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Team of the Week (Railers) | Episode 82

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we feature one of the youngest franchises in the league, the Railers Junior Hockey Club. Heading into season #3, Sean Bertoni and the Railers are feeling confident with the hopes of having a 'normal' year on the horizon (1:19). With their inaugural campaign and a pandemic season behind them, the Railers have laid a great foundation out in Worcester. The EHL team more than doubled their win total from year #1 to year #2, and the EHLP team reached the Championship Game this past March. To wrap-up the episode (21:53), the #ECrew puts together an all-time lineup that includes a strong core of players eligible to return.

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 pollety 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 catastrophic event. Learn more at penalty box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven and this is episode number eighty two of the e show, and on this week's episode, if you shure, one of the youngest franchises in the League, the railers junior hockey club, heading into season number three Seawan bretony and the railers are felling confident with the hopes of having a normal year on the horizon. With their inaugural campaign and a pandemic season behind them, the railers have laid a great foundation out in Worcester, the EHL team more than doubled their wind total from year one to year two, while the EHL P team reached the championship game this past March. To wrap up the episode, the e Greu puts together an all time line up that includes a strong core of players eligible to return. Joy Now by Sean Bertoni, the head coach of the railers junior hockey club. Has It going, Sean? Good? How you doing? Nil Good. Thanks for coming on the PODCAST and getting thanks for coming on and getting ready for this, for this conversation. It was it kind of caught me off guard because I feel like you've been in the league forever. This is only season number three. Does it doesn't feel like season number three for you? You know what, it's been great so far and you know we're working every day, so it doesn't. It doesn't. I guess I feel like I've been here for a while. I'm learning every day, but it's been a long two years due to, you know, mainly last year, such an unusually year dealing with covid and in the off and on dealing with the testing and in unfortunately, as getting covid. But hopefully we have somewhat of a normal year next year we bring back some NAM SI. Well, that's a key word right, because your first year heading into it, you're heading into your inaugural season your second year heading into it. You're heading into a covid season. Do you feel like like finally you got your feet under your as an organization? Now we're heading into into a normal year? As ow you guys feel? We do. We do, certainly with a lot of help and support mothers. Collectively, we we work as a great team within our organization, where Unique Organization, unique program and we feel ready to get going, like we can't wait for September. I guess not it, that's for sure. And when you look back on this past year, obviously the better, the better of the two seasons for the EHL team and the EHLP team another solid year where they reached all the way to the championship game. One of the key thoughts that come to mind when you look back on last year. Yeah, I mean everyone in our organization has high expectations. We hold each other accountable, you know, from an administrative point and you know we preach and teach that to our players. So we want to make sure we're following the same suit. I think it was. It was. It was a good step for our EHL team, our premier team did a heck of a job under Mike Three. He was a key guy in it all, with with the success that young team had. Two very good years for those guys and credit to Mike. Unfortunately, you know, Mike's stepping down. He's retiring, but you know, we do everything together collectively.

We work together. There's no I think it's unique in a way where our EANP teams are so close, you know, from a systematic standpoint to guys knowing each other and having a familiarity. We're just looking forward to next year. It does seem like it's been too different years and year three I feel like we're ready to go come September. Yeah, and I know you just Saidy that you got to look at the organization as a whole. Well, let's talk separately for a second because first, Ehl, I think you guys all know this, you win seven games the first year. I think he had seven wins by the middle of October, D of October last year. At what point during during that beginning of the season, did you guys realize that you had made a pretty big jump from year one to year two? Yeah, you know, I again I credit James Mellow. I think there was a foundation there that he built in the inaugural season and then stepping in. We had some returners coming back and really a new group coming in and we had great leadership. I credit our our older guys last year, our captain, Matamenttal and Colin row did a great job with the locker room and we started a great culture year one and we built off that and we instilled values and what we were looking for in the year two. And you know, I credit our players for bringing it to the rink every day and wanting to work extremely hard and in coming in with a clean slate, but putting in the work for sure, on and off the ice. And then you reach the postseason, you match up with the East Coast Wizards, who are a team that every season that seems like they become better as the year goes on and then they become the team that everyone says it no one wants to face in the postseason. For actually, if you guys, you actually knocked them off in that series. What did that moment? What did that overtime winner in game three? What did it mean to you in the whole program it meant a lot for sure. Again, I credit the players. They put in the work. It was exciting series, a very, very well coached team. We battled all year. Corey does a great job with that group and we expect the same that's coming year. But it was really a fun it was a fun series. It was throughout the year. We just had great games back and forth and it was exciting. Unfortunately, someone had to lose and you know, obviously someone wanted moved on, but it was it was just I give the kids, the players, all the credit in the world, you know, to win our first playoff series in overtime in our building. It meant a lot to us. Yeah, and I want to dive more into this for a second because, like you just said, it was a battle all year. The Games are closed all year. But the trend was unique because you actually won the first four matchups against them and then they won the last two of the regular season heading into that playoff series. was there a nervousness factor knowing that they had got to the last two times when that series began? No, I don't think so. You know, we're confident. We put in the work, we study each other. You know, we know each other inside out, our players, our staff, etc. I think it comes down to execution, coming in with the right mindset preparation is key. We stress that all year, being prepared for games, and that starts. It starts at the beginning of the year, obviously, but it starts having a good week of practice, good couple days to practice and being ready to go and coming in confidence. And then we switch over to the EH LP team. Both railers teams matched up with the Rangers. The EHL team got knocked off by the Rangers. was there a little bit of a revenge? Refreshing at least we got the EH LP team past the Rangers? I don't think so. You know, credit to...

...them, like the obviously they're there. EHL team was very talented. Again, well coached at both levels. You know, Richie and Keith do a great job. That was an exciting series. At the P level, for sure, they went back and forth pretty much all year. I think they had the upper hand, you know, throughout the season, but again they were just it was good hockey. It was really good hockey and you know, to talented teams and I feel like any of those teams, you know, one of those teams, could have done it, could have won the championship and the real is lost the seventh but it was it was such a good season for our p guys and backtoback years where you kind of been a contender from start the get go at the ehlp level. What's unique is it was kind of your team the first year, Mike, a death of the third last year, and then it's Jack lowry coming in this upcoming year. You guys had a chance to bring in the EH LP the reigning eh LP coach of the year. What did that kind of means your program? Yeah, I mean first year it was definitely Mike and I. We were CO coaches. You know, I can't give Mike enough credit for what he's done to help me. You know the way we play, the values we implement here with our players. You know Mike's Great coach. He's a great guy and that's more important. I think our players see that and realize that we are fortunate to have Jack. I love like we feel like we've known each other for five years and we've known each other for about five months, though. He's a great first and foremost and I think it's huge. It's we're happy to have them. I think his relationships with players means so much to him and you know, just seeing some of his former lumberjacks at different showcases. com our like the conversations they have. It means a lot to his players, it means a lot to him and you know he's about helping the young man first and that goes a long way. So in bringing Jack in, last year's lumberjack's team rees the frozen finals, your program Im res The frozen finals in the championship game. The expectations of Jack, frozen finals or bus now man, all right, don't put the pressure on him. He's going to have a lot of fun and we're gonna WE'RE gonna get after it come September. But again, he's such a good guy. I am, and you know we were all very competitive and I know you know our competition and we want to win. That's not why we're here, but we're competitive guys, so we want to do the best we can for our players. And you mentioned Mike, Threes named so far, obviously retiring from coaching but spent the past two years with you. You Got Mad Adatha, Mike's Brother who owns the program and then, of course you have big Mike as the GM, one of the most wellknown names in hockey on this he's coat what is it like for you working with the death of family? I love it. I consider myself part of their family. Okay, I hope that you as well. I think I do. We have the greatest ownership. I can competently say that. You know, they're all great guys. I'm learning from all of them every day. And it's not just there's other guys behind the scenes. You know Brian and Derek Hill, Fama does does a great job. We just have a great group of guys that have the best interests of our players at all times and I think that's important. But I couldn't ask for anything different. Like I said, I'm always like I want to learn every day and I do from all our guys within our organization. And...

...you know, the dess a family has been phenomenal to me and my growths as a coach and as a man. And but there are there are other guys behind the scenes that do a phenomenal job as well. Let's talk about Derek for a second because I want to put him on a list of people that work in this league that you don't hear about as much or see their names as much, but I know from the League perspective, being able to call up Derek for a quick answer for me is invaluable. What does he really provide to you guys? Very the organized person. Again, you know, knows the junior hockey world. He's very detail oriented. We all we all bring something different to the table, but I think at the end of the day we all enjoy structure and we're very detailed oriented people. It shows on and off the ice. But he's great. I mean I just called them this morning and said, Hey, can you take this off my plate? Yeah, no problem. It's that easy and it's the relationships we built. You know, less than two years, right around two years, everybody is working extremely hard and everybody has their piece of the puzzle, their work on, and it's great. We all come in and it's just a collective group of guys that, you know, are working extremely hard for the best interest of of the program in our players, the best intence of the players. This is a great transition because I want to talk about a few players in particular from this past year because it was such a unique here and with the boarders being closed and just the influx of players at there was you guys had a chance to make a couple additions during the year. So let's start with the first one. That if you went to any railers game in the second half and you saw this kid skate, he blew you away. And that was coyer been been cost us. When you brought him in, did you know what kind of speed he had or did it just show up at the first practice and and shock you? It's shocked, you know, coach grace at the time and I talked right after practice number one. You know, coach a new collier, brought him into us and, like I couldn't believe he was with us. To be quite honest, I was prized that he wasn't playing in another league, I mean Division One. Speed, his explosiveness is very, very rare in a kid that came in and in gravitated towards the players that were there and in very, very coachable and hopped right in and had a really good time within the limited time he was here. And where we're extremely me excited he's going to be playing at you mass Boston, where you played in college, also part of part of your college career. What of that means when I play? What does it mean to you, though? They S see him go off to when where you were? Yeah, obviously familiarity. I lived there for ten years, right, you know, a mile away from the rank and the school and it's a great program and you know Peter Belio is really turned the program around and there was familiarity there with colier and coach Belisle. So did it mean anything to me? Yeah, yeah, it did. But he's just such a good kid and he's he's organized, he's responsible, he's accountable, he knows what he wants to do within his career. It's not just about hockey for him and that means a lot. And you mentioned done speed for him. Speaking of DNE type talent, Jago Benson's going off to the Plattsburg state but he's got done talent on the back end when you brought him and was it the same sense of shocked that you yeah, I got to add that player to your core on the back end. Yeah, I think you know. With Jadier it was just it was it was great with all the guys that coach brought...

...in. I thought the biggest thing was how they acclimated themselves also to our team. There was no egos. They would great character guys and you worry about that right. You can bring us skilled guy in, but you want to make sure they fit your locker room. They're willing to buy in and you know, again, credit to them, all these guys throughout the year and the guys that came in halfway through. They all bought it. I think that's the reason we were able to have success at the end of the season and in the playoffs. And speaking of guys that brought in, let's those are two guys that you brought in during the year, right, but of course your core, as you mentioned, has been built off players that have been with your program for a couple of years. Let's look at a player like like, like Joe. Was Not to have a player like him, you know, climb up from the EHLP team to the EHL and help you really set the foundational pieces in place for the program? When you look at him going off to college, how much pride do you guys taken that? Yeah, before I answer that, the other kid I do want to mention, though, I he was a big contributor on and off the ice, was Danny Long. You know, he's a guy that again bought in. He ran our power play. He had a phenomenal second half with us in he brought some personality to our locker room, which was even better. So I just want to mention him because he had such a big impact on our team. Joe was man. Joe was probably, can say, like the face of our organization right over the past two years he's he played more hockey than anyone within our organization. Year one he was one of the captains of our premier team. Just a quiet leader, led by example on the ice and we are very excited that Joe's moving on. The Suffolk character guy that you know. He worked extremely hard and he knew he had to because of his size and he had the US his speed, or else he would not be successful. So we're very excited to bring in a kid like Joe and have him and see his development over the two years and have him move on to Suvac University. Let's go back to Dan Lon for a second because it brings up an interesting question because he was actually in college. Another one of the unique stories that you can look at from the two thousand, two thousand and twenty one season that you know, knock on wood, hopefully never has to happen again. But when you have a player that calls you up from college that says, Hey, coach, we're not going to be able to play in college this year. Can I come back? How do you go about that conversation? Yeah, you want to make sure it's the right fit. For sure, again, I rely on my captain's I. You know, we rely on our leadership here. They have a voice and you know, before we make a move like that we want to check off all the boxes. And knowing you know, coach of us, and knowing Danny long and the the young man he he was and is, it made it easy. The transition was very easy for us. And then looking forward now, as we get closer and closer towards you know, the one twenty two seasons. We mentioned the EHL team more than doubling their win total, winning their first playoff series, the EHLP team reaching the frozen finals, the championship game, of course, the main goal of each team. You want to win both championships. You want to put a bunch of kids into college. But where do you guys really set that bar? Knowing we want to hit this mark and and keep making stride forwards, where is that bar set for you guys? Yeah, we all of us have high expectations. We hold each o other accountable. We just want to continue to progress and especially with...

...a new year coming in September like we need progression throughout the year. You know, success can be defined in many ways. In regards to the hockey right and again, where a unique program. You know, I stress and we teach and we preach time management and life skills off the ice. Some some of these guys it's the first year ever living on their own. Some of them haven't cooked yet or done laundry. They're there's that piece to it off the ice. But yeah, again where we're extremely competitive people. We want to succeed on the ice, but you got to put in the work. So we expect. We know all our guys right now are putting in the work during the summer months and come September we're going to be prepared and we're going to keep working hard and see where it takes us. And I do have to give myself a little bit of credit. I on this podcast was big on the railers all last year, so I'll start this offseason then say that you're your first ever ehl frozen finals appearance at the ehl level. It's coming soon. So if you guys. Can't tell Sean is in a rank right now. I know you got hockey night in Boston this week, so I'll let you get to that and hopefully before we started this season you get a chance to enjoy a little bit of the offseason. There's no offseason. Nail and also love you as well, our organization, love do you do a great job. You guys do it such a great job. Again, the junior world being a little new to me, but I think the EHL does a phenomenal job promoting their players, helping us out, making life easy for coaches in particular, to awesome things are coming on. Thanks now. I appreciate you time. Thanks again to Sean Bertoni for coming on the podcast this week. As I mentioned at the beginning of the interview with Shawn, feels like the railers have been in the league forever, but Jeff, it's been only two seasons. Only two doesn't feel like that. The premier showcase we did, that feels like ten years ago, when the right January of two thousand and twenty, those twenty, Oh yes, that was januous. Then twenty with a of happened. Yes, it at at during that showcase. It was, as I always say, or boring pouring Snell at one point, like it was like you can't make fun of me for using the wood pouring there, because it was like buckets and buckets of snow at one point. But everyone had already arrived. There wasn't like the day that people were leaving or coming in. So I was like, all right, we can kind of manage this right. A great rank, though. That was the rank nobody bank, Felody Bank Ey center. I call it the Worcester ice other you can go on this Ros if you want to like to plug our partners over fidelity either. Yeah, it's where our first showcase is this year, ehl and EHLP joint showcase. September. Thirty have two, October, third, thirty eight games, thirty seven games. There's a lot of games in four days and and I know for you, you you want to call a lot of games, but I don't, like, do you want to call in like Nineteen Games in four days? Probably not want to see if the schedule allows me to call nineteen with other contracts that I have. But you know, it's as you know, I think my record from our old showcies days was like sixteen and four days and I'm pretty sure I'd like no voice by Monday. Yeah, I would imagine. So, yeah, good times. But let's start breaking down this all time line up. Will start with the name that seawn gave me during the interview that he referred to as basically the face of the railers for the last two years, and that's Joe. Was Not he said that because he spent the majority of the two thousand and nineteen twenty season with the EHLP team. But, as per...

...toni mentioned in the interview, nobody has played more games for the railers in the history of the franchis. Then then Joe was at when you look at his game totals in two seasons right, keep in mind this is just two seasons. This is two thousand and Nineteen Twenty and two thousand and twenty one, he's got thirty six games play in the EH LP and fifty eight in the EHL. And those people that are asking at home how that's possible, a lot of the first season was spent going back and forth and developing at both levels. So you can imagine that in a typical week for show he probably played in for maybe even five games. Say it was split two and two or three and two or two and three. That's a lot of games into Ya, a lot of games. And and he's a good player though. He's all over the ice. I remember him quite well. Obviously he's only been around for two years. So it's not one of those ones we have to go back to the wayback machine, like, Oh yeah, back into those four team but but like ninety four games and two years. It's a on a hockey especially with one of those being a covid shortened here. He still got his games in right, right like. That's a lot of hockey. That's a lot of durability. I know he's not the biggest forward. It doesn't have his height here. I want to say he's probably as I say that I'm only like five eight myself. I think he's my height. But he's the goal scorer man. And and in those thirty six HLP games he's got thirty he had thirty four total points. In the fifty eight total ehl Games he had twenty four total points. Heading off to Suffolk, as I mentioned in the interview with Per Toni but Tony is played four years at Ms Boston then played a fifth year at Suffolk, so kind of following in his footsteps a little bit. So we'll start with JOE was out and I think we roll right into another forward that Sean and I were talking about, and I know it was brief, but what Kye Been Coscis did for the railers in the second half was electric. It was he didn't we say? I think it was Jimmy Cavin said he's the fastest skater in the entire league when he came in right away at one of the broadcasts. He's he's got speed, like there were as a couple breakaways that he just like made on his own right like just like started side by side with someone. It wasn't like he was already ahead, like what was standing right next to somebody else and just blew past them all. The name to Coolie being cowsciss it's some one of those names you won't forget. And to go play for people isle and you Mess Boston and we'll see what he can do there. And the connection with Pete, I think, I believe peace from a Rhode Island. So that's kind of part of that. Can't connection, and I do remember now that you say that. But the name that O'Brien. At one point during the year, or maybe it was someone that was going in for him. Collyer scored a goal and the broadcast emphasize at the bank was open, which I was like, that's pretty good, that's pretty good. I'll give you credank is open. That for Nolady Bank Guy Center Bach. He's a conventry kid. So he's from conventry, right island. Not Too far self for me. Well, that's because the state of Rhode Island's not that big. This is true. You're for a very large state. Your home state of me and and actually my home state of Massachusetts pretty big it self. So yeah, every is everyone a neighbor in Rhode Island. Not Technically. You'VE gonna self's south case of North Kaston. That's a good half hour for my house westerly. That's like forty five minutes. It's like the tip of the state. So you know. But coyer came in and the second half, in twenty two total games, put up twenty eight points. So...

...you have to imagine what would he have done in a full year. The scoring was always there for him. He Actually Played Two thousand nineteen twenty in the Nathree, and that's where the numbers really caught my attention. When he first came, you know, a hun hundred and forty eight points, forty seven games, like he's just a captain, like is was there an off night and there ever, or do we just roll up every night when I all right, here's three more count it? It's some more symmetry for you to deal forty seven games played, sixty nine goals, sixty nine assists. It's place even about the consistency is what gets me, Jeff. It's I like consistency. Yes, you do. Well. So we started on the board. We didn't even we didn't even start by asking where we're going to start. We just started right into the forwards. This week. Symmetry deals symmetry. Start from the top and go to the bottom. Right another four that. You wonder what he wanted done with a full year with the railers. Is George Vanakis, and it wasn't a full year because he joined the avalanche for what was supposed to be a playoff run in two thousand and nineteen twenty. That's that's where this gets like so crazy. Know what the I for? I remember is a little flyer. I say NACUS. I remember Philadelphy will flyers. So and that was what a big reason why the avalanche went and got them right. So two thousand and eighteen nineteen, Nakis was on the little flyers. Put Up Forty eight points in twenty eight games. Then the following season signed with Worcester and the first thirty seven games had thirty four points. Worcester, as I mentioned, was shawn like. This is how crazy of a turn around it was their first. She played nineteen games the NA that year to Yes du Mariland. He was really good and like, like what makes like? George of an Akis never played in a playoff game in the EHL. Thanks. It's just it doesn't it doesn't make sense because, like he moved to the avalanche because Worcester won seven games that first year which, as we mentioned, they went from seven to eighteen. That's a huge jumping wins. Like that's a huge jumping wins. But he went to the avalanche for what was supposed to be a postseason run. Avalanche had a first round by in two thousand nineteen twenty. Second Round never got started and he has it got to play in college yet either. Like it. It's a waiting to put on the Curry College purple of white and I just okay, it's one of those it's one of those players where you look back and say, wait a second, he never played in the playoff game, like, how is that even possible? Yeah, no, I agree, especially because a little flyers are perennial playoff team and you were thought up, but then he jumped off mid season. And I got a good one for you to know. How about Tucker Twardowski? Yeah, dude, he was. He was a kid. I when see the last couple of years when Sean mentioned that lets, that was the face. Obviously has a lot to do with was that being there for two years and Tucker was there for just the one, but he was the captain that two thoususand nineteen and twenty year and I remember pretty vividly actually when the that giss got moved. There was a thought process. Maybe Tucker would also me. He brought up thirty points in forty five games. He was a sought after name at the trades. Up for a seven went for a seven win team. Yeah, like he was really good that year. Yeah, Hass able to play at New England College. Yet we've touched on that too many times to count on this podcast the summer. How many kids haven't been able to play in college yet? But like he's one of those kids that when you check the weekly awards this season at the division three three level, like we're going to see his name...

...a few times. I especially in that rookie of the week type honor. He was great and he's got something. He's got something kind of unique there. He played in a few different leagues. He can say he crossed off almost every junior league. There we go in the rounds. But he came to the EH Shel for his age year and it worked out for him as a captain and they moved on to New England College. That gives us quickly for forward so far. And I didn't get a chance to ask the specific question if Matt Pimento was coming back to Sean. He's an old one, so I think he is. He's avisible. I probably should have asked that question. Just be like very blond with it, but he was man en IV a guy. He's probably just around. What up? That's definitely a namor for you. Yeah, yeah, that's good. Minutes the baby, okay, and forty two total games last year, thirty three points. Honestly, like when Coley a came in, they were like you had to feel like he was probably the top forward for the team. But like all around player. Pamental was that guy all year long for this team and probably should have picked him more in fantasy. I was just going to say he was another guy. He could put pucks in the net, he was fast, had a good shot. It was it was a weird year for if we jumped all around for fantasy, we got we got add at times with a ride. Who was the hot guy? WHO WERE WIT? Yes, so when Lauren and Anthony here this for the first week of fantasy picks, I don't know if I get picks first, because I was I want it baby, somebody else to get picks first, but I'm picking this. Maybe will let one of the newbies picking him. I'm picking him. Okay, let's say. Maybe we'll let one of the newbies, are both newbies, go first to the elder states, when we'll take the back seat and we'll go. Yes, right, the past two winners, Jeff, the past two winners. You won your one eye, one here, two. So took the crown from me, buddy, is it going to we can be able to be reading himps this year. It be lightning, will back to back action or have a new new champ? We'll see. Yeah, so definitely some rollers that are in our future, in our future fantasy picks for this year, though. Yes, that gives us five forward so far, and the next forward I want to point out is John Baker, who came to this team this past year. Want to see, it was his first year, but it felt like he was there for multiple years. Yeah, one year with Worcester this past season. Put Up thirty three points in thirty nine games, and I just remember there was a game against the main eclipse, so we're talking October or something, and that's when you first started to notice what Worcester was doing. In Baker's line. I think connected on like three or four like two on one, one time or just bombs, and I was like like this is while, what's going on, because I was actually watching the game live and remember Tyler, who is calling the game for the eclipse, was like another two on one, another one timer, another goals, oh my God, what is happening like? And Baker was part of that, right and he was. He was just solid man, he was rock solid when it came to worcester. At times they kind of got a little bit into that running gun style of the game. Do would you agree? A little bit like the lumberjacks at times? Maybe, oh, man, if they played are they did not. I think they played one time very early, like if they both played late in the year. Yeah, what's what's defense? It would have been like that s Sevens Lumber Jacks frozen...

...finals game. That was an awesome game. I still say this to everyone. That makes the best game of the finals. Take Away. That's a six five game we had. Yes, right, man. So sometimes you can have some good, high scoring hockey games. Folks. Yes, will see in defense are important. Yes, the would the majority championships, but you know, sometimes you want the railers be lumberjacks. Up Down, up, down, sprint down right, makes for mixer, good product. Then not your coach off. I'm sure we're Tony would will give me a heart attack. And the next Ford I'm gonna Bring Up, which I probably should asked again if he was coming back this year, was a leader for the railers this past season in Colin row. Want US talk. Want to talk about the face of the railers say he comes back one more year has a great chance to surpass the game totals. That joe is hot set right play the play the majority of his two thousand and nineteen twenty season with the railers at the ehlp level. Jumped up to the ehl this past year. You know, one eligible to return from Hyde Park and just slid right doesn't. Didn't blow away the numbers in the EH shell this year, but I have a feeling that with one more season you're going to see a twenty to thirty point guy out of this guy. And, as Shaw was mentioned in the railers are building things kind of foundationally and it's just one step forward at the time. So will they go in add eleven more wins again this season and go from seven to eighteen to twenty nine? I mean that's a pretty huge jump. But Colin Rowse, Colin Rose, will be a reason why, if they can right so, we're going to add him in here next another two year guy and quite quickly. That already gives us seven. Loading it up. How about another johnny, Johnny on the spot, Jonathan Court ches D, I think that's how we says his name. Course Shane, course Shane's about poor sheppen. But you know what I'm seeking, I'll get. I'll give you this, Jeff it's it's like, how do you get worcester out of the way that it's spelt worcester. Yeah, right, like it's literally gonna stinative. Feel kind of the same thing. And for course Shane, he was so what to go back and kind of do story time here, I thought Apollo Jos to Jonathan too, because I definitely called him courches and a couple times. I see you were not the only one, I'm pretty sure, the only one. I'm pretty sure I did for a game as well, because wasn't the only express at one point to that's that's what I was kind of getting to is that two thousand and twenty tread trade deadline was coming up. The thought process was the railers had, you know, as you like to say, they're Marshan posture, knock Burg are online, and it was course Shane, Vanakis and Tucker Twardowski. ARE THEY gonna move? All three? Are they going to move to they're going to move wand I got to move none. They moved Vanakis and course sheen. For Course Schene what he can say to Vanakis is that he at least played one playoff game. This is it's crazy to think about that was the playoff game when seacoast went to Walpole and beat him in the play in game, the playing game. Yes, totally different topic, hot topic with some people, for sure. What topic that come light? A podcast run a fire, cause somebody to throw their headphones a hole of they hear that the movie they hear up I'm about. I do remember that. That's right. And you want to talk about what feels like forever ago. That play in game feels like forever ago. Yeah, group text arguing about playing games seems like forever go even though we've had it a couple of times. But listen, there's a lot of one. There's a play in tournament in the NBA. There is is a play in tournament yep or Jane. Course, Shane spent one season...

...in the EH show. And you Cambine as, Walpole and Worcester numbers together. It was forty eight total games with sixteen goals and fourteen astists. So just a hair off that symmetry that I love. Very solid, very solid. Should should have passed up one goal for one more assists. There should just the nice eason five, fifteen, big notes, Jonathan. We need that for next season, please. Thank you. Down to four forwards less now, and this is where I had work. I'm going ahead of myself now. I need to think about how I want to do these next summer because it's going to be interesting. For like, for like, the original six type teams, there's not too many changes to their all time lineup. Right, if I add one more roster for teams like this, to add a third a third year, could there be, you know, four different guys that sub that in sub out. Possibly, I'm right, especially the way these teams to progressed. Our expansion teams in the years pass like this is a year three is usually a big stepping stone, right, because it's not your first year. Then you get the second year where you're kind of still figuring things out. So I would say, yeah, there'll be a good chance that we could take a good chunk of guys out and put a good chunk of guys in. You know for sure. And like, as I mentioned Deshaun, we were talking also like year one, you're going into an a knockual inaugural season. You're too, going into a pandemic season. You're three. It's like can I finally breathe, like have ANI normal year? Quote, unquote, quote unquote. Normal. Yes, some. So we know what we're going to do here. WE'RE gonna go look at the EHLP roster for a second because the ske that was a damn good team that went to the championship. I was wondering if we could throw some of those guys on. You too, and their program that builds as an organization as Seawan. So they look at the at the team are. The organization is kind of one team. They recognize that there's, you know, there's a difference between the Hli and the HLP, but they look at it as kind of one team. We're putting Jaden Blackburn on. I was just this. We're doing it like we have to have. You See, the to meet this kid defines diminutive. Look, it's a minative of the webster's dictionary. But he scores, scores. He's not even a hundred thirty pounds, folks. He's five six, a hundred and twenty six, but he looks tight. But Jeff to make us, to make us feel old right, like I'm twelve years older than those kid. Yeah, he was born O two. Oh my God, he's the same birthday is me, September twenty three, jade. What? That's why? That is why we yes, that's why we put on because of the birthday. There you go, walk it up. I was September twenty three eight one thousand nine hundred and eighty nine. He's September twenty two thousand and two. And when he when you meet him, Jeff, he's gonna be like, look at you, you're old, you're from two decades before. Nine in two seasons with the RAILERS EH L P team, seventy five games played, fifty eight points, a huge reason ten points and eight playoff games last year, a huge reason they reached that championship game. Was Jane Blackburn. It is and of course, of course trevor helped ull over reason and was when trevor come back this year. So there's a big connection there. Yeah, Trevor's Great. I don't think we can put trevor as the utility for this. It would be kind of funny though, right. What is this company? Blackburn video? He's got his own. He doesn't unbelievable job to him. Glad that we're going to bring him back to do some videos for the league. This year we get what he calls exactly. I think it's Trevor Blackburn videography, but I would imagine that job on instagram. I would imagine that jade's making the jump up...

...to the ehl this year following two seasons at the EHLP level. That gets US down to three. Four. It's left and I'm looking still at Eh lp a little bit because there's a bunch of names that jump out here. They were the blanchard brothers, right, who also knows, spent two years with the EHLP team. Look at this. Cameron Blanchard, thirty three points, Ethan Blanchard, thirty points. There's do you think there's a conversation at home that says, if I got one more game, I got a hatch herk and you be toasts, we be todd I Hashik plus an assists. What would have passed right? I Name I want to I want to put down is Connor Donovan, and this one is unique for me because he's another player that's eligible to return and he played so well in his first twenty two games of the EHLP team last year that the railers got put into a tough spot where, when the rosters freeze, God, it's this sounds. This is captain obvious. Right. When the rosters freeze, that's where you stay, right. The railers got put into a spot where it was where do we want Connor Donovan to be? On the EHL team or the EHL P team? Yeah, twenty four points and in twenty two EHLP Games. Yes, he did. Did your catch has join the podcast? He did. Did we just we just away? Do we just add a second mascot to the podcast? This is the young kid, and whalen here is. I was a little good snash pump. I was looking away for a second and then I saw another face like pop in front of your face and I was like wait, just like that's not Jeff. What. Where did he? Where did you just go? Connor Donovan, though, another forward that's not the biggest player on the ice, I will say that, but he's gonna blow blow you away with speed and he's going to get chances to score and all one coming back and and keep your eye on this player this season. So down to two forwards left. We can go any direction really with this. We can keep looking at at ehlp players it. What about? WHO's the One? I had open misinger's another one to that's yeah, there for a little bit, forty three games and then stuff reallyave two years to work with bunny finished with the chiefs this past year too. That's right. So I want to there's a there's a full ward I want to say here and we're going to say it. We're going to say Damon do LAC and we're going to say his name because he actually started this past season. You're going to put your Inna, you cannab me a hard time here. He started the fast season in Maine. PLAIT, played prep school in May, but he is Canadian. Yeah, okay, and look at the numbers though, right, like he played eight games in Maine at three goals, and I actually remember Mike Odessa, the GM not like three, which we reference both onto Tessa's Mike when they traded for him, pointed out to me keep an eye on Damon, and the numbers proved it right. He play in twenty four regular season Games, put up quickly eleven goals and eight assists, and then in four playoff games you almost had a point per game, two goals on one assists, like the chain. Sometimes that change is scenery, just being on a different line with different players. Right, yeah, it's not a shot at where you were, but it's just playing with different players sometimes sparks you in a way where you put up numbers like you did and another player that as no one is eligible to come back. I said this at...

...the end of the interview with for Tony Jeff and I was big on the railers train during the year. Yeah, you, I wrote the blue train for quite a while. We gave you, we gave you some snuff about it. We were like, I don't know, dud dude. Second, like we said you just said earlier, like second year and it's a pandemic year. But they gave a lot of teams fits. They did. Yeah, they'd be eat some of the better teams in this league. And if they can, if they bring back this core. Saying I mean we watched, remember the game three verse the wizard. Of course you do, the game three the wizards. You were watching the hockey TV. We're waiting for it to end so we could record the podcast was that might have been one of the more interesting playoff games all last playoff season. One of the roots are sing podcast to because they recorded. That was a late podcast, I think thirty PF recording. I was one of the only ones, I think, that picked the railers to win that series. I think you pick the wizard the thing, Brittany. Pick the wizards, which is a big reason why I want honestly, I think so. That gets US down to one final forward here and I'm going to tab Andrew Miller, who played for the first year railers team, started in the EH LP immediately, put up nine points in seven games, then got the call up to the EH shell. And not because of the symmetry, but eleven goals, eleven assists. will add Andrew Miller, who's off at Framingham state, so he'll meet up with John Baker this fall and technically both play their first game this fall, even though that Miller has already been there. But Andrew Miller rounds out our fullward unit here and kicks us back to the d where we will start with Jagger Benson, which was mentioned in the interview with Sean Jagger. Division One talent on the back end. When they brought him in just really helped round out that core right and when I say round out, for those that don't follow that terminology all the time. It just it puts guys in a different spot where they get to be more comfortable. Matches up left and right. This and then Jagger was just he was so good for that team in the second half. Him and Collyer. It just brought them a different a different dynamic on the back end, being able to move the puck the way that he did coming out from back behind the net, and and Alady did on the power play as well. So he's One d. The other d the Guy that really ran their power play was is a well, or gonna say Damn Long. Oh, every one who were you're going to say I was gonna go tie and Robin. Well, let's go both. Let's let's start Dan long first. Dan Long was brought up by Sean because he was a player that was supposed to be at Westfield state the pandemic happened. Hey, hey, and I'll change the letters on their schools. Oh Man, right, he played. He played fourteen games in college, right like like we never had to go through this. Could you imagine playing fourteen games in college and then going back to the play juniors? Like he literally was on the Seacoast Spartan's team, that two thousand and nineteen twenty team, which was also an inaugural season, right, did we feel expender of forever? But hasn't? Yeah, right. So in that two thousand nineteen twenty he's and he left the spartans mid here to go join Westfield state for the second half. When you're a player like that, that's like, all right, I can go to college now, great, awesome, I'm already in college. And then covid hits you like way say I'm going back to junior's. But they he embraced it. As Sean said, it was a huge part of the team, along with Tyler Drummond, as Jeff mentioned. WAS ON JEFF's fantasy team. Sure was. And like quietly, like every box score just another assist,...

...just another assist. Right, apples, he likes apples and kids. And Thirty Seven Games, put up twenty five points, just steady right, and you know, you know long has gone. You Know Benson's gone. Drummond has a chance to come back as no one HMM. He comes back, he's easily in that top pair for them. It might be one of the best defense when we have in the league. Come on back up there for next year. Yeah, he's gonna. If if he doesn't get picked quick and fantasy, Jeff will having week one. Will Hope Anthony Laura don't listen to this episode and start doing scum reports off of our offseason episode. All right, and another D that I wanted to mention here was Derek Hessenger. Again, Jeff's gonna notice the main connection here and whatever. He's from New Jersey, right, New Jersey, and actually would be eligible to come back. Spent the two thousand and nineteen twenty season with the main nordyks and he actually that's where he caught Colby colleges connection are attention when he was playing for the Nordeas, because Colby's obviously in Maine. It worked out that Colby said like, Hey, we want you to play, you know, some more minutes. Do you play? Last year, head out to Worcester. Not really a big point guy. It wasn't really his staying more of a defensive Defenseman, but he was just steady for this team all last season, playing thirty seven games, which in a pandemic year, is it's pretty it's pretty down good. And he says, as I mentioned, heading off to Colby College. One of want to say thirteen or fourteen nescat commitments that we have from this past season look that way to give for D we feel the D fast these teams of the week. We feel the DFAST. Yes, we do. What are you? What are you laughing at what I just said? Nothing. Continuing on to our to our fifth Defenseman, PJ Donahue, Dj Donny, you are third pairing, if you will. Yes, another player heading off to suffolk this fall, a two thousand from Canton Mass in thirty four games, had seven points byus. Remember him being just rock solid and steady again for this team this past year and when Benson came kind of helped round out where each guy was or each player was paired up. With a left shot D as I mentioned, heading off to Suffolk, a player that I think will just continue to develop at that next level. So we're going to think. I might have the last one to new, someone that I thought was pretty darn good. kind of he's done. He's played for hl in the HLP. What about Saunders pen? Look at him for a second here. Where did I had his name pulled up for a second as we ended up playing forty five games with the HL this year and then played six games with the HLP and fourteen points of forty five games M as a left shot the Texas state of southern southern guys. We've gone around to a few different states. Let's seems like what's the really likes to mask guys. The vitally goes. Let's hold them there for a second, because maybe that utility. So we bring up some names. Forro on will mention could be asible, mention COMP utility. We said that, trevor, but our Jaden Blackburn was was what's was young earlier, Josh Saco, who helped that EHLP team reach the championship game. Can you see the can you see that birth here? Yeah, Oh for if, freshman in high school. Yes, if been. If Ben Py for doesn't win the top prospect in the EHLP last year as the top of three hundred four player, it was Josh...

Saco. I remember again a chance to see this kid play a few times as an oh for so literally just turned seventeen back on July eight, so he was sixteen years old. As your cat comes back Leyland and start at the mute, but he doesn't your dad talk anywhere. Forty two total games last year. Thirty points at sixteen years old, like, wow, that's really good. I don't also remember Barney yellow. Him and Robert were similar ages for you. That's the thing. Each year we keep having these guys that are young, that committed producing. They don't care about how young they are, and that's and all. Honest show you. These guys work hard the offseason. This is the one of the most unique all time lineups that we've done because it's a mixture of like, ehl Eh LP players, like like, with with Saco being an o for the railers. Don't have to rush in up to the EHL next season, right. I'm sure they'll give him a few games, right, but they don't have to say, like, you're a fulltime ehl player. They can have him get some eh LP work as well, keep playing players that are his age. But because, because, that's all. But that's what junior hockey is all about, right. Put like playing higher up competition, right, which is what you'll get to do. But if you're if you're Sacho, you know, how quickly do you want to be playing two thousand and twenty one year old's in this upcoming ehl season? Right, gets us to the goalies. I gotta pull up the goalies. We know one of them. See, was a popular topic towards the end of the PODCAST, seas with Kyle Lekenna. I don't know if he had a nickname for him. I forget. You do not. He'd seemed to have a nickname for everyone. I mean it's from Austria. I mean Stefad Kolonik. I don't know what the nickname would be. The machine. Where is he from? Austria? Yeah, the Austrian machine. He was a candidate for rookie of the year. He was an outside candidate for goalie of the year. Two point nine, three goals against average, N N and eighteen save percentage, fifteen wins. I know it was tough to watch his one playoff game, because that's, yeah, a broken head, a broken finger, like as a goaltender and eat the digits to like to be a good goaltender, like I've never been a goaltender, nine of you, but like how do how does that feel? I give him credit for and he's got some big you know what's for, even just stepping in the blue paint and trying to play with a broken finger. Oh that's that's exactly what I was thinking. That's exactly the word I was actually going to say too, but I didn't. Every yeah, well, okay, but I mean, yeah, that's fifteen to eight, though his records a lot better than I thought. The regular season little under three goals against. But again, a team that wasn't it second year, trying to figure things out. You don't defensively stuff. You had towers drumming, you had some of these other guys, Donna Hue and stuff. But seven and always play bit well in front of him, and I think that's why his goals against is a little higher, but definitely a name to to Wat. Is he coming back? You said I were not sure he's. No too. I had a lot of questions. I should have asked Sean. Sean, here's a list. WHO's coming back? He P I would have said you'll find out as in September. As I said, they're a little more, I feel like they're a little more, not secretive, but they kind of like to keep things hush hush. Would it's like the organization, which I like. Yeah, and I know another player that can come back. Do I go in this do we go in this direction? Oh, this kid's very good. Yep. And Are you going? Sebastian Woods joined the railers late in the year. I mean just look at the quick say percentage he put up in the regular season games they played in. Nine hundred and forty seven, like and the postseason numbers aren't as high, but there's a couple of...

...tough games against the Rangers in there which I remember fritch reaching out to me and saying this kid is making saves that are out of this world, you know, and I was like rich, aren't you on the bench and he's like yes, I had to text you. Yeah, stuff. I was like okay, he was no, like turn the game on. He just dove across the creasing go this with his face. Basically. I was like, okay, I think I want to go and put Sebastian Woods here. Okay, I was just say. We had a couple honorable mentions. Maki. He was the finished kid. Right to Buyas Mocky, and that's all. They have a decent amount for two years. I mean they have more goals and some of these other teams we've gone through that. We wanted to pick for the fat eight seasons to pick from, so right credited them and they brought in Brendan crew from the chiefs and Chew One Thousand Nineteen Twenty season. He's going to start at Salem state this fall. That gets this down to the utility. Utility may be hard for us this week because I brob saunders pen and who else to do we have, unless you want to go with one of these other goaltenders? Most we have his first names, or I'll go I got one here. I got one because it was brief and it was a player that could come back. Also another two thousand and one Mike deem a SKOLO. When he first arrived, he scored a goal. It at the edge with the wizards play. We've talked about my perch numerous times. I love and I had like I had this perfect angle of it and I was like that's where he's going to shoot, he's gonna shoot it right there. He's shooting her right there. He shot it right where I was looking the entire time and it when the goal right in that spot. Good speed, great hands. In Seventeen Games, a quick twelve points. Eligible to come back. Like I was saying before, if they can bring back, you know, maybe maybe not even all these guys right but like a core of the players that are eligible to come back, like I'm on the railers train again. This season is all about Mr Evan popping back on all. The biggest thing about DEM Scolo there. He's from CRANSTON. He's from the town. I look at Bagel, dude, he's definitely a neighbor. We popped it over and said Cranson Ryland, like Oh, where are you, buddy? What punny, I can where you. Let's meet up, let's go. That will do it for the railers. Who am I doing next week? I hadn't even confirmed to him doing next week out of the apple core, the suppecially, we still the core and still have the core. We still of the Spartans, we still have the main eclipse, we still have the New Jersey eighty sevens. We're going to do original teams. Yeah, we're going to do an EHL P to Ehl all time one up at some point too. I know summer is kind of coming to an end, but we still have over a month left at these so let said's still July. Technically. Yeah, a long it's a long offsea season, man. It's very season. But that will do it for the railers. Junior hockey club and they're all time line up. Just to read it off fast forward. Core of Joe was at, Kollyer, Bankoskis, George Vanakis, Tucker Twouldowski, Matt Mental, Johnny Baker, Colin Row, Jonathan Corse, Shane Jade Blackburn, connect art has, Damon Du Lac Andrew Miller. Defensive Corps of Jagger Benson, Dan Long, Tyler Drummond, Derek Hessenger, PJ Donohue and Josh Sacho. Goaltender, Steffond Kool Hannick and Sebastian Woods. Forward, the utility, if you will, Mike Demonscolo. There's a lot of wild names in there. Yeah, they like the wild books. That...

...may take up announciasing God for some people, but that will do it for the railers. I think we're doing the apple core next week, so we'll talk to you then, Jeff. Sounds good and you'll see them, buddy. Thanks for listening to the e 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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