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EHL 10th Anniversary Team of the Week (Ducks) | Episode 128

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On this week's episode of the #EShow, we feature one of the newer franchises in the EHL, the Protec Jr. Ducks. Heading into just their third season in the league, Terry Watt joins the podcast (1:23) to discuss positives and the negatives that the program has endured over their first two years. From the pandemic season, to a new facility this fall, Watt and the Ducks have encountered plenty of hurdles along the way, but have overcome those hurdles by quickly establishing themselves as a program to keep an eye on. To wrap things up (16:21), the #ECrew assembles the Top 10 list for the Ducks, which includes some of 15 NCAA Commitments that the franchise has racked up over the first two years.

Welcome to the show with Neil ravnt. 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 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 have experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more at pointy box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Ravin and this episode number one twenty eight of the show. On this week's episode we feature one of the newer franchises in the E H l, the protect junior ducks, heading into this their third season in the league. Terry Watt joined the podcast to discuss the positives and the negatives that the program has endured over the first two years, from the pandemic season to a new facility this fall. What in the ducks have encountered plenty of hurdles along the way, but have overcome each of these hurdles by quickly establishing themselves as a program to keep an eye on. To wrap things up. The e coup assembles the top ten list for the ducks, which includes some of the fifteen n c a commitments the franchise has racked up over the first two years. I'm joined now by Terry Watt, the head coach and GM of the protect junior ducks. How's it going, Terry? GOING GOOD? Neil, how are you doing? I'm doing well. Thank you for coming back on the PODCAST. Another team of the week feature with a kind of a new franchise, only going into your third year. So let's jump into things. When you look back on this past season, what are the first thoughts that come to mind for you? Um, disappointment. Um, uh, just because, I mean, we really had, we really did have a good team last year. I mean I think we had a good team both the years we've been in the league, but last year it was just something was different. Um, just a chemistry. Um, the chemistry we had in the room h we had a little bit of everything. I mean we had size and we had skill, we had role players. Just last year there was just something special and uh, it's just disappointed the way it ended because we had a lot of higher expectations for that team last year. Just based on how the regular season went and how well we did and how we stacked up against other teams throughout the year. But Ah, it's sports, right. Um, there's always gonna be winners and losers and UH, unfortunately didn't work out the way we wanted it to. And Kudos and congratulations to the seven for winning that Leionship and representing our Self Division and just building off of that and uh, making the league and all the teams just aware that, like, we have a lot of depths Um, in this league and uh, no matter what division you're in, all our tea, all our teams, are strong. Coaches do a good job, the players are good and uh, it's not just all the north teams, it's the south teams, essential the east. Anybody can win in this league. I'm glad you started to go down that path because, you know, the tenth team that we featured so far this offseason. And everyone thinks their division is the toughest. But you kind of mentioned when it comes to sports, there's always a winner and a loser and in talking with you and Josh Fusto, Adam Joi mark cash on throughout the year, I got the sentiment that if you play out the south playoffs ten times or whatever it may be, you could get a different winner every time. Did you feel the same way? Yeah, I mean, obviously everyone can debate this and go back and forth forever for hours, but I mean, I call it biased if you want, but I mean if you look at the numbers and you look at how the self teams did in the showcases, I would like to think that the self division was probably the toughest division last year to play it. And that's not taking anything away from the other great teams in our league and the other great divisions. It's just, I believe, correct me if I'm wrong. Gil were the only division that had the last place team that was over. Yeah, so if you just go based off that and you go based off the showcase numbers, when we're across and over, I would like to think that the self division gained some respect last year. For sure, and maybe, maybe this will sound controversial, but maybe if you were in a different division you make it passed around that you did in the playoffs. But is there positive in that? Knowing...

...that, being in the South Division, every matchup you had, whether it was Maryland and the little flowers of the seven you had to be ready for, you know, a battle. Did it? Did it make your team better? Yeah, Um, so, yeah, I'm sorry I didn't really answer your first question there, but you're right there. There any time we played a team in our division, I mean we didn't think it was gonna be an easy road. And, don't get me wrong, it's kind of a double edged sword to say that, because I don't think any win in this league is an easy win, no matter what division, no matter what team we're playing. But you know what I mean. You just people have a feeling going into games. But every time we played a team in our division, we're like, there's no easy game, or easier game is a better way to put it. Every game was a battle and yeah, I wouldn't know who to bet on on any given night when we're playing another team. Um, but it's just the way it is. And, like you said, as sports is sports, right. So it's kind of irrelevant if, uh, we did the playoffs ten times over, because if you want to beat if you want to be the best, you gotta beat the best. Right. So, even if we were in another division and we made it to the finals, you still have to get through the best team, which last year was the eighties even. YEA, and what you've done, no, in two years. I'm sure this is along the lines of the positives that you you've found to come in during that covid season, that was your very first year, and then have this season be your past. This only your second season. Yes, one playoffs series win so far, but also fifteen commitments. Is that where you point the biggest positive to what you've accomplished in a very short amount of time in the E H l? Yeah, UM, definitely. I mean, like we're all, we're all competitive, we all want to win. Obviously that's why we do this, but we are in the business of getting the college. That's that's what the H L sells, that's what we sell. Um, obviously winning a championship and putting kids into college would be at the ideal situation, but again, only one team gets to do that every year. Um. But yeah, Um, I would like to say that it is something that we are very proud about. Um, the the amount of commitments that we we have had in the short amount of time that we've been in the league. But again, that's a testament to to our players. I put that more on them because as a coach, I mean all, I can pick up a phone or write an email to a college coach and recommend a player, but at the end of the day, it's your player that's got to sell himself and he's gotta he's gotta look good in the Games and he's got to do the things that the colleges want. Right. So I could be on the phone ten hours a day promoting guys, but if the guys aren't getting the job done on the ice and aren't making themselves attractive to colleges, then it's irrelevant. Right. So I actually put I actually just it's a big shout out to our players, the character that we've been able to bring in and the talent we've been able to bring in. And along those lines, there's been challenges, as I mentioned. You know, the first season was the covid season and everything that that just entailed to get through that season. The second season, this past year, was the first time you had the chance to actually participate in a showcase, right, which which we had five of them, and then this season coming up you have to change rinks. Does it feel like there's a hurdle for you every year? It's uh it's it's called adapting, right, I guess. Um. Yes, and we actually we actually changed drinks. I don't think we changed drink before playoffs last year actually. So I don't know if many people know that. But yeah, we will be going to our first full season in a new facility this year, which we are looking forward to. What is it about the new facility that has you excited? Um? Well, first of all, the rink we were in before, we were very lucky. Protect ponds is a gorgeous facility. It was very clean, it was one of the newer buildings in the league. Um. But I think the thing that that excites me, excites me most about the new facility, and I know a lot of the players that have already seen it, is just the atmosphere of the rink. It's actually a full size coliseum seating rink. You kind of get that minor professional field to it. Hopefully we can hopefully we can get people in the stay to make it feel even more like that. But but you know what I'm saying, when you're a player and you're playing on a bigger rank with stadium seating and you just get more of that della feeling, you know what I mean. You just get up for games a little bit more to it's a better environment. Um, the guys are obviously going to have a brand new locker room this year. That's being built as we speak at that rink. Um.

It's just it's just something new, right, and sometimes, or most of the times, new things are always exciting, right. So it's it's a new home, it's a new challenge, two new year. It's obviously going to be a new roster. So part of life is adapting. So this is something that happened. We had to move rinks. So we're adapting and we're gonna make it work. And along those lines, it's a new season, right, and I don't know, in in your mind the perfect year is commit everybody and win a championship. But is there a bar that if you reach a certain number of commitments or winds or somewhere in the playoffs where you can still say to yourself that was a good step forward for this upcoming year? You always give me this question. No, because, uh, I don't think. I don't know. I'm a competitive it's a hard question and some people are going to disagree with this, but I do this because I love the game and I love winnings. Yeah, obviously, obviously, getting kids to college, we're making it to the second round or making it to the final for all those things are great. But for me, at the end of the day, Ricky Bobby said, it best to be a first or last. So call me, call me a grouch if you want, but yes, I love getting kids committed to college, I love having a winning season, but I also love winning championships. so Um that that feeling is once you've tasted it before or you tasted it a couple of times, which I've been fortunate enough to do. It's just it's what you want to feel and that's how you should feel at the end of every year. And and and let's just put it this way, if you want, if you're gonna force me to give you an answer, I will be very disappointed if I don't make it to the final four this year. Okay, I like that answer. I will also say this is episode one twenty eight of the podcast and Rickey Bobby has never been quoted before, so that's the first as well. But you mentioned earlier you know so many great coaches in this league and what I like to kick back or take a step back and see is how you all interact with each other. Uh, you know, at showcases, at Games in the playoffs, you know at combines. Right, we had our first ever combines this year in mass and in Michigan. We actually got a house all together out in Michigan. It was a great time for for you being able to become closer with some of the other coaches in the league. What is that just done for your career? Um Man, it's been great, obviously, being able to like interact with the coaches in the league and pick their brains and learn from each other. Like you said, the one of the biggest benefits we have is that we have so many good coach us in this league, Smart Mind Smart Hockey minds. and Um, I remember like just going to the first combine at the end of the year we had in Bupa walplour there, UM, just being on the ice with all the other coaches and watching everybody do the different drills and stuff like that during the practices. So, like you're learning from each other, you know what I mean? And Uh, it's it's great. And then you you build relationships and you, like you said, you're constantly growing your network as a person or as a coach. and Um, like you said, Um Uh. Butch triter and I became fairly close to do combines this year that we we attended. We talked a lot about hockey and stuff like that, and you talked about advancing your career. It ended up leading into Um, coach triter offering me a job, an additional job on the side. So, Um, it's it's just good to always meet the people you you coach against and you work with and the people you respect, because you help each other, you push each other become better coaches and better people. And in my mind, as a coach, if if you're not willing to learn and involve with the game, then you you're not a good coach in my mind, and you get left behind. You always got to be growing, you always got to be willing to learn and not be stubborn. Um, let's be honest. You practice drills are drills that coaches saw another coach. Do you know what I mean? It's not like somebody just reinvented the wheel. When they run a good practice. You know what I mean? At some point that coach learned it from another coach or someone else. Right so, uh yeah, it's great getting to meet all the coaches and interact with them a lot more. Like I said, it makes everybody better and makes our league stronger and closer. And one thing that that makes us two more is this commit more kids to college, which is what this league is all about, is the shield and getting kids off to school. For you,...

...the fifteen commits in two years. Eight year first year, seven year second year. Um, it has been great. But in particular, and I know we're gonna get into this one, I bring in Jeff and Anthony and we talked about the top ten. To have two players a piece going to Fredonia and to Brockport. How, how locked in will you be when Fredonia and brockport played for the first time this upcoming season? I'm not I'm not spoiling anything and telling you where my allegiance is lying. I'll get text messages from former players, but I will definitely be keeping a closer eye on the sunny actors year, let's put it that way. Um. But I mean even in past years I always follow my players when they go off to college and with teams they always check in on them. So it won't be anything different for me just it will just be a little bit more, I guess, a little little bit more chirping with the boys about rivalries, about it. All good stuff for sure. Well, I appreciate you coming back on the podcast and wish the best of luck in your your new facilities up coming year and I hope you get a chance to enjoy a little bit of the rest of the off season. All right. Thank you very much, neal, for having me as dollars. You do a great job and looking forward to getting back to work here. Thanks, Terry. Thanks again to Terry Watt for coming on the podcast this week. With that, let's bring in the e crew now and Jeff Anthony. We keep going back and forth between teams with a lot of history teams with not, and the protest junior ducks not a lot of history, but you can say that they've quickly established themselves as a legitimate competitive team in the E H L, and that's hard to do when you when you're brand new to a lade like this. Right, yeah, good, Morey, was quite quick think. I hope you're okay today too. We know this is in our trival of your beloved ad s and hopefully your pressure meds before the episode recording and uh, hopefully you're nice and calm. I think this. I think this episode is much easier considering how last year's playoffs went. There were the other way around, and then maybe this would have been a hard episode. But to Neil's point. To Neil's point, yes, the ducks do deserve a lot of credit. Between the N A and the E H L, I've seen a lot of expansion teams really stumble out of the gate, you know, even if they've become good teams, the first year or two would would usually be very tough for them. PROTECH hasn't had that problem. They've been competitive right out of the gate. So yes, they do deserve a lot of credit for, you know, being competitive and making the playoffs in their first two seasons. So, uh, and not to mention even though they haven't been around very long, you know, there's still plenty of players to choose from in this top ten list. Yeah, I think they've. They've followed the molds of of the New Jersey eighties seven's New Hampshire avalanche. There's been some teams recently that have followed that expansion model the opposite way and have become good teams very quickly, like protect, but that wasn't the case early on, like we just talked about, you know, teams like Dermot lumberjacks years ago. I remember it took them a long time to to really kind of build, build, build, but protests. Yeah, yeah, exactly. I think we talked about the railers earlier this season. Good Point, Anthony. You know, they struggled out of the gates and then found their way. But I mean they played. They obviously had a big win improvement this year, going twenty five and sixteen. They played eight more games, obviously their first season. I mean give them credit to their first season. That the pandemic season. Uh One, and you still won seventeen games, lost fifteen, lost six and overtime. But this past year, sixteen and five. Fifty five points to post to forty in their opening season. And UH and they lowered two important numbers. Or they lower the goals against by ten and they scored fourteen, four goals. And I gotta be exact, Arles Terry WATS gonna call her text right after. I love you. We're gonna bring up a good Terry story time stories today. Yes, plus fifteen commitments and the one thing, Anthony, I wanted you to mention. They're doing all this in maybe the toughest state for junior hockey, because you look at just the eighties seven's already and then we're adding the Philly hockey club. Um, we know the Titans won the NA championship. We know the Hitman won their US P H L championship. You can make the case that the state of New Jersey is one of the toughest states to really break into in junior hockey and they've done it pretty well in two years. Yeah, it's well. I would argue, uh, sort of something a little different, that New Jersey is becoming a junior hockey hotbed where I remember listening to a Devil's game couple of seasons ago and they had someone on from USA hockey and they said that New...

Jersey is, I think, the fourth highest state in terms of USA hockey registered players. Wow, so they have a lot of players that have a lot of talent coming in. You're seeing some NHL players who are growing up in New Jersey, the Greater New York City area, like Johnny Gudreau. I'm James Fan Reem Psych. I know you have you know someone like Adam Fox from Long Island, but still like that region. You're seeing a lot of players coming up through the pipeline and for the ducks, you know that could be one of the reasons why they've been able to compete right from the get go. For sure. For sure. Do you want to talk more about Johnny Gudrou? Are you okay right now? Look, look, look, it's free agency. It was his decision. It's not like he played for the Devil's. This is nowhere near as bad as, say, like is Zach Pariza or Ilia Koval Chuck situation. So No, I'm not really upset. And Your Devil's like the trade for Tye Smith to get John Marino. I think a lot of devil's fans are actually pretty happy about this offseason. Actually, fun fact, when I did UH my p a appearance when I was trying off the Boston Bruins, John Marino scored his first career in Nhl gold at night, like he was on the Pittsburgh Penguins. And you'll enjoy, Eric Callie, that he was a good player. Oh and Andre Polotte from the lightning nice steal there. So I thought that has a bit of an overpay, but whatevers, but start into the top ten. Now for the ducks, as you mentioned, only two seasons, but I mean they got a player right here at the top that's almost at a hundred points in Spencer quick I mean to put up any three points in two years like that's legit. A smaller player too. Not a huge guy, but you definitely notice about of the ice size. It's like an old New Jersey Devil. Keep the New Jersey team going. Brian Gionta size, you know, not a big, big dude forward wise, but definitely put a lot of pucks on net and distributed as well with the three. Three goals, fifty assists and uh he was a Vaughan top player of the month once twice this year. Yeah, I'm missing up our sponsors. Come. I should know that bonds goal equipment, Barbara Player for the month out. Dare be sorry. Sorry. The funny thing about Spencer Quinn that I remember noticing right from the get go every time he touched the puck he would start doing the Mohawks where you kind of have your skates like sort of in a straight line, where you kind of open up your hips. Sydney crosby does that a lot, but he does it along the corners. Quinn will do it in open ice, like he'll do it as he's skiing up ice. But I guess it kind of adds to his shifting nous. So I guess that's why he does it, but I just remember seeing it for the first time. I'm just like, that's pretty interesting. As I mentioned, a three points for Quinn. He's currently the all time moving points score for the ducks, so he's obviously on this list. And I want to begin this top ten as kind of a Fredonia versus brockport because the next three names are obvious right. You can easily include on this list Nick Newman. So Quinn and Newman played on the same line together this past season, probably even two years when you include the first year, and they're both going off to Sunny Fredonia. There third line mate was James Tilley, who's going off to sunny brockport with Ryan Bro all four names are on the top ten. They have to be, right. Bryan Bro one of the better offensive defense and real popular fantasy pick this past year. I can't wait to see what that kid does in college. He was he was a really good player. I just like I just found it funny that, like you're starting with that forward line to to Fredonia, one of brockports. You'RE gonna see a lot of each other again now in college's opposite sides at in Bro the defense been and then like, obviously I think most people know this, but you know Fredonia has ten guys from our league heading there this fall. I mean I need to actually check the brockport number we keeping, but we said we're gonna do a brockport episode at some point. Didn't win. I think we did. Spread back on. He's been on the show before and Brockport has has died right, and something that I always forget is that there's a player who's going to Brockport who played for the Eighties Sevens, and I'm not sure if Anthony knows this, but prior to playing for the eighties sevens he actually played for the ducks. I just want to make sure right, because it's funny. Their rivals, the two teams we can I think everyone knows that. It's it goes farther than...

...than just the broadcaster right there. There they are. They are rivals, but they've actually worked pretty well together with switching Anastasio. I mean Matt sales went over and and helped the ducks, in their first year, win their first ever playoffs series against the Apple Corps. Some more successful duck school is, if you look at stats. Why? Six Games and he saved like ninety five percent of his box. Aidan Watson was another one. I saw there was a protect duck and take out his EP pick. He's got the the cup, the e H O Cup, with his New Jersey, Seventh Jersey. So you know, it's just they work well together, right. And actually, right now, uh, eight seven head coach Adam Huey is over in Israel for the BCABBI Games. Right. One of the players that's on that team is Brody Selman, George and George Weiner. Right, are just more more ducks and eighties seven connections. Right. It's it's crazy how it all works out, but I gotta, I gotta add these names to the list because quickly we have four. I think you guys, you guys are in agreement that we have to have these four. Quinnani and BRO and another. We're gonna wrack up another defenseman to deal. I think we'RE gonna put William White on there, another one of the original protecting your ducks was there for two years with coach Watton. UH, not as offensive as Ryan Bro Only two goals, had twenty six assists, but another guy that we always noticed when he was out on the ice and he had a letter on his chest. And now he was going to Albernia. So congrats to him for in another local New Jersey Guy From Scotch Plains, New Jersey, I think. I'm not sure if that's spos to you or not, but yeah, he was another guy that was definitely a difference maker on the back end. Will be missed with protect but somebody that definitely has to go on this list too. He was such a strong skater. Like I remember a showcase just watching him just like overpower somebody else, just like literally basically skate through another player. I mean obviously he had the size. That helped, right, that's that's pretty good height, right, but like he just it was such a strong skater as well. But, as Jeff mentioned, going off to Alvernia. Well, look at the improvement though, from a year one to year two for him, right, huge. I know, I know we we mentioned he's not the same point producer that maybe Ryan Brow is, but put up twenty more points than he did from year one day year two. That's a big jump. Absolutely a lot of the cysts. I mean that shows you what he's jumping up into the play, he's he's pinching a little better, maybe just being a little more active with his eyes when he's getting through the neutral zone and getting into the offensive end. And Yeah, a great job by coach Watton to be able to to keep all four of those, excuse me bringing it initially, be able to bring it back last year and that was the reason why they had such an improvement. Those guys got better. I know I just mentioned this name. I think I want to make sure he's included, because brody someone was a captain for the ducks step first year, Um, just a single season, put up forty points combined. He's actually now playing club at University of Arizona. I mentioned was with joy from the eighty seven at the Maccabi Games. I think he asked me on this list and as well. Yep, and maybe we slowed down and gets the story time because we already have six. Another New Jersey to notice in that. So everyone and for everyone that doesn't know Terry, what we've talked about in our last episode, the Express episode. He's Canadian, but he recruits these New Jersey as well, to the New Jersey, the protect ducks. Alright, so let's pause for a second because we didn't mention Terry last episode. We didn't mention Terry last episode. I think what's fun about Terry? Well, I think it's fun about a lot of the coaches. Right, you gotta be able to dish it and you gotta be able to take it right. And and Terry's about some text from some coaches. He yes, Terry is one of the best at it because when you show up, the white board this big. Oh my God, we have the picture of it. Yes, have you ever seen this picture? No, I don't think. I started live in person when I was on the play by playing Mike. This is how me and Terry became. He was one of the coaches that I wasn't as close with until this incident and then me and him became that was that was really the season, right? Was that Walpool? No, this is this is the January showcase. This is in Exeter. Right, it was January. was until January and he showed up with this white board and Sean Walson snew literally came and found me in the rake and I was like you need to stop whatever whatever you're doing right now and come look at the white board that Terry is musing. It was a good three feet, all right, I mean three or four ft long, maybe even bigger. But it's funny because Terry can laugh about it. So can we righte like like if Terry didn't laugh about it, maybe it's not quite as funny, but he can pokemon it himself also, and when he...

...shot up at this it was pretty hysterical. And then that was the same day that while she uh, we put a new flavor in our hockey T v HL showcases this year and coach Wallas just joined me for quite a few broadcast now and he joined me for that game and he was the one that out the the White Board for Coach Watch. I think he needs to lower it because I think I can see his play perfectly from all the way up here. Um, and then that's what I kind of went on and I was like Hey, come on, coach watch, you know you don't want to be showing everyone you're playing. Then he found me, uh, shortly thereafter. We and we became a little closer about that and he was like Hey, Jefferson, you know I respect you on the show, but let's get into something my man, I heard to trip me about my board. All right, that's what he said. What happened was the players left. If I remember this correctly, his players left his smaller board in the locker room. That's correct, and so he was forced to use that one. He was and he wasn't gonna have him run, you know, mid game to so he's like, screw it, I'll just use this. I don't care for you, but next time freaking bring it, will you please? They also forgot his gear, like his skates and glove and stick on the bus for a practice once. He was so angry. He's like what am I gonna do? Run on the ice with boots on? I was like, I don't know, man, that's a you problem, not a problems to nut sneakers. Terry, one of the best dressed coaches, as you can see from that too. You had the big clipboard but made up for it with this, uh, is Suave. Look look at that shirt, tie, shoes, Hair's always on point, always is his jacket. And speaking of the that's another quick story. He uh, congrats again. He just became a scout for the main door deeks. Yes, today. That's a great transition, Jeff, because he's doing some scouting for them. One of their figure out what Bret title, O, Brett triter's official title is, because that's how this connection was formed, because Brett's a scout as well for them. But maybe I gotta, I gotta figure out the exact title. Director of Scouting is Brett Right? So Brett helped Terry become, I think he's an international scout or something like that also. Um, so they're both kind of doing stuff with the main Ordis in the n a. and then they actually were both in Michigan with with me for that first ever Michigan combine that we had this past April, and while we were there there was a lot of conversation for Terry about how he could bring back both Trey Miller and Tristan Fattadad and chatter was like whichever one you don't want, but it's not. It makes it sound like Terry's like selling off a player. Right, but but what Terry really knows is that both Fattadad and Miller should be starting goalies in the e h L. Right, and it's tough when I think Miller is no one or oh two. So he this is Miller's age out year and it's not Fattadad's age out year. Right, so I was really young. He came to was like seventeen when he was a rookie. Tristan Fattadad is an o three, so he could play this season and next season, and Miller two. So this is Miller's age out year. So essentially, Terry is kind of at the point where it's like, do I commit to the Agel who needs the time, or do I commit to the younger guy who has the extra year as well? I mean both goalies deserve to be starters. Really, that's what it comes down to. So Um, it's something for us to keep an eye on on the show as well be because, Um, if one of them does end up in seacoast, that's a huge gap for sea coast. Can I can I say one Little Story About Fatta Dad? Yes, of course. Actually, I just I actually wanna put into here because the first time I spoke to fat did dad was when Matt sales played for Protech after the eight sevens had traded him and sales came back to play against the eighty seven's. He ended up getting the shut out. Before the game I was talking to Fatta Dad. He was a scratch that day, and I remember him telling me he's like, Oh, yeah, you know, we love Matt Sales and you know, he looked both ways and he goes honestly, Matt sales is the most normal goaltender I've ever met, because goalies have that reputation for being so eccentric, and he just told me, yeah, no, he's pretty normal for a goaltender. I've never seen that before. And then last year I was with some friends. We had rented out one of the small ponds at protech because if...

...you go in the main entrance on the right side they have the main rink, on the left side they have two or three mini rinks. So my friends and I were skating in one of the mini rinks for like a little private open hockey session and we saw some of the ducks players there and I saw Tristan working on like an industrial fan that was there and I thought he was fixing it. So I'm walking out of the building, I see him. I go, Tristan, what are they making? You fix the Fan too? You're doing all the maintenance. He goes, well, you know, sometimes we might drive the Zamboni every now and then to help out. But he goes what I was doing with that fan? I'm trying to get the motor so I can make a machine that will shoot pucks at me, so I don't need to have anyone else shoot pucks saving and he looked at me with this determined look on his face and he said, Anthony, if I can get this machine up and running, nobody's going to score on me. The H A c license on the side. You can come pict your fans, your your conditioning units. Such a great kid, a bright kid. I don't think he's going to have any problem going to a good school when it comes time for him to commit. And you know, whether he stays with protech or he goes elsewhere, he's going to find a lot of success. I can tell you that right now. That's something like coach Tryer definitely wants to nail down. After losing, UH, was it not for FACCI? Who Was it? He lost mid season last year to college. He putting me on tough spot. Oh my God. And Adams came in after Thai Francie, THY Francie. That's what it is for FACCI and Franchie. Do you remember the Fatta Dad celebration in this January recap video? You know I remember this. So this is obviously from from the from the Great Trevor Right, Um, a great Trevor Blackbird, the one minute video after every showcase right with just a bunch of highlights. I'm pretty sure it's from this showcase that one remember when he went right did that. What is it? The are you not entertained? I think that's what it is. Yes, those very W W F from the nineties, Genera X or something. There are a lot of goods operations of this show, to be totally honest. Um, real quick back to the NORDEEKS. They real quick deal. I was just bringing up because we were talking about Terry's uh, Terry's great style. Terry did not love that picture, I guess, because I text. I was like, Terry, congratulations for me and sorry, you just got a little scouting job with me Nord. Proud of you. Awesome. He's like thanks, chef, and I was like and it's always looking swab in your your picture looking sharp. He's like, actually, I don't like that picture a lot. I was like what? Like, look, you got that the Tam pee coat of stuff. And Yeah, he's mad at me because there's a picture somewhere that I can't find that has a he was running a pocket square that day and he really wanted that picture. I don't know where. I don't know where it is. I lost it, like I don't know. I just don't know. He did not throw you under the bus, steel. So not yet, Um. But back to the top ten. We got six so far. Um, and Quinn Newman, tilly bro White and Salman. Um. I'm glad we got to talk about those two goals that he had this past year as well, Um, as well as Matt Sales. But for spot number seven, where are we going? Because this is weird, this one. This one. I don't know how they haven't named this name so far. Tyler. Yeah, like, is he? Mr Is he? Mr Duck almost in a way. He's played the most games in protect history, like and and the best story that Terry has for Tyler is tyler was really kind of just ready to go to college he didn't want to. He kind of was at a point with with this hockey where he was like I'm good, like I played through through midgets and in high school and I'm kind of just ready to go and and Terry Um convinced them to come skate. One thing led to another. In a conversation with Tyler, basis said where do you what do you want to do in college? What do you want to go for? And Tyler said I want to go into engineering. It's a family thing for him, and Terry is like, well, let's get you to the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He's like yeah, that's my number one church. I'd love to go there, and Terry's like, let's make it happen. And then one thing led to another and boom, like he actually committed to ms o e in that one season um through Graham Johnson, who's the head coach out there, who used to coach in the e h l. So to then have that whole way off of his shoulders in what was his second to last year of Juniors and then come back and played U as an assistant captain this past year.

I know what says center here. I want to say he played center he played wing. I think he played defense a few times as well, like he would do anything and everything for Terry and his teammates. Beautiful Mr Duck, Tyler evling, come on down, number seven. There we go from here, though, is gonna be tough. Yeah, very, very forward. I think this might be the first episode long time. We're not gonna have any goalies and you just can't really they haven't been a long round. Enough. has been the longest, but it could be a spartan soon, I don't know. One of the best defensemen who never really got to play that many games in the League was Matt Harvey. He was part of the ducks that first year, that one season Um, and then went up to the C H L in the NA of his past year. I'm for Anthony Remembers Him. Only played tennally in twenty eight games in that first season, but he was arguably one of the top five defenseman in the league, I would say. So we can think about him, Harvey. I was gonna say t j edzard was what I thought of. Richard Stephani, Stepan Stepic, I'm forgetting that step was pretty good. He was a two year guy to only played fifty one games total. I think he was banged up last year. Um, another guy that was there for two years for Terry came in and that one season twenty one games that year. Greatly improved to look at that. Yeah, played thirty six this past year. Another way edition in that, yes, another day edition in that one season was Connor Tag Leone. Yeah, Tar Tag Leon was good too. He was also with the titans eighteen, you team here. I remember watching him too with the ducks, saying it was it was fun watching him play. Ratt Evan came in this past year had eighteen points in nineteen games. I want to say he can return to he was huge him in broadfoot. Came over from the cycle went both three or even younger. Oh no too, okay, from swift current Saskatoon Boys. Bring it in. There we go. That's Terry had to get a little I'm pretty sure I called Rhett Evan's first game and I was talking with the assistant. I was talking with the assistant coach, Jackson Brasser. Shout out to him, by the way, great assistant, probably one of the nicer coaches, right along there with Seth Gustin. But I was talking to Jackson and he was saying how I think the day before he had to pick up Evan from the airport because he was just that recently acquired, and sure enough he was on the ice at Jersey shore arena. Yeah, Evan is a great player, one of those guys who just looks like he has the puck on a string when he's handling it and if he returns he can do some damage for protech. Do you want to include him? I think we could. I mean that's the weird thing about this episodes. We're gonna include guys that have been there for basically a cup of coffee, because only had a couple of coffee with US between, like Tartag Leone, Rhett Evan, even Brandon Patricia, guys who had played more or less thirty games but are at a point per game pace. Yes, we're out in Patricia. I know they didn't finish their careers of the ducks, but they were also to packful guys. Patricia was like two point per game player. I think he was there there was like thirty points in thirteen, fourteen games. That was the reason. That was great for the seven S P team. Then he went to the ducks and he did for the E H L, but unfortunately he left before the season ended. So if we include Evan, that gives us eight so far. I think he's on this list. Yeah, I think he is. The question is, who are the other two? As the phonic you have tartag Leone, you have harvey. I really liked harvey that one year that he was with the ducks. He was rock solid. I wish that it was more of a normal season, if you will so, because I've actually seen him play like in a showcase. But you know, two still has one more year at junior's left. Well, up to see if he ends up going back to Corpus Christie, which is very finished last year in the N A. I would include him on this list. Like you said, tough to se season. Uh to...

...come into the H L. We'd like to have you in a non pandemic season. Att Harvey. This is the the call to the bullpen to come on back to protect, if you will. If he wants to write, it'll be a lot more fun. We'll see what the showcase. They're all well, all be there. I also want to vouch for Connors, Tartag Leone for that last spot, because not not only was he a great player for the ducks. He also scored the overtime winner against apple core to clinch their first ever series win. Another guy. That's just a point, I think. I think he scored the biggest goal in protext young history. I think you can say that. Yeah, for sure. He goes on his number ten just because he's Mr the Mr Neil Raven, symmetrical or thirteen goals, thirteen assists, boom Donna walking up the point, shy of being a point for game. Guy Though. Twenty six points in twenty seven games, you know, but we won't do won't mark that against his record. Yeah, someone just kidding. Another yeah, yeah, let's do it. I mean I think Terry is not a good job with that. I mixed of keeping local guys from New Jersey, but guys also from not from New Jersey, right, which, as Jeff mentioned, Um from Canada. Huge Maple leaves fan huge. So like let's but he like willingly admits there no, that there's just like gigantic first round hurdle that just can't get past Jack Campbell's out. Now, what is it? Matt Murray? They just signed Matt Murray and UH, and to back them up to. Good luck to the leaflet's see, Atlantic my bruins, Neil's bruin, slash red wings, Big Atlantic fans, the Neil's and Anthony's in the metro. Are you going with this list stuff? I like this list. Yeah, I think it's good. So ten. This is probably the highest number of defensemen we've ever had on on the top ten. So far. We barely sometimes we barely get one, little one, two. We got three white bro Yeah. Oh, you know what I have to actually check before we wrap this up is Terry did say to me once that with every season he does a better job scheduling than the year before, because we obviously tell them like here's what you have to schedule. Six matches with the eighties, seven, three on three away, whatever it may be. Right, and he says I'm learning how to schedule better and better each season. So let's see what the ducks how the ducks start out this year, because I'm kind of curious. Now look at that. First two games of the year at Billy Hockey Club. MM HMMM. So and then they do a little Monday at the little flyers. There you go. So you go to Philis. This is a home game. Home game in their in their new rank for this season, men in sports arena. They get the wolves, the warriors, the spartans in the first showcase. So maybe a fatted dad versus ducks early on. The one thing I know. Okay, ask Anthony's big question. I like get here you go. Friday October, Rematch Jersey shore arena, Bud twelve thirty. They'll be there. And actually, here's what. Here's what I'm checking. The most end of the regular season. You're ready for this? Little Flyers. Little Flyers, two games right end of the end of the one regular season. Question Mark. Little fires, little flyers. They like to finish with the trying to get a little revenge of that. Two Games sweep. So and the boys took back to back years with a little flyers ending the season this year. This year mix about eight seven, seven, so another revenge. They have the revenge games set up. Well, how many home games down the stretch? It's a nice five Gamer pretty much ahole month of junior. Of the last eleven games all right at home. Yeah, maybe maybe he is doing better with the scheduling. Now we tear they're growing right before our very eyes. Probably to recap the top ten Um for the protect docs, who it's crazy to think they're only going into their third season but...

...have quickly established themselves Um amongst you know, the teams right there in the south. We didn't even talk about that South Division, toughest division right anyways, top ten, Spencer, Quinn Nick, Newman, James Tilly, Ryan Bro William White, Brody Selman, Tyler ebling, Matt Harvey, Connor, Tartag Leone and Rhett Evan like the water. Yeah, that takes us through the halfway point all this summers. Now this is the tenth team that we've done, which means nine still remaining. Next week we will feature the New England wolves. Oh, because I drop in the joke now that Andrew Trimble sent me here. Should I wait till next week? Is About Anthony, Anthony, and go back to back episodes. So we'll. We'll say it now and we'll say it during the wolves episode. But Andrew has requested Anthony not to include any eighties seven's in the wolves top ten. I have to look past and see how many wolves for his actions. Oh Man, but he texts me that. I got a good laugh and Anthony's got a good laugh too. It's pretty funny and I guess the challenge I'll have for Mr Trimble is to listen to a podcast that's not featuring his New England wolves, because he clearly hasn't been listening to the show this summer. Well, that will do it for the ducks this week, as we just mentioned the wolves next week. Nearing the end of July, we're really just over two months from punt jobs, so let's enjoy the rest of the summer, but the season is gonna be starting pretty damn soon, so we'll talk to you guys next week. We'll be seeing each other in the ring. 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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