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Climbing The Coaching Ladder | Episode 59

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we preview the 5th Annual JBT Shootout (27:41), which Brittany and Neil will be participating in. We also chat with Ryan Blair (1:10), the former EHLP coach of the Boston Jr. Rangers, and the current Head Coach of the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL. Our around the league segment includes an interesting discussion on the playoff races in each division (38:43), and wrapping things up as always, we provide the latest update on where things are at in the #ECrew Fantasy Challenge (1:01:30).

Welcome to the e show with Neil Ravin. With over onezero NCAA commitments, the ehl is the proven path to college. Turn it up and learn more about the college placement leader at the division two and three levels. Welcome to the east 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 within the hockey community who've experienced catastrophic event. Learn more at penalty box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Ravin and this is episode number fifty nine of the e show. On this week's episode, we preview the fifth annual jbt shootout, which Brittany and I will each be participating in. We also chat with Ryan Blair, the former EH L P coach for the Boston Junior Rangers and the current head coach of the South Carolina sting rays in the ECHL or around the league. Segment includes an interesting discussion on the playoff races in each division and wrapping things up, as always, we provide the latest update on where things are at in the e crew fantasy challenge. I'm joined now by Ryan Blair, the head coach of the South Carolina sting rays. How's it going, Blair ze? Good, how are you? I'm doing well. Thanks for coming on. This is now. This is a long time coming and for those that are listening at home, the South Carolina sting raiser in the ECHL, which I'm sure for those of you that don't know Blairs are wondering why I have an Echl head coach on. But just three seasons ago he was with the Boston junior rangers. Feels like a long time ago, but I mean it was a great time with the Rangers Right. Yeah, it was awesome that. It's where I got my start coaching with the junior rangers in the HL ehlp actually. And Yeah, it does seem it seems like a long time ago, but sometimes when I think about it seems like just yesterday. But a job change and a role change within this organization and I'm down South and Charleston, South Carolina with my wife and I want to walk I want to go through that whole progression throughout this episode. But let's first go back to those three seasons with the Rangers. As you mentioned, you were the EH L P head coach in the ehl assistant coach in that role. You know what were your most fondest memories during that time? I'd say when in a couple H L P championships would have to eat the icing on the cake, but I'd say going to the rink every day and just I worked for rich dicaprio and he gave me. He gave me a ton of leeway to kind of operate the HL P team the way I wanted to in my first year. He gave me a ton of responsibility, which was great. It was great for me, as a young head coach, to have that opportunity and I was able to kind of like fast track in my mind on how I'd be able to manage a team and run a team and that would that was really cool and exciting for me. So winning those championships, looking back, was wasunbelievable, but just the Daytoday, being able to work with those guys and being able to work with rich was awesome. And when I have followed your journey, obviously there's there's different players that have come through, fans and parents that talk about when you were in the league and you mentioned the two championships, but they're also was another championship run in there that your EHLP team went to three championships, but you weren't able to coach in one of them. And, and I'm not poking at the owner, Mike, so we rebell of the Rangers, but he had to coach for you. Do you ever kick yourself? I know there was a wedding. Do you want to kind of tell the folks at home what happened? Sure, yeah, it's yeah, sometimes I think about it and kind of kick myself a little bit, but it's it was my brother's wedding and I just I personally felt like I couldn't miss it. There wasn't any family pressure or anything like that, but deep down I just knew that, you know, regardless of that, win or no win, I just felt like I had to be there. So I'm sure Mike's a fine coach, but I think the boys missed me. To be honest. It was I remember a leading up to it. We taught I think almost every week in the playoff friends and you're like there's no way we can kind of move that championship series just a little bit, and I was like I don't know what we could pull off, but your team did make the championship. Each of the three years you were named the EHLP coach of the year. One year you obviously went out with the title. was that kind of the way you wanted it to endlors, it's just the timing about how everything worked out for you. I think it was just the time and of how everything worked out for me. I wasn't ever in a hurry to kind of jump from League to League or from team to team or anything like that. It just the opportunity at you mass little to be the director hockey operations presented itself and I thought, just career wise and the path that I wanted to go down, I thought that would benefit the a ton. So the junior rangers organization was was unbelievable to me. It's an organization I support still and I'm very proud of but I just the timing was was the only factor really for...

...me, and I'm glad that you brought up little because I wanted to talk about it because when you went back there as the hockey ops guy, was going back to your Alma Mater in a place that you played four years of college, but of course leading up to that you played juniors also it's probably uped you will late to junior players that you coach. Let's go back to the very beginning of your junior career because in getting ready for this interview I didn't realize that you played for a junior team in a town that I had no idea even existed. Could you tell the folks at home what town that wasn't the name of the junior team? Yeah, I spent two years playing in in Texarkana and there's a text Arkana Texas and a text Arkana Arkansas. I lived in on the Texas side. Was a small city. We played in a Rodeo barn called the text arcana bandits, and pretty cool. Actually I played for John Cooper for two years, who's the Tampa Bay lightning head coach. So pretty cool that he was kind of just just getting going in his coaching journey and I was fortunate to play for him. So that was that was cool. A couple of a couple of years in the North American Hockey League and then I played one year in the eastern junior hockey league before going to lull and when you're with the NA. You mentioned John Cooper, but also one of your teammates was Pat Maroon. So when do you see the two of them go win a cup this past season? What was your first saw the one to your head. Yeah, I was pretty cool. Obviously exciting for big rig Pat Maroon to to get a cup and cool to see him and him and John Cooper reunited, and I know he was. They were pretty close in text Arcana and coop had a lot of a lot of love and a lot of passion for Patty Maroon, who is honestly a glorified kind of roller hockey player at that time and he's really obviously come a very long way. So pretty cool to see. And then you, as you mentioned, we worked your way back to Ms Lowell. It kind of helped work out that you were in Tuksbury coaching juniors. So Tuk spurit a lowell not much of a move for you. Had you always kind of stayed in touch with norm basin and the staff they are when you were working for the Rangers. Yeah, it was just just a familiar familiarity with with the program being close by. Just kind of kept tabs and kept the communication open with norm. He I never played for norm but he recruited me a little bit when he was at Colorado College, so we had a little bit of that connection and then, yeah, when the opportunity came up that they were losing their hockey ops guy, you'd reached out and everything went well there. What does it mean to be a hockey ops guy for a college hockey team? It's a lot of behind the scenes work. So it's a lot of scheduling, travel planning. Your a liaison between the academic side of things and you do a lot of video work behind the scene. So it's it's a lot of sort of work that the head coaches and the assistant coaches don't necessarily have time for and you're very much a part of the staff. It's almost like a third assistant type role. So it was a great experience for me. I was only there for one year, but it was a it was a really good experience. I learned a ton and it paid major dividends in my role last year as an assistant coach and also this year just in terms of planning travel and planning practice times and just managing time and managing schedules. And I want to get to the sting rights here in a second, but going back right before you get to lull. What I know it's a lot of coaches in our ly do is they have to do a lot of those hockey ops tasks. Also, now, I know, the EH LP to Division One. There's a big difference there. But we're able to bring some of the things that you did in the juniors with you too, Lowell. Yeah, absolutely. You know, rich rich would do a lot of a lot of the kind of main work, but just little side things in terms of, you know, checking on a room here and there or making sure the bus was coming on time, those kind of things whenever you're traveling, and then just in general the practice planning and scheduling that that we would do with hl and the HLP. I thought it. It helped me a lot with in my transition to roll. And then you use the word timing earlier in this interview. I think it must have been timing for you again after just one season and Lowell, you had all the way down to South Carolina. You're the assistant coach for year now the head coach. Is this just how it worked out? Yeah, I've been very, very fortunate along the way. Just a couple people that I know of been able to help me out along the way. The head coach down here last year was Steve Berg and WHO's a Boston guy from Groton, and we just kind of knew each other from the ranks in Tewksbury and would work together a little bit in the summer. So we and had some mutual friends. So it was it was just sort of a connection that they caught me the opportunity down there and yeah, it's kind of been a little bit of a fast track to being a head coach in Thechl but excited for what's been this yere and and what's to...

...come as well. And you're from Canada. You've lived in Virginia, you lived into in Texas, as I mentioned, for Juniors. He's been probably, I guess, the most of your time in that little four year span in Massachusetts. was there ever a hesitation about South Carolina or do you know was the right step? I had a pretty good feeling it was the right step. The organization here is is unbelievable at moving players and coaches on to the next level. So just the connection that I had with the head coach, and he was a younger guy and and we had some similar views and he was unbelievable to work for. He's now at sacred heart as an assistant coach. But yeah, it was just the timing of everything kind of worked out and the connections and all that stuff and not looking too far ahead. But obviously, I would think in the back of your mind you have a plan of where you want to keep climbing to. Is there a vision on what that next step is, or will you just cross that bridge when the timing is right? Again, I think I'll just cross the bridge when the when the timings they're obviously this is a unique year for for everybody, but I want to try and coach at the highest level possible but at the same time making sure I'm fully invested in the job that's at hand right now and not not trying to jump the ladder, so to speak. Just put in my time, continue to grind and when those opportunities come available I'll be able to weigh the options and see if it's the right move for me. And I know there's coaches in our league now that are have tracked your path and would love to have a similar path of their own as they try and work their way up the ladder. What pieces of advice would you give to them? And does it have anything to do with being willing to move all over? Yeah, I think that's a that's a major factor for sure. It's just my wife and I. We don't have any kids yet, so it makes it a little bit easier, but even having a significant other can can pose challenges. Jaw Us. These are major decisions. When you're talking about, you know, selling a home and moving, you know, fourteen, fifteen hours away with with no family and friends. There there major factors. But yeah, I think you've got to be willing to move if, if it's the right move. I wouldn't chase it all over the world if the opportunities don't have proof in them. But yeah, I think you have to be willing to move if if you want to continue to climb. And I guess another piece of advice would just to kind of be a good, good person. I always try to be a good, good person to to our team, to the referees, the hotel. Like just try and be a good person and those things usually pay off. The connections are huge. As you said, good person in the rank. You knew someone that was around the rinks in Tewkesbury and ended up coaching with them in South Carolina. You touched on it a second ago. This is your first season as the head coach and obviously it's been a very frustrating year for everyone in the society that we live in right now. Do you ever kind of feel yourself get frustrated that you haven't been able to start kind of like it's a normal year, or you still just grateful for the fact that it looks like you guys are are going to have a close to a full season? Yeah, I think it's just grateful for the opportunity, whether it's full season, half season, season gets catched or whatever, kind of just taken a day by day and that's sort of the message that we've, you know, relay down to our guys, is that we're very fortunate to be playing right now. There's not all of the teams in our league are playing, not all the teams in our conference are playing, so there's a lot of people that are out of jobs right now and that we should be fortunate and excited to be coming at the rink every day. And it's the league that you actually played in also shortly after your career in Lowell. What is the biggest difference do you notice from when you played in it to now that you're coaching in it? I'd say the caliber the hockey is much, much better now. It's been about eight or nine years since since I last played in the League and it's I think it's come a really long way. It's a great developmental leak, whether you're moving up in leagues or just developing as a person and player within the League. I think it's a it's an awesome league. It's this year especially, it's a it's a very skilled league, it's a very fast league and I think it'll continue to grow as a really powerful developmental leak. I think you've played one game so far this season. So far, is that correct? No, we've we've already played twenty games. Twenty Games. Oh, I'm looking at your schedule. It doesn't show the past results. I'm sorry. Yeah, so how of the first twenty games been so far? Have you guys have any crazy hurdles that you've had to overcome the first twenty games? Is they've been. They started really strong and then we've been into a little bit of a tough path right now. But yeah, we hit a little bit of covid about a month ago had seven orr eight guys out and kind of had to shut our team down just for a weekend basically, is all it ended up being. But no, overall everything's been been pretty solid and obviously happy with the opportunity and the one thing that I've kind of been...

...able to feel better about is obviously the EH shell has had different shut out shutdowns throughout the year, but we're not the only league. It's happening all the way up at the ECH Shell and above you guys, to the age Shell and the N NHL for players at that level. Why? I know it's different from juniors. What is the message that you try and deliver to them? To always be ready because you know you never know what's going to happen tomorrow. Yeah, for sure, I think that's exactly it. You just got to relay that to the guys that every day is a new day and we're not sure what tomorrow is going to bring, so just to to give everything you have and compete and bring out that positive mindset to the rink every day because we could be we could be shutting down here soon or hopefully we get through another fifty games and play the full seventy two. That's that's the plan as of right now. Now. Would be awesome if you could. And last week I actually had Bob Chittel on this podcast, who is the owner of salt city prospects. I mentioned the also coaches at Morrisville state and your connection with him actually brings you back up to the northeast throughout the summer. Can you tell the folks at home why you keep involved with Salt City prospects? Yeah, so I met Bob I think it was my first year coaching with the junior rangers, so five or six years ago, and he was just getting going with salt city prospects and wanted to try and bring a camp up to the Boston area at some point and he had a camp going on and in Rockville, Maryland, and he was wondering if I'd be able to work it and help fill it with a couple of our rangers players or help sort of promote it to the AHL. So I think I grabbed a couple guys or tried to, and then went out of the camp and Rockville and just to kind of see what it was all about. It was a it's a small camp and they typically are usually only for they make up for teams, but it's a camp with strictly run by college coaches, junior coaches, pro coaches, and it's very hands on and that's what I really liked about it is that it's really hands on. You can go up to a college coach and ask him a question and it's their skill development days and there's practice days and there's, you know, position specific days and there's games as well that are refereed. So it's you kind of get at the best of everything. It's not just showing up and playing with random people at random tournaments with hundreds of teams and random scouts come in there. It's you know, those have their own benefit as well, but I think, I think what Salt City does a great job of is is being able to interact and it's almost like when you go to one of their camps you almost become kind of part of the Salt City family. and Bob's he's on his phone seven he's anyone needs them at any time. They can reach out, they can ask them questions and he's very honest and direct with, you know, his advice, which I think is also extremely important, and you know the hockey world that we're living in with with so many teams and so many leagues, and He provides information. He's not pushing, you know, players to only certain spotsy. He's gives his honest feedback and I loved working for him. I did a camp this past summer and Worcester and I'll see if I'm able to do one miss summer. I'm not too sure yet, but he's he's a great guy and he's doing it for the right reasons. Obviously it depends on your schedule of games, of course, taking place down in South Carolina. But even though you're in the ECHL now, which is above the know the juniors in the college players, the majority of the kids that end up in that camp, it sounds like it's something that you still want to be involved with. Yeah, absolutely. I I love the development side of hockey. I'm passionate about coaching and I don't really care if there's no, you know, kind of benefit for me. I want to go and try and help impact these kids and sort of give them, you know, where I played and where I coached and the path that I took two help sort of allow them to navigate for themselves the kind of right path for them individually. I'm seeing now, now that this is my six season in the League, I'm started to see some names of players that have worked their way through division two division three hockey and then get a chance in the ECH shell. If you run into a kid at a salt study prospects camp who's asking if he could follow that same path all, would your message be to him? Yeah, there's all. There's always a shot. There's there's division three kids that that end up having good college careers and end up finding finding their way through the profession show ranks. Sometimes they start in the southern Pro Hockey League, which is a feeder lead to us, right below us. But yeah, it's it's that's the thing. Everyone stories different, everyone's past different. You could be a okay college player but an excellent pro player and you know, vice versas. So yeah, I'd love to see more division three kids find that way. Is there any recruiting involved in your position? I know there's obviously general managers and what not to help you fill your team, but it's obviously different from pass rules that you have. Do you keep an eye on any division three players that are, quote unquote, tearing it up? Yeah, that there really really high end division. Three guys will kind of come...

...to our radar, whether it's through US seeking them out or agents reaching out to us. But at the ECHL level there is a lot of a lot of recruiting coming from the head coach, not in person recruiting, but video recruiting, phone call recruiting. We do get a lot of help from Hershey and Washington, which is our our Ahl and NHL Club, but there is a lot of recruiting for your echl contract contracted players, which you usually have eighteen of them every year. So there's those are a lot of contracts that you have to fill. And let's talk about Soft Carolina a little bit more before we wrap things up, an organization that I mentioned. You played in the ECHL, but never for South Carolina. Obviously you had your head coach connection there. How do you feel your time has been with the organization? Would you love to work your way up that ladder to a hershey or to a Washington? Yeah, the the organization has been unbelievable. It's from day one. It's been awesome. The present Rob Kincannon, and the owner, Todd Holler, and are awesome guys and very supportive and I'm not sure on the path of the next step in the in the awesome to stay in the organization, but at the same time it's it's pretty hard for that to take place and to happen with the right timing and all those other things involved in it. But if possible, it would be awesome because it's a very well connected system here and one that I'm proud to be a part of. Well, I asked that selfishly because I know how awesome the Hershey Fan base is and they have like that. I think they have that one night a year they have the teddy bear toss night up there and it's like record setting. I got cros across the country. So if that ever was to happen, I would come out to visit you at a future game for just that reason. All right, that sounds good, but yes, that would be pretty awesome. But it's it's an awesome story because you were the EHL P coach of the year. You want to tell us, as we mentioned, maybe could have been three, but I think what I the big reason why I wanted to have you on this podcast is to show that we're a lead that doesn't just develop players up for that next level. We can do coaches as well, and I think what's unique about your path is that it's kind of gone at a different rate than maybe that you expected, but that's hockey in a nutshell. So I really appreciate you coming on. I hope that for anyone in the league right now well, that, whether it's players or coaches, to keep following you on your journey and I hope to have you back on the podcast here soon, very soon. Thanks a lot of you. I appreciate it. Yeah, I can't say enough good things about the league and still extremely supportive and pay attention to what's going on. It sounds like everything's going great, so I really appreciate it. Thank you. Thanks again to Ryan Blair for coming on the podcast this week. As you heard me mentioned there in the interview, Ryan Spent Three Seasons coaching in the ehl as the EH L P head coach for the Rangers and the assistant coach for the EHL team, and obviously he mentioned it as well. He did not think the timeline would progress as fast as it did, but he's now a head coach in the Ech Shell and he's a coach that just continues to clamb the ladder and I would not be surprised if he works his way all the way up to, honestly, even the NHL ranks. But with that, let's bring in the e crew now and guys, we have two weeks left in the regular season. That's it. That was crazy. Who like a good getting Blair Zi to their Neil? He was a great he was an awesome coach. BJR had some unbelievable record their premier team that they make the playoffs every single season. He was the head coach. I think, make the playoffs, make the finals, moinals. That's really is all three, all three years. One they won the finals, is first and his third year. When you go back, listen to the interview Jeff, the year that they lost was to the revolution and he wasn't there because it was his brother's wedding. All right, gro had the ruin it and I remember that. I remember that year specifically because he like asked me like multiple tizes. You're getting closer. He's like not take it ahead of myself, but can we move that weekend, like just a tiddy bit. I was like, I don't know if we can because, like it's the finals and like we already had a pretty significant gap between the round before that and those finals, and it was actually the year before we started incorporating the frozen finals. It was still right. I forget what the form it was exactly that year in the in the Premier Division. I think the take away from the revolution team that revolution P T and was a really good team also, but obviously it's the one thing I'm sure Ryan's kicking himself and wondering if I was there, maybe I would have gone three in a row. But he ended it with with a title at the very first frozen finals. Trivia. Who did they beat in that very enior? Flyers, Wing Wolves. Gonna go one, fires, wolves. The Wolves won. The next year a the wolves were flyers.

Junior flyers is correct. Yet Up, who scored the game winning goal in the for three? Game three, one, but I know who it is. Yes, you do, seven Wesley. No, that's a Brittany. I don't. Two thousand and seventeen eighteen mean first every graduate to the e. They graduated to the E, did not go on to play college hockey, but are still playing hockey. That's close. Oh My, Oh no, no, no, pool. That's a foolish answer. Play Hockey in the Games? Yes, Danila, that's called Marianas. Yeah, that was the first year of the frozen finals. It was the avalanche beating the revolution in the EH shell game, the Rangers beating the junior flyers in the EH l P. Dude, I'm too for to on Trivia. I know that's cool. That's be wasn't was doing interviews in the locker. Remember what the ribs? I still those on my phone. I was phone a Brit back then and really I was gonna say you you had my job before I had my job. Up Right, those are it's infancy. Yeah, lays, he went on to you mass low. I remember seeing him, Yep, from the Bentley his first year at you mess. Well, he was there really fast, real quick. What are here? The one of your hawks, you know as the hockey off sky then, like it's just amazing how connections work. He worked his way down to the South Carolina sting rays as an assistant for the year. For a year now he's the head coach and honestly, like that guy will keep moving his way up and like, legitimately he is a young guy and he legitimately he's the nicest guy I've ever met my entire left like like the nicest guy, doesn't doesn't swear, like doesn't say anything like even even he pointed out we we're gonna get to this later on in the podcast because something has tercle happened this past week now. The coach was punished for it. Oh my, justifiably so, but even he pointed out a move that rich DiCaprio made. He was like, I cannot believe that happen, but we're going to we're going to get to that. But I guess said. There's two weeks left in the regular season, guys, and there is still a lot to be determined. Yep, there's some some clinches in there's still a lot to be determined in the middling part of the middling part of the north and the south. I know we've slid up into our different divisions, but we used to be the wingland conference and what used to be the MIDDLANDIC conference. All those divisions still have a lot of tight stay question marks, for sure at its marks. Yep. So with that we have all three clinched in the E. Yeah, we'll start. We do have first overall. So let's start breaking that down and around the east show. It's time for this week segment of around the e show. And around the show is brought to you by the junior hockey podcast, your home for junior hockey news, knowledge and nonsense. Check them out at tjg podcastcom. And before we start breaking down all the different races going on in each of the divisions, I want to welcome now Andrew Tremble onto the podcast because coming up this weekend a very special night in Laconia. Andrew, how was it already the fifth annual JBT night? It's actually not to not to completely take all the power, but it's the sixth. It's the fifth year the shootout got it. So we've been doing it for six years. The first year didn't have the shoot out and then it kind of we ramped up donations and contributions after that first year. Kind of corrected what we're doing and it made it bigger and better every year. resince, and I have to ask Brittany's gonna hate me when I say this, but what made you invite Brittany to take place in this year's shoot out? Well, just just to clarify here, we coach Trimble put together his own wolves power ranking for the shoot out here. Oh good, right now, Brittany in first, rap first for the power ranking she had. Oh that go, fire me up hundred dollars for the donations. She's not in last place. Nice. Yeah, is number two in the parrakes because he's wearing a Wolf Jersey right now and receiving bouts kyle and neal because Neil is in last place. Step it up, buddy, that up. Okay, I have a few days left it. I have a bunch of friends that say that they're good, they're going to donate. They just haven't hit the submit button yet. But for those that don't know, Jab Tena is a very special night for the wolves, as Andrew mentioned. They've been doing it now. This give me the sixth year, Fifth Year of the shootout. It's all to raise money for John Bradley Thompson, who unfortunately passed away at a very young age. But can you talk about what the idea behind this and Jesse Thompson when they brought it to you and why you guys bought into it so much? Well, Jesse was a really good family friend. He's was one of the in my brother in Law's wedding party and I was at my mother in Law's house when I heard the news that his son was diagnosed with essentially inoperable brain cancer and it was it was pretty devastating when we heard the news and it, you know, his fight really captivated the lakes region. For that seven months...

...it was make a wish, you know, events going on. There was always events every weekend with raising money for cancer research and when that, when he passed away in two thousand and fourteen, we didn't want to let the memory of him and there. We wanted to contribute and make a big impact in our community because, you know, our kids are lucky to be here. So we started the game the next season in two thou thousand and five and sixteen and we've been going over since and and it's made a big impact on what, you know, what makes La Conio kind of a special place. And when do you finalize the date every year? Do you try and run it by the opponent that you're playing that night, or how is the lead kind of responded to the event? I'm really you know, we clarify and clear with with with Jesse Thompson first make sure that he's available on that date, that he still wants to do it. It's pretty toxic on his family sometimes, you know, it's like we're living a memory. But he always wants to do it because he knows the cause is too important. You know, since that first game, this this game is raised over a hundred thousand dollars and his chapter alone is raised a million dollars, which is it's unbelievable. So he's always willing to do it. He always wants to do it. It's just making a date work that works for everybody involved and I know that in a normal year it's a huge crowd. I'm not sure what you're expecting yet for this upcoming weekend, but the overall atmosphere, how does your team embrace it every year? Yeah, so, you know, that was a big Jesse's biggest word. He didn't want to be known as the super spreader event here in New Hampshire. He wanted to make sure that we were we were doing everything that we could to make it online and the donations online, and we could. We could broadcast it, some people could watch it for free and we were able to do that. We were able to, you know, work with a company that could broadcast it on facebook live and also on Youtube and we still have our hockey TV broadcast book. Will make sure that it's a live feet is available. Some people can watch it without any kind of pay wall. And what was the question? Guy? I forgot. I lost my train of something. as saying the you know the team. Normal year it's a huge crowd yebvious. So we don't know what we're going to expect on Saturday night. I'm sure there's going to be still a crowd that shows up. But your team, like I called the game two years ago, if you're ember, it was a wild comeback against the chiefs. How does your team embrace that one night every season? Well, really we make a JBT week. We bring in Jesse and he talks about his experience for those seven months and then what the community did to to, you know, make it make a big impact on raising money for this charity. And the kids embraced that and we have a picture of John Bradley that we put in the locker room all week and the kids know what they're playing for. And you know, in the six years or five years we've played previous to this year, we've won, I think three out of or four out of those games and they've all been like come back games, so it's yeah, it's a pretty they fight extra hard, for sure. Do you remember who scored the goal and that crazy chiefs come back a couple years ago the game probe? Who was on the ice? Everybody. Yeah, you had decline House make play to get the offensive zone. He's still want the wolves. Dj Schwenky was on the for check. He passed it back door to Don Mars and kevocs Schwan and and Marson kevicks finished. That's for sure. So is the pressure on Doma's brother Patricks now to score the game winner on Saturday night. Oh Don will be in the building, I'm sure, and I think Patrick said something who live up to but he's a pretty cool yo to cool cucumber and he just rolls with the punches. He's fine. And as for the actual shootout will be taking place and between the first and second period, are you sticking with your power akings Brittany as the favorite to win this thing? I would not do that. If I would see, says. I think I've seen videotape of Brittany at the ice ten in the shooting skills area. Yeah, that's some meat shots, though. You did have a couple of you just got to make sure you keep your balance, you know, make sure your everything's evenly descript. Jeff, I'm got my sea. Wait, I might expose myself. I might rip up the lake prior to Saturday. Will tells you. Will Not tell you who I will be training with. That is classified information. Is just a piece of advice. If you go and skate on a pawn, make sure your skate sharpen again for you do this shoot out. For sure, y'all, I'll make my source sharpen them for me. There was just just respectfully. I mean there's no need to heres. No, I'm not a Mott. You got a pho me this video. Oh, I'm showing you the video right now. There it is. That's the one. She's a left shot to, which is different. I don't think I am. I think that's the...

...best any right shot, because it's reverse. I'm just serious to see how we make it from the blue lines of the Hash marks to get the shot off. But Hey, meet, that's not my problem. But but it the favorite will be a mystery shooter. Just you know. Okay, don't we have Chris Day? His son Charles, plays for our program Chris Day used to be the president of the New York islands and it's so Charles has been in our you sixteen team all year. He's doing a great job. And Chris told me, when I asked them to sign up for it, said, you know, I may have been involved in hockey let whole life, but I actually I can't a so he said, but I can. I can fundraising. I can get a shooter here, a mystery shooter. So we may have a a ringer come in at the last minute. Up until up until that last minute, where can people donate? LETTING UP TO GAME TIME? Well, they can donate right on our website. We have on the Oracle that's on the website that you can do any right to the cure starts now. That page has the event page and you can pick a shooter. I know that. You know we got to each representatives there in second to last, the last plase. Maybe that begat place to part your money. And then and then you storty to a good cause and get some more pos for every pot, every thousand dollars they raise, they get another puck in the shootout. So you get a pucked us from signing up, but you get two bucks out when you get to a thousand bucks. So any donations or we were on them all. That's all. It's going to a great cause. Like I said, I call this game two years ago. First Chance I get to participate in the shootout. I'm looking forward to it on Saturday night and for those that cannot watch it, it will be on Youtube. Like Andrew said, it's also going to be free on hockey TV. So there's the shootout going to be on the end of the ice where the hockey TV camera is. Can We? Can we set it up that way? Yeah, we'll make it mature words. That's okay. I want to headset. Can I still littles headset and call the game with polter or not? We need to elect trek into this. Brings up a good when we're supposed to get pretty on her first hockey TV broadcast this season and of course good old covid stuff happened and we were not allowed to do that. So we have to do that at some pointed me and Schwarmnado on the MIC. No better time than right now. I'll I will, I will bring my extra headset. It's going to be a fun night on Saturday night. Thank you for coming on the podcast last single lasting you. So. Last year our shootout champion was Chad Barren. He is a local electrician. He's completely bald, but he put on an epic mullet sport the shootouts, setting the standard really high to look the part. Now, what are you wearing? What are you gonna wear? I feel like I have to wear eh shell stuff. Right, got jerseys. You gotta say you got take my can I take my undiscooled sources away? Jersey? Well, I'll tell I'm text you though, putting down. I'm gonna set the Land Room. No, I'm about your bringing from the locker room. Yeah, the wolves can be my brand. I do the graphics. I'm this is true. I will. I will make sure I have something specific pick that. I don't know now I'll have a mullet WIG, but I'll make sure I have something going on that sounds good to me. Guys, as long as you're looking the part and contributing a good charity, it's all a win. Awesome. Liked Andrew said, you can donate online. Go to their wolves website. There's a link right in there to the cure starts now and we'll see you on Saturday night in Laconia. Thanks, guys. Thanks for having me on it. You're doing a great job in the podcast. It's entertaining every week. Thank you. But with that, let's start breaking down the divisions which, as Jeff was mentioning before, there are a few divisions that have been clinched in the EHL. The North essential. In the south, we know the one seat right and all three divisions. We know the to seed and the central and that's you and that's it. That's it. So let's look at look at that. Let's just start with the south. Oh you okay, okay, we want to start on the self. We're gonna first. Let's start with this up obviously old news. Seventh clinched on a big deal. We this has been established. Like honestly, I'm asking the questions now, folks, if you were right now, I like this. I'm thinking charge. I'm taking married right now. If you were to say who would be the two seed people in the south, it's l efforts Maryland. But who you going with? Because no offense LF has been a forty minute hockey game type team like they have not been thriving in the third period. So, but Marilyn is a there's a lack of question. So let's let's go with this. Let's start by saying that when you say no offense, offense is is in ten moves anyway. So the little flyers, to Britney's...

...point, did blow. It's not so reheard up anymore. Did blow a three nothing lead to lose for three in overtime, which is the second team to do that this week. The avalanche actually had to happen to them against the lumberjacks as well. But it's really like it's really interesting because when you look at those two teams, the little flyers have played thirty three games. Yeah, and Maryland has one game in hand, or that it's what. I don't know how that saying works, but like Maryland, that's one. So little fires have one game in hand because they less. I don't get it. So that means the little flyers have a total of five games left to Maryland's for and they are tied for points. So when they fence, little has to duel off with seus twice. I think. So, no one. So little flyers have ducks, ducks sevens, Maryland ducks, Tuck, goose and and Maryland has little flyers eighty seven's and rough riders twice. So obviously the matchup that you circle takes place on the twenty five, yes, forty, my birthday, and it could come down to that one matchup. All right, so we got no idea. There is great nels, big three own a good way. Somebody so written. There's one like. There's one positive to look at, though. If you don't get too when you don't get the first run by, if you get three, either Maryland or a little flyers, and you host either rough riders or apple cores, potentially your hostings are in your building. Correct. If, if dude, I'm on it tonight. Yes, if it's play off formats, if it's little flyers hosting PROTEC, you go back and forth. But if it's Maryland hosting PROTEC, they host all three. So for Maryland you know at least, at the very least, the first rounds in your building every game. So you have the the safety of that. But if we had to really sit down and look at the massips that are remaining and pick, it sounds like Brittany is going to go with Maryland. surprised. Are you an able still friends bridge this is like this is a this is a bass guy. Why doesn't? I was no, I was, it's ice works, a complex HASSMPA. I was there where LF Maryland and LF, after forty minutes, said we out, we out of this joint, and Marilyn said, Oh, heck no, dude, I'm not even joking you. Like, Marylyn came out in the third period buzzing. I don't know what bus go did the lower and between the second a third period, but they came out buzzing. My boy cooks did, my boy cooks didn't. Scored this gross goal and I was like, all right, word, here we goes. The Maryland come back, but then they lost in the shootout because McDonald's, mcdavid. So what happened against PROTEC? With Maryland, they came out and they played a strong twenty minutes and then then they said no, thank you. You know, I'm not doubting you. I think Marylyn should finish second. I think they will, but after that I'm still I'm kind of focused on the little fires there. I'm post season means it's a different ball game and you know, Briny, I'll let you continue, but it's I think it's a great point that you brought up. How like Philly comes out for forty minutes, they fall asleep. Marylyn dominated against Protech for the first period, dominated they probably one ninety percent of the face offs in the third period the other day. I mean, and it's not the only enticing race down stuff. You'll if you look at four hundred and five six. That's important as well, because four hosts five and obviously, as we just mentioned, six is going to three. And then if you go to Maryland, what are you get dressed outside? I know, Mare, no, Mariland, you can get dressed inside. Now, Yep, can get dressed and intended, yes, and forgot at the right time. They're starting to move up in the rough riders starting to sink. But look at look at one thing in particular there. How many wins do each of those three teams have? Apple core, protech and other rough riders? And then when you do the math, each of them has their own different combination of twenty one losses between regulation and overtime. So I shoot out. I think right now the apple cores are starting to take on a little bit of a railers feel for me, and the so starting getting little healthier. Yes, got is back they've been missing. Was Cowski's been out here and there. They got calndon's clicking. Leave us to litle machine goaltending, goaltending with Bernard and Bernard. Now Jackson Bernard's you know, finally he's been playing as butt off for a couple of months and now they're finally starting to get wins for him. He's been making bucket loads of saves every game and losing efforts and now he's finally getting rewarded, so that's good to see. It's going to be really interesting to watch how it plays out because even you know, we probably believe when we...

...get to the playoffs and that division that the higher seed probably is the favorite to win. But I wouldn't say it's a lock either. No, I mean Marilya merely going about that. Down they are. The other day, Ye, merrilyn gets the vision riders as the three six. Marilyn just got swept by the rough riders twice in a row. I think the little flyers are like the sexiest pick because they they have the names. Maybe Marilyn's grinding kind of as you are. You leaning towards in the south, just homely sadvantage matter like there's standings matter in the south. I make a match off thing, I think honestly. No, I honestly think home I say, Madam, I think home ice matters in the south more than it dozen the other divisions because become of the teams can hope right to get some teams, depending on the over a hundred miles will hold stal three. But like in the north, nobody. That's not a thing. In the central also. Well, I don't know how far it is from have her hill I and know what's for everyone. Chill out. So it's gonna from here? I know. No, yeah, dude, I'm joking. I'm joking. Everyone relaxed. Jesus from Massachusetts. Everybody who knows it's great, been there, ripped drown it's good. From Hey road to Cape. How far is that the they boss? I'm feeling. Yeah, it's just over a hundred miles. I mean, yes, I think home ice. It is valuable in each division in different ways. I think maybe in that division the most, but at the same time I wouldn't be surprised if a team had to go on the road for a three game series and one all three games. It's been done before. It's been done before. I think that the one thing that we probably consistently would agree on right now is we think that ultimately the two three matchup in the second round, were we're heading towards of Maryland little fires, two three matchup bloody eating that one of them has, that has that by right, and then one of them gets to the first round. But whoever has to play in that first round, it's not going to be easy, whether it's PROTEC, whether it's rough ris, whether it's apple core, it's going to take them to maybe three games to get through that, to get to that series with whoever has that first round by and ultimately that rest may prove to be huge for that team. I was just gonna say you that's a good point. If you're the eighty seven's or wherever, the by team that's they're going to be wicking their chops because that team that they're going to play is going to be a little beat up. And then but, like we've said, we've talked about it all season long. We've seen it in the NHL ranks and sometimes buys aren't great. You don't think that the ESEVENS? Yeah, Jeff says it a momentum thing. Like are you? Do you benefit off of playing the three teams and then walking into a team that just won? I mean, yeah, you know. I transition just to last night the devils and Rangers. The New Jersey devils in playing for two weeks. Yeah, came in walked all over the New York Rangers. So the ranges of from playing a ton of games. They just had some games against the Bruins, you know, some good long time. I mean when you ride a little figure, guys feel about that? I don't. I think I'd rather be playing. This is just I don't know that I always go back and forth with that kind it is like rest is rest good? Like you said, hockey is a game of momentum. Sometimes those tea like once against the playoff time. No matter what level you're in, whether it's juniors, college, professional ranks, sometimes you just want to keep playing. When you're in hockey, bruises, injuries, everybody knows hockey players the toughest players in the world and like injuries just kind of go numb for them during those months. They don't really feel it till the offseason. So the guys just kind of want to keep going and keep playing. I think with hockey. Other sports, not so much. They want the breaks, you know, they want the rest. Baseball, basketballotball, football. Right, yeah, that's no, it's no. Definitely answer. That division is going to be fun to watch here over the last two weeks and that or for through, or the two verses three and the four through six. It's comparable to the central three, three through six in the central is awesome and I don't want to I don't want to sell the warriors short at any means, because they can still climb out of seventh. It would require running the table and getting a little bit of help, which anything can happen, right, right. But the big team against the Walpole. They've beat Wal time twice, they've beat the Rangers once and they beat the avalanche once and they the only team in the league that can say that. That's crazy, the only team in the lead. I could say that and like makes no sense. Granted, no one else has really gotten the opportunity to do that. Yes, yes, through teams have got the chance to play two of two, of two, of three of those teams, not all, three of three, but I think it would require the seahawks losing out and am winning out. I mean the Seahawks with to get zero points, like zero points. So so not to get ahead of ourselves, but we believe one rangers...

...to express seven warriors, so to seven. You have that express warriors matchup three through six is awesome because if you're the SEAHAWKS, if you go to the chiefs, all three games are there. It's the act that's far. That's the only matchup that's like that in the central all the rest are back and forth. And obviously three and four host five and six and I have no idea how these four teams are going to finish. I have no I clue, and I think the teams themselves, though, they really given you don't? You honestly don't. You're what your scoreboard watching every day. Yeah, look at the like we said today, Kyle Texas Wow valley, and I was like what and I looked him like five, two final, they beat the express, Holy Hick Wow, like every day. It really is. You just don't know what's going to happen. At this time of year. Everybody wants to just as bad as the next team. It's almost like our favorite Sitcom series, if that makes sense. Like you're enjoying the moment and you don't want it to end. What you do? You want to see the season finale. Does that make sense? Yeah, makes you can't wait. Yeah, right, if you's the one the end, but you don't don't know what to say. Really. Yeah, we're I'm sure. And what does in Your Jersey Valley, Walpole, Boston, they're all playing their butts off right now. They're all fighting for something. We're recording this on the seventeen, dropping on the eighteen. All of a sudden's going to be March second or we're going to know these matchups and then it's going to be March third or fourth and they're going to start and just like that the first round series is going to be over. So it's going to happen very fast here and that division is going to be fun to watch because you know for that for five, maybe three, six match up here fighting for the chance to face off of the Rangers, but you rather have that chance to not have that chance. February is a crazy month. It's a crazy the februaries the shortest month of the ear and then it's also like the last month of regular season for junior's College. Like it just because it is like you just said. You know, it's like February starts and then bay and fabruys over. You, like, all right, playoff time, flip the switch. Here we go, boys, like win for all year, like Holy Heck. And speaking of flipping the switch, when you go up north, what is going on with the avalanche right? Who are the avalanche? Question Mark, question mark this week version, this week's episode of who are welcome lank. I don't think it helps playing the same team so obviously, and I think that every time you face the avalanche you get up for the fact that you're facing a team that's one two championships. You know, you think Chris Agrees with your statement that the North is the toughest division? Thank you. Might do it. I guess I get it every day. By then, five in the last ten, five and five. That's to UF. That's crazy stuff. That's wild, as one wise man would one set, seven, five and one in the second half. WHOO. And now, like you guys under you guys are going to think I'm gonna be crazy when I say this, but right now they're one. We know their one. If you're them, I guess it's just kind of trivia that way. I know. I know the answer to this question. Who of the other three teams would you want to play? I feel like they'd be Scots. More. Wait, see that again. If you're the all, just got the answer right. If you're the avalanche in the north, it's just two rounds, one for two, three, the winner's face off. You're there in the finals, right. So if you're the one or the avalanche, who do you want to finish that for? See Co Cos, because they avalanche have four losses to the wolves, three to the lumberjacks and one to the spartans. But here's where it gets spicy. How do the SPARTANS fall to? For this weekend, the lumberjacks play the spartans twice. Obviously, two wins for the lumberjacks makes things really tight. The lumberjacks schedule includes two games against the SPARTANS, two games against the avalanche and two games against the wolves. If you're the avalanche, how do you unintentionally, intentionally lose the games to the lumberjacks? You know, Chris and Mario or but they buy the matchup. But the matchups shows it. Right, the matchup shows it. If you've beat the spartans seven out of eight times, you'd want to face them, not the lumberjacks or the wolves. Right, the AB scratch squads making the goddamn appearance. We just sweet. Everybody sits Micmichael's go sit on the ninth floor. Everybody is Aaron. Sit Down and snag by all big sit down, you. Let me get the street. So the ABS are striving to finish your first place and they had already dead. Yeah, there cancern, about WHO's finishing west? See that they're gonna play. No,...

...they one day finishing first, and you shouldn't have any concerns, Kyle. They aren't. They aren't. We're talking about it, though, because give a because, because I think crystal, pystal take on. Yes, crystal, take on whoever you get there. But from our outside of perspective, if the avalanche are going to win, they want to face the spartans. Like the numbers show that. Now they could get to that series and they could get swept in that series. We all look like idiots, right, but the number, this is what we don't like. The number show that the last two times they face the walls they've lost. The last time they faced the lumberjacks they were up three nothing and lost. The wolves looking a different team right now with Patrick's Marson Kevin. Seven goals and three games. Yeah, exact. Could they look like a different day? We cant, and like No. Last part about it is like you don't even know how many texts I got that first day from coaches. Are on the leak, because coaches like we have that ticker on the top of the of the website right so it's very easy to log into the website every day, click on each of the box scores from the day and just look and see what I see. What happens when you put up seven goals in three games, those are your points, like you don't just get ghosts at a goal like you legit scored the goal. It's like like he had eight points in three games. Those were really every game. I quick on now you just see p Mar Kevics, p Mark Kevits, p Mark like Jen, like the assist he had was like a nasty one timer. That is set up. They're averaging over five goals a game in the month of February. You know. Yes, wills are the wolves are using? Yeah, so I think is my man don't eelman now taking a back seat what the hecks a was. It's six SEPARN and stopping. Sometimes. Let Donnie ride this boat. It's been it's been run, will donar. Is what six seven and five for the wolves, the amount of goals they scored. I just know they've flayed seven games and the average in those seven games. Nos, yeah, I mean over like the last week. I think, Oh yeah, it's six seven, yes, and then they and they lost and they lost the seacoast six three, which that's what makes these matchups like wild with the wolves rather face the lumberjacks and the Spartan's like. Can we all come to some sort of agreement here behind the scenes just say hey, nail, we actually want these to be the matchups. Ignore the standings, ignore the standing, we're just gonna go with these instead. For the second round. I mean it's only two rounds in that division, right. It's only two rounds, which makes it that much more unique compared to the other two divisions. And I'd really do think at this point of the season we would not have been saying this five months ago. Any one of the four teams can come out of that division. I just got to say I don't know who. I feel like the other two. They can company be like Blah Blah will be in Westchester, but I feel like for the north I'm not like Blah Blah's going to be there. It's like, actually someone asked me that the other day, like who do you think is gonna be get from the north? Wi My honestly, pick and pick a name out of a hat. That's who I think it's to be. Like, honestly, I got it could be which you can, Commissioner Revens, making your argument or not argument, but your topic of is the North Division the toughest division in the League. It's carry you know what. Lately it's been making a cad. But Shit, Jeff, that's my mission. Every season is for one time Brittany to out of the words. You were right, and that's at some gross you look see the season at some point of a billy baby. But yes, you know, you know, it'll be like, Jeff will be you're right, I'll run away. What was that? But but I don't whispered. What was that? Remember, we're not allowed to look at Brittany for the first two days. Yes, yes, yes, liking sweat. Don't talk to her for forty eight hours until I am word. Yes, I mean it's going to be. It's to be fun to watch. Obviously I think that any every matchup is important, but obviously I think the lumberjacks, with two against each team, the way that those were, those matchups fall, will kind of be the one of the biggest dominoes as to helping US solidify that division, which, even if they go a certain way in the regular season, those matchups may go a different way in the postseason. And while we have at a second here, we will shout out sea coast for winning the Granite Cup. It took a little bit of a different format for games because of different cancelation the whatnot, but by winning the Granite Cup this season they now host the Granite Cup next season and, knock on wood, hopefully things are back to normal, because the normal format of all we want with this Granite Cup is bean pot style, with to semi finals one day and then the finals and consolation the next, and then whoever wins it next year host that the year after. So maybe this becomes something that rotates. Of course. Jim Mosso, the lumberjacks coach, said that when the team returns to Vermont with the Granite Cup next season? Are we going to be changing the name of the Granite Cup? I said we will cross that bridge when we...

...get there. Obviously right, Jimmy. Vermont is not the Granite State. That is New Hampshire. What is Vermont? I honestly doesn't matter next to what's Massachusetts? Oh God, the base. I don't even know where. I said something with like trees. No, has to be what what do I google? Massachusetts. I thought Massachusetts is the base states current Oh yeah, Duh, the base. Stay breakers. Moron at myself. What's new? Jersey? The Beach State? We get up beach. I'm joking. I'm kidding. Everyone. Relax again. Well, that one said anything, I know. I'm talking about hypothetically. The people at home. They're like screaming that I'm a moron. Everybody's whisper. Hold on, I'm trying to I'm trying all like shut up, braw and mean. You know, more than half a week is not New Jersey. So maybe they're like, actually, I don't know. What's new? Jersey? The liberty, Yeah Project, Oh yes, Vermont is the Green Mountain State. Oh God, the hippies. So Hi, where the state of the Hippie. Yep, pipe down bottle like greem copies good. I don't mess with the Hippie lifestyle, buts so those are fun races that we're watching, obviously each of the three divisions in the Eh Shell. But with that, I know this crew is excited. Let's transition into what to watch for, which includes the e crew fantasy challenge. Before we wrap things up, here's what to watch. More this week in the east show. It's time for the ECREW fantasy challenge, brought to you by BERTUCCI's brick up and pizza and pasta, your home for authentic Italian dishes, catering and group diving. Chalk out their party pizzas and specials apper tougee's dot calm, and with that I am still in first place. What's off? Party of an at BGNAL. Also, headphone users, please turn your volume down. headphone users, turn it down for the segment, please. You know what a statement put it real low. Neil, I don't know. You just said we're all excited for this. I get more and more depressed every week. One farther away for me, Brittany still putting up almost a hundred freaking points. I want to swear so much right now. Pretty still put up like wow, yes, Jeff, like I plug in my points today and I'm like, I'm looking at an I like ten points for him, fifteen for him, eighty seven point two. That's a pretty good week. I'm excited about that. And I tab, I tab left and I'm like ninety one. How does see holes double the anymore is? How? How did it? How do you more is? How? How did she get to ninety one? I was just a eighty seven. How did she get there? Dude, look, even me and kyle finishing well. Well, we won't say the numbers yet because you're going to say that all, but like even me and Kyle's weeks. That's supposed to be a good week with six, four two. But we have you and Britt who were just like what the wow? Actually, I mean maybe we're looking north through vision, Jeff. You know there's four of us. There's shore teams. I Guess The Times could change. Good Point. Good, that's clenched. One, Brit. The points carry over into the postseason and nice this thing I cleansed. Actually, my top, my tops point get her was Nathan Miller and then Andy Moore, one point behind Andy Miller. Andy Miller, what did Andy more is that? I don't know. Yesterday Andy Wore Millard King. He is went off a little icon. That kid is let anyway down. Let's break down how Brittany got to ninety one. Obviously she's mentioning seventeen points for anymore, with two goals, three assists, to power play points, a shorthanded point and a game winner. Lj Newell, with a victory over a top five team in goal, eleven point. Eight points. Nathan Miller with two wins and goal, including out, including his league leading fifth shut of the season. So right there, just a good chunk of the points. But you can't leave out nine for Paul finally's, seven for Nathan Young, twelve for ricards Dalimski's. It just adds up to ninety one and overall, one thousand and fifty seven. All right, don't week I had three kids get me Sero, zero pill my D men. Come on, step it up, buddies. You wouldn't you both over a thousand points. congratsible with you, I am at a thousand point five. I had ten points this past week from Britain. Patricia, a bender. Dude, you are like the bottom of this barrel for a while and then you were just like just wait, you were missed. A cool, calm, confident you were like, well, he's gonna come out, and you did. So, yeah, so, I mean on Saturday night during the JBT shoot out, his team will not be there, but I should do a quick pit stop in Waterville Valley and just borrow an Egan Smit Jersey...

...for the shoot out, because he's been lighting it up for me like he has multiple game winning goals against the avalanche, which have been ranked the top five team throughout the season. Obviously, the Jersey that I probably should wear, I'm sorry, the Jersey that I probably should wear would would involve he going down to Walpole pick it up. Zax, Timond back Simon. Yes, that's I still want to put a bullet in my head every time I see him. Bulls now for you, because since we did the redraft is remind every one if you missed the last few weeks episodes. We all could have stolen, but we fell asleep with the wheel. Literally, though, like morons, we're something main related by the WHO. There's no questions asked about that. Or Quinnipiak. I guess too. Yes, that's a good point. It's a good point. Jeff, where the Bob Kats? Yes, so overall, my week added up to eighty seven, point two, one thousand and five. Even so, I am fifty two points behind Brittany, but there's still two weeks left in the in the regular season and then three weeks of postseason play. Jeff and Kyle, your weeks weren't bad exactly. Thank you. That's why I'm staying. Sixty some points. was six four two like that. Those are good weeks and, and I mean Mason Palmer, probably one of the best fantasy performances of the season for a goalie. For you, Jeff, with his thirty two day shut out against the Rangers on Sunday night. Thank you, Mason. I think that got you seventeen points on itself, like that save on top five plays. Yes, our man on the call. I wanted Jim to go like a little bit, like get more like Jim, like that sames right, you know it said it. He said he goes yb that lie by my said Bommer. What I thought for little run up a couple octaves. I was kind of upset a little bit. I wanted to hear some like you know rodents, se Ronan's Rotin's talk. You want a little extra, extra mickep sauce in there. You know where cody. You know what Cody said about it. What do you say? It was a nice safe of course it did. Former goaltenders like whatever, dude, I would. I would rip my growin trying to get over like that. Like can we talk like that was a hell, I'm a safe. Don't listen to coach maze. Well, you know, don't do that, but you know. And another performance to point out for chef this past week, after putting up zero the week before Christian Hall, big bounce back in a big way. Off You this past week with a thirteen point fantasy week. And yes it, I guess it. You're in third. But sixty six isn't the bad week. Nine hundred and thirty six point four it too. Mortus points to neal and yes, me there plays all right, and right behind you is sixty five point too, like consistently. Everyone got points for Kyle, except for the one guy who didn't play. Tough to get points when you don't play, obviously, but everyone got points for kyle and he's right there behind you at sixty five point two, eight hundred and three point four overall. I think that if kyle was participating in the shootout, he would have to stop through brewster New York, because Michael Weava has been electric for him all year long. I that kid is is is potentially an all eh Shell, first team, all the day. Sell know we and we talked about it earlier before. How Apple Corps? Yeah, they're in the basement for the south, but don't, don't overlook them. Through some talent there. Yep, so, and I think I said it. I know leave is my boy, but how do I pronounce his name again? Do I seek? I can't see Calahan. Callin, Callin and Callin Canton, who was odd. Bunnies love him. He's a stud to well, it looks like Waskowsky is to he's. What do you what did you do? It gets Wayne. Yes, Nick Swain had another good week this past week. Yet sweene was in and out though. For me. You know, I mean like he wasn't. Yeah, I mean watch up the Cork on playoff time. That seem like you said. You know you've been. I know we all know your secret. Will put, quote unquote, the love of the railers that they're going to make some noise. Watch off of the core down cell. Baby, they're gonna michaels Azarra is hooking up something good in the kitchen. And to your creditile whatever, whenever I see the name Colin Calinan, it looks like it should be Callahan. I guess then you, but it's the hockey sense that you get. You see that name and you think Calahan. Like that should take Calahan, but it's not show on the broadcast because they do. They have their last names in the back of the Jersey. So when I meet call him, my Goel Calahan, I'm like, Gosh, this isn't his name. I'm doing this for wrong. So and I want to point out he also bring eat it. How do we do it? Calnan, Callan and tw Okay and and quietly us for that too, to humans, family understand...

...and times before bed every night, buddy counted, count it and quietly. There's a player on Kyle's team that leaves the league and goals scored quietly. Yell Denny's. Nope, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, let me look at the roster of hers and no one's feet but sweiner. Nope, Oh, hold on, everyone, Shit, Jason Gordon is the answer. Goodbye, word, dude. Screw you people in your Trivia. I'm on my game. He has Gordon. That was a really good pick. He has twenty four goals, which leads the league. Yeah, he's in a one is echoed. So another player that's quietly, like I say it quietly because I don't think that that's the first name that you would think. He's league goes for and not even power play. Behind him you have mark, Leen Feldman, Tara, Monny, Swain, Bazal, names that you probably would say first, but quietly, Gordon leads the league and goals for and he's someone that I think could be dangerous for that team has the postseason approaches you respectfully. I think he was a replacement. I think he was. Yeah, it was replacement. So thanks. But so we have this week of fantasy. See next week of fantasy and then, as hard as it was to trim down to six hundred and forty two, we trimmed down two, three, two, and Walt Dude. Anymore is my one lock. I have points. I'm done and remember like it's with three, two, one. Yeah, well, it's in the playoffs. To write. So if you're if players go off like that in the postseason, like we're talking like record book stuff like this, just get out of here. I just see this get here. At that point, pretty's gonna some secret talking record book stuff. Just get out of here, like a quarter of the week right there. Thank you for that, but it's it's it's going to be interesting to see how we all trimmed down. I've started looking at it because I don't even know my rosters. I have an idea of what I want to do. It trims down the first day of the playoffs and it turns down to three, trims down to three, two, one. And like I'm in such a toss up because, like, when you look at my forwards, I probably cut out, probably cut out ters and Scott McGraw, who will replace Michael Car Dude, she but then I have Patricia Schmidt, Taramanni and Simon Dude. That's actually filth. You don't books. I'm in then. Okay, so I have to take care amount of youth to take Roy. Okay, so, if I just if I take I'm into listen, listen to what you guys just said. You just said Simon Tara Monny and Patricia, but then I'm gonna leave out Egan Schmidt, who, over the last few weeks, has got me fifteen, thirteen, twenty eight, ten, ten, we terremont. He's an MVP skater to so consider. I don't. I think I'm going. I think I'm going Simon Taramanni and Schmidt, because you have toime as the factor in what do you want? A players? If you lose, someone loses. Yes, you lose. You don't want you to words in the same team. Yeah, but they're on the same line. All it's balance. See, is bringing gonna pick all rangers. That's dangerous. Something happens to them. Goodbye, Dude. I know for a fact my team will have Andy Moore King I the tough pack to pack. And Yeah, no, I would definitely have a more and mill and Miller in between the pipes. If you would rest of them, talk to me in a later date. And Kyle will have leva. Kyle probably have leva, Jeff Mason Palmer or George Mcmichael? Can't choose. Can we do advice? I have too. Sorry. All right, who you guys go with? Let's got meal Brandy. I think you have the factor personally go with. Dude, I don't even know. Yeah, the factor in you have to think. If the think a head right, you have to think about how many games that person is going to have and who they are going to face. Also right, because you have to pretend you think here's how these Games are gonna go. I low key, would pick low key. No, I don't want to say it. Yeah, yeah, I'm going Palm No, I'm going palms too. I'm going to palm city, Palm Tree. Look at Jeff. Jeff was ash web. Are we doing out palm trees as it is? Oh my God, I don't know anything about church, but sure, I'm crying and blood. I'm about to church, like you know. Okay, grace out a pencil. Palm is with these. I brought it up obviously. I'm brought it up obviously because it's one of those things where it's gonna we have two weeks...

...to come up with it, but those two weeks are going to go buy very fast and all of a sudden you're going to be losing sleep one night saying what do I do? That's what happened with clynd and Stewart. Nice five point week. The other day, Buddy, you look like big foot in the subway. You like, do you see? You see who had five assists in that game as gas. So, Hey, we missed on we missed on guys, each of us, Jeff, we missed on each of us. And and Hey, you know what? This all could be for nothing, because Brittany so far ahead that we can't even catch her anyways. But we have to we have to keep trying, we have to keep drying. We're all competitive. It's probably to do this. I got to give great words to you, though. She's yes, yeah, well ahead, yeah, well, will make new rules for next year's fantasy about picking so many players from the same team. But with that, with that, obviously a lot of games coming up between now and we dropped next week's podcast. I would venture to guess a few playoff seeds get finalized between now and our next recording, but at the same time, maybe none do and they all wait for the final weekend. But be sure to follow every block score at Eastern Hockey Leau Dot Org. Can Watch every game live on hockey TV, including Saturday nights, jbt night, where Brittany and I will be competing in the shoot out. You can watch it for free and I how about you pretend that you watch it and don't actually watch when I go shut the The viewership numbers from that game will be through the roof, but enjoy all the games this week and weekend. Guys. Will Talk to you next week. Audios, the letter crew. 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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