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Frozen Finals Preview | Episode 64

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we preview the 2021 EHL Frozen Finals. Starting tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 pm, a full week of action will begin at Ice Line Quad Rinks in West Chester, PA. The #ECrew takes a look back at each team's journey to get here, and what it will take to leave with a trophy on Sunday. At the end of the episode we also put a bow on the Fantasy Challenge, and crown Neil as this year's champion.

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 e show presented by the penalty box foundation. The foundation's mission senders around their daily motto we take care of our own as they help out all of those within the hockey community who experienced the catastrophic event. Learn more at penalty box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven. This is episode number sixty four of the e show and for the first time in podcast history we're doing it live together. Guys, this is special, one ahl family literally being a family to yes, we are coming to you live from the Sheridan Great Valley Hotel where all the teams will be staying this week. It's the frozen finals. It actually just feels surreal that we're even here right now. It does we find they made it. It was a pressing time last year, as we'd said, but it's also kind of a good silver line tune, Neil, that you know we made it to this point and we're moving on. Teams are coming down. People are in here and we're gonna pack up the rink and play some hockey, and we have the usual e crew with me, Jeff Mills, Kyle the kind of Brittany Harbor, also a special guest in Chris Russo, who's joining us. Chris will be our Brian Boush j, if you will. Yes, inside the glass, but I still haven't even figured out what we're going to call what you're standing on yet. It's like a it's a platform Lam, but it's like a well constructed platforms, a platform. And also, especially because I don't know how to Skate, I prefer Pierre McGuire. Yes, I'm okay, also because Pierre McGuire actually went to the same high school that I'm pretty sure went to the same high school that my dad and my uncle and one of my cousins did, burten cap gun or yeah. So we've talked about platforms on this podcast before, though, and you haven't seen the east coast wizards drink, but they have a stanch in there that you kind of have to get your footing and once you get your footing you can't move because the second you move like a hair, the whole thing started shaking like this. Your platform, or whatever we're going to call it, is a lot more stable. That's on the platform. I do remember seeing, because it's very strange how it worked out, because we were fortunate enough we did, I think, just one a game at ice line this year. And strange because usually at Jersey shore arena I'm on one side of the rink and Anthony to Apollo is on the other. I'm between the benches. Anthony calls the other side. And for this it was really weird because I'm the penalty box and the platform is next to me, so it's on. It's on the bench side of the ice and it's just really weird and the camera had to beat a really awkward Ang especially for interviews. Yeah, I think you have to have to cram a ladder to get up to it. So, Oh, I know Anthony is a little sure at a lot lighter than I am. So it's going to be very interesting, especially with me having a bunch of some heavy suit clothes on. It's going to be very strange and very, very difficult to try to get out that ladder. YEA and before we start making our way around all the different massups are going to take place this week. Kyle's been posting a quote from each team and they've all been good, but there was one that really stood out to me and it was what Dante Taramani said, and it kind of we already basically talked about it when we started. This is this is essentially two years in the making and it feels like that for us as well, because we were two weeks away from this last year and and to get that close to not get to it. I think I use that ridiculous monopoly reference on one of the recent episodes that we got kicked back to the start, but it really did feel like that and now we're back at the spot that we wanted to get to. We surpassed it all the way. Before we get to the around the east show, there is one member of our staff that wasn't able to join us and we want to give our best wishes to Bob d lassio. Bob Is crushed even more than we are that he can't make it because he got kicked back to start again. Right. He basically got kicked back to the start again, but Bob is supposed to the equipment guy for the event. Bob Unfortunately suffered a mild stroke recently and it's not gonna be able to make it down. We do have a gift that we're actually working on for him, and All Star Jersey that every single player that is here will be signing. So I can only imagine the reaction that he is going to give when he gets that. So with that, let's start making our way around the show and breaking down all of these great matchups. 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 o ver junior hockey news, knowledge and nonsense. Check them out a tjh podcastcom. So we have three teams that are here in the ehl that went for a no to get here. We have one team that's here that...

...went all in two to get here. But that team has two things that the others don't. A championshil championship trophies. There's that baby, there's that under does that does that factor in it all? I think it's so. It has to to some degree. I mean having Chris and Mario Behind the bench for those two championships. They're back now. Obviously we've talked about it. Chris Aaron's is the only player that's back. Only one teams one. So to a degree I think it does. He's gonna, I mean errands is a captain and hopefully he can give his boys some words of encouragement and give them some, you know, prior experience. That would help them, just like you wouldn't the NHL? Right, you lean on the veteran guys and stuff like that, but only having one vetter but two veteran coaches, it's well off. I think that's when makes junior hockey so unique, because obviously the roster turn over from your year is what we want, because that means kids are moving on. But to have one kid left from your two thousand and eighteen nineteen championship team, it's unique, it's tough, it's we'll see. I mean Chris or Ella said we could go three and Oh, we can go all three. You know what I've I'm curious for is they were off last week, right. Does that help for her? See, right, they were sitting there wondering are we even going to this thing or what? Yeah, our are rusty, arrested. What is it going to be? You know how many games they played in the month of March to to to you know how many games they played since February? Twenty four, they before my birthday. For to WHO game? What the other thing to you to games? They didn't play the best hockey in the second half. We all know that. I'm sure Chris and Mario would tell us that as well. So maybe it was good to have a little bit of a reset. It allows them to kind of go watch some films, see what you did wrong, see what you need to fix. We don't, we don't break down injuries on this podcast. Hip Hop, right, it's what we know. They were banged UNEU is hipp hop. HIPPOP is. Howcome Health Priva? See, like when someone gets covid you can't say they have covid and's totally violating their prize. You can't announce them medical records like yeah, you're twelve, you had but here's your here's your first question. When you ask Chris serrons because I want to test this hipop question. No, no, no, no, this is a this is a test his memory rate, because the last time they were in the finals was a championship game against the little flyers. Do you remember the third goal? Well, I can barely remember yesterday Menta Zune shot from the point and three of them were celebrating in the corner because Aaron's thought he tipped it, and then Menda zoon and the other deepartner our celebrators on our right because he thought he shot it in. Oh my God. So tonight you're going to find out who score that goal. Hey, that's going to be your question. We will get because in the box score it says Chris Errands. But now that we're back here again, we need to figure out if he actually got a piece of that, because he acted like he did. I think we go back and edit it. Well, I remember messages. Did he like grabbed the whole ices, like everything, and I was like so, mend zoom scores, but wait, why is he going crazy over here? You know, even your own team defenseman versus forwards. It's still a social default divide. We really don't know how the other half. Yes, not at all, and and it's it. We talked about the avalanche there. Obviously, here as the at large, if there is any team that you could say had an argument towards them, yet it has to be the Walpole Express they won four playoff games. They essentially, you can look at it as they were three points away from being here, and that's where, you know, I never want to put say anything about a team playing at different lineup or whatnot, but every point really does matter, like when you start, Oh, four and one, where you drop a few games here, a few games there. You know who the biggest spoiler this season is in our entire league? Value Junior warriors. The junior warriors. Yeah, get up from grab. They have wins over two teams that are here. Yeah, they finished with ten wins on the season this ten or you'll I hit the label, but they're a last place team, like it's statistically speaking. Yeah, they are part of the reason why Walpole's not here. It's just it's crazy to think about and you know, we, we probably on this podcast will all agree. You know, the avalanche made maybe the least likely to win this thing. Yeah, but but they they've done it before. The coach is done before. The one thing that I think, I know Chris will do from previous year's he's going to use everybody he has. So we have a twenty seven man protected list of this season. He will use twenty seven guys the first year. They won, they use twenty four of twenty five. He went back, he went alternated. It was we're dating myself with the goalie, Pag Luca, Luca and sword every other and I've bring that up because the other teams they're not doing that. This is this is the John Kopak show. Maybe Jeremy Conner, maybe that's the one team I see them going to. or no problem. Nathan Miller was bring last Chris Jackson could come in,...

...depending on where you're at. And it's David Redud. It's Daven reduce the show. Yep. And and at this point, you know, whenever, whenever people say to me, are they're tired? Yeah, I can, I see that. We Watch the games that you you exert yourself, like I get it. It's a long season, but they're also teenagers right. There has to be some sort of adrenaline right now that's kicking in, like like answer it. That ice, that ice line, Music's pumping and if you have the if you know you're going to the championship and you have the off day Saturday, I would be shocked if those three other teams you somebody else and goal I'm like, I'm less something unless a goalie gets lit up board or there's an injury. I would be shocked if we see anybody but KOPAC, Miller and root its neo. I think I've been saying this all year on the podcast. What I've been saying it's a broken record. Expect the unexpected. It's a stud we expect any of this and just going, just going back to the ABS. I remember watching a documentary once on the Boston Red Sox. You guys are baseball fans? Yeah, and Kurt Schilling is on a buster down three hundred to the New York Yankees in two thousand and four, Yep, and he says out loud him and Kevin Millar, why not us? Yeah, it's the best. So I think all four teams are probably saying that this weekend. Any of the guys I've spoken to their confident yet humble. It's a good mix. But for the avalanche it's definition of their attitude. Why not us? Yeah, and I know when I spoke to Aaron's captain, Arron's you know, he expressed there's a lot of passion there and there's The respect level for the coaching staff and the guys that put on that sweater before. Yep, so I'm I'm board with the ASS. I think we could see something here. And you know sometimes, like you get to the big stage and, like you said, these kids are teenagers. Ye, people are watching, it's a big event. They have all the attention in the world. It's who can handle that pressure? Are you gripping the stick a little tighter? What death layers are? No, they're gonna be nervous this week. They're going to be no start. I think it's like some of those factors matter and for a guy like Aaron's who's done before, yeah, we need to consider that. I will tell you the one guarantee that I that I'll that I would bet on. When I pull the other thirteen coaches in the league on who they think is going to win, they will these zero votes for the avalanche she because I think they all want to see somebody else with right. I think is why they're going to say that, not because they think whether or not. I think they they'll. The rest of the League would be like, let's see somebody else lift that trophy, which I have here somewhere. We should have put her in. We could have voted it right in the middle of us now is besides, why not USK? The question now is Willin Hanmdshire Avalanche? Cowboy off? Yeah, cowboy up, another great one, another great one. I mean I don't know if the eighty seven players have heard my audio yet, but I made that guarantee on whatever podcast that was. If they're the first ones ever to win the regular season title and the playoff title in the same year, at next year season opener in my hair will be bleach blond. That's right. said. Then they use a little bit of a playoff video. I've been around them and I can say beside the playoff hipe video, it seems like the majority of that team is beat. Is bleached blond? Now? Yeah, it is. Oh yes, and it is a little bit frightening to me. One player was bleached blonde from day one. I saw him rink, Heyden, I forget who it wasn't Johnson has had bad yes, yes, yes, he's guys. He's got here bland. So I said I would do it because it's a curse that's never been broken. Right. So and and makes things fast. Ad Out of who he's life. Rachels. He's a hair stylist. She promised me that my hair would turn back to the normal color afterwards. He probably would turn back. So let's see if they pull it off right. The one thing that let's talk about them for a second. You know, obviously there are people who've moved on from this league, coaches that moved up, for players at our alumni now who've reached out just for a little bit of an ex placed on the at large. I'm sure you've all had to explain it a little bit too. It's good, it's different, but it guarantee the sevens here, but they guarantee that they were going to get here the right way and they could have lost. It's a little fires but but based off the way they played, they never took their foot off. They guess. Yeah, I will absolutely say that was the key quote for pretty much the whole postseason was Antony Dapolin. I talking to Adam Jolie, Anda Mac here and and at all the guys really and them saying, you know, yeah, we know we've earned our way here. We finished the best broker in the regular season, but it's not you know, it's a strange year. It's something you might not see again and the fact is we want to get there the right way, and they mean except for maybe go a lot, except for maybe like the last twenty minutes against Mariland. They blew by them of the four of the first choice game. Yes, and then, you know, you could tell I were watching a little flyers game, the game won, and thinking after twenty minutes and then they had that three minute power play...

...to start the three minute remainder of the five minute power players start the third period and I think a lot of people, I don't think I was the only one that, after they did not converti goal on that power play, I was thinking, Oh man, they might be done, not for the series, but they might be done for today. Yeah, despie people, a little flyers and then they come back with three in the last ten minutes and I would I and you know, look, obviously we don't know a time, we don't have it's hout of people there. There are maybe thirty or four deal there and they were their own parents, of course, but the it's the largest I probably ever heard that building. Yeah, and it's with the possible exception of Seaton Hall Michigan State Men's basketball, it is probably the best. Is Probably the best game I've ever worked on because the scene called for all of you all. Yeah, this is the point. Yeah, yeah, I remember just getting the text messages that day. Yeah, you know, like I remember written. He's like good, blue three, two hundred and eighty sevens, and I, like I went on line to confirm it because I was like wait, this is you're really start to nothing. Sometimes, sometimes when C tax I thinks she's lying though to so all right, that says meal was texting thirty cans into the BJR. Wappleed it. Bull polls up to nothing. I'm like yeah, wait, I over that joke. That was a go. And that was when I said the rich began the game with an empty net. For some reason not. It's this unique style. I don't know what you want to do, but I have to bring that up because I don't know why I got on this tangent for a second there, because Justin squit terry text to me about our around Robin rules and when you read them closely, there's a chance that we see some unique stuff this week, because you have to remember that when the round robins did round robin standings, that's like a tongue twister. They begin playing themselves out. You may get into a situation where you can't tie that game and you need the extra point. We may see someone pull a goalie and a tie game this week. That's some Jimmy. We've that what Jimmy would do. That Jimmy would do that. That isn't Jimmy. Yes, yeah, so that's a little bit round robin type stuff, because this was this was the point structure that we wanted to have the last time we were going to have it, which is last year. The first first two years of the round robin it was just the standard two points for a win, one point for an overtime loss. But we've realized as a lead you really have to add some value to winning a game in sixty minutes. So it's three points for that sixty minute victory, two points if you do an overtime, one point for if it ends after five minutes overtime. This is straight up tie. There's no shootout right, no shoot out, no skills competitions in the playoff and and and part of that was honestly, like you know, I've said in this podcast, we've only ever had one game go to overtime in the history of the files, the history. But Heaven Forbid that game lasts two or three over times, and that's Wednesday night or Thursday night. Now those kids, teenagers, are not our guest by the weekend. So with this format, though, like Brittany said, Jimmy like he pulls the goalie when you're not expecting the pull the goalie. Right, he's a big over. Down five to, what's what's six to? I'll pull the goalie with nine minutes left. You. That's allows you, John Longs for love to do that. So I'm I don't know if it will happen, but there's a chance we see something kind of weird over the over the next three days. You know, you impressed me every time we go on this podcast because it's reverse psychology. You're basically one of these coaches. Now is going to pull the goalie? Yes, after hearing this, yes, they make this is part of the starts again, but probably, but, but it's and you know what? You know, we've mentioned to have ways to start talking about the eight sevens. Obviously two teams entering this in different ways. Seven obviously want to have what the avalanche have, a championship, but the e sevens aren't the only one that thinks that they can win this thing right. The research. The Rangers thing that they can win this. The lumberjacks think that they can win this. And for the Rangers, we talked about every point mattering. How many points were they await from the right of a season title? A few, three, like not a lot of very limited number and something has some tight losses. They wanted that to be last year. Carried in this year, like we want it last year. We let's get it again this year. And then, you know, for the ninety nines, as rich says, like let's let's finish it the right way. And that came down to a want to say, a loss to the wizards in the last circuit or the second the last week of the season, was really the difference in that. And when I look at the Rangers team this year compared to last year, last year's team is not going to like when I say that I think this year's team is better. They like a Robbie Sea Wagon. Yeah, like it is. I think of the of the forward units that we're going to see, like they all have top forwards. I think from one through twelve, like this is led shit. Yeah, this is flood shit and that. And if we get into some high scoring games. Maybe I don't know. I just feel like that's the team. I don't know. If they score it will. I don't know if I...

...wanted to be against them. I mean the first game that we have lumberjacks versus Rangers. I shouldn't say it's just the Rangers of school. The lumberjack score it well. Also, I think they have foberjacks have been on fire. Fibres that wolf series seven, six, four finals, so it lives. Is the first game going to be seven to six? I'll go ten goals, lumberjacks twenty three goals for I don't know that Miller will let in that many goals to that's honest. That's why we're here. Is Why we played the eights. Were dozy settles down a bit too. I mean you was so good last year and I know schools against numbers and stuff. We will higher this year, but he's a really good goaltender. Who's to say that when the spot it comes on him and he's not like here I am. I want to do this last year. Here we go and then I'll slams the doors. Is My moment. The difference between that team between I know I don't think anybody really expected for Mont to be or the lumberjacks to be here besides Jim Lowso I think it's a bad right now. It was well, but the thing is, the thing that I think is great about Jimmy is he like hill? What are you saying to me in the car yesterday? I don't know. There's a lot of coals. I think I think he I think he said have I ever let you wrong or something like that. Yeah, he'saying, Neil, have I ever lied to you? Look and everything I've ever said you. Have I ever lied? And it stands out more for his premier team because in like October he was like watch out for this premiere Tim I was like they've played four games, like how I don't know what to think yet, and then they're here. Also, will get we'll get to the people. Like he said the same thing about the EHL team. He's like, you know, no one really knows how good we are, and I think that's what makes these four teams so unique. You know many games they played before Christmas? Nine, I think nine. So when he came back he's he's obviously they dropped three straight. To See coach right off the hop remember that right, right, like Dang, we're like we're like secret, like secs is a wagon, and then here come the wolves, and then see goes with is the GRANNIC Cup, and then the abs are kind of teetering backwards. Whether the stone first place, but then Vermont got hot and and what Moss was said as they basically had to start over because they only played nine games. They had such limited practice time that he thinks his team is still getting better every game. I kind of want to go around the horn here and we'll start to my left with Chris go around, or we can start with, excuse me, the Queen Retti, but these. Firstly, maybe so you know, I touch based with one of the lumberjacks players a few months back and potentially they're a little more prepared for this moment than the other teams. Granted, you know, the eight sevens with the best record, junior rangers, second best, whatever, avalanche, you know, defending champions, but they've been living in a hotel. That's a good one. So I can't stress enough, just like the little things, that preparation, having Ta Care of your bodies, what you're eating, taking care of your equipment, Yep, maybe we kind of slept on the lumberjacks there for like just just split second. I'm going to go around the horn. But that lifestyle, they can kind of transition that a little better than other teams that have been like staying home in the South or Massachusetts. Do you know what their record is in their last ten games? Probably seven and three nine. One to know. Wow, the one loss didn't matter. It was a game against the walls where they already new they were playing the littles in the second round. Mike Trough there may be the hottest team here and the majority of the League and the community following. The EHL is leading eighty seven rangers and you can smid has eleven points in four games, he said, and five, I think. Finally says eleven points as well. They're both too spawl. There are both two points out from getting into the EHL record books for points in a postseason, which when you when you look at that record book now with the folks at home, have to realize is if you do it now, I say you tie someone from a previous season, I'm always going to place your name above because doing it now is more impressive, because we used to be three best of three series, in the best of five, so the number of games you were able to play to get to that number was significantly higher. He has eleven points in four games. Four Games, that's it. Yeah, I mean he deserves it. Beyond on that list you like it's right, like it's insane. Can I just point out by the way. Yeah, I was looking over some of the stats. I'm doing my notes, and obviously there are not. You know, they have are very been, very few introdivisional matchups this year and yeah, obviously so I'm pretty much going back to last year's so so I'm going back to last year's notes and I'm looking at it and there's not a lot for Vermont. There is one thing I see here. You CAN SHP four games against Boston last year, a goal and five assists. To look at that. Wow, you rest coming in with the only great granny's get all. You just kid gets all Boston's in the house, Holy House. And the rest of that roster, last year's lumberjacks team. How many a jobs that they have? Like tell to twenty? Huh, he's one of the only guys that came back. He's not an h O to. He's he's an old one. On that list of we're going to start working on working a list of top ones. Zach Simon, eagan...

...smitt. I know it's my fantacy teams, like I love sex, but like Eagan Smit, like you know, he may not win the MVP award, and I think this is a whole different podcast debate that we could define just as WHO. How do you define the most valuable player when, when it's late in the game, like watch that kid, like he may not have a goal first two periods, but he gets the one that counts late. We'll makes sense because you look at the step. You Got Eighteen points in thirty five games regular season. But it's a guy who really scores and bunchers. Yeah, it's it's so. But what the negative side of that? You'll say, inconsistent. But when he's on, he is on, and what he's on, he is maybe the best player on this team, and and he plays on a line with Paul finally's. They haven't played the Rangers yet this season. We know their rivals. I think that's safe to say. Whether you boys, whether you whether your's couch, whether you whether you play, whether you play each other or not? Is that? Did I do that matchup intentionally to start this whole event off? No, him. I disappointed with myself or the way that no. No, I think that's a great way to star, wearing bones. No, no, I I that's how I wanted to do it. It was kind of I took the number one, one seed. That's here, the eighty seven put up against the four seed technically and in the avalanche, and then two verses three day two is one two and three four for the you know in Chalk you're supposed to have one to go a whole way, right. So I didn't want to have one to play on Friday and again on Sunday, because if Friday didn't mean anything, are you playing for? Who has the last chain? Sunday? Like that's no one really cares at that point, right. I say that, but the coaches are like last changes, it's uber important, right. So I mean it's they're all great matchups. The eighty seven, I can't even remember the last time they face the avalanche. Last year, apparently I didn't get the score, but I did that the September. Oh, it was the it was the mic duck game. Yeah, it was the right stuck game. It was the first showcase and rod it was a yes, it was a two to one victory. We all know. First for the eighty seven, the eighty seven and time record showcases, like five. Yeah, and, and I remember this because Julie was like, I just beat him, I only talk to me last like, I don't know, man, this is Chris Serella, love leaves doesn't want to lose to you. So I mean like to start off with those matchups, though it's I mean every match up here is perfect, but the start that on day one. I'm pretty excited. Yeah, for sure, and and and day two, maybe it's going to be eighty seven rangers in the final, but we'll find out on Thursday. I mean this travels work at the work to get there and and it's not the same as a best of three where you lose game one, you feel like you're in a hole for a while. But you lose game one, you're going to feel like you're in a hole. But you can look back at history, Kyle, like this one two thousand and seventeen eighteen frozen finals. Revolution lost the first game but they still made the championship. So losing game one is not a death sentence. You can still fight back and get to that championship game. Well, especially if you, especially this year, your force overtime. We get a tie or something. Yes, and you know we're going to get overtime games this year because I've said it so many times. I keep I keep saying it. So that something happened projected to us time we're manifesting of. All of a sudden there's a story that goes up Saturday morning. Hl sets record for six overtime games in three days, but they would only only be five minutes long. The overtime. Right. So one game, one of the round Robins, taken three days, but all games, UN exactly five minutes and all points were scored at the Bove all. Yes, exactly. But think about how great the five minute overtimes were during the regular season for the games that we went to. Right, I saw lot. I imagine here. Imagine here like service, just thinking like like we're not going to be nervous in the same way as the players will. I think Thursday I may be Thursday I'm going to be a little that fired. She'll be nervous Thursday because when he when the crew that's coming, the parents that's coming, see the pants that she's wearing. They're gonna like, wait a second, are you here with the lumberjacks? Because the sleeve seem to match the pants. which have you guys seen this? You See? I will say this for yeah, I know Kyle want to talk about this. Of all the jerseys here, the White Lumberjacks Jersey, Yuck, is probably the best and it's just not gets good duck for all you old folk apple. But they it's a it's a white base in the sleeves, I want to say are full plassy. There's no break it. It's a full plat the whole way down. Now I have to give muscle crap. The plaid on the socks comes so high up that it looks like it's under the pants. So you can't there's...

...no plaid on those glad is on the size where you like when you do this, when you zoom in, it's right. It's so high up you can't see it. So looks like a play in white sock. Yeah, that's what I just so basically, they basically they pay should have taken that rectangle and put it a couple inches lower and then it would have showed up. So the sleeves start like, not at they start. They start kind of on the BICEP, if you will, but it's it's the lumberjacks logo. Aren't those cool? Lumberjacks logo is the best logo in the league. I'll say. That's it. I'm like, there's there's good logos, but it just fits who they are. When you combine it with the whites, and I even think they're Green Jersey, are pretty legit. I like like the SEM okay, please hold let me go back to Mazy. For you house. It's the right buckets and I'm getting like a mix of devil's reverse retro and like Minnesol while nostalgia a little bit. Yeah, that's yeah, Bas not as like break reas they started. I don't want to call it a trend, but they started a revolution. They started they were the first to do this. They have one set of numbers for the entire organization. So if you're Jackson Collins Right and you've played EHL and EHLP, your number twenty on both teams. So it's a lot of other teams have started to do that because you want to call a kid up, but he's number ten, but this kids number ten on Ahl team and he's got to wear a number twenty four on the on the other team and his helmet says town on the front. And what I got, what I liked about what he did, is they did it throughout their whole organization, right with back when they had midget teams, and the whole idea behind it was you want to be number twelve, go up to that top team. So some of the some of the teams that were considered lower, you got like ninety two and eighty five. But like what numbers? Kolbe Anton, he's like two hundred and ninety eight. We had the same thing at the revs. It's I think it's a cool thing because I think it makes you want to climb up, want want to get your number right. You want it, you have to earn it, you have to get to that spot. Back then, like wearing number forty seven, having like wasn't cool, but if that's what you had, like yeah, and and I don't want to make it sound like their jerseys are like here and the rest of the League is down here. That's at this finals. But I do like thin I do love the white I mean the other teams, the Rangers. The grays are new this year. I love the grays, hate the white. The whites are Brown. I want to go with the yellows, which Adamante on the yellows every game raisor, if you like, the yellows my hands down. Well, when do you see the yellows? I wish, I wish the were I wish the letters were a little bit bigger. I wish it's this set aves instead of a valance. Yes, big a vs. Yeah, the avalanche is it's a little bit smaller of the fun. But what's funny is you look back of their previous two championship pictures, they're in the blues and the Blues. Those are sharp. Does this mean anything, though? Absolutely means everything, I think. Superstitious. Here we go. Say, know, the Patriot whites. Is that you're telling me? The what the Patriot whites that get super bowl? Yes, yes, yes, that's a great point. And they losing the weights. Right. They lost the whites to the eagles. Right, yes, but they those well round bully cool drue. My God, Ala loves that Chin. And then the giants were the white. Yes, and I think they wore the white, still against the rams that they want. So can three, and then Tom wore white again this year and is seven. I didn't bring my seven sweatshirt. I really should have brought it. I got the bit you thought you saw the big red seven. Yes, yeah, because time going seven fir second about you, eache. I've never heard that from anyone. So we know what sups you know what Chrys will do. If the avalanche been seven Eh l championships, he'll make his own set. Well, actually, if he wins it this year, is going to be free? Oh, probably, but probably. And you know what someone, someone will say there's an asterisk because he was the at large. But you know what this is. This is the format that we've had since the beginning of January. The whole league is known this, and I think the best part about the at large is did we in a sense throw a bone towards the bottom teams by letting everybody in the playoffs? We probably did, but by having a something to fight for at the top, we also threw a bone to the top teams. If you are the regular season champion, you're coming here, and that kept them playing down this stretch, and I think that's what's going to make this so unique, because these kids have played almost every game like there have. It as have been a situation where they said, you know what, we have a chance to rest a guy this game. They played every game, played almost every game, but we had yet one three game series this whole time. You got three game series by is called the two games series. Well, here's the thing. True teams are proving you right in different ways. The seventh proved you right because, even though they want the regular season title, and you know, they could have said, oh, we've go to put where we can rest, Yada, Yada, Yada. We want to do this the...

...right way, we want to get to the final, they are their way of the final, technically twice this year. Yeah, and then those Vermont it and you said that you throw the lower teams of one Vermont Vrat really earn their way to the file. H. Yeah, it's Jimmy likes being under dug. He likes people to kind of take Canada it's like. But he also loves the fact that he reigns the north right now. Yeah, my God man. Oh Yeah, tell EHLP, he asked us for that graphic. He asked us for that ground rings in North Graphic that I made. You know, he didn't. He didn't wait for that to get set to him, like he asked us for that. Great, right, really. So it's that's a really good, like be your chest moment. You like we want both weeks. That's that's a huge and, like you know, we'll talk. We'll touch on the EHLP for a second, because it's so much different than the EHL. Like we have a different franchise, like you had to think, like the way that things were playing out all season long. It's like Pencil and Man Avalanche Rangers will be here. They're not here either. That is like like what grats to the Edessa family in the railers coming back yesterday, and you know, I might watch out from the back seat of the military tank we have as a rental car and I'm watching the game and Neil and Jefford is like talking about God knows what and I might screaming in the back seat. I'm like what'St our Realis have won the B game. They're kind of gut that. Yeah, I think I said. Like I said, are you lying right? And there wait, are you being serious that? Look, here's the silly on my phone. Yeah, they're going nuts. Is Kind of reminiscent of the game one little flyers eighty seven's when it was to not the little flyers save. It drew nothing. Rangers yesterday, also over time, and I bring it up because we've thought something already. It's not over till the final horns sounds. That avalanche lumberjacks series, with the trip here on the line. Score a game one was for nothing. APPS. Yeah, that was like. What was the score of the first? The second? BJR railers, game seven to one. Right, what how do you? How do you? Seven want to come from behind to nothing? And went three, two, like the railers and the lumberjacks. P teams each picked up two wins in that round. To get here. All the games were in overtime. Lumberjacks one, two and a rown over time. Railers won game one, in game three in overtime. I think it a little time off, even though it so. I think I think the EHLP guys are like ehl, baying out all the overtimes and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, give us on Saturday. Let's just play at sixty. I think the coolest thing about the p this year is, I think about you said Pencil in the als not coming. BOSTON, two time champion. I'm coming. New England champion, not coming. It's gonna be a first time champion. That's the coolest thing, all true. That's so fun. Yeah, New Jersey, you ever? You got the railers. IT'S T I mean New Jersey. You might be expected for the but the other two teams are probably ones you wouldn't maybe perhaps when you were expect were figure boss in New Hampshire. It's going to be a first time champion. Has gonna be really funny. And those two te the eighty sevens in the railers, are too new ith. Yeah, right, the railers. Last year that was their first year. Now their second year they're at the finals. Yeah, good ALP. But US. And when you just said that, Chris, the three ehl teams that have in won their first championship yet. Just said it's going to be a first time champion at both levels. The only one, the only one listen. Next Dale, Chris is like, okay, it'll be a three time Jill. You know he would won the question. I Guess I have to pee. Yes, yes, but like sure, you have to. You have to remember with these guys their ears perk up with the smallest thing that you say, the smallest thing you see. Numbers on the itinerary will be is rexfast is at Ed am, if it's eight, if it's at eight hundred and five. I wrote the wrong thing in the itinerary. Okay, we're at breakfast. IS AT EDAM's. I should have I should have wrote a nap times to just to make sure everyone do exactly where we're supposed to be right. I mean it's the locker room stuff to we for the EHL teams. They're set in the same locker room each day. So this is it's Kyle's point. He brought it up about the lumberjacks. They've kind of been in this mentality, this hotel mentality, I mean another point to the hotel and Wonderful Valley. Up until recently it's been freezing cold up there, like it is another level of cold. That's rights. s all week here everyone's going to be like it's summer, we can go outside without our park has on. Yes, I temperatures of ice line, ice line rank one is not that bad. Yeah, it's more going to grow. Yeah, and and so I'm I didn't bring my cans. Goose jackets are for. You're going to be good. Let's call you. Also, you move around a lot in a rank, so the blood continues to flow, so you'll be fine, that's true. A little more stationers, but it all the Games are on rink one, which has the bar in the pub overlooking it. The whole like the built out custom locker rooms were taken that whole section over. We have a press conference from this is like it still hasn't hit me yet. Now, until we go, nerves and jitters. We all didn't sleep well last night.

World just like anticipating this whole like this is we've said it to we all meet you and Bert. You've been here the last are for all the finals of each year. We've tried to take it up a notch. Now we bring in Kyle and Chris and you. You try to have more and Joe and everybody Joe, and we have therefore need the ball is going to be working from home, Justin Squiterias. Be Working home and like this is. It's one of those things where you know some of the owners in the League of have been like, how did you track all that? One at the finals, I was like you think I did that while I was calling the game. Like no, there's other people that, yeah, help out that this as well, and it's it was cool to have. Like, I don't there's going to be some people to hear this and said I reached out as well. You know, the number of people that reached out long to help out was. It was enormous and I'd love to have every single person here. I mean it's it makes me sound selfish the number of broadcasters that reached out asking to call the finals. I feel bad texting back, like sorry, I kind of want to call it myself, like I feel bad texting that back, but it's like five or six guys a year and like I don't know what to say, like this is but for me this is, this is the two years built up to this. Like it's going to hit me when the pop drops sometime. Stay for there. Yeah, that's when it's going to hit me. Yeah, I'M gonna be like wow, we finally made it to this. It's like I was thinking about this like right now as we did this. I don't even think the first year I did interviews, I definitely didn't know. I mean it's a lot of my ideas come when I'm either standing in the shower or laying adds the best and and that's and it's like what else could I have Brittany do? And then we've built the built in the interviews and the press conference stuff. I honestly like the and I can say I'm stealing it from them. They I looked at the press conference room that they set up for what they call the Robertson Cup. It's the same type of backdrop, microphone, all that. It's one of those things where it kind of mind. When I saw the way they did it, it reminded me of like a TV set. You think when you're watching TV, look like, look at this great house that they're in, but it's obviously cut off like red in front of it, like they were. They had a nice little closet set up. We're going to have the player allowed set up. When you turn the camera around, it's going to look like something else, but we're going to make it look great in front of the camera. And the biggest thing, and we've seen it on on on bridge commits also. I like everything that we do in this league. While I want it to be a hundred percent perfect, it's a learning experience for the kids as well, from the Games to getting interviewed for the first time like this is like the for the for most of these kids is the first time they've ever had to answer questions like this. Right in high schools, high school it's like, let's just go out, put up points and everyone loves me because I'm the leading score in high school team. Like they never have to answer to anybody. But that's really good point. You say it all the time and that's why the HL has such a good job and a good relationships with these schools that have developed over the years placement, because they know that you're kind of giving them like an internship for said, persuading them, grooming them very good Coles, very good program grooming up to become athletes at the next level where you're going to have to that stuff just ruventry. Yep, you're going to show off for Press Conte, show up for an interview. You get right, you can't say no either, but I like yeah, exactly, your call. troosing to make screw off, buddy. You can't say you know. And now I'm getting now I'm getting alumni who are graduating from college. Now it's like thanking you for Papa Rabbit like I had. I had a couple players reached out to me. They are in their first year out of college this year for interviews about something there working, working off for their new job or what it's like. Why do you want to interview me? But okay, like, all right, great, like, but it's weird. It's cool to see its because it's like I've been in the league that long that now these kids that were in at the first couple of years or graduating from college and we're and we're part of the reason why they're going to college and and they put their trust in their faith and nuts. And I know there's going to be a lot of parents that come up to us this weekend. For those that are still considering coming down, there's a parent block set up at our hotel. Oh yes, please come. It is filling fast. Shared would it just got word that good old Tammy has moved over here. We switch to shows tabby. I could tell you, like if we looked at each team's roster, I could tell you which parents I know are coming, absolutely just based off of the interactions throughout the year, because some of them, some of them are really good at twitter. Yes, some of them are just like one or two followers, but they follow the EHL, right, and they don't really tweet ever, but they just want to read the news and they want to like like stuff. But they all listen to this. Yeah, Oh my God, they all listen to this. Or and my parents squad like to meet you all there. There's gonna be a bunch that come down and that. That's that's potal reason that. It's nothing against the Rangers Premier Team. But when Jeff said, you know another franchise here from the League perspective, that's goods good, it's good parody. We yes, she's not that work. Do we want it for the final one of the season? We want to spell that out lout. But there was an episode early on this...

...year, Chris, where we had a big disc it was a really long conversation about pair of tea pair ofdi and it was it would ha off the rails whatever, off the rails, sponsorsation, sponsored by Britney. Of course it was. It was I don't know what episode was that. To go find that sever the vault, will ye parrots, you is the separate parent cheese. What the NBA does not have. Yes, that's one. Yeah, Che Way Parody is such scared when we when we stop the recording, there's a couple other words that Brittany has used in the past, oh, that have made us want to fall out of our chair. I don't know exactly what my yeah, I remember one, yeah, barely on in the air. Well, it will just say that has to do with the time and when. Some Games we happening, right and early afternoon game and in the certain word that goes with that. But we're not. We've already you've already, my money, gotten tooled, already tripped you enough without the podcast. But you know, for both divisions to grooming young breat to you know, it's like our players, Adam, whoi has pointed out to me that he really thinks that both divisions, whoever wins this thing, as a straight up coin flip. Yeah, he thinks any wanted, any team of the seven that are here for ehl, three EHLP, have a legit chance to win. There should be absolutely zero asterisks. Astrisks. Well, word is fun to say because, as we said to like that this year, of all years, like was the hardest year for everyone to in the normal year. We don't see teams moving out of to a different state changing. We didn't even say that yet. All Vermont. They change states and they're still here, like that's insane. Lots tested earlier about saying Vermont lumberjacks. I was like New Hampshire. I know you usually see lumberjacks just stylized and was day receive Vermont. Should I say it honestly? They are in the format LABBE. Yeah, so we as a Lee still believing covid. COVID is still here in the pandemic is not over. Obviously the move brought with it a change of the name on the website to lumberjacks hockey club. It's it's the same thing still. The toughest part for them is like Vermont is in the low to like Vermont? Is Is it a look? You can't remove the word Vermont out of the Lord. Okay, I live maybe two thousand and twenty five minutes from Atlas Stadium. It maybe New Jersey. It's The New York jets and the New York giants. It's like know, it's this Christ, it's the God. What else? Yeah, we have the New England patriots who play in Fox for a Massachusetts. But what do you watch them on national television? It's like here's downtown Boston. It's forty five minutes away down Berlant also England, Fox Bro which is actually closer providence. Literally, yes, and and funny. I don't think it's funny. It's not a shot of the providence friars, but it is like so the last year that we had two finals was two thousand and eighteen nineteen, and it kind of had a similar feel to what the avalanche went through last week. The providence fryars still practice that whole weeks. They did. We need our schedule of quite a bit that day, remember correctly, because it's the building, though. It's their building, and they like they leaven eight. We go in, they give us like the greatest treatment every but they had to keep playing because of Pairwise, you know, maybe the frozen four that year, and I thought it was kind of funny. The one the one year we can't go back. They're waiting the same way, but then they don't get in the national tournament. Yeah, yeah, yeah, or the ones teams. They're both done like two days before. We're all like should we talk to everyone? Schneider? See, we just pop in just the hope is and see you next year. Old Nothing has been voted on yet. Oh, that's true too, but if we were able to alternate north South, I think that would be pretty cool. Coffee, milk coffee that that would be pretty good. That's fair to and and and this is the A. I know there's college coaches coming. There's been a bunch that I've reached out said that they are coming. Typically they come earlier in the week to see the matchups that they haven't seen before because in a normal year we always save the Inter conference matchup for the last day when it's too minute. Many teams into New England teams. And one college coach quite quite frankly said you don't when you get to the championship. They don't at our college level. We don't. Doesn't doesn't matter to us who wins right like, you're not going to. You're going to see a few different things in the championship that maybe help you recruited kid, but at the same time you're going to see some stuff that maybe it's only happening because of the championship game, which that has to do with coaching in this and that, but for the first few days. They get to see lumberjacks and Rangers for the first time, they get to see eighty seven and Adlane for the first time, they get to see sevens and Rangers for the first time. They get to see Lumberjackson as for...

...the twelve time or whatever it is. But but if they stay, if they stayed till Friday, I mean the you know, the Rangers played the avalanche this season. Guys, yeah, they lost in shoe down earlis first game of the season. Yeah, it feels like some I saw is like seven years ago at this point. Yeah, I mean to me we're at the others to kind of crazy that they lost an issue out and now you look at the rosters from both teams at the beginning of the year, it's like, who the hell are you? And and turnover. It's that was this year. I feels like ages. That's part of the reason why I don't think it really has hit home for me yet that we're here right now. We may all be sitting in this weird little circle as if we're summoning I don't know what, but that's okay. We're here and that's all that matters. But what's why I think you bost Hamshire beginning of the year. That's why I think look again. Feels like a lifetime ago Boston in New Hampshire, but I think Vermont New Hampshire is actually going to be the most interesting matchup out of all. These are the only teams we faced each other, really faced each other this year. And then there is the fact that Vermont kind of hold it over new HAMPSHERD's head where it's like the regular season title, and you know, we just kind of took that away from you. Yeah, yeah, we yeah, we just got to store through the playoffs. You know, you didn't do much. That's NA use the time off to review what they all those games well for. Definitely that's what's Ki to and Moster said that to me. He goes when you play the wolves or the Spartans, the avalanche so many times, they see your power play that many times, they know how you break things out. You can watch film before this week, but you're going to have less than sixty minutes to make adjustments. You know, and yes, we've touched on you could fall behind in this round robin and still get there by the same time. I think that everyone wants to end and day one wanted up and and it's a regulation with a regulation, that's for sure, but that we've already said. Both Games are going to go to overtime. I'm just trying to do some sort of reverse jriinks here to figure out what we can get out of this thing. Now suddenly get like a six nothing game first home. Well, the the overtime game will be Sunday night and all the last six over times and then we won't be able to make it home and time and that'll be the real big issue. And what's funny is the last time I was here for a finals was the year before we made it the frozen files, two thousand and sixteen seventeen championship right from the Philadelphia little flyers versus junior files, the best of five world and love the fly best the five series. It's right. Three Three Games on Games over Jerry domes. Three Games went to overtime, including one in the building that we're going to be in, and that game went to double overtime. So we're with the word old over time to the word overtime. Is this great right. It's I think it's just the sudden death factor of it, because to me it's what makes this sports so special. Like you know, I've said it before. Your basketball you could see the clock counting down and obviously there is the one moment. Football, you the list, the last play. Baseball it's the last pitch. Like hockey, it truly can happen at any given second. The double overtime goal that was scored in that two thousand and sixteen seventeen season. I am amber stupid stuff like this, stuff is sticks in your head. Scores from the red line. Oh it was a dumping. Yeah, and it took. It was one of those where the pot goes up, hits just the weirdest edge and kicks this way. Look at the goal that the railers P team scorting game one against the Rangers. That's a little passed across the slot that hits the stick and goes in. We thought it was the head. Yeah, there you talk about the nagging. I saw another angle and I guess of the stick, but that's that's what makes it so special. I can't believe that. When is that? That's a tops going that. It's what's going to make this week so special. Every goal will be huge this week and you're going to see it from the way that these these players celebrate and at this point we're all working in the events, so we're not going to come on and give you a prediction. If you, if you any parents, want to come, you know, pull us aside and whisper in our ear to ask us who we really think it's gonna win, maybe one of us will at our guard down, think, bring you a cheese and say who we think. But honestly, honestly, at both levels it could go to any any of the four teams in the EHL, any of the three teams in the EHLP that the avalanche. There is a high probability that we get two brand new champions this season and that's that's pretty damn cool. So I'm glad that we finally pulled this off. Literally. We will for you all the details, but the works butt off together. So we're gonna drop this one later on today and obviously then have all day Wednesday to gear up for the first put dropout for thirty and I feel like this might be a we listen to this on the bus on the way later on the other and the bus, my friends, the bus, kids around this like a...

...cheap suit and action the parents, because they will. They want, they want our prediction true, because, remember, the brackets has no fantasy this week, the brackets. So we didn't talk about Oh, should we talk about it? We mad yeah, em real quick. We just have to do so. Basically, I was in last place all season. Love for fantasy made this shick come back. I was absolute wheeling and then I lost an all. So I will be dumping off the roof of this hotel building. And that's the tea. Five points. You're trappoint somewhere, just a little higher. Oh No, I not for the bottom, but on. Oh yes, because I'm that little, I'm at least concern, at least concern for pretty safety, obviously, I guess. Yeah, let's get a hired job. That sounds exciting, honestly, Chris. She bought enough sweatshirts, probably that. No, I didn't. If you strung them all together, it would be a feeling a parish. It's still be a parish. Rest was probably long to I let you go, don't I've run enough. Like she about all the shampoo that fell out in her back. So I kind of like a puddle. Yes, it would be a good saving yes, yes, but it came down to legit five points. And when I got them? Yeah, when I when I send out the fantasy standings for those that followed along all year along at home, it basically came down to the points that I got from my lumberjacks players that advanced past the wolves. The point that points that she did not get from the wolves players. Essentially, you take some of those points away for me give them to hurt as they met. She was just a five point difference, but it's what makes it fun and also smiling. Right. Oh, he's saw Gonta Green on it and and you know, like egans mean after a lot of games, that you give him a nice present this weekend. I mean I want his the present to beat at me, I want to sign, I want an autograph. Oh, subscribe. Should have brought my Jacks Jersey. I should have brought my Jack stradget. I have a Jack started a collection of the new house. Yes, and all the teams are like telling me that they're my new ones are coming from them. So I can't. I can't have only the Jack Stress. Or is my tea shirt, Julie also? Yeah, just Jack. So there is no there is no fantasy for us here at the finals. We're just here. Dude, imagine we'd picked UN tea like a lineup based off of the people who are wait. Can we do that for like low key? Let me, truro start whole fame. I just want to I just wanted but for those for those parents that our player and coming down, that still meaning to book a hotel, feel free to reach out to any one of us to get that link. For those that aren't coming down, obviously we're going to have all the Games on hockey TV. We're going to have all of the pregame shows and press press conferences on Youtube live. So you'll be able to find all that at Eastern Hockey League the ORG. We're going to really blow this thing out of the water. We're going to Crown two champions on Sunday, so let's have some fun, all right, see you guys soon, everybody, good luck. 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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