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Team of the Week (Chiefs) | Episode 72

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we officially welcome Greg Heffernan to the EHL (1:11). After 12 seasons of serving as the Head Coach at Western New England University, Heffernan is ready to take on a new challenge. The native of Ontario inherits a program on the rise in the EHL, coming off their first playoff series victory this past March. Heffernan hopes to help the program continue to take forward steps from the moment he arrives and in the years to come. To wrap-up things up (24:12), the #ECrew puts together the all-time lineup for the Chiefs.

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've experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more at Palty box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven and this episode number seventy two of the e show. On this week's episode, we officially welcome Greg Heffernan to the EH shell. After twelve seasons of serving us the head coach at western New England University, heffern is ready to take on a new challenge. The native of Ontario and here it's a program on the rise in the EH shell, coming off their first playoff series victory this past march. Heffern in hopes to help the program continue to take steps forward from the moment he arrives and then the years to come. To wrap things up, the e coup puts together the all time one up for the Connecticut chiefs. Joy Now by Greg Heffernan, the new head coach and general manager of the Connecticut Chiefs. How's it going, Greg, aw, you bad. Thanks for having me on board and welcome to the east show. Welcome to the EH Shell. Let's jump right into things with you, as I've started each of our team of the week features so far this year. They've all been with ehl coaches. Looking back on the two thousand and two thousand and twenty one season, I know every college was different. Well, is the two thousand and twenty one season like for you? Yeah, so you know it was. It was a little bit frustrating, but we took the opportunity to really look at what we can do creatively players really focus on still development and and new delivery techniques, using video technology and such. Oh, glass half full type guy. And I could be complaining about the fact that I spent half a season with thirteen guys on the ice at a time and and whatever safety protocols had to be follow in order to make sure that we were operating under the guide CDC. But you know, frankly, we went out there and took an approach every day of a growth mentality and we work with players and focused on their individual skill development and it really, as a coach, really forced to think outside the box and really come up with some new techniques and new strategies on how to coach in a pandemic. We came together with our teams in a locker room setting, so we utilize a lot of video messaging and things like that and and frankly, I think it's something that I'm going to carry forward because I think we got such a tremendous response for players and such positive of feedback on on. So we couldn't get around the white board, so we would we would video practice plans out to them the night before and love it because we spent all of our time actually doing things on the ice rather than sitting around a white board. And there was temples like that, and then being able to coach systems upon recording so that they would be able to refer back. It really really forced me outside of a outside of my comfort zone and really helped me develop as a coach and I think our players became far better players because we need to prepare for another team. All we had to was spared to get better for the for the season that we could potentially have. That never really came to be. Yeah, and you want't the first coach that I've had from the CCC. Last season I had TJ ministers on from curry. They were able to play a few games. So, from the sounds of it, you weren't able to play any games at all. Is that correct? Yeah, we got into a it was just an ugly situation. Right. So what we ended up happening is everybody at the college peuple had to test negative in order to participate in in play. We ended up doing a great job and then one guy popped at some point in February and then a week later roommates pop and then week later the to the guys that they were studying with popped, and so we ended up having, you know, two guys every week, six consecutive we were roughly there about right, maybe one guy, but and then time it was all set and done. By the time we would have been able to play a game, we had not practiced in three weeks and some guys had not practiced in five weeks. And Ironically, as we were out see the team we were supposed to play against, somebody on their team pop. So the decision was made for us that it just it was. It wasn't going to happen, and thankfully nobody got really sick. We had a few guys, including myself, that God is that got they got sick and it...

...was the terrible but thankfully nobody, nobody got really sick and had to go to the hospital or anything. So again, glass half full, you know. We survived and nobody got got terristic and we're blessed, blessed on that. So and we're going to touch on the decision to leave college to come to junior's. But before we get to that, you know, obviously it wasn't on your mind probably during this season, during the season you're thinking about when all my twelfth year at West and New England really start. But now, as you take a step back and you had eleven seasons prior to that, is it somewhat distasteful that it had to end the way that it did, or do you still look back with positive thoughts the previous eleven years? You know what, my time at western New England was one of the great times of my life, which is why I left previously. And you know what, like I have to. I have to choose to look at it from a from a career perspective rather than from a was awful this way. To be honest with you, I really feel badly for my seniors. You know, that's that core group of guys that you know. For the most part, five of the six of them are going to transition to the into the workplace and all of them are making big bucks because western New England is a fantastic place. I'll throw a plant for the new coach there. are fantastic like again, education and so you know. It just I really wish we could have got one under our belt or two weekend or what have you, just to give them a last last ticket at but you know me personally. I look at my body of Work of eleven years of coaching and twelve years. They're as experience for me that was was fantastic. We've left it. I like to think I've left it better than I've found it and you know, I'm just really, really excited about the new new chapter moving forward here and we're going to get to that. But I want to go back further into your coaching career before because what's unique, and I see it a lot throughout our league is following a playing career right into a coaching career then next season. was that always the thought process for Yous? It just the way I worked out. Yeah, so my the backstory there is is I played a little bit in the Semipro League up and Quebec, which at the time was I wasn't good enough to score there and I wasn't tough enough to be a fighter, which left me how to work pretty quickly. And and so you know, I started doing I at my undergraduate degree was in economics and I started at the bank amount of all in the in the banking world, and I realized quickly that I'd rather spend thirteen hours a day doing hockey then three hours a day doing banking. And so I got a great opportunity from day and Rick Gotkin at the time. They who's at Arpi now, was at mercy her switch break and man this opportunity there to go as a Grad assistant at the division one level. And the nice part about it as I had very supportive parents where back then I think the pay was about six hundred bucks a month plus your scholarship, and I had very supportive parents who are my father as a teacher. So education was very important in my in my household, and he said, you know what, your mother and I will make sure that you have food on your table and a house over your head. You go down there and you you get your masters, and so it was a very easy decision for me to stay in hockey and work like work, like a dog in the hockey community because it's what you love to do. It to passion and, like anything else in life, when you're passionate about what you do for a living, you don't work a day. So you know that that transitioned into my time at Cleveland, which was a tremendous experience. They're working with some very much, very similar environment to what I'm when I'm moving into right now in terms of the development model and trying to advance kids onto either the USAHL or or some directly to college, but mostly moving them on to junior leagues. Back then it was the Atlantic Junior League, was the eastern Hockey League and and Jhl existed back then, and then the North American league in the USHL were the big ones that that you know that we were trying to develop our players for and you know, very similar to this right here where we're trying to advance guys to college and maybe some of the younger players to where they want to go right and and so fortunately, Rick got can and Jeff Meredith played together at rockport. And so what what that meant was rick dock and it was very instrumental in getting me in front of Jeff Meredith and that turned into my opportunity at Fredonia. And so going to Feronia for three years and working with one of the best in...

...the game in Jeff Meredith, you know, turned into a championship season for us there. And and again, it's not what you know, it's who you know. And Chris Bernard and I were very good friends and he's the coach at Potsdam right now, but he was the head coach at western New England and when he left four pots damn, he put three names on the Athletic Director's desk as for the Athletic Director's request, and my name was one of them. And so that that, that turned into western New England and you know, so western England was my home for for half of my adult life and you know, it was it was. Yeah, it was a great experience. So, yeah, that's a little bit of about I've never left the game. Well, and you kind of took my notes there, because I wanted to go back to Fredonia. You're not the first coach that's come on this podcast who at one point worked under Jeff Meredith and then ended up being a division three head coach. Another was Brian Dickinson. You brought up rockport. That's, of course, where he is right now. So let's just take an extra moment. It's go back to Jeff Meredith and to work under a coach like him. Would you say he was one of the most influential and that you knew after your time with him you were ready to be a college head coach? So the reason why every coach that's worked with Jeff is still in the game orbit an athletic director or involved in sports in a full time capacity is because Jeff prepares you. He's he's a dear friend of mine. We call and we laugh all the time and tell stories about you know, it's always fun to reminisce about the old days and I'm starting to feel like I'm getting longer in the tooth when I'm talking about the old days being two thousand and seven, but but Jeff I I would recommend to any whether it's young or younger or, you know, maybe even early, early part of your career. And if you get offered a job by Jeff, you take the job, even if you have to take a loan to do it. Yeah, Jeff Prepares guys to be professionals in whatever field, and it's generally an athletics field or a hockey coaching field, and he prepares you on all levels. It's not just talking, it's about how to run a program and he is the man. So so, with all that preparation, though, you then become a head coach. was there anything that right away cast you off guard or surprised you? Oh yeah, it's interesting. So you always have all the answers as the assistant coach. You sit in the chair and and everything looks good, but it was when it comes time to actually have to follow through on the decisions made. A lot of those things, I spent the first two or three years, I think, calling Jeff Gone. I'm sorry, I'm just I'm sorry, you're right and and a lot of it. What is is that you get creative and you're when you're a little bit you know, when you don't have to be necessarily and frame it accountable for the final decision. And I think, I think when you're a head coach for the first time at the collegiate level, I think a lot of it is is really you know, after you've made the decisions, what are the repercussions of those decisions? And I think it those are the things right there that it's not even x's and Oh's, it's more like if you have to move a player, you have to remove a player, there's there's instant, instant repercussion, right and I think when you're swift, when I was sitting across the table from from Jeff as is assistant, I think you know, advising on a lot of those things is far different than actually pulling the trigger on them. And I think that's anything that I could say about about a transition from being an assistant coach to a head coach. I think everybody would agree that that that that is one of the things. That's the biggest difference. Okay, and now we've caught up to where we are. Now he gets to the question that I wanted to ask, but that I wanted to ask from the beginning, but I wanted to save it a little bit, because you have all this time in college hockey and a division three world and then you move to junior's it's a bag the blood question why? It checked off a ton of boxes. Okay, so first of all, Brandon Johnson, the owner who just hired at the Connecticut chiefs, First Class, awesome guy and when I went down and met with him and I move star, our director player personnel there and makes a lot of the organizational hockey decisions, I knew instantly that this is going to be the next best new challelenge. I wanted a different level and some of the coaches in...

...the League I'm sure I've talked. I talked to them, but quietly. You know what's it like because I've been removed from this level for quite some time. But I think you know what, for me it was a situation where I think I can go to Connecticut. I truly believe I can build a winning program there, but more importantly, I feel like with my network and my connections the college hockey world, I'll be able to help grow players player development centered model, move them along to the colleges that fit what they want academically and then, you know, what intern that's going to create success for us. And so I think when we lined all of that stuff up, covid actually gave me a really good opportunity to hit the pause button. And I talked to you earlier in the interview about how much I enjoyed the player development side of getting back to grass roots, and I think that that really impacted you know, hey, what tight what's the next challenge and where can I go where it's a player centered approach, where we can help players grow, help them achieve what their goals are from a hockey standpoint and from an academic standpoint, and also you don't compete and put them in an environment where, you know, we're in a situation where we're trying to compete for a championship every year. And you know what, when this one came up, and the fact that it's thirty miles from where I live and my wife can stay working where she works and we have a young son who's just learning to skate and he can go and be at the rink with Daddy and and we've got another son on the way. You know, it's just all the all the boxes just seem to get checked. The huff and you know it's as you can tell, I'm very excited about it. I'm excited to get going and put together a roster here for next season. It just checked off so many boxs. It was it was mixed emotions because you you leave a place that you've been at for a long period of time and a lot of friends that are made there, but there's new friends to be made and those friends will always be there when I show up for a Lacrosse game or a soccer game on a Saturday afternoon where we have the weekend off, just to support some of my friends at the college. So and what? Everything that you just touched on right there obviously checks all the boxes, like you said, but in terms of what you can bring with you from western New England, what kind of stood out in your answer? Is that that network? So I know I'm not the one interviewing you, Brandon did, but was that one of your selling points? Is being able to say I was a division in three coach, so I know all the other guys that are going to be trying to eventually recruit these players? Well, I don't think that that necessarily was the end all be all selling point, but it certainly doesn't hurt, right. I mean I mean I all of my friends that I call in my phone directory, I mean some of my my closest friend I look at my wedding party and they're all coaches of some kind or scouts. One with the NHL Scout, the other one coaches women's hockey at the college level and other ones a men's head coach. And then there's my brother who works up and up in Toronto. And and then I'm looking around going all my friends are coaches at the College of the pro level and and it certainly doesn't hurt. And you know what think also, you know, from from a recruiting standpoint, I think that kids are going to understand that the coming here, you're going to potentially have a guy that can help mentor you and, you know, prepare you in a way that you can expect to be at the college level. And also the network, right. So I think it's twofold, right, if you've been at the college game for the for the last I don't know how many years it is now, but and then you also have all of your friends that are college coaches. I think that that's going to help kids grow and develop it also puts a little faith in some of those coaches when they're recruiting a kid that they know that they're playing in an environment or practicing an environment where the college game is being taught right. So so as you wrap up things at West in New England and you begin to dive right into the recruiting with the chiefs, there's a few players names that stand out from last year's team. You know, defenceman and Decklin Brounty dominate Tariko. There was actually Jason Gordon, a forward who was tied for the League lead and goals. Not to put you too much on the spot, was that? was there any push from brandon to call those guys right away or where does your thought process stand with players like that? I've already thought they were. There were the first, second and third fourth phone calls guys to make. I've tried to make an effort, honestly, you'll in just the initial stage is here to call all of the players that are eligible to return, you know, and I've got a few more left to go here, but just to take three or four introduced three or four kids...

...a day and introduce myself and you know, not necessarily even discuss resigning, more so just to just to call and say hello, and I think you know obviously brandon would would want me to do that, but it's something that you should know to do anyway. And Yeah, and we you know, we've we've already started on that list and you know, are looking forward to to potentially bringing back some of some of the guys that were key contributors. And I think that you already have an idea of this, but you're going to get to learn it firsthand once you dive in there. You mentioned Ike's name. You're going to get to chance to meet Bob delestio's the equipment guy. When it comes to the chiefs, they have this full staff and I'm sure you saw the locker room, those extra amenities. How's that going to help you sell the program yeah, so we are the cadillact of junior hockey. It's run like a pro organization. In my my cup of coffee in training camp in the American League back in one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine, when I walked into the chiefs interview process, I guess it was more of a more of a discussion than an interview, because we all hit it off well, in fact, that I played with one of my neighbors who's a scout for Vancouver. We ended up talking more about friends of ours in the game. But you walk into that, that situation there and you're walking into what looks like minor pro. It is Bob. I have yet to meet him, but he is one of the most highly regarded equipment managers and not too many junior teams have full time equipment managers. And you know at the end of the day you don't have to worry about your rivets popping out or your skates being sharpened and you know Brandon does a first class job. They have team buses, so you know it's pro hockey type magic. Frankly, I just wrote on my players get when they come to the chiefs. Well, they get the benefit of almost unlimited ice time in practice, they get the benefit of a staff that is very deep with the with deep network, and they get they get the benefit of a pro environment. I like the cadillact term. I haven't I haven't heard that she is referred to as that before, but I'm sure brand is gonna love that one as well. But now, as we look forward towards the two and twenty two season. I know you're just getting started, so I'm not sure if you had a chance to write down any goals or whatnot, but you know, if you had to say at this time next year, I hope that we've accomplished this. What's what's your outlook for the upcoming season? You know what, I have to put together a roster first to give you an outlook for the season. You know, ultimately, if I'm doing my job well, I'm moving players along to college. Talk in season number one. We would love to win shining ship, but for foremost pulls to prepare guys and develop they want from a hockey perspective on an individual basis and create that level of trust and bond with the players. I think you know, if you can, if you can get that culture set in year one and get the mentality of Hey, this is a player Development Organization first and a player centered approach to doing that, where we're looking at hey, you're going to come here, you're going to develop over the course of whether it's one, two or three years, okay, and then we're going to move you on to college. I think the success on the ice takes care of itself. After that. You know, I think we're going to have to be a process, a process centered approach and and really focus, you know, on creating an environment where players can get better every day. Well, I like that outlook. I appreciate you coming on the podcast here for what's the first time, but will be more times. Like I said at the beginning of this interview, welcome to the East show and I hope you get a chance after some of the recruiting in the transition to those down I hope you get a chance to enjoy the offseason as well well. Thanks so much, Neil, for having me on. I really really appreciate it and any time that you you need somebody to bend your ear, feel free to give me a bus. Thank you. Thanks again to Greg half for an end for coming on the PODCAST, the new head coach of the Connecticut chiefs. And with that let's welcome in the e crew now and guys backtoback weeks with teams that are heading into their fourth season in the EHL. So we're a little bit of a young stretch right now with this, with these team of the week features. It's very good, look very young, but I like them. Back and forth that's the cool thing about this segment, as we can go from the old to the news to the dudes, the old to the middle aged franchises, if you will, and it's been fun. WE'RE gonna keep this train movement, and I'm chiefs and in around way longer. I don't know if anyways agrees, but yeah, I agree. They've been around for the same lot of time as Maryland. The year before they came in was that year that we actually had the oilers and the rough riders. Those the only season. That...

...was the only it was only one season. That was the seventeen eighteen season. And the oilers are who are the team that became the chiefs. And and of course, what's actually unique when you compare it to last week's team of the week feature with team Maryland, Josh Fusco is the third head coach and team Maryland history. Greg Heffernan is becoming the third head coach and Connecticut Chiefs History. So I'm sure that jeeves would love to see that same sort of next step forward mentality that fuss goes brought to Maryland. Not that the first three few years have been bad by any means. I mean put it they want a playoff series this year and challenge walk a little bit, and I mean none of us picked them. Will acknowledge that right now. We were all chef's, sorry nickname, though, like the Hosses, the HIF's, we were all on teams seahawks for that one. But it was a good series and, as we said before, it was one of those where even those in a bony said it. With the first game going to overtime, whoever won that game was probably going to win the series because of the momentum that they had. I think it was actually double over time to write, or maybe't was. That were the famous Juma Cable Arby's calls. Now was that was our bey's. That was that game. That was the if is meetingless enjoy Arby's, everybody. And then the number of texts I got right afterwards. They were like what did he just say? Well, that wasn't. That wasn't like the the rat one. Yeah, no, it wasn't a rat, though. That was it was a different animal. But yeah, the rodent, the roads Simon Rodent or something. I don't know exactly. Was Up to that day. anyways, up to rail segment. Yes, and I said I said double over time. Know, how about? How about thirty six seconds to the first overtime? So yeah, boy Dominic Shariko. Yes, that was actually a similar to the bruins over time. They're in night chef. That was awesome. was when it overtime ends within the first minute, you can just be like, all right, we're done, we can go to bed. Folks like let's put a bed. Seene was laughing at me as I was screeching like a girl my living room jumping up again. Brad marshy had my man made up for a couple of bad penalties. But again back to the chiefs. So I think for this one we're going to work in the opposite direction this week. Wow, that it's I don't mind. We're gonna get to the Ford's pretty quickly. That's true. All Right, put J P milidarn well, so JPMLA has to be one of the goalies. Done first, first and foremost, because done first and foremost because of all the Nanasy points he got me throughout the year, the biggest one being that one rangers victory he had. That couldn't that could ever. That could have helped me when fantasy, I mean I want to fantasy by five points. So, yeah, you know me as in second and still bitter. I was a distant dude. where it gets where it gets tough. Now is the first season Gabrielle could. Sure the numbers don't show it. And this is going to sound like crazy because I actually said this two weeks ago, also about Peyton Duran. Right, I remember saying that Peyton may have been the best goalie in the League but the numbers just didn't show it because of the team in front of him. Right, like you put you like not nothing fired. Nothing. Well, it's nothing against Nathan Miller, but you just have to ask the question if Peyton Duran was the rangers goalie, how many wins would he have had? And this one? God, we'd Imagine. That's kind of crazy. They could have got undefeated. I'll be wild. Maybe not, but Gabe could sure was legit for that first chief's team and that was a you know, in their first season they took their lumps a little bit, as all first year teams do. But like the number of calls that were that same, ninety eight. Yes, you that's so weird. I know it's like weird, but just to like list off someone the the shot totals or save totals. Right, Oh, forty, forty, sir six. I remember this, sixty save against the avalanche and the avalanche could hit it. They can hit the shot button pretty well. I love all the ranks, right, but that was like I called that game and that was like legit. And look at this, is January nine. I remember Chris Sorella saying to me I'm going to trade for that kid of the deadline. I was like, Chris, no, you're not. But but he was like sixty saves. You had noticed me on the on the other bench, right here, rabbit, I shot six, forty pack of them. The kids stop six, type forty one. And then look at this stretch, like five games in row, thirty three, thirty three, forty eight, thirty five, thirty two.

Like he was legit and they got a lot of calls about him at that time, but he didn't want to leave, to go anywhere else. He wanted to keep playing with the chiefs. He was the number one guy. I mean if he had gone to two thousand and eighteen, nineteen, the avalanche goaltender was e didn't pick it so good, he wouldn't have been like the number one guy. If he had gone there, they've bought have been probably would have been one of the I think I just made that up. I don't think that's right. Eighteen, nineteen, they won the Chrea was yeah, so it was picking who won the MVP. I belave that. Yes, so could shares. Now at us, M I mean and just look at the stave person. Is numbers that he has there. Nine hundred and twenty two this past season. I think I want to go with him, but I do want a point out that the same mccallub is another one. Yes, we can say that as an all one. Maybe this time next year, which this being his age outseason coming up, he could be fighting his way to get onto this list. But I think if we're going pure alumni in a way, I would put the share here. Fair point. I don't realize. Mckel Penn maketure you. That's good for them. That's a good, sturdy veteran guy to bring back into you and look at look a look at his say. I mean it want a little bit unnoticed. He went backtoback forty save efforts in that seahawks series. It didn't one pick. Even things be towards the end of the year. I thought someone should have someone set up there and we talked with us, we talked about them. Yes, so that wraps up the goalies for forwards. will start with Brittany's favorite, because he is like worrow. He is not favorite. Oh my man, no, I know, I thought we were going to go GDF. Oh, gfd. Yeah, we got it. Mix it up. Okay. So anyways, Max Phillips, the captain. Dad, listen to this. He will very will he always does. Big Fan, big Fan. Max is going to southern New Hampshire next year. It's our boy, see high wall, see high meals season. This is yeah, two seasons with the chiefs and just appear leader, just a little awesome leader, peer leader, pure sand paper. Can Plague the gritty game, can score, he can kind of mix the match and do it all. He's one of those guys that he'll get you some pims because he will stick his nose in places where belongs and maybe where it doesn't belong sometimes. But tough kid, good kid. He'll be a good he'll be a good southern New Hampshire forgetting their mascot page men, painman. That's right, Duh, who wasn't wasn't as bad as your other one. So we're no, I'll never, I'll never surpass that. Speaking of Captain's, their first season, Oh my God, Zack Withington. What were you going to say? I was gonna say somebody who Kristen Johnson would say put on the damn list. Eight immediately in that is Scott Lawson. I'll put them both on this list. Scott Lowson lived with them. Men, you lead the team in points. Your team's only been around three years. Worthington was was a good player. Remember him for many of showcases. So the live and that year big dogs. Yes, this was the line that you're was worthington, mcinanny and Lawson, who were kind of they I think they were basically together almost all season long, and each guy put up over fifty points. Like in a first season in the league, when you got three guys that are over fifty points, that's pretty legit. Yep, so we got Williamton and loss in. So far a throw mcnady on there the to write. Yeah, the line. Oh, WHOA, we'll put him. Put Him here for now and come back to that. We we haven't even touched it. Touch one guy from this season so far. Nice. Thought that correctly? I think you did. I don't think so. I did. You did. Well done. She's Associate Commission. Thank you. YEP, everybody t breaking news. Oh, so back through the Buyou read the story on the website. It's there. It's a facial to this past season. I wanted to point out there was another score. Jason Gordon. Gordon, yes, he, yea, topped the League for let the League and goals quietly put up a number of points for kyle and fantasy too. Sure did a lot of power play goals. I want to say in there too. I'll go back to that screen now and nine, pot nine of his twenty five for power play goals. I was going to then soft this to now lost this. Yep, I've been told his commitment is coming here soon, so I gotta keep an...

...eye on one. I believe he has a two thousand. Maybe I'm just an idiot. I can't wait to get to the D to this. They have a bunch of good d from this past year. Yes, yeah, when I yes, you and I, Jeff, each had one. Sure for a while our fantasy teams. Another player that I think was kind of under rated in a little way. That put up more points than we talked about. Another two thousand that I hope his commitment is coming soon. As Mitch Rickert in two seasons with the chiefs. Oh, I got to connect the profiles old please. It's because they're spelt differently. Fourteen points this past year and then thirty one the year before. So forty five himself in two seasons. You can see the same power play points. Twelve his first year, papare this past season. Let's shot into the system. Not a bit. Not a big Pim guy. We always touched on that. A Big Clip Guy, but does play the PK in the PP. So I'M gonna put him on. You guys are cool with it? Yeah, put them on. Go ahead. Well, other names? Did you guys have one that we like all didn't realize. What about Kay Suda? He was a chief for a hot second. He was a damn good chief. Thirty seven points and thirty two games. If we want, I'll put him here and I would say that he has a chance on being on two of these team of the week all time lineups. That's wild. The we even had that yet. No, there's another player. Well, I don't know how we're going to do del Tofo, because if we did a rebuce, man, let's see, we got lots of wills bear. Well, yeah, I mean if we do a if we do see programs. Yeah, I got defunct team one or something like that. Right, I think that's where we could put a couple of those guys, I mean the phobious one one a defunct team. The goalies would be premo, went dell to fe both for the revolution. Right, yeah, Kate and hey, how are you? But Real Canadian's not too bad going into the playoffs. Played a stretch. Little love to see I'm going to a playoff game. Oh well, you're only one care, only one blow of the wind into carry. Prices creased from alone. Is that a pruins fan talking? Well, you know. Well, when just blew, I think carry just blew his knee out of good. I didn't even know you could do this on zoom. I'm getting so distracted. Guys, they just see this. You can sever that bars chiefs will be the Connecticut chiefs again. Yes, of course. We'll touch on the act and they go. They had to change their name because they moved to Springfield for the second half of the season, one of the two teams that move for us during the year, them and the lumberjacks. Just the nature of trying to get through this past season. It's one of those things where like, I don't think I'll really I get set in a little bit, but it still hasn't really set in, like what we had to do to finish this past season. Like there were like like this is ridiculous, like not ridiculous. It's not that far away, but they legits their location. Yeah, you became an expansion team for a season and like I knew you guys have talked about it like that. Does a that does deserve more credit than we've given it. That is and for them to have arguably their best season in their organization's history. Yes, it's only been three years, but to go through all that turboil and surpassic get into the playoffs one a playoff game. That can't go unnoticed either. You know an old core I was gonna say him. He's look old that toy vote Kramer as another two thousand who like record, I would emagine. I would hope that his commitment is coming soon, because between a season spent as the captain of the apple cores and a season spent with the chiefs where he was a point per game player with the chiefs, with twenty one points in twenty five games. I guess I'm I guess I'm rounding up, but it's close enough, right, he's not. I mean nine one. Well, here here go. Right. When you combined career postseason plus regular season, he put up seventy points in sixty seven total games throughout his career in at EHLP. So so I'm not totally wrong. No, no, so we'll put Kramer in there next. We're already at nine forwards. GUYS WHO WHOA? We're cruising, low key US and cruising, and we haven't really touched on this one thousand nine hundred and twenty team. To me, that's yeah, I know,...

...because that team was like lowest of keys. They're very low key. Think they were lucky to find that, like if you just look at there, like literally, let's Click on it. I'm cooking that on my phone. Pretty Heart legend for everyone at home, please, the lowest of low keys to find as like, like, let's keep the first year. You said the first year there was three kids it with fifty points. No one had Morgan thirty. No one had more than forty points and they played forty games. Yeah, so okay, low key. Okay, they played forty games. It's still don't know what I still don't know what low key means in this situation. That's fine. No one let it up. Okay, literally, no. What let it up. We brought some beutane and which? So I was going to say Zach Boule at next another good one. Do I connect these ones? Yes, I did so. In two of those phone Canadian name. I'm kind of close to what rickord put up in two seasons. Forty three points and fifty six games for him. Roll on an they got to play the hard play in the penalty kid would be coming back as no one. So I think we be interesting to see with Heffernan and if how like who he keeps and who he doesn't. Being like a new coach, you know, you it's kind of like don't have to keep these people. No, I mean and you can bring guys from his he's been all over the map over the last, you know, decade of coaching, so he's got his footprint in a lot of different areas. He could end up bringing guys from, you know, other programs that he's seen develop and stuff. So that should be interesting, could be fun. So that gets us down to two forwards. Left, now, right. What? And I meant to say coachapern and we don't. I don't know him on a last name basis. So not yet, coach, not not yet. I'll put Brian waters in there. He was another captain for the chiefs. He's now at Iowa State University, but in the one season that he had nearly a point per game. I guess we can round up again. Thirty nine and forty. So I'll put talking about the low key year. Low Key has got it. I understand what you're saying. You're going to take such offense of that, but I'm really appear. Oh my God. So we're going back now final foward, and we already, yeah, you're already have the top for forwards from the first season. We have the top four forwards from the second season, we have the top for forwards from the third season. So we're going to have to dig a little bit deeper for this one. Let's do like a fan favorite. Okay, well, if it's a thing, if it's a fan favorite, and we have to do story time. I don't know if Brittany's about to get embarrassed by this, but he can't. This is the story. Honest. Are Yes, I, yes, this is everybody turned out. You all, Um. What's season was little word. This is the first season and this is tie Morgan where he's awesome. U. It was funny, though, pretty it was you turn. It was funny. It was funny because he legit made a power point to Brittany on why she should date him. Oh that's that's right. Oh my God, I love due. I still have it on my computer. Good laugh, every down. You can't see us on zoom, but we bow to you time, Morgan. Well done, sir. That takes a lot of at that young age. Wow, man, that's a Costo. that the rest us to inhabit that age. We could go utility because of that. I mean it seems like he's got a pretty diverse skill set, so let's let's let's see what we get to in d first and then we'll go back to that one. But let say him in the flex. That was one of those text Jeff, that I tell you about, when she like we aren't talking at all. It's like today, like I didn't. I didn't talk to Brittany until we got on the zoom today, but like imagine about an hour before just getting like a pause and all caps text. That was one of those where I got a pause and then power points forward it to me through email. I was like, we love those texts. Okay, this is question. This is a little bit different. HMM, but hey, get's man. It wasn't good u touch. It was about seeing Turo. He's kind of like a depth guy that I was well through. Then here you go, Jeff. We will put Morgan as the utility and then put I believe it was Joe San Toro, Senatori, as the forward. There we go, Banko. So now we go back to the D and I think we got to start first and foremost with this past season.

Yeah, to twenty point guys, one for me and one for you, Jeff. Four percent decline, Bronte and Dominique Sharko. Both guys were big for our fantasy and the biggest thing to talk about will, besides his play, that is with Shariko, is his tick. Talking. Learned US too. I knew you were I knew it. I mean there were some there were seconds funny Simon Backs filps are funny. To help did our blues? Yes, well, she finds that Jared Tyson's a two year he's blayer going to we just built out the D well and they're going down the street for me. Yes, Framinghamma as this, as is every team of the week feature. We have to have at least one future neighbor for Brittany. They don't. Everybody, everybody trade us. Pause. Pause, pause. I have just gotten a live text from anthy don't two Po oh and it's nice. Hey, I listened to her team Marilyn podcast the other day and wanted to say thank you for the kind words. That was very sweet. I Love Nice people. I'm not one of them. I'm not a nice person, but with puklar nice to me. Love it. Thank Yo. Oh my God, Hikey, not me. That's got me, Jackie. Love it. Jeff, the highest of Keys, Eis the heavens pianodeal. Get on that stair with heaven and slam on that ties key on the piano. Oh my God, Nice. Mr Grizzle gear himself any too. So back to the two thousand and eighteen nineteen chiefs we mentioned. They don't Cooper did not pay. We we touched on the three scores that they had and mcin any, Lawson and Weddington at all put up fifty points. Freddy Ilius, on Defense, was quietly one of the top five defensemen of the League. Oh, like easily. And he wasn't old. W I. He know a two thousand. He's in the Oh, but he was a two thousand. It was a two thousand in the one thousand eighteen nineteen season, right, so he's was with he was. He was pretty young that year and he put up player he put up thirty seven points and forty three himself from the plays to the Milton menace in the OJ the oghl. I think he's Canadian anyways. It's very Canadian. Yeah, so he probably couldn't get in the country. He's from Gainesville, Ontario's that's Jamesvill for ago eight years. OAKVILLE on Terry. OAKVILLE. Sorry, Oh, oakville. That's it's a good thing. Let's go here. Hold on, I guess he's US somebody from at least from OAKVILLE. I was wondering. I was wondering as if it's going to say Gainesville here on his player profile. No, you would have been your Jackson. Yeah, okay, good. No, that's actually actually GAINESVILLE's down here, as I'm actually from like way over up here, like the total across the country and then into the next country, right, so that's actually think eating Polino for the Bentley Falcons. was from OAKVILLE, Ontario. Mother off the reels we got for D so far, for D so far. I kind of want to keep over on the southern New Hampshire train here because they have a they have a forward and a d going there this season coming up. He was good. Yeah, you can. Rodriguez was an assistant captain, I believe, with Phillips, two year player for the team, and that gives us already d like we're almost already done with this lot of guys. Wait, is this? Did this? Can say many seasons he put to Roder guys play two seasons? No, no, no, I was looking at somebody else. Rodriguez backtoback seasons with zero goals and eleven assists. So that is consistent. Yeah, what the same is consistent. Hey, practice good behavior. The the last D is I just want this kid because I like saying his name. Okay, it's one of those you know how I have like those names. Come on, that's kind of weird. I need to rephrase this. Rephrase, Refrin there those names. Check. You have these names, that I'm assumed. Yeah, yes, exactly. Tell your teachers, like what a freaking name? Are Swanson? Wagon? We see wagon. No, Pritty, absolutely, I'M gonna do. You have some PA and you kids. You have some PA inklings in that blood. I can feel it. Okay, so it wasn't that weird. As we come to a close, moving so we can pay somebody now that. Yeah, I mean our wants. The only garth I...

...know garths snow or Garth Brooks. Come yes, my favorite guards of all time. Mus makes episode of WHO is your car? So I was playing cheeks before to I was going to as I was going to ask you guys to pick between Garth Swanson and an interesting one is connor leftcom and oh that kids in absolute beauty. So it's interesting because he only played one season with the chiefs in the EHL. What was this kid? HMM, we could we could go at Tristan walls seem either tall, big defenseman. I think. I'm yeah, Dude, I kid. Is this? He was all six, Kid, yeah, he yeah, he's huge. He's Kinny, he's so free. Junior Clintons, other brother left cough, played the two thousand and eighteen nineteen season with the chiefs. I want to say you actually actually Freddy alias has d partner and then he went with Kevin Cunningham and Kevin Cunningham went over to the NA three with Dan Barry and backtoback seasons they're over forty points and now going to New England College. So I guess we back our best friends. I guess we go back to Brittany's common from earlier about being nice, human being stow. We want to show some generosity towards the fellow Tier Three League? Or do we want to stick with Garth Swanson? I think we ring up Brenda Johnson and MASCO. I don't know if we have time to get get him in on the zoom right now. Kidding. Might runner recording a little heavy? I don't know. I don't. I don't Guard Swanson for the Wind Alec The lake five hundred. I will go. Well then you're mean. We're gonna put Mac on it and then we're not going to put lefty on it. It's kind of like they're there's I think there's your point, because mcinanny also went with Danbury left cough. Was that good in our league? And then obviously is going to the college. So let's give them a little credit and we'll put connor left cough in here. And that wraps up the lineup. Guys. See. Well, it fell fast, but we're right on time for our we usually are. So the forward unit of Max Phillips, Zach Withington, Scott Lawson, Kyle, mcinanny, Jason Gordon, Matt Loftest Mits Ricker, Kya Suda, toy Vo Kramer, Zack Boulet, Brian waters and Joe San Toro. Defensive Core of Declan Bronti, Domini, Turiko, Jared Tyson, Freddy Ilias Ethan Roder, guests, Connor left coff, goal attending unit of JP Mela and Gabrielle could sure, and then the utility power point creator in time, Morgan cristop power point, extraordinary. Honestly, I have to give myself credit for that. If I if I didn't know these kids before and I showed up to a game and this was the lineup, I would have to ask for a few pronunciations, because there's some tough ones in there. Yep, yeah, one hundred percent. So that doesn't feel like exact bleet. That was a second. Here you can hear the ore over our coaching friends butchering these ones. Yeah, Hey, good, who's covered boulette over there? What? Well, I said, it's a very crisp move to. Yeah, that's what I was Mary, curious if the letter is in your name. Were pronouncing get bullet, hey bullet. So that does it for the chiefs team of the week feature. I think that was already our sixth. One of these guys to him. I think it's going to be September. We're going to be back to the season again. That was because we started with Bjr. So Count Stop It. This was number seven. This is actually number seven. We are not going to have a team of the week feature next week. My hoping be in Denver. Well, I'm trying to post a podcast episode still. The hope is the hope. It hope. US talk about the CCO showcase. Yes, the hope is to have Mike Jeff, Mike Jump Ler, on, who's the director of the showcase. So I got to talk to him over the weekend. So an exclusive interview coming your way next week and then we'll get back to the team of the week features after that and we'll discuss offline who we want to return with after a one or, I guess you can call you a two week hiatus. So that doesn't for the cheese. Thanks again to great half for Ann for coming on the PODCAST and best of the block to him as he moves as ways towards his first season as a as a head coach in GM in the ehl. And enjoy the one week off, Jeff and Willy. I'll make sure to let...

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