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Team of the Week (Spartans) | Episode 83

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we feature another one of the youngest franchises in the league in the Seacoast Spartans. Brett Tryder is busy gearing up (1:10) for his 3rd season at the helm in Exeter, NH. The veteran Head Coach feels good about the way his program has developed over the first two years, and continues to have his main goal focused on reaching the EHL Frozen Finals. The #ECrew finishes things off (22:23) with an all-time lineup for the Spartans that features a strong core of players who've advanced onto the University of Southern Maine.

Welcome to the e show with Neil Raven. With over onezero NCAA commitments, the ehl is the proven path to college. Turn it up and learn more about the college placement leader at the division two and three levels. Welcome to the east show, presented by the penalty box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto we take care of our own as they help all all of those within the hockey community who've experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more at Pelly box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven. This is episode number eighty three of the east show and on this week's episode we feature another one of the youngest franchises in the League, and this sea coast spartans. Brett Trider is busy gearing up for his third season at the helm in Exeter, New Hampshire, and the veteran head coach feel as good about the way his program has developed over the first two years, and he continues to have his main goal focused on reaching the ehl frozen finals. The e crew finishes things off with an all time wad off with the spartans that features a strong core of players who advanced onto the University of Southern Maine. Joy. Now by Brett try to the head coach and General Manager for the Sea Coast Spartans. How's it going, Brett? We're great. New Are you doing great? Welcome back onto the east show is jump right into it, heading into your third season. Now, when you backtrack and you look back, the first year you were heading into it innaugural year for the SPARTANS. Last year you were heading into what was a pandemic season. This year feels normal. Does it feel normal for you? Yeah, that's a good way to put it. New Normal. It was anything but the last the last two years. But yeah, I know. I feel like we've kind of established a culture and we're ready to go and real you near three and I asked that same question last week with Worcester because they came into the league the same year you guys did at seacoast. The difference between Worcester and yourself is you had previous coaching experience in the Eh Shell. How much did you feel like over the past couple years you look back on that time spent with the wolves, I think you learn everything. Everywhere you go you learn a little bit. You know, even if when I was a plumouth state. I spent a lot of time with these teams recruiting players from this league, so I know the League pretty well. You know, it's just about learning. It changes a little bit year to year with recruiting, in Nailing your recruiting plan and you know the lay the land. Change is a little bit every year, no matter what league here and I think, but now I think we've we feel like we're grounded now ready to roll for your three. What difference is if anny it? Do you really see from the time with the wolves to your time now with the Spartans, in the overall level of play in the EHL? I think all league gets better with with more hockey. You know. I mean it's relatively probably the same, and I say that meaning that that's the college coaches love about it. Right a kit, a kid that might have gotten forty points in our league ten years ago will do the same thing in college as a kid who gets forty points in our league, you know, last year and comes out. So I think the consistency of the League, you know, has been great and it gets better relatively relative to you know how hockey gets better in general and when you look back on your on your first two years with Seacus. Here year one and forty six games, get a record of seventeen, twenty eight and one year too in and not as many games. Obviously because of the way last year played out, you had a record of sixteen, nineteen and three. So if it's a full year you probably surpass that seventeen mark from the previous season. What difference is did you see in the in your sea coast spartans team from year one to year two? Honestly, I didn't see a ton of...

...difference. We we you know, both years we were looking for that one guy that could score on the power play or will really get a big goal. You know, you know it. Two years all, you know, a little bit, little bit different. You know, we lost we lost hard up in January that first year, which was our number one goalie, and I think we kind of hit a lall there. Second Year we had three of our top four defenceman out for a stretch and we had a losing streak in there. So the years really feel he really similar to me, neal, and just just a struggle to get those, you know, the big goals or, you know, catch up a lead. Both years are powerplay numbers were dismal and I feel like both years if we had that that one guy, or certainly if we had two guys that could natural goal scorers, I think, I think you know, those records could have been reversed easily. So maybe this question, or the answer to this question is easy. But as you approach this offseason, is that something power your power play numbers? Is that something that's on the top of your list to address? Well, one hundred percent. The powerplay is so crucial. You know, when you have a good power play, I know the year before I came here we had a thirty percent power play in the team I had and you never felt like you were out of the game. You know, you're always feel like you're, you know, a tripping penalty away from tying a game or winning a game. The confidence on the bench is good, you know, and you're not scoring stressful to let up a goal, you know, if you're not sure if if you're going to get it back, or you looked down on your bench and you're not your you can't con them that one guy or two that you know is going to score, you know. So that that was definitely a focus this year. Power play, you know, and just guys that don't look the part. But but I can put up some numbers, you know, taking a chance on a few of those guys this year and I gotta go for for for with this question. I know I know the answer that you're going to give and I've I've gone three hundred forty three so far with your division opponents from last year, which, of course, with the avalanche, wolves and lumber checks, was the north division, the toughest division in the League. Yes, that's look for let's let's say that not all lead. The league's tough from top to bottom. Now you know that and you know there were some teams that really picked up steam and that you know, Worcester being one, and I we watched a lot of video on these, on these teams, and you know that there weren't many teams in the League I think you'd want to play. It's tough from top to bottom. But certainly you know the wolves are one of the hardest teams to play against I think I've ever coached against. Without sneaky they were, and you know how they use time and space. Vermont really came on strong once they got dialed in and obviously. You know, everybody's chasing the ABS and everybody the leaks chasing the ABS. It's they've set the mark and Chris does a great job downe there and everybody's you know, everybody's trying to do what they do. But you knocked them off on the playoffs. When that overtime winter, when an in game two, what was the immediate reaction that you had? Yeah, my IM media reaction was on to the next, on to the next. searies. Really it's kind of the way coachers role, I think. You know, it's nice to not be abs off. I kind of had a feeling they were going to get in with the at large anyway, so there wasn't much to celebrate. You know, it was good. Yeah, you know, the absolutely a great it's nice that. It's nice to knock him up. We're we're spend five days thinking you might have knocked him off. Yeah, right. And then, you know, looking back on the on the year that was and having those same three opponents all year long, I'm sure it did, but it did it ever get old? Honestly, no, new. Okay, what a crazy answer,...

...right, but but I mean you I was coaching against the ABS, who you love to play. I was coaching us, two wolves who are used to coach, and Vermont's always a fun team to put a game play together for. So it was kind of exciting. was a different kind of challenged. I'm not going to lie. I kind of enjoyed it. Okay, whether any I know all three teams kind of played different styles of play. But where any similarities it from the three teams that you notice? Yes, I think a little bit of similarity with the wolves and Vermont when they first came back. That Vermont, Vermont, Change Your style a little bit against us. There's a little bit of chess going on or checkers. I don't want to give us too much credit. Checkers probably you know, but but the ABS. The ABS do what they do. They play a college style game and they support the Puckwell. The wolves were almost almost the opposite of the ads, where they're really sneaky away from the pockets, more of a almost a European style, I guess, which makes sense with their with their high end euros last year. You know, in Vermont you just never you really never know. You know, you think we had them for a few games because they start with a plan and they change it up a little bit. So it was really some some pretty cool back and forth with those guys. But the teams were very, very different. Vermont and the wolves a little bit of like at the beginning with them springing the forward out of the D zone and that kind of stuff. But, you know, not at all, not, not too similar really. Okay, so it didn't get old for you, but did your players ever ever approach you and say, coach, could be play somebody else? You know what, Neil, you know, I'm not sure what the answer is supposed to be here, but our guys love it with you know, you'd lose a couple and you'd want to come back and beat him so badly, likely, and then you'd beat them and they'd want to they'd want to come back and beat you. So it was the games were, you know, pretty clean. I think a couple of rough ones early in the season, but I think we got rid of some of the riff Raff and then, you know, one or two got away a little bit, but nothing like you'd you'd think it would be playing I'm not even sure what we end up playing them eight or nine times. Eight Times, I think it was even more than that. Playoffs, right. So it was a ton but you know what, it was a different kind of challenge and, you know, with the guys coming into our league from prep schools and from the North American League, I think the Rosser's changed just enough to give us a new a new perspective on the team and a new goal, you know. So it was an interesting kind of year. I guess I enjoyed it. Okay, fair enough. And let's talk about some of the players that made up your roster last year, because it was such a unique season and you made a few acquisitions during the year that help make your team even better. One that stood out, you know, quite literally, was clendennon Stewart. Obviously, with the size that he presented. What did what did his presence add to your lineup? I think Clennon Clinton looks like in NHL. Sometimes you give his you know, when he turned it on, he was a man of Mons Voice, you know, it's he was that guy that would score of those goals that I was talking about that we weren't getting earlier. He would score m not not completely on a consistent basis, but consistent enough to win us some games for sure. And F for those that don't know. Clindennan Stewart was six foot seven. That's why I say literally he stood out. But it'll leading your team on the back end. You brought back at D in the B Joran Shoot Block, who wore the sea for you. When you had the chance to bring back a returner like that to lead your defensive corps and lead your locker...

...room, what did that mean to you? Yeah, shoots, one of those phenomenal kids, somebody are proud to have representing you. Works hard all went down with an injury. We went on that little skid there. But yeah, I mean he can't have enough guys like you on shoe pack around. He's just a great kid, great human. He's off the Khan College. You know it was. It was nice to really, really nice to get him back. Was that? I mean you're proud of every commitment, but was that commitment attal extra special as a two year guy and going through the injury that he did this past year? Yeah, so always nice to send a kid to the nest Kak. You know, obviously good things good things for guys that go to the nest Kak, you know, and to compare, to compare commitments, is the tricky thing because you know you get one guy that you're proud of going to the nest Kak, but you knew he was probably going to rule the world someday. Yes, you know a lot of these guys that might not have gotten the chance to go to school but weren't for hockey. You know those those means as much so so I think you know, although the Guy, like shoe PAC is testined for great things, I think he would have been wither without me in his life and you know, definitely looking forward to seeing him to a con now. So let's touch on one more player, because I thought it was unique the way things played out last year with this player, and that's Jacob Wetman and goal, and I stay unique because as the second half was progressing, you feel that a lot of calls about teams that were trying to move a goal of year way. You only had two goals at the time. I remember a call to me specifically, though, you made and said, you know, if anybody asks, wet men's are guy and that's it moving forward. What did you see in him? And obviously you proved to be right in the long run. Yeah, it's a tricky thing right now with with goalies here. You could have two guys that have a ninety shape percentage, but if you had one guy he'd play more consistently and maybe being ninety two right. So I've learned that the hard way a couple times in my in my coaching career, that if you try to keep three goalies happy, you're going to keep no goalies happy. Right. So, you know, halfway through the season, halfway through the season, we lost rhet and you know, I just feel it was kind of my my time to commit to that and and say, you know what, that is the right way. You gotta you know, there's no reason to mix this up again. We have two goalies. Drew Adams a heck of a goal he was at. You know, he's an eighteen year old last year, but we're sight to get him back. So I just didn't really feel like clouding it up anymore. You know, I think there's a danger in that and net and a danger upfront really, you know, to add guys that are the same as what you have already. So you know, wet battled when he's when he was aggressive, he was unbelievable and really was just not about clouding it up. is about trying to get that guy, you know, some more games to see if he could really be stressful, and he ended up being being very good. He was tremendous down the stretch, ultimate lights of commitment to Lake Forest College. You bring up aggressive, though, and there were a few times when I was calling games, when he was in net, where it was almost like Tim Thomas, where he was so far out of the crease that I would imagine, as a coach, did you ever feel like you're pulling your hair out, or did you just trust that that's his style? He knew what he was doing. I knew when he was being crazy he was going to have a good game. I I got what. I got more nervous when he wasn't, when he wasn't doing crazy things, because that means he wasn't being as aggressive. Now you got a let a guy like that go right as a coach, I probably would have pulled Tim Thomas and we never would have won the Stanley. Yeah, I know that there's signs like that when you have an aggressive goalie. You know, the first pop dump for the first Ram, that the other team throws in, you kind of have...

...an idea how we attacks that puck and whether he's there to go. And you know, the more games he got, the more he was that way. Of course, you know, of course you get a little nervous, but but I would have been more nervous if he wasn't doing that. Yeah. So now looking forward as he enter your third season and look back on what you've done in the playoffs the first two years. You had to win over the Wallpole Express and the playoffs for first year, then got knocked out by the Vermont lumberjacks. We covered your serious sweep over the avalanche this past year. Then got knocked out by Vermont. In those two Vermont series there are some one goal games. Where do you set the bar for yourselves this year? Is it to get past that next round or there's it's still you know, we want to make it to the frozen finals, frozen finals, we want to get to the pros and finals. It was within grasp. We could taste it this year at that very one here up three, nothing in that first game, you know, and they scored a goal and kind of the air, the air got let out of the balloon. But yeah, I mean I think it would be silly to drive for anything but that. You know who you have to beat. You know. So by saying, by having a goal lesson, that you're admitting that the teams are going to are going to be you. You know. So you know, we know we have to do to get there. In silly to have a goal lesson. That at any fair enough. And when you look forward to this year and the normalcy that, knock on wood, I was saying, we hope to have earlier and playing on the different opponents that you get to play again, that are that are around you out of the State of New Hampshire. Is there still a part of you in the back of your mind that, having been knocked out by Vermont two years in a row, you wouldn't mind getting mashed up with him in the playoffs to get some revenge this year? I'd like to play Vermont Forty six times this year. I don't even mind the trip. BURLINGTON's nice this time of year. No, of course, of course. Right when I heard mom so left for UN he I was devastated. We owe them. We owe them big time, you know. But but everybody's arrival right and in this league. It's like, you know, the coach is mostly good buddies, you know, and you know there's that healthy rivalry with with just about every team in our league. You remember one game, one game that you could have won, that you did, one game that you came back and beat him, one game, you know, one game that went through a shoot out, whatever it might be. So healthy rivalries all around. Can't wait to get a started. Got To get off to a good start here where we're doing camp at JP Vermont for three weeks this year before the season, so awesome. Yeah, we're pretty pumped about that. We ran up there to going to feed us and do all that stuff and we're really trying to get off to get off to a better start, get the systems going and, you know, jump out of the gate here. So as there an exhibition game, I should put on the schedule down between you and the lumberjacks. That's what I'm hoping for you. Yep, that's hoping for send send me M teeth. Ye will count. That has forty seven right, no, act. Yeah, I put that out there. So hopefully, hopefully we could swing down there. They're coming in a little later, but hopefully we can we can squeeze a game in there and maybe even travel down and grab one with the after wolves, though, so sweet. And now looking at your roster for this upcoming season. Obviously with every junior team there's turnover, but for you guys, you've had well over fifteen commits in your first two years. When you have to bring in a full new roster and replace different pieces, do you try and identify players that you want to almost replicate or or what's the strategy as you look forward? That's a good that's a good point. But, as I said, we're kind of looking for scorers here I went. You know, we did a little more recruiting during the season this year and then we...

...have in the past. That seems to be the smart move, you know, looking for things to fill, to fill spots, but I don't necessarily want to replicate. You know, teams at Heaven that that haven won the whole thing. Right, when you win the whole thing, you want to you want to replace those pieces one for one. You know, apples for apples. But you know, I just want to put the best team together I can. I want a bunch of guys that want to work hard, that want to make the guy next to him better. You know, getting those guys from programs that you trust. I can think. You know, now that I've been in a League a few years, we're starting to go to two guys we trust to send US players, knowing that they've they're coachable right and that they're team guys and that they that they want to win. So, you know, I think each year that's going to get better. Now I don't know how much better the other teams you're going to get, but I think that we're going to be better. Awesome. Well, before I bring in Jeff Mills and we put together the the spartans all time line up from your first two years, there is one player that we're going to include in that line up, I'm sure, and you're going to include in you in your line up this year. You're bringing them back, to bring a piece like Michael O'Brien back. What does that mean to you as a coach? Always another great guy, same mold is shoot box, you know, just just the's a local guy. He helps out with all the you stuff. He just loves to loves to be there. He's a you know, player coach. He's destined for college. Is already's already got ton of interest in schools bringing back as partner Jake Emery, who they play the last, probably third of the season together and, you know, ended up possly as our top pair last year. So yeah, oby knows. See we spent a lot of time together because he's always in the rink. He knows exactly what I would you know what I would expect of him and expected up the other guys. Can't wait, can't wait to get a going with with with all we at the helm. Is he where in the sea? Yeah, absolutely. Okay, I was a quick answer. Well, I appreciate you coming on the PODCASTS and you have a three week training camp come up, so I hope that you, I get a chance to enjoy the rest of the offseason and then half fun up at Jpek. I appreciated Neal, great talking. Thanks again to Brett Trott IFF coming on the podcast this week. Just like the Railers, the sea coast spartans heading into their third season in the Eh Shell and I asked that same question chef. You know, year one, the two pro guests are going into it an inaugural year. The spartans in the railers near to they were going into a pandemic season. Year three, knock on wood, we're going into a normal year. Right. Should be normal year in exit tier, as we know. Lets to call it. Okay, Exeter. Yeah, I'm sure, with the seat home of the Sea Coast Spartans. We love that place. And what is the January will be up there for the showcase again. Yeah, Martin Luther King Weekend. We always go up there and that showcase this season actually also includes an EH L P all star game. Oh yes, we've been trying to do that for multiple years now. And finally, I mean I should knock on what again? I let me get to pull it off this year, I believe. We start texting that back and forth this week. It was like I'm getting hitters nail. But we will yet. Will Cross that bridge yet. So that will be on the first night of that showcase. That's January fifteen. So they'll be good to get back up there. They hosted a great showcase back in January of two thousand and twenty, which feels like a half decade ago, but or ever. So will start building this line up with the last name that Bret and I talked about during the interview and that's Michael O'Brien, who I talked about in this podcast last year a little bit. Not, I put, defenseman that goes out there and puts...

...up a boat of points, but just steady stood, always in the right position. Only, you know, not many guys returning for the spartans this year because of their commitments and, as Brett answered there at the end of his interview, without a doubt he'll be wearing this sea this year like excellent are already watch, already locked in. We know who the captain is going to be. So, overall he's played in thirty four games so far for the SPARTANS, as I mentioned. Not really a big point guy, three goals and five assists throughout that time, but just always in the right position. So we're going to start the defensive corps with Michael O'Brien, which I think the next D is quite obvious where you're gonna go with this one. As a man I had for fantasy, quite an interesting name. Not The easiest to say, but me and you got it, because we're broadcasters. Ready's sit one, two, three your shoot box. Yes, Hey, there, yes, as as as traitor once told me when he first got into the League. It rhymes with Tupac. That's right, perfect. We all know to fac you may or may not still be a lot of folks go on Alford and check it up, but your block is definitely alive and well, he was a stalwart on my blue line for defense, fantasy defenceman, puts a lot of pucks on the back of the net and has a great name as a defenseman. Right as nineteen goals. Yeah, two years he's the leading scorer and spart I mean we're going through this again. I just like the railers, only have two years to go off of. But right, he's the leading scorer in Spartan's history. Wow, so over a couple of forwards that will mention later, definitely in the top forwards and there's some good forwards there too. So I mean that's a big credit to shoot box for being able to be as much of a lethal offensive threat as he has been in the last couple of years, and him and Michael Bryant it's a good way to start off. The spartans back in there and we're clearly starting with the D so let's stick with the tea. Nick Nolt was part of the all start though I've brought this up so many times, the last all star team that we had that face the college teams, which was in the two thousand and nineteen twenty season, so that would be October of two thousand and nineteen. Not was a captain for the spartans at inaugural year. Played for that Allstar team that faced Fitzburg state, Salem state and you mask Boston. He actually spent the two thousand and eighteen nineteen season with the Apple Court then moved up to sea coast because what was funny how it worked out, he would he played eighteen, you APAA hockey for sea coast, but they didn't have a junior program during the eighteen nineteen year, but they did during a nineteen twenty years. So he went to jump, became to the EHL and then he was like, oh they're there, they have a junior team now, and then they go back to New Hampshire's from Gothstown. So it worked out great for him and he's at the University of Southern Maine now. I think we'll have will have one of his teammates here when we get to the forwards, but NALL gives us quickly. D D stacking them up. I knew this was going to be fun with the spartans because they have a lot of good defenseman in their short time. Let's see, what should we go with next? Daniel Long? Well, I think it well start doing what we do every week. Will throw out some names and bring it up for discussion. And I don't know. We put Dan long on the railers last week, so I don't know if we could put Dan long in this part. Over. That's right. Let's say we have another a couple like reese pool and was a main eclipse and then played for the sport and the long story was so interesting because if last year doesn't play out the way that it did, he would never have played for the railers. Right, because he was a he went to Westfield state halfway through the nineteen twenty season and played fourteen games in college hockey, then came back to the EHL because...

Westcolle state wasn't playing chess like nat that the eighteen nineteen near with the Apple Corps went to play in the nineteen twenty year. The spartans had twenty points in twenty seven games, which is why west still stay was like will take him now, right. Halfway through the season. And maybe you know what we do this every week, Jeff, maybe he's the utility. Utility, bigger kid than I remember to day long, six feet two hundred and one pounds. Yeah, it was on. Yeah, so he's a big, big kid and that's always interesting too. And you see the hopping back and forth and obviously everyone knows last year. Yeah, it was quite the interesting year with, you know, colleges freezing games, canceling the season, season back on, season, back off. But the silver lining out of it as we had a lot of guys like Dan Long. They were able to come back into the League and and play for the AHL last year and I forgot, we put him on the rows team. That's I think all these guys moving around, we have to time for us to keep track of WHO's who's where and who's going where. Next, I want to go with Andrew Clouden next, and he was a defensive for the for the spartans last year, eight points throughout the year. But I get other guy that was just steady and another player that, because of the nature of the season, ended up in the EHL. Not He was in the Ojhl, the season prider. That would be a funny team to look at. This is the Buffalo Junior Sabers, oh jhl team in one thousand nine hundred and twenty right. There's a number of players that came to the EHL last year because they couldn't go back to that right. Like I just mentioned Andrew Cloudon, Jeremy Swartz played d for the lumberjacks last year. There was a name, I think Andrew Clifford, played for the for in here somewhere. I think there's the year prior there was another player in Josh Higgins, who played for the avalanche. So interesting how things work out. But Andrew Clouden came for just a single season to the EHL this past year, heading off to Shooney courtland this fall. So I'm going to put him down as the Fourth D Andrew clomb better keep that phone available, Neal. I mean the the Big Buffalo Sabers, might be calling some of those former junior sabers to come back and take the ice they're up in Buffalo. I don't all see seriously, right, that team you're calling ready a team is ruckling. That's what happens. You might call the buffalo junior savers and come on boys, come on up, keep that cap loow Nicola breeze is another defense been heading off to USM and he put up a few more points during his time with the Spartans, sixteen points in forty six games. Actually begin as AHL career with team Maryland and then moved over to the spartans for the stretch run during the two thousand and nineteen twenty season. I think him and all are very similar, where they can contribute offensively but also get right up in your face and bug you at the same time. So I think we'll go labreeze next, which gives us a little bit of North Carolina feel from Raleigh. Hey, rolly, show up to Lauren Smith. Yes, her kids will. You guys will here very soon. One of our newest members of the crew. Two Thousand and nineteen to twenty one for labreezy and he left. Wow, yes, well, there's only six, right. We always bow ourselves every week, but we do. We go through the D but there's only six, half the size of the forward list. The name that I had circled here. Next...

...is Louis Valente. We want to could pick. He played the two thousand and nineteen twenty season and I guess you could say he did come back this past year, also because Worcester State hadn't got anything started yet. I'm not really sure how things played out this past year, playing three games and then never appeared again. I think he may have been one of the defensemen that trotter was referring to got hurt. I mean that was what was crazy about this past year. SPARTANS team is at one point they were down to like two or three like healthy defenseman and that was it. But they were still right there with everybody in that North Division, which, when you get a chance to listen to the interview Jeff, we went. We went for for for with the question of the summer. What division was the toughest. More all four teams in the North said it was the north, trying to try to make their dear friend and Pale the Raven look even better than he already does on them Wednesday morning. You know, well, the North be the the toughest division this year? I don't know. Well, we're going back to the different divisions and whatnot to so it's a little what? NOPE, we're still we're keeping for divisions right, but we're going back to we're going back to a different schedule, right, so we'll be able to it'll be, it'll it's. Yeah, so I guess it's the same division, but because you'll be able to play the honesty teams, it's a little different, right, because, yeah, claim the same teams over and over and over again. Now do we get again? Yes, do we get to the playoffs, and the North Division is the only division that features games. Are Series that get to game three, and that proves the point again. Maybe, maybe, if the rest of the emr sweeps the yeah, it's say. That makes your point. Yes, I mean we're a long waste in the playoffs. Yeah, we're a long, long ways what. So we're at the fowards now let's start with Nick nold's teammate that I was referring to before, and that is Shay Flanagan. And I didn't get to a chance to even talk to Brett about Flan again, because his story kind of is unique. Actually planning. He came on the podcast. I forgot about that when those were rising, when the spartans first came on the plot or on the podcast. Flann again was on with with Brett and Kurt M so Shay Flan again was a captain alongside Nick Nolt during the two thousand and nineteen twenty season and actually played for Trieder back when tried to coach the wolves. Then went with Trieder to the dechetic and nighthawks in the USPHL, then came back with Trieder to the sea coast spartans in the Eh Shell. So I'll life lying life long Brett trieder forward by Brett rider. Guys, Sha Flan again, aren't we all? Well, I mean you see it with a lot of guys. They they trust their coach. Look at look at all the players that have followed Josh Fusco from from Wilkes bare down to Tim Narrow. It right, appointing, good and you know I'm going to put Shay Flan again for the two thousand and nineteen twenty spartans. But maybe there's an asterisk here, like lifelong. Brett tried her all time and Chuls I'll time. We're trying to super fan lay the good. That is crazy, though, to that he started with the Wolves fifteen sixteen and then, you know, went to a couple other junior leagues and then made his way back, like we said, for last year being the captain. Or sorry, that was one thousand nine hundred and twenty that he was the captain their inaugural season. Yep, and and now at us with Nick Nolt to. A good way to start our forwards off. You know we gotta have a lot of us m players in here that I mentioned that before we hit record. I just figured being that sea coast all the way up and Exeter in Hampshire, close to close to Maine. I mean it's a perfect fit for them, right.

So you go flat again, so far and all and labreeze and then your system and then Asam Giah. So that's for I maybe had to be the cannot leave him off this. No, Gewah was a single year player for the SPARTANS. Is Past year, but I would say he was their top forward sniper, probably their most lethal score. Until we get to one of my other favorite forwards that we're going to pick, and I know you, I know you probably know him. Throw him up there next is he had a huge second half, but GIA was the most consistent board I think, the whole entire season. Yes, for sure. Thirty eight points over forty two games. Fifteen goal is, twenty three assists, and a threat every time that he was on the ice. Yeah, do you want to? Do you want to mention that for now, because I did. I did talk to bred about him during the interview. Is he coming back or SE's an age out, isn't he? I believe he was gonna be bold and take him like quick next year and fan to see. I think he's going somewhere else because he's like a multi sport athlete. He's like, is he? Yes. So this we're talking about Clindennon Stewart, Aka the tree, a tree, because he's six foot seven, as I mentioned an interview with Brett, hundred and twenty five pounds. He was a past twenty years old. I mean, look, look at it this way. You know, in thirteen games with the eclipse, get eleven points. Right when he went, when he went to sea coast, he put up twenty four points in nineteen games. What I should do is pull up the Gamelog from all the days that we're just have to nightmares for you, my God, because I for everyone that doesn't know at home, if you have to go back and listen to the nine million episodes we've had since I dropped clyndennon after he after the main eclipse, pizzled out and he got transferred over the spartans. I dropped him because I was like, you know, he's got a move midseason. Is it going to be a good move? And he let me he made me pay for it. Yes, I mean I think it was the first game as a spartan. You put up like a goal and to assist. I was like, oh no, quite have been a power play point in there too, but I mean, I don't have the total fantasy points that you missed. I mean we did. We did from the rosters. Let's not forget that. We had from the rosters. So it was going to be tough. But there were some games in the second half February, fifteen against all. I had trick to Assis. Is that good? I mean they was this. There was this stretch of the fifth, sixth and seven against the lumberjacks where you put up two assists, three assists to assist, and that was right. That's probably right. Around the time when you had just trimmed your roster. It was like and then you will get playoffs, right, and the series clincher against the avalanche. He accounted or had a role in four of the five goals they scored. I had the game winner right was the last camped up front. Stepped to this. I had tricking an assist in the in the overtime winner. I mean he'll been a great, great person. have to have the stretch. Sorry, Clinton, I mess it up, Buddy. Yeah, could could you have one fantasy because of it? Maybe I think. I think I lost you, Brady, but a good hundred or so pointed. Let mean things a little more interesting. But I remember him being like he was at school for like rowing or something like that before he came to the main eclipse. His big frame. Rowing makes sense and he's another Georgia kid, like Mason Paul. Really we've talked about we're starting to get these guys from the south and notewest and another another Georgia guy. Yeah, I mean at the biggest thing that I say when I'm when I'm selling the EHL on the road is that they are think, sixty division one programs now and about ninety division two and division...

...three. So I got all a hundred and foot fifty schools where you can play college hockey and seventy percent of those schools you drop their pin they're located inside the EH l footprint. So hockey is growing still across the country, but college hockey is still predominantly that northeast sport, which is why we're seeing more and more kids like Stewart coming from Georgia up to New England a little bit. I'm sure the weathers a little bit different for him. He was a mate. He was at made first and then New Hampshire. But Georgia, boy, that's like who we won't fund. Let's get a EH L P to ehl along on this, even though the spartans do not have any H LP team. Ashton Colosso played for the Walpole Express at the EH LP level during the two thousand and eighteen nineteen season, moved over for a very brief time with worcester and then keep progressing his way up the ladder to the EH shell with the spartans and now on the Framingham state this fall. I mean overall, when you compare the time spent between the two leagues, Forty Four Games in the EH L P, fifty three in the EHL, so almost an even split, which is the perfect like step one, step two, step three and not the biggest guy by any means to. I have his height right here in front of me, five foot seven. My Height was seven once II but, like he was, he played in all situations for the Spartans, especially on the penalty kill, and he's just one of those gritty guys that will, you know, blockish out of his face if he had to break. So those guys heading US goods heading off to Framingham state this fall and I'm sure he'll do the same thing there for the rams when he gets to college. So well, put him on this next and that gives us for forwards so far and that's really good to see. To new because we've talked about this episode or with these episodes in the offseason. Is there's always a place in the AHL right. Like all these coaches, they compete against each other, but in the same breath they they see guys and they know like Oh, if it doesn't work in this system, they can come work for me, and that's a great point. Coloso goes to Walpole, plays in their EHLP and the obviously his hard work and his performance there got him noticed by Brit Rider and sea coast and then he was able to find a home and and move up the ladder, which you just you love to see that. The biggest thing is guys would rather see a player stay in the league then go right somewhere else. Right, because ultimately, while that commitment doesn't count for maybe wall pole the railers, it counts for the League. League, right. How we which is which is the biggest thing that these guys sell? We've had all these main references so far and we haven't even dropped my boy's name yet. Oh yes, true, ead. I mean this is an automatic for me that we probably should have when I put the document together, before even hitting record on the interview or on the podcast. I should have put drew ead's name there, because drew's my man. Gorham the literally my neighbor, basically because I'm from scarborough, the next town. Who are another kid that actually spent time with the seacoast spart are, with the New York Apple Court, then came to seek us when they had that inaugural season. So spent two seasons in the ehl overall, eighty three games played in thirty seven total points. Ready to get started at Worcester State. The last name, EAD, for those that don't know, is that Dave is one of is a sports anchor in May and so I'm the EAD family love them like this is this is this is a lot for me well, but I love that we've both had our favorites with the spartans. It's Stewart. You had drew eve. We both do that. Gotta...

Love It. So he was on that two thousand and nineteen twenty team, as I mentioned, and then next also on that nineteen twenty team, and then played this past season as well. I know tryers still trying to find a home for him. Is Jake Dubet. Another player who's not, not the not the biggest guy by any means at five foot nine, but he was always in the right place right, and that's proven by the points. I mean look no further than eighty five games and thirty nine points. Right. He was always in that right position. Some main ties in here as well from old sound, Wold town. Man. Where is that deal? To give us a little geography lesson, it's further into the state God made. Is Massive, though, like like it is. You know what they're do country. It really is right. It's old town is is up by by humane. Have you ever been up there or no, no, it's a trip maybe. I know. I Know Lauren is a UN age fan because she went to you and age and Blah, blah, blahl. Look, old town from me right now is three and a half hours away. WHOA? And you're new in your hampstead. So I've been. I'm in southern New Hampshire and look how far in the mean old town is. There's still all this space to go. Like it. Yeah, Portland, is it even like halfway to land? Come in right. So for those that ever want to go catch like, if they want to get a real like the like the best college hockey experience, like you have to just see Alfon you made, which or no. And and Old Town are right next to each other, like it's a trip. Right. You're going to get on on ninety five north and and your GPS is going to say continue all in this route for a hundred and something miles and you're gonna be any feel like be like, why is there just two lanes and trees? And it's just what it is. But when you get up there the atmosphere is something else. Man, and I'm sure, I'm sure Dubey has gone to a few games. I'm sure he has. Probably is a mad sweater, just like your wife, Vickie, doesn't her closet. Oh, it's my sweater, altier sweater, but I mean Vicky has the has the UNAH yourself, because she's from New Hampshire. Yeah, but you know, I won't get into what the nicknames for you and Hren all that on this podcast. That's what we have to have Lauren on here to view that. Defend ourselves right. Defend herself right. That gives us six forward so far. So halfway through on the front end of our lineup and as try to was mentioning there, he's looking for what he struggled with the first couple of years is finding that that elite score, so finding more guys like Gwah. I mean it was crazy. He was saying that his his power playing Connecticut, when it's with the nighthawks in the USPHL was at thirty percent, like that's a that's a damn good rate. That's a deadly number and he's trying to out of every ten year scorn that's trying to replicate that. Now with the Spartans, of course we already mentioned Shay Flan again. I think next will go with Scottiosani, who is at Johnson and Wales now just an awesome name. It's got you wass on, right, I remember. I remember Derek's UFC fighter, Derek Reece, who's been their broadcast for the past a couple of years. There's a few goal calls like you know how like randomly stuff like just like stays in your mind forever. Like there's a couple of goal calls where he's like rattling off host on he's name and it just I never forget it, like it just sounds awesome, right, right, a couple. It's awesome goals that he scored three during his time. Another one of those guys that actually went to college and and realize he had more eligibility at the junior level.

And this was a great conversation to have a thread, because he was actually playing club onlong island in New York in two thousand and eighteen nineteen, and I don't know how you recruited player like this right, like I don't know if Brett was watching video or something, but he was like, come play juniors for me and then I'll get you off to NCA hockey farming deal state. I know that is. That's right by where I went to school offs drive right like and and he he did it. He came put up twenty four points and forty three games and didn't get to play last year at Johnston the Wales. But he's ready to go like like try or follow through on that promise that he made to them. And I just stay unique and interesting but awesome story. Right. No, it isn't. It just goes to show you we've talked about that on this show many of times. This no shortage of good hockey players and now with the leagues and the Junior Leagues and college is growing. We said, you just said it earlier. There's only Sixty Division One college hockey teams. So there's a lot of guys that are in the D to dthree range that could play. There's just not enough spots, there's not enough stocks for those guys to be we've mentioned that many of times on here. So I mean that's a really cool story about scouting and you find guys and some of these weird little areas farmadale state college. It was so snny. Wait, speaking of Division One, I had a couple coaches reached out to me this week and text me some division one transfers that you, Mass Boston, is bringing in this year and it's like I need, I may need to text people islands take. Can you hold those guys out of the lineup? Of Me also gives backed over. One of them is cory Clifton Connor. Click on our Clifton's brother. Yes, wow, like, where's he transferring from? CORNIPAC? CORNPAC, the dock cot, corey, Tim and Connor all went to quinnipas quite. It's just like, I hope he doesn't hit his hard as his brother does, because I mean, I'm not, I'm not in the game right. The players are in the game right, but could be hockey, though, but I think I picked the team right. So I'm putting the players in this situation against you, Mass Boston, but hey, we'll get her sweet for you. As a former Bobcat, you like sorry, Buddy, I got to whish a kids not in the lineup because I don't want our guys to get crushed and mentally and physically. You know, I wanted you another retort returner next, and he didn't have a lot of points for the spartans. Last year. Henry Pendleton had thirteen points in full. Thirty seven games, but this goal in the playoffs was the opening goal of their game one series against the avalanche, which ultimately they went on to win that series. That's series. I remember that Snipe specifically because I got to call it right. It's from Annapolis, Maryland, coming back for another season with the spartans. To me, I think he fits a good spot here. Next in the lineup. Let's go twenty. That gives us for forwards. Left, Jeff, what about Conrad Smid Neal? Your thoughts on Conrad? Another one of those solid names from the spartans that was there for short time. But again, a lot of guys on the SPARTANS. You've only been here first short time because they've only been in the League for two years. It's going to be it's going to be unique. Will we get a chance to add a third roster? Two teams like this and Worcester? I mean not teams like the Rangers...

...and those guys that have already eight, eight line ups to pick from, but adding a third roster? What that? What that would do? I mean Smid as another player that actually came over from your claiming eclipse. Yeah, I know, Brett. So we're going to find a spot for him as well. Look at the look at the jump that he made. He had five points in seven games for the eclipse, which is good, but then immediately put up twenty four points and twenty four games with the Spartan so he was a big playoff guy to if, if he had a chance to play, you know, a full thirty six, like a lot of guys got to. I say full, you know, I cut down thirty six, which was the Max that you really could get to. What would he have put up? You have to ask yourself from this past season. So right, I think he. I think you would be a great addition for this. So we got to put you forum two thousand, Two Thousand and twenty one for Schmid, and that gets us down to just three guys left. Bus The goalies and utility goalie. I think I got a pretty quick idea where we're going to go with that one. It might be one of your own fantasy guys to possibly, possibly, possibly. Yeah, I had something pulled up here for a second. I just lost it. I had it and then lost it. Yeah, they lost it. So let's see. This is a couple more names. They see, I didn't know if Brett wanted me to include this name, but we're going to include it. I know we spent just the single season with the spartans. Yeah, he was in and that's Jackson Penner. Actually was able to play in the and Nojhl last year, which it wasn't much hockey, Dacke. Yeah, there wasn't much hockey in Canada played, but Jackson Penner put up twenty eight points in forty five games. that a inaugural campaign for the Spartan. So I think we gotta put Jackson Penner on this list. He was some Saskatoon Neal. You gotta put them on this Saskatoon guy like honestly, like I know Brett doesn't was talking about not like replicating one guy from one year to the next. But yeah, Penner was the two thousand and nineteen twenty version of the of the two two thousand and twenty one. Azam G WHAH, they're kind of the same. They both spent out a good deal of time in Canada, they both put up similar point told us, and they both would score. So I think that gives us another good forward to add to the mix and gets us down to just two guys left. And as Jeff didn't. That's only have two years to pick from those from, I think, in terms of overall history in the League, I want to go with Jack Morton because he's got to twenty eight seen nineteen season helping the Wilkes Barre Scranton nights reets the frozen finals. Right, and it's not because he's from Norway, Maine. I didn't even know there was. Didn't notice that. Look, you know, those are normal. Me Keep that map up. Where the heck is that? It's up by New Brunswick's and candle almost. It's over there. Where is it? Oh, on the west side of the state. It's closer than Old Town. Yeah, it is. Look at that. So we'll put we'll put Jack Morton on this list. As I mentioned, spent the two thousand and eighteen nineteen season with the spot the nights. Had Nineteen points in forty games. Then moved over to the Spartans for the nineteen twenty season. Had Twenty four points in forty one games. And that gets us down to one guy left. So let's let's pause for a second, okay, and I think that we can. It's this is unique. What we're going to put Dan long in the utility spot. Huh, I think didn't we do this before? was someone that was a multi team...

...player. was on they were on one, I thought. But like to me what he did for the spartans before going to Westfield state and all I said before, like he wasn't supposed to play for the railers past share right like it is. Is Dan long the first player in the history of the two thousand and twenty one offseason that's been on backtoback all time? One ups, yes, he is, but welcome Dan. He had twenty points and twenty seven games to the spartans the back end that nineteen twenty season and he just wanted to stay out in is what is Worcester? Western mass? Yeah, it's considered Metro West. See that? So he wanted to stay out there. From Connecticut, I don't a moment. I think he was still taking classes at Westfield to so that's kind of why I am at the wooster. So I think. I think he just fits in the in this situation, which gives us vent dy and to finish this lot up, we got to find one more forward and to d and what about Josh Alexander? He was something I had on my list I as I had him, it was between him and one other guy, you know, for that last spot and a player. Bring them both up and see their EP pages and dissected to Alexander. Is That Anna Maria College? Another guy that actually was with Brett, with the nighthawks the most, Pie Shaw, and then came and put up twenty three points in forty eight games, two thousand and nineteen twenty, but I can't even pronounce his kids first name. Yeah, yeah, Henny, you Hanny. Laugh. Roth. I remember him a specifically because he was excellent for the Spartan staring at twenty four games by one season, like every time he had the plot like it was like some dynamic playlist coming. He had tremendous hands and if he got to spend more time in the EHL I think he would have made a bigger name for himself. I think I want to go him. He okay, commissioner, vote up hills. So Laugh Roth yet yeah, henny laughs. Any, laugh rough, I'm pretty sure. Flag. Where is he from? He's from Sweden, Spella rous well, it's a I think all this two place to get the Swedish in the builders place. From Sweden. BOORD birthplace of birth. Sweden got it that youth team. Can you say that one? Now's single torps. Moving on to the goalies. That's a good dinosaur nose. We lco onto the goalies and I think I know the first one is that you're going to the first one has to be the goalie that I brought up with Brett late in the in the interview, and that's Jacob Wetman, who Brett had the chance. I mean, you don't know how many guys called him late because bre only had two goalies down the stretch and and asked him if they needed, if he needed one more guy, and he just kept tell me, wetman's are guy. Tell these guys to stop calling me. He had a fifteen, say, percentage in the in the regular season. He just won game after game after game, including helping to sweep the avalanche in that playoff series. Funny how Brett mentioned in the interview how he he knew even with the results of the series, the avalanche were still probably going to get into the frozen finals via the at Lars so large did. He did not take credit, though, for me for preparing them, if you will, for the finals. Maybe maybe that series with ziccos helped get them ready right. We'll come up a little bit for the other goalie. There are a few that we can choose from here, but I think I want to go with another player who was the number one guy for the spartans but had a chance to go to college midseason, and that's Nevin Tardiff. He was the number one guy for the spartans during that nineteen twenty season and then went to worcester state...

...halfway through, similar to Dan long going to Westfield state. But I think that just shows how for tried or and seacoast, losing your number one goalie or losing Dan Long, your one of your top defenceman in the middle of the season. Yes, that stings, but ultimately they're going with it where you want them to go right. Ultimately that's why we're all here, to get these kids off to college, and I think we got to put him here because when he arrived at Worcester state he was the starting goalie immediately. Right. He almost play as many games at Worcester State during the nineteen twenty season as he did with a Seco spartans. He played fourteen with a spartans and ten with Worcester State. Like not many players can say that they almost play as many college games as junior games in a single seas right. That's pretty easy. Nice Year's work for for Tardiff. So that actually does it for our lineup. Jeff, well, look at that on the board. Sea Coast Jolian wooster is another two season team that we've we've done out the whole line up for like gunness. It is. It's a credit to them. Right. They both have had a lot of commits and that's kind of the bittersweet thing to write. You want to keep some of these guys on your team, but the ultimate goal is you're supposed to set your this is a pit stop in your hockey career and I'm supposed to help you move on to colleges, which a lot of Brett riders done a great job of getting a lot of commitments here in the last two years. So yeah, job, coach. You want to rate off all these names. Look at these. Look at these forward names. Ray For this. Shay Flanagan, a ZAMB GEWAH, clendennon, Stewart, Ashton, Colosso, drew Ed, Jacob Dubey, Scotty Osny, Henry Pendleton, Conrad Schmid, Jackson Penner, Jack Morton and yet henny laugh. And Yeah, Henny Laugh, Orf Jack Morton, you are the witner of our most normal name. On the spot, bruto. Mike Smiths here, yes, now I get the day. Now the D Michael O'Brian hey, there we go. Okay, stop, but joorn shoot box, Nick Noll, Andrew clouded, Nick Labreeze, Louis Valente and Dan Long Hey did long number three goal attending Cole Duel of Jacob Wetman and Nevin Tardiff. And that wraps up our Secos spartans all time lineup and there's only two teams left, Jeff So, being an original team. I remember. We have to do the court to go through and provide those that are listening with the upcoming schedule for podcast between now in the start of the season. I got this all layed out. We're connects next week on the episode the jobs in the twelve, we're going to have Jake Atkins and Andy Walker on. Those are the two teammates from you mass Boston that that pro roller skated from Massachusetts to Michigan last year and are having their what they're calling men and blades fundraiser number two this year. So we're going to have them on next week. The week after I'm going to have on the main eclipse, hoping for Eric Bischow, who's the GM and EHLP coach. Obviously, sorry, Jeff, you cannot do an all time line up for them. So that's five backtoback weeks off for you. The week after, on the twenty six will be the New York apple cores, our final original six team of the offseason. And then it's just fitting that for episode number eighty seven we do the New Jersey seven. Eighty seven. It's like seven of them. I can players like that was a famous player that were eighty seven of the eighty seven. Hey Eighty seven in the eighty seven episode. On September two, September nine we're going to do an EH Shel P to Ehl all time lineup. And then September sixteen. It's it sounds like I just went...

...through this really fast. That's our season preview. That's our first set the fantasy pis, because we start on the seventeen so that the whole the whole rest of the summer mapped out, and that's we'll have a couple more voices, Laurence Smith and Anthony Apolo duing US this shear for the podcast, not won't just have to get bored with just hear me and Neil's voice. Yeah. So for those that want to keep listening, the next schedule I'll go through as my golf schedule for the next month. Just kidding. Next week we'll have the Anson Atkinson Anson Oh switch about. My wife has turned off the podcast. And that does it for this week's episode of the of the East show. That's the seacoast spartans line up. Thanks again to Brett tryff. Come on the podcast this week. As I mentioned. Next week Jake Atkins and Andy Walker coming on. We'll talk to you later on, 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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