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Team of the Week (Rangers) | Episode 66

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we bring back the offseason team of the week features, and start things off (1:08) with the new champions in the EHL, the Boston Jr. Rangers. For Rich DeCaprio, the first title in franchise history still hasn't fully set in quite yet, but he also has his sights focused on making it two in a row. The #ECrew comes together (29:22) at the end of this week's episode to create the all-time Rangers lineup through eight seasons in the league.

Welcome to the e show with Neil Raven. With over onezero NCAA commitments, the ehl is the proven path to college. Turn it up and learn more about the college placement leader at the division two and three levels. Welcome to the east show presented by the penalty box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto we take care of our own as they help out all of those within the hockey community who experience a catastrophic event. Learn more at penalty box foundation dot Org. What's going on? My name is Neil Raven and this episode number sixty six of the e show and the first team of the week feature of the two thousand and twenty one offseason. We begin the no hockey time period with our new champions in the EHL, the Boston junior rangers. For Rich DiCaprio, it still hasn't fully set in for him quite yet, but he also has his sites already set on titled Number Two. The e crew comes together at the end of this week's episode to put together the all time rangers line up through eight seasons in the League, joined now by rich DiCaprio, the head coach and general manager of the Boston Junior Rangers. Has It going rich? Going well? How are you doing? I'm doing red got up, caught up on sleep finally, while you're how about yourself? Yeah, I know, it's feel like I still haven't had a minute the breathe, but slowly getting back to it. Has It hits you yet that you won the championship? It has, you know. Obviously it's an unbelievable accomplishments for the guys and the funny thing is, as I think I mentioned it before, I still feel a little I don't know, I feel like we need to do it again for me to really kind of catch up with with our our granite state rival north of us, and I feel like I still I'm not there yet. Of course, riches referring to the new New Hampshire Avalanche, who have two titles, a team that they beat in the championship game. Something that I've said a lot about this year's championship is it really felt like two years combined together because of the way that last season got canceled. Obviously, last season you guys were the regular season champions. You had fifteen kids move on to college. That's a lot of guys to replace. When did you realize this season that you had a special group? Well, honestly, I kind of knew we were going to have something special just with the guys that were coming back from from last year's team, with with the Zoll and Young Shave and Jack Moore and Rod and Tommy, and it just the guys that were returning, Johnny moving up, Bailey Mac and just a good core of of returning guys that we're in our organization that you know, both because both of our teams last year you in our premier team. They won their regular season championship. So those guys that moved out understood what it took to get to that point. And so, just knowing the guys that were returning and then some of the players that I had signed early in the offseason, I started saying, I think in July, do and July, that I have a feeling that this year's team is going to be better than last year's team. And what was it? I don't know. We never you know, they're very, very similar. But but it was a great group of guys and just just the type of kids that we had, just in terms of personality and and just being good people, good kids and good teammates was, it was, it was. It was fun to fun to be a part of them. And I've bring that up, of course, because you use the Hashtag all season long for the ninety nine. So I'm not going to list list off everyone that committed from that team last year, but you know you named Connor Doherty, will Fisher, Mitch Hate, Andrew Keith, Brent Rickett. They were there was a lot of talent that did leave your team. was there a player or two on that year's group? Obviously I know you feel cut. You felt confident going into this season, but was there a player or two from that ninety nine class that you were like, you know what, I'll do like my team, but who's going to take that guy spot? Yeah, like you look at Rickett right. It was up at Norwich. Had Sick do something points and I think he had thirty goals. He was a guy that you're like, okay, well, who's gonna who's going to be our thirty goal scorer this year? Do we have a thirty goal scorer this year? Guys like black well, Mitchie hate, who just won the UCHC championship with Olmiro yesterday. You know we're we going to have another machine, you know, and I don't think we had guys. I mean Mitchee and those guys are obviously different, different players, but you know, the depths that we had this year,...

...like we didn't have a forty point guy on the Blue Line, like like Mitch hate was last year, but we didn't need it, you know, like we had four lines of forwards that all could score goals, so we really didn't have a fourth line, so we didn't need to generate offense from the Blue Line. And we picked up jake the chance, which, you know, if he played a full season with us, he probably would add forty, fifty points, but but you know, he was our offensive guy and the other defenseman that we had were just shut down then and moved to puck well and we're hard to play against. But yeah, I mean it was definitely a couple of guys in my mind, like I mentioned that. How do we replace that? That's kind of where my mind is now. How do we replace, you know, the conner ofissolves and maybe young and shape, those guys that really kind of carried us through the through the playoffs. I mean they're floors and finals. At least that line was was a beast. So you know, we got guys that are returning that I'm really excited about that again that you know, it's it's going to be good to build around those guys because they lived through it, and some guys moving up and the new guys coming in and I'm really excited about so it's a w see. W'll see. And I want to get to that top line that you just mentioned. But a name that you said before. That was Jake Lei chance you have him and he Andrew Pratt who approached you. I want to say it was around November when they realize that at Wesley and they were going to meet sophomores. They can't play this probably, you know, I guess as a leave. We probably hope that this never happens again. have to go through a season, yeah, like we did. But when you have two players that won a nest gay championship this season before that are still junior eligible and they approach you about coming to play and stay in shape with your team, how do you even respond to that? Well, it was really a no brainer. Both of those guys obviously coming off the championships at the collegiate level. That's KAYC and I just knew that the experience to bring into our locker room with those two players was going to be you kind of can't. You can't turn it down. And and Pratt was unbelievable in the locker room, unbelievable on the bench and had him on a really good line, but with Andy Moore and Johnny Mal and, you know, those two guys really you know, I think it's safe to say without those two guys maybe we don't maybe we don't win the whole thing, but they definitely definitely play a huge factor and what we accomplished. And you started think there was a lot of players, a lot of teams, a lot of teams picked up some in college guys. You know, it wasn't just us, it was there were a lot of kids around that still had eligibility that could ended up on on some teams in our league, which was great for the League. Yeah, and I just a chance is the first and that pops to mind because you go back and you watch any of the Games in the frozen finals, whenever he has the puck on his stick, I felt like the entire building was watching him. You know, every single player on the ice was. Yeah, that guy's got the puck again, we need to look out. But then you also mentioned at those frozen finals your top line, which was bizarre and Shafer and young, and every one of those guys wore a letter for you. And I want to kind of ask this question based off the whole season, because this was such a challenging gear with going almost at sometimes week by week, and for you guys a particular, you went almost a month back in the middle of September to the middle of October, only having played one game. How much did you lean on your captain's in your leaders to help your group get through a year where it felt like the regulations and the restrictions were just constantly changing? Yeah, it was. Those guys are such good communicators and motivators and leading by example that, you know, the team kind of just followed their lead and we had to make some adjustments where when you know when mass was set down, and you know, we were fortunate that we're only twenty minutes from Nashville Hampshire, so we could skate up there and we practiced up there for for a couple of weeks and you know, the guys just gel we didn't have a locker room. So it was hard. I mean it was you know, I'm not in the lock around the guys all the time. It's kind of the way I approached my teens is kind of handsoff and what the leaders kind of take the reins and you know, if I need to get involved, I do, but I never even last year's team, I never really had to get involved. Those guys all understood what the expectations were and how to stay motivated and being, you know, getting together, off outside, working out somewhere and just being together. So you know, and everybody understood. Everyone was was in the same boat. It wasn't like it was just our team. We you...

...know, the message was saying, you know what, like this is the country, this isn't just fussed. Everyone's going through it and and let's let's just keep our keep our focus and you know, when the when they say we can play, work like so just keep it going. And that line, it counted for over half of your goals in the frozen finals. We mentioned Le Chance. You take that line, you get a chance and then you put in Andy more out there, and that was your PP one, which I mentioned to you on multiple occasions since the files ended that that was probably, in my opinion, as lethal a unit as I've seen in my six years in this league. And I say that because it felt like they always knew where every single one of the other four of them would be. How much coaching did you do for that power play or did you kind of let them just go do it? Well, we gave them. We gave them kind of a blueprint on on what we wanted to do in terms of system and kind of let them play within that system and and you know, if something's not there, what's option to? What's option three? And then at one point, probably in January, February, you know, we kind of just let them know they knew what the different books would be, but we just let them kind of do their thing and we practiced it a lot in practice and we let the unit's kind of go on their own on each end and and we kind of just scape back and forth and watch how they're running it. And you know, when you have guys like Andy Moore and with chance, their IQ's or off the charts and their skill sets are unbelievable. So those guys, he kind of just give them the rains and let them kind of figure it out on their own and then, and they did. They worked a lot on their own and talk to each other, you know, whether it's on the bench or or, you know, off the ice and drawing things up on their own, and that to speaks the volumes of the type of players that they are. They're going to be really, really successful whatever they're their next step is with the with the guys are going to college and then anymore that you hopefully he's making that jump to tier one or tier two next year and with Jake going back to Wesley and I think you know, the confidence that he was able to build playing with us is going to help him tremendously next year. It was and I want to talk about more here for a second, because you had a couple power play chances late in that championship game and it was quiet in the building when those power of plays began, but when he got the Puck it felt like you could hear a pin drop almost. And then obviously in that last sequence he goes through all of his options finds bizarre you tie the game. You bring a kid like that in WHO's no to from Maine. I'm obviously from Maine as well and I know where, I think main high school hockey ranks. Did you ever write envision him being the rookie of the year and being just dis talented? I didn't. I remember, you know, I was watching training camp, you know we were having our this was in September or late August, early September actually, and watching our scrimmage up top and, you know, watching some guys and I made a phone called for one of my one of my guys that I trust, and I said Hey, what you know? What are your thoughts on this kid that I had at camp? And he's like yeah, he's not bad. He's like, but I actually I meant to call you. I have a kid who's driving back from Canada and I'm like, Oh, who is it? You know anymore? From Maine and was supposed to play in the BCHL but couldn't get across the border. My first question was, well, what years music? You know too, and right there is like who Michael? Okay, that's young for the EHL, and like I'm like maybe he's a p Guy, and he's like he's legit and I'm like okay, and I trust this guy and he's like you got him, come down. He came down for Skate and immediately a coin and I looked at the early holy craplike kids actually pretty good and and he's such a great kid too. So like it was, it was. We were very fortunate to get him and yeah, watching him was a lot of fun. And after Christmas, I remember the first two practices when we got back from Christmas break, he was on another level like well, I don't know what he did over break, but it was his game even elevated more and everyone noticed that. The players were like what did it? Indeed, do whatever, break, and so it was. He was a lot of fun to watch and a lot of fun to coach because he's always asking questions, always wanted you know what, what can I do to be better here, and never, never carry himself. If an arrogance or maybe he's just a great kid, like great teammate. Guys. All loved them and he...

...was perfect form. It was a and he even agreed it was the perfect fit for him for his first year junior hockey coming out of main high school. Like you said, not fantastic, but you know, who knows what his role would have been if it was a normal year and he goes to the BC. Is he going to play those roles of powerfully, kindly killed? You know, maybe not. So I think this was a great he agreed. stuffings gone for him. But wherever he goes next year, whether it's North American League of the USHL, I know he's got some interest from from teams in both leagues, he's going to do well. Yeah, and and for me, obviously I love the for of the year, the MVP awards, the big big awards, but to be the rookie of the year one is always special because it seems like those guys their tracks are just different. You know, you look at the Caden primas and the Matt Browns have one that a would in the past. And and Andy I have to just wonder in the normal year I've he puts up for fifty six points in forty six games, in ten game winners. If we had closer to a full season. I always just wonder what kind of numbers would have that kid would have put up in more of a full year. Right. Yeah, and I mean I think he you play a full forty, forty six game regular season and he he's probably going to have seventy, seventy eight points and the regular season, you know, and he obviously edge your team in scoring the redular season by one point over another forward named Ryan Bailey. And Between Bailey and then the guy who scores your game winning goal in the championship game, Johnny Mallen's Rucolo, who were your one two guys on your EHLP team last season. I know I spoke about this on the on the last podcast, but to see players climb the ladder like that and make that impact, how does it make you feel about your program so it's great, I mean it's it's what we want and, to be honest, it's really hard to get players like those guys to buy into that and it's a credit to them and obviously their parents and their family to understand the process. And you know, those two guys last year could have played in our top team and they could have played a you know, a third or fourth fourth line role and, you know, maybe be scratched here and there, and I don't know if they would have, you know, a lot of power play time with our team last year, but with the P team. You know, those two guys are obviously, you know, elite scorers and they need to play that role. So for them to play on the premier team. That playing powerfulay. They're playing, they're always out there, they're building confidence, they're they're learning the game of junior hockey, because neither of them come from juniors. And you know, they dominated, and I always say it. You know, for it's a premier guy wants to play in the HL and be a power play guy, you got to put up sixty eighty points. Yep, you know, because your points get cut in half when you if you put up a hundred points in the team, you're going to put up fifty points and if you put up twenty points in the premiere you're going to be a ten point guy in the HL. And that's fine, but everyone has a role. So the scorers have to remain scorers, and those two players understood it and they bought in. And obviously Johnny and Bailey both going to Fredonia together, so they're going to be teammates to six years. Yeah, you know, it's great. It's I'm really happy for them and it kind of feels like we talked about them so much as a package deal all the time. So I want to break it up for a second here, because they each to have their own unique story. So when we look at bilee first, who puts up a hundred points in the EH L P last season and probably, if John isn't put up a hundred and twelve, probably wins the MVP award and the EH LP. Right, but he's from Alaska. How do you mind? How do you find a player like that? Again, it was it was kind of funny. It was it was caused Paulino, who was with Walpole at the time. He called me or texting me and he's like hey, there's a kid that I'm looking at, and he didn't have a team in the Chowder Cup or anything like that, and he's like can you skate with you in the Chowder Cup and I'm like yeah, it's fine, and you know, I know he was kind of recruiting him, but but he came and skateed with us and he still had a year left of high school in Alaska and he heared me and that in the Cholder Cup and I was like really like him that with his dad and I said what are your plans? And he said well, you know, we're looking. I kind of want to finish my senior year. We had a really good high school team to a championship and I was like, okay, that's fine. So I knew he wasn't going to be playing junior's. He ended up staying home. Finishes the senior year. They win the State Championship. He's player of the year in the state of Alaska. Cos Leaves Walpole. So now, like I now, now I don't feel bad if I recruit him,...

...cause was the one that was the one that hook me up with them. So we ended up, I say, in touch with with Ryan all year, even when he was at a high school season. I know checked in with him everyone here and there and he had made it clear that he was coming here and and he understood it. He needed, you know, the the junior experience and he was okay with if he has to play premiere or EHL, whatever one, wherever he fits, he's in. And he didn't even play in the HL game last year. You know where you look at, Jim and Johnny Played Six, but the Ryan was there was a great it was great and we had this new laughter guys over the years. So when the been a good, good pipe Worne, oh for sure. And then I want to I wanted to break them up because the difference with Johnny that you first noticed right away. Obviously new or kid, but he's also an all one and he's going to college next season, even though he could possibly come back. How do you have that conversation? I'm sure you'd love to have them back, but he wants to go to school and that. Yeah. And Meredith at Forrednia, you know, we talked about Johnny even when he was on the Premier Team, actually even about Ryan, and you know, Johnny had a great year lafter at the peak and you know, obviously unbelievable you're here. He missed a bunch of games with the with the shoulder injury. But you know, I talked to John He's ready to go, you know, like I think, mature wise, maturity wise, it's funny because a lot of people didn't realize he's an a one and I think he's ready to go. And I told you, I said, look, like I'm not going to say no if you call me up and say you want to come back, but you're committed and and you're in, you're and you know he's gonna he's going to have a great career. He's ready, like he's he's a guy that I think is ready and and I always say to the guys, I'm never going to hold the player back. If they want to go to school, if they're a nonage out and have opportunities to go play somewhere that they really like, then go. You know so and for Dounia's unbelievable place to go play college hockey and he's going to have a last and we've spent a lot of time so far in this podcast talking about your fours in your D and I think what sometimes goes unnoticed about the achers is what you've done in goal. And you look back at past years with Nolan egg bird and billy girard, each twinning goalie of the year awards, and then you make it another one this season in Nathan Miller. Can you first touch on how you found Miller and let's then talk about how as active a goaltender outside the crease as we've ever really seen in this step. Yeah, it mean Eathan. I got him from. I don't want to name drop my sources, but I have. I have some guys that send me players, you know, from the Midwest and makes from Minnesota and as you can look at my roster, I have a lot of Minnesota guys and you know, they just he came highly recommended. I know he had. It was kind of touch and go because he had made Kansas City's North American league team. Yeah, and you know, so it was Kry. I was talking about summer and you know, they finally offered a spot. He said he's going to take it. YEA, it goes, and then they ended up folding. So it was kind of all right, here he comes, and I mean he was obviously unbelievable for us. He's an undersize goalie but but super, super quick, sees the play and just his pop skills are phenomenal and that's one of the things when I talked to make one of my first conversations, because billy girard was really good at it too, and that's something that I love as a coach if I can have a goalie that could move the park and play the Parkert be confident with it. I mean it's just creates such a different dynamic to your team and being able to break out of your zone and and he was the best we've ever had at playing the pocket. I'm so, like you know, I'll take I'll take that over four goalie that doesn't play the part, you know. So he was. He was a lot of fun to watch and I was never nervous. You know, a couple a couple times in the finals where he was holding onto it and to drag the guy, I was like wait, I don't know if I want to do in that, but but it works. But he was. He's really confident and he was huge, huge rust and the numbers are just astounding of what he did. When he combined regular season plus postseason, he had a twenty eight and three record, a seventy three goals against average, a forty two, say. Presented six shoutouts the five assists. I think that what stands out of what those five assists. There was a two assist game in there. I don't know if that will ever be to touched again by a goaltender. Early they have multiple assistance game and from...

...the way that we've had this podcast sound, obviously you won the ehl title and it was such a special year for your team. It felt like you never really hit any snags, if you will, but I'm sure in your mind there was a slump at some point in the season. When do you think that possibly took place? I think right at probably early January, I think you know, you can you can feel it. You know, you walk into the rink and I think just guys were mentally a little drained with everything. You know, there's the no locker rooms. Now it's bitter cold and guys are getting dressed. You know, we can't be in the lobby. So it was they had to battle through a lot, just like everybody's right. They had to battle through a lot of mental challenges that on a normal hockey season you don't have to deal with. You can come in and you got your locker room, you get the music going, you're all your showery. You couldn't shower. So I think it really took a toll on them in January. And we never lost more than one game in a row. We dropped one, one, a few and then drop the level, and so we never really hit a major slump, but that was I think that's kind of what it was. And and as we got closer to the playoffs, you know, we started to realize, hey, like we were still chasing the eighty seven's for a regular season title and we, you know, we had never really set that as our main goal, but it was there and it was like hey, like we can figure out like we might still be able to win the regular season, so let's just stay with it. Stay with it, and and they were able to write the ship on their own and and we turned it around and made a good run a truly special season. Before I let you go and I bring in the crew, I know last summer, last offseason, with these team of the week features, I basically had you give us your starting six, if you could pick an all time starting six that you put out for a frozen finals game with three forwards to D in a goalie. This season we're kind of mixing it up and with every organization I'm going to find the top twelve forwards, top six D and Top two goalies and make kind of an all time lineup. And when you look at the Rangers, you're one of the original six teams in the Eh Shel there's only six organizations that have been in each of the eight seasons, so you have a few more players to pick from and I know that the e crew and I are going to have some debates here coming up because there's been so many good rangers over the year. But if you can give us one or two or three guys that you've seen since you've been the head coach that you think that those guys have to be absolute locks. Who would you say first? Well, I mean I guess I hate these guys. Obviously with the guys this year. I mean I look at cards ally, you know, but that's if I don't want to take all three from this year. But I met, you know, you got I go back to blake bride, WHO's an air force right now, and Mike Robinson, who's who starting goalie at well, that what does he count? Yeah, the age. Yeah, we're he did play some games in the EH shel so we're going all time and sure, yeah, yeah, make you Robinson. I mean drafted by fans a. You know, he's starting to at UNH. So yeah, those are those three guys. And maybe you know on d mich, you hat just even a three year guy for us and just where said yesterday, one as a freshman, you SHC championship with Amyra. So there's a lot. I mean there's time. Well, we'll let you jump off and I'll start to debate with them, because it's going to be fun. There's been so many good players over the year. And it did. Like I said to you on the ice and in the championship celebration, it felt like this title for you guys was a long time coming, maybe kind of two years in the making. So congrats again. Thanks, thanks a lot, a lot of fun. You did a great job at the putting that together at the frozen four. Thank you, guys. Were Great. Thank you. Thanks again to rich, to Capri offen coming on the PODCAST and kicking off our team of the week features here for the offseason. And with that let's bring in the e crew and guys, it's time for our first big debate of the offseason as we make the all time Rangers lineup. This is hard. It's going to be exciting, though. I love all these old names. We won't give any away, so we want to keep people here for the full episode, but really exciting to see, like the beginning of our hl career, names now we're all old bets in here in the eastern Hokey League, you know, and classic rich right, like at the end of the interview I pointed out, like, who...

...are? Give me just a couple locks to start. Two, three. I get four, obviously, and and that's how he wants to start the group. That goes the guys that he's given me so far. Connor Bizal, who wore a see for him this season, of course, with the frozen finals. MVP Blake Bride, who played actually in every single tier of USA hockey, played in a hl an a and USA Shell. It's been a good play for air force. I've seen him Aquentley for a few years new and he of course was found by rich at the CCM showcase, which is something that the ehl attends every year out in Denver. So really a true progression that he worked his way up to air force. I wasn't surprised that rich pointed out Mitch Hate, obviously a three year guy, a four year if the king sawesome. You know what this should be? This should be about the lineup and story time, because the last time we had the all star series and we played three college teams, obviously Mitch hate was one of the defenseman on that team and he walks in with a walking boot and I think, my God, I forgot about that. The entire coaching stats is what is that? Oh it's I wear it after the Games, but I'm fine on the other and like he takes my feet. Coach. He was totally fine on the ice, but like off the as we were like is your foot broken? Like there's your ankle broken, but like we be worried, like that's one of the toughest kids, but honestly, like one of the nicest kids to Oh my God, he's the nicest kid and they have the nicest family, like they're the best. Yes, yeah, he was a hact of a defenseman. He was one of those guys that I actually had all four of these on my on my coach DiCaprio lists of glad we we're matching up there rich. Well, it's the fourth guy. He has Mike Robinson in gold to tough one them and like we're going to will get to the goalie last. Let's get to the goalie last. Let's start. Oh Yeah, let's start filling in the rest of the flowards. I think we're going to leave bisal and we're going to leave bride, I think. Then I think we then have to fill in this season's rookie of the year. They heck, yeah, we do. You do. Bring you is gonna throw that a more, a more all days anymore. I think you then have to put in the leading score from the ninety nine group that he had a hims broke it. Yep, right. Nor which is that? Could? I don't know, Best Team in college hockey and divisionally. Lucky for anyone that knows. When I see so that good. I'm not seriously ask a question. It's simply a joke, as we continue to give the legend of ours our language here on the podcast. All Right, is that good? Is Not Serious? Yes, another climb the ladder type player that I feel like we have to include is Mike, Mike mccarson. He was on my list yes, same. So what's fun is like. Who are they? Are these two players the same, Mike mcpherrison and Johnny Melon Drew Colo, like they legit to me feel the same. They each one and eh l p MVP award and then went on and did well in the EHL and now are moving on to college. I guess what Malin drew clow has on McPherson is that Malin drew clow has an overtime championship game winner. But but they both want eh L P MVP awards and I if I had to give an edge, I guess you could say to one Mike was so good, as going to say, like he also he also liked spent some time in the non, in the see see, so he like, you know, p up a little bit and then he came back member right before the trade deadline at the end of that season and he had like twenty six points in ten games at like the very end when he came back for those like ten games. Like what? And I kind of that big season that Mel drew will probably would have had if we played the full season. Adan get injured. Sixty four points and forty eight games. That was a sixteen seventeen season. And speaking of a lot of points in sugarawky, yes, and speaking of championship game winners and kind of sticking with this ladder, I think we have to include this player because the little Laryanna, what a little gem he is. Yes, he looks billy. Yes, and he had the EH Shel P E game winning goal in the first ever frozen finals back in two thousand and seventeen eighteen. This is like a history lesson for all. It is actually, yeah, it's a second the solar comments we just threw the broadcast two weeks ago to do. Last time we had overtime. Was the last time we were here in Philly. Yes, last time the Rangers were here in Philly. Crazy right. So, right there we have six forwards already in bizarre bride more, Rickett, McPherson and Larry onaps. I got one for you. If we stick on the European train, Daniel of Chinnikov, he will God, that's richest favorite person of all. RUSSROOM, the Russian gas like Russian. I think he was rushed. He was rushing you. Oh my God, look at his freaking name. Yeah,...

I was. Why? Don't know who was Russian? From Czech Republic? Those European guys. He's Russian as heck and he was good. What's souls great about all these things that we've named so far? So all Chennis game winners, not a just took the thought of my head. Good, nine game one of Grays, Larry onavs to is obviously a little bit less, but he had plenty of the EHLP right. McPherson was another one game winners. EXPEARSON had seven. We already said. Brett Rickett, he had nine. Andy more this season. It says eight there, but you got to include two more in the playoffs. So he had ten, like yeah, Andy, this group is ridiculous. So fus. Yeah, so that give our forwards. They had a bucket of forwards. I could have probably put like fifteen to twenty when I was doing the research. And so far good, list, I think. Good, less and list. Good Lin. Sticking with I had this kid, I don't know how to say a pretty goods are kid, Eric Thos. Yes, I will try to say the last name. And he went for game in shrief port after he like left Bjr only to game winners, boo on earth. But then he did. He went to the fantoms for a Little Inn. You show. Yes, and he was Division One. He had division one commitments. Ye, I think he had one or two and he'd played last year at Fairbanks, but then he went back to the homeland. Yes, some lot fee, I think. Once you play, I think you played in some level of pro. That doesn't allow him to go back to college now, but a special talent, a special talent. And that was from the dating myself. That's my time, my first year, two thousand and fifteen, sixteen. Well, so now we're getting towards the bottom of the back end of our for it's bottom. These guys are going to be ridiculous. I think Johnny Anders was another one. Right. Johnny Andrews was another that was kind of like you want to talk about EHL EHLP comparisons. You have the modern day Malin's Rucolo Bailey with the past. Andrews and Bick cier serious side of that was kind of the dude, the two different duo that they've had. I do want to go back to this season's team because we have two forward so far and I feel like we need more from that. But then there's so many more for the history to that's what made this kind of right but exact. Norby, like yeah, or be up another one and another calish climb the climb the ladder right. Norby and creelish both climb the ladder for really shell pe to ehl. If we have to pick a Max of two more or one more from this season here or no, thank you. No, Britt might lean towards younger. Or shafer was a monster to and especially have to watch the playoffs get up Maryland. Yeah, then you got Mala, drew glow. Don't look at his points in Bailey Bailey to yell. I hate it here too many. And Bailey's got that other really good story of the progression from the P Yeahl so, like, like we said, that's the biggest thing with this league, right, is getting yourself from the Maul druglow to be potting a hundred points in the PEA, get to the AHL, score big time points there when a championship, move on to college. That's the progression we want and then, like you said, to Britney with with other guys that have moved on to the novel the Cow mells of the world. Right, they use the AHL's kind of like a springboard. They played for the Express and then they move on and play in the Nahl and then move to college and stuff and players like that, which the Rangers, as we've you know, recaps, have a ton of very on offs played last year in Springfield. Yes, yeah, I think he's in the AHL. Now he's in he's playing pro. So, yeah, he was in the thunderbirds. It's yeah. So I think that we do have to pick at least one more, like I said, from this year's group. Maybe we'll say to write was our eyes and point. Should we do? As I think that I want to food, like I want to include him at least, and Ryan Bailey, and I think that I want to include Nathan young as a three year player right, which gets us down to the final two. I know that leaves off, and like it's crazy to say leaves off, but it's going to leave off a guy like Joey Shaffer, who played two seasons for this team and is going to have a special career. We know he will at Nazareth. But then we kind of keep working from there and not as many points for this guy. But the one thing that I remember constantly about him with a faceoffs and Danny Sorrebella want every reed single draw that he had to win. And if you want to keep on this progression train, he went I don't even know how many seasons he played for the Rangers. Must have been four or five, because he plays only he's almost every step that you does help. It does help that you know the last...

...name that that kids uncle does own the team. Yeah, the same uncle Mike. Right, Uncle Mike, but the kids good and he plays at Wesleyan. So plays it Wesley and look how many when you pull up is EP, look how many times it says Boston Junior ragers Radeu. He's brow. He lived in that system. Did the first one was two thousand three fourteen. Yes, and that's SAA in the met team and the EH LP in the eighteen. You, and then the EEHL team for a couple of years, for an a for that and obviously now at Wesleyan. And then that leaves one guy left for us. And we get my list out. What about Connor Doherty? He's another night. You just took the name right my head. He when when he had a chance to shoot, look out like it's shot, get moved, and it was. His shot was as hard as hell. And I said he was on the same ricket team. Yes, yeah, twenty team, right, and I kind of mentioned that's a rich like. You know, you lost ricket Doherty. Like how did you replace the replace that? Like Andy Moore. Right, can cornerbizal again. Hey, look at you took Rickett from me. You're posing with Andy Moore for being yes, maybe, maybe, because those are great trips up to me rich. Yes, my good guys out there. What's great, guys, as we only have finished the forwards so far. Now now we have to get to the D and I think D's interesting. We have Mitch hate so far are I think that the he's I had another one and the next easiest one you have to say from this season is what Scha is. I think you I didn't have him on my list. I think they're to Eh, if you was so quick. Yes, in a full season, though, I think that he would have been the defensive of the year, like he had, he was that talented. This you replicate his points of what he did in the short time. What was it? Twenty Games he played? He had like twenty points. Yes, like six goals, seventeen assists, somewhere around. They're crazy, right, and I look back at past seasons to try and remember defenceman. Do you remember this guy and how big? Way To's Damian Dan Gager. Doubt that. I was going dats a flory first, right or okay, we'll get that picture. It said. It says it's just six foot four, right, it says six foot for it felt like it was like three inches taller than that. He was a Mons Skates man. Yea worry, remember him. He was a monster. Oh, he was back. Okay, so he was fifteen, sixteen. That was your first year. That was my first season. Yeah, I'm trying to find the defenseman that you just stamed. What year? Remember Damian Damer in the same team as as McPherson and Grelish. I think sixteen, Seventeen. So this is Damien. He's such a great human. Here's another big kid, big kid left shot. I remember seeing him a lot during the showcases. There was were back as to wear a good player. Are we including him? Let's do it, Brittany, you like great, good, pretty. You're the best with the PRONUNCIATIONS. I think it was Damnian Dan Wegger. Okay, that's a Danwiger, not Dan Giger. Just make us sure, just making sure we're right. Judge people heat. It's friend like Ben Wig. I remembering a tough one on the showcase. We have D so far from three different years. I have another one, but I think it was the same year as Damien, though. I had jared Bernice, or how he's Yep, jared burness. Yes, yeah, one of the toughest kids, I think, ever to play in this league and walk into smaller five hundred and seventy, but he never thought, he never backed down from anything. It's like a Toy Krugish type frame and style. When did you have him? Too. I had him and I have to go. I have to go find the year from my other one here. I know is his first name start at an end. It does start with an end, and this last thing. It starts with the G W. starts with the G Nick Grin a little bit. Yes, Oh my God, Dude, get up, you seh she him and Mitchell won. So I mean totally honest. Without Myra, I'll be totally honest. I remember this kid and I plotted him in my research as a forward and then, for God, I was like a Lady's defense put yes, he put up the one year he had like forty five points as a defenceman. Yes, think about the defense when we were trying to get free hl fantasy. This year there's nobody. Did anyone besides Jacktr Manson put up that kind of I guess Papa petrows to, but I think that they were George mid s or so, but obviously not not a forty five. Yeah, like it's that's true too. We didn't and and green vaults. Honestly, I've gotta use this motto or phrase a few times. He started with the revolution and sometimes a change of scenery. While it sounds like it's almost a shot towards the previous team. It really isn't. It's just a change of scenery could help. And his game flipped in a way when he got to the Rangers and he was he was awesome to watch and obviously, as Brittany just mentioned,...

...there with Mitch hate they just won the uchd titles. So we got two kids ransforman and actually there's like a bunchet and Jake Russel Liking one. Well, we're fo I was focusing on the Rangers kids first. I'm just saying there's some other each shows. Yeah, she'll grid. I've forgot the chiefs about the offseason, Britt so that's D so far. Now we got got to get to a sixth and I don't look at it as a shot towards this year's team. I think that the d here are good when you look at the lat fallas the leg rows, roderigue and so on, but I don't think they fail our sixth spot. I think our six spot has to go towards more of a point guy. You know, Jeff mentioned points. I'll get look at the year that Mitch hate had when he put out forty one points in forty six games. I got two guys on here that we haven't said. Okay, see, so we play the game that of is neal thinking. When I'm thinking, I de Pat you have to tell me a year so I know what you're talking about. What year was he? So one of these guys I know was back in crap. Was He the fifteen sixteen year? No, he wasn't with floory. No, it was more recent. I'm going to say eighteen nineteen. Yep, eighteen nineteen. Actually, both guys I have left were eighteen nineteen guys. I look at it right now. Are we going with the tank Anton, my love. I was thinking Barry, who I remember more the lumberjacks, and then Tom School. Think I don't think Dan Barry can go on this list. No, okay, all right, I think you. Oh, well, two years with the Rangers and then his third year with the lumberjacks. Yeah, I think. If yeah, he may be on the lumberjacks all time list. Okay, it's up for debate. Yeah, Tom scold I gold was a solid like he could shoot the lights out, but it was so funny about him. So this is his first year right in the EHL. Zero goals eleven assists. Yea Second Year Ug and twenty seven assists right, like he had one of the best shots in the least. You just didn't it didn't find eyes in the back of the net. All power places. He had fought the power place. Yes, second year. I mean look at it like, imagine having a season where you get a goal and twenty seven assists. That's it. That's a unique year. I sutributed, I think. I do want to go back to dart a floory, all right, and obviously the size is what stood out for me. And Yeah, I mean I mainly it was mainly the size. The stufff for me, but it was. But that was what that was why I remember Dan Barry. He was being he was a big left shock to fenceman and he was big. S got we love went worth. Yeah, and he helped wet worth. We touched on it a little bit. The last time that the CCC had a had a conference tournament. They went on that crazy run to the title game against Endicott and floor was it was a big reason why, and I think that what stands out to me is when you have a guy that's that big at you know the here it says six foot five, but never going past thirty penny minutes in a year. That's that shows you what this behavior yeah, so, as you w see, placed as yeah, he plays structure to is a defense when that's a good point, neal, because when guys are big like that and they get out of position, they take a lot of hooking penalties because they're slow and behind the play. So, yes, Lori wasn't one of those guys. So now the hard part, and I think what we're going to start to do as will cut out the years when we know that there's not a guy there. So you got to cut out twenty four gold tenders? Yes, you got to cut out two thousand and thirteen fourteen, and this we have. For that we know of. Yes, we know. We know of the early Mike Robinson going to pull them all up side by side for us here, Billy Gerard, who were sad that we didn't get to say his name at the frozen finals because we figured he was going to be there. Yeah, it's crazy, crazy to think they he didn't get a chance to play as moment. Yeah, now there's grown wall. It's thirty two points, ten goals, twenty two assists for Defenseman of the year. That's is that good? Thinks that good. So I got I got Mike Robinson pulled up. I have no pay U H now yet no one egg Bert pulled up. I have to get Billy Gerard up and then Nathan Miller. They the Miller. Yeah, and when your goal sender of the year, you get yourself baulted into the but only been one year. But it's baby reallyba. We love you, carls raids reba. You know he has some great numbers. Did talk about a diminutive goalie? Holy Heck. So what's funny about? What's funny about this group? Right? And you look at Miller, you look at Gerard, you look at Eggbert. Everything that they have in common is they each one...

...of goalie of the year award. HMM, Robinson Sit Robinson, Wimson didn't. Didn't because the one in primos year there was three, fourteen, fifteen. I guess I got to go to the record books and even see who won that year. But Robinson is the one that's playing division one at UN h right now and got drafted by the San Jose Sharks. I want to say Trevor mchou sheet is the one that won. That sees you went on to play at you to know Buffalo State. So I mean, but here you go and you look at the goaltend of the year was. Look, look how many times the Rangers name shows up. One teams crazy and I hadn't even got the chance to mention it to rich about how it translates over to the EH LP. Right in the EH l p. he's got Logan Palmer there this season as well, and then Mike Pag Luca from the my fairy first year. Two Thousand and fifteen sixteen. So Luca's raspents. We spend so much time talking about the fords and the D with the Rangers, but they've been so sound and stellar in the back end also in goal, that you almost forget about it if you're going based off of pure numbers and when you compare these guys to each other, I have to say that what Gerard. I have to say that what Miller did this season maybe the best it is. Numbers wise, it's just look, like you said, those numbers just kind of and like what's tough is you know rich wants to include Robinson because of where he's at and whatnot, and and right. And the the one hard part that I have Ez you didn't get a chance to really play that season with the Rangers. He was one of my, want to say three goalies or so that they had. This was the two thousand and fourteen fifteen season. Played Eight Games, right, right. So it's like you look at Nolan Egbert. First he won forty three games in this league, Yep, and say percentage round thirty. That's excellent. Nine hundred and twenty six, Billy Gerrard, one hundred and forty two, you know, and Nathan Miller. Those guys used to it in two years. Right, we're not going to other one twenty one games this show or one hundred and twenty one and then eight more in the playoffs. So he won twenty eight of thirty one. When you compare that to forty two of eighty two for Gerard and forty three of ninety for Egbert, and maybe another season of Miller, who isn't Oh one right. Maybe another season of Miller back next season would help solidify this. But I think that he has to be one of the two. I think, like just he was that good this season. When you when you really look at look at it, like the six shutouts that he has. Like this is it hit me there day. His six shoutouts already all time ranks seventh in league history. And one year, one year, though, like running, probably played two seasons and has thirteen. Right. So that's a really good point. And you're in think about less. We have talked about all yearlong. Two Neil this year of all years. Yeah, different because you saw the same teams. Usually that would be harder to get shut out, to gain when you're only playing the same seven teams or six teams, as the Rangers did all year, and figure you out. Usually may yet maybe, or maybe you play other teams and your records different. I don't really know, but I think that. And those other goalie had played more games in one year, so they had more chances to get the shout out. They we played less games this year and he still did that. Yeah, so, and there was a lot going on this year's we all know. So, yes, little more your head than used most years. So I'm taking out Robinson and I'm sorry, it's no friends to MICO. It isn't. And I'm putting in Miller and then, because, yeah, it comes down then to this is hard egg Bert or Gerard. You can flip a colon man. Yeah, I literally coined between these two like it's a coin, because egg bird's third all time and wins right time. For the billy has one less. One less, that's it. One. Oh my God, look at look at WHO's below billy, Thomas Water and like I think. I think why I'm leaning Gerard is because he, like Thomas Pocoon, eight less games with one last win. But where would he be with eight more games? Right, and as silently better goes against average, two point three seven versus two point sixty three. That would point the seven shutouts versus to for egg burt. And then obviously the same pretendage are really identical. It's nine hundred and twenty eight versus nine hundred and twenty six. And then if you look at their games played numbers for...

...those season two new, because that was a big thing we talked about last year. It's Rard, right. The kid never sat. He just played every game. He didn't need time off. He didn't want time off. Yeah, like it was a horse or a hoss, as weird. You Know Hoss. It's in for egg burt. He got he got tired of that season real well. Remember that that was the frozen finals where he played every game in the finals too. It's reasonably so. It's crazy to think that, like it's the total number of starts right, thirty six and that he had forty one starts. That here like it's this crazy. And we set it on the broadcast, Jeff, that like the Rangers hadn't won a game in the frozen finals until this year. We're always fuss. They were all and three and then they made it. Then he went to Owen for in game one and then they won three straight. So you could actually technically say that this year's champion is still below five hundred in frozen finals history, like my God, what? And you go back on all these names, you see all these guys are playing DNE or summer playing a pros and so it's but I'm going to fill in village Gerard and just to rip through this list fast so people can hear and again at home will have the graphic that goes out with it. The forward unit is Connor Bizal, blake bride, Andy Moore, Brett Rickett, Mike McPherson, Danila Larry onofs and then Daniel Oh Chitnakov, Eric's, zoahab's, Ryan Bailey, Lathan Nathan Young, Danny Sorrebella and Connor Doherty. Defensive Unit of Mitchell Heye, Jaco late chance, Damian dangleger jared burness, nick grinn Valls and Dante floory, Goalie's Nathan Miller and Billy Gerard, and we're going to it. There will be heat for this because there are guys that got left off. The roos know that Joey Shaeffer's you can say I kid named Ryan Tierney who's at Salem state. Obviously the goalies that we didn't include. But to start off our team in the week features with this all time line up, which, of course it's hard because the rangers are one of just six organizations that have been in the League for all eight years. For a few of the ones coming up it won't be as hard. You know, you got look at the the sea coast to the railers will have two years to choose from and and obviously the guys that have stood out for them over two years. But when you try and put trim eight years of players right down to this, that down to this, which you're really looking at about four hundred guys, or so, you know, rosters of twenty, five down too, down to twenty. I'm glad that we don't have to make what we don't have to make the lines right. I don't even know. My God, don't even know how. Where you'd go? First, like team Canada, TMUSA back. We had the NHILLERS in the Olympics. Fourth Line. Tree spurge runs on a fourth line. Yeah, well, you get Sydney crosby and Jill Thornton. Is Prime. Sorry, Patree, Sport Line is you guys here? They would not be. They would be quot unquote four liners, but would be wagons of elsewhere exactly. So it sounds like I have a package this delivered here door bus something thing. But Hey, great start, guys. I I'll I'll leave this task up to Brittany because she'll love it. Who is? Who is next week's team of the week? Oh, let's get you. Oh, you know what, let's transition to we the south. PLF. Okay, okay, looks'll do work in the south. will buy it. I will connect all my I'm gonna try and get cats ron on with a low too. I think now that being busy, special and a guys, if if we had a hard time narrowing down eight years to this, I have a suggestion that you start looking back on previous little fires teams, because you want to talk about scorers, rows, you want to talk about yeah, Oh God, no, there's so ready and goalies and goalies. So that's going to be a fun one. So I'll get in contact with catstrown and alow. It's the little flyers coming out next week and another fun debate. All right, we'll see you then. Looking forward to it. 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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