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Team of the Week (Maryland) | Episode 71

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we keep trending younger with our Team of the Week features, as we highlight a program with three years of history in the EHL (1:20). Josh Fusco has been with the organization for a pair of seasons, and has helped guide Maryland a step further in each respective year. From the franchise's first playoff victory, to their first series win, Fusco's leadership has led to on-ice success during the month of March, along with an NCAA Commitment total that more than doubled this past season. To wrap-up the episode (32:55), the #ECrew assembles the Team Maryland all-time lineup with a special selection for one of Fusco's former netminders.

Welcome to the e show with Neil Raven. With over one THO 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 Pelly box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto we take care of our own, as they help out all of those within the hockey community who've experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more at Pelly box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neo Raven and this episode number seventy one of the east show. On this week's episode we keep trending younger with our team in the week features as we highlight a program with just three years of history in the EHL. JOSS FUSCO through the Organization for a pair of seasons and it's helped guide Marilyn a step further and each respective year from the Franchises First Playoff victory to their first playoff series. When fuscoes leadership has led to great success during the month of March, along with an NTA a commitment total as more than doubled this past season. Trap up the episode, The e core assembles the team Maryland all time line up, with a special selection for one of us. Goes former netminders joy, now by Josh Fusco, the head coach and general manager of team Marilyn. How's it going, Josh, and you know, thanks for having me, thanks for coming on. Obviously we recently finished up. What was your second season in the EHL? Much different from the first, for sure, when you look back on the on the honey two thousand, two thousand and twenty one season. What positives to your circle? I think the biggest positive for us is we were able to play hockey. You know, obviously, the outcome of the year, you know, Stat wise or or you know. You know losing in the playoffs wasn't the end result you always want, but I couldn't be any more happier with being able to have a season, being able to get through it. It definitely wasn't an easy year and it definitely wasn't an easy, easy start to your second year with your program. You know, like yes, you know, you spend your first year really trying to get things on track and really focusing on the building of the program and everything, and then you essentially you're essentially starting from the ground up again, but a season like it was this year. But you know, look, we stayed healthy for the most part. You know, we had that one little scare there around Thanksgiving time, you know, and I think that was just like everybody said at some point in time, it's going to happen, you're going to get it. This is how you deal with it and how you handle it. But you know, for the most part we were healthy and and we were able to keep our players safe. Real we keep our billet families safe more importantly, ourselves safe, you know, what our staff and and myself. But yeah, it's it was definitely a positive in my eyes, I think a lot of a lot of people's eyes, and the positive was too, is it just shows what kind of league we are, shows the type of people that we have a part of this league, these organizations, the coaches that we have here, yourself kneel with and I remember you said some day, one like we are going to have a season and you know, it's it's easy to say. You know, it's easy to say it. I remember, like you know, it's all of our coaches calls and whatnot, like it was always we're going to finish this year. We're going to finish this year. We're going to get through it, you know, and for me, like how a leader like you would the league, it was it kind of made you feel a little bit more comfortable and a little bit more relaxed, for sure. Well, thank you for that. And it's just looking back on your two years, they feel like polar opposites right, because I think this is the third time I've had you on the podcast and one of the Times in the two thousand and nineteen twenty season, I had you on with Tristan mock and Evan Green. Yep, I remember pointing out that that year you finished the two thousand and nineteen twenty season not in putting playoffs, but your regular season, your last ten games we're at home Pinti Orchard Ice Creama. But then you look back to this past year, you didn't get to play a single regular season game in your own building. Just how challenging was that's all I could do is laugh. Really. Yeah, yeah, it was a challenge. It was. It was a you know, look like, like I said, you took the positive as we're going to play hockey, you know, and I think the preparation...

...going into the year was really half the battle to start with, like it was just get the guys in town and you weren't really sure what exactly was going to happen. I mean really, we were the first team, you know, to be here in the building. I think the NA team came in the week after. So we were kind of like the Guinea pigs with the whole process of, you know, checking in and going through the daily routine of that and and really, on top of this, not playing at playing home games at Piney, like we did use a locker room all here. Like the only time we use the locker room was if we were on the road and that, you know, they were allowed to. You know, I think most of the time we were getting dressed in lobby ways or ranks on the road. You know, we had a couple times where we had a meet a team. We played apple core and Jersey up in North Jersey and you know that building we're both teams are getting dressed in the lobby wakes it's snowing outside. So you have to laugh. Yeah, like you did, and I'll be honest with you, like you don't want to do it in front of the players, but there was times where like I literally just break down laughing, you know, and that and that was a testament to our group. Like these kids, they really they embraced it. They kind of you know, they kind of took that mindset, like I said, from day one, like okay, this is what we need to do every single day. And then obviously like okay, three days later, now the sun a changers, right, we have to do this or we have to do this differently, with check in differently. Now you know the process up at ice world, you know, and that's what a lot of people didn't realize was, yeah, it's a home game on paper, but it's a bout it. It would take me about an hour from piny orchard to get there, and then we have some guys that lived further west. So would take some guys an hour and a half, two hours to get to a home game. So it was so it was a lot of car pooling, meeting at the rink, you know, and I really played a factor two and like your preparation for games like it changed. It changed the way not just two players do things, but how I do things and you know, my sister. If it wasn't for my assistant coach, Matt read like I don't, I probably would have no hair right now and every four years old. I definitely have a lot more grace from this year. It's just crazy, but you know, it was just I I think our first game there and really we started season. We're supposed to play on the road at Connecticut and we were having problems getting hotels, like there was hotels that wouldn't let us stay in town and then our bus company was like on the edgewood things. So we just ended up postpone those two games. But so then we go to our first home game and it was like kind of trial by air and I remember like pulling into the rink where two hours, you know, regular two hours before the game, and I and we're in the backlot of the rink and I go around and it was like kind of like it was like a tailgate. You know, it was like that guys are throwing the football and playing soccer and you know, we're trying to figure out how to you know, guys are their tailgates down and trunks open and music's playing and you just you kind of just embraced it, Yep, and laughed a little bit and then, you know, it was just we ended up just kind of just it was what it was, right, yeah, but yeah, and then and then I think at the end there where, and I tell you what, like every day, right, you just hoped and parade like it's going to be like we can come back the Pinty, like we were allowed to practice that plinty, which was which was, you know, great again, like you know, you had to get dressed outside and go through a whole process to get in a building and there's nothing you could have done about it, like there really wasn't. So, you know, I think our ring staff to a tremendous job to manage in the whole situation. And I even remember in training camp we weren't allowed to use our off ice facilities still at that time. Eventually we were able to, but at that time we weren't. So I was running, we're doing off ice out beyond the rink and I remember there was somebody from the county was walking the facility and stuff, and they came out and they and we were too close together. Even outside, like you know, we had to put masks on and we had to separate and we had a one group of guys had to go over this way and that way, and so just every single thing we did just had to you how to just roll the punches man and kind of just, you know, and that's part of being the leader right open and and really, you know, putting the stress on your shoulders, and I told the boys that a lot throughout the years, like just put it on me, like put your stress, put all your frustration, put everything that's going on right now, put it on me. I'll take it. You guys, just play hockey, you be you, you focus on you stick together. Stay together, you know. And, like I said, it was...

...a great group of kids. It really was for these kids to be able to go through the season that they had. It's just there shows a lot. It shows. It shows a lot in thirty eight games, as we just mentioned, the regular season, not a single one at panty orchard. And then the playoffs come and your first playoffs game is in Panty Orchard. How how fast is your players hit the ice and was what kind of energy that they have in that game? It was incredible, I it was. It was a whole it was like a whole brand new season was starting, you know, and and you look at it right. Like we got swept by the rough riders in the regular season and I remember that last series. Like we had to play those games in Delaware, yes, against them, and I'm already saying, like what's you know, like we just we just had a rough patch and guys were a little banged up and tired, and I'm like all right, well, we're already in the playoffs, let's work on some stuff, let's try and stay healthy here. And then like again, like we weren't allowed to get dressed inside. So it was kind of like guys came in, grabbed their gear, like they showed up, like guys were showing up at the rink like three hours before the game. Gave what. And like I'm I'm walking down the street walking my dog, taking my dog for a walk before I had the drink. I'm like guys already getting the rink, like this is crazy. So it was just like you can feel the energy. And then, you know, I walked outside game, a little pregame speech. It was like all right, we're on the ice, whatever time was for warmups, and I remember like the like they just came through that back door, through our facility and just you can feel the energy off them and then and then walking out there for warmups, like you just feel it, like these kids are ready to go, like this is this is a new group, and I think that was really like will carry us through that first round. Like it was, like I said, a new, fresh start, fresh, fresh settle legs on every single guy and I think that energy, no motion, really just, you know, carried him through and and we were allowed to have some people in the building. I remember like there were some billet families that came and, you know, everybody in the organization was actually because the Black Beers at that time didn't have a home game either. So like we were really the first team to have a game at Piney orchard all year. So there was a lot of people just buzzing, like it was buzzing and it was awesome. It was great. Yeah, and I'm sure you remember this, the last time you had played a game in that building was, of course, the playoff loss to the little fires the year before. But what makes it so unique as that day that that happened was March twelve, which is the day that I will remember forever because, wow, this isn't got canceled that day. Now I know I've asked you this before, but a man, I kind of phrase it differently. You lose that playoff game, which was in your first season with team Marylyn, but you want to playoff game in that series and then obviously everything with covid happens and we go through this whole year. When you look back on that little fires playoff series from from now, two years ago, would you have preferred to have won that playoff series but not been able to finish because of the cancelation? Or was there enough closure in that? And then fast forward, you come back to Pon the Orchard and win a playoff series, the first playoff series win in team around history. This the perfect way it could have played out? Yeah, I think so. I think I can you hit the nail on the head there. I think it's the perfect way it could have played out. You know, they're going into this year. They're definitely look like we lost that best series, you know, two years ago. So you know, whatever could happen. But then with the season being canceled as a whole, you're kind of like, you're almost like you didn't want to play that game now, right like, and what could have been or what could have happened or whatever, and I don't think even for teams that lost or teams that didn't get to play, there was no closure on on last season. Yeah, so this year, to be able to go through everything that we went through and then when your first playoff series and you know, franchise history is I think that was yeah, that that gave me a little closure and and I think gave a lot of people closure. You know, I think gave a lot of the boys that were on team to hear before closure and just, you know, look like we knew what we were going up against with the eighty sevens. You know, you you you know, but you also you can look back on the season two is, you know, you beat he has a couple close games with them and then you beat them twice and no te and games that you were originally winning and you kind of just you kind of rode down a...

...little bit going into that series and you knew was going to be tough. Like you knew that series was going to be tough. It was an uphill battle and that's really like it really showed like the type of year that it was, that guys were just we were gassed, you know, and that's I think that shows like how much energy and excitement we had to play at Piney Orchard in the first round. Yeah, you know, it just okay, what kind of team are we going to be now? Are we going to are we going back to being exhausted and banged up and tired? I think we had like twenty four games and thirty two days at one point in time. Yeah, I think for us to get that, that series win is, you know, like I said, everybody was buzzing to about it. You know, I think you know my owner doesn't doesn't say a whole lot of things, and for him to tweet out being excited, you know, about it. It's just that that gives you a little satisfaction right there. And Robin remicker president, to see how excited she was for the kids and and again, right, it's not about me, it's about the boys. And Yeah, it's about two families that are involved and there's a lot that goes into it. So I think just for everybody to get that series winner it's just caps off ultimately, two seasons. Yeah, really and for the record, just for everyone knows, I obviously did pick the rough riders in my pocket and Murray has boarded out to be multiple times, but everybody else picked Maryland and I was going off of what happened in the radio season. You poured it out. You had lost them all four times. Yeah, was I wrong? A hundred percent. I was wrong. But what's funny how this whole thing plays out? Your we we use that word closure a lot. And second you beat the rough riders. Like seconds after I get the text from Adam Hooley and the seven s where he wouldn't want it any other way. That the face Josh Fusco with a chance to get to the frozen finals for the first time. And I bring that up because prior to your time at team Marilyn, you will head coach and GM for the Wilkesbury scrand nights, and the last time the sevens were that close to touching the frozen finals, it was Josh Fosco in the nights who spoiled that trip and and knocked them off. Now, transitioning it back to Maryland, you you went to Maryland following a frozen finals trip. Right, yeah, but then you get their. Year One you win a playoff game. Year two you went a playoff series the MC a commitments. You go from to the first year you take over, now it's seven. The year after this past season there's eleven. How do you keep the step by step progression going as you continue to raise the bar higher and higher? It's just continuing to do the right things and and continuing to stick to you know, who you are as a coach and and as a person. You know, and obviously it was a process coming here and really getting the ball rolling. But you know, that's a testament to to my ownership. You know, I think at the beginning of this season too, like one of the things I was told as like, I don't care if you win one game, if you have guys on this team age now, like they better go to school right, like that's your focus, you know, and really it's the environment that we put these guys in and I've been able to establish here, you know. You know they're coming here to be hockey players and they're coming here to be treated professionally and I expect them that professionally and and respect the game of hockey and and ultimately that compete level is the important thing. But over the years being able to develop relationships throughout the NCAA with a lot of coaches and a lot of newer programs. You know, trying to just educate each other has been a major step in the right direction for us and obviously working closely within those relationships, but more so even like you know, this year we a couple guys commit to midwest teams, Midwest schools. So just really trying to open the door to every possible angle has been my number one goal and and really trying to put the brand out there, to team Maryland brand out there, put the league out there. I think a majority of the time I more so talk about the league than I do, you know, my own program so you know and that's you know, that's the brand and that's that's why you know this league is as good as it is. And and I'll be honest with you, like it's look, we're competitors and we like to say it's all us or it's all me, me, me, doing the work. But, like I said, it's the league brand, but it's also other coaches throughout the league, like you know. You know colleges.

They talked to everybody and they want to gain as much information as possible and and I've had guys that come from other teams or, you know, spend time with other teams or other coaches and you know there's that comfortability of, you know, give son Sol call or here's Sonso's number, like, you know, reach out to him and ask him, you know, questions and stuff for, you know, those second opinion sometimes really what seals the deal for kids. and and I think another feather in the cap to for some of these kids here is as obviously, like you know, they might have in their mind set on one thing, you know, one school, or they want to go over this list of five schools or whatever it may be. And and it's really that educational part, right. You know, the financials play a factor and it for families. Environments plays a factor. You know, I like to say, like you know, you're going someplace to be there for four years. So, you know, I like to have guys won multiple obviously this year was really tough, you know, getting guys to go to schools to visit. But so the educational part for me, relaying that to these kids was was really important and I found a lot of guys up having different choices and different ideas or different places that they fell in love with and and ultimately committed to and you know we have a couple more guys still that we're working on right now to get finalized. So it's been you know, once the season ends, it doesn't end with these kids. For me, like it's it's, you know, your battle to the end during the season, but really, as a coach, like you're battling all the way to the ultimate goal is finished. And you know, I think that trust factor between player and coach and, like I said, the environment that we have here to offer these kids, it's really that's the success for these guys is put yourself in the best position possible and and you know you have a box, box of tools, and what you build those tools is ultimately up to you. You know, I can open one door and four hundred are going to open up for you. So so. But let's dive deeper into those commitments. Obviously you're proud of all of them and you know I have the the all the e crew coming on later on to do the all time team Marilyn line up. I'll try and figure out how they can work. Will spare in. But there's one player particular who played in Wilkes Barre and thank God he came with your team around, because I have to have him on our all time lineup, and that's Dennis Arkapanko. Yeah, there's there's so much. There's so much to talk about with Dennis. But look no further than a hundred, seventy games played just in the EHL, but his time knowing you goes back even further than that. Yes, to see that a player like that work through this whole progression and get to that ultimate finish line and that's make his NCA commitment. How proud does that make you feel? I've never been more proud of a kid in my life. I don't have I don't have a particular word for it really, honestly, you know, like I say it a lot, like I'm I'm always proud when it kild commits and I have you know, I think I've stroking with you a little bit, like I don't know what else to say, and some of my quotes, because it is it's you're proud of the kid, you know, and to see a kid achieves dream and in his goal and, like I said, it might not have been to school that he had on his original list and it's a from school or you know, everything changes. And you know, for them to make that final decision and you know the look of joy on their face and how excited they are, and you know they always instagram and tweeted out and everything else. There's always that Sassaction. But for Dennis, I tell you what, like it was one of those ones. Ro was able to sit back and finally smile and yeah, you know, and be speechless. Really I've known Dennis for seven years, my first job in Wilkesbury. And actually, what people don't realize either, Joe Sa, Donnie who and Rory Gresham were on that team. It was a sixteen year American team and and throughout the years, like another kid, Josh Ed words and Rett padget were on we're on that team with those boys. You know, they played with me and spent time in the Ahl, committed to schools and then he had you know, Rory went a different direction for a little bit after youth and then follow me down here to Maryland as soon as I you know, they found out I was coming here. Donny who same thing, went and played midget elpswhere and then, you know, start his junior care with me here in Maryland and then finished. You know...

...this. This season. But then he had Dennis who, you know, to see what a kid goes through his personal life, you know, being from the Ukraine and being away from his family for so long and what they go through over there, and then obviously this year with covid you know, and then his time and Wilkes Barre that he's such a loyal player. He's such a loyal kid and he had his times at our levels. You know, he got opportunities with the Knights and any team and then down here with the black bears. You got a couple games in, but you know, and that's a kid that was a no brainer to wear, to see for me and for me to for him to cap off his junior career. You know, we're in the see and and then, you know, committing the school was just and it was a matter of time. Like there was those options and you know, it's picking the right fit and picking the right situation and everything. There was a lot that goes into it, as it was just it was incredible, you know, and I think there was times I got you know again, like this year, you know, my captains, vinnie Maurice and Rory Gresham, and then you know, Dennis there were more guys. You know, they were the letters, but there were so many leaders on this team and and you know, there was late night phone calls and Texas messages and okay, send us out to the team. We got to do this tomorrow. Like I remember, you know me, and that's will spend, especially when we were shut down, like spending a lot of time on the phone try and figure out what the game plan was or what this was. And you know, Dennis, knowing me for seven years, there was tongs where healer. He said, Hey, I got this, relax, calm down. You know, that's a twenty year old kid telling you that's you know, it just shows, it shows the how the relationship there. And Yeah, you know, yeah, I'll say I definitely had tears in my eyes and and I said you call people and people are you know, my father, who checks in all the time and really follows us and bows and he knows Dennis, you know, very well. And and it was just great. It was great to have to have that moment. Is Special. And you know what that's. There's your closure, right, but the seasons, let's let's keep it that word, right, because you mentioned Gresham in there. You mentioned Donny Hue, even more guys on that list, but through us. One other name that I wanted to bring up because there was only one player on your team this year who has been with team Maryland the entire time and that goes back to before you got there. I think it even in I forget where it was. It may have been on social media or in a quote where Connor Ball was referred to as the team Maryland og because this was the the only player that was still on your team from that two thousand and eighteen nineteen team and to see it all the way through with him and have him commit to send Hampshire. Obviously different from arquae Banko Right Arkaebeka was with you throughout the time in the Wilkes Barre, but ball was in Maryland the entire time and obviously a very tough first season before you got there. How excited was he to have that weight off at his shoulders? It was that's again. That's that was another very special Um, I really need to read the dictionary and find a new world special it was, you know, to see how excited he wasn't how far he came. You know, I think after that first year and we're not afraid to say it. You know, it was kind of like talking to conner on the phone and really trying to get in the trust me, you know, listen, like I'm Tony. It's going to be a different story. It's going to be different than let me make this a reality for you. Yeah, like I can make college hockey happen for you. Just give me the time, give me, give me an opportunity. And I saw the potential in them and that was the conversation. And he came here and, you know, I think the beginning of the year, like you know, he went through some up and downs and like any hockey player, and then he kind of just really like took off and then it was like, you know, you I say, it's a lot like there's dines between playing hockey and being a hockey player. And and you really saw connor ball just transform. It was it was awesome to see and awesome to watch and his mentality and how he went about doing things changed and, you know, again another guy to have some opportunities and really was, you know, educating them right, educating them on what college hockey is and okay, this school or that Scoo or whatever it may have been, and then he when he made that final...

...decision. Again, it was just I never it was tough to get counterballt a smile, like here's one of those things. He really was. He was one of those kids, like he never smiles, right, you just like, Dude, you'll say a joke and he won't smile. I just stare at you and I think the only time, the only time I saw smile is when he committed to school. Yeah, and you know, I should shake his hand and give him a hug and then, and then it was the the tweet or whoever it was. It might have been robbin, you know. Yeah, the dog, the TMOG, and I remember I walked in the facility and I was a you know, I call them that. And he's smiles, you know, and he's just smiling and so happy, and that's what it's all about, you know, and lucky, like I said, we're competitors at heart, like yeah, you want to win a championship and do all that, but the ultimate goal is that right there, to see that kids smile and make a dream come true, like that's that's what it's all about, you know, really, but you know, he he's definitely a no brainer for that list. And and you know, I think he's I can't wait to follow him. I can't wait to watch him and you know, follows college career and just like any of these guys, like I follow them all, I really try and you know, always stay, stay as coach. So so and can't wait to get rid of me first and Neil, I joke about it, like, you know, going back to rory, Donny Hue and and Dennis, I was joking with somebody from Wilkes Barre not too long ago about it, like I can't get rid of them. Like they committed to school, they're done with Jr and I can't get rid of them. Like Rory's still here in town training and doing things. Dennis is Dennis. Dennis is still in town actually, believe it or not. And then, and it really it's like, you know, Dennis is going to be back in Wilkesbury at king so he's around a lot of guys that I've coached. And then Addressham was going thirty minutes up the road to Stevenson. So it's like like after all these years, after all these years, I don't you guys want to get away from me. No so well, I appreciate you com back on the podcast. As I mentioned throughout in your short time there it's been a progression each and every year and I know that there's been no frozen finals trip yet, but you had that previous trip with the nights. So if I had to predict anything, there's a frozen finals trip in the near future for team Maryland. So I hope that you have a chance to enjoy a little bit of the offseason, decompress and get ready for the start of next season. Absolutely thanks for having me, you know I'm appreciate it. Thanks again to Josh Fusco for getting on the podcast this week. We mentioned it throughout that interview. In a very short time there with team Marilyn, a very steady progression from one playoff win the first year to a playoff series victory in this past year, his second year, and, as I mentioned at the end, you have to feel like a frozen finals appearance is coming for them at some time here in the near future. But with that, let's bring in the e crew and guys. I know at the end of last week's episode I kind of hinted out I wanted to do a combination Wilkesbury team Maryland type fuss go lineup, but I think we'll have one Wilkes Barre player and then the rest will be team Maryland, because I really want to emphasize what Josh is done, and really it's a very short your sample size. So what he's done with team Maryland, and we shrunk down each week how we went from the seahawks are like, oh, they're a new team that hasn't been around too long. Then you're going to Maryland. Oh, we got, for the Josh PUSCO years, two years to pick from, but still plenty of guys, Neal Britt to pick for them from the last two years. Like you said, you know, he's don't greet job, he's coach and multiple organizations. He's been at a few different levels and still young. Another young mind or we two and YEP, and he's building each year. So you got to do and I didn't even know how old he was until he dropped it in the hop he's already. How old is he? Actually? He's thirty four. Oh, oh, I don't know what I thought it was younger. Don't no shade, but I just thought he was that. I mean the chiefs. Front office staff had a bet this season how old I was. Yeah, thirty five, or it was. Let said thirty five. I got. What did they when did I gain five years? It just turned thirty. Guys come by, but I fuss, goes. We are at our age yeah, yeah, that's the fuss. Go hooleye, Cody Campbell, right in our are, in our same age area. Yeah, but I mentioned the one, the one Wilkes Barre player, because it fits in our utility somethings, whatever we want to call this spot, right, and we we love it and it's our Homeye, yes, sob miss walking walk,...

...of course we. We. You know, it's not a shot at Tom but we became, no, no fan favorites of Tom when Wilkes Barre made the frozen finals back in the two thousand and eighteen nineteen season maybe, and was ago. What made it tough for them as the other three teams that went all had a first round by so by that time. By the time that Wolkesbury team got there, like they were two series in and they were tired right, like, understandably so. And Thomas Walker, for for lack of a better term, got, quite frankly, peppered throughout the frontier side. My God, so many pieces of rubber. But he played unbelievable and like he did throughout Fus goes coaching career, I'm sure he'll say he was probably the best goal he's ever had. So we'll say that's the one Wilkes Barre guy that he gets. And before we dive deep into the team Maryland lineup, we have to tell the quick story of what took place when Wilkes bare knocked off the eighty seven's because in talking to Josh before, before and after his interview, he's ready. He's ready to talk about if he's ready to laugh. Oh my God, wait, is this what I think it is? But a kind of it is this kind of like edge aggressive. It's definitely edgy. This is he the fact that Josh can laugh about it. Now I'll bring it up. So the Sevens and nights where? That where the matchup to get to that frozen finals two thousand and eighteen nineteen. I'm not sure if jeff has ever seen the video. I can't go pull it up right now. It's too far. It's too far away. A lot of we're go find it at some point, but put it, put it this way, when the series came to an ad an end, obviously it was a very frustrated eighty seven steam and there were some push against shoving and everyone came together and it wasn't the mutual you know, two lines cross shake and everyone goes their separate ways it. There were some words. There were some words and this now there are a few broken sticks and long story short, you can actually hear one of the broken sticks take place when it goes over the bench, like snap over the bench, like two pieces snap, and off the screen comes Jack Lane and it just happened that like when you're on skates, as opposed to being off skates, it goes without saying that you can move it at a different speed. And Josh Fusco was not on skates. He was just happy to be in between Jack Lane and where Jack layler was trying to go. skated like right into him. But the best part about it that Josh still laughs about it's like Fusco kept his feet right. So I'll pull the divity for you after this, Jeff, and I don't think he ever tweet it, but if if people want to go back to the two thousand and nineteen, March of two thousand and nineteen. Just watch the end hockey TV. It's there lane. They collide with with Fusco and fuss absolutely bodies them. Literally goes like fifteen feet on his feet the entire time and like it's just funny how it works out right because, like it looks like a check, but he never falls, like he just slides. And it's the fact that Joskin left laugh about it now and Josh told me off air that when the series ended with the eighty sevens this year, who Hooi said some joke to him, Hey, don't worry, like because I guess Fus go, one of the go shake like Blensky's hands and like guys that were part of him, his team when he was in Wilkespeare right, and I guess who we like. Some made some joke like Hey, don't Larry Jack, Lane's not here. Looks but but it shows you like like these guys, like what when the pockets dropped to the final horn? Their rivals, right and they want to be each other more than anything in the world. But there's that also mutual respect factor that they can have a joke like that after a hard fought playoff series, but obviously the focal point of that whole story is that Thomas Walker was the biggest reason why Wilkes Barre beat the eighty seven's to get to fuss goes first frozen finals trip and, like I said before, I think there's one coming because what this team has done and his short time there, as they keep getting better and better and you know, and diving into last year's numbers, I guess I just didn't realize how many top scores they had. Right, like what do you when do you think of the top score from last year? Say, Oh, you know Hale and Cookston. Well, yeah, it was one. He was one of three guys that had exactly sixteen goals and three total guys that had over thirty points. Like this team was deep, and even the team the year before what was deepest. Well, so where do you guys want to start, because we already have our you gonna go the first right,...

...okay. So you want to start? You want to start forwards? Okay, yeah, well, obviously Dennis aren't big us to go one. No question done, period. Sure, and we spent a lot of time in my interview with Josh talking about Dennis and the lengthy history that he has with Fusco, dating all the way back to the Wilkes Barre days, but obviously the far and away, by eleven games, game leader and leak history. Wow, at a hundred and seventy games played in a hundred forty four points in those a hundred and seventy games played. He's so there's under a point per game. Yep, gotta make sure I spail this one correctly. Oh yeah, I think it's a arcade. Why Phen Koh, yes, there we go. I don't cheat. I did not look at Neil screen. The second name that we talked about in the interview, kind of totally different from Dennis, is conner ball and I want to bring him up because, as I mentioned the interview, he was the only player from the pre FUSSCO season that stuck around, that played the two one, nineteen twenty and two thousand and two thousand and twenty one seasons. And you know, Josh and I joked, I forget where I saw it on social media, but he was referred to as the team Maryland O g. So we have to have the O Ge is a team Marilyn o Gie Hannah on the roster. So original gangster, Connor Ball. Yes, we got archipelco. We got ball. I mentioned one who's you were probably one of my know. Okay, yeah, I do. Yeah, he's chill. He was a Brits commit, so that was a breats commits. I love that kid. He's a great kiddy. I thought I was gonna go with though we have to say US name. His name is tailor tookston. No big deal, but that's gonna be a fun thing about build these rosters is all these guys that were not Britts commits. That in a blow it up like right after that was a common team. This year Britt guys are going. It was take off for a couple of weeks in the good way. He was probably by favorite. Come on, who's my favorite team? Marita and Dey know, can I like forward? Ever, can I guess? Yeah, you can guess. Was a Trystan monk. Yeah, absolutely, whoo. He's another good one up there with our pet go for points. Did that kid is so funny it's actually stupid. I love a great kid. He was, you're very good, part of the Maryland squad. That went to Beck O our IP. So we'll see where he ends up. I thought I saw a graphic that he committed. I didn't. I saw it. Ever, report I saw that somebody on the D lists that I have is going somewhere else. He's going to act will get there when we get there. But I thought I saw I thought I saw Mok was going to Westfield state, but mark was part of the maybe, wait, where did you see that? On instagram? One Who's in scarpss die is. It was posted, I think, by Westfield State. But mark was part of the All Star Team, the two thousand and nineteen twenty team that went one, one and one against the three college teams. Right. And Mak pulls me aside after the Salem State Victory and goes, I forget what he said exactly, but he's like, what do you think if we just kind of scrap the league games for the next two weeks and see what we can do with this team? I go on, I go, what do you mean, Sonny? It's like let's keep this team together and like we're just going to challenge every ANA and USA Shell. I got hold on a second like like like, he goes, well, maybe just ANA. I go, but what if, like the only an a team that says they'll playoffs is like in Texas? Are we're going to Texas? Then I was like that's I go to Christ Christen. Do you have the money to travel from do I got? I was like acilities, I think fus go launt you back in Maryland and then we can resume the regular season. But yeah, obviously I had them on my list too. I think he was the leading score for them that season. Had It till he was to look at his stat one who had fifty nine points, six power lay goals, thirteen power play assists, five short handed goals, too short handed assists, sixty five pins the winners. That's a full stat lines. That's a little bit of everything, little bred Marshia, like with the shorty in power play points. Shout out to my boy. Didn't account see what you're talking about, but I'm fun carry well, I sassed him since. Fine, so we got all Starka Panko, connerball, Hale and Cookston Kristen mocks so far, and then let him good for for what about if we have a wilkes bear Wilson like it's will spare that went to Maryland. Oh, Johnny Gason, Cody Rumsey? I don't know. Oh cool, yes, I would Rumsey. I want to say...

...that runs. He's game. His total game count is not far behind Arkapeanko, good old Dennis as. I can't find my screen. See you over under. Cody Rumsey, see, played forty two games in the one thousand nine hundred and twenty season, wonder, and forty six. See. Yes, he's tied for sixth all time. She's hope. I'm opening facetime accident. Cody Robbi's Rumsey, part of the actual hl unit. You's exit out facetime. Part of the absolute unit at Franklin. Pierce, like him and every other freshman from the EHL, is on precompiers, Pierce, Richard, Hampshire, go ravens. Let's add in Bobby Guyer, because they have two of the three thirty point scorers so far from last year. But not yet guyer. Yep, all right, awesome month. I want to say that he made multiple appearances in our top plays the week. Yeah, like, yeah, he had a few disgusting goals this past year. Yeah, he absolutely did. He's another like lady being type to eat penalty minutes. Yeah, doesn't it? This team doesn't take look at the penalty minutes. They did not take many penalties. This year they're leading penalty guy had eighteen penalty mins, twenty four. So I two seasons one team, Bobby Guyer, Eighty Games, twenty six Pimpso now we here. We're not. We're not at the Alex Wilkinson level that we talked about with the rough riders. Want right, that was out of it. That was what was it for penalty minutes of his entire career. Ask some of something crazy like them like a hundred something games. Took like one hooking miner. That was probably some raft. That was like yeah, I want to make a call. Screw it. So I've heard someone just said a second ago Johnny Jackson. I did, I mean I wanted to say it because of the of the broadcaster connection through his dad, but also a very good player as way, and he was and he was spelled an as yes, and he was a good late season addition. Last year they got him from Hooie coach Wilie coach Canon as a trade deadline acquisition and he was really good for them when he came over. But it's like it was a weird it wasn't like I don't want to call it, a brand new guy because he had been with FUSCO before. Right right was sten, he was with Wilkes Barre, then he went to the ans, then he went to team Mari and I want to say he scored like his very first game with team Marilyn. It was like against the seven S. also, I think it's a showcase game to I feel like I had that game. I think I was doing that with I might have been doing that with Anthony, to Pollo to. That might have been one of our platform Exeter res here. Remember that path? No, be an anthony. You don't remember this. It's not so. When you walk into Exeter, the main rink is writing a tear. De'll get it right. Sorry, it's right there in front of you. That's Bauer Supreme and then Vapor, and then vapor is like over on the side, and jeff and Anthony were on this like it's not even wizards. Can I say? It's not a wizards. It's not even as sturdy as the WHIZZI's. It's but they were behind the penalty box. So like now you're by now you're away from the play and you're even further way, by like eight feet, because you're behind the box and I just say that your two heads like poking over. You're like, what's going on out there? It's like, all right, are turned to look ahead. All right now by turn. Yeah, it was, but I do remember that. I think that was because I've ever hit the thrown that color comment in that that was Johnny Jackson's first goal and is, like you said, to his dad. Is Dad and his mom, Bertie's awesome. To Bernie it's always been a big fan of our league and always tweets out that we do a great job and stuff, so I'm sure she'll listen to this as well, hopefully. I want to go back to the two thousand and eighteen nineteen season again. I mentioned it in the FUSCO interview. The NCA KNEMIT totals for team Maryland over the years to then seven, then eleven so far, from this past season. One of those to the first year, which I know is a tough year for team Marilyn, was Connor Redden. Yeah, and he almost had a chance to, I think, get traded. I remember that this may have been the the season two thousand and eighteen nineteen with a trade deadline can be up until like two am, or maybe it was one nineteen twenty. There was one year where there was, like I was, a really active trade deadline. I Call Real Theo gonna the trip Jesus. Well, CUZ keep in mind it goes based off of the mountain standard time, right, which was which is where the USA hockey offices in Colorado. So we will shortly be. Yeah, so two am our time is as midnight there, and midnight is the time right. So that there was this one trade deadline night where I kept getting text so you still up? Yeah, I'm still up. Well,...

...here's another trade. Okay. So what have you said? No, all right, I guess I'll forget the trade. I'll I could you imagine? Are you still awake? No, then how did you respond to me? You cost me a player. But was connors questioned? He's not really the wade read right. No, the old that I told the Fen I don't. I do not believe so. But he was in that year. was their first season. That was tough and they went through some some ups and downs. I don't have remembered there their win total that year. But he had twenty one points in thirty three games. Right, and we've talked about it before. That was the first season of North Carolina, right, and what Devin Phillips did for that team. So yes, when you can, when you can put up points in bunches, when there isn't as much of a supporting cast around you, it's almost like the value of that twenty one points has to be higher in my opinion. Right. Yeah, so that gets US yourself almost. Yeah, and that gets us to eight. Four so far. So we got four left to go. But you get another one of the shoot another fieve. I liked to routier kid, but I don't think he came back because he was foreign. You can't really to the country JE the router if you I feel he's from water ringan. Where the hell is that? That's some word. I think he's from this week's this week's geography lessons there and just blah, blah, for I think there's water ring in. There's something. He was what I think it was like Ukrainian. Maybe not, because that's not the great but I don't know. Netherlands. Oh, the Netherlands. Yes, he's Dutch. Oh, yeah, he was Dutch. You Right. So to witch land, he said two thousand and one. I don't know if we're going to put them on this but there's a chance that he could come back this season and we're not a kid two, five, nine, one fifty. Yeah, we're not going to pronounce his youth team. Well, water bug, you see, oaks she is. We're not going to pronounce that name fully. Will be doing pa for that anytime soon. I'll just looklog I can't. I don't know. I'm so glad we haven't even I'm surprised we haven't Said said to first name. Vint it Mauri's. Yeah, it's through. That's like like because like whenever, like I don't even know if Brennie did in personally. If I was just I don't know it. Maybe it was just her. He'd like Maurice Benson. Pretty No, Vincent, Maurice. Well, just flip them. I say Maury's Vincent all the time anyways. Right, I would play him on this list. Thirty three points in eighty two in a ty total games. I would imagine he is one of the FLASCO referred to. There's some more commitments coming, so I would imagine he's one of those down the pipeline. Works in the works, right. I mean eleven commitments for a season is a darn good year right once, once you cross on the double, it's what you got in the double digits, it's a day season one. And if you can near the fifteen mark and now you're turning over were, you know, well over half of your roster like that, that's that's pretty legit. So I'll absolute R gell that type things. Oh my God, Oh, that had just got real big. You know he's a little I told him we're waiting two were waiting on his said we're going to do the avalanche, just not yet. Just give it time. Just keep swimming, Chris, just keep swimming, buddy, keep crossfitt. He does do cross it, and so we all saw that facebounds. I got some real good comments on it. Know you're talking about. So we are down now to the final three forwards and I was starting a land towards Jackson Doebeck, and this is another Brittany spoke to this earlier. The Franklin Pierce. What did you call it? A unit one goot, he goes there. Well, I think he actually was a player who went to college but then came back for a different opportunity and then ended up at Franklin Pierce and I was right. He went to Anna Maria for a year, came back to the EHL with team Marilyn, thirty five points and forty nine total games, and then went to Franklin pierces past season. So maybe, maybe, maybe, next summer. The teams of the week are all of the NCAA teams and then we made the all time lineups from those. Oh God, especially if we have units like we do Franklin Pierce, like for it,...

...my God, they'll get the Franklin Pierce Rosser. Could I think I could rattle off like six people. Wolford, literally, what's this? I can't start. It's too till. Guy Me. I slept for like two seconds. What remardless. It was will Wolford, him freaking whoever outside, he said earlier. Much odd run. See Stephen Wesley telling what's Heah, those they're nick weaver goes there that. That's like six people. That just named three weaver. So thet they nick cop nick I on the NICKELOPOLIS. Yeah, who lover? How Lover? You say that hit him? Yeah, how about how? She just said this. She slept for two seconds, Jep, so picture this right. She went to bed and then we'll go out to two seconds, since that I am fully recharged, let's go. I did not say I just thought I was time. Said let's record this pod because I love the HL and I'm committed. We thank you. My alarm went off and then I went to go like shut it off, and then I was like wait, I literally need to actually rise, I need to get off. Damn it. We're eighty coming back for another season with my God, he's an old one. I thought he was a Whoa Whoa Whoa, Evan, Evan Donnelly, and obviously we talked about him during the season. Well, I'll mention first thirty seven points in seventy seven games so far, but we talked about him during the season. With just the power of what a go fund the page can do and hit that thing that happened with a with I think it was his mom's house, right, the fire that happened in his mom's house, and then, Oh yeah, it was like a matter of like hours, right, that that thing just took off it. Yeah, it was similar. It's similar to Brian the Brian Pay, similar to Bob the LASSIO, right, like yeah, it just it shouldn't surprise us anymore because we've seen it happen so many times. But like, but each time it's so cool. It's just so cool to see till like refresh the page, but like wow, it's now at this number. Well, especially like this past year, like everybody went through a lot, you know, financially. Yeah, year for a lot of people with the pandemic, a lot of people lost their jobs, and you still have people donating to families. Indeed. That's just, you know, right silver lining of this year of how great this league is and how, you know, like we always say, like the alumni their Uhl family for life, and people don't forget it and they help each other out no matter what's what are you wear yep for the last forward. Not sure how you guys are going to feel about this one, but play red for my own drugs. He did play run Justin Goose. To say it's a sleepwrit Justin Gooso. Played Revolution in two thousand and eighteen nineteen, played some EHL and EHLP. HMM. Then play two thousand and nineteen twenty EHL and eh LP. Then started this past season with the man eclipse and then ended up on team Maryland and I only say it because what he did with his time in Maryland, let's put up sixteen points in twenty five games, like and he made an the pad and made some noise, like his fourth game in is a four point game in there. And he recently committed as well, speaking of not to Franko Pierce, not to Franko Piers where I kind of for guests because I want it. Because, speaking of we have to give some other school some hl love to that. So I'm saying speaking of like Future MCA pipe light all time lineups. Right, I like the sounds that that's a good an express. So what's funny is if we ever did, I guess, Davis Adolphus all time lineup, what a name Justin would make us make cody Campbell the assistant coach, even though he has nothing to do with Gus Davis Adolphus. Right, just all the players that have gone from Walpole to Gause Davis. But if you guys are okay with it, sixteen points in twenty five games, immediate impact. I want to put Gooso here. I has a lot to do with like just the tough track to get to this point, right, and I remember the phone calls with him when everything went down with me in this past year, and I have a crazy text from him just thanking me for getting him through the season, because I guess you will never be able to put ourselves in the shoes of an age out from this past year and fully understand what they went through, you know what I mean. And and was rough to finish off the season the way that we did and and help some of these kids get to college, I guess, with the power sus in the back at some point. So we transition to the do though. Now it's been a lot of time. They're on the forwards, so I am one. Well, let's let's start filling them in. But...

...you got okay, so I have won that went from Wilkes beare to tmd and it's yes, I love this kid. He's bark. Oh my God, Evan Green, can't saying of good things about him. Yeah, when to he went to back room, but now he's making a triumphant return back to the Wilkes bear. Let's go at the case. There you can see another Brit returning to the Wilkes Bear. I know that's not how we say it. Everybody but Chris Sarella really will just be like Wilkes Mare. It's very wilkes berey other another defenseman, and we touched. We touched on Josh and I. Yeah, Congression, actually Brits Boys. No, not yet. We could do that. We could do a Brits kinds with Roy Gresham. He actually played. Going again, sorry, Stevenson. Thank you. Oh my God, even seven sin so, he's another old must saying. That's another one of the seven hundred EA junk kids go to. Even, my God, is a good player, though, real good, and played youth, I want to say, on the sixteen team. I forget what what what Josh mentioned, but played youth for Fussco back in Wilkes Barrey, went away for junior's a little bit and then went back to join FOSCO down in team Maryland and was one of their biggest guys on their team on the back end this past year. To keep going here, John McDonald had a farm. Yeah, I don't know, yeah, but I just haven't. There's not. It's not. No, stop cooking, Geez, there's only their leading points getter, twous one thousand nine hundred and twenty, with thirty one points right like she's. It was a leasing form for defenseman. He's not. He's not Gavin McDonald from the seahawks Hockey Club. I was not. That was the all we did. The Jack McDonald had yeah, McDonald, yeah, that's yeah, John can have a farm as well if he wishes. Oh my God, like a farm. You to have a fight. I know this is I know that Joseph Donnehue was not a big points guy for team Marilyn, but the history that he has with with Fusco and then to work his way from Wilkesbury to team Marilyn to Framingham State, I feel like, my God, my new neighbor, another new neighbor, and we need that every every week. That's been our goal, right, get at least one or two of those guys that work points, defenseman, because defenseman. That's not how you agreed. Good defenseman always. Yeah, I thought you were read to say wanted two of those guys every week. New Neighbors for problem. Well, that too. Yes, that seems to be a common team to you. Is Lots of Frameham State College Rams. That's rams. HMM. I would like to include Michael delorier. That's a say. How would you set it for it come in the middle of having a cough attack. So I'm going to mute myself. Jet, I see went immediately to mute there for a second. So no, Bro, what's he here? Very sorry, I may. I need a water anyways. Yeah, Spring from the wonderful state of me yea, some kid that plays in the PHL's grandfather owns Poland Springs. Were Shoe Bucks. Wow. Yeah, that brings us down to one last d about Christian Gosa. You meal for a while to go to the hawks. Yeah, it's take you jigs, went to the seahawks and then, yeah, he's going to Naz. I literally chest posted this one over the weekend, guys. Yeah, I know. That's why I said it's why. I know my head was deep and northeastern baseball weekend. Get to see. So we're going to put Christian Cubanti in there. Can by work our way into the goalies. Now for the finally, this is a little bit hard. I'm not going to front. Well, I'm surprised that you haven't already jumped all over one of the potential names here, and I know he had. He finished his junior career with a different organization, but I do feel like, based off what he did for Maryland and some time with the NA team. That we can include Richard Too. Fel Oh Deil to my God, I don't realize he played for them. He played on Tmddo. That TMD wasn't hot and he's our FRIENDIC Grizel Kier. Now he put it's on a secret that they work like it was their first two thousand and eighteen, thousand nine hundred and eighty. Let's see if I can pull up his stats, because I want to say he played in a number of a DT Marilyn black bear games that season also. So this is like a two thousand and eighteen nineteen goalie, if you will. Dude, it did to fo. He've been waiting thirteen Maryland blackberry games...

...that year. Also, att. Keep Your House safe, keep your goal safe. Anthony Tofo. I like that one, right, aunt they, if you haven't had that nickname yet, that's your nickname, buddy att. Keep Your House safe, keep your goal safe. He's a good kid too. Oh, I heard said, or maybe would be keep your house safe, keep your goal safer. Yes, walk it up time. Auntiel too, po off the list all. Quinn too. He was good this past season. Yes, it is good. ILES. His face was good. Bobby mcclossky Sky, what is you pick care of minutes? It's playoffs and Ali. I would say let's go with Oliver Quinn. Quinn spend time with the wolves and the avalanche and then went to Marylyn and and became the guy down there. All right, I maybe had to do it a yet and maybe this is another one of those commitments in the work that FLASCO was referring to. Another two thousand. Yeah, well, U still loud to Hampshire. You must. He must like Nascar race with my God, that's the only place I've ever been to those, the first NASCAR. But everyone who was loud to me, I'm sure a couple years ago, sounds like a cad Yah fun so to ever been to. That finishes the lineup. They're getting off the hills. Forward unit is Dennis Arcapanko, Conner Ball, Hale and Cookston, Tristan mock, cody Rumsey, bobby guy or Johnny Jackson, Connor Reddin, Vincent, Maurice Jackson, Doll Brispinson, Evan Donnelly and Justin Goose. So defensive core of Evan Green, Rory Gresham, John McDonald, Joseph Back, Michael Delorier, Christians a farm, Honnie goldtending duo of Anthony del Tufo and Oliver Quinn, and then our utility goalie, if you will, utility flex is Thomas Walker. So that wraps up team Maryland. I need to do some brainstorming, I guess, off offline with you guys, for who I want to do next week, because we've gotten. We've gone from original six to like younger and then like really young. Yeah, rand terrain. I'm golfing with him this week. I'll discuss best friend coaster. But that will do it for our team Marilyn team of the week feature. We'll talk to you next week, guys. So I see you then. Crew. Thanks for listening to the show. Learn more at Eastern Hockey League Dot Org and follow us on Facebook, twitter, instagram and Youtube. Also, be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week's PODCAST is released.

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