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EHL 10th Anniversary Team of the Week (Warriors) | Episode 133

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On this week's episode of the #EShow, we turn the corner to the final three Team of the Week features of the off-season. Ryan McGrath joins the podcast (1:13), as we feature the Valley Jr. Warriors, and preview the veteran coach's 4th season in the EHL. McGrath takes time to reflect on the 2021-22 season, including making reference to the tremendous job that Brett Heigl did en route to being named the EHLP Coach of the Year. Further along, the #ECrew gets back together (15:14) to construct another Top 10 list for an 'Original 6' franchise.

Welcome to the show with Neil Raven. Founded in two thousand thirteen, the E H L has become the college placement leader on the East Coast. Sit Back and learn more about the next step in your junior hockey career. Welcome to the show presented by the penalty box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto we take care of our own as they help out all of those otherin the hockey community who have experienced catastrophic event. Learn more at penalty box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven. This is episode number one thirty three of the show. On this week's episode we turned the corner to the final three team of the week features of the off season. Ryan McGrath joins the PODCAST as we highlight the valley junior warriors and preview the veteran coach's fourth season in the e H L. McGrath takes time to reflect on the two thousand two season. And who are you? Making reference to the tremendous job that Brett Heigel did and route to be a named the E H L P coach of the year. Further along, the e cou gets back together to construct another top ten list for an original six franchise Um joined now by Ryan McGrath, the head coach and GM of the Valley Junior warriors. How's it going, Ryan? It's well, going well, and the know yourself doing well. Thank you for coming back on the PODCAST. We're wrapping up the UH team of the week features this offseason with three final teams three original teams. You know, we have our own original six and we have yourself, the little flyers, and the I guess we can call them the oilers slash rough riders left. So let's jump into it, though, and I'll start with the same question I've been asking you everyone so far this offseason and I'll continue with you. When you look back on the season, one of the first thoughts to come to mind for you parody. The League had incredible parody. Every day I was blown away by a different scocore. A team won a game that I didn't think they were gonna win, or a team lost a game that I didn't think they were they would have lost. Uh. There was incredible parody in the League, which I thought was awesome. And look no further than the finish of your season to kind of define that right so you win, you win your last game at January and then every loss that you had in the month of February and to March, including your playoff loss, was by a single goal. When you look back on that, stretched do you kind of kick yourself in wonder? You know, a bounce here, a bounced there. Maybe the year finishes In't a different spot for you? Well, yes, how we were four and oh against the seahawks and then we lost three straight them. Yes, I do have nightmares about that. I have a tremendous amount of tect for bill's antibone and the Seahawks, so I love them. Uh, yeah, I couldn't agree with you more. And you can't. You can't really beat yourself up over those things. But those, as coaches, those are the things that do keep us awake at night. Um, you know about here, or a goal here or save here would have would have made all the difference. And you know, we we get to go another round in the playoffs. Uh, and who knows what would have happened? I mean we seven's were eventually the league champion and you know, we beat them, you know, in a showcase, in a pretty good game, right. So, and it feels like for us two years or no, we beat some of the top teams and we're still, you know, haven't been able to make a huge statement in the playoffs Um, but that's that's our our hill to die on. Yeah, and it's it's interesting that whenever I go on the road I always talk about what our league does so well, as they worked together. You know, at the top of our website one our commitment number. That's as a whole, that's not just one program Um. And another great example of how that works as players moving from team the team and kind of that change of scenery being huge for them. Look no further than Nico Care when he comes over to your team this past year. What did it change for him and what did it change for the rest of your locker room? Well, NICO's a quiet, confident kid and and came or young man and just came in just no drama. was incredibly grateful, had some great experience. You know, he was very appreciative of his time with the Hampshire Avelanche and all that he learned from their team and their staff and it just kind of brought that with and brought that winning attitude with him from the ABS and and it just it really it's set our mind at ease. Our our team all of a sudden understanding. They loosened up because they said, if we give up one goal we're okay. Yeah, you know. Or maybe before they were a little tense, or if we gave up a goal immediately panic set in, and now it Nico gave our team just a whole new set of confidence. That's a goaltending example. There's plenty of forward and defense and examples as well through up the league. But for future players that...

...are that are listening, that may find themselves in a similar situation where a coach approaches them with the change of scenery opportunity, what would you tell those players that may be kind of nervous about that, that that chance? Well, every situation is different, right, like you know, some kids need to stay and battle through it and other you know, and other kids, like you know, we had a player in Jack Wren who who sat down with us and early in the year and just said, coach, I love our team here but as a twenty year old, I need to play more and all the left wings and our team are better than me, so I need to go to a different team and we moved him to Maryland, Um, you know, to to help him right and he and he did, you know, really good down there. So I think for each kid it's a it's a different situation. But Um, you know I don't highly encourage moving or jumping team to team the team, but because I don't think it looks great for college coaches. But I think if you if you find yourself in a situation where you truly just need a change of scenery, don't be opposed to going to another team in our league because you know what one coach looks at you, a different coach may look you completely different. And I want to kind of transition now, UM, towards your e H L P team. I know this is going to be your fourth year, Um with the Valle Junior warriors program, but Brett Heigel's third year Um to see how far he's brought that e h l p team along. I guess the first question is, are you surprised by what he's done and did you know that when you initially hired him that he had this potential? Well, I had recruited him for a year prior to try to come work for US um and it finally worked out. My my whole first year I was trying to get him to come to come with us. He's a former value junior warriors, a local guy and he's just a guy that everyone that gets around him falls in love with him. Right. He's such a just he's so good, he's so caring of his players and his players they would kill for him, and I'm not shocked at all. He's he's brought stability to that team. They I mean they went, I forget how many wins they had the year before to go over twenty this year and he's not happy. He's not happy at all with with their playoff performance. He's not happy at all with you know, he's that they only moved five guys to our h l team, or, you know, twelve during the season, but five permanently, and he wants more. He's he's so hungry and he's he's not going to become complacent. So I'm not shocked at all that that this has happened when you know the playoffs series takes takes place with it, dude, it's obviously he's such appointed about that. You just touched on that. How long afterwards were you able to at least say like, Hey, Brett, you deserved that coach of the year award. Be Proud of of what you accomplished this past season. How much time had to pass for you to say that to him? Well, I said it the second we got on the bus on the way. I was with them in Vermont and, Um, you know, I'm not waiting to tell them I don't know. I wasn't gonna wait two weeks. I wanted him to know right away and he knew it and deep downside he does understand that, that it was a great year. Um, but as us, you know US coaches, how we're wired, we're never happy. You could, you could win the championship and you're already thinking about, okay, what do I have to do for next year? What, you know? where? Where can we improve? And you know on our staff is no different. We have, you know, we've spent countless hours trying to improve our process, improve our practices, improve our we did. We did more coaching in teaching this summer than we've ever done before to help prepare our players for hopefully our best season yet. Was that always the plan, or did that plan come to fruition? After the way last season they have possibly ended. It's always been the plan. You know, when when I was able to get this job four years ago, I looked at Paul John Gilbartin and I said we're gonna make this place the best place to play junior hockey and east coast, regardless of the League. And you know, every year we've been able to improve the program improve the process, and it starts with training. Like, yeah, people will tell you if you want to be a better hockey coach, get better players, and that's simple, right. You you want to you want to win a Stanley couple, draft better and train better. Right, but you can't always just rely on being an unbelievable recruiter. You can't always rely on recruiting top end players. You have to be able to train, you have to be able to develop from within. So it's always been our plan to make sure that we utilize our resources. Are, you know, unlimited ice time, our gym, our video our strength coaches, are goalie coaches, are Yoga instructor. We try to surround ourselves with the best available people to give our players the most amount of resources are to be successful. So and and again we're continuing to try to improve year in and year out, and you made a huge plush this past season on social media. Um, it's been kind of fun for me...

...at least, to step back and see. Um, I know how harder teams are competing on the ice, but they're competing just as hard off the ice on social media to be the best. You brought in Zach Needham, a former player. You launts this living the dream documentary that I don't think any team in our league ever thought about before. What did that do for your program this past season? Well, in recruiting it's typically one coach telling a player how great the program is and why they have to come right. We all do all right, and we try to ask questions. We wanted to find out what the player ultimately you know how their academics are, what they want to study, because you know, the goal of every one of our teams is to promote kids to to the n C. Double a Um. But the hardest thing that we do is to show people what we do, because I can tell someone to blue in the face. While we have this amount of practice, we have this amount of video, we have this strength coach, we have, you know, this Nice Hotel that we stay at this night, bus company that we use and you know the apparel on the equipment. We can tell people who were blue in the face, but everyone tells them. So the best way to do that is by showing them this is what we do, this is so it was an inside look from behind the scenes and Zach was adamant with me, because this needs to be rob this needs to be real. You need to be able to, you know, speak the way that you normally do. Don't doctor this up to make like be who you are. And and at first I didn't want any swears, I didn't want any you know, and not that we we have too many of them, but I just didn't want any negative language. And Zach kept saying me, it needs to be real, and that's some of the best responses I've gotten from parents when I always like I'm really apologized to some of the words that I used in those that was there was there was an episode, I think it was episode one or two, where we I go in at halftime against our game against the apple core and I blast the team and I use some words that I'm not proud of and I've had hundreds of fathers be like, that's the coach I want my son to play for. That's the guy like you need to bring the best out of my son, and that conversation that you had with your team did that. Now, did we get pretty lucky that we just went out and scored five goals in the seven of Han? I mean I didn't score the goals. I stood on the bench and said change. You know that the players did the work. But yeah, maybe we lit a fire, Um, you know, when we needed to. So it was great. You know, Zack's very it be self taught. It's been it's been cool. It's been awkward at times to see yourself. You know, we're very vulnerable as coaches. We wear our hearts on our sleeve and sometimes I'll watch these episodes and I'll cringe at the things I say or the you know, my reaction or whatnot. Um, it's really hard to, you know, see yourself on film and now I'm judging myself. Yeah, no, it's it's a great thing to bring up because I don't really get to see the coaches behind closed doors that often. Um, when you were when you when you first put the MIC on you didn't make you extra nervous. Uh, it's certainly cleaned me up during the games. So I think all the referees in the in the League really appreciated it. Uh, I was nervous because I'm like you know, I joke around and I Tourette Syndrome, so I don't shut up. So maybe I'm perfect for uh, for a miked up but I'm so Zach's got hours and hours and hours of coverage of me. Um, but you know, you just you forget about it after a while. Yeah, makes sense. Well, it was great for me to see, like I said, the way that our teams have now competed against each other on social media to to to get the Game Day graphics up first. So you name it. It's just been a blast. So, Um, I know you've listened to all these features throughout the offseasons. So it's now my try to put you on the spot before I bring jeff and Anthony on. Um, because every week, because we're going into our ten season, we do our own top ten. Um, you haven't been with the warriors for the entire nine seasons, but you were recruiting the Warriors Um as a college coach in that time. So I'm sure there's a bunch of names that you could come up and you could throw at us and we probably are gonna have on the list anyways. But where would you start? The Valley Junior Warriors Top ten? What? WHAT PLAYER IN E H L history do you they need to start the list? Oh, man, I would say Peter Gin, totally from Milwaukee School of Engineering. He put he put together some pretty impressive numbers. He's actually a player that I I tried to recruit to Wentworth Uh and before I even got a chance to get in there and be hinds to let me know that he had uh, you know, was very close to, you know, committing to M s O. E. UM, he would definitely be a guy for me. where I would start, Um, you know, prior to my time coming in. That's a fantastic answer, because he's had a great I had a great career, you could say, at at m s o a Um won a gold medal in the death Olympics. I remember that as well. So Um, a true student athletes. So Hey, perfect, perfect. That's so for us to start with. Um, I...

...know your camp is starting, uh, this Sunday. It's crazy how fast the off season came up, or went through, I should say, so good luck with the start of the camp and I'll probably see you next of the September showcase. Thanks. Thanks again to Ryan McGrath coming on the podcast this week. And with that let's bring in Anthony and Jeff now, guys, I don't know how it's gone by this fast, but we're down to just three top tens left. That means the season. This season felt like it's been going on forever. Johnson's gonna yell at me for singing and then we're gonna have to start paying for rights. Sorry. Um. No, I agree, Anthony. It's felt like a like a very long off season. Obviously, UM, the change for the E H L to move away from USA hockey into a something new self governance model, you know, makes me anxious because it's kind of like let's just draw the puck again, like like let's just do it. So I agree with you, Anthony. It's felt like this offseason is taken forever because of that. But we have just three of these left, as we've said a few times this week, Warriors, next week Tom willams and the little flyers. Last week rough riders, slash oilers, because they changed their name Um, a few years in but three original six franchises, for those that don't know, the little flyers, the warriors, the rough riders, along with the Apple Core Express and Rangers, our version of the original six teams that have been in the league every single year since the fourteen seasons. So they have nine years of history and a tenth coming up this fall. Ryan gave us the first name. Um, he apologized as soon as we hit end record because he missed. He he he. He said Peter Gin totally. It's actually Garret Gin totally. But, Jeff, you and I can both get on the same page as Ryan. Like, there's been so many players over the years, so to confuse two brothers is not a big deal, especially at least there actually is a p or gin totally. Didn't just make up a different human you know. Yeah, I mean it's not like I gotta say chef that episode. Only we had the long island dolphins, not the but but they're up and coming in the next round of D one. But both both Jin totally's played juniors here, you know, in mass so it makes sense. And and and for Garrett Geen totally, he actually played the very first two years I was in the league sixteen and sixteen seventeen. Uh Two seasons with the valley junior warriors. Um, two really good seasons and obviously you could see the progression he had from year one a year two. Uh Fourteen points in regiliar seasons. First Year, thirty two the second year, and then got to play five full seasons at the Milwaukee School of Engineer Ring Um, which of course is a phenomenal school academically but also athletically. I mean, look at the points. He was a double digit point guy every single season. And then, as I mentioned in the interview with Ryan, the icing on the cake, if you will, for Garrettson totally Um. Something I did not know about him when he was in the League is Garrett is partially deaf as well and actually played for Team USA and the Death Olympics and won a gold medal. So I would say this name that Ryan gave is a phenomenal name to start the list with. Now Ryan saying now he that he said Peter Gin totally, but he yes, he met, he met Garrett Peter, his brother. Just so we can touch on it utal. You know what, speaking of mixing up two players, we have to point this out now. This is back when before it became the east the E H l. But if you look at the all time scorers for the Valley Junior Warriors, look at number twelve and thirteen, Mark Johnson, Mark Jackson, and not only that, three games, goals, forty, three assists for seventy points. Oh my God. Now I don't know if that's just sheer coincidence or if players just enter with different names. So so we have to look at this. Screw they are they, I mean Vixedby Oklahoma? I I gotta look into this. It's either I screw up under the same person or it's two different people in their in their twins, because it's got the same birthday, same town, right, that has to be double entry then maybe. Maybe not, though. That's a little history, part project for us. That Anthony. But a couple of these on the summer with these elite prospects. But, but, but I think it's great that Anthony brings this up...

...because just like when we have the apple core, right, um, really, if the apple core or the team that you know has the the longest history, you know outside of the e h l as well and juniors, then the warriors are are are the second longest right. I mean there's so many names here in the top ten that are from prior to the e H L. Like I I don't. I don't recognize half these names. Jeff, I don't know, Chokuchi, Peter Catalano. I mean they're older than us. Jeff John Jackson, not Johnny Jackson, Jim Jackson's son. But maybe look for a second when I said I know they are. They are older than us. Andy Hindes used to coach this team. Stevens, his brother, a longtime Boston Bruin. Ye, the first name, the first name in their top ten that I do recognize as having e h l history is Jimmy Pelton. So I I want to make sure to include him because he is actually an e h l P to e h l alum Um. His E H L P season was with the New Hampshire junior monarchs. Fifteen, sixteen, just a solid sixty eight points that year. Pretty good. Um. And then and then back to back. This is no type of Anthony Uh. Eighteen goal, twenty assist seasons back to back with the warriors. Um and then, as we touched on throughout the entire summer, um the UMS Dartmouth pipeline. That's where Jimmy Pelton when played his four years in college. So I think, I think he definitely has to be on this list. which gives us two forward so far. I would say Paul the TUSSAF another one. He's from that sixteen seventeen arguably the most talented or most successful warriors team. Right. They had sixties seven points that season. But TUSAF as Centerman and I believe I actually I have seen his brother, Michael but Tusa play. They're both from California. Paul's older, he's Twenty Six, Mike's Twenty three to play for the Kings a few years ago. Um. And then, yeah, like we've been talking about two as far as successful college careers. Played for salve. Scored fifteen goals of freshman and twenties of Sophomore. That's pretty good now, boys. And then captain his third year. Then we had the covid year, no playing and then went to Babson last year and put up twenty two points. So the two would be a good addition, and we've talked about it numerous times on the podcast. This seventeen eighteen salve regina team that went to the national championship game, Um, which had a number of e h l guys. So Um, I didn't realize he actually started with Fairbanks in the n a that fifteen sixteen season. So all all the way from Fairbanks to Rhode Island for college and then to south to Boston for his fifth year. MM HMM. So Paul Uda saw let's put him in here. Fifteen through seven team I just called the Tussov I mean, don't trust me, Jeff. You Know How many game names that I have butchered over the years, but jeff does. Oh God, but Jeff brings up that sixteen, seventeen season, Um for the warriors, which Pudosov was on that team. Um, that year we had two conferences. Every years, like I feel like it's different right, but that year we had two conferences. One was called the New England conference the other one was called the mid Atlantic conference. Each conference had uh, four team division and there was one division that had five teams. That was the South Division of the New England conference. That Warrior's team was good man, thirty two wins, thirteen losses, three overtime losses. Like. They beat up on a lot of teams that year and is it a coincidence? It's not a coincidence that Helton and Garriton totally were both on that squad we've already thrown on here. I just remember like equal opportunities. School ranked team led the way with fifty points. Of Henderson, forty, pelton thirty eight, Kellis, thirty five and totally thirty two, say, a bunch of guys over twenty points, even a bunch of guys in the teams, a bunch of guys that were double digit points eleven through nineteen. Was So right. Here I'm highlighting just the second half of the season, right from from the time they got back from Christmas the start of the playoffs. They had eighteen lens like that's that's insane. And the losses two goals, two goals, one goal, I guess that's the three. A couple of three goals in there. I Guess Trivia from jeff or Anthony. Who did that team get knocked out by in the playoffs? As the bandits? Rangers? Nope, m bandits, nope, the kind of pulled up out east coast wizards. This...

...was a phenomenal playoffs was. This was Freddie's second to last year wizards won game one in overtime. They have even been double overtime. UH, lost game two, four to one, and then one game three, three to the road team won all three games in this series, which, I know Haral mass to Bedford Mass. It's not really like you're a significant road team because you're traveling what thirty minutes Max? But I remember it. Yes, I remember that playoffs series was was phenomenal. So Um, now those are three really good forwards to start with, and garretteen totally, Jimmy Pelton and Paul Buddhastov. Want four that I can toss in? Let's hear it. Yes, so matt I think was around probably some of the same time. If I'm not mistaken, he played fifteen because I know the following season that was when I saw him with the New Jersey Titans in the North American Hockey League. He went on to play for the northeast generals in the seventeen eighteen season. He was he put up forty points in fifty seven games. Then he went to Babson college where he had four really good seasons. Twenty three points, twenty seven points, eight points in eight games. COVID here it's still a point per game. Thirty damn good, uh, and then three points. Yeah, I mean he was phenomenal that one year that we had him in the Nh L. Forty seven points in the regular season, four points Um in the playoffs. Really he was basically a point per game player almost every year throughout his career. So I wonder this past season was his fourth year at Babson. There's our next history project. What guys are going back for a fifth year? The years, I mean those four forwards to start are phenomenal. If we want to make it, why don't we go to guys, two recent guys, to give us like two solid lines to start? So I was saying we've done a good job this year, mixing and matching young and old, bringing together very popular fantasy pick this past year. Bye, bye, bye everyone but me, because by the time it was my turn to pick he was already gone. Let's just make that a point right. Um, you get appoint for game players too. I'm pretty sure he was a point game player this year. Ye, Billy Hartnett, who came over in the season, actually had a injury towards the end of that year. Um, so for him to recover it was a knee injury for him to recover that, and he did Um and then come back and put up thirty eight points this past season, captain of the warriors this past year. I felt like he scored a bunch of big goals, like a bunch of big goals. Actually, you know what, we haven't had a story time yet. So it's storytime, guys. Uh, when I was interviewing Zach Overholtzer, who's the new GM of the new team, the Pennsylvania Huntsman, I did not realize until I came across this picture, because I speaking of game winners for Billy Hartnett. I'm not sure if you guys have seen this picture. This picture is phenomenal. So we're at the NEWINGTON's showcase. It's seahawks versus Warriors, which Ryan mentioned in his interview. The warriors won the first formats ups of the year against the SEAHAWKS. The seahawks won the last three, including the playoff matchup, but whatever they got together. It was big. The warriors won this one in overtime in Newington. Billy Hartnett scored the game winner and he grabbed ice did the whole celebration right in front of Zach overholtzer at the new GM of the Pennsylvania Hudsman. So Zach has been begging me to get this picture like printed and framed and signed by billy for him because it was one of the first E H L Games that he took an he came to the new intions showcase, you know, to meet me, meet some of the coaches, and the first game he watched is this kid goes the game whenever and it's the celebration the picture. I mean it's phenomenal. It's literally right in front of him. was that the was that the Jim McCabe called? I think that was the call. I mean that in the best kind of way. Yes. No, of course. I'm sure if we texted gym right now he would call in for us immediately and re enact that exact call if we asked him to. What I can't speaking here. I wish we got to see him war. Like you said, that he went h that living the dream special at Zach Needham does for them. He profiled H he talked a lot about his shoulder injury and...

...check that out if you guys haven't seen it on Youtube. I believe they're going into another season question mark. I don't know if they're doing it next year but yes, him and Ryan Uh did a nice job with that. It's a nice little ad for as each team each year tries to compete with the next boost up, social media game and all that stuff. So it's a nice little inside book. At the Valley Junior Warriors, our sixth forward, not as recent as Billy Hartnett, but still pretty recent, was Jack Studley. Ye, no pun intended, he was a stud jokes. Thanks for finishing my sentence there. Chef assistant captain in that nineteen twenty season. Um The COVID, or one of the COVID years. The covid ended year. Um had forty points. Um is now at voting college. So yeah, well, if he was of the best players honestly in the league that nineteen twenties season, was a part of the All star team that year. That phace, Salem State, Pittsburgh State, UH and UMS BOSTON. I mean right there with a team that has, you know, nine years of history. This is a rock solid starting six forwards and a good blunt we haven't really even a thought about the other positions yet. So I gets a defenseman and goaltending this week and we're just gonna offense heavy. I mean do an empty net, just run ten forwards. I want to mention some names. I mean just look at because remember EP shows all the goalies in history of the Valley Junior Warriors Junior hockey program right. It's a lot of goalies dating all the way back to the beginning of two, beginning of the two thousand's, right, Um, a few names I want to mention that. I don't know if they're going to be on this list or not, but I want to at least talk about them. So, you mentioned drew earlier. Yes, so the first one I want to mention is Riley simps. So, Riley SAMs played for the warriors in the seventeen eighteen season. Right, he's only twenty two years old. So I'm I'm trying to do maths now, guys. Um, he was really young. Like this is like trying to remember the names is hard enough for us, Jeff, trying to remember what age they were in the years they played, Um, is even harder. Right, so he's two first year season. Yeah, I think. I think he was literally seventeen years old. I think he turned seventeen at the end of April of that season. So Kevin the Seahawks, the child of the Yes. So he played eighteen games for the warriors E H L team that year. Um, then when played in the n a the following two seasons. He's now playing college hockey just in Canada. Um, Mount Royal University. Yeah, whatever you see the use sports. That's Canadian college hockey from from Canada, right. So maybe there's something covid related in there. You know, tough to get in, tough to get out of Canada right now, as you as you as as changed really over the past few years. So I don't know if he's on this list, but I wanted to at least talk about him because I remember a number of the wins that he collected in that seventeen eighteen season. Um, he just fly out stud on his head. So that's one guy wanted to mention. A second guy I wanted to mention, Um, is drew Blodgett. As a true like E H L P to e h l alum. Um, actually you could honestly say eighteen. You Warriors. Look at that teen nineteen season. He played eighteen new warriors following season he played e H L P got a couple of games in the e H L. following season, played the full season in the e h l, then went to college. Like that is a true ladder right there of development. Not sure if he's on the list again, but I want to just mention him. Um, continuing on that, the one I want to at least mention is Nick Scarpo. Yes, yeah, so I'm sure he will love that part. That his northeastern times. He never played a game, but he was with Paydon Primo when he was and then Devin Levi earned front of you. It's kind of tough to get the net. So I want to give nick credit for, I mean a really solid sixteen, seventeen. He was part of that, that team that we mentioned before. I mean a two, five, three, and the game that he played in the playoffs against the wizards, well one,...

...you know, it was that four to one victory. I remember the warriors used all three goalies in that series and that one game he played was the one of the won. gave up one goal in that game out of nine seventies, a percentage. So I was just gonna say too, that he was part of a three goalie rotation, which I always think is the hardest to like stay fresh because you're competing with the other two guys and it's a lot of pressure and you're just not getting as many starts and as many bucks. So credit to Andy Hyes, credit to Andy Hines. He wanted all three of those goalies to get a playoff game. Could it have maybe cost him the playoff series? I don't know. Right, like it's it's it's easy to say that hindsight afterwards, right. But obviously then went off to northeastern. Um, Jeff mentioned. You know, when you're behind the likes of Primo and Devin Levi like, like, like, yeah, like, it's kind of tough to get the net. Maybe sitting in the penalty box. Of Me. I would love to sit there, Jeff. I mean list that listened to that booming voice all day long. Closed the door. Um. A fourth goal that I want to mention is jared Bovarnick, who actually went to the wizards after a season with the warriors. But why I want to mention him is because this summer he put alongside a number of e h l alumni and e h l coach and Adam Hooley, um at the mccabee games in Israel and won a gold medal with that team. Um, he was actually in that in that gold medal game for what team? USA? So and he's at Suffolk now heading into, I guess technically his fifth year, because he left the wizards halfway through that nineteen twenty season. So fourth theme I want to mention again. I don't know if these goals are on the list or not, but want at least mention them. Um, the last name I want to mention is drew michaels, coming full circle, back around, around to our UMS startmouth connections. Drew played for the warriors in the E H L in the fourteen fifteen season. I mean solid to six, nine goals against t same percentage Um. Three years at UMS Dartmouth. I always I don't know, maybe it's me. You guys can tell me how you feel when a goalie wears a C I think it's awesome. What do you think? It's awesome, but it like throws me off. It's so like not it's not traditional. It's not traditional for goalie worthy, but I like it like like it's a bold move. You're never gonna see a goalie go in front of the scorer's box when the ref is explaining, you know, a call. Start talking right like like this. Two imagine the goalie leaves the net, that he's having the conversation with with the officials about what the call is. I mean, who was the last like Big Sea Goalie, Marty Berdure? was he a captain? No, no, no, no, no, not brod or Roberto Luongo. However, I think there's a rule in the NHL that we can't have the sea on his chest. So I'm pretty sure he had the sea and like the on the Chin of his mask. Oh so he was more history for us to look up. Jeff Fla ago. That's all I gonna say. We'll keep this. I'm looking at up now. He had the CEA on his H on his mask, right by the chin. But one reason, ever, drew michaels Um. A lot of players now are becoming coaches and and drew was an assistant coach at the Wenchington School, assistant coach at Franklin Pierce. He's now an assistant coach in Division One hockey. Are you at the University of Vermont? So it's crazy to see how many former players are becoming coaches and like becoming, you know, coaches that climbed the lodder pretty pretty quickly to already be at the Division One level. I'm assuming he's also the goalie coach at you and at U Vm, but pretty sweet. So I don't know if any of those four names are on the list, but I want to do at least mentioned them. Yeah, like we've been doing all summer. It's good people that don't make the list. You still get get a little layer time. You're part of the deep history some of these teams. So and like so much history with this team. I'll talk about history. I guess came across the great name here on the list. Do you know who this is? Loading, loading, I was just gonna ask you that earlier. I saw that and I go, is that this is Michael Martinello, Mario's brother, Mario's brother? Yeah, that's my brother. Yea Marios, he be saying nephew. Mario's brother played for the warriors back when they're in the E J and then went and played at Saint Ace. So not in...

...the H L, a lot. Okay, let's other TV play for the Atlantic City. What the Atlantic City Boardwalk? Bullish at city had city, Anthony, that's your territory, so easy, H L team. For How long? Next time I see Michael, I'm gonna ask him what it was like to play for for the a CBB Atlantic city boardwalk bullys. I'm gonna, I'M gonna guess. He probably said I gambled a lot and I'm pretty sure that was the same time they had the Trent and titans. So that was you can only imagine what kind of rivalry that was, right. So I meant to ask you that earlier. I saw that they go marn't yellow last name. Um, I can mention some more names here just so we can at least talk about them. Guys. Anthony mentioned Alberti ye earlier. Aaron Kuber was another guy to let Jonathan lap stuff from this past. Jeel like he's port a lot of Bagles for them. Next, got some great parents, more parents we always give shout outs to. Speaking speaking of parents, Jeff, a parent with two former players, is, I may get the strong right, right, and I are in the same boat. I think I forgot. I think his first name is Mike Tracy, but his two kids were Shane Tracy, who played for the warriors and then went on to play at Curry, at Curry College, and his brother Jeff Collins Tracy, who played for the ABS and then went on to play Um for the New Hampshire. I'm sorry for the Plymouth State Uh Panthers, and and the Father Tracy. I don't know if he still does but he worked works for southwest and wanted us to work on a partnership and I said Yeah, I'm all in. When teams at the start, yeah, we just we just don't really have to fly to often. So we could go for bus legs to flying legs. But for the showcases, Oh God right, we're gonna fly Anthony Up for all the showcases this year. Put Him in First Class. Um. If you want to keep going with Jeff mentioned, and Anthony mentioned some names that aren't coming back this year, you can mention a name that is coming back this year. Is Don Metro. Yes, it's gonna ask about him. Pretty good defender, very good. So where do we want to go next? Don't have any defense been yet. There's a few names, like there's so many names on here that just never played the we pick a goalie. We didn't pick a goalie. I just mentioned a bunch of goalies. Um a couple of defense when. I remember from previous seasons. This is Michael our Dagna, who played the nineteen twenty season with the valley. Actually played the eighteen, nineteen and nineteen twenty seasons and then advanced on to skid more. He was rock solid from Georgia for the warriors. Also Colin Montgomery. What year was he eighteen, nineteen? Thirty eight points as a defenseman? One year, two seasons at assumption, including this past season when assumption won the any time championship. Oh, assumption, one of the any ten championship, not while she was just sexy. Media. Hello, coach, to listening every week texting commissioner Raven as he calls him, with his his thoughts and comments on the top ten. Where do you want to go next? I don't know, it's tough. I would. I would include Metro and Montgomery on this list. Yeah, Don's played how many games now? Well, Don was just this past season and he's coming back this year. I think he was the first guy they announced. Forty two this past year. His brother's coming back to his brother had a bunch of injury blanking on his first name, just as we were able to get college gracie up, Derek Don Derek Metro. Derek's coming back. I believe he missed all of last season. He's a forward, though I got injured in the first game. Yeah, there you go. Both both played at the whosack school and, to bring everything full circle, former coach at the whosack school is Brett Heigel, who coaches the warrior's HLP team, raining E H L P coach of the year. So I would include both Dom Metro and column Montgomery on this list. Get the DS of Love, get him on the list. Yeah, I mean, you know, Don Metro is probably gonna he's probably gonna Eclipse the no p intended to mean the twenty nine points...

...that he put up last year in forty two games. If I had to put a guest, it's probably gonna be around lock that in now set the over under. We don't gamble on the show, but I feel like it really speaks about Dominic Metro's game, where you have a team with such great history and you have someone who's still playing or who's going to return. Make that top ten. Yeah, I totally agree. So that gives us six forwards and two D so far. How do we go to pain? That was another name I remember too, because he was he was a rough rider and a warrior's no, those kind of flex guys, and it was actually part, you know, a great part of the conversation that I had with Ryan is that our coaches do such a a job working together and they know that. The number at the top of our website, you know, which right now says fifty one up here for our total N C A commitments. That's that's as a whole. Right. That's not one program two programs. They did that together and bono pain had a solid year with the warriors. I saw it two years right, eighteen, nineteen. He started in the E H L P at ten points in seven games, went up to the E H L, put up fifteen points and forty games. Following season got off to a good start with the warriors. Twenty eight points and thirty five games. And then just look at the rough rodgers numbers. Ten points, eight this season, one season. Where do they play with on the line? That was it with Colum Bella. Okay, here we go. Uh, no, was is not this team. This is Bonapaine Bella back say B B B Line there you go. Triple Bees. So, Um, does bonapane make this list? I don't know. If he does make this list, he's definitely going to be another player that will be on two lists. Yep, Yep. I'll definitely be on the on the rough riders list. To mention a couple other names, just to get them out there. From my hometown, scarborough, mainettner's got in there enough. Honestly, the summer I miss our main talk. So Matt Henderson, one season with the warriors at sixteen, seventeen years followed by four years at Curry. UH, Matthew burn out. One season with the warriors. Um Played Two seasons at skin Moore. Now two years at Johnson Wales. Twenty points his his last season, that at j Wu. Remember this name, trade deadline guy. He went to the Express. Well, now a season of piece, one season with the warriors. Wass so with the warriors, one with the Express. We mentioned Bona Payne. We mentioned a bunch of goalies, like you said, like with guys like that, Neil, with with Bona Payne and Dukes. You have to attribute. You look at their EP pages and you see, like you know, Bona Payne. We went through and he, you know, went off when he went to the rough riders. Obviously some of that growth that he had was when he was with Ryan and the warriors, right, and the same with Dukes. He started with the warriors. Dukes is a little more, I think, even as ours is points totals, but you've got to contribute that to growth and the where you started, and then that helped you with your strong Finnish show. Um, the state age where stats heavy society. So I still want people to judge that too harshly. You know, you gotta look at it. You gotta look at a little thicker behind the numbers too. You know, let's use our lifeline jeff are all time team from last year. See if we can get one or two a lot of names that we yea. So we have six forwards and two D so far for goalies. Last year we did this all time team, bigger, bigger lists. Remember, we included Riley Samchi, we mentioned Um, we included Sean Lincoln, who I hadn't mentioned yet. He was on that sixty and seven. He was with SCARPA. He was he was one of the three goalies on that team. And then, speaking of pipeline, went on to broadport. See You. Um, I mentioned drew...

Blodgett. So there's the three goalies that we had in the all time team. We're not really that was a good defense. When we added he was a quick but he was he good. He came and played in one season because snow couldn't play that season. The covid right, we mentioned a bunch of these four wards. We hadn't mentioned Brad Astrada yet. Luke Richards, it's crazy that we had him last year, then he went to Stone Hill, then he came back and played for team Maryland last year. M So, and actually he's going to play. As we always do, we go off track. This is my my off track. Still on tracks. You're still talking about warriors centric content. Luke Richards played last season, came and finished with team Maryland and now it's going to play pro. I'm not even gonna try and pronounce that, that first name, but it's the Swedish division three leak. Good for him. So that's right, because once you leave, he could he have gone back to college, isn't it? Like he could? He could have gone back. You just can't go back to the same school or you can. I think I think you can. It's just a matter of what your eligibility like, what year you'd beat that. They have to figure that out. GOTCH UM, skip it. I'm going pro I got some more D that we we forgot to mention Tyler Rossi. Two is another one. So I forgot about biddle and Rossie. Those are two good man needs to buy for those last couple of spos and Max O'Brien we forgot to mention as well. So let's and there's you know what, this has been a great episode to at least mentioned a lot of guys that may not make the top ten, especially with the history right. So, drew, deed, drew de Geronimos. Say That ten times fast, right. I was gonna say of this brings him back to Jacobo, the kid, to the lumberjackson. He was the captain of the warriors in that fifteen sixteen season, followed by four years at Wentworth. Max O'Brien, speaking of student athletes, Um was an assistant captain in that season for the warriors and now plays in the nest Gack at Colby College. Continuing with the leaders, speaking of captains, Tyler Rossi was the captain of the warriors in one season. He's now at Sunny Brockport. Prior to the warriors, played for the Revolution for two seasons. So we have plenty of options for the for the final two spots. Question is, where do we want to go? Oh my God, I forgot. I forgot the biggest name so far in terms of what he did in college. Here's of the guys, guys, George. Oh my God, she's probably like he's going to be idiots. Yeah, so George played for the warrior. I've actually started with the express at the end of the seventeen eighteen season. Backtrack E H L P alum with the northern cycle in sixteen seventeen season. Then got some time with the e h l express seventeen eighteen, then warriors eighteen nineteen. Played Two seasons so far at snoo. Twenty points his first year, thirty three this past season. Are All the awards on here? was like four to the year nineteen twenty. He was all rookie team and rookie of the year and now I got to look up what he did this past season. Jeff, I remember seeing him on a graphic posted. Where is he on EP though? What onst he's this way down at the bottom. Oh, there is twenty nine points because he only played four games. That's why. Yeah, there is. Whoops, sorry, George. We'll say the best for last day, George. There you go. Yeah, he's he's gonna be so mad at us for for missing him to this at this point, at the end. I will expect the text very early Thursday morning after this is posted. I mentioned he was the rookie of the year that nineteen twenties season. This past season he was on the first team all conference at the N E ten top. Yeah, that makes one of our ads. So we have one left now and a lot of candidates. Like we said, we just mentioned Rossie, we mentioned biddle O'Brien. Do we go one more defenseman to get three?...

Do we go with the goalie maybe? Do we give some goalie love? And we talked about Riley Simms a lot. I forgot about this name as well, Dominic Norris. I remember there was a stretch where the warriors won a number of games in a shootout and every time they won a game in a shoot out it was Dominic Norris scoring the game winning goal in a shoot out. Franklin Pierce now at Franklin Pierce. So we could go in so many different directions here. I'M gonna cheat and go back to the all time team. I mean my heart says this girl, Matt Henderson, scarborough, Maine. Um, but I don't know, guys, what do you think? I think was the one who got the playoff win right against the East Coast Wizards. That was nick SCARPA. But Roley Sims was the kid that played when he was only seventeen years old in the league. Was a start. I honestly think it's Max O'Brien. He played one season Um at Colby College. Now rock solid defenseman. I think it's Max O'Brien. SMART KID too. You know some of these hockey guys who love them, but when you can hit the books just as ice m you're going places. So almost. Are you guys good with that? It is no goalies. I think that's okay. I think that's is that the first time since the eighty seven episode that we haven't had a goalie've got a little goalie heavy recently. But put it this way, Anthony, Um, I am gonna we've touched the nest a few times. Our next week's episodes next like just to give the people at home a little preview, right, because we're not. We're gonna spend enough time talking about, Um, the Joey savells, Zekeman, Moreau's, Alex Octobec, Austin Kelly, like they're like. We're gonna spend plenty of time talking about Patton, Patton, yeah, all those fours, Adam beave, Connor Mc Denel, like like this. Look at there's game, Chuckman. There's so many forwards to talk about. And if we don't have any Gold Papa, if we don't have any goalies this week, we have just the name a few. We went in multiple Henson's next week, but Sam Kiney, Joseph Henson, True Henson. You Love Thomas McLaren and remember him. Jeff, one of the best backup goalies we've ever had was, I think, undefeat that. Yeah, Joe Giacobo, Trevor mcshou she yaka cubic. I mean there's so many different goalies that we could name next week. So this week we had the cool we had the cooler this week. Next week's an episode. But this is why, like you know, Tom willms is gonna be a huge resource for us next week. So are we going with this? Are we going with this list? I'd say so right off mission. Seven forwards and three D Garrette and totally, Jimmy Pelton, Paul Budasov, Matt Weisner, Billy Hartnett, Jack Studley, Dominic Metro, Colin Montgomery, George Thurston, Max O'Brien. It's a good list. These top tens aren't getting any easier too, by the way, just where everyone knows they're they're only getting harder. So I think we found out that the longer the team has been in almost is the harder. Oh, no doubt, I think so. No doubt about it. Between about it before, but no. Well, that'll do it for the warriors. Thanks again to Ryan McGrath coming on the podcast this week. Um, I know their training camp starts this Sunday night. So Um, they're excited to get things going. Um Bratt, Heigel ranning, E H L P, coach of the year, both pro are both teams, that should say, E H L and E H L P, looking to get some revenge for the way that the post season ended for both teams this past year. So thanks guys, and we'll do the little flyers next week. Billy, 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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