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EHL 10th Anniversary Team of the Week (Wolves) | Episode 129

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On this week's episode of the #EShow, we highlight a program that takes a step forward each and every year, the New England Wolves. Tim Kunes joins the podcast (1:04) to look back on what his EHL team accomplished this past season, including the playoff run that took them all the way to Semi-Final Saturday in Providence. Further along, the #ECrew teams up (14:17) for another top-10 selection, fueled by some great stories of the past.

Welcome to the show with Neil Raven. Founded in two thousand thirteen, the E H L has become the college placement leader on the East Coast. Sit Back and learn more about the next step in your junior hockey career. Welcome to the show presented by the 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 polliy box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven and this episode number one nine of the show. On this week's episode we highlight a program that takes a step forward each and every year, the New England wolves. Tim cunes joins the podcast to look back at WHYS E H L team accomplished this past season, including the playoff run that took them all the way to the final Saturday in Providence. Further along, the crew teams up with another top ten selection, fueled by some great stories from the past. I'm joined now by Tim Knes, the head coach, so that newland wolves has it going. Tim, I'm doing well. Thanks for having me. Thanks for coming back on the podcast and let's jump right into things. I'll start with the same question that I've asked every coach so far this offseason. When you look back on the two thou season, this past year, one of the first thoughts that come to mind for you? Yeah, I like it was a really successful season for for Um, you know, for our team, for our UHL team, going to Providence, to the frozen finals was, you know, the best result we've had on the ice so um. You know it was. You know, it was a fun season to to coach and and be a part of Um, you know, and we're definitely very excited to get back going here. When the year starts the way that it did, which I'm sure you can't deny, the slow start, did you always still in is in providence in your mind? Yeah, I don't think we, you know, or myself, I don't think I looked that far ahead. And we just try to improve each day and try to get better with the group that we have, m and that you know. We did that. We try to do that every year, Um, and that's one of the main focuses is to make the players better individually and the team gets better as well. And you know, obviously paid off in the end, and that's kind of a good point to bring up because whenever people ask me what to like, what teams get better as the season progresses, I always say the wolves and the wizards. Feels like every year you are the two teams that just gradually get better and better and better. What do you credit that to the most? I think it's our setup that we have here and are focused on player development. You know, these guys practice twice a day. We have a skills practice every day and we keep that throughout the season. You know. So, like, is there something different we could do in the first, uh, two three weeks of the season to have better results? Maybe, but you know, we're focused on the big picture and that's to make each player better who's in our program so when we do that, you know, the team, you know, as a byproduct, gets better. That's kind of how we work here and I think the month of February this past year just epitomizes that, because it's the run that you guys went on to to get the seed that you got in the pointoffs ultimately helped leads you to the frozen finals. But the perfect example of a player just getting better as the year progresses. Is Liam Kilgallan. Did you realize how good he could be? That he realized how good he could because what he did in February was out of this world. Yeah, I can't answer if he knew that, but we liked, uh, we liked Liam. Our goali coach, Lula Trell, was a big fan of Liam and and you know, Liam made a lot of improvements over the summer when he...

...returned to our team from the previous year. A lot of that was was mentally. Uh, and he was another one who, Um, you know, he wasn't in the net that much in the beginning of the season, but he also got better during the during the year and you know, a big part of our success down the stretch there was how well he played, especially in that wild card game, which I want to talk about because, uh, we don't have the wild card games this year we had in this past year. Just happened to be the way that it was. But both of them went to overtime. Obviously, years being the low scoring game that it was and having the experience that you've had, you know you're playing days as that game is progressing and it feels like, you know, in that third period. It's gonna be one more goal, Max. What messages are you delivering to your team on the bench? I think as a coach, uh, you know, a big part of it we just try to keep the guys even and and uh, you know, not too high or too low throughout the game, right. So, like I have to, you know, be confident in the group and and you know, try to keep everyone just focused on the next shift. Uh, you know, staying even keeled and, Um, just keep working and keep working for the goal, and we got it right. So that was great. Do you remember the bounce that took place shortly before the goal back in your own end off the Zamboni doors? Did your heart skip a beat a little bit? Yeah, I mean we've seen that down at that rink during the past couple of years. So it was it was a crazy couple of couple of moments there and I think we had a breakaway which we um and then that ended up turning right into a goal. So Uh, you know, sometense moments. It all leads to the finals where again it just happens to be the way things line up that you get to face the avalanche again. Um, I asked this dress question to Chris a few weeks ago. Um, when it comes to our league, I think that any game you could say is a toss up. It truly this past season was the perfect example of that. When it comes to the avalanche and the wolves, when you guys get together, it feels like anything can happen. Why is that? Yeah, I think you know, there's a lot of familiarity between the two teams, especially Um from a few seasons ago with the covid where we played them, you know, I don't know, thirteen times. Um. They're in our division, you know. So there's there's been a lot of good matchups between us and you know, like you said, every team in this league is is really you know, there's a strong program and and you know any any given game can go either way. So Um, and especially, I think our our division is it's been a really strong division in the past, the past couple of years with Vermont and in the Seacoast and obviously avalanche. So Um, you know, every game is exciting in this league. You have to be ready to play. So when Cavando puts in the overtime winner, your first ever e h l game in Providence, where did that moment immediately ranked for you as a coach? Yeah, it was, it was great. It's it's right at the top. You know, it was you know, at the time you just kind of thing about overtime and three on three and then you know, want to to realize that, okay, we're moving on to the semifinals with that goal and overtime was you know, I was happy for the guys because, as we talked about before, it was it was a long season and and the guys really worked hard, you know, guys like Julius and Declan House and Liam Kilgallen, who who stuck with it all year, you know, to to be rewarded by moving on there it was great. And again how it just played out this year. You end up playing that next day against the express our knowing the me that you were in the...

...semifinals right the same thing with the eight sevens and railers. So every team kind of shuffled things around. You throw in Trevor's rule. Who can return for you? He goes and get to shut out. How valuable do you think that one game, that one experience, will be for him moving forward? Yeah, I hope it's very valuable. Trevor's coming back next year, UM, so we're excited to have him and you know, it's a great experience, like you said, to get to play there at Providence College and to have some really good results. Should be great going forward. How often did you get to play there when you were a player at B Z? Yeah, I mean we've played there, I guess a couple of times every year. So it's uh, it's not an easy building to play and sometimes the ice seems a little small out there. Things happened quickly, Um, you know, like you saw there at that overtime game. It's at one end and then all of a sudden were going back down. We're not to on one the other way. So you have to it's a good experience for the players to play there, right. I know, to play in that Province College at Division One program and that building is something that they all really appreciate it and enjoyed. Yeah, so you win those two games and ultimately you fell to the eighties seven song on so many final Saturday. I know we spoke right afterwards and it was tough pill to swallow, but how how long after that game ended were you able to take a step back and look at this season and and and really just look at everything that your your team accomplished to get to that point. Yeah, it's tough, tough to lose. No one wants to lose Um to end the season on a loss, but you know, most of the teams do it right. Only one team, yeah, you know, looking back at the game, it's it's the best of one. New Jersey played better than us on that, you know, in that game. So they scored a couple of goals on the power play. We had some chances and you know, we didn't know. So that's that's hockey, that's life. It was still a great, great year for our group, just the strides they made and to reach that point. Uh, you know. And for the returners coming back, it's that experience will only help them, you know, both for this season and, you know, even the guys going to college to play in those meaningful games. That makes you a better player. And I hear a lot about the exit interviews with those players that go through what your team went through and for the ones that can return, it just motivates them to want to come back that that much sooner. Right. Did you feel like you had those same conversations with the guys that weren't able to come back for you this year? Yeah, for sure, like you know, we don't. You don't. I don't think you reached that point without having a lot of character players on your team. You know, so and and that same group of guys who can return. You know that those are some of the guys who helped us reach that point and who are really motivated to come back Um next year and and uh, you know, accomplish our goals next year. So Um, guys like Eddie's grigory of a J Lakis. You know, these guys are, you know, top players and and really excited to be back. Brendan Walker, Jack Portal, you know, character guys who who, you know, I'm looking forward to having on the ice this season. Are they texting you counting down until training camp starts? Yeah, yeah, we we talked throughout the summer and, you know, part of his coach just checking in on them make sure that they're working hard. But really that that group of guys. You know, they're, like you said, self, motivated and looking forward to getting going here because they know they have a tough training camp coming up for for all of our teams they put together there their guys to the all kinds of tests when the season starts. But for you guys, you have a very unique training camp that includes that some military based training, affirmber correctly. So can you kind of talk about what you guys do exactly that...

...helps get the players prepared? Yeah, so that's that's just one day we have. You know, some guys come in from army reserve who run those guys through a workout and a lot of it has to do with, uh, you know, leadership and working together as a group. Um, you know less about the about the physical aspect. You know, we were. Certainly besides that, we're working really hard. You know, preseason is to get ready for the regular season, you know. So we're trying to cram a lot of stuff in the three weeks and and get ready for September, seventeen to replace EA coast. And before I bring Anthony and cheff on to put to the other the wolves top ten, which I think we'll have a fun time doing. Um, there's the obvious names that we'll talk about with the marsh and Kevists brothers, the Feldman, swanky players over the years, Declan House now are the players that, Um, you think, maybe one or two that went underrated over the years, but we're invaluable to yourself as a coach in the walls, as a franchise. Yeah, absolutely. You know, when I think about it, you know, a guy like you know we're here, Um Jack Ennis has has been on the team for the last three years, you know. So it's it's gonna be weird to to be on a team and not have jack shown up. But you know, guys like that, Kevin Bite, Jack Ennis, those guys played, Um, you know, three seasons on the team and really improved. You know, are the epitome of a player who improved in our program, you know, and character guys. You know, Jack might not show up on the score sheet, but you know it was a really key player for us last season and a guy who who cared about the team and cared about the program and his his teammates, who's going on to college hockey, you know. So like guys like that or are the glue of, you know, the team. You can't win games without. Well, make sure to talk about them as well. So I appreciate you coming on the podcast and I know it's beautiful up there this time of year. So I hope you get the chance to enjoy a little bit of the rest of the off season. Yeah, thanks a lot, you tune. Look forward to seeing you in the rinks this year. Thanks again to Tim Hughes for coming on the podcast this week and with that let's bring in the e crew. Now, Jeff, Anthony, new week, new team, the wolves, another top ten. Um. I guess we'll start with the line that we ended last week's podcast with, because Andrew Trimble asked me to bring it up again. Um, Anthony, if we can refrain from no e d sevens and the wolves top Ted. Okay, and I guess my challenge should the New England wolves get a working broadcast this season? Oh Man, I mean he's got back to back weeks with Anthony's two favorite opponents, I would say the protect junior ducks, you know, the rival in New Jersey, and then, you know everyone that's been following along in the show, Andrew Trimble and Anthony to Paula had a little bit of good back and forth the Andrew Trimble, the owner of the wolves, but but they buried the hatchet, they hugged it out at that frozen finals. We took some pictures. There may have been some funny years and a couple of pictures. Then we had some nice pictures. It's a good it's a good back and forth, but I did, I did love the picture, that's for sure. Co Owners to Andrew and Tim, Co owners with Matt, with Matt and Adams. So, Um, just like the avalanche, Andrew sent me his version of the top ten. So we'll kind of wait to compare at the end, like we did with the avalanche. That and he also sent me a number of stories to tell. So as we kind of make our list, there's a few stories for...

...few different players. The coaches are catching onto the story time, I think. I think people just like story time. That story time, storytime. So let's jump into the top ten. Um, I actually put two names on here right away just because of the impact that they had with the organizations. And yes, and those are the Marston cabinets brothers. Um Dominic's obviously played more an actual full season for the wolves. What year was that? All the year. Yes, he was rookie of the year in eighteen nineteen. Um, it felt like what he wanted to but he said I'm gonna Score, he'll the score right like every single time. And I actually I think that was one of the first JBT nights that I went up to up there in Laconia, and that was when they faced the chiefs like a wild like six to five comeback win, and Dominic scored the game winner in that game. Right. So, Um, he also was on our all star team that year. Um, when we faced Plymouth State and UMS BOSTON. I actually remember, UH watching the Plymouth state game with Mark Compel, who was that was mark's last year with the League as our director of hockey operations, and Dominic Scott just run over by this behemoth from Plymouth State, like a twenty three year old six ft four defenseman, right, and mark actually not the biggest kid. Mark actually reached over and like grabbed me. It was like is he gonna get up? And he I mean, but he got up like immediately and then scored the next ship to give us the lead, and I was like this kid is as tough as hell. So player, he is definitely a hockey player. Game changed with the puck on his stick. Yeah, and then I mean his brother it. It wasn't a full season, but like what he did in a very short amount of time deserves to be recognized. Right. So he came in at the end of this past season. Sorry, it wasn't this past season, seasons ago, covid season. Yeah, the COVID season. I'm still thinking like this past season like ended like two weeks ago, when it really ended like three months ago at this point. But I mean didn't he have four goals in his first game? I remember we had recorded like the next day we're doing fantasy and I was like, I mean past scored four goals in a game and his debut. So so he played six games on this stretch, right, had six team points, including a four goal game, um which we're all four goals against the avalanche. I want to say no, I think you're also burying the lead here. He said sixteen points in six games. How about eleven goals in six games? Nearly two goals per game? I gotta go find that box score now that Jeff brings is up. I should have had the box score already. But also also quick questions. So would this be the fewest amount of games played that we've included in any top ten lists this all season? Sure, but like the immediate impact, like, and remember that year that was. So that was one season, right. I got all my years confused, but that, like that year, the north was legit, right. That was the year that the avalanche got the at large and ended up in the championship game against the Rangers. Vermont Played Nine Games for Christmas, uh, and then made of the frozen finals. The wolves were legit. Siccos knocked off the APPS. Like. The four teams in the north were legit. And the only I was saying, that lumberjacks team. That was the the scanny of Buffalle and team that we all wanted to see go to the frozen finals. I gotta find that box score now.

I mean this is just three of three of those eleven goals were game winners, right, and six points on the power play. Three goals through SIS. Sorry, Jeff, the game you're thinking of it was a five goal game. Please excuse me. Five out of the six goals in a six three win score by Patrick's Marson Kevin. Yeah, one game winner. That's like three thousand fantasy points. I'm thinking about this right here. February was jbt night. That was my first shootout appearance, so my first runner up, uh award, if you want. I guess not really the first appearance for Queen Jeans. Yeah, but he had. He was a part of all four goals and they comeback win over the APPs that night, right. I mean his I media impact. It's just insane. Six Games. It's just insane what he did that in that very, very short stint with the with the team. But overall the presence of the Mars and Kevits brothers with your organization throughout their time in junior hockey gets them on this list and we have to be on it's really quick things about Patrick's Marrison Kevich one. Where is he going to play college? Hold on, I gotta find the text. You can long island university sharks, dolphins, sharks. So I'll be gissing I'll be getting to see him on opening night at Matthews arena. They're opening up with the northeastern huskies. I gotta Find Tremulous Text, Jeff, Oh my God, oh no, I gotta find it. That's gonna be I always find it so weird seeing these guys in the junior leagues and then seeing them in college. It's it makes me feel wick and old, but that will be the case on I think you can October one. Patricks should make the list too. It's not every day that a player comes from our league and commits to the Long Island. All I got this head he's totally joking, right, he's totally joking. But yes, exactly, that's why he said it. Right. So, Oh and the other, the other thing about Patrick's EP page. Watch out, data, Margaret Hickling photo credit pretty hard. The pretty hard. Did you see that? Check it up. Did Not see that until just now. Yeah, the Queen Pretty Hard. Well, but so we start there. What do you guys want to go next? Because that's too, too forward. So far, it's a good start, that's for sure. I mean Dj Schwanky being a hundred fifty point man, Mr New England Wolf, another three year guy, might be a good place to go. Just saying. And SODJ was the captain for our all star team, uh, in seventeen, eighteen. Again, I need to like refresher on years. Um, you're getting old. But now let's see here he was. Yeah, so he was the captain in the nineteen. This nineteen twenty year. What's was the year that we actually beat Salem state. That was the year we tied Fitzberg then beat Salem and then lost teams Boston. So he was the captain of the All Star Team for us that year. But three years with the wolves. I mean yeah, the points are just ridiculous. A hundred fifty points and for those stored around like fifty points. But that last year he was doubled his goals. You were from eighteen to the nineteen thirty last season. And obviously when you look at our website, we we only post N C A commitments, but we don't, you know, we don't deter kids away that want to go play club. For anyone that doesn't know, Liberty University Club team him is...

...like a wagon, like they play a lot of exhibitions against like N C A programs, even like Division One n a programs. So it says club, but I almost put liberty in like a different class of their own right. It's it's double a kind like you don't what I mean, like it's it's just that legit. So, Um, a perfect spot for him too. But Hey, you know, if this was their top, if this is their line, imagine rolling out with the Marston chemists brothers and Swikey in the middle. Or you can just move dominics the center and move patricks in the center whatever like. That's that is a legit one, two, three for the first three forward we have here. Who Next? Jessie could go with the defenseman next right behind in third place and points is Declin House. Yes, and that gets me to a story from Andrew. Let me find this father, Father House, Trent, who was a big fan of us on twitter. And so Andrew sent me a picture this past week of yeah, what do you say here? Trivia question for the podcast? Which Future Wolves player was the cover model on coach Trimble's off Ice Hockey d D D. And then he sends me this Oh yeah, it's it's a little bright. Hold on. Sends me this picture someone shooting right. How would I ever know who that is? How would I ever know who that is? A Little Child? So so I was like, I have no idea. Is the Declan House. I met Declan House doing six am Wednesday morning private lessons at Union sports for men in New Jersey when he was ten. First off, pause. Union sports arena is where we're adding a new E H L P team this year in the union junior thunder can continue though story. Anthony. I'm sorry this is all in good fun. He says. A little known fact. I think I saw Anthony was hiding in a trash can, trying to get him to sign an eighty seven contract at the same time. Fired your response decly. You do decally. Will look pretty good in the eighty seven uniform. Very Nice arcle on deck house this year. We, I know, we, we. We talked about when you guys on one point and Anthony mentioned it in one of his stories. So but but he's a New Jersey kids, so it could have look pretty good. Hockey, hockey hotbed New Jersey could look pretty good in the eighties sevens uniform. Also, just hockey broadcasters. Just response to Andrew Trimble with with that part of the story. That is false. I don't hang out in the trash cans at union arena. I hang out in the trash cans at the Hackensack Ice House. Thank you very much, because that arena is only like ten minutes away from my house. Perfect. Please get it right. So, as we did with the avalanche Um and I'll do now. We're four for four so far, which is really surprising that we could get we could at least get that part right. I mean if we couldn't get that part right, we probably shouldn't have a podcast, but should probably all apply for the Rhodes scholarship. Now I'm coming. Let's go Harvard, here we come. Oh Man, so Um, where did I just go? Here for a second, this is there are a few names on this list. Jeff, that's kind of similar to only had the express machine. Yes, remember when we did the express episode, there were names that technically didn't play e h...

...l, guys like Jack Mussel. What's funny is the year the E H L started was thirteen fourteen. That season the wolves were still an independent junior team. They came in the following year. So technically Jack Muscle didn't play in the E H L, but he has to be mentioned because he went on to play at Maine. So I have to just have to mention the University of Maine. That's all. That's that's why I have to mention that. I mean also the fact that into one games he put up a hundred and one points. That's a pretty damn good year. So he's not on the top ten, but we have to just at least mention him here. M Hm, records. Oh, Richard, Dude, love that kid. Speaking of story time. It was the first show kid this year and he came and played a game with me and Lauren Smith and uh he was just smiling sitting below. We were asking all the wolves. They're like hey, you know, you guys want to come do some social media stuff for us? And they were all pretty shy. And anyone that knows uh rick cards, he's a he's a very funny guy. So I spoken. Doesn't speak English incredibly well and he actually admitted that to us. He's another Riga Lafia native, like the marketing cabbage brothers. Um He's like hey, you know, I'll do it. Don't speak English very well and he's a sitting there as a smile. And then, uh so then he came out and did it and I think it was it was this or that was the game that we played. I'm pretty sure it's still on the H L twitter waves. You can go see it. But he did a great job. Everyone else was shy and who knows, the kid from Riga Lafia is the one that's like I play, let's do it and just like the Marston chemist brothers from Lafia right, like there's there's a great h connection. Speaking of hotbeds, not just New Jersey too. Yeah, but there's a great like kind of pipeline for the wolves that they've gotten from Latvia, I mean. And regards is an e h l P O um. I often just forget that that first season for him, nineteen, he put up eighty seven combined points in the e h l p, right, and then two seasons in the E H ll you combined playoffs and and UH and post our regular season, there's ninety four points right there. So one thing I often hear about is from coaches, as they often say like the difference between E H L P production and E H L production is like for every one point you get in the E H L P, they feel like it's a half a point in the e h L. Right, you're not gonna put up a hundred points in the e h l p then put up a hundred same points in the hls. kind of what they say. Right, but for recurreds, he's he's above that number right, like he just he was so smooth and I felt like the majority of times he scored it was a highlight. Yes, it was like pretty whatever he did was sick. He was. He was interesting too. Because he was kind of like deep creechy, the way he was like a slow, like deliberate kind of European Skater. Never looked like very fast, but get the puck on his stick and he will find the smallest, tightest top corner. She did a bunch of times. was that what you were gonna say? Yeah, and, and and there was a shootout goal that he had at the new antlins showcase. Honestly, the wolves can be labeled as probably one of the deadliest shootout teams from this past season. Remember that they had a shootout game against the apple core, I want to say in Avril, and they marched declin house out like three or four times...

...in a row. That's going up against Colin Callanan, Nick Webber, Apple Corn, a lot of guys that could put a lot of pucks on that too. So but hey, that first five with the Marston chevist brothers, swanky house and and Yolenski's it is, Dave good. That's a pretty nasty where do you want to go next? Last year's defensement of the year, Julius. I mean, I mean he has right. I can't go wrong with Julius ranges. Julius like just so steady, right, and the like. I always talked about the players that played for our all star team in the college series that, you know, committed very shortly afterwards. Then there's the players that played for our all star team in the college series who committed to the schools that we played against. Right. So commando heading off, heading off to curry like made an impact in that game that they saw that they said, we want that kid on this side of the ice instead. So pretty cool. I mean a kid that developed like crazy throughout his time in the E H L and honestly, I guess the only negative that the that the wolves have is that because of covid he couldn't come back for that season. Right, he was here in ninety, couldn't get back into the country in one, and then obviously one, that defense from of the year award this past year. Two, he just wonder what an actually another year would have been, right, because he finished with fifty eight points. You can make the case that one more year maybe he's a hundred point guy. Yeah, he was an excellent, excellent leader in another year, peam product. And you said, Andrew and Tim do a really good job of going overseas and finding all this. This whole team is like all all Europe team from Norway, I think, the only two that aren't from we have what we have more European Americans so far? Yeah, Um, but I actually it was great talking to Tim, though, about Julius and the overtime winner that they had against the ABS at the frozen finals, just because of like that moment right, like to be that was their first ever frozen finals game for their E H L team, right, they had made it before with the E H L P team, and you go up against the ABS who have won two championships, and in that one moment, in that one goal, you actually end the avalanche season, right, and as I asked Chris this, I asked I asked him this, like whatever the ABS and Wolves get together, you can't script it. Like every every game is like its own different story and that was probably one of the best games in Providence. Yeah, they can always be drastic too. They can be either high scoring low scoring each side. Yeah, it's it's always interesting and that's that's what we love about these uh division battles. They know each other, they see each other a lot and they saw nothing but each other. Yeah, and I think it's also worth mentioning too, that the wolves really had a cinderella run this past season because they ended up knocking off the Boston Junior Rangers in the wild card game. Yea, the pleasure calling that I got like that was probably one of the more fun games have called this year. Sorry, Johnson, with the overtime winner, Oh man, and back and forth. That was a low scoring freaking grind it, grind it grinded. Nobody want to make a mistake and just trying to get back to the Fender Cup wolves, like you said, trying to get there for the first time. You could feel the tension at breakaway ice center for well over multiple periods. And it's a great point that anthony brings up because I remember now at text that...

Andrews Sammy right after that wild card game and he mentioned how the wolves were the only frozen finals team that had to play all teams from the previous years frozen finals to get to the finals. Right. Remember, they played the lumberjacks in the first round, they played the avalanche in the second round, they played the defending champion Rangers in the wild card game and then talking to Tim about that wild card game, was great because right before Johnston scores that game winner, I don't remember who it was now, but they had a breakaway. No, not just a breakaway. That's right. He didn't. Whoever it was didn't pass, because they didn't. He didn't pass to Johnston and then actually stayed in the zone. I thought maybe it was Bobby Burnier, I think. Honestly, I remember the moment being like maybe they were just shows so shocked that they had a three on oh, that they know what to do right. I know, you know, like when you're so wide open that you almost like, I freeze, like maybe they say basketball, layup, easiest basket to make, easiest basket to miss. You just like what? Yes, he makes us a plot, cycled around, passed across Johnson. You know, rus it. Um, he scored both goals of that game. Um. I mean honestly, if you want to talk about best games of the year too, that was probably one of the best games of the year when you come by and everything together. So, but that's six so far, um, as you mentioned, for Europeans and two Americans. Um, but there's plenty of other directions to go. Where do you guys want to go next? Because because there's two names that just jump right out to me that have to be on this list. Could go another Da. Kevin Bite was phenomenal. Okay, there's three names on the list. Kevin Bite for sure. Um, one of my favorite. All right, Tim mccunes quotes answers. Um, not this offseason, obviously, but this past off season when I had the wolves team of the week feature. I asked him about what it would be like, you know, to not have Kevin Bite, and at that moment he had said I've been the head coach of the e h l team for three years. Kevin Bite has been here for every year. I've never not put his name in the lineup and I don't know what that's gonna be like to not have him in the lineup. But he was just so steady, right, like, did everything right for for the wolves and truly like just isn't a pitot me of a player who got better as he progressed throughout his time in the league and now is at Johnson Wales down in Providence. Another even in Europeans. Here we go, all right. So should I just mention the other two that I that I had in my head? Jeff, yeah, absolutely, yeah, Jeff. I mean I don't know how we've made it. I'm sorry. We faded through seven guys so far and they hear that Jeff one fantasy. He should have dedicated his fantasy win to Donnie FEMBLIN. He was dirty because he was the backbone for you. He came in at the end of the season, kind of similar to the way Patrick's Marshon Kevitch came into the end of one season. Um Put up six points in six games. Uh, actually played a playoff game that year. That was a a loss of the wizards and then the season got canceled. Remember correctly, Um, and then came back was the captain for the wolves in one season. A lot of those forty one points see Um, went to Jeff's fantasy team. And then I...

...think it's cool that Arcadia, who played out their inaugural season at division three this past year, Um, obviously a very young team with a lot of freshman on that team, but to quickly recognize Donnie for his leadership to make him an assistant captain in that very first year shows you just the type of leader that he is. So I'm I'm assuming at some point he'll wear the scene for Arcadia. He had eight points this past season down there for the nights, and that gives us, as I mentioned, seven so far. Sorry, eight so far. I think that's could type his name on the list, Um. And then the second one that I had pulled up. We go deeper in in the in the past history, and that's Blake Harlow, and I think he'll get another captain. By the way. I think that he was honestly underrated for how good he was for the wolves at that time. MM HM, thirty goals, like thirty goals. Hold on, I have a story. Did I tell you? Did I tell this story last week? That will find out Blake Carlo, by the way, when Blake Carlo makes the wolves top ten, can you do me a favor? ME, when he makes of course you can mention. Uh, you can mention either of two important stats. Will read the first one. Um, I beat him in one on one bench press competition and embarrassed him in front of all of his teammates, and then he actually sent me Blake's number. Which Blake? I Apologize, I haven't texted you yet, Um, because Andrew wants me to find out what the excuse was, whether it was he had stun in his eyes or Covid at the time. I mean, Andrew has just provided all the fuel for this podcast, so we appreciate him for that. Um. But Blake was was so good during his time uh in the E H L and the E H L P two, Um, that first season for him in the e h LP. Put Up thirty four points in that sixteen seventeen season. Translated into forty six with the E H l. Then just played out four years at ums Dartmouth, which I think we've mentioned about a few schools so far. You could do your own a h I mean let's let's count UMS Dartmouth from this past year. This is gonna Really Test My memory here, Jeff. Let's say we did this last week with a thing on two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. God only prospects killed, right, Wine Brenner? Yes, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, uh, sixteen, I mean. And then, honestly, you know what you have to do now is go here two, our page from this past season. Marshall mccaliupu is going there, Pat Alto's going, Kevin Johnston's going, James Metler and Matt Sadanielitz Thenni Nakosia, Alex does it. I mean eight more guys are going off to ums Dartmouth in the league this year. Sixteen. Are Those all guys? Those much are graduating, right. I mean Kevin Johnson was is the wall, this guy to go in there. So honestly, during the...

...season I'm gonna have to reach out to Eric Nolack and just be like Harry, let's let's do a team of the week feature about you mass dartmouth and just that pipeline, because you could do your own top ten just in the guys that have gone on to US Dartmouth. Oh, I have to add Blake's name to the list. So that gives us nine so far. You know what I have to do actually, because we started ripping through this thing so fast, I have to compare it two trembles list. I like that. We've got nine deep and actually last check was at four. Were at four for four. Let's see, the last five pick since then have been good or bad or, let's say, were on the money. Oh Oh, we'll get a couple of yeah, a couple of misses. Want I don't know. Do we call him misses? Do we just we went in different directions his to each of the room. Yeah. So, Um, for the tenth spot. H At the end of the interview with Tim, he did talk. I kind of asked him to to to touch on some players that may not make the list but deserve to be discussed. I'm glad that he mentioned this name because he wasn't a big point guy. But yeah, I would not go in the corner against Jack Ennis, like I don't. I don't want to get hit. He would, he would barry kids. He was. He was one of the toughest kids in our league and like a true leader for the wolves. He was there for three seasons. Um, literally only almost played every single game this past year. Look at that. Missed one regular season game, like a true warrior for the wolves. Remember coach Katon's talking to me about Jack Ennis at the frozen finals two saying how he was just like you just said. He's nails, he will go in the corner, he will do whatever you want and you need some those nails type guys in the back end. And he was a big part of the reason that the wolves got to prominence college to the frozen finals. Not a pretty at his points and say yeah, but you can't. He's one of those guys you can't look at points. You gotta look at the game tape to judge him accordingly. Did I see Robert Hake? Yeah, Anthony, I'M gonna take a shot it myself now. So episode two, three, we were really the podcast and it's infancy. Oh, we had Robert Hake, like brake, on and he literally told me like three times before I hit record, how to pronounce his name Rock and I still pronounced it wrong, like he literally said it in intence, like I said that I still said it wrong, like well, I don't even know what I was like thinking at that time. Right, you got the old broadcaster yips. I think it was when I was at northeaster this year in the L I U sharks, not dolphins, came in and I did not start at the visiting start at first, the visitors from Long Island University, the Saltons, like. Could you imagine if you if you had said call the shelf? Hake like rake was actually the first commitment of the year in the entire League in nineteen twenty. I remember because we always did a new graphic each year. So Justin's first graphic that year was hake going to Morshville state. So where is at now, heading into his junior year? A player that tremble had mentioned was Nick Maron, which I think maybe why we missed it. Was the first year with Jack Mussel. Was that independent junior year, but his second year, technically, was the first year for the wolves in...

...the E H L fifteen. So he's tenderally played in e h l and then went to play division one at UMS Lowell. Ended up transferring to play club at Georgetown on his way out. Probably got a decent education there. My brother went there. My brother is pretty smart. So so tremble has nick Mayron on his list. I'll highlight a play another player that tremble has on his list that he I think he posted stuff about this guy a lot. Adam Barnes. Adam Barnes who played? He played seventeen. He played seventeen eighteen for the wolves and now he's actually playing professionally over in England, I mean Leeds Nights. I don't know too much about the league. Whoa points? Look at the points. Seventy two points in forty seven games. Yeah, immediate impact. Blackburn Hawks. Twenty two points in fifteen wow, so he's he's from England, right. So he came over here for a year of juniors and then went back home to play pro. So remember. For some reason, again, Jeff, the years just blend together for all of us, right, whis when we've been around since its infancy. Speaking of Um, we haven't mentioned a goalie yet. Did you have a goalie on them? He had boar. He had Eric Bogart on his list, who played two seasons for the wolves. Again, one independent, one e h l, and then this caused another all h l team this year. Oh my good, three or four time times that by by actually, sorry to year four. Three or four junior rangers alone. Schliftkey, uh, crap, and black on the other ones. But there's a yeah, so then, I mean remember how good l j Newell was throughout his time with the wolves as well. Uh, two seasons there. Um from Colorado, now at revier university. Another team that just finished their first year in division three. Um, Kurt Gutting, actually remember. Remember. You know, that was way back in the fourteen, fifteen, fifteen, sixteen seasons. It was harn prowlers in the feder league, right, and this year, eighteen, nineteen at southern New Hampshire. I do like this part about EP. The ads kill me. But eighteen, nineteen, Kurt Guttings, uh accolades at snow. Any ten all championship team, any ten champion, because snow won the title of that year. Any ten ten championship, M v P first email conference goalie of the year. That's called the supermarket sweep of trophies. So I'll take them all go home. So Um, let's see. So I mentioned everyone that that that tremble had a number of honorable mentions that you know, we talked about and I talked about with Tim as well. And then we go back to our list and we have nine still. So where do we go with the tenth person? I mean who do we think so Andrew would want here on here the most? It's not a matter of who they want right, it's no matter who we want right. I mean who we thought they were. You know a player that I I have to mention a few more players. I'm sorry about Ryan Dunn. Remember he was very early years with the wolves. Um, I mean twenty five goals...

...for him before he moved on to Sunni Fredonia. Jeff Tommy Condon had some of the best hair in the E H l. He could absolutely fly. I remember that. Um Adamante another remember Adamante, who was with the avalanche Um and then during the season moved up to the wolves, and was this a perfect fit up there. I forget what line he played on, but I remember there was the Felman line with Sergey aniss him off. I mentioned how hard all right, Jack Ennis used to lay the body. How about Aniss him off? Let me find his size. J lacks from this past year's team. Ye, who actually, Oh my God, we didn't mention this thing. Don't remember her. Andre Papolardo. I was going to say that Papolardo called Branson's say that name going down the wings and Papolaro Branson up. Then he's already off the ice. And that's another that's another entry for the yeah, for the all name team. Another episode for us with the hodgeman versus, Andre Papolardo, Brandon, Chris Peter, Chris Peters played for the wolves for a bit. Yes, we actually, I forgot. We talked about that with the with the episode with the Express is Peters A to top ten player and we mentioned with him. Josh run was an original wolf too. There are so many different options. Um, this player was just one season with the wolves, Eaton Helmets, probably scored one of the best goals I've ever seen an E H L history. We were at a showcase in Hook set, not at the ice den at Tri town. The monarchs were hosting it, and he went end to end and like almost like did like the bobby, or when he got tripped while scoring, like midair scoring, and it ended the little flyers winning streak at thirty whatever games that records. So where do we want to go? This is tough. Oh, I'm thinking Adam Barnes. And then that tells us that Um, now I'm going even further back with our episodes. We need to do some research about that Australian League when we talked about Declan Brondze for a while Um with the chiefs, and I need, I needed to some razors about this league in England as well, because the numbers just to pull them back up. For what Barnes is putting up? Two and forty seven games or some point that like it's just silly. Most of two points for game player goals, forty four assis. So does it show a breakdown by league here. I don't think it does for the one that we're looking for. But seventy two this past year, fifty the year before and when he was in the e h l he had thirty seven. So I'm going tenth edition the English lad for me, I think, like every one of these Um top tens that we put together, we're always going to be have an extra player two that could be on for somebody else right like. So maybe maybe Nick Narron goes on in place of like Kevin Bite, but you can't go wrong without one,...

...you know what I mean. So I'm good with this list. You guys go with this list, I am good with it as well. Yeah, and I think it's interesting where we've had some teams like the Boston Junior Rangers in New Hampshire avalanche where their original E H L teams, but they don't have too many high point scorers. Meanwhile, for the New England wolves you have a defenseman who eclips a hundred points, which is crazy and I think it definitely speaks to how the New England wolves plays a team, especially where they like to get players from overseas, in Latia, in Norway, in England, and they certainly like to play an up tempo and skill game where they can rack up points. And it was right here that I have highlighted. Seventeen eight team when the when Andrew and Tim took over, and it's honestly just been a step forward every year for them, and I think that the best proof, obviously, is this past year getting their first frozen finals appearance. But just look at the win totals for the E H L team also. Seventeen, uh, seventeen, and then in nineteen, how many wins did they have in seventeen, eighteen, seven, seventeen. Okay, I looked at the game's remaining column and I was like, Whoa then zero. No, no, no, that's a weird seventeen wins in that seventeen eighteen season. Seventeen wins in that eighteen, nineteen season, five in that nineteen twenty season, Um, twenty and one season. But I remember we played a fewer games when they played thirty six games, right. So if they had ten more games where they have won five of them to match the year before, probably ten they breaked on the stretch, and then twenty three this past year and and and just I know I talked about it with Tim. But to mention again, you know what they did down the stretch. Anthony just mentioned this for thee the month of February. They were tremendous. They were absolutely tremendous, remember, and it was all led by Liam Kill Gallen down the stretch. I mean they won every game from February five and then you kind of have to just take those two last games against the rangers out because everyone's seeds were done by that point. Also also hang on because Liam Kill Gallen was great in that stretch. I don't know if we mentioned him or not. Eddie's, Ye, he was a real shot in the arm for the wolves offense. He was really good down the stretch because he's getting he's coming back, blacks is coming back, Eddie's is coming back and I mentioned captain. I don't know if they name a captain yet, but I also mentioned it when in talking to Tim. Trevor Jewell was coming back to right and it was really interesting howeverything played out at the finals that on that Friday when it was wolves versus express and railers versus eight seven, the four teams knew that that they were all playing the next day. They just didn't know who they were playing right and Trevor Jewell got the chance to play in a game and then just pitched the shut up on the biggest stage of the year. Right, like remember that that was like. Those were like two, like very different games. I remember the wolves expressed and then the eighties sevens railers and then obviously we had the semifinals the next day and and and for Tim to end the semifinals with the loss, I'm sure was disappointing. But knowing the wolves, knowing Tim Knowing Andrew, that was just the next step up and and from from from here. It's just another step forward...

...and honestly, at some point and in their future, we're gonna be handing them a trophy like there's. There's there's no doubt about it. So just set in two, though, quickly. Kneel about each week we've talked about this. Every team that we're doing in the H L has gotten better each year. The progressions, like you just said, and I said this to Tam and I'll say it to you guys here too. Um, it feels like every year we talked about the teams that you don't want to face in the playoffs, the wizards and the wolves, because the two teams that just get that much better as the year progressive. So to recap the top ten, Um, we started off with the Marston Kevic brothers, Dominic's and Patrick's, Dj Swanky Declan House or cards Jelenski's as your first five, Julius Cavandol Kevin Bite, Donnie Feldman, Blake Harlow and Adam Barnes. Um. It's a tremendous top ten. I didn't even get a chance to talk about all this stuff that they do for the community. Um. The JBT night that I'm participate in the shoot in every year is a fantastic event. I have back to back runner up awards to my credit, I guess, so I have to win that this year. I cannot be runner up again. I gotta be I gotta be right. But they have done such a great job since the two of them have taken over Um as the CO owners, right and Co coaches. I Know Andrews now more more of the full time GM and coaching at the youth level. Um. But the wolves just keep getting better and better with each and every year. So there's your top ten. Cross off another team on the list and uh, we'll keep this thing rolling next week, guys. Let's see you then. Boys, 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. indepretility.

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