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Team of the Week (Express) | Episode 77

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we cross off another Original 6 team in the Walpole Express. Over the course of the first 8 seasons of the EHL, the Express lead the league with 124 NCAA Commitments to date. Included in that total are 27 commitments combined between the past two seasons. Cody Campbell is busy preparing for his 3rd year at the helm for Walpole (1:12), and the 2019-20 EHL Coach of the Year feels great about where his program is at. To wrap things up (25:35), the #ECrew puts together another strong all-time lineup.

Welcome to the e show with Neil Raven. With over one zero NCAA commitments, the ehl is the proven path to college. Turn it up and learn more about the college placement leader at the division two and three levels. Welcome to the e show presented by the penalty box foundation. The foundation's mission 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 penalty box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven and this episode number seventy seven of the e show, and on this week's episode we cross off another original six team and the wall pole express over the chorus of the first eight seasons in the EH shell. The Express lead the League with a hundred and twenty four NCA commitments to date. Included in that total our twenty seven commitments combined between the past two seasons. Cody Campbell is busy preparing for his third year at the helm for Walpole and the two thousand and nineteen twenty ehl coach of the year feels great about where his program is at. To wrap things up, the ECU puts together another strong all time line up. Joy Now by Cody Campbell, the head coach and general manager of the Wall Pole Express. How's it going to cody? Good? Thanks for having me on you. He's also my guest from my member guest tournament coming up at Atkinson and cody let's this is the first question. Nothing to do with hockey, but what is the wager between us for whoever gets more points in the tournament? If you get more points, what do I have to do? You have to call a Wallpole express game of my choosing this next season. I'll figure out what the case would be if it's other way around. But I will admit, I have admitted this on the podcast before, cody is the better golfer, just so everyone can hear that. But let's get into the hockey now. As we look back on the two thousand two thousand and twenty one season, obviously a very difficult year with everything we dealt with because of the covid restrictions and whatnot. What positives can can you pull out of it? I mean, I think, I think as an organization, as a league as a whole, there's there's a lot of positives. We were able to play very consistently throughout the course of the season and there were obviously shutdowns and and quarantinas and so on and so forth, but to be able to make it through such a crazy year and crazy season as last year was and still help. You know, I think another record breaking number of players get college commitments from from our league. It's the Real Testament to the league itself and I thought our thought our organization handled the handled the covid situation really well as well, and your seem got to play some other opponents early on. I want to get to that in a second. But obviously, as the season progressed you became the Massachusetts Division and I guess from your perspective, though, with the previous history of coaching in the North American Hockey League and how the play in that league stays are consistently within their division, did it feel like the same for you when looking and comparing the two? Yeah, I mean it was familiar. Obviously the biggest differences is, you know, playing just in the mass vision last year our longest trip was, you know, an hour, where as longest trip and the North American league, even though it was within our division, was twelve hours. So definitely definitely felt, you know, familiar, but obviously the travel wasn't much different,...

...and neither to be that way to keep keep our players on the ice and keep giving them opportunities there could be seen by schools and ultimately accomplish their individual goals of earning college commitment. And for your team, every every program scheduled played out differently last year for you, you actually able to play ten games by November first. Obviously that had a lot to do with where Massachusetts that as as a state, but those ten games were all outside the state. There was two in Maine and the and the rest were either in New Hampshire or in Connecticut. When looking back, having the ability to play those ten games the way that you did, do you think that benefited your team? So the first five didn't, but it was nice. I thought it was important for us to, you know, get on the road early and be around each other maybe a little bit more of and than you would be if you were just at home or playing up the road at, you know, the wizards or somebody like that. So I do think there's benefits to that. But, like I said, I five games into that stretch I probably would have told you much differently. Well, you guys. For those that don't know that, the express started last season with a record of zero, four and one in those five games. I on this podcast said that had a lot to do with your opponents that you were playing. Was that similar to the message that kind of is being talked about in your locker room or did did that not matter? No, it didn't necessarily matter to me. We did end up playing, you know, teams that that finished. I mean, Jeez, I think out of those those five games, four of four of them were against teams that were were in the finals. So it's a good measuring stick to play good teams early in the season and ultimately we were. We were very young in terms of in terms of returners and guys that had played in the League previously, to start a year only with only two guys coming back from our our team the previous season. So yeah, there wasn't wasn't a whole lot of thought and, unto all we played these guys. It's all right to lose a couple. We definitely we got spanked a couple times, but I think I think it helped us in the long run and ultimately I believe that that we had a pretty pretty good group here and just takes time to figure things out and the players to get get comfortable and in our routine, because it is it is different from other places that they'd come from and that kind of stuff. So there's a learning curve there and unfortunately we got it figured out after after about fifteen and after that fifth game you went on to win eight straight. Lest it out to me, was the first weekend, I guess you can say, back in Massachusetts, you shut out the wizards to nothing and for nothing. On back to that day as a home and home series. Was it in that moment that you realize all right, we we wrote the ship, we actually do have a pretty good team this year. Um, no, I don't think it was like just a singular moment or weekend or or anything like that. It was just a culmination of guys continuing to believe in each other and believe in the process that we have here and just just get on the same page. And, like I said, I thought going into the season we had a...

...talented group, but I was nice to see things kind of the light bulb go on. Pretty much everybody in the group's had about weekend with what we wanted to do structure wise, defensively and and then offensively as well, kind of start to put all the pieces of puzzle together. And you said, one of the biggest positives La of last season was to get the chance to play a full year and still help players advanced on in two seasons. Now, if you're looking at just NCA commitments you got, you have twenty seven and two years there with Walpole. Obviously there's been players that have moved up the junior hockey ladder as well that we're going to talk about, but I've those twenty seven commitments. They have moved on to seventeen different NCA programs. Well, what do you credit that? I guess you can say variety to a lot of it has to do with the the league and the exposure that that the league provides to to our players and then I think a little bit of it has to do just with with the the network that I have and in the division three world obviously dealt with a lot of midwest schools at the places that I was previously at. We're able to be able to, you know, put book guys on on some of those schools radars that aren't out here as frequently just due to the sheer distance between where both schools are and where our league plays and stuff. But that would be that would that would be kind of, I think, part of the variety. And another part is we just really try to focus on making sure but the players is finding the best fit for them academically first and foremost and then athletically as well. And the one I guess there's one program that's six out amongst the rest of all your commitments and that's g Stavis and you've kind of created this pipeline, if you love. I think you got five or six players that have advanced on to because Davis. Is that just the connection that you have with that coaching staff? Yeah, I mean the associate head coach there, Roy Dine and, is a good friend of mine and somebody somebody that I trust and he trust trust my evaluation of players and I think I have a pretty good handle on the kinds of players that that fit in well to their program and stuff. So yeah, it's definitely it's a little bit different. Obviously there's there's some programs that kind of have a a team or per handful of teams that they sing a good chunk of kids to, you know, allow here on the east coast. So it's a little bit different being that that schools in the middlewest, but it's been a really good fit for, like you said, five or six of our our guys here in last two years. And in those commitments there were a couple players that actually committed from your first year with the program in Cole Cave and Matt Tell Rico. They had the chance to come back and join you last season just because everything that was going on, when those players reached out and basically said, coach, you know, we're not going to play in college this year. Is there a spot to come back? How do those conversations go? And well, we first first off, we want to make sure of that. I've everything academically is going to going to be okay with with those players and Cole was able to take a semester off of not fully off, but basically a semester off and then and then tally was able to continue at Stone Hill with his course load...

...and then jump jump back into our lineup and I think both those guys will will greatly. I don't know if improve is the right word, but they're there you know, quote unquote, freshman years next year will be just that much better having, you know, another thirty games of junior hockey experience under their belt. And I want to talk more about some of these players that have moved on because, as I mentioned before, it's not all to the NCAA ranks. You've had players move up to junior ranks. To look at Cal Mel, who climbed up to the NA. You look at Zach Simon who, I'm sure it has a great shot to climb up to the NA. For players like that, when they first arrived and you know that they have more years of junior left and they had aspirations to climb up, do you do you point out to the the connections that you have at the NA level to help them get there? Definitely, and I again that's a that's a family decision, that's a personal decision that the play each players make and you know, in cal case he was he was pretty set. I'm going the division three route after last season and we had a really good conversation around Christmas time where, to be honest, I believe cals a Division One player and I told him that and I told him that, you know, if he is able to crack the North American league and put in a solid year two years even at that level, he's going to give himself a really good chance to play at the Division One level. And fortunately it's happened to work out for him in terms of having a having a good season with Jamesville and the NA and getting selected to the top prospects showcase that they just completed here of this past weekend and you know, I know that I've gotten a handful of calls from from Division One schools asking about cal and how he was in his time here with express. So it's definitely something that we look at. I think it's it's a benefit to our players that I have pretty good network and the USAHL and North American hockey leagues, having having previously coached in those leagues. And I also think that at the end of the day it has to be again, the right fit for the player and what they want to do, not only athletically but academically as well. And there's been other guys that have maybe had that opportunity to take a step up but they wanted to get their their education started and stuff, and we've been able to find a good division, three homes for them. And I want to talk about Zack Simon next year for a second, because he has a chance to play in the NA next year as well. We won't talk about fantasy as much, but you kept telling me early on of the year he got to pick Zach Simon, you got to take Zax Simon. When I did, it worked out pretty damn well, will say. What is you see in his game that you realize, though, this kid has the chance to be the flour of the year like he was. I mean he first and foremost, he is one of the most competitive, most tenacious players that I've ever been around. He put he played a lot of people don't know of this, but from December on he had a broken wrist and played through that was still able to do what he did for for us down the stretch and and was rewarded...

...with with being forward of the year. So you just he's just a hockey player and in kind of every sense the word, love loves the game and some of his best ass sets are are obviously a skating ability and a speed and and then second to that of his hockey sense and ability to make plays and create time and space for himself and first teammates, but he did it all for us. It was probably are our top penalty killer. Played played gigantic role on our power play and play the ton of minutes five on five as well. Both you know when we needed to write rely on them offensively and we when we needed to rely on him defensively. So he was. He's a pleasure to coach, that's for sure, and there's so many moments from this past season that I look back and stand out, but for some reason there's always going to be this goal that he scored at the wizards where Brian Patessia collected the practice inside the Blue Line and gave this no look back hand passed to Simon and I don't know how he even saw him, but I tryed into a breakaway goal and I just remember that goal and thinking of myself. Patricia jest got here and they already have this chemistry. But Braden started this past season with the protect ducks and then joined you for the second half. How how big was that addition to your line up in your locker room? Oh, it was, it was, it was big. I mean Braden again, it gave gave Zach, gave him somebody that with a similar hockey IQ to play with, and Braden be Zack, somebody with a similar hockey IQ to play with. And when you get two players that that process the game is quick, as both of them do, and can see the small little play such as the one that you just talked about, and are able to execute, that's when you get get goals and plays being made like like that. So yeah, it was. It was pretty fun to to watch those two play together here for a second half of the season and we covered some of the floors. So let's work back where it's now. Because defensively, you guys were pretty stout as well. I can't talk about every single one of them, but I want to talk about Todd Philiper because you were able to bring him and kind of based off the year that it was, when you had the chance to add a defense from like that to your lineup, was there a sense of almost shock it? Was it just excitement? Yeah, I mean just nothing was shocking last year. Hum based off of it what it was, but we were obviously really excited. I'd seen todd play, you know, multiple times throughout the course of the previous year when he was in the North American league and use another player that played him and then a top prospects show case. And Yeah, he was at this level. He was just phenomenal. I like again, his hockey sense stood out, his ability to create offense from from the back end stood out and he was a big part to the success that we had the season as well. And then when you shift all the way to the furthest end in the back, he gets to the goaltenders. In in two years you've had one of the top goaltenders in the league each year, to Bias Falcon staff the first year, Mason Palmer this past year. Having those anchors at the very end of your of the ice, I could, I should say, how important is that be into your team? I think it's the most important. That's how we go about building, you know, our roster each year and you know to have recruited those two guys and as well as as Eric...

Buck holts and just been been really solid between between the pipes each of the last two years. That it allows for those those growing pains at the start of the season and no one that you have a guy that could can correct mistakes in that and ultimately I think it's the most important piece of of winning games towards the end of the season as goaltending, and we've been been fortunate to have have, you know, really three, really, really good ones here over last two years and hope to hope to continue that trend here. And I'm not sure that this is going to become a debate when it gets to be Jeff and I's turn with the all time lineup, but let's put you on the spot. I guess for a second. If you had a frozen finals game tomorrow, I must win, and it was between any of those three goaltenders they need to put in Net, which one would you pick? H You can flip a coin, flip two coins. All three of them are completely different in style. All three of them have shown over the course of their their seasons with us that they have the capability to win big games. And the best part about all three of those guys is their their calm and there they're calming influences back they're all in their their own way, but they're all all calming influences on the back end and just having goaltending like those three guys provided just gives gives the rest of the team and added sense of confidence to be able to to play going forward and not have to worry about, you know, trying to obviously we try to limit chance has as much as possible and act. Think that plays a role and how well that our goalies have done here in the last couple of years. But to have that confidence knowing that if you make the mistake and the puck goes either way for a great a chance, we've got guys in the cage I that can make saves and and, like I said, correct mistakes. I feel completely comfortable having any any of those three guys in then that to win a championship. It's a good answer. So then looking forward this season, coming up to be your third year with the program, when you first took over the express of this always been a program that has place kids consistently throughout the years. Being one of the original six teams in the League, the express actually had the highest total, a hundred and twenty four ENDC comments in the eight years. was there pressure that you felt when you first took the job and do you feel any pressure? Can still today? There wasn't pressure, and in the way that you mean pressure, when I when I took the job, there was there was internal pressure from myself health to obviously it was my my first, first crack at being a head coach and I believe that I could do it and do it well and help kids accomplish their goals of playing college hockey. So there was there was internal pressure on, you know, from myself to to do a good job and and and help help players get to the level that that they wanted to get to. And also I'm a...

...pretty competitive guy, like like winning. So there was internal pressure to make sure that we put a good team on the ice, that that was able to compete and win hockey games. Now I think there's there's more pressure internally because we have had success and it's become, you know, something that's expected here, not necessarily from anybody that's outside of our locker room, but we expect we expect to have success, we expect to play a bunch of guys into into college or higher levels of junior and we expect to win at this point. So I think as a coach, there's there's all, if you don't have whether it's outside pressure or internal pressure, you're probably probably not doing the job of the job the way it should be done. So definitely, definitely feel like we need to keep building and continue to get better because as a program as a whole, we're not not satisfied with with where we're at. And if I had to make any predictions, I would say you are definitely one of the contenders to punch a ticket to the frozen follows this year, while poll has never been to the frozen final. So I'm sure that's at the top of your list of your goals for this upcoming season. I appreciate you coming on the PODCAST, looking forward to the member guests coming up as well, and enjoy the rest of the offseason. Thanks and theil thanks for having me on. Make sure you get some practice and thanks again to cody Campbell for coming on the podcast this week, heading into his third season with the program, one the coach of the year after his very first year and, as I mentioned, already got twenty seven commitments and two seasons. Twenty eight actually has to be coming soon with Todd Philibert as well. With that, let's bring in Jeff Mills now, and Jeff We got another original six team this week. Yes, we do Choo Choo the red trade. Here they come, a lot of happy people that want to hear this sweets team of the week feature. So the previous original six teams that we have done, just to refresh everyone's memory, we've done the little flyers so far, the Rangers so far are and the rough riders so far. So this is number four of six. The other two are the apple core and warriors. Those are the six teams that have been in all eight seasons of the League. The wolves and wizards that we mentioned have been in gonna be or have been in seven years. So they're almost original six, but almost a no GE, not but it. When it comes to these original six teams. Obviously they have history prior to the EHL, but they just have so much history in the EHL that it makes our job that much harder. So do we want to work from from front to back or from back to front? I don't know. What do we do? Last will actually well, last week we had that awesome interview with Dave Starman. Gotta plug that. That was phenomenal and everyone please go check that out after you check out this week's episode, of course. So I don't know what we did, but I think I feel like we've gone like forward to d because I don't know. There's a lot of there's a lot of goaltending choices. That always going to be so hard. That's going to be fun. So I don't we save going to the Eli Starka. Well, start forward, will start perfect. And they were here to say this is tough because Walpole has. For All those people at home that don't know, they were an AJ team before we turned into the AHL. Yeah, so there's some names on here that we can't that we just kind of talked about quickly. We can't really include because there weren't part of the EHL. If we go all back to the early two thousands. I mean I can give you guys in the Walpole stars because I grew up in Norwood. That's it. And imagine parts with the Express. Imagine if you were doing coach right and we had to pick between tody Campbell, John Lounsberry, Chris Cerella and hey and burnt compel. Right,...

...like really, my whole my fall be like boom, boom boom. Why did you back me? Why did you pick me? It's right, I can't, I can't. Grass was there for a little bit with Sorello. So we're not we're not touching the coach shot things, but we'll start with the forwards. There was a couple of comments last week, or two weeks ago I should say, on the wolves. One about leaving Chris Peters off of it, but he didn't spend that much time with the wolves. He walks with the express. What I think of Chris Pierio Peters, I think of the wall pole express. I think of two years with the express, like like the last year. He literally played all fifty four games for them and had ninety three points. Like that is one of the only like historical like points geters as far as when you look back at their team, one of them. They were a team. They've always been a team that's had a lot of depth scoring guys, just not the tie point scoring guys like Peters was. But Peters lit up for sure, and you do definitely. I agree. I remember him more as an express than it is. Nothing against the twenty. What of the F twenty five in thirty thirty five games at the wolves? But I just remember Wallpole more right and and over the course as entire ehl career, a hundred and seventy five points and a hundred thirty nine games is pretty darn good. So that good. That's that's how we set the bar to start the forward's right, it's still that's what that's what we get things started and then like it just there's so many offics, a lot. So there's new anals. Like this is one of those first teams where I feel like we've gone through some of these older teams. And the other funny thing when you go with the Oh Geez, if you will, deal as you get to the point streak websites that we see and that's how you know you're an original team and you weren't even on. What's the your new format we use? I forget it's it's sports engine, which is funny. That's right. You know, I helped bring the League to sports engine when I got into the League. Right now was my first season. Two Thousand and fifteen. Sixteen gave the facelift. The two years prior was poise streak, point it was. It's okay, it was okay. Believe with that. Okay, it's just it's a different look. It's a different look, but at the top of each point streak roster, if you will, one name for the express was Frankie Cephalo, who played for the two thousand and thirteen fourteen express and two thousand and fourteen fifteen express. I mean he's another easy one to include. It sounds like significantly less compared to peters, but he had a hundred and twenty six points, still pretty dimp good. So we got two guys so far and then we go back to my conversation with ty. So we're going to work jumping all over the years, right, we kind of started the middle with Peters. We went to the beginning. I have to just speak completely selfish here and go to Zack Simon. Sex I was, oh man, I had like an over under my head of like how long until deal put Sax Simon? And you know, once you put Zax Simon on, that I'm gonna go with my boy the ends of our Coolin from Yannis and love run Zoe. I gave cody all the credit for telling me early on to pick Zack Simon, whatever week that was in October. Obviously the rest is history, as they say, right and Simon was last year's for to the year and the EH shell has a really good chance to play in the NA this year for Marcoleen. For Him, he had twenty six goals last year. That was towards the top of the League in Forty Games. Honestly, he's going to wilkes this year but he's only an all one like could you imagine if he wanted to come back for another season as these do? I'll thank you. First pick runs out the ZAC Simon from last year. Buddy, it was a huge power play guy. Renzo was and he yeah, they were just they were machines. And then once I got Patricia to move in there, see he's a name that he wasn't there long enough to call, unless, I don't know, did cody say something about? I mean they chime in and say who...

...they want and who. Maybe maybe we have that hybrid position. Jeff all the utility, but Markoleen, we I've leave talked so much. Am I interview and right now bought Simon Mark Leen. It almost felt overshadowed. He had half of his points, Jeff, on the powerplay. The twenty one points, one the powerplay and he had eight game winning goals. And remember, no extra points for hat tricks, Neil, but you do get extra points for power play goals and assists. So and game winners. He was. He was big and helped me with that in get wonders, which he had eight of. Not Too bad. So we got four forward so far, Chris Peters, Frankie Stephal, Zack Simon and Lorenzo Marco, Leen guy that we talked about. I think we talked about him last week, just like off the year, and he's got quite the lineage, quite the hockey name. Daniel Rousione. Yes, is that ring a bell to anyone at home? Mike Rusioni? If it doesn't, then you don't like howking. So I'm not an American. You don't like hockey. So it was really easy, quicki but he was damn good. Yeah, so Rusioni is obviously Mike's nephew and he spent just a single season in the EHL. Two Thousand and fifteen sixteen, forty seven points in forty six games. Then one played a year in the NA with Craig Dreamus, who was a former ehl coach for the New Jersey Titans, and then now I think he just graduated actually from Salvey. So went on to Salvey, which is historically been one of the top programs in the CCC, blanking on which year it was, but one of these years while at Salvey they reached the national championship game and we watched it in Providence. I want to say it was who is eighteen nineteen? Yeah, it was that he was. We've only been the pad to Bend Hell over the profiss twice. Rys either seventeen, eighteen, eighteen nineteen. Well, what's a nineteen twenty? I'll tell you that. You can cross that one off your was. I just remember there were like eleven eh alumni on that Salvey team that went to the title game and he was one of them. So that gives us five forward so far. On fact, I work with Daniels Brother Video Bentley, though, so we're all still involved with the Rusione family, Vinea or Bentley Falcon Baseball Player net works for the Bentley Falcons, athletic stuff. So good family, yes, I would say so. Hockey family very much that Woll. They eat, sleep and drink hocky, I'll tell you that. So most of you know that I keep the screenshare going as we are talking through these team of the week features. was throwing me off with this screen share right now or the the stats that I'm showing the Jeff Is. It's got all of the years of the express combined and we're trying to focus just on the ehl because of the fact that they've been in the EHL for eight years. So if you're looking for just eh Shell, right, we go down to Larry Nyland. MMM, he wasn't all star for the EH Shell back in the twenty eighteen, nineteen season, I believe. And another Romar Bira Guy, we local BRA HL. He spent two seasons with the Express. Seventy six points and seventy eight games. Almost every guy we've mentioned so far is either clearly a point it's a point per game guy or like right there on the fringe of being a point per game guy. It was kind of blows me up because I feel like they've never had I mean I guess they just they get they get low scoring, get into low scoring affairs. They've never had guys like lead the league, like Peters did that one time. But Yep, I mean even the Lounsbury years they would have, you know, comfortably guys in the three thousand and forty, maybe one or two in the s range. But I mean they say they've gotten a job done, they've been a good team, and what a job cody's done to I mean since he's been here just too quick. Your feel like he's been here for a while. Being here for only two years seems like that's not true, but I would agree. I would agree he's done an awesome job and just bought a house and Lincoln r islands.

It's not too far from me, though, not too far from the Rod and you know he's not too far from either golf course Snyder arena. Oh so, so this is true. He could be the the host, if you will, for the hotel, for coach Sir, if you get the next year, if you like me, the no hotel crew and and like you've kind of mentioned the how it's surprising for you to see where some of these point totals kind of stand. It's surprising for me that the in three seasons of the finals, that Wallpole hasn't reached the frozen finals yet. Yeah right, they haven't had it their first birthday and the front and finals and and maybe for pulled from last year. They were close. Yeah, book, we were very divided on the podcast as the as the year went on, to really put our flags in the ground for different teams and and you, you you bled Walpole Express. Read Right. You were just all in on wallpole express down the stretch. That's rod did. I was pulled for the boys so hard that the pleasure of calling the Jority of their playoff games, thanks to you and and they were good ones and they were just a little bit short. But yeah, we expect them to get there like like we talked about too, with the other team of the week features them in the wolves. Are Two teams that you would expect to they keep doing what they're doing, making appeared sooner rather than later, I would agree. For the next Mor and I got pulled up here, I get Eric Leepa, who was on the hive two thousand and fourteen, fifteen and two thousand and fifteen sixteen. To keep with this barely or just under a point per game trend, he had seventy seven points and eighty four games. Began his college career. Out Os we go, but then ended up at Salvy as he was one of those players that was part of that team that went to the national championship game. And that gives us seven forward so far, and we've done a good job, I guess you could say, of bouncing around the years. Yeah, we definitely. We haven't gone too heavy. I mean we got Simon and Mark Lene from the fresh from the fresh east, from the newer teams. Then we got, yeah, we got Peters and some other and actually the cool thing too is leaping your rusion. He played together in Walpole and then go to play together. That's a common theme we've had to with the EHL guys. That's awesome too, because that's for the colleges. It's great. You are to Mac. We have that the forward line chemistry. You know where guys are going to be in it creates a nice, easy transition, not that it's easy to transition, it's college hockey, but makes things easier. Yes, and there's gonna be there's going to be a d also that played at Walpole and then play at Salvey. But we're going to get to the dance to finish too. Forwards a tastle guess teas for everyone follow along and and all those names are mentioned, by the way. Look at this player's name, Terry Watt, current coach of the protect ducks. For Guy, Hey, hey, he played there. Now I did, Terry, Terry never played in the EHL. So if Terry asked afterwards, why he's not in the all time lineup? It's because he didn't play in the EHL. It was still the the Atlantic at that time. Right, but could you imagine if we had I don't know if we could have this. I don't think we have any coaches or head coaches that play in the EHL. I don't think that's happened yet. No, I don't think so. But we're getting the getting there where we could be right like, because we're heading in the season number nine, right. So you work now working our way through, you know, a few waves of kids that have gone through college and then maybe had a short pro career and then are getting into coaching. So maybe that's coming soon. Maybe with the we have one of the produboys with coach the innabony. This is true Stan for the seahawks. It's so he's starting to be He's very young, yes, just no head coaches yet, right. and Cody's our youngest head coach and...

Holy Hack is he's he he's not even thirty yet or he just turned thirties. Twenty nine. He is twenty nine. We didn't I didn't even cover that. I my questions would have been so pointed and easy. Jeff, I should have said what are your baby have you done this? I should have said what is the best day of the year? Every year? February twenty five, because we share the same birthday as well. That's right, that's right. That was a very easy question. I should put on a tea for but what you guys are made to be best friend's, a birthday, love, golf talk. It's like, you see, just become best friends. Yes, so we're we're absolutely stepbrothers. Working on the final five forwards now and there's, as we've mentioned, so many options to choose from. A couple that buys of the newer teams. There's there's two y thing get out for me. There's there's there's from my beginning of my time in the league and there's from cody's first year. So I first year in the League there was a player named Kaiser Ray who played for the express and he put up fifty seven and forty eight. So he's on the other side of the point per game. Are you going to be? We've been having right. I remember the show Gise. He was fast, he was a little little guy, right, wasn't a smaller like kind of diminutive type forward. Nine, yeah, one hundred and sixty five big, and he began his collegiate hockey career at skin. More than moved on to Stone Hill, who didn't get a chance to play this past year, but in the season prior, which was the two thousand and nineteen twenty season, Stone Hill won the any ten championship. So he was a part of that championship team. So we're going to put guys a Ray. That's a good list. And then who's your newer guy that you were thinking of when you were only spent a season there, but it was a good year for Jonah Hildruth Yep, which was cody's first year with the program. Forty two and forty four was the two thousand and nineteen twenty season, and now has moved on to stunny courtland, unfortunately, has got the chance to play a game there just yet. That's what's going to be great this fault. We're going to have so many players playing in their first college game. Right. What do you havector in all the guys that didn't get a chance to play last year and then all the guys that are just heading to college this year. Right, it's like double the list. That's going to be quite the beginning of the season for all of us. We can be like Whoa, what is this show showcase? What? What do we do here? Huh? The best is we're going off the rails here for a second. We always do so. So this is going to be Joe Burtania's first chance to see a showcase. Right. Oh, and he's got to ask me like some questions. So far. Do you know? What are they like? And I'm like long, very long, like our first showcase is four days long and it's EHL and EHLP. But what I always say, Ye, if you got to put the smile on for the first game in the building, in the last game in the building. Yeah, exactly. Hey, who are you a? Know what it's going to be. It's going to be awesome to see these college coaches again. They've all already started reaching out that they've marked our dates in their calendar. So they're all excited about it. You know, they're probably already asking what will be served for lunch on day one, day three. Oh, what what are we are we going to Oh Robin. What do we usually get? The usually get that. Why do we do this? That's a good cheese. So we need three more forwards now and, as Jeff pointed out, I think we've done a good job of balancing, you know, the new and the old, and there's so many good options still the right. There's really are so the good options, I mean. So another guy ahead of my whistles looking at you know you tell me, was Tim Lopez. He was with hill drift from the a two thousand and nineteen season, almost a point for Dean Guy, forty three points and forty...

...five games. Forget if he was a multi WHO's here? Multi Year player, he was just a single year. It's whether singler two thousand nineteen twenty. He's great to have here because he gives us a plug for that Gud stay. This typeline that I did ask cody about, and it actually tease up a story time for when Tim Lopez scored the game winning goal for the express at stone a marina against the Rangers and snap the Rangers winning streak in two thousand and nineteen twenty at fifteen games. It wasn't, as I mentioned, overtime where I was there for the call and as we were walking out we actually watched out together, cody byself and rich and like that's the best part about this league. The coach is like when the when the pocket, when the bucket is dropped. They want to win like anything, but they'll walk out after the game together, like arms around each other, like their friends right. Like yeah, rich was like rich was like discover it had this like discouraging look on after the game, obviously at he had lost, but he still got a point in overtime. And Cody was cody was kind of like what, What's wrong? And rich just like I just disappointed that our streak snapped, and cody's like Ye, had a winding streak going, and which is like we had one fifteen straight games. Cody's like, Oh, I had no idea. So then of course we get all get in our car and I'm it's like clockwork. Jeff. I'm like looking at my phone, I go WHO's gonna call first? Cody or rich? Rich, forest? Rich called first and it goes, how did they not know that? And it starts going off about how, how cody didn't know that, and it's a kidding seeing funny. He hangs up, and then cody cost and I'm like Hey, what's up? And before he even gets a word and he's already in tears laughing because of course he knew they had on hundred and fifteen straight games, but he doesn't loved getting under riches skin like that. It was it was an awesome moment. It was not the moment. That's one of the best things about cody's you never know when he's being serious joking. They're all the same tone, the same facial expressions. Were like, is Cody Kiddy? And then he like kind of give you that smirk with like that is like, I think he's just like he's like one. It was in way it was something it's bad with cody gets mad. He whoo man, that's like you can lose his temper. It was. It was such a funny moment, though, like it was. It was awesome. I remember that. I remember you telling us about that when you're leaving. I thought that was the I didn't know if that was the infamous rist DiCaprio clipboard smashing. I thought, oh, that was against was a different that was against the Chee. Yeah. So man, what a moment that with Tim Lopez scored that game. When the goal there, we go stop back around the horn. Tippy Lopez thank you for that memory. That gives us too forwards left here. WHO. So we go, one old, one, newer, one, little man. It's it's tough, right. It's because there's been so many good players over the years. I think that we've covered the early seasons. I guess you can say enough. Yeah, and thirteen and fourteen, so we've kind of narrowed it down from there, I mean, but there's so many good options. I remember Joe Hall my first year, was excellent for the express, doing caribbeas another one that's played as that use a dun using d where. That was right. That was the little salve, a pluck that we were given earlier. WE'RE GOING TO WE'RE gonna get to him. I think I want to go with will labelle, okay, who played on the Food Peters and you know, and this is these aren't shots at the walls, but both of them played for the wolves who and then went to the express. But Andrew Trimble brought it up in their interview. He mentioned how the Wolves Program has grown to a point...

...where players like peters and Labelle, who spent a year there and then went to Walpole. Those kids aren't doing that now and they've been able to retain kids like rickards to Lenski's, who's going back there for another season. So labelle put up twenty and forty four and the sixteen seventeen year with the wolves and then put up fifty and forty seven the next year with Walpole and then, of course, now plays at Lake Forest College. So I think that helps continue with the variety of different schools that they've advanced to. Also. HMM, it's we like. We like that a lot and that gives us one forward left, not counting potential utility that we get to later. Well, kind of stuck because I was thinking, Hmm, do you was g us some you want to go eh LP, to ehl ladder? Yes, let's get one of those. Let's get a manage Groupelo. Let's get a EHL commercial type player that we can show is climbed the runs in the ladder properly at the right speed. And so let me find the profile for you. We're going to go with Brian Colburn. Ah, there we go. He was another name I was actually just looking at. He was played with Peters. He was on the seventeen eighteen. Seventeen eighteen. That's what it was you and of course spent time with the EH LP and then moved on to the Eh Shell, so that they rounds to three. That your too, Peters Colburn. Eight, five hundred and fifty forty seven points respectively. Yep. So that gets us to the D now, and we mentioned earlier Dylan Caribbia, who was the defenseman of the year. I gotta figure out what year that was. Now all the years to mostly together my brain, especially with these once you get to these teams that have been around for almost a decade, you're like, oh, yeah, that's now. We're all like, oh good, I feel old now, like what, literally almost a decade? Yeah, Yep. It was the defension of the year sixteen seventeen, which he spent actually three seasons with Walpole if you include the met league year the year before, but that sixteen seventeen year was far and away his best. He put up forty two points in fifty games. He was a captain to. So that's as a defense been moved on to salve a part of that team that we've mentioned a few times here that advanced the national championship game. We go home a Rousie Onian light ball. That same national championship came all all on that same team. Yep, at that. So now read train. I know it's not a huge sample size, but todd Philibert was so good. That's that was going to ask you about that. Like he was so good. He was an NA guy that became a free agent and then are actually he was in Canada at the time right, because he was another one too that had kind of a weird entry into the US, because I think he was trying to think he was trying to go to Cana, or that's what I like aud twenty s anydian native and he couldn't get into Canada. That's what was okay. So he was. He was dynamite on the power play and he was really good for them in the in the two series in the playoffs. move the puck really well, can shoot really well. So I know that it's only eighteen games with the team, but he like he instantly was one of the top three, top five defenseman in the league. Yeah, he was a game changer. Absolutely. You don't a different look on the back end. Helped out with Romeo road to smooth was one of their big defense of all year. And then, and I helped give them another anchor back there. And then actually, speaking of the ANA, another one, caw mell right new that was yeah, the express and then jumped up to the the jeans Ville jets to go play in the NA. So He's another one that you like to see that had a Wallpole as cody mentioning, he starting to get calls from some division one teams, so got to keep an eye on on that for the future. The one year with Walpole he had twenty nine and forty six. There was another...

...d that I just saw that stood out to me and I jumped over it. Ryan Campbell, stick a really no, no relations. That's just clearer up there. But he he spent a season with the express seventeen and eighteen and then went on to Babson. So let's put Ryan Campbell on this list. That keeps the variety going to of all the different schools these kids have gone on to. And then we kind of have to start. He keeps that theme of Pims guys. To me, I see that's triple digits for Mr Campbell. They're under a he went tim and sensually soft man he was. He was tough. He didn't back down from many one and he needs. He finished some hard hits and that gives us already d just like that. Caribia, Philibert, Melon Campbell. Going back to my very, very first year, Zach Feldman was excellent in two thousand and fifteen sixteen, so I think I want to include him on this list. Throw them on the board, Zack Feldman for the win and one more deal left. It's crazy. We did we did the D fast. That was fast. They had some really good one so it was kind of we can go with with Kyle Moss, who moved on to Connecticut College after a few seasons with with Walpole. We got Ian Mendo June on here. Is related to usually did jake. Yes, that's right, they're brothers. Ian Wasn't he has a tower ready for his height. I he six foot five like he. It was. How moved on and played his full career out at Nazareth. Chris Graden was rock solid. I'm moving on to play at Potstan. Yep, we talked about CAL mell already. There's so many good options rolling out terrain. I know what. You know what I think we got to go there right. I think we got innocent guy. For me, Rodeo, to Ray. And now we get to the toughest part, and this is where I love wallful express goaltenders because of the two years we've had fantasy. I've had both Mr Tobias Falcon, the Falcon, falconstead and based to do. Call Me Arnold Palmer, and Mr Eric, don't call me play buckles. Yes, and and I put cody on the spot. I said YOU GOT A one game playoff to win. Which one are you picking? And he didn't take one. He just really he just commented on how each one is different in their own way, common between the pipes and they could he could go with either any one of the three of them. Great answer, coach, great answer. It's makes its play for the Milwaukee School of Engineering. That's racist. And he actually set a record for single season save percentage this past year in wallpule express history. Right, so hiss around ninety five percent of the parks he saw. He's his his nine for two is the best SAF persons in the history of the Express. Damn, I might have to be up there for like the week. Two hundred and forty two is that's like, you know what, let's do the world, let's go right here and we've had some really good goal eason, but that's gotta be let's see, as we bring up the all time list, I gotta go through really prospects. That's what it was. I'll find it, but I think, I think Palmer's got to be one of the goalies right. I mean they had some other guys to like. They had rod ricks was on there for a couple of years, my years. Got About Connor roder her, connor rodericks in. Max Flynn is another one. That was a multi year, okay, Goalie. So you got you got a couple of guys. So you got story time for Rodericks. No, for Flynn, we used to laugh...

...like crazy because his his instagram name used to be DJ diabetes, teach Diabe. Dude, it was I every time I saw it, I which I would crack up. We didn't even mention story behind that. Or do we not? I don't even know. I maybe he I don't. I don't love. He had diabetes. Were not laughing at that. It was just funny that, like that was that was his thing, right, like you didn't even we didn't even just mention. We've mentioned Rodricks, Falcon Stat Palmer. What about Evan McCarthy, who went on to play Division One at Miami of Ohio. Yeah, that's pretty good. Minami of Ohio's you know they're serious, serious division one school. It's tough, man. If this is tough, I and you mentioned Brand Patricia's name earlier. Right with with the utility, how do we not pick three goalies? This is true. We could go Falcon Palmer buckles. We could go, I feel like, Falcon Palmer. Have to be in the Falcon. Obviously Tobias, Falconstead for everyone of home following along. But you have to go falconstead Palmer. And then what Rodricks, buckles, rocks paperss of shoot for utility. I think I want to go Falconstat, Palmer rodricks and Palmer Rodricks. All Right, Rot Rodricks doesn't buck. You have another year of belligeibilty or no, he's done. He actually does, but he's going to rivier instead. Like some of these kids could come back, but that, like we've always mentioned this podcast. They they want to go now and he can't fall them for that. And rodricks just finished his cleagic career at Kinectic College. And what stands out the most from his time there? Two thousand and seventeen, eighteen NESCAC player of the year, like the best player and the entire Nestcack. So we kind of have to include him. Yeah, kind of necessary. So we got Tobias Falconstat, Mason Palmer and World Even Brain Patricia off this list. It's tough, but there's only so many spots, right. So we got to go connor, Connor Rodericks, and that rounds things out. And of all the lips that we've done, this rivals any of them. I has to. Yeah. The forward unit is Chris Peters, Frankie, Cephaloo, Zach Simon, my boy, Lorenzo, Marcolin, Jeff Boy, my boy Danny rose, the one, Larry Nylan, Eric Lieppa, Kaiser, ree Jonah Hildreth, Tim Lopez, will labelle Brian Colburn. Defensive Core of Dylan Caribbia, Todd, Philibert, cal Mel, Ryan Campbell, Zach Feldman and Romeo terrain. That group is really good. And then the goaltending, like these three are sellar, Tobias Falcon Stat, Mason Palmer and Connor Roderick's. Rodericks almost willed his team in two thousand and sixteen seventeen to the the AHL finals. That was no. Sorry. Two Thousand and fifteen sixteen was the year that the bandits with todd stirling were like the top team, but they couldn't be Walpole right and Wal Paul found a way all the way to the semi finals and I remember they faced like the little flyers or something, and Rogers had like forty something saves and each game like he did everything that he could and then, of course, as we mentioned, went on to college and became as Guy Player of the year. This roster is so good. Yeah, and I'm sure it'll go up there against I mean yeah, but all these teams that we've done have been good. This versus like another Oge, Boston junior rangers, kind of. These two have become big rivals in the past couple of years. That would be friendly, friendly levels, right.

Imagine that. You get the goalies vers goalies, forwards forwards. Yeah, we have to. I don't know, maybe that's what we can some wrinkle we can work out the future of having the all star alumni teams play against each other. That'll be I'll be something fun. Could you imagine? That? Would it? That would be pretty awesome. So that will do it for the wall pole express this week. Coming up next week. I've dealt with enough harassment through text that I haven't picked this team yet. We're going to have the New Hampshire avalanche now, as it says that you're some of the lives six minutes from your house. I could will probably get I am his six minutes of his I am his neighbor. Heard this. Let's make this very clear. It's right. I moved into his territory. You live six minutes from his house. He does a live six minutes from your house and you'll get it right. Yeah, so wall pole express this week, New Hampshire Avalanche next week and we'll talk to you then, Jeff. Sounds good. You'll see you that buddy. 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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