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Team of the Week (87’s) | Episode 87

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we cross off the final Team of the Week feature of the offseason, as we highlight the New Jersey 87's. This fall marks the 5th year for a program that started at just the EHLP level back in 2017. Throughout their time in the league, the 87's have built an annual contender at both levels, EHL and EHLP. The hard work came to fruition with each club advancing to the Frozen Finals this past March, capped off by a Championship Sunday that Adam Houli and Matthew Kiernan will never forget, as they claimed their first EHLP title. The last Team of the Week feature begins by taking a look back with Houli (1:22), and ends with an all-time lineup as good as any the #ECrew has constructed to date (21:31).

Welcome to the e show with Neil Raven. With over one zero NCAA commitments, the ehl is the proven path to college. Turn it up and learn more about the college placement leader at the division two and three levels. Welcome to the east show presented by the penalty box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto we take care of our own, as they help out all of those within the hockey community who've experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more a penalty box foundation dot org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven and this is episode number eighty seven of the e show, and on this week's episode we cross off the final team of the week feature of the offseason as we highlight the New Jersey eighty sevens. This fall marks the fifth year for a program that started at just the EH LP level back in two thousand and seventeen. Throughout their time in the league, the eighty sevens have built an annual contender at both levels, ehl and eh LP. The hard work can to fruition, with each club advancing to the frozen finals this past march, capped off by a championship Sunday that Adam hoolie and Matthew Karenan will never forget as they claim their first EH L P title. The last team of the week feature begins by taking a look back with Hooli and ends with an all time lot up as good as any the e crew has created to date. Joy Now by Adam Hoolie, the head coach and General Manager of the New Jersey Eighty seven. How's it going? Out of Hey Neill, thanks having me on Bud. Thanks for coming back on and let's jump right into it. Coming up this year, this is already season number five for your program. Does it feel like he'son number five? No, no, it doesn't. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. But as we talked right now, it's crazy to think we've been in the league now for five years. You know, we're almost about ten year marks. So No, it doesn't feel like it, but at the Times it definitely feels long. But every year you get excited around this time knowing you got camp around the corner, you know, and you get back into the swing of things and getting ready for another year. So when we take the folks at home for the timeline of what you've been through, your first season you were in just the EH l p. two thousand and seventeen eighteen, year number two, you had both levels. That was your first year in the EHL two thousand and eighteen nineteen. Of course we won't touch too much on it, but it ended in some disappointment for your program and two thousand and nineteen twenty, you come back. You were able to actually play one EH L P playoff game before covid really hit and all the shutdowns happen, and then this past season we're able to play everything all the way through. Both of your teams made it to the frozen finals. Did it feel like a huge weight off of your shoulders? Yeah, I think. I think for the club as a whole, just being able to finally finisher year, obviously the year we got eliminated early certainly hurt and we wanted it. We get it a gold to make sure. We wanted to get our both teams to the frozen finals and to be able to do it was, you know, it was certainly a relief, but now I think it just garners even more fire and even more gasoline to that fire to want to get there and continue to do well in that tournament. But it definitely was a relief. But, like we've always talked about, you have to get it wrong before you get it right, and now we know. You know what to look for and what to do and prepare for even a better year ahead. And as you look back on the frozen fossom last year, I'm going to ask this question in the very broad perspective to hear what you have to say. Were the frozen finals what you expected in the beat? Yes, and know it's you. You never know until you're there. I think you know. I give Kudos to you know, Chris and and you know him being there so often. When we got there was kind of you know, we were feeling ourselves out a little bit right understanding what we wanted to do and how the week was going to go. You prepare mentally, but you don't know until you get that right, and that's what I mentioned earlier. You know, having to get it...

...wrong before you get it right. Now I think we feel comfortable if we do get the opportunity to be there again, we know what to expect, how to go about it and be prepared in the right way for that week. So it was an awesome event, but having to do it get it under our belt. Now we look for the future to continue what we do. So let's dive in the each side of the program in particular here. First for the EHL regular season champions. But the one thing that you said to me, with the way that all last year played itself out, you knew no matter what, once you won the regular season title, you were automatically going to the finals. That's just the way of the season played out in the at large bid that we had. But you always said, we want to make it the what? The right way? What did that mean to you in your program? Yeah, I think it was everything right. We, as you said, we we all ultimately knew we were going to be in that frozen finals, but no one has done it yet. When in the regular season and then when in the frozen final. To us that was something special. We thought we had a special group and we did have a special group to do it. But for us we wanted to go about it the same way do with the right way. And again, it's not that it's the wrong way when you get there by bid, but we wanted to go through and show that we're here for a reason and this is why we are here. So it was special for us to go through that playoffs. And listen, the playoffs got tight. Credit to Marland and credit to the little fires and mark. They played us really well, you know, and that's what made the the year difficult is playing the team so many times and then getting to that playoffs and it's the best of three. Anything can happen. So it was. It was certainly a relief for us to do that and get to that final point. And then you get there with the EHL team. One of my favorite parts about around Robin as it's never over until it's over, and all four teams end up having a chance to make it to the championship game. On that last day you played and arguably probably the most entertaining game of the week against the lumberjacks, and there was a moment in that game where there could have been a potential double goalie pull and the you and and James Mosso from the Humber Jacks, looks each other and kind of had a word back and forth. What was said in that moment? You can kind of put it together what you just said. Do we both go pull and go from it? Part of the reason again, you know, I thought we were in a better situation. We, you know, he needed to at that point get tied up. We were up by our goal and I didn't want to take away from the the quality in the process that the other teams are doing. You know, I think when one team pulls a goalie it's just the Dickens an advantage. I just felt like, you know, for us at that point, if I were to do it, I didn't want to take away from anything in that given moment. was I kind of give Jimmy the feel free to do it. Will certainly help. Certainly want you to do it, but we're going to hold off here and try to try to do it and go get the next goal no matter, you know, what the situation may be. It felt like an awkward pause at that moment in the rank and obviously it didn't happen, but you went on to win that game and that meant that every single one of the four teams the finals won a game. What does that say about the overall competition level of the League? Yeah, I think that was the biggest thing. The parody and that frozen finals was tremendous, you know, but if you'll hear it a lot right they o open in the room is the north is the north and the south is the south. But when we got to the frozen finals I think we really showed what south is and and the style hockey we play. I think analytically, if you were to look at those sports, you know I think we come out on the good side and most of those games they're so from that Sam Point, it was more of US letting you know, the the guys in the north know that the south isn't just the south and we play really good brand to hockey down here. And then it just showed in that week that, you know, every goal was a goal game. Every goal or every game kind of swung on one moment or another and that's just really good hockey, really good for the League. When you have a frozen finals be so close and so entertaining till the end. They know we were there till the end watching and just being a party bit because we wanted to see what happened. So just really speaks to the volumes of how close this league is, how good the hockey is,...

...especially in the frozen finals when you have the best four teams there. I remember you said that you were there. I couldn't see where you were. But then, Jeff and I actually saw you like standing in the in this staircase. Not sure if you are hiding, but you were definitely watching there till the finish. But obviously the frozen finals play itself out. We've mentioned this podcast before. You and Matt Karenon are our co owners and Co coaches, and last year it was just you two with the ehl in the EHLP team. The EHL P team arrived the night that your ehl season ended and then the next day they got into their around Robin and then ultimately went on to win the championship. How do you, as a coach, final way to close the page on one team and focus primarily on that EH L P team, basically at a step of a finger? Yeah, yeah, that's a good question. You know, for us it was difficult in a sense because the HL team, you know, we had a lot of our players who had been lets two years, three years, so it was a very close team. was very hard to know that the season was coming to an end. But at the end of the day you knew you laid everything out on the line. You knew you did everything in your power to get to the weekend and then just didn't fall in your favor. And I'll be honest, I think that the premiere guys coming in that night helped, helped alleviate the morning process for the HL. You know, they come in and smiles on their face, excited, you know they're they're pretty jacked up to get going and their weekend. So it re energizes you to say, you know what, we still have a chance here to make history as a program and, like we talked about the premiere guys all year, you knew their best hockey was still ahead of them and we thought this weekend they can really put it together. And it just happened by chance that we really did it. You know, we put our best hockey in that weekend and then we came out victorious. Then it almost feel fitting that your first championship game with at the level that you had started with way back in two thousand and seventeen eighteen. Yeah, I think you know. You know, both me and mad we've always talked about doing it the right way. We started in the premiere because we wanted to do it the right way. We didn't want to just say we can do something and hope and pray that we could do it. We wanted a show that we can be a good team in the premiere and make the next steps up to the AHL. So to get that First Championship in our program history at our premier team, especially as a group of owners who always talked about doing it the right way, starting in the premiere and doing it the right way, I think it just it was the icing on top. It was a cherry on top for us to do that and that was where we started. That's how we got connected, that's how the eighty seven started, was in the premiere. So that one was certainly a very special day for us. That's on there with a trophy. And what I think about you guys the most is that you just don't get complacent. You get to the offseason, you add an Eteen, you program. Where was the thought process behind that? Pod Just to continue to do what we do, and we were very passionate here about what we do. We love what we do and we want to just continue that. We want to give more opportunities to players to have a chance to play hockey at the highest level and our next thought process was adding an eighteen program to bring more into our program. We've done a really good job of success from premieer to egl and we thought we can do it even better by adding eight teens in the goals from this point on or to continue to add. We're looking to add next year from the on down. So we are looking at this as a full run operation with thens and just doing it and making our our stamp on it the right way. And it starts from the top down to the bottom. and You keep saying we throughout that answer and I've pointed out you obviously co owners together, but you make it a points. I always talk about the team and it's not the players but all this staff that you have working with you guys. Can you touched on just some of those individuals that make your program so whole? Yeah, I'd certainly appreciate you recognizing the we part, because it's obviously it's just not me and Maddie. You know, we added about four or five to our staff coaching wise, Justin Friedman. We brought back rich Hablin, who was around the rank and really wanted to be a part of it. Jason Derosi is going to help out our eighteen team style. Cone is going to be our equipment manager and our gain day operations. And then we have, where I think it's the best off, by screw and Anthony and Chris Russo, who really kind of run our game day audio stuff...

...and and and make sure again, you know Sam Gotty and as our trainer. And then you know, we have Sam there, I'm and then obviously our premieer. We passed off to Connell. You know, he's a guys going to take over a premiere program. He comes from the college ranks. So we're you know, we're very excited to have him there kind of see we're going to take that program as well. It's a staff to almost ten, eleven, twelve guys deep, and you mentioned a couple names in there that I wanted to bring up because, for those that have been been a lot of attention this offseason, I announced Anthon's Apollo as our new beat writer for the League. Obviously still working for you guys as well, but what does that mean to your program to have a individual who's also kind of taken a silence to the league level, if you will? Yeah, and that's something we always preach. You know, that is the goal here as well. You know, obviously we want we want people who are part of it to move on to greater and better. That's what we've always talked about with our players in the same for our staff. So for Anthony, I know he's a tremendous a said to us, and he's only going to help our league even more, and that's the goal right we are good team league guys down here and we want to make sure the League continues move in the right direction and Anthony's a phenomenal part that. He really does his homework, so super exciting for in to do that. You know, we were very excited when you, when I was, announced that he was going to be doing that and moving forward. So you know, we certainly preach what we practice and we make sure that we want our players moving forward and certainly our staff as well, because everything that they do we're very appreciative of their efforts and those are the key words there. To move on and last year, when you look back on your EHL team, the fourteen comments that you have, obviously you're so proud of every single one of those kids, but how do you kind of reset and fill those spots of that are left behind? Yeah, I think you know, it's we never look at it as rebuilding, even though. You know, I've heard that term thrown around in the League right now about us here down here in the south, but you know, for us we never are in a rebuild mode. Are Rebuild is something that we did on our first year for our premier team and from this point on, you know, we do a really good job and making sure we're adding the right pieces, we're promoting the right pieces and it's really more just us kind of finding our team identity in our camp and what style we want to do. I think we average, you know, over five goals last year first in the league. there. Will we be the same this year? We don't know yet. Right. That's that's the fun part about campus, finding your identity. I do know that I do feel that our team is as strong and in a depth wise sense as it's ever been. I'm excited to see some of our new players step into some rolls and see what they can do. So I'm pretty excited. I know you know, but you always had that little smirk on your face when you get ready for training camp, knowing that you have a good team coming in. I need just honestly, you just can't wait to get started and maybe this is an easy answer because of what your Ehl p team was able to accomplish last year, winning your first championship. But is the goal as simple for the EHL is championship or bust? I think from the from from their sting point, that's how they're going to look at it. I think you know, for us it's always again and we want them to be placed in the college. We want them moving to the next pasture for us. But I wouldn't be you know, I wouldn't. I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that that is when you're when you're champion, it's because you've done it the right way, you prepared the right way and if you've had that preparation, your players going to be taken care of right. So if we find ourselves on that Sunday playing in the championship game, I can almost guarantee that all of our players will have found homes where they want to find homes and it's because of that preparation. So yeah, I think Ross it is championship or not, but there's some deeper meaning and to why we think that way and I think oldhambly. That's what we're here is. We want our players playing at the NCAA level and if we do that, we're going to be finding ourselves playing on that championship Sunday. And I know I got to ask you this question during the week, but it was such a whirlwind with how quickly it all came and went. You got named the coach of the year. Well, we're...

...at the frozen finals now that some time has passed. How long did it take for you to really set in that you would won that honor? Oh, they know. I don't even know if it really settles in when you win that. Obviously, to me that's completely done by, you know, my staff, from my coaches and trainers and things like that, to my players who perform. You just try to make sure that they're you're leading in the right direction, you're doing it the right way, you know when you hope that they see it that way and then they take care of you and producing wins and getting noticed and you take over from that. So it was nice to certainly be recognized, but to me, again, I think it was a culmination of our organization being recognized. I think that's the bigger thing for me is that when we win awards, it's the eighty sevens that are winning awards and the players are just usually beneficiary. That those nice from that standpoint, to be recognized and it's accomplishments for what you've done in a short amount of time. Like we started with this beginning this interview. It doesn't feel like it's in to be season number five, but it's in the season number five for you guys. So before I bring Jeff enemy start to put together this all time lot up for the eighty sevens. There's been so many good players that have coming gone over the years it's going to be hard to put this line up together, but there's a few that I think you and I both know will definitely be on this roster. So I want to talk about some of those individuals. First and foremost, Tim de Board, who was a part of your program each of the three years you've been at the ehl level. To see him come all the way through and then get his commitment, what did that mean to you and to Maddie? Yeah, I mean that was everything for us. Tim was with a very special human being off the ice and on the ice. He was a tremendous asset to everything we did. So when he finally was going to Woll that he was super excited about and is going to be a big part of things and what they do, that was just a it was honestly, it's it's almost a tier moment because you just really so happy. They deserve everything they got and Tim deserve everything that he got. He was he did everything the right way and he always led by example. So for us just to see that part kind of come to fruition and him he commit was everything and he deserves everything that's going to come as way. Is going to work his butt off in college and you see me part of a really good team there and I think they're going to be something special in the next four years. And they got not one but to Andy Seven's coming that their way. That's Lawrence University and the other eighty seven is Dante Tara. Mony. When you guys first started recruiting him, there's you envision a player that had the potential to win both the rookie of the year one year and then the MVP award the following year. It's something to say. I don't know we can envision because again, knowing what the League could have that he's going to be a guy who wins that award. We knew we had a special player coming. I think we were more shocked that he wasn't talking to more teams and that God is excited to get here him here in New Jersey. And then the second he takes the ice, you know there's a special player there. And then that the year goes you could just see it formulating in his first year and then last year by the middle of the year, just how dominant he was in his work ethic and what he was doing on the ice. You saw something special kind of happening that he can make a run at this going roopy of the year and then MBP and again it was just in know it was so him and everything he did, and that's why that group was so special, because we had the right players to do it and they were the right group to do it, and I think that's the the you know, what keeps people looking forward. Our players like Tim and Dante would come to our program and have had such great success. But he was a special, special human both on and off the ice, and based off their agel years, they both be able to come back this season and help you read the Preece, the frozen finals. The two last players I want to touch on because he can't touch someone on them all right here where Jack Lane and Trevor Seer. So those are two players that began the process with you at the ehlp level and then ultimately things were cut short for them because of the covid season. Did it feel like what you guys accomplished this past year was for players like Jack Land Trevor Seer? Yeah, I think those are those are our original players,...

...those are our what we call our OGE's. But it goes it goes further than that. I think seeing Jack and trevor over my house now and coming to hang out and catch you up when their home, or coming to our office at the rink, sitting here and catching up about it and talking about eighty seven hockey and talking about players. That's when it comes to really you see the impact that you hopefully have on these players. You know, Jack and Trevor Bowl players who will reach out to me during the year last year that watch a game, asked me what I think and you just see the the the tremendous relationship be developed off the ice I think that's the biggest thing. So when we had success and then real feel really happy about it and they're they're they're rooting for your success. I mean this year, when we told him our opening day, both of them made a point to come home and come to our opening game here, for they want to be a part of it. So that's when you see the real lasting effort of being eighty seven and why it's so important that we have the right people, because it's not just a couple years of being here, it's beyond that. It's ten, fifteen years down the line of being in eighty seven. Yeah, it's very special for sure, what you guys have done in a very short amount of time. So I appreciate you coming back on the podcast and know your training campus starting up here pretty soon and, like I said, you're number five for your program your number four at the ehl level and we'll see you in just about a month of this September showcase. Sound good meal. I'll talk to you then. I appreciate ups having us on today and what you guys dood luck. This weird as well. Thanks again to Adam Wholey for coming on the podcast this week and with that let's bring in Jeff Mills now. And Jeff, as I always say about Adam, he's probably one of the best interviews in the League, I think. I think all the coaches do while getting interviewed the like. He he eats it up, man, yeah, he does, and he was one of our better reviews that frozen finals. I remember to he just he's a very polished young man, if you will, and yes, see it. He's mean, he's young, and then he's also got a petigree. He was a big hockey player himself. You know, he has on a lot of professional maps and stuff and played a lot of different areas and and I think that goes to show why some of these coaches that have the you know, professional background and stuff, why they can talk a little more and a little more yet really Maddie courton's another one that we will talk and do to the right. He's he's awesome and he's gonna help a background too. In a few years when covid is gone, gone, gone. We're like warden's code, like like for five years we're going to look back at the interviews from the award show and be like, look at US sitting next to each other with masks on, like because remember how tightly wear it Wus all on the on the camera screen to yeah, my God man, it was a little hot. Weirds little steady in the Nassy on that room was like I was like, can we get an nice bath for our feet so we can kind of go off a little bit. I remember being like, Neil, do I need to stop for a second? Do you see sweat dripping down my forehead of the camera now? But let's put together this eighty sevens all time line up. This is the last team one up that we have to do. Coming up next week, the final episode of the quote Unquote, offseason, we're going to have an alltime ehl lineup and an all time climb the ladder eh LP toehl lineup. So this is a lot of from one of anger towards hey. Where was it? I don't hey what God like that. Like that's a tough one, though, like like next week, the next week episode is going to take us. There's no intervie you. Obviously we're going to dedicate a half hour to the EHL and a half hour to the climb the ladder ehlphl on the college hockey because then after that's the following week. That's our season preview, like this is coming like that. And then we welcome on Anthony Laurens. You will have to just hear me and deals pulsin tones on this podcasting where there a couple new from the basis of voices that were excited to...

...have so so bring bed and Anthony on this program well, we look back on last week's episode with the Apple Core and trying to figure out which guy's on the eppaids played ehl which ones didn't. The eighty seven is a lot easier, man. It is a lot easier. Eighty sevens came into the League under the EAS show umbrella. A two thousand, seventeen, eighteen, just the ehlp level. They've only had three years at the ehl level. It's like crazy to think about that, right. They must really have been around a decade. I decade right. But let's start with the guy they dubbed as as Mr Eighty seven, tim to board because he was part of each EHL team. Eighteen, nineteen, nineteen, twenty, two thousand and twenty one the leading score and eighty seven history. When you combine playoffs with with regular season, which actually pause. We joked about this this year. He didn't get his first playoff point until this year. Remember that? So so hot color comment. Hundred and thirty three points in the regular season. Didn't get his two playoff points until this postseason. Right, crazy. But a hundred and twenty total games, a hundred thirty five total points, like dis great numbers for deboard. Heading on my stick up there for a while. I could. It definitely could. And because I think about someone, I'm trying to compare Theim with some like Logan, too, scanny. I didn't he have a hundred and seventy points? Yeah, right, from like that with the lumberjacks, like that's nothing. The Star a hundred thirty three points of that. Where does the board rank on the all time list? I Will Oh, how do you should ask? Let's see, he is not in the top ten. Sorry to studio. Was An almost two hundred. That's it's funer. This is for. This is railar season plus postseason. We are so I'm sorry. You know the boords listen to this right now and saying can you not talk about my postseason, like it bothered me too. Okay, but, as I mentioned, a three year guy mystery seven because he was a part of each of the first three years they had and an Ehl team and he's going to be teammates with my fantasy boy, Dante Tara Manni. Doctor. Met His mom and Dad. He's from California. Really Interesting Story. Probably made it to the d seven's really good kid, great parents, none of those parents that we're going to miss. Moving on to the next season and when he gets to Lawrence with the board, he's Neb to like. I don't know why you had why you had so much trouble in the postseason. I had nine points and seven postseason games. Has Passion love the playoffs. Overall, in eighty six career games in the EHL, a hundred and fifteen total points. So the board can say the board can say, all right, go back and play one more year, then try and catch me. This is this is nuts what the eighty sevens have done in this short time. I was just looking just quickly on the eppage. They have almost double digits of guys that average over a point a game for team that's been around. It's four years, technically three years. So if because it obviously we're doing ehl all time, but we are going to include a HILP, but look at that. You've guys average, nine or ten guys averaging over a point per game. That's yeah, wow. So that's they were kind of like a pair, if you will, the board and Tara Monti. The next pair I want to touch on is Tarantino and Jack Lane. Right, so deboard and Tara Monni played this played a little bit more of a skill game at times, I guess you could say, right and and not that Tarantino and Jack Lane didn't, but they'd beat you up to like like Layne was one of the toughest kids we've ever had in this league. Like period hand stem, one of the original ta he's from the original eighty seven. He's he probably wants to be called Mr Eighty seven, right, because he was on the original ehl P team, and...

...that seven and sixteen points here. So Tarantino, just to sell everyone his numbers. In eighty five career games in the ehl he had ninety eight points. He's at Ms. Startmouth. Now for Lane, as Jeff mentioned, EH L P first forty three total, sixty two points. Then ehl seventy total with eighty three points. Like the numbers are just boom like. They just jump out at you with how many, how many guys they had that just produce like crazy for this program and that's really cool. If you look at lane little deeper to new I mean the cool thing about him is he was on the original team, right, and then he bought into Adam and Matt's strategy with the team and their philosophies and he came back for another year. It's there's no guarantee when you're starting that first year team. How do you get guys to come back when you have no real history? But someone like Jack Lane that's a great player for their program that shows you that, Ay, we got good guys and they decided to come back because they've built a really big program down there and they just keep getting better and like that's that's that's trust in the process, right. It's that's what it is. HMM, look at you, trust of the process. Yeah, I'm thrown out some of their phrases. I'm sure thought the seventy sixers say that. So a law is going to be frigging all over. Hello Up, it's a philly thing. It's a philly thing and you, Maynard, I've talked about the all star team so much this offseason players that played for a team eh Shell. He was possibly the best player on the Nineteen Twenty Team Ehl all star team and I remember Pat Norton from toughs coming up to me after the Fitchburgh game and then the Salem steak game, and after the Fishburgh game pack goes, I like this guy, and then after the Salem state game he was like I think I have fallen in love. But Andrew Maynard, I think he's a jumbo. Think he's ready and he's he obviously is at tough says, as Jeff just mentioned, the Moose was the nickname, right, like he was so good. Oh yeah, he was whose maynard. Seventy, seventy, three games, eighty five points, and I remember him saying to me at one point is like he's from Illinois, right, and he's like I'm telling all my friends about the ehl because good in his mouth and in his mind he was like I was not this player that I was until I got here, and now he's at tops right, and he's like a poster child of what you can become. And then you know, obviously the ultimate dream for all kids is to move on to play professionally, which is great, but coming out of toughs he's going to be fine, like he'll he'll have a job for for like like that, I probably get very good school. For All of you at home. That'll be very smart to get in. You can't be a SLOB. Yeah, so, I mean I'll point out that my dad did go to toughs and I didn't, but it's all I did. Yes, did you? Rev and DMD went to toughs. I could have followed right in Tho swootsteps, Jeff, I could have, but I enjoy hockey more than dentistry. So nothing wrong with that. In Quipyak is a great school and a hard school to get into itself. So maybe you put Maynard in the deboard and Tara Monty category a little bit more, because then you could put Bolinsky in the lane and Tarantino because he kind of had that same little bit of edge to his a little bit of a Mediac, you can say, but like a thought. I could control maniac right. Yeah, like I remember there was a goal he scored that help kind of spark them in the finals. Mean, yes, they were. They were a little bit sluggish out of the gates in the finals and then he was kind of the one that really kind of broke the ice for them and they had a power move that you meant and was a little longer. Take it out of the corner and I'm seeing skate right at the net and put it in like, and we mentioned all those kids we mentioned.

Not a big kids, a hundred seventy pounds he was. He did not back down. The play big, though. Yes, like in a hundred and twenty one career games in the EHL, hundred and four points, like. I'm sure there's multiple guys here that are like. If I had another year, I would catch the board. I easily think that it's just all man some of these guys to like you wonder if they could just come back. I know we've all talked about it. Let's make an excuses. The last year be in the covid year. They get bull teams to the finals. If you get some of those guys come back and knock on, would this normal season where you're playing everybody? So when you get down to the frozen finals, because we talked about the right, I mean Matt and Adam. We're not shy about it that they played the same teams and everybody played the same team. So when we got to the Rosen finals, it was all teams they had never seen before that season. So, yeah, I just used counts of roster, I don't know right, and I just use the terminology poster child for a for a player. You could kind of say that ks soon as the same way and hold and hold a lot. I pull up the power point that I brought with me to Nashville for my presentations this year. Adam boom this I actually well, he's seen it. He's seen it. But when I say poster child and I get to the commitment slide, like it is ka suit, I like he is on that slide. Adam wants told me that that's the only thought I should be showing when I show off the power point and events, right as I love the other there's other parts of talk about then the just the commitments, but you know, finals and this and that. But I remember getting to this slide and when I first short to Adam, I mean chilouts a, justine squitch Arey for putting this power point together, the EP himself. Look at the look at this Cup of graphic and it just just students. Story, though, I think epitomized is like what it means to get a commitment right, like everything that he went through to commit to Connecticut College. Was the leading scorer in the EHL last year with fifty nine points in the regular season, but just games, I think all year we didn't get a point right. I like and like Brittany, was always like he did hasn't. He hasn't done anything for me lately. It's like he had a four assist game, like he just goes out there and produces constantly. Right. He's always in the position. He actually began with the Connecticut chiefs then worked his way over to the seventh throughout his ehl career he played in ninety three total games, a hundred and fourteen career points for him and he's going to have an awesome career at Kayaka College. And I put him on this slide that shows off all the commitmnists that we've had over the years, because being from Japan and then coming and just trusting what the EHL was like, just like Andrew Maynard, like Kaka College is a damn good school academically, like he's going to be said, when it won is when his athletic career is over and for a look at his past year, he'd think he was able to go home and all this past year. Like I that's one of those things, like we never really think about it, I guess you could say, like you and I other people during the season, like imagine being, don't want to say stuff stocked, but kind of locked into the location where you're at for a seven month period. Like it was a very real thing for a lot of guys in our league this year to still go out and produce the way that he did. Yeah, I mean even guys like how many Canadian guys do we have in earleek right, you know? I mean that's somewhere we always think like, Oh, you know, it's part of North America, but borders were shut down all during covid you couldn't get into Canada. You'd still have trouble getting in. So yeah, I mean Kase they they always said to K's and unbelievable human. Right. Maddie and Adam told us that he's not only a great player, but he's a great human and that's that's...

...something really, really awesome to see and we're it's really cool to see these guys from different herriages. Is Like K that are making the game of hockey become a thing in their countries. It's unbelievable. So that gives us already seven forwards so far and we're ripping through these forwards. So rits through. Let's go next, Swain, next, because shortly after that Blinsky tally like one of the Games. He had two goals in that game. I I can't remember which finals game it was, but I know he had to get two goals and when the puck was on his stick, like he was as good as shooter as any. Can this leak. There was one guy, maybe you'll remember this, there was one game in the finals whether he was in the slot and it was a pretty good screen in front. He just saw the exact spot in the top corner and just picked it. Maybe lumberjacks. I'm blinking. Think so. I know that that was a crazy that was that was the game. That was the almost. That was almost the double goalie pull. That was the other boy things what Weird Down Westchester. They sure dude round. Robins puts you in weird positions right where where you may consider a double goalie pull, but swayingything fund yes, right, Swain spent kind of a second half of the nineteen twenty season and then the full two thousand and twenty one season with the eighty seven. In sixty eight career games he had seventy six career points. So other one, the points per game averages, right, like every time that we've mentioned so far was over a point per game. Yep, said that. That's has to be an automatic. All those guys are over point per game players, automatic into the lineup, like questions ast like damn man. Yeah, yeah, so let's jump back kind of past years now, because we've covered almost every one of the kids that we just mentioned. Actually, I shouldn't say that, because Tarantino, Maynard and lane were not on last year's team. Imagine if they were on last years team. Man, that's a I kind of gave it away at times who I was pulling for down the stretch because, yeah, you made it oddy clear you were red train was red trade coded Himble Red Trade underwe're going pretty made it very clear she was all in them. The Rangers know I was kind of like secret and I guess in the background, but the kind of like a little bit of a successing a little right. I didn't like, I did these that they got knocked out blue trade, but they got knocked out. You really like all these little secret teams that you liked pulled for, but yeah, so let's go Jack mcdonna next. He was a captain for the eighty sevens during the eighteen nineteen season and he actually was part of the avalanche team the year before that won that championship seventeen eighteen. Moved over to the eighty seven s from Pennsylvania, kind of just a better fit for him for his agl year and advanced on to Manhattanville College, vice remember, like he was. That was their first year in the EHL, and Adamis of it before and Massas it before. Like he was the perfect leader for them to have in their first season at the ehl level, a player that had ehl experience, one a championship in the Ehl and and kind of knew what to expect right and, as I mentioned now, is on or now is playing at Manhattanville College. Of School that we've brought up with you name it, Connor boys from the rough riders, Mason em off from the lumberjacks, all these players of kind of just come together and become obviously new teammates there and and he is one of my favorite players during his time in this league. So I think I know I would be remissed...

...to not include Jackman done on this list. That's cool to jumping from one expansion team to another. To you know, that's interesting, going right the ABS to the seven s and and there's a lot of fans listening at home saying the ABS expansion team. Jeff, they are everybody that is around for that was that was their first year. Seous seventeen, eighteen. Obviously Chris was a Chris was a coach from multiple years prior to that. Going into their fifth year. He's been around for this could be our ninth year. This is nine year nine of the League. Yep, so that mean they're expansion. If they were around the original time, equals expansion. Right. Everybody agree home say? Okay, moving on, I will now put in Trent Shanley and shally doesn't them. I don't remember. Eighteen nineteen. That same eighty seven's team had twenty nine points that year for the eighty seven's and now is at Fitzburg State University. We actually have faced him with our all star team and the nineteen twenty season, which was kind of cool to see him go up against some some former teammates of his. But Trent Shanley has to be on this list. Also thought of that original EHL team for the eighty seven. And so we're down to two forwards. Jeff I knew would be fast with the forwards, with this with this program, with what they've accomplished in a short amount of time. Yeah, it's they made the work a little too easy for us. I almost good say you send me the email last night. It was like, wow, yeah, this is just it's just too easy to pick all these they've had. They haven't had like a crumby player into the organization really. They might say otherwise, but I think I want to put Brian Van Ness on this list. Okay, the good player. I know I speaking of frozen finals goals. I remember the goal that he was he scored in that lumber checks game, the last game. Trevor blackbring out the best angle of it. Remember blency was going behind the net and before he got all the way around he put a backhand pass across the slat and then that's just did not miss like picked this spot and was like, damn, that was kind of sick. We want to replay a few quite a FIS. That was nasty cemmetry here, Jeff Siba Tree, eight hundred, eighty games played, eighty points, fifty points, nice, even really nice round whole numbers. was little point per game. Guy, like everyone else, that's kind of hard to do, but the eighty sevens make it look easy. But this a solid foundation piece for Rivier to start off with this fall, right, like one of those forwards who we're going to look up here halfway through the college season and they're like Brian van est has had had a twenty, twenty five point campaign for the brand new division three program but without it just that's a nothing. You noticed, right, this team gets a lot of commitments. Well, always of these other teams. They get a lot of guys, and not just commitments, but commitments to very variety of schools. Goods, very talented D to in d three schools. Some of these guys are very smart players, like we see going to toughs and other big schools, Connecticut College, like K's going to so yeah, well routed. That gives us one forward left. HMM. Shoot, that's hard to pick. There's a lot of good teams left on this I was just linking about him too, of course, is the one that I opened. Yep, Oh, Michael Hurtsburg. HMM, speaking of advancing on to programs going into their a Nogal year at the division three level, hurts Perg is coming into Arcadia part of a strong class of players that's heading off there. He played as physical as anyone on the seven and I think he was he was able to set the tone for them when they needed...

...to because of that right so in it. Throughout his career he played in sixty four total games and had thirty two points, and I think just like Van Ness will help set the table for Rivier, I think hurt spur will do the same thing at Arcadia. Sure, twelve forward cheff done next on to check the time. That was a record for how fast we filled the forward sheet. deftly been defenceman, Trevor Seer. How the FO I already got Trevor Seer, George Winard, weirders as still. Who else like? And there's just six of thats what every one's you next week, but let's start with seeer, because he actually like Jack Lane was part of that seventeen eighteen eh L P team, you know, and then spent two years as an assistant captain on the EHL team and one of the best shots from the point that this league has had. All helped run their power play. Just to go with the numbers like we did for left shot. Well, this left shot defenseman for late for Seeer, in forty one EH LP Games he had thirty five points a D and then in eighty eight ehl games he had sixty one points. So one of the original guys that just trusted that process and now is that Ms Startmouth as well and went from the very first year the program, seventeen eighteen, and followed follow things right along and didn't feel like he had to go anywhere else and was exactly was paid off with with his commitment. They say, if it ain't Brooke, don't fix it. All Right, George Weiner, another easy world, was probably second place for a defenseman of the year this past year behind Johansson, at tremendous get for the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Spent two years with the program. Overall had quick math. Eighty two career games, fifty eight points, just steady I always in the right position as well. And, like I said, for Wentworth a team that last time we saw them play things out had advanced all the way to the CCC championship game on the back of Connor Carbo on her carbon, another from the under Jack Dealer Bo. So yeah, we'll become teammates now with George Weiner, who was a leader, was a captain for this eighty sevens team in his final year, and I'm sure it'll be the same when he gets to Wentworth. HMM. So do we want to? Let's see here, there's two other D I have pulled up. Yeah, there's another couple easy ones. Let's go. Let's go back for a second, because vickers, Justin Vickers, was not a part of this past year's team. As on an eighteen, nineteen and nineteen twenty teams and again on tvh Shell in two thousand and nineteen, he was just like when he had the puck on his stick, you didn't have to worry, right like you knew, like you, he was gonna make the right pass or get it out of the zone the way he need to. Not the biggest D five hundred and ten right, not compared to the next see that we're going to highlight. But just steady at Stevenson now, which is also become a little bit of a pipeline for the eighty sevens over the last couple of years. So and every team needs at least one of those new right. I know your six defense, when you gonna have at least one type of vickers type guy that can, you said, carry through all three zones and bail your team out maybe help some of your other players that maybe aren't is fast brain...

...wise as you maybe, if you want to put it that way, and that smart player. So that's that's a that's another easy one. Another may not be fancy type Guy Vickers, but a very important type guy. So you know from the five hundred and ten victors, I know it says six one the first than that, dude, I thank you. When I first time I saw goody Aras, Dylan goody Ares, I was like, I didn't know he was that big, like like to say I'm six one, I'm between six and six one. I'm not that's tall. He's definitely tall with me, Andy and like speaking of like trust in the process. He was a kid that during the nine hundred and twenty season. I don't want to say got poor down to the EH LP, but had an honest conversation with the coaching staff. was like, we need you to play some games down there to get yourself more ready for the next level. And for some kids that could frustrate you, right because maybe that means that on some other ehl teams that never happens to you. But he's like, you know what, let's let's trust what the coaches are saying. I'm going to go down there, I'm going to keep developing and then in return he was a full eh it was a full time ehl guy this past year and and was one of the top ten defenseman on the League. I think he had to be in that category. So the SACILITY, you're gonna have coach a movie. Yep, six EHLP games at three points, but overall sixty six EHL games with forty one like Taramanti, another California kid right, which is awesome to see the sevens get the Andrew Manners from Illinois, the Tim two boards from Colorado, the Gudi Eras and in the Cheremon, he's from California. They're bringing in kids from Kasudo from Japan, they're bringing kids from everywhere. That makes sense because we know Adam and Maddie love to they love hockey. They eat, sleep and drink. They're also co owners, if we didn't mention that on this episode yet. Yes, so they have a very big best interest literally in their program so they go everywhere and that's how you find the best team. You find guys, like you just said, California starting to become a hotbit for for hockey. You know, the West is starting to really start to show. You could guys are awesome, Matthews, Arizona. So you've got to find these gooody errors is and the Terre Mon he's in. Those type of guys are out west because, yeah, there's a lot of good hockey, oh your annoyingle, but there's a lot of good hockey elsewhere this country too. That's we haven't we haven't put a returner on the list yet for the eighty sentence. So I think I want to put Mat Herrick here next, because the coaching staff there, or and Co ownership staff like expects big things from herrick this year, like right, like it's his turn to now take someone spot. Be The goody Ares, be the George wheener be the trevors yere from two years ago. It's herrick stern now is an old one. This past year played in thirty four Total Games, had twenty two points at Jersey kid from right there, Jackson, New Jersey. So I think I don't only get ahead of myself, but like he's a early candidate to be an all star, easy candidate to be an all star this year. For sure. Absolutely. That is a piven road, road present on this list here. Yet look that present now we're at it. Kind of an interesting spot here because I have thought about this prior to recording the last team of the week, fease. It's crazy. We got to the last one, Jeff, we made it. We made a buddy made it. There's a player on. There's a player that hasn't played an ehl game yet for them, but will this year. Hmm As, I want to put them on this list. Yes, so I'm going back into last year's EH L P roster and and then by her tough, who was the...

EH LP top prospect as the as? No, we limited it two thousand and three and o four. It's essentially the EHLP's version of the rookie of the year. Right. I think that's the way you have to look at really. Yes, and like I remember saying to talking to Maddie about him, and there were times last year or Maddie was like he may be the best defenseman in the organization, like that's Gary Allenson, piece Hue. He may develop into the best defenseman in the organization. He's a three like and they're adding an eighteen team this year, so maybe he gets the chance to play a teens and EHLP, an EHLA. It's gonna be busy. Tell you, a busy year for him could be a trieffective as that crazy he was seventeen last year. Wow, as I remember it, with the pros of finals, and it is it's Piper, because I remember it. The probably be saying is pipe for the Maddie and Julie Says Piper Been. Please help us out. Tell us how you want to be said. Don't be shy. Well, we'll let them correct us after the episode. Let's here. Anthony Chrystill sent us a textual, but I mean we haven't mentioned they won the EHLP championship last year, right, so like like this to me it fits right, like absolutely. That's it, and I like that outside the box type, think of its present maybe for a couple years, say two more years, hopefully. So that gets us to goalies, and I think the first good goalies, the first one to me, though, that really stands out is Ian Greife, because he began a year with the avalanche actually, and like look at the numbers when he went over to the eighty seven in nine hundred and twenty fifteen games. Good, one point, three, eight, goals against average nine, three, nine, safe percentage a thirteen and to record. I'm sure it's no big deal. And like what still is like crazy about that nineteen twenty season? The eighty sevens, the Rangers, the avalanche, the lumberjacks did, but those other three never got a chance to play a playoff game. Oh, Yep, right, and it's like all my season. I know there's so many big names on all those teams. Will never know how that season would have finished. Like we almost have to create it on like an HL twenty one child. Yeah, they do like some sort of Sim because, like I want to see how that was going to finish out. That is the three teams I just mentioned, eighty sevens, avalanche and Rangers, right, and Lumbardcheat, like they all thought they could have won. They all knowll had like just massive pieces like rife and all those different names that we have thrown out into the ether over the last one episodes. That, YEP, would have been huge, maybe great. And just look at that. You five shouts of fifteen games, almost half of his games, he has shut up. That's not hurt man, it's insane. so He's locked in. And then John Kolpack right leaves, three year player Lee, a three year guy for the guard, wins going to curry, forty one wins to his career, ranks eight all time. So I like you guy, but steady right, no, it's steadied her big. I get other kid that. I was like, I he's that big. I didn't realize he was like that, that tall. Right. So I think that like those doing have to be like those. They are right, like I'm sure. I'm sure. COPECK is like he's mystery. He seven house here's just as long for year. Right. Excuse me, hello, like six one, like Gudierre's like you're bigger than six one, man, I know you're I know your goalie skates. You're like six three, he might be six three hundred and six for four, but I guess said forty one wins for him throughout his career in the Eh Shell. So I think John Kopeck, without a doubt, is a lock for this roster. And we haven't even used this word yet. CHEF. What...

...do we do with the last spot? I was just going to say. There's a lot of do we left off this for this, a lot of forwards we left off, and I what do we just close our eyes, pointed the screen like you literally could do that. It sounds like a joke, but that's how good this team has been and everytime you would feel confident in that the person that's coot it's still someone good, like Yep, and there's a couple of names that guys that didn't work out with their team that moved on. One of them was, we both saw a lot at the edge last year, CT Johnson. He had like a hot cup of coffee with the eighty sevens and then moved up to the East Coast Wizards. I mean they had a couple of guys that were there are still good players in our league that didn't make it to their team because they're so deep. Yep, and like like how McDonough found. It's funny, right, like it's not that they had to get to that new team, it's just sometimes that change the scenery helps. Ian Grife right, the change the scenery was awesome for that for that kid, rights McDonough. McDonald was up in New Hampshire just and then he goes some plays in New Jersey's change and he was successful in New Hampshire, successful in New Jersey. So yeah, yeah, you know what's funny, as I'm sure, I'm sure Adam is going to laugh at this section, because Adams step son, Jake Larusso, played a couple EHLP games for the least seven's. Oh, yeah, I mean like tour it up. Like. So he's the one that's on the titans. Yes, is either. Yeah, okay, I don't know if I'll be able to find the box score at this quickly, but he played control him in his the utility guys. It would be cut up on me, like wait a minute, what? So it was the other eighteen nineteen season at trick. So what's funny about the hats trick is they were playing the renegades and they were losing going into the third period and it was like Jake when in the locker room was like flip the switch, I'm gonna go out and just got a hat trick and win the game for this team in the third period. I don't know go I don't know if Adam would want him on this list. It would be kind of funny, it would be. It would fit the utility right, because we have no idea what to do with that position each roster. But it would kind of fit finding that last guy. But that wasn't awesome story. I am looking at the box. When I was funny, I was like, Oh, they're losing, oh they're winning. Serja Caruso to this chat. Hellos is dump a quick candy into the back of the bucket. Thank you. Have a good day. I mean you got cal Coo. Well's a huge name. We haven't mentioned all sorts of guys in this list. Kids who you know what? I got it. Oh, later ended up with the team puts his organs on the ice. Should he was. He's toughest our man. Jacob Crespo, also going to curry like that with with John Kolpack. What we're express didn't just to just like go through like his career like crazy, right EHLP season with walpole one thousand seventeen and eighteen. He ehl season with Balpoles, eighteen nineteen. A full season in the NA with the main door deas ine, thousand nine hundred and twenty began this past you with the main door dykes, right, he actually has the first goal in main Noordis history and the AHL. Yes, but yes, it's crazy. So peuple state of made. We love the Doordius, don't. We know what? That's why I picking him, Jeff, you son of a B we know. We know why you picked cress bow. Well, he was someone I remember Daddy and Adam talking. was always stayed up all those late nights. He's a tough son about, you know. And and they were like when they added him in, I was right around the same deadline as the trade deadline, the roster frieze, you name it, whatever you want to call it, like one of the best gets at that time, maybe in the history of our league. Honestly, like the impact that he had right away. Sixteen Games, eleven points...

...and just played huge minutes for them on their run to the frozen finals. I like the pick. Good Job, commission so coming up next week we're going to take this sixteen all time eh all lives that we've done and put together the alltime Ehl Lote up of the all time players, which can also include a few players from teams that no longer exist in the shell. So you can you can count on it. Right now. Caden Prima will be one of the goalies, like you see, will he will be one of the goals but too narrow things down to twelve, six and two plus utility for the all time history of the ehl is going to be tough. That's gonna be the first half of the episode. The second half will be an EH LP all time line up, but we're focusing it on eh l p players that have climbed onto the Ehl and then college hockey, because there's are social that we talked about, commercial does and there are some ehlp players that haven't followed that path that had good careers in the EHL. People we really want to highlight the kids that have trusted the process again right and on, right through from the EHLP onto the EHL and then on to college hockey. So, as I mentioned that this is the sevens episode this week. Next week is that episode. I did to read the lineup, Duh, the full before for the seven S, Tim to board, Dante, Tara, Monny, Zack Tarantino, Jacqueline, Andrew Maynard, Matt Blinsky, Ka Suda, Nick Swayne, Jack mcdonnaugh, Trent Chanley, Brian Vaness and Michael Hertzberg. Defensive Core of Trevor Seer, George Weiner, Justin Vickers, Dylan Goodierras, Matt Herrick, Ben Piper fighter. kind of gotta figure that out because he's exact player. Take on Crespo, Ian Grif and John Kopek, and that's that's the team, man. It's an awesome team and I think it's a perfect ending to all the teams of the week from this summer. As I mentioned, we have those all time of the all time one ups next week and in the following week the season preview. It's crazy, baby. It's right around the corner, so we'll see next. Best for last episode, Eighty Seven. Eighty seven's that was pretty well. They also wanted to do it when their training camp was started and I was like, I also love symmetry. So Eighty seven episode New Jersey, Eighty Seven. There's no other team in the league that has a like number, a numeral as there as their their team names, so I think it just fit perfectly. We love controversy too, so maybe we did say the best for last. Maybe we didn't. I don't know who that's. That's for all of you at home to this. We do a poll. Will do a poll, we'll do it. Love it, love it, love it, love it. Stir that pop baby, stir fought baby. I'll talk to you next week. Sounds good. See you new thanks for listening to the show. Learn more at Eastern Hockey League Dot Org and follow us on Facebook, twitter, instagram and Youtube. Also, be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week's PODCAST is released.

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