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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 NeilRavin. With over onezero NCAA commitments, the ehl is the proven path tocollege. Turn it up and learn more about the college placement leader at thedivision two and three levels. Welcome to the e show presented by the penaltybox foundation. The foundation's mission senders around their daily motto we take care ofour own as they help out all of those within the hockey community who experiencedthe 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 thee 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 toyes, we are coming to you live from the Sheridan Great Valley Hotel whereall the teams will be staying this week. It's the frozen finals. It actuallyjust feels surreal that we're even here right now. It does we findthey 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, thatyou know we made it to this point and we're moving on. Teams arecoming down. People are in here and we're gonna pack up the rink andplay some hockey, and we have the usual e crew with me, JeffMills, Kyle the kind of Brittany Harbor, also a special guest in Chris Russo, who's joining us. Chris will be our Brian Boush j, ifyou will. Yes, inside the glass, but I still haven't even figured outwhat we're going to call what you're standing on yet. It's like ait'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 preferPierre McGuire. Yes, I'm okay, also because Pierre McGuire actually went tothe same high school that I'm pretty sure went to the same high school thatmy dad and my uncle and one of my cousins did, burten cap gunor 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 stanchin there that you kind of have to get your footing and once you getyour footing you can't move because the second you move like a hair, thewhole thing started shaking like this. Your platform, or whatever we're going tocall it, is a lot more stable. That's on the platform. I doremember seeing, because it's very strange how it worked out, because wewere fortunate enough we did, I think, just one a game at ice linethis year. And strange because usually at Jersey shore arena I'm on oneside of the rink and Anthony to Apollo is on the other. I'm betweenthe benches. Anthony calls the other side. And for this it was really weirdbecause I'm the penalty box and the platform is next to me, soit's on. It's on the bench side of the ice and it's just reallyweird 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 upto it. So, Oh, I know Anthony is a little sure ata 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 goingto be very strange and very, very difficult to try to get out thatladder. YEA and before we start making our way around all the different massupsare going to take place this week. Kyle's been posting a quote from eachteam and they've all been good, but there was one that really stood outto me and it was what Dante Taramani said, and it kind of wealready basically talked about it when we started. This is this is essentially two yearsin the making and it feels like that for us as well, becausewe were two weeks away from this last year and and to get that closeto not get to it. I think I use that ridiculous monopoly reference onone of the recent episodes that we got kicked back to the start, butit really did feel like that and now we're back at the spot that wewanted to get to. We surpassed it all the way. Before we getto the around the east show, there is one member of our staff thatwasn't able to join us and we want to give our best wishes to Bobd lassio. Bob Is crushed even more than we are that he can't makeit because he got kicked back to start again. Right. He basically gotkicked back to the start again, but Bob is supposed to the equipment guyfor the event. Bob Unfortunately suffered a mild stroke recently and it's not gonnabe able to make it down. We do have a gift that we're actuallyworking on for him, and All Star Jersey that every single player that ishere will be signing. So I can only imagine the reaction that he isgoing to give when he gets that. So with that, let's start makingour way around the show and breaking down all of these great matchups. It'stime for this week segment of around the e show. And around the showis 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 threeteams 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 championshiptrophies. There's that baby, there's that under does that does that factor init 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'reback now. Obviously we've talked about it. Chris Aaron's is the only player that'sback. Only one teams one. So to a degree I think itdoes. He's gonna, I mean errands is a captain and hopefully he cangive 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 onlyhaving one vetter but two veteran coaches, it's well off. I think that'swhen makes junior hockey so unique, because obviously the roster turn over from youryear is what we want, because that means kids are moving on. Butto 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 Ellasaid we could go three and Oh, we can go all three. Youknow 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 wonderingare we even going to this thing or what? Yeah, our are rusty, arrested. What is it going to be? You know how many gamesthey played in the month of March to to to you know how many gamesthey played since February? Twenty four, they before my birthday. For toWHO game? What the other thing to you to games? They didn't playthe best hockey in the second half. We all know that. I'm sureChris and Mario would tell us that as well. So maybe it was goodto have a little bit of a reset. It allows them to kind of gowatch some films, see what you did wrong, see what you needto 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 ishipp hop. HIPPOP is. Howcome Health Priva? See, like when someonegets covid you can't say they have covid and's totally violating their prize. Youcan't announce them medical records like yeah, you're twelve, you had but here'syour here's your first question. When you ask Chris serrons because I want totest this hipop question. No, no, no, no, this is athis is a test his memory rate, because the last time they were inthe finals was a championship game against the little flyers. Do you rememberthe third goal? Well, I can barely remember yesterday Menta Zune shot fromthe point and three of them were celebrating in the corner because Aaron's thought hetipped it, and then Menda zoon and the other deepartner our celebrators on ourright because he thought he shot it in. Oh my God. So tonight you'regoing to find out who score that goal. Hey, that's going tobe your question. We will get because in the box score it says ChrisErrands. But now that we're back here again, we need to figure outif 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 likeso, mend zoom scores, but wait, why is he going crazyover here? You know, even your own team defenseman versus forwards. It'sstill 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 theavalanche there. Obviously, here as the at large, if there is anyteam that you could say had an argument towards them, yet it has tobe the Walpole Express they won four playoff games. They essentially, you canlook at it as they were three points away from being here, and that'swhere, you know, I never want to put say anything about a teamplaying at different lineup or whatnot, but every point really does matter, likewhen you start, Oh, four and one, where you drop a fewgames here, a few games there. You know who the biggest spoiler thisseason is in our entire league? Value Junior warriors. The junior warriors.Yeah, get up from grab. They have wins over two teams that arehere. Yeah, they finished with ten wins on the season this ten oryou'll I hit the label, but they're a last place team, like it'sstatistically 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, weprobably on this podcast will all agree. You know, the avalanche made maybethe least likely to win this thing. Yeah, but but they they've doneit 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 hehas. So we have a twenty seven man protected list of this season.He will use twenty seven guys the first year. They won, they usetwenty four of twenty five. He went back, he went alternated. Itwas we're dating myself with the goalie, Pag Luca, Luca and sword everyother 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 theone team I see them going to. or no problem. Nathan Miller wasbring last Chris Jackson could come in,...

...depending on where you're at. Andit's David Redud. It's Daven reduce the show. Yep. And andat this point, you know, whenever, whenever people say to me, arethey're tired? Yeah, I can, I see that. We Watch thegames that you you exert yourself, like I get it. It's along season, but they're also teenagers right. There has to be some sort ofadrenaline 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 knowyou're going to the championship and you have the off day Saturday, I wouldbe 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 itsneo. I think I've been saying this all year on the podcast. WhatI've been saying it's a broken record. Expect the unexpected. It's a studwe 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 guysare baseball fans? Yeah, and Kurt Schilling is on a buster down threehundred to the New York Yankees in two thousand and four, Yep, andhe says out loud him and Kevin Millar, why not us? Yeah, it'sthe best. So I think all four teams are probably saying that thisweekend. Any of the guys I've spoken to their confident yet humble. It'sa good mix. But for the avalanche it's definition of their attitude. Whynot 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 Therespect 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 couldsee something here. And you know sometimes, like you get to the big stageand, like you said, these kids are teenagers. Ye, peopleare watching, it's a big event. They have all the attention in theworld. It's who can handle that pressure? Are you gripping the stick a littletighter? What death layers are? No, they're gonna be nervous thisweek. They're going to be no start. I think it's like some of thosefactors 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 Ithat I'll that I would bet on. When I pull the other thirteen coachesin the league on who they think is going to win, they will thesezero votes for the avalanche she because I think they all want to see somebodyelse with right. I think is why they're going to say that, notbecause they think whether or not. I think they they'll. The rest ofthe League would be like, let's see somebody else lift that trophy, whichI have here somewhere. We should have put her in. We could havevoted 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 knowif the eighty seven players have heard my audio yet, but I made thatguarantee on whatever podcast that was. If they're the first ones ever to winthe regular season title and the playoff title in the same year, at nextyear 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 aroundthem and I can say beside the playoff hipe video, it seems like themajority 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 woulddo it because it's a curse that's never been broken. Right. So andand makes things fast. Ad Out of who he's life. Rachels. He'sa hair stylist. She promised me that my hair would turn back to thenormal color afterwards. He probably would turn back. So let's see if theypull it off right. The one thing that let's talk about them for asecond. 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 outjust for a little bit of an ex placed on the at large. I'msure 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 theywere going to get here the right way and they could have lost. It'sa little fires but but based off the way they played, they never tooktheir foot off. They guess. Yeah, I will absolutely say that was thekey quote for pretty much the whole postseason was Antony Dapolin. I talkingto Adam Jolie, Anda Mac here and and at all the guys really andthem 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 youknow, it's a strange year. It's something you might not see again andthe fact is we want to get there the right way, and they meanexcept for maybe go a lot, except for maybe like the last twenty minutesagainst Mariland. They blew by them of the four of the first choice game. Yes, and then, you know, you could tell I were watching alittle flyers game, the game won, and thinking after twenty minutes and thenthey had that three minute power play...

...to start the three minute remainder ofthe five minute power players start the third period and I think a lot ofpeople, I don't think I was the only one that, after they didnot converti goal on that power play, I was thinking, Oh man,they might be done, not for the series, but they might be donefor today. Yeah, despie people, a little flyers and then they comeback 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 houtof people there. There are maybe thirty or four deal there and they weretheir own parents, of course, but the it's the largest I probably everheard that building. Yeah, and it's with the possible exception of Seaton HallMichigan State Men's basketball, it is probably the best. Is Probably the bestgame 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 thetext messages that day. Yeah, you know, like I remember written. He's like good, blue three, two hundred and eighty sevens, andI, 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 Ithinks she's lying though to so all right, that says meal was textingthirty cans into the BJR. Wappleed it. Bull polls up to nothing. I'mlike yeah, wait, I over that joke. That was a go. And that was when I said the rich began the game with an emptynet. For some reason not. It's this unique style. I don't knowwhat you want to do, but I have to bring that up because Idon't know why I got on this tangent for a second there, because Justinsquit terry text to me about our around Robin rules and when you read themclosely, there's a chance that we see some unique stuff this week, becauseyou have to remember that when the round robins did round robin standings, that'slike a tongue twister. They begin playing themselves out. You may get intoa 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'ssome 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 robintype stuff, because this was this was the point structure that we wantedto have the last time we were going to have it, which is lastyear. The first first two years of the round robin it was just thestandard two points for a win, one point for an overtime loss. Butwe've realized as a lead you really have to add some value to winning agame 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 afterfive 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 ofthat was honestly, like you know, I've said in this podcast, we'veonly 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, arenot our guest by the weekend. So with this format, though, likeBrittany said, Jimmy like he pulls the goalie when you're not expecting the pullthe goalie. Right, he's a big over. Down five to, what'swhat'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 Idon't know if it will happen, but there's a chance we see something kindof weird over the over the next three days. You know, you impressedme every time we go on this podcast because it's reverse psychology. You're basicallyone 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. Obviouslytwo teams entering this in different ways. Seven obviously want to have what theavalanche have, a championship, but the e sevens aren't the only one thatthinks that they can win this thing right. The research. The Rangers thing thatthey can win this. The lumberjacks think that they can win this.And for the Rangers, we talked about every point mattering. How many pointswere 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 wewant it last year. We let's get it again this year. Andthen, you know, for the ninety nines, as rich says, likelet's let's finish it the right way. And that came down to a wantto say, a loss to the wizards in the last circuit or the secondthe last week of the season, was really the difference in that. Andwhen I look at the Rangers team this year compared to last year, lastyear's team is not going to like when I say that I think this year'steam is better. They like a Robbie Sea Wagon. Yeah, like itis. 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 scoreit will. I don't know if I...

...wanted to be against them. Imean the first game that we have lumberjacks versus Rangers. I shouldn't say it'sjust the Rangers of school. The lumberjack score it well. Also, Ithink they have foberjacks have been on fire. Fibres that wolf series seven, six, four finals, so it lives. Is the first game going to beseven to six? I'll go ten goals, lumberjacks twenty three goals forI 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 settlesdown a bit too. I mean you was so good last year and Iknow schools against numbers and stuff. We will higher this year, but he'sa really good goaltender. Who's to say that when the spot it comes onhim 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 expectedfor Mont to be or the lumberjacks to be here besides Jim Lowso I thinkit'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? Whatare you saying to me in the car yesterday? I don't know. There'sa lot of coals. I think I think he I think he said haveI 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 teambecause in like October he was like watch out for this premiere Tim I waslike 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 thinkthat's what makes these four teams so unique. You know many games they played beforeChristmas? Nine, I think nine. So when he came back he's he'sobviously they dropped three straight. To See coach right off the hop rememberthat right, right, like Dang, we're like we're like secret, likesecs is a wagon, and then here come the wolves, and then seegoes with is the GRANNIC Cup, and then the abs are kind of teeteringbackwards. Whether the stone first place, but then Vermont got hot and andwhat Moss was said as they basically had to start over because they only playednine games. They had such limited practice time that he thinks his team isstill getting better every game. I kind of want to go around the hornhere and we'll start to my left with Chris go around, or we canstart with, excuse me, the Queen Retti, but these. Firstly,maybe so you know, I touch based with one of the lumberjacks players afew months back and potentially they're a little more prepared for this moment than theother 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 yourequipment, Yep, maybe we kind of slept on the lumberjacks there for likejust just split second. I'm going to go around the horn. But thatlifestyle, they can kind of transition that a little better than other teams thathave been like staying home in the South or Massachusetts. Do you know whattheir record is in their last ten games? Probably seven and three nine. Oneto know. Wow, the one loss didn't matter. It was agame against the walls where they already new they were playing the littles in thesecond round. Mike Trough there may be the hottest team here and the majorityof the League and the community following. The EHL is leading eighty seven rangersand you can smid has eleven points in four games, he said, andfive, I think. Finally says eleven points as well. They're both toospawl. There are both two points out from getting into the EHL record booksfor points in a postseason, which when you when you look at that recordbook now with the folks at home, have to realize is if you doit now, I say you tie someone from a previous season, I'm alwaysgoing to place your name above because doing it now is more impressive, becausewe 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 thatnumber was significantly higher. He has eleven points in four games. Four Games, that's it. Yeah, I mean he deserves it. Beyond on thatlist you like it's right, like it's insane. Can I just point outby the way. Yeah, I was looking over some of the stats.I'm doing my notes, and obviously there are not. You know, theyhave are very been, very few introdivisional matchups this year and yeah, obviouslyso I'm pretty much going back to last year's so so I'm going back tolast 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 Bostonlast year, a goal and five assists. To look at that.Wow, you rest coming in with the only great granny's get all. Youjust kid gets all Boston's in the house, Holy House. And the rest ofthat 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 thatcame back. He's not an h O to. He's he's an oldone. On that list of we're going to start working on working a listof top ones. Zach Simon, eagan...

...smitt. I know it's my fantacyteams, like I love sex, but like Eagan Smit, like you know, he may not win the MVP award, and I think this is a wholedifferent podcast debate that we could define just as WHO. How do youdefine the most valuable player when, when it's late in the game, likewatch 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 atthe 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 whenhe's on, he is on, and what he's on, he ismaybe the best player on this team, and and he plays on a linewith Paul finally's. They haven't played the Rangers yet this season. We knowtheir rivals. I think that's safe to say. Whether you boys, whetheryou whether your's couch, whether you whether you play, whether you play eachother or not? Is that? Did I do that matchup intentionally to startthis whole event off? No, him. I disappointed with myself or the waythat no. No, I think that's a great way to star,wearing bones. No, no, I I that's how I wanted to doit. 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 inthe avalanche, and then two verses three day two is one two and threefour for the you know in Chalk you're supposed to have one to go awhole way, right. So I didn't want to have one to play onFriday and again on Sunday, because if Friday didn't mean anything, are youplaying for? Who has the last chain? Sunday? Like that's no one reallycares at that point, right. I say that, but the coachesare like last changes, it's uber important, right. So I mean it's they'reall great matchups. The eighty seven, I can't even remember the last timethey face the avalanche. Last year, apparently I didn't get the score,but I did that the September. Oh, it was the it wasthe mic duck game. Yeah, it was the right stuck game. Itwas the first showcase and rod it was a yes, it was a twoto one victory. We all know. First for the eighty seven, theeighty seven and time record showcases, like five. Yeah, and, andI remember this because Julie was like, I just beat him, I onlytalk to me last like, I don't know, man, this is ChrisSerella, love leaves doesn't want to lose to you. So I mean liketo start off with those matchups, though it's I mean every match up hereis perfect, but the start that on day one. I'm pretty excited.Yeah, for sure, and and and day two, maybe it's going tobe 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 notthe same as a best of three where you lose game one, you feellike you're in a hole for a while. But you lose game one, you'regoing to feel like you're in a hole. But you can look backat history, Kyle, like this one two thousand and seventeen eighteen frozen finals. Revolution lost the first game but they still made the championship. So losinggame one is not a death sentence. You can still fight back and getto that championship game. Well, especially if you, especially this year,your force overtime. We get a tie or something. Yes, and youknow we're going to get overtime games this year because I've said it so manytimes. I keep I keep saying it. So that something happened projected to ustime we're manifesting of. All of a sudden there's a story that goesup 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, butall games, UN exactly five minutes and all points were scored at the Boveall. Yes, exactly. But think about how great the five minute overtimeswere during the regular season for the games that we went to. Right,I saw lot. I imagine here. Imagine here like service, just thinkinglike like we're not going to be nervous in the same way as the playerswill. I think Thursday I may be Thursday I'm going to be a littlethat 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 gonnalike, wait a second, are you here with the lumberjacks? Because thesleeve seem to match the pants. which have you guys seen this? YouSee? I will say this for yeah, I know Kyle want to talk aboutthis. Of all the jerseys here, the White Lumberjacks Jersey, Yuck,is probably the best and it's just not gets good duck for all youold 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 afull 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'sunder the pants. So you can't there's...

...no plaid on those glad is onthe 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 likea 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 incheslower and then it would have showed up. So the sleeves start like, notat they start. They start kind of on the BICEP, if youwill, but it's it's the lumberjacks logo. Aren't those cool? Lumberjacks logo isthe best logo in the league. I'll say. That's it. I'mlike, 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 letme go back to Mazy. For you house. It's the right buckets andI'm getting like a mix of devil's reverse retro and like Minnesol while nostalgia alittle bit. Yeah, that's yeah, Bas not as like break reas theystarted. I don't want to call it a trend, but they started arevolution. They started they were the first to do this. They have oneset of numbers for the entire organization. So if you're Jackson Collins Right andyou've played EHL and EHLP, your number twenty on both teams. So it'sa lot of other teams have started to do that because you want to calla kid up, but he's number ten, but this kids number ten on Ahlteam and he's got to wear a number twenty four on the on theother 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 wholeorganization, right with back when they had midget teams, and the wholeidea behind it was you want to be number twelve, go up to thattop 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 samething at the revs. It's I think it's a cool thing because I thinkit makes you want to climb up, want want to get your number right. You want it, you have to earn it, you have to getto that spot. Back then, like wearing number forty seven, having likewasn't cool, but if that's what you had, like yeah, and andI don't want to make it sound like their jerseys are like here and therest of the League is down here. That's at this finals. But Ido like thin I do love the white I mean the other teams, theRangers. The grays are new this year. I love the grays, hate thewhite. The whites are Brown. I want to go with the yellows, which Adamante on the yellows every game raisor, if you like, theyellows my hands down. Well, when do you see the yellows? Iwish, 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, biga vs. Yeah, the avalanche is it's a little bit smaller of thefun. 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 meananything, though? Absolutely means everything, I think. Superstitious. Here wego. Say, know, the Patriot whites. Is that you're tellingme? 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 thosewell round bully cool drue. My God, Ala loves that Chin.And then the giants were the white. Yes, and I think they worethe 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 bringmy seven sweatshirt. I really should have brought it. I got the bityou thought you saw the big red seven. Yes, yeah, because time goingseven fir second about you, eache. I've never heard that from anyone.So we know what sups you know what Chrys will do. If theavalanche 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 willsay there's an asterisk because he was the at large. But you know whatthis 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 aboutthe at large is did we in a sense throw a bone towards the bottomteams by letting everybody in the playoffs? We probably did, but by havinga something to fight for at the top, we also threw a bone to thetop 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'sgoing to make this so unique, because these kids have played almost every gamelike there have. It as have been a situation where they said, youknow what, we have a chance to rest a guy this game. Theyplayed every game, played almost every game, but we had yet one three gameseries this whole time. You got three game series by is called thetwo games series. Well, here's the thing. True teams are proving youright in different ways. The seventh proved you right because, even though theywant 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 getto the final, they are their way of the final, technically twice thisyear. Yeah, and then those Vermont it and you said that you throwthe 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 tokind of take Canada it's like. But he also loves the fact that hereigns the north right now. Yeah, my God man. Oh Yeah,tell EHLP, he asked us for that graphic. He asked us for thatground rings in North Graphic that I made. You know, he didn't. Hedidn't wait for that to get set to him, like he asked usfor that. Great, right, really. So it's that's a really good,like be your chest moment. You like we want both weeks. That'sthat's a huge and, like you know, we'll talk. We'll touch on theEHLP for a second, because it's so much different than the EHL.Like we have a different franchise, like you had to think, like theway that things were playing out all season long. It's like Pencil and ManAvalanche Rangers will be here. They're not here either. That is like likewhat grats to the Edessa family in the railers coming back yesterday, and youknow, I might watch out from the back seat of the military tank wehave as a rental car and I'm watching the game and Neil and Jefford islike 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 gutthat. Yeah, I think I said. Like I said, are you lyingright? And there wait, are you being serious that? Look,here's the silly on my phone. Yeah, they're going nuts. Is Kind ofreminiscent of the game one little flyers eighty seven's when it was to notthe 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 overtill the final horns sounds. That avalanche lumberjacks series, with the trip hereon 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? Andwent three, two, like the railers and the lumberjacks. P teams eachpicked up two wins in that round. To get here. All the gameswere in overtime. Lumberjacks one, two and a rown over time. Railerswon game one, in game three in overtime. I think it a littletime off, even though it so. I think I think the EHLP guysare like ehl, baying out all the overtimes and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, give us on Saturday. Let's just play at sixty. I think thecoolest thing about the p this year is, I think about you said Pencil inthe 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, NewJersey, you ever? You got the railers. IT'S T I mean NewJersey. You might be expected for the but the other two teams are probablyones 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 newith. 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 threeehl teams that have in won their first championship yet. Just said it's goingto be a first time champion at both levels. The only one, theonly one listen. Next Dale, Chris is like, okay, it'll bea three time Jill. You know he would won the question. I GuessI have to pee. Yes, yes, but like sure, you have to. You have to remember with these guys their ears perk up with thesmallest thing that you say, the smallest thing you see. Numbers on theitinerary will be is rexfast is at Ed am, if it's eight, ifit'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 Ishould have wrote a nap times to just to make sure everyone do exactly wherewe're supposed to be right. I mean it's the locker room stuff to wefor 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 anotherpoint to the hotel and Wonderful Valley. Up until recently it's been freezing coldup there, like it is another level of cold. That's rights. sall week here everyone's going to be like it's summer, we can go outsidewithout our park has on. Yes, I temperatures of ice line, iceline 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 jacketsare for. You're going to be good. Let's call you. Also, youmove 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 itall the Games are on rink one, which has the bar in the puboverlooking it. The whole like the built out custom locker rooms were takenthat whole section over. We have a press conference from this is like itstill 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 likethis is we've said it to we all meet you and Bert. You'vebeen here the last are for all the finals of each year. We've triedto take it up a notch. Now we bring in Kyle and Chris andyou. You try to have more and Joe and everybody Joe, and wehave 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 youknow some of the owners in the League of have been like, howdid you track all that? One at the finals, I was like youthink I did that while I was calling the game. Like no, there'sother people that, yeah, help out that this as well, and it'sit was cool to have. Like, I don't there's going to be somepeople 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 wasenormous and I'd love to have every single person here. I mean it's itmakes me sound selfish the number of broadcasters that reached out asking to call thefinals. I feel bad texting back, like sorry, I kind of wantto call it myself, like I feel bad texting that back, but it'slike 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 yearsbuilt up to this. Like it's going to hit me when the pop dropssometime. 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'tknow. I mean it's a lot of my ideas come when I'm either standingin the shower or laying adds the best and and that's and it's like whatelse could I have Brittany do? And then we've built the built in theinterviews and the press conference stuff. I honestly like the and I can sayI'm stealing it from them. They I looked at the press conference room thatthey set up for what they call the Robertson Cup. It's the same typeof backdrop, microphone, all that. It's one of those things where itkind of mind. When I saw the way they did it, it remindedme of like a TV set. You think when you're watching TV, looklike, look at this great house that they're in, but it's obviously cutoff like red in front of it, like they were. They had anice 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 itto be a hundred percent perfect, it's a learning experience for the kids aswell, from the Games to getting interviewed for the first time like this islike the for the for most of these kids is the first time they've everhad to answer questions like this. Right in high schools, high school it'slike, let's just go out, put up points and everyone loves me becauseI'm the leading score in high school team. Like they never have to answer toanybody. But that's really good point. You say it all the time andthat's why the HL has such a good job and a good relationships withthese schools that have developed over the years placement, because they know that you'rekind of giving them like an internship for said, persuading them, grooming themvery good Coles, very good program grooming up to become athletes at the nextlevel where you're going to have to that stuff just ruventry. Yep, you'regoing to show off for Press Conte, show up for an interview. Youget right, you can't say no either, but I like yeah, exactly,your call. troosing to make screw off, buddy. You can't sayyou know. And now I'm getting now I'm getting alumni who are graduating fromcollege. Now it's like thanking you for Papa Rabbit like I had. Ihad a couple players reached out to me. They are in their first year outof college this year for interviews about something there working, working off fortheir 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 leaguethat long that now these kids that were in at the first couple of yearsor graduating from college and we're and we're part of the reason why they're goingto college and and they put their trust in their faith and nuts. AndI know there's going to be a lot of parents that come up to usthis weekend. For those that are still considering coming down, there's a parentblock set up at our hotel. Oh yes, please come. It isfilling fast. Shared would it just got word that good old Tammy has movedover here. We switch to shows tabby. I could tell you, like ifwe looked at each team's roster, I could tell you which parents Iknow 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 followthe EHL, right, and they don't really tweet ever, but they justwant to read the news and they want to like like stuff. But theyall listen to this. Yeah, Oh my God, they all listen tothis. Or and my parents squad like to meet you all there. There'sgonna 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 knowanother 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 forthe final one of the season? We want to spell that out lout.But there was an episode early on this...

...year, Chris, where we hada big disc it was a really long conversation about pair of tea pair ofdiand it was it would ha off the rails whatever, off the rails,sponsorsation, sponsored by Britney. Of course it was. It was I don'tknow what episode was that. To go find that sever the vault, willye parrots, you is the separate parent cheese. What the NBA does nothave. Yes, that's one. Yeah, Che Way Parody is such scared whenwe when we stop the recording, there's a couple other words that Brittanyhas used in the past, oh, that have made us want to fallout of our chair. I don't know exactly what my yeah, I rememberone, yeah, barely on in the air. Well, it will justsay 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 divisionsto 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, hethinks any wanted, any team of the seven that are here for ehl,three EHLP, have a legit chance to win. There should be absolutely zeroasterisks. Astrisks. Well, word is fun to say because, as wesaid to like that this year, of all years, like was the hardestyear for everyone to in the normal year. We don't see teams moving out ofto a different state changing. We didn't even say that yet. AllVermont. They change states and they're still here, like that's insane. Lotstested earlier about saying Vermont lumberjacks. I was like New Hampshire. I knowyou usually see lumberjacks just stylized and was day receive Vermont. Should I sayit honestly? They are in the format LABBE. Yeah, so we asa Lee still believing covid. COVID is still here in the pandemic is notover. Obviously the move brought with it a change of the name on thewebsite to lumberjacks hockey club. It's it's the same thing still. The toughestpart for them is like Vermont is in the low to like Vermont? IsIs 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 Yorkgiants. It's like know, it's this Christ, it's the God. Whatelse? Yeah, we have the New England patriots who play in Fox fora Massachusetts. But what do you watch them on national television? It's likehere's downtown Boston. It's forty five minutes away down Berlant also England, FoxBro which is actually closer providence. Literally, yes, and and funny. Idon'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 twothousand and eighteen nineteen, and it kind of had a similar feel to whatthe 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, andthey like they leaven eight. We go in, they give us like thegreatest 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 offunny. The one the one year we can't go back. They're waiting thesame 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. OldNothing has been voted on yet. Oh, that's true too, but if wewere able to alternate north South, I think that would be pretty cool. Coffee, milk coffee that that would be pretty good. That's fair toand 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. Typicallythey come earlier in the week to see the matchups that they haven't seen beforebecause in a normal year we always save the Inter conference matchup for the lastday when it's too minute. Many teams into New England teams. And onecollege 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 uswho wins right like, you're not going to. You're going to see afew different things in the championship that maybe help you recruited kid, but atthe same time you're going to see some stuff that maybe it's only happening becauseof the championship game, which that has to do with coaching in this andthat, but for the first few days. They get to see lumberjacks and Rangersfor the first time, they get to see eighty seven and Adlane forthe 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 meanthe 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 thatthey lost an issue out and now you look at the rosters from both teamsat 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 homefor me yet that we're here right now. We may all be sitting in thisweird little circle as if we're summoning I don't know what, but that'sokay. We're here and that's all that matters. But what's why I thinkyou 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 NewHampshire is actually going to be the most interesting matchup out of all. Theseare 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 newHAMPSHERD's head where it's like the regular season title, and you know, wejust kind of took that away from you. Yeah, yeah, we yeah,we just got to store through the playoffs. You know, you didn'tdo much. That's NA use the time off to review what they all thosegames 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 somany times, they see your power play that many times, they know howyou break things out. You can watch film before this week, but you'regoing to have less than sixty minutes to make adjustments. You know, andyes, we've touched on you could fall behind in this round robin and stillget there by the same time. I think that everyone wants to end andday one wanted up and and it's a regulation with a regulation, that's forsure, but that we've already said. Both Games are going to go toovertime. I'm just trying to do some sort of reverse jriinks here to figureout what we can get out of this thing. Now suddenly get like asix nothing game first home. Well, the the overtime game will be Sundaynight and all the last six over times and then we won't be able tomake it home and time and that'll be the real big issue. And what'sfunny is the last time I was here for a finals was the year beforewe made it the frozen files, two thousand and sixteen seventeen championship right fromthe Philadelphia little flyers versus junior files, the best of five world and lovethe fly best the five series. It's right. Three Three Games on Gamesover Jerry domes. Three Games went to overtime, including one in the buildingthat 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 thisgreat 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 andobviously there is the one moment. Football, you the list, the last play. Baseball it's the last pitch. Like hockey, it truly can happenat any given second. The double overtime goal that was scored in that twothousand and sixteen seventeen season. I am amber stupid stuff like this, stuffis sticks in your head. Scores from the red line. Oh it wasa dumping. Yeah, and it took. It was one of those where thepot 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 thenagging. I saw another angle and I guess of the stick, but that'sthat'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 sospecial. Every goal will be huge this week and you're going to see itfrom the way that these these players celebrate and at this point we're all workingin the events, so we're not going to come on and give you aprediction. If you, if you any parents, want to come, youknow, pull us aside and whisper in our ear to ask us who wereally 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 fourteams in the EHL, any of the three teams in the EHLP that theavalanche. There is a high probability that we get two brand new champions thisseason and that's that's pretty damn cool. So I'm glad that we finally pulledthis off. Literally. We will for you all the details, but theworks butt off together. So we're gonna drop this one later on today andobviously then have all day Wednesday to gear up for the first put dropout forthirty and I feel like this might be a we listen to this on thebus 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 wedidn't talk about Oh, should we talk about it? We mad yeah,em real quick. We just have to do so. Basically, I wasin 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 bedumping off the roof of this hotel building. And that's the tea. Five points. You're trappoint somewhere, just a little higher. Oh No, Inot 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 letyou go, don't I've run enough. Like she about all the shampoo thatfell out in her back. So I kind of like a puddle. Yes, it would be a good saving yes, yes, but it came down tolegit five points. And when I got them? Yeah, when Iwhen I send out the fantasy standings for those that followed along all year alongat home, it basically came down to the points that I got from mylumberjacks players that advanced past the wolves. The point that points that she didnot get from the wolves players. Essentially, you take some of those points awayfor me give them to hurt as they met. She was just afive 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, likeegans mean after a lot of games, that you give him a nice presentthis weekend. I mean I want his the present to beat at me,I want to sign, I want an autograph. Oh, subscribe. Shouldhave brought my Jacks Jersey. I should have brought my Jack stradget. Ihave a Jack started a collection of the new house. Yes, and allthe 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 ismy tea shirt, Julie also? Yeah, just Jack. So there is nothere 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 thepeople who are wait. Can we do that for like low key? Letme, truro start whole fame. I just want to I just wanted butfor those for those parents that our player and coming down, that still meaningto book a hotel, feel free to reach out to any one of usto get that link. For those that aren't coming down, obviously we're goingto have all the Games on hockey TV. We're going to have all of thepregame shows and press press conferences on Youtube live. So you'll be ableto find all that at Eastern Hockey League the ORG. We're going to reallyblow this thing out of the water. We're going to Crown two champions onSunday, so let's have some fun, all right, see you guys soon, everybody, good luck. Thanks for listening to the show. Learn moreat Eastern Hockey League Dot Org and follow us on Facebook, twitter, instagramand Youtube. Also, be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week'sPODCAST is released.

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