at Umass Boston. Somber. I remember seeing him play in that game again, uh, the E H l all star game versus Umsk Boston and Chris Peters was phenomenal that game. He's an over a point per game player in college too. I mean thirty, I mean it's just a great progression. Right, eighteen points his first year, twenty seven points his second year, thirty eight points his third year. I have to check and see where he's at because technically that was four years when you include one. So I'm not sure if he's going back for a fifth year. They have that covid year, but he's twenty five. He might be moving on to maybe he's going to look at like old Chris Peters is like that makes me feel so old, but he'll probably message me about that too. But like like that makes me feel legit so old. He's probably getting married and probably having a kid soon. Yeah, all right, gonna beat us to the kids. Tony's six team Jeff. I'm three years older than the guy and I haven't done any of this. That's alright, Anthony. Everyone goes to the road, speed man, don't rush, don't rush. So, uh, this next name that's on the list because we're kind of just looking at all the top scores, which there are plenty of guys listed in the hundreds, contrary to past teams. Right, I don't recognize the name Matt Harrington. I'm assuming that was also prior to yeah, he was those seven to eleven. So he was another a g Guya, the Mississippi River. Kis In the S Ph l, the Pensacola ice fires. Kate got blue fins wheeling. Naylors actually almost worked for the E C H L, Alaska aces deep. Wait, did you just say you almost work for them? Yeah, it was. Actually I was networking with Dave gosher years ago when I just got out of college. But good old college loads sought me from moving down to wheeling, Pennsylvania. That's where he worked. Dave got his first job with the wheeling nails and he wanted to get me in there. But yeah, I couldn't. I couldn't. Uh Couln't do it at that point in time. He didn't want to move to the middle of nowhere. He said that too. He's like well, Jeff, you know he's not great and well, you're not selling this one too well, but this is a name that I remember. To just pull that one up. This is the one that like sounds very beginning when I was showing the H L. He was the first year, Fourteen fifteen, that I was there and he like sounds old enough that you're like maybe it doesn't fall in the E H L, but at the same time he was the first two seasons and then went on to play four years at U N H. I mean the points just speak for themselves right, combined regular season and posting the post season. There's a hundred, twenty six. There wasn't he one of the he was one of the faces on their flag. That was like outside in the lobby of Rodman. For a while it was Frankie Steph Lou and who it was? It Peters. Maybe too remember that their banner that they had hanging in Robin would still be there. It's probably still there. I mean they got so many great banners right and like the wall mural that you can pick out comple on the side. It's pretty awesome though too. I mean I should say that like Walpole, it's probably a big reason why I'm in the e h l because the coach of the express the three years prior to the e H l's inception, which the three years prior the coach was mark compel, who is the reason I'm here. Mark was literally my one street over neighbor in scarborough. Went too high school with his daughter. But mark coach Walpole for three years, won the Atlantic junior hockey league title all three years and then basically said I need a new challenge. I'M gonna go help...

...start a new league, which was the same league, just a different name, right, but it came at the same time as the US P H l kind of making their thing and US making our thing. Um, the first two seasons I actually wasn't there tendedly when Frankie Stephalu was there thirteen, fourteen, fourteen, fifteen and that's when I came in, fifteen sixteen. So but one of those kids that went on to play Division One UM and an absolute block for this list, and a good mention to neil bringing up pumble. We can actually uh, they have a long list of the store coaches that have walked through the doors of wall. Will Express some that are now still coaching in the H L. Chris Cerella, right grath were there for a little while. Very no longer with this, but he's he was over Holy Cross wild still doing so. He's doing a ton of development now with jail sticks and the panthers and their current general manager, Todd Sterling. You can make the case that Walpole was almost his biggest nemesis when todd was a coach. Right. So, yeah, so that was you. If if we're talking about coaches, can can we also point out, because I know for people listening on the podcast they can't see this, but Neil was scrolling through the list of top scores for the express and I did spot Terry. What, six, O, seven, so many different names have gone through the doors in Walpole. Right, like, and Cody Cambell, don't forget about your best right. Cody, listen to this? Oh, he's definitely listen to this. Right. And I will take the moment to Um, I want to congratulate and thank Josh Holmes from as well. Um, there's not too many details I can say too far, but he's moving on to a division one hockey ops job which you have that chance, you go, you go, take right. So like like like. I think that he deserves even more credit for, or literally inheriting the team that Cody put together, finding out a week before the season starts you're the head coach and then like willing that team to the championship game right, like they were what, you know, a couple of goals away from being champions. Really, like. I know we're gonna talk about Bosher at some point as well. I mean, I know he carried that team in the postseason, but yes, homesome kept the glue together, you know what I mean? And like he got them to that spot and and it's awesome for him to get this opportunity because it really is that next step for him, and then opened the door for nick code to come in and a former player himself, I have to that's an interesting to the point of Anthony, I wonder if when Nick played it was close to when Terry played. I'll have to no, and no, it's it's a few years separated them because nick was still nick. Got An e h l year. Okay to say. I want to say code is closer to I'm thirty two. I want to stay mix around my age. Yes, Terry's like Terry's thirties six. He's probably three or four years older. He's probably three or four years older. But back to the point, though, Neil, real quick on Josh Um. Yeah, to be able to coach a team that yes, he was the assistant coach with cody for that team, but he those were not his guys. Like you just said. Cody recruited all those guys to get them all to Jael and to get them to their best spot they ever have been in their entire league's history in the e h L. Yes, a j won many championships, but the E H l they've never gone that far that's huge and for him to progress as fast as he did, to go from assistant coach to head coach and now to d one hockey ops job. That's that's huge and he's still really young. He was a guy that had a really good, uh pro career too, played a much places, like a lot of our D H L coaches. But yeah, I just want to say that we will miss you, Josh, but congratulations at the same time and Um, hopefully I'll see you at Bentley. Let's just say that, because we can't say too family or northeastern. You do stuff for both right. So maybe maybe he ends up at the school that comes through your doors and you can announce maybe maybe one of those schools. I don't know, Um, but you know, back to that todd story, because I love to talk story of time here. Um, it's funny now that he's the he's the GM of Walpole, because Walpole was his biggest nemesis right up until he finished coaching the e H L. Sixteen Season, Um Todd was coaching the Boston bandits. They were one of the best teams in the League that year. I I could have thirty H thirty wins, seven losses. Four overtime or shootout losses. They were the number one seed, uh, in their division or their conference. We have two talk conferences at that time, so we looked like we were on a crash course for them versus the little fires that season. But the one team that the band is could not be was the express and...

...it was the one matchup they got in this in the in their second round, and I remember, uh, the express went in one in bridgewater, game one, Um, and then they went back home for game two and literally the express one on like at double overtime, off to Shin Pads like the end of the back of the net and like Tom was just like like what are we supposed to do? Like it's just like like the fate was not on their side. When they faced they were one of the top three scoring teams in the central that year. Yes, I'm one of the end. They give up the fewest goals, under a hundred goals, and at that team was so good. It was just it's just funny how it all like Commas full circle, that todd is now there now and you brought up the names that you know Todd Um after Lounsbury, you know, helped bring in cody and then helped ring in Josh, two guys that have both advanced. Right. Cody now head coach in the NHL, and then Josh go went off for a division one hockey ops hump. I know we just got Nick Kota, but I'm sure he's looking at the same thing and said, hey, where's where's my next step, todd, but we won't rush that too far. But it just shows of the work. But to the point that the point that you just made, you look at all the names that are that are that have coached and our coaching now, Um, from the guys that we just mentioned in Nick Cody, Josh Todd, Lounsbury, compell, Terry what like Chris Ryot's like it's so crazy, all the connections that all lead back uh to that rink, you know, on on route in Walpole. So but we got Chris Peters, we got Frankie Stephalu so far. And then I wanted to shift down to the goal. Oh, Anthony, you wanted to say something. There is one player, if you're okay with adding one forward there, and this is also a personal bias, I want to include Danny and Rusioni in there. He only played one season. He was about a point per game, but he went on to play for the New Jersey Titans. That was the first year I started broadcasting for them and I remember the first game I want to call for the titans, I asked their coach, Craig Dream is, to just give me a quick rundown of each player so I knew what to expect and he said probably one of the smartest hockey players I've ever seen. And then fast forward to this past season where right after the eight seven has won the championship, I was talking to former eight seven goaltender John Kopak and he played in the All Star Game Four Curry College, and Russione had played four years at Salve Regina d three and I think he's the second all time leading scorer of salve, which is a very good d three program. And then I was talking to Copac about Rusioni, because he was sick at the time of that all star game for curry, but you know, he so went on to play and I was talking to John About him and he was like yeah, he really is one of the smartest hockey players I've played with because he would to see the ice and would make a pass that nobody else would think is there, and John told me that he would think to himself like how did he see that? The points, we're always consistent. Right from winthrop Pie, which I know people are asking. Yes, Mike is his uncle. Just mentioned that, to cushing academy, to Walpole, to the N A, to Salva, which answer the Anthony mentioned, which in that seventeen eight teen season included a trip to the national championship game. Right. That's how far salvo went that year and then, with a fifth year, went to Curry College where I believe it's another uncle that is the a d there, right, his father. Okay, so that's that's just that. His uncle, Mike. Okay, so there's I mean there's a lot of rusions, right. So we worked, we worked Danny onto the all time team. I remember last several years because I told you I work with video rusioe. That is he's brother over at Bentley. He's one of our athletic operations over there. What a great player in that fifteen sixteen season. Right. So there, that's a good point and I'm glad that we got him in. Right now, that's three forward so far. Then I do want to go to the goalies, Um, because there's one goalie that we've talked about before, um in kyleege hero. He has the Devil's logo in his MP page. I was gonna so late when I was looking at this page and I was just like all right, and then look when you look at games played. Zero. But he's a devil. He's a devil's I mean he was great in his two years with Walpole. Played three years at US m university's other main played a season a fourth year at New England College here in New Hampshire. E Bug for the Devil's helped the tight ends with a Robertson Cup this year as an assistant coach, a goalie coach. Um. So hold on, I'll take my coach at off and go try to, you know, play again for...

...a little bit. I do have a quick story about Kyle. Well, first, Neil, I think he should be mentioned. He's more of a video coach where he's in charge of the video now hiss his no, just overall. His first year was my last year with the team, the season, and I do have sort of a funny story about that. UH, he would hook up an ipad to the hockey TV feed. So we would always work together make sure that that always got set up before the game and he would communicate the earpiece to the coaches correct rimas Bobby D Rico and I think it must have been a fan of the main Nord deeks, because that was their first year and their broadcasting Nick Widy told me this that a fan had posted on twitter. Wait are they the titans have this one coach who's relaying information to the titans bench. Is that legal? And I think he the League, the Commissioner. It was perfectly legal. But our team was accused of cheating at the time and I brought it up to kyle and we just had a really good laugh out of it. I mean great guy. Uh. The whole the whole team was so excited to see him be the emergency backup for the devils. I saw videos from the coaching staff. They were right at the tunnels. He walked out without the bucket, taking the warm up lap. But yeah, and and and then he helped the team win a championship. So good for him and I can only imagine how good he was with Walpole at two our one season, I should say e H L tenerally three seasons overall when he include the a J js. So he was a part of those comple championship teams. So and if you if you don't know who Maur comple is, go listen to episode a hundred of the podcast. So, Um, but that's one goalie so far. The other goalie, Um, who honestly has become one of my favorite players the tracks as the one off to call, which Um, was connor Rogers. Right, he was actually on that fifteen sixteen team that kind of stunned the bandits, right, and he nearly carried them to the championship. Look at what he did in six postseason games that year. A one point, four, three goals against the nine, five, nine safer centers. He literally almost willed his team to the to the finals, right. He got them through their first round and their second round, all the way down to Philadelphia, faced one of the best little flyers teams, did everything that he could and then ultimately, you know, little flyers one that series, went on to Quenectic College. And what was awesome about when he was at ennectic college in that seventeen eighteen year NESCAC not goalie of the year player of the year. He was the best player in the entire conference that year. So Um, yeah, we'd be remiss to not have him on this list. Perfect. Addition, keeping the goalies continued. We went a few off season episodes with going to the light of the goalies. Never going heavy on the goalies. Right, not planned, nothing, but the offseas has never planned. Right, no, no, Zig and ZAG. But that's five so far, right, three or forwards? Two Goalie. Maybe we need to have an episode about defenseman. Hey, guys, we're pretty important here. You know. We're what people call the last layer before the goaltender. Hello, Demon. I do want to mention a few other names that we're going to think about, but go back to the player list. Two, Um Evan McCarthy, who went on to play Um at the University of Miami of Ohio, which is Division One. Tobias Falcon Stat, WHO's Jersey Hayes and Jeff and Jeff's Jeff's bedroom, Jack Bosh shirt. We mentioned him briefly, but you as obviously the anchor this past post season and he might come back this year. We're not sure yet. Yeah, he has has sagibility. Yes, Um, I mean Mason Palmer the year before. Here we go. So we'll come back to the goalies because I want to go back up to the skinners Um, because this is this is a tough one, right. I mean this is just one and done. Guys that we can mix in here. A couple of that. You were a big fan of two deal. Don't forget about Zack Simon, who's you know what, I don't know how long we're gonna go. How long we had five minutes and you haven't mentioned Zack Simon yet. I mean like I want fantasy because Zack Simon. I mean, and we all wanted to shoot ourselves because when we did the redraft, that that was the covid year, when we did those, we did all these funky rules for you, Brittany Kyle, and when we did the redraft, Simon went like six or seven picks and all of a sudden he was like I'm gonna Take Zack Simon. We all looked at each other like, guys, do we holy? We all just passed on him. The guy that's been ruining our first half of the year is now on deal's team again. That's gonna ruin the second half. That's something that I regret, but it's Uh yeah, I remember the final three floors that I finished the...

...year with that year of fantasy. We're Dante Terremanti, Egan Schmidt and Zach Simon. It was like actually, well, I was a big fan of Simon's, one of his linemates, Lauren yes one year. That's a good name, because he's tenderly listed as the twenty first all time winning scorer, but it's still like point a half per game almost. It's so like to see because it's just so hard to tell. You know, you know what I mean, like he played thirty seven games right, like it's and and there's so many names on here that are kind of past history right, as we mentioned before. So Um Anthony mentioned Timmy Thurno, who was a part of my second or my first year, and that was his second year. He is now playing club hockey at Ohio University Um, after starting at Elmira, but up big points there. I think he's a possibility for this list. I'm trying to find the previous all time team because maybe that could help us a little bit, Jeff, because Walpole is one of those original six teams. She is, I think. Yeah, mm HMM. So all time team. A year ago we didn't have Kyle Shapiro. This year we do. So we did have balk instead, Mason Palmer, Carter Rodericks, you just mentioned. Cal Mel is another good one. That was a good progression from the express into the N A. I think we got to includehim on this list. We have. It's not the fact that we haven't picked the D yet, um, but it's it's he was he was dynamic, he was great. I'm trying to pull up his stats right now. Moved on to he poured him in in a quick amount of time. Yeah, so he PA Games seven. He played two seasons with Walpole, eighteen, nineteen and nineteen twenty. Uh, then went on to play two seasons for the Jamesville jets. I mean look at that second year. Thirty nine points in the Blue Line, HM, and remember he won one of their team awards. I remember seeing anyone. He won a legal Lord, one of their all division awards. So Um, now heading off to Union College. I mean he has to be on this list. He what he the player that he developed into, Um, and then we'll continue to like watch him in college. He's one of those kids that going d one there's could be a future for him after his you know, we'll say four years. You never know hockey players, right, we'll say after his four years at Union. But Um, yeah, he has our first defenseman that that gives us seven guys so far. He has to be on this list for sure. Um, taking a look back on this all time, I'm team and getting in at least one more. D Dylan Caribbia, yes, like another another absolute stud defense been for the Walpole Express and another player from Walpole who went to college a short distance away at Salvator Regina. We'll say it was a part of that and almost identical games played. Ho Wait, Heck Neil, talk about symmetry. Another keep stay seated. Caribbia eighty three games equals forty assists, forty eight points. Mel Eighty Four Games, seven goals, forty one assists, forty eight points, point five eight points per game for Caribbia, point five seven points for Cal Mel. It's awesome. PIMS are a little different, though. Well, Dylan was part of that. Mel Won Sixteen, Caribbia Sixty two. It's almost double. Yeah, so dylan was a part of that same salve Regina team with Danny Erusione that went to the National Championship game is actually now playing in the S P H l where you put up thirty nine points this past year. It's pretty good year, um, but it was also, uh, the defense one of the year in the E H L in the sixteen seventeen season. So Um, an award winner, kind of like Chris Peters, Um has to be on this list. We kind of started a little bit slow. Now like it's like it's like it's like a full team, basically. Um, those two seasons for Dylan where the fourteen fifteen and fifteen sixteen. And we're done. Que The outro. See you next week. Well, O, kidding. We're close to done. We got wet eight, two more, so more from this list too. I mean Larry Nyland is another good one. I remember there too. He's in the top fifteen in points. We got two names left right and we got the all time team pulled back up right. So the...

...first three forwards we have Peter ceph Lew Simon. The next three forwards listed, we have one of them so far and Danny Erusione, but not marcoline and not an island. Keep those two in mind, right. The third list. We have none of those three so far, right, like Eric Lee, Ray, Jonah Hilldrith. The next three, Tim Lopez, Willabell, Brian Colburn, all good players. We have Caribbia, we have Melo. We don't have Zach Feldman yet. Um, Todd Philibert, remember how good he was to call quick but U Ryan Campbell, who was an all star Defenseman, won on the play at Babson Romeo terrainoth for a second. Is Nickname? That's what I think. That is his instagram name. Yeah, something like that, because he became like he was on nht com. So wrote a article about him and his girlfriend or something. I think I forget what it was. There was some some connection through TIKTOK. I still don't understand Tiktok, but this's just me. Um, and then I mentioned we have rodericts, but on Mason Palmer and to bias fall constant. I mean this is nuts. We have two spots left and we have literally too many guys to choose. That's this, this all time team right, like, is there somebody else that's not on the all time team that could be on this list instead? I mean, I just to name a few that I need to get name, but probably aren't on this list. Um, Parker James. I know the points would keep him on this list. What a leader, though. Right, he would block every shot with his face if he had to. Right, like they got to the frozen bottles this year. Wouldn't have done it without him, without a doubt. What have done about him? Now, going off to Sunny Fredonia this fall? Um, Trevor Pray, who's what are we doing? The brockport episod, like you gotta do that one soon, right, and yeah, he's been a stud at rockport. Right, Dylan Moss was a great defenseman. Um, fifteen sixty and maybe sixteen seventeen, now off at college as well. Terrence Watt, we mentioned earlier. Terry what? Terry? Never, Terry never tendally played a game in the e H L. All right, I'm sure he I'm sure he's saying that also. I mean, if you want to, if you want to keep the names of players that never played the remember how good at events when this kid was. Jacob Bright Ball is now a coach there. Nine, he played. He played three seasons with the Walpole Express. Right. Did Not know. They did not know there was a central Penn Panthers passed for him. He's actually a coach now in Walpole. I think he's coaching like their youth fifteen team. So I mean there have been so many good players over the year. Runs another one that we got treated to the Rangers this year. But yeah, you gotta put up a lot of points for a full seasons with them, sixty or so, I think. Like there's there's so many names that we could fill in here that we can't go wrong, but we gotta pick two somehow. Well, we got our. We got our two demon. Is that our that's our Max a limit on these, uh, four demons, I mean, for for for other D it would be probably come from these last four whatever on the all time team and James Fellman, Philibert, Campbell, terrain. Um. To me, that the name that really stands out. Uh, it's Kaiser Right. HM, maybe it's it's beginning of of my time in the E H L Neil. That's that's pulling me on my heart strings a little bit, I guess you could say. Um. But it was just this one name too. He stood out. Yeah, he was fifty six points and forty six games. That's right. Sixteen went to skin more. First where he put up points but decided he wanted to to transfer after a year. went to Stone Hill. Help them. When any ten championship? Um, I want to say it was almost his first year there here, the first year or second year. I mean put up points. He just put up points everywhere he went. A BC high kid. I think he's got to be on this list. Maybe it's just me. No, throw him on. I like the guys are ready, he said. Another one of those guys. This just seems like there's a lot of those. Two like guys are raised in that. Zack Simon. He was there for one year but produced out of his mind and then went on and still had success elsewhere. Um, and I feel like I don't know what. Larry Nyland just keeps standing out to me. To seventy three points and seventy four games. He is the fifteenth all time leading scorer for Walpole. Um, just under a point per game, point nine nine, with the Wayne Gretzky, the great one in points per game, point nine nine. Two seasons of Walpole, big captain. A second you know. You know, following the brockport episode, Jeff, we'll do the ALMIRA episode right. So Almira this past year.

Let's see, without even clicking on their profile, let see what I can do. One, two, three, four, five, six seven. I got eight alumni justest on this past year's roster that was on which was that Elmira? This is a Myra a year ago. Right, eight alumni on a college hockey roster. You're talking about just somewhere between a quarter and a third of the roster, right, came from the E H l. So pretty good, pretty good for the brand. Anthony, are you're a fan of Nyland taking the tenth spot? Yeah, yeah, I think so. I mean the thing with the wall pole expresses that they have such an extensive history. I mean a lot of it were when I was in high school and college, so kind of getting up to speed with the history of the express but uh, yeah, I don't think I can really contest with that now. So, and I'm sure we're gonna hear about it right, Jeff will definitely we gotta nail it. We gotta narrow it down the ten guys somehow. Right. Um, while we're here, I'll tell one more story because walpost hosted so many showcases over the years. Jeff, do you remember the best showcase moment ever in Walpole. Jeez, I mean we've had a few I don't know, I don't even know what theriots. Yes, it does. So I don't know if Anthony was at this one or not. So obviously the express home rank Roman arena. It's about two miles down the road from chillette, but it's not like an easy two miles, like it's an aggressive that's not a walking two miles that there's no sidewalks. It's for one exactly, except for the fan that did walk it that one showcase, that when we were in the middle of the showcase and the Patriots were playing, and he did walk it and I found him in the building. He wasn't feel too good. He was feeling really good at shout out, shout out jake. Rob's dog right, Rob Bart letting the the express. Jake has a dog bed right, and the in a lobby. And good, he's a well trained dog. He does not leave the lobby right. But it wasn't Jake on the dog bed that night. It was the it was the Patriots Fan. That was like all time funny moments. was when someone counts me instead. You may want to go check in the lobby we have an unwanted guest, but they weren't. They weren't disrupting the event. They were just he was asleep and he was snoring and he was like. I was like, Oh my God, this guy's like Oh, just like it was. It was one of the funniest things literally ever because like when you have these showcases, you guys know, like when you get to the end of a day, you become like a little delirious because they're just tired. Right. That just woke us up because it was like nobody noticed it for a little bit, but then after a while like, wait a second, we need to check on this guy. So someone the cops that came in. I went to high school and I was like, Oh, rench goodness, it's like chap, what's going on? And I was like broadcast of games. Yeah, you know this guy. But like, like just if anyone ever has spare time and the Patriots aren't playing, just drive from Rodman up the road to Julette and imagine walking that walk, like I can't even process that, and then imagine doing it in after a few white claws, like I can't even imagine walking. Like if there's hills right and people are flying up and down that road. Like to walk down and be like Hey, it's a hockey rink. What year was it? This past season it was either yeah, it's either eighteen, nineteen or nineteen twenty. Okay, we've been fortunate that Walpoles hosted a number of showcases for us. Actually hosted our first ever league combine this past spring also, which extra shout out to Josh and Todd helped me put on that event. But you go, Anthony. Yeah, because this past season, I think, was my first time going to Walpole. Well, I went to some of the showcases in the twenty season doing some interviews with the League. You know, Neile, let me do some interviews for the social media account. I was also traveling with the eight sevens, but this past season, but that season, I don't think I went to the Walpole showcase. I think that was one of the earlier ones that I didn't go to. But UH, one thing I will say about Rodman arena. Definitely one of the best broadcast vantage points. I mean Hook said is right up there, but it's so is Rodman, where it honestly reminded me of the view that the Devil's TV crew will...

...get when they're at the credential center, just like that perfect balance of like height and distance from the rink and you're pretty much like on the concourse. It was really nice. Also, Neil and Jeff, I think there should be an honorable mention for the wallple express. I think we should also include the ZAMBONI corner doors because because they did have a sick assist on tyler his song's game winning goaling over time in the showcase this past season star rob the Zamboni doors and I was like where is he going with this? But I know I remember the exact play. I mean that's on the Olympic side, right, yeah, yeah, so that on the Olympic side is the Zamboni doors. On the n Ain Shell side it's the far right corner across on the ZAMBONI doors. That sometimes kicks also and it just shoots the puck right through the slot. So like you gotta be aware, like if you're the goalie, I wouldn't, I would never in the nets the best of the Olympic rank. That didn't just go to the slot. That was literally in the blue paint and I think I just remember tyler looking down like Oh okay, I brought it up in multiple podcasts, but it's for good reason. That was just such a funny play and I think I remember talking to to to mark catron about it after the game and he was just like whatever, hey, it counts right. Yep, that goal is the goal. All counts the same in the box score. That's right. For the new head coach, Nick Kota, I would go through the bounces during one of your practices. I'm not sure if it was the same when he was a player. Right, and we already we already did the Rangers, but breakaway ice center. That's a drawn up play that they've had for years because CAPRIO and the boys. That thing comes that things. It almost got them to the finals this year. Remember that one wolves play? It wasn't that was an overtime player. Right. I think that adds to the alert of our ranks, though, is that you never know what the Pux and the bounce Um. But to close off Anthony's comments about their their Venice point, yeah, it's it's right in the middle. It's the perfect spot and there's a net to protect you too, so you can actually look down. I'm like hooks, hooks, I gotta be looking up the entire the heater to keep you a little bit of toasty. That's one of those heater bars. I don't know if the heater was working that many times when I was there, but I'm jealous of you guys think. But that's all good. But we've had some great moments in that rink, like some all time moments as well. Um, are we going with this list? It's funny the Shapiro thing had to copy off guard. I didn't even realize didn't have an on the all time team, but he was. They've had so many good goalies, right and Jeff, you bring up the point that maybe in the beginning of this summer we were light on goalies, but the last three weeks rangers haves and expressing. You can't deny the goalies right now. We're gonna get a little heavier on demon before we get the UH, you know, tile drummonds in the world in those thig men that have walked through these V H L doors can beat this up for not. I mean also, you just you got to include an NHL player. Yes, yes, if the elite prospects page has an NHL logo on it, you're a lock. Right. So the top ten in express hockey club history Chris Peters, Frankie Stephalou, Danny Erusione, Kyle Shapiro, Connor Rodericks, Zack Simon Cal Mel, Dylan Carabbia, Kaiser Rae and Larry Nyland. So that gets us to nine, which kind of crazy, right. We have nineteen teams. We've done nine so far. It feels like we've been doing these for a long time, but we're really only kind of halfway done, right. So, but it makes sense. At the same time. We're about halfway through July, Um, so w all over two months or so, Um, until some member fifteen when we dropped the puck. We obviously released our schedule earlier this week, so you can check it out at Eastern Hockey League Dot Org. Like I said, the first game of the season Um, is on Thursday September fifteen. While we're here, I should look up Nick Cooda's first game as the head coach right who, as we mentioned, he was a two year player Um down in Walpole, the last year of the Atlantic junior hockey league and then the first year of the E H L, Um, which was his last year of Juniors. He was the captain that season. So it all commins full circle. Um on Saturday September seventeen in Worcester. Uh, he will have gone from being a player in Walpole to a coach in Walpole. His home opener is not until Friday October, October against the Boston junior rangers. But I'm sorry, a while. Sorry, I'm sorry. We're gonna back to back to he's gonna open up at the wits. Right start. Then...

...you're gonna go to Meryl Faye Play The wolves, coach quest the tupper buildings to play and they ain't got nick cut and then go back to the starts in for our showcase. Right, so, so. So start. Start off on the road, but I'm sure he's excited. I'm sure he's comming down to the dates until September seventeen. So thanks again to nick for coming on the PODCAST for the first time. Won't be the last, and thank you, guys, for for this week's top ten. We'll talk to you next week. 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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