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EHL 10th Anniversary Team of the Week (Seahawks) | Episode 130

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On this week's episode of the #EShow, we highlight an organization that truly looks at their program as one big family, the Seahawks Hockey Club. Bill Zaniboni joins the podcast (1:10) to look back on the 2021-22 season, the 5th year for the team in the EHL, and the first year for the program's EHLP team. Further along, the #ECrew welcomes a special guest onto the podcast (17:19), as Jim McCabe the Play-By-Play Broadcaster for the Seahawks, helps select the Top 10 players in franchise history.

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 Pollia 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 they experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more at pollier box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven and this is episode number one thirty of the show. On this week's episode we highlight an organization that truly looks at their program as one big family, the seahawks hockey club. Bill Zena Boni joins the podcast to look back on the two season, the fifth year for the team in the E H L and the first year for the program's E H L P team further along the e Cou welcomes a special guest onto the podcast, as Jim McCabe, the play I played broadcaster for the Seahawks, helps select the top ten players in franchise history. I'm joined now by Bill Zanaboni, the head coach and GM of the Seahawks Hockey Club. How's IT going, Bill? Good Neil, thanks for having me today. Thanks for coming back on and let's jump right into it with the same question I've asked everyone so far in this offseason. When you look back on the season this past year, one of the first thoughts that come to mind for you, Um, well, it was a huge year for us because we uh, introduced the D H L premier team. Um. So you know, there was a lot of new challenges for us. Um, you know, and I think that for for any coach, is exciting, you know, to kind of learn new stuff and kind of see the process developed. But Um, you know, I think that was probably the biggest thing for us was the premier team and and I think you know, if you look at it, those premier guys, I think total almost like forty to fifty games in the E H l. So you know, like we stressed that development model, Um, and that was huge for us. I don't know if you remember this, but the first time I asked you was going to coach the PTM last summer, he told me it would be rocket and I was like, I don't know who rocket is, but how great was it for you to bring micro start in and have him coached alongside you? Yeah, it's you know, it's you know, I mean we do this because we love it, right, but now to have someone else that you can get up early in the morning with and have some fun, Um, you know, bring back a lot of memories from playing together and stuff and Um, you know, share the same philosophies about just putting guys in good spots to be successful and Um, you know, it's it's nice to see him happy back in hockey as well. Does it feel like this past year was your fifth year already in the League? Yes and no. I mean, you know, sometimes it's just, Um, you know, you Kinda it's another season, another another group of kids and other challenges, you know, learning curves. But Um yeah, I mean at times you still kind of feel like the new the new group. Um, but I don't think that's an issue. I think that's good and I think I think one of the things is like the respect level amongst the e h l. like you know, you try to make people feel welcome right away and you know, we had that year. One Um, you know, went from Mark Humbell to you, to the coaches in the league and stuff like that. So, Um, you know, it's just been really enjoyable. And you've mentioned how this past year was your first year and the e h LP to four years prior J e h l. was this always the plan of action to kind of go in this order? I don't Neil, I never have plans. It's uh no, I mean it was...

...a you know, an opportunity presented itself, Um, you know, after finishing, you know, year four and Um, kind of seeing other teams and how they've worked their premier team into it and, you know, going, you know, with that development model and I think it's something that it's to me and to Mike and, you know, Mr Klein, coach Sherman, like it's it's an exciting um adventure to bring in another group of younger kids, Um, you know, with some veterans mixed in there, to help develop guys and to see where they can go. Yeah, and you brought this up earlier and I have to joke because Mike asked me the same question. You had all those guys that played all those e h l games throughout the year. Mike did ask me where the award was for the team that had the most e h l games from from their E H L p. But the question really is now, looking forward to this upcoming season with some of those guys that are moving up, how valuable will that schemes, those experiences be for them this season? Yeah, I think I think it's huge. You know, I think they realized that. You know, if you look in the H L Um, you know the number one team can lose the number five team, you know, on any given night. I think that's one of the benefits. I think that's why a lot of colleges recruit out of the League. Is, you know, the this the depth, um. So I think it's huge for guys to get that taste and realize like, oh, man, like doesn't matter, you know who you're playing on any given night. Like this is why practices are this is why, you know, coaches demanding this of us. So, Um, it translates and it was nice to see. You know, we we had some of those guys that were pretty successful for us last year when they got called up Um, and we're excited to see what they do when they come in here and camp. And it's crazy to think, like I had to pinch myself kind of throughout the year, this past year and remind myself to that point that it was your first year of having an h l p team, because when I was around your organization it didn't feel like that. Why is it with the seahawks that you really are one family, regardless of you're playing E H L P one day or e h l the next? I think it's, you know, it's it's definitely something that we stress in recruiting. Um, it's something that, you know, we talked about, like you can't be better than the next guy, like it doesn't matter what you do. Um, it's about the success of the group, you know, and I think it's the culture that, you know, we've tried to build here over the past five years. And, Um, you know, and I think you pray no better than anyone. And it kind of just goes with me, like I'm always if it's best for the League or for whatever, like I'm I'm fine with them and that that message has to be translated to our players. Um, they have to trust us. You know, we have to have a good relationship with our guys. Um, and it worked out great last year. You know, got exactly. Guys would play in the H L game on a Friday and they might have to play a premier game on a Monday. Um, and we didn't have scratches really. Um, like if you looked at our group, like we didn't have guys sitting in the stands. And and again, like part of my message is, Hey, you're going to develop by playing games. You'RE gonna get game experience. Um, so you're gonna be able to place yourself where you belong. Yeah, and like I just noticed it. You mentioned guys not sitting in the stands. It always felt like your other team was in the stands. Right. There was always support each other. There was a showcase game. I don't even know which showcase it was, but I was like walking somewhere around the building. I don't even know who scored the goal. Okay, like that eruption for that goal, like, like I had to put a smile on your face right. Well, yeah, I mean you want right, like as a player, you're always happy for the guys in your room when they had success, and you know, as a coach, to see that translate, especially into the time that we're in. I feel like you...

...know, like a lot of it is me, me, me, nowadays. So to see a group of kids come together and and be excited for players success around them is huge and that to me, like, if you go back and look at our schedule, I think we had like thirty games, or thirty three games within a goal this year. Yeah, Um, like we they competed for each other. Yeah, Um, you know, and that's that's something that's really hard to teach anymore. And one of those games that was within a goal was that playoff game against valley where I was there in April. I know there was a goal called back as well. We're not gonna have two of them. We're not gonna talk too much about that part, but those games, so you know, those those those single elimination playoff games where players get the chance to be in overtime. Put me be in double overtime and playing those pressure situations. How important are those even, you know, win or loose, for every player that comes to our leak? Yeah, it's really important, I think. Moving on right, because I mean we're predominantly division three, division two placement area, right, so that's how college hockey is. I mean, you know, for guys to have that experience to play with little pins and needles or, you know, a little anxiety and their gut. I think it's a good thing. Um, again, it's not something you can sit in a classroom or watch on video. It's something you have to go through, Um, you know, to see how guys react and stuff like that, and I think it's it's great. I mean that was an exciting hockey game. You know, obviously we we did find a way to win an overtime, but it was an exciting game, back and forth. It was, you know, guys after the whistle. You know, it was chippy, like guys are playing with some passion and and that's huge. Yeah, and now, coming up this fall, one thing that I wanted to make sure I asked you about, because it happens every year when your guys arrive, there's the one day with the least twitter notifications. Just go absolutely off with the seahawks scavenger hunts, like, like where did this idea come about? How did it come about, and what does it entail and why do you do it? Yeah, so, Um, I started this in Wisconsin, um right. You know, I became a coach of a franchise. I was only a year old. So people didn't really know about us. So it was trying to get like awareness of the program and what we do and and you know how it's a stepping stone for kids from all over the world. So again we come here starting a program from, you know, from nothing. Um. It's a great way to get kids that are not from the area to explore the area, to see what things are about, right, different cultures and stuff like that. It's a great way for us to get out in the community, uh, and shake policeman's hands and fireman's hands and to do good deeds for people. Like one of the things is bagging groceries and bringing them out the cars for people, are pumping asks, you know, just just shaking people's hands and understanding that like what we're doing. We're very privileged to be doing Um, and given back for a day is, you know, I try to make it fun for the guys, but it's it shouldn't be that difficult, Um, and our guys have really embraced it and I love it and it's been uh, it's been a lot of fun. Blowing up social media. You do that at every training camp and you also now recently go up to New Hampshire, Waterville valley, every training camp, what is the goal for those weeks leaving up to your first game? What are you trying to get? Where are you trying to get your team too? Is it more about chemistry at that point? Yeah, it's really just about, you know, getting to know people. You know, I think the one thing that I've have felt in probably like the last seven years is um networking and relationships have really kind of disintegrated when it when it comes to sports. So for me, like you know, one of my best friends is coaching...

...with me, sitting in our office. You know, I knew him through hockey and now you know are we live three miles apart, our kids play together. You know. I mean the network and the bond is is so important and like you can go anywhere and have a hockey scene, you can go to any team and have a hockey season, but to make memories and, you know, to make lifelong friends are it's really valuable and it's to me it's it's like you can't put a price on it and I think Um especially nowadays with social media and phones and then covid hit and isolated people, to get people out out of their comfort zone, which to me is like our rink, or rink is you know, everyone has that in common. But to get them out doing different things. I think it's very important and it's all gonna build up for you, both teams first Games at the first showcase of the season. Yeah, was that the plan or not? A plan guy? You said, no, I'm not a planing guy, but I wanted to play as late as possible. Um, I wanted our guys to to be able to enjoy the summer. Um. You know, it gives us as an organization, Um, time to get everyone moved in and, you know, a decent manner. Um. But yeah, no, I mean we we kind of throw them right in the fire right. I mean showcase first game. And we don't get me wrong, we have exhibition stuff set up with teams, but but I I mean the juices will be flowing first game and at that showcase. I think it's a great opportunity to really see what you can do. At what point do you think you or or your players will start to feel anxious about that first game coming up? Um, I think I think the day of the you know those guys, or maybe the night before, we'll start to have a little little anxiety, but for me at all the time, I'm gonna be the thing guy, no matter what. I did all this as a player. You know, I was and I was I was fortunate enough to do it as a player at some high levels, and so now it's, you know, it's enjoying and trying to see what they do so we can help coach them and if they're not maybe performing that day, then it's, you know, it's sit down and help try to mold them so they can perform in a situation. So, before I bring jeff and Anthony and actually Jim's gonna come on, Jim the cab a broadcaster, has a special guest before I bring them on, to break down your top ten, which will be fun for all of us. Um, I gotta put you on the spot and I'm sure, I'm sure the players are gonna love this, because you have to pick one, but there are so many options to pick. who was the one foundational piece that we probably would have any ways? But you tell us where our top ten has to start. Who when, whenever you think about over the past five years, who's the first guy that comes to mind? WHO's Mr Seahawk to you. Oh Man, uh M, I think there's there's four total guys that I could say that about. But the one guy, and it's because he was here year one, okay, and I think has a really good opportunity to to play pro hockey still and is doing a nice job and at the collegiate level of Norwich, is John Bannonmit's he was here year one when, you know, we we struggled Um, and you know his second year, I think really you know, being being a captain here, very quiet captain for a ginormous human Um, but you know, lad by example. He was very quiet but just competed and you know he was a e h l all star Um. He's a great kid. He's going to be a nurse right now at Norwich and he's playing hockey. So that's a...

...tough one because again, I could rattle off another four guy and some guys started with that team as well, you know, like with another guy that played on that team that was here three years. You know what I mean, and I know that those guys will be on that team. Yes, yes, for sure. I mean for Banovi, it's quick story and never forget pulling up next to you at the parking lot breakaway. We're meeting for that all star team and I thought you had brought like an assistant coach or something with you for a second because he's sitting there in the passenger seat next to you and he is a grown man. I'm like, who is that guy? But quiet and humble as you can be, you know Um, and that's what you want. You want guys to be like that and then be machines on the ice. Probably the toughest player in the history of our league. Yeah, I appreciate you. Are you coming back on? I only have just over a month and a half, maybe a little bit more for you before your first game, but an awesome training camp coming up for for both your e h l and your e H L P team. So good luck with the start of this season. We'll see you at the showcase and enjoy the rest of the off season as well. Thanks to you too. Thanks again to Bill Zanna Boni for coming on the podcast this week, and with that, let's bring in the e crew. Now, Jeff Anthony, it's the summer button. We have a special guest. Yes, we do. Finally, we told all you show fans that he was gonna be here. Jim McCabe, the famous, the infamous Jim McCabe, your seahawks hockey clubs wants play. Gig play by play guy. Wow, P X, Jeff. Oh, bye, play. I also just to play. I played, you know, here and there, but can't today. Here's Jim. Jim Take it over, guys. I'm I'm really super honored to be on this podcast. You guys do a phenomenal job on this weekend, week out, and I've gotten so much great information just from listening to you guys and uh, you know, the interviews and you guys talking about somefing. You guys, you know, put out some some stats and just information that I'm just like wow, that's great and just gets added to my notes and at some point, if it's, you know, relevant, it gets probably regurgitated by me on the air. So thanks, funny, tried. We have fun. tried. I know I got to call a game for you once, Jim. I Know Jeff has. Does that mean that you've called all but two seahawks games in the history? I guess that's right. We get even kind on one hand, how many times you've missed the SEAHAWKS and we had. We had one game last year the Microsoft Windows up. They just killed the hockey TV. I remember that well, that wanting to shootout. I think. Yeah, it updated ripe for the shootout started. And Jim, I also have to deal with that same encoder at Jersey shore arena. Now, knock on wood, I've never had it restart during the game. Usually when I turn it off it gives me the option of turning off and then up or updating and then turning off. Boy, yeah, that's just tough looking. That's nothing you can really do about that. Yeah, you gotta, you gotta have an eat a lot. You have and the etl I on that computer when I'd say about nine percent, almost all seahawks home games, and then that's including the showcase games also. I've done a lot of the showcase games. I try to get I've tried to get scheduled for them as as best as possible and me and Jim usually do that with well, now it's Jeremy Cook. It was once Chris Thompson, lots of folks over hockey TV that help us coordinating. I would say, Jim, you take the seahawks side man, you got it. You take it so well. There was that one incidents at Walpolet, I think, Jim, where I was calling this eahawks game and you were calling the eighties sevens...

...game, where it was basically I was. I thought that was funny. I can't believe. You know, it's been uh, this will be my six year with the team. It's been the seahawks. This will be the seahawks six year. It's been that's Um, it's been a it's been a great ride and uh, you know Uh President Bill Lett and uh the head coach, Bill's hand a boy have you know, just been phenomenal to work with UH at all times. Um, it's a great organization and I'm just so thrilled to be and going to Cape Cod. You know, I'm lucky enough to now live in Rhode Island, Um, and I never every time I go over the bridge, guys, the Cape Cod Canal bridges, I'm just like wow, this is great. I just was in Cape Cod for the first time in the summertime setting. You know, you see how crazy the Cape is on the summer and you know it's locked quieter during the winter, but it's that doesn't lose the mystique doing it and Um, I'm sure the you know, the kids, the players really, you know, wish it was a little bit more summertime, but I think overall, you know, anybody that gets to be involved, you know, in in such a thing, in such a setting is uh, you know, maybe lucky enough. That is funny. You go over there in the dead of winter when nobody goes. Yeah, I've been I've been lucky, you know, and we've had some some big blizzards, but nothing that's uh, you know, preventing me from, you know, being able to I'll tell you a story. It's it's not directly involved with the SEAHAWKS, but it does involve, UH, driving from a game in southeast Massachusetts, uh, during during snow. I was I'm a very stubborn person. A couple of years ago I was with I was doing a team, I was doing a game in bridgewater and uh, I I didn't have enough. I've realized I didn't have my I didn't have my watle with me and I needed gas money. But I wouldn't I wouldn't ask anybody. I was like I was so embarrassed. It's like I'll make it home and of course I was on root four and five the whole way up. was just traffic, you know, nobody. We're all stuck behind the plow and I'm looking, you know, and that's the words. You got the e on the gas take and it's like over the e. At this point I'm like, I'm gonna get stuck, I'm gonna Create, I'm gonna create this whole thing. Triple A is gonna have to come, I'm gonna be on the news. It's gonna be terrible. Somehow, I don't I sawhow me to home through the grace of God, I don't know. I mean that was like forty miles or so of like being on Ian Wondering when it was gonna Happen, and I never did. So. Yeah, you know hockey and doing you know, doing the Games. You know that presents challenges sometimes, I guess, the things, the things we do to call games. But perseverance. Have you got plenty of it, buddy. Yeah, let's jump into the top ten now, which at the end of it, my interview with bill, he gave us the first name. Who, uh, whether he said this name or not. We were gonna say this name. Um, when I asked him to start off the list, you can tell that he was definitely torn about who just started off with when I said, you know who is Mr C in his mind? Um, but John Van Evans. We would have had him whether bill put him down or not. Um, we don't swear on this podcast. But John Bannets was the toughest mother blank ever in this league, like like they're like there is nobody above him, like no one. And in nine years he played everything physical and every time he hits you what, it was as hard as he possibly could. And like there were some hits that like remember when, like when charlot would get called for stuff, Jeff because he was just bigger than everybody else. Like like I feel like banovits got called for stuff because he was just bigger than everybody else. Like yeah, he was six three one seventy four. So, as we always say, with skates, that adds what two inches, six five. He seemed way bigger than that. But just look at his picture on EP and he goes to Norwich. That's the most fitting school for him to go to. It a power house, D three hockey school, a tough school with military that's what he's gonna go into after he graduates too. So he's going to the military. That's perfect. For Ban of it's just get his picture. Just look...

...at his face. That's a guy you don't want to be, uh, going into too many corners with. I know I said it when I had bill on two Um, there was the moment when we pulled into the park, a lot of breakaway with the all star team, and I couldn't, I didn't recognize the man that was sitting next to bill in the truck or the van that we were taking. And then there was also the moment where we actually the first awards Baker we ever had, the first and only awards baker, because now we do it all on Youtube. Um, we went to having a beverage afterwards. Right, Jeff always bants was out of the League at this point. I mean well, I think he had like whiskey on the rocks, going like like like, and I'm like man, this guy is older than me. It made it made me feel young like next to this guy. But he was he was awesome. I mean like you boys want to go to the Cigar Lounge. He's one of our many great Alaskans that have been on the team, and it sounds like a true Alaskan. Right there he actually was with bill. So we bill referenced when he was in Wisconsin when they're in our interview. Um, that's when he coached the Della's ducks in the US P H L and then came over to the seahawks. Um, so two seasons with the seahawks. I mentioned more of a physical Defenseman, but he still put up forty six points in two years. So Um, definitely can start the list with him. Um, nine more to go, Jim. Do you want to give us the next one that you want on the list? Okay, you can pick anybody. You can pick anybody. Well, so, moving on from banebits then, because you pretty much said everything I was gonna say about him. You know, big dude just Scott penalties sometimes for just hitting people, and I mean just unbelievable if you're some guy. And Yeah, he could score goals. He had at least one game winner over time in a showcase game I remember. And Uh yeah, he was and you mentioned Uh Neil with, you know, the the Dell's ducks. You know the dells sucks, and obviously I had coach Santabonny was with them and he he you know, he brought the group of them Um, and in the first year. UH, they made up the three of the four top scorers, not including banebits. So that that that the bringover of those guys to get the team started, you know, as a Seahawks bansion team, that was huge. I've talked about on the air a lot. Um. Obviously it's been expanded, but it was. It was great that coach c was able to bring those guys and benefits included. So well. Okay, so we're moving on here. Yeah, we need not more guys. Do you tell us who's on the list next? It's your pick. I would go with hat trick Patrick O'Neill. Um, I lost. I lost count how many hat tricks he did have. I I had three. I gotta catch up on but you know he had uh, forty five goals in two seasons. He was just a peer goal scorer man and one of these guys. You know, I I said about you talked about origins. Um. You know, seahawks have done really well with bringing guys from the Pittsburgh area, Um Patrick included. That's been a great recruiting area. Um, you know, we have the three D brothers. Unbelievable that we had them all. We've had them all played the you know, the youngest producers played for the seahawks premier team. You know they're they're all from the Pittsburgh area. But Patrick O'Neill, uh yeah, he was. I mean you know, he was just he was a reliable scorer, he was a he had a great shot and as another Norwich player, Jeffo, he's he's. I definitely would that would be my the one, the name I'd give you here right now. I like that. Yeah, Two Times Twenty Goals score twenty, two goals in, three goals in nineteen twenty. And there's another team, Neil too. We always talk about on the show the nineteen twenty season. That seahawks team was pretty loaded. That was their best season yet. Sixty two points, wins, uh, Neil leading the way there. You wonder what they could have done if we could have finished that season. But yeah, that gives us two seahawks players so far, two players that advanced onto Norwich. Um. The next name that...

I'm gonna say with a short story, Um is John Murphy, because back what I called Wizards Games was the gate was the venue where Murphy broke his collar bone and he was like if if Banovitz was the toughest mother blank of all time. Murphy was two like, like he would block a shot with his face, like he truly would, and to hear the yell of pain, like I'll never forget it, like I had to like turn while I was on the broadcast because I went through the headphones and, Um, he but when he was with the Seahawks, like he was the pulse of the team, in my opinion, like every every bit of energy that the team had every night was because of John Murphy. Three years with the seahawks at Sunny cortland now, Um, and put up points to each and every season. Probably would have had his best season in terms of points if you got to actually finish that nineteen twenties season but, as I mentioned, got cut short due to an injury. Um, I thought this is where bills, everybody would have gone from Mr Seahawk, because he kind of was Mr Seahawk for three years. I know you did, so continue. I'm sorry. Oh No, no, that's good. I think I remember you calling him that on the air one time. Yeah, I mean you know bucking the quarter games about Um, you know, a hundred plus and uh, yeah, I did call him that because you know I mean he just commanded so much respect amongst his teammates and you know when he was there after his injuries and he was there watching the Games, and you know he was I mean he was there. He was as involved as he could be a post injury and Um, you know like what you're saying. You know, I mean I would have I would have loved to have seen what, what he could have done if he hadn't been fallen down by that, by what, you know, his his injury. Such a Asian he was just the leadership skills he possessed, um or what you look for in a hockey player. He was gonna be my guests, either Murphy or McDonald's. Remember Old Jack McDonald's, and look at look at the game totals. Right, like Murphy probably, if he doesn't get injured, has more then Jack Mac I think that's what bill called him. Jack Back. He wasn't both three year guys. You know, they've only been around for five years, going on six. So yeah, it's huge. They were. They were total athletics, seahawks. That one season that they donned that name, one season they've gone through. Uh, the you know, I got a little bit of invi Info that, Um, you know, we we obviously the team as the new Logan now, but you know the one we had, you know, a former UH NFL coach, uh, you know, involved the right yeah, and I think that that is how we we were able to get the the you know, Seattle seahawks fact Simile, which I really loved. I remember that I saw some podcasts, not you guys, some very much inferior podcast and that was debating logos and they they poop all they pooped all over that one. I was like, what are you guys talking about? What you guys, the people that spend their time on the Internet with their pointless things that they say. You know, once again, want to very much specify. I'm not talking about you guys, not this one. Well, I mean, I love that very low tolerance for for for idiots. That's all I will say, though, in the few games that I have called involving the seahawks in showcases, I think I've had to stop myself a couple of times from saying Seattle, because it is a similar logo and yeah, you're you're so used to know. Oh, you know, that's the Seattle seahawks. But then you're like wait, no, where in the northeast they're the...

...you know, seahawks hockey club. So you just have to to watch that. One of the railers broadcasters on numerous occasions last season and he would text me afterwards. What constantly talked about how Seattle enter the zone. And it's like if a team in Seattlog if Seattle wants to come east and with the junior team and play every game in the northeast and then great, but we are definitely the eastern Hockey League and Seattle is definitely not east. Not The travel budget, I would say. We complain about the Scheduler. Hey, I gotta go out and play Seattle this week. But the new logo, the new version of the bird, I like. That doesn't mean you can't confuse it right. No, I believe I was told that UH coach Santi Boni, his wife was the creator of that logo. If I'm wrong, I'm gonna hear about it. But I thought that's what he was what I was told. But we haven't. I haven't been told you. I asked him. I asked him he knew what the lighthouse was and he's like, Oh, yeah, he told me, which lighthouse. It was one of the Cape Cod lighthouses, which, of course, are many of. I I don't know which lighthouse is. Hey, Jim, I doan lighthouses. I do have a quick question about the logo. And because this is a podcast, people can't see it's the lighthouse. It's a new look of the Seahawk and on the right side there are three green stars. Is there a significance behind? I don't I don't know about that, Anthony, I'm not sure. I'm not sure I should have asked the question with you know, you never know because, I mean, you know some logos they're they're very intricate in details and every detail means something. Um, possibly I may have asked about that, but if if he told me, I don't remember. I'll be I'll get on that. I'll be one of the first questions I asked him when I go back to Tony Canderina and UH in about a month. So they brought the new logo in this season. Um, with I like this one, this Jersey. So at the silhouette. I like this one a lot this year, especially like the white stripe with the gray bar down the middle. I thought it just really stood out. Probably actually know what, as I pull up this picture to show you guys, this player probably should be on our list too. Use He's another Mrs Seahawk Him. He is on my list. So yeah, we're we're all, we're we're all, we're all on the same brain drain today. So Austin pick is another player who wasn't captain for Bill Zanna Bony, you mentioned earlier. Jim Benefits from Alaska. Austin pick, I don't know this as a stat maybe I should, could be the only player we've ever had from Oregon in the league. I mean I don't think we've had many players from Oregon work their way to the eastern hockey league. Yeah, that that origin has stood out to me, I would say. I would say you're probably right about that. But maybe maybe we could see an influx now two, yes, two seasons of seahawks heading off to Stone Hill this fall. which keep an eye out for Stone Hill. And do you want d two team with playing maybe a Hybrid d one schedule this year? So Um, look for players like pick, Matt pimental and a bunch of others that are supposed to go to Stone Hill this fall. So this is a perfect time to bring up. I saw zanders. Uh. We Love Bill Zanna bowing, one of our favorite coaches. We're gonna give Xander the xander claps real quick. It was just zero transformation season on. His story is to Fart of the Minnesota North Stars. Cut Offs went his butt off. Guy Looks Good. Looks he's getting into uh, mid season four. It might be going back between the pipes. I don't know. We got the seahawks logos transform and we get xander's transforming. Let's see what coach with Shard looks like. I think coach rackliff's left us for Hawaii. Now he's back. I Golf Golf them...

...last week, yes, inside scoop by Golfing. Yes, I went golfing with the two bills and Alex. Um, I actually saw also saw Alex when I was in Hawaii. That's a wagon of a coaching staff, coach for Shar coach Radcliffe, coach Santa Boni. Yes, so it was. It was definitely a fun golf round, Um, with many laughs. Laid Bill Z had a slice going for a few holes. So you know those. You know those like golf videos where the person like intentionally lines up like very off center to accommodate for the slice. He did that once and hit it like I creamed it down the middle and I was like it shouldn't work like that, like the game should not work like that. But okay, like that's that's that's fun. So, but that gives us five so far. Um. And according to Bill, we really haven't even mentioned the player yet who he feels may have the best chance of going pro. Um, and that was C J Klein. So C J Klein actually another player who, if he doesn't get hurt. Um, you wonder what the seahawks could possibly do in that point and in those playoffs that we never really finished, as Jeff mestioned before. Um. But C J Klein was as steady as they came. I mean you play him next to Bandavis, there's really not much of a size difference. Six five to fourteen, and he's now playing at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. So, but man, Bill, Bill and I went in talking. He always references how UH Klein, of all the players that have come through, maybe the player that has the best chance to go somewhere with with a pro career. So Um Jim. As you'll notice, when we do our top ten's quickly we have six guys already, like like, and it's crazy how fast that fills up. We do have the first four, uh in the all in the top scorers list here. So I mean, you know, if if uh, let's just first day, if if C J Kline does make it pro, then perhaps that will be the world's introduction to my broadcasting. I know, I've, I know I I belt it out one of my lines with him with a slop shop. He sizzled a slapper at the at the E H L showcase in Walpole and I was just blown away by and and that was that was him. He was an offensive defenseman and you know, uh had when I go whenever I talked the head coach Santa Boni, you know, about a game, I'll say, do you guys, did you see that? And you know his his eyes aren't always focused on the same thing. Minus. So uh, you know, like I remember talking about client once. He, you know, the kind of said the typical thing that you might expect to say. Well, I have, but you know, he's, you know, Blah Blah defenseman. He should be a defenseman basically the summer. You know, summarize it up. Uh, you know, just wanting his defenseman to to to play D and that's not u say that's a Klein omitted that Um um. But you know, his his offensive abilities. UH, he commanded the point, you know, excellently. And do you remember what line you said when he scored on that Slat shot? Remember everything. Uh, the line was he sent that burnt piece of scribe right back to the kitchen. That's, that's, that's if you're not oh no, we lost his audience. We Lost Jim's audio for a second. It was so good. I mean when he has those lines, though, he uh, give Jim Credit. He's he's got them ready to go. Jimmy, Jimmy, Back Down, M gonna go. Okay, okay, where'd you leave? Jim? Is Right in the podcast with the background. Remember, I always have Nash...

Backing Barking in the background. We heard you say what, why do you use? But then when you started to explain the line, uh, we lost you. But we talked for a second about how, Um, when it comes to your gold calls, you know what you're gonna say before the pluck even goes in. Yeah, that's true. I mean I've got a list Um uh now and we moved into a house and I have a Home Office now, which includes a printer, just in January. So this year, guys, uh, we're gonna be stepping it up because I'm actually to be able to print stuff out. Crazy, I know. Uh. So I may be able to refine things a little bit better, but you know what it used, what it's been traditionally is, you know, something happens. I'm just like Jim. I just want to I just want to bring up one of my favorites, but I don't think it was a seahawks scheme. It was for the Boston Junior Rangers. Zukowski scored in overtime and you said, who's got the invite to Jane's Chicken Party, and I heard actually, wait, no, there there's one more, and I think it was at the I don't know if it was the wors your showcase or one of the latest showcases where I think it was someone in the valley junior warriors who scored. Yes, well, and the both of those are just basically party. Uh, you know, Fiesta's party. So uh, yeah, yeah, you know, I'm I'm I've been I've had a kick of watching, uh Mexican league soccer over the last few years. So I just I said I want to start saying Spanish stuff. So that's that's where that came from. You know, to go back the hold on, let's let's say, the James Chicken party you wanted. I don't know if I don't know if you need explanations on these things, on all of them, but that one in particular last summer I was my I have, you know, extended family in Wolkesbury, Pennsylvania, and I was here and we have we had our our good friends Um that my my wife and are friends with. They had a a newborn named Jane and she she's just a trip and you know, we just I mean it's just the typical thing that you would see for a kid when you go out to a restaurant. You know, you look over there, you know we've got all adult looking plates of food and you'll over there and she just shredded everything to pieces, you know, kicking everywhere and uh, I wrote it down. Actually I tack. I usually do as I text them to myself and then I write them down later. It's, you know, it's a process. That's where it was legit Jane's Chicken Party. Okay, okay, well, but I mean too you know, and say tell you about one. I mean really, in the era of just randomness. Uh, the one that really liked, I couldn't believe my good luck was an e h l showcase game years ago. It was the Oh God, now who was a team, Maryland, and I can't remember their opponents, but it was to McDonald's involved in the fight and I said Lusco McDonald's in order of filet of fists. Oh My god, realized from it. I could not believe my luck on that. Dad Jokes for one commiser. I love that one. I I gotta go back, okay, Um, but while we're while we're here, back to the top ten and I mentioned so far. Um, what's funny is we've put we've put six guys so far, and I often talk about, especially with you guys, jeff and Anthony, on this podcast, how we have so many coaches that are former goalies. Right, he's going to ask you when are we gonna go to goalies? So they're just like asking the same thing. He's how many minutes in. He's like come on guys, Haley Durand's we used to call Peyton Dran. Mr Cape Cod, I think when I look at look at some of the goals at the top here, G J Paxson, Brandon Collette, Tristan Hadley, Peyton Duran, Philip slider, Nate Hopkins coming back like there's been all a lot of good goalies here. Um, I know in...

...bill's mind the number one he's ever had was Peyton Duran. I think so he's definitely here. I guess the question next is Durand gives us seven. Do we have room for it for a second goalie? I think you gotta add DJ Packson. Guys, I would said Duran, as I mean it's one too for me, you know I mean, and not much of a difference. But Um, lights out. Talk about calls that have madejor McCabe say some things. E J Paxson was the quote. Was He bamboozled? He bamboozled. UH, dominics, Marston CADs uh. We're just talking about it. At Tony Kent Arena on his side and just extending limbs up and somehow getting a shot that he should have been completely and totally dead to rights on uh and and we barely saw it because it was at the other end of Tony Cantarina, you know, we're at the balcony on the opponent's shoot and shoot twice end, and we had to wait until the end of the intermission. Like when the intermission happened, I like I sprinted down to the coach's office. I was like, did he make that? That save? It's like yes, and we're all just like in disbelief. So that that's the best save I've seen a shaks goalie make. Peyton Durand though, Um, I mean he's uh, he the one. His best saved sequence, I think, for his best safe, I would say, was be the also a T K A, and this was on our end, so I saw a little better. Uh. It was a wasn't against the Rangers. Maybe he made it was a one, two three saving and that also produced a call. Believe it was Ravioli, Ravioli, the performance of this goalie, accident, Duran Man. They were, or they were they were great goalies for Seahawks. I mean Paxson had a one eight four goals against the eighteen nineteen. That's something. Another bills, another Dell's duck another former. I'm sorry, what I might have to borrow that call. Ravioli, Ravioli, the performance of this goalie. I think I took. I took that from somebody, I want to say. I took I may have kind of borrowed that from somebody else. I want to say maybe a former, uh, the name isn't with me right now, but perhaps the former h announcer. I may have modified a little, but obviously that's the what is that? The Spongebob Yep, yeah, so you know that one was semi original. But you know, you know actually for the same that's the save calls. I don't year to year I never have as many calls ready to go for saves as I do for goals. This is always shorter. So I don't know, I gotta got to expand, but I guess get into that office, but get the printer, we get the office. You got it. I've put Duran on the list so far and Jim what we do for other teams when we have players we don't quite know yet if they're the top ten. I kind of put a few spaces in between and put them there for now, just while we can figure out what skaters we want still other goals we want to talk about, Um, because we kind of do at sometimes use their college careers as a tiebreaker. Maybe for PAT for Patton. We could also use that. There uh, goalie masks as a tiebreaker, but I was thinking of that too. I looked at the breaker. Is that? I mean just to mention some other goalies. Um Bill Collette's nephew, Brandon Collette, um what, was a huge part of the of the seahawks for two seasons now at Castleton. What a yeah, one of these wins Atton was like a mega performance against Norwich, which we have touched on...

...a few times with padle Neil and John bannovits Um. We talked about Tristan Hadley, who spent two seasons with the Seahawks as well. Um Bill and I have talked about the past year or so about how Philips slider Um has been terrific that at at Sunny Canton. So just a few other goal ways to mention so far. I got one to mention because last year Kevin Wright was one of the youngest players to play in the E H L as an oh five ye now I know he only played uh, I don't know. Was it just that one game in the showcase, or maybe he played a couple of handfuls. Is He? Is he coming back? Do you think this is a goaltender that can really kind of started a legacy at the Cape Cod for the SEAHAWKS hockey club? He's gone ten years of junior hockey oligibility. was definitely he's gonna be here for the next decade. Yeah, he uh, yeah, he's and he's a Cape corter. So I mean, Um, you know, that's our kid too. He is coming back, Anthony. He's one of a number of players that's actually moving up. But bill and I talked about, Um, how many e H L P players? I mean last season again was just their first season of having an e h l p team, but they still had, he bill believes forty five to fifty games e H L Games played. Combine all those e h LP players. So, Um, we should see Kevin Wright move up, we should see Jackson Ryan move up. So yeah, that's a great call, Anthony, to to to mention Kevin Right. I don't know if he makes his way onto this list because no, that that's just more of like I don't know, every time we we have a team and we talk about them. Sometimes I like to bring up a player to to watch out for that down the road, could make their way onto a list like this. Yes, but how about Liam's chassis is? Are you coming back? There's another goal, oh with the gold jacket. Is he coming back? That's a good question. I need to look into that. He was the h premier goal. One thing I want to talk about with the miss that. One thing I want to talk about with the E H L P team is that I called, I think I called all four games between seven and the seahawks and the showcases, or maybe all but one. Wasn't just four, Anthony, it was a five. There was a lot. Well, now I think it was four. The seahawks won all four of them, but three of them were one goal games. Two of them weren't overtime. Those were some of the best games I've watched or that I've called this season between the two e h LP programs. Like even though the seahawks won all of them, three of them could have gone either way. Anthy, think me and you were on one of those of Robben Together, weren't we? Yeah, yeah, I believe so, and I'm trying to remember who scored overtime. Yeah, that was that was the two ones. And maybe you guys will remember the name. Bill and I talked about it during the interview. There was a game in Walpole where the seahawks and e h LP players scored and the eruption from the E H L team in the crowd was on another renegades. Yes, do you know who scored the goal? I don't think that. Bill and I mentioned the name during the interview. I forget. I forgot the player because I put together highlights for that game, so I'm sure I I could find it. Yeah, it was his first it was his first goal, so that's why they were so excited. Yeah, they the seahawks. As I said, I think on there they took over Robin arena in that moment. We got seven so far. Maybe Paxson, but I want to also show the all time team that Jeff and I came up with last season just so we could see some of the names that we haven't mentioned...

...so far, but also, like you know, Kate Hanley. We haven't mentioned Kate Hanley. Yet another player coming back who I think, to Anthony's point, keep an eye on, but also could be on this list is Scott Mc Mandus. He had thirty two points this past year. He's an age out this year. Um, he had that game winning goal for the Seahawks in that playing game against the warriors. So to other names to consider. And then when you go go back up to their all time points, lest Trevor Venna, Claus, Colton Smith, Jeremy Vasquez, Brendan Krauss, who scored one of the nastiest shootout goals ever at in this league. It was at Bedford. I was calling it. He did the Foresburg, like the one hand on the side move, and actually bill sent me a video like they recorded it behind the net afterwards. Um, it was out of this world. Um Shane Murphy, Eric Hanne. There's so many different names here that we can fill in with these final spots, but we only have ten spots. M where. That's where it gets tough. Jim, well, you know I mean help Jim. Help Got Jeff O. No, I was saying help us. I mean you know, I mean obviously it's it's really hard for me to pick because and that that should out. It was listening and listening memories here for me. Yeah, that was a that was a nasty one, uh, that game at the wizards for for Cross. But Um, I would you know one one guy that that you know as doesn't have the games or the points to be up on the top list. But main immediate impact on this team last year was Hans for Clias. I'm being probably being a little selfish here because you know, I was on the call for, I would say, the two goals that he scored that we're like, oh my uh, and they're basically the same thing. You know, it was like it was just like a breakaway on a goalie undresser. Uh Deal. Um, Hans for Celius. You know, you get these guys that have come from other leagues that get a, you know, a nice reset Um and they you know, maybe they have a little chip on their shoulder and and they they show you what they can do. Uh, the of course, poor Celius last year. He's as he's twenty years old. So you're in Gramami. Does that mean he's he's in Olga. Will come back? He can, he can come back. Yeah, I guess we'll see where he winds up. But uh, he uh, seven goals, eight assists in between points in nineteen games from seahawks last season. I really enjoyed his president team. So yeah, anybody that can go on there and just, you know, do it all themselves individually on offense, you know, as it's a special thing to watch. And Alot on those lines. Jim, I mean David Nvatney's time with the seahawks was very short as well. Um, only played thirteen games that one season. Then went to NYC college and had eighteen points in his freshman year. That's a that's a damn good freshman year. You know Seahawks, I mean and head coach Santa Bonny, I mean has he's made no mistake about it. You know, his top priority is getting these kids to college. I don't know if that I'd like to think that it's. It's that way for a lot of coaches, but I mean he's he never seems to lose focus of that and correspondingly, uh, you know, the seahawks just have a great, great list of alumni. I would say that I've gone on to play colleges. Uh. You know, one other name I mentioned is Dec landennaghy Um, uh, the foreward. I really I thought, uh, he has, he has seen another one, anthony as that that was the Scooby Doo Bey do call. You're all together for Declandenni be sure he ripped a shorthanded gold...

...at the showcase in that was that Harol could have been. I want to say that was Harl one, Paul t Gil Martin Memorial Rita. Yeah, that was that was the scooby and that was another. The Scooby doobty doo call was also influenced by my by my niece Olivia. I asked her for a few one time and she she gave me a few and that was one of them. So the secret to good broadcasting calls is reference. That chills are the relatives. So yeah, Um, I'm all of them. On Your own. You know everybody else has anything good for you. I'M gonna walk in an eighth guy on this list, and cade Hanley. Um Good Choice? Not because now he could cross off Montana as a place where players come from, even though Bill Loves Boston. Montana like loves Boston. He always talks about how awesome of the city it is. But advanced on a EMASS DARTMOUTH, which we've talked about too many times to count on this podcast. This summer Um, the line of guys that we've sent to UH emass Dartmouth, but two very solid seasons. Basically played every game for the seahawks over the course of those two years. Um, Kate Hanley. Speaking of showcases, I will always remember a game winner that he scored against team Maryland at a showcase down in Philly, where he just gotta Pass in the saw an undressed the goaltender, um in overtime. Um for the SEAHAWKS. So Kate Hanley, Um to me, has to be on this list. Um, for what he did over is two years with the seahawks. So that gives us eight confirms so far. Um. How do we feel about Scott mcmanis, who had brought up before? Again, I say it because I think what he's gonna do this upcoming season. He had thirty two points total this past year. I think he has the chance of having fifty to sixty plus points this season. Yeah, I like the mcmannus call. And actually someone else that uh, we didn't get to mention Andrew Kimball's he he's going to college chef. I mean we have there's a fantasy favorite. Had some injured, battled injuries last year, but he was a really good player. Uh, really cool kid. Too. Had a chance to talk to him a bunch of showcase and stuff. Really Down to earth and always listens to the show. One of the players that likes to log on and listen to us a lot, part of our all star series and I feel like I picked him a lot fantasy. I couldn't be wrong, but ill did a little bit. I think I picked him and I got the Neil Rabbin curse. I think he got banged up or I didn't realize. Maybe it was a curse last year, Jeff, for the year before I won fantasy. Let's just make that point Um. But yes, Kimball is going to college with Colin Fella. Oh, that could have forced college that. That could be a pretty damn good duo. So I got a lot of apples. Do we want? Do we want both Kimball and MC Manus? Or I was gonna say you mentioned earlier to Trevor Vina Clause. Yeah, he was. He's tied with O'Neil for highest points per games of Seahawk at one point zero nine. Uh, only played four six games. was just a one, one and done year. But Twenty one goals, twenty nine assists, and we've talked about coach Antibody's defensive mentality. Always tries to build from the back end out, with strong goaltending, Strong d they're not known for being a high scoring offensive team, but like O'Neil, a guy that put over twenty pucks in the net, I think that's someone we gotta think about. If you have fifty, and I feel like you have to it. And this is where it gets tough, Jim, because you have a goalie so far. But when Jeff and I did this this past year, we did a team, it was really easy. You have all these guys. There's twenty guys here. To Trim it down to ten, someone's gonna get left down. Yeah, I'm I'm not gonna waiver from packs, and I I...

...think you should. You should just delete the few spaces there and bring him back up with the rest of the group. Okay, and then that means you pick one. McManus or Venaclaus. You know, I don't know. Man Vennaclaus, you know you're talking about another one of those those devils ducks. Guys. I'm sorry, no, I'm I'm wrong about that. Um, but u. But Um, one year, fifty two points played every single game for the seahawks that year with Tennessee. You know what, Jeff, let's let's cross off more. All, I mean all I can say about scooter uh is uh. You know the kids love him. You know all the rest of the players love him. That you know, they they really they enjoy his performance on the ice and if we're going to see more of that, if you want to just go ahead and, you know, prognosticate here in factor him in for the upcoming season, I'm I'm fine with that too. It's a great name to UH. Just wanted to not love to leave any names you mentioned here. I think that's good motivation for McManus to have a solid ag season and a year from now takes somebody off this list. I don't know who he takes off, but maybe he takes someone off this list and they like the nickname to scooter. That's a perfect talking name. Yeah, I want to say I got that from them and we're not the other way around. But you know, who knows anymore? You know, we live in the Post Truth Society, is I like to say all the time. So so here's our list. Are Our seahawks hockey club top ten. Again, hard to believe they've already been in the League for five seasons Um coming up on their sixth year. This year their second in the E H L p. But the top ten seahawks, as Showsen by us with the help of Jim McCabe, John Banovitz, Patrick O'Neill, John Murphy, Jack McDonald, Austin picks, C J Klein, Peyton, durant cade Hanley, DJ packs and Trevor Bennaclaus Um. That's a damn good list. It's a damn good list, really, Jim, thank you so much for your help. What's a pleasure, buddy. Oh guys, I really am just so happy to honored to have participated in this with you guys and once say again that you guys do a great job with the show podcast and keep it up. Thank you. You'RE gonna come back during this regular season, right? Yes, yeah, we'll wait, wait back, we'll wait for a we'll wait for a great gold call and then have him on the following week to to spend thirty minutes breaking down the gold call. But again thanks to Jim for coming on this week. Another stellar top ten, Jeff Anthony. We only have five of these left. Oh, so we're gonna we're going to the central next week, Um, with the New York apple core, which will then, following next week week, leave one team per division remaining, in the spartans warriors rough riders, who used to be the oilers. We could talk about that and little fires. So Um fallow. Actually, I guess you could say three of the of the upcoming five our original franchise teams that have been here every single season since the league was formed. So Um a great way, in my opinion, to wrap up the summer. So thanks again to Jim for coming on and we'll talk to you guys next week. Thanks for listening to the show. Learn more at Eastern Hockey League Dot Org and follow us on Facebook, twitter, instagram and Youtube. Also, be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week's PODCAST is released.

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