Team of the Week (87s) | Episode 16


Similar to last week's Team of the Week, the Seahawks Hockey Club, the New Jersey 87s began play as a junior hockey franchise back in the 2017-18 season. However, the difference between the Seahawks and 87's is that New Jersey only had a team at the EHLP level their first year. The previous two years they've fielded teams out of both divisions (EHL and EHL), and in total, the organization has won 161 regular season games.

Adam Houli and Matthew Kiernan are both Co-Owners and Co-Coaches of the franchise, and they strongly believe that the first year in the EHLP helped develop their program the same way the division helps develop players for the EHL. Since they decided they wanted to get involved in junior hockey back in 2015, the 87's have experienced an upward progression with each and every year, and Houli credits that to the EHL being a step above the rest.

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Episode 23 · 3 months ago

Team of the Week (Rangers) | Episode 23

Finding a positive out of the way things ended was hard at first for Rich DeCaprio, the Head Coach and General Manager of the Rangers, but he eventually found the silver lining. The EHL wasn't the only league that had to pull the plug, and simply put, the Rangers organization won the only two trophies that were up for grabs last year. Each team won as much as they possibly could.

Now, turning the page, DeCaprio is hitting the reset button with a handful of returners as well as a group of players climbing the ladder from the EHLP to the EHL. While the Rangers success speaks for itself, DeCaprio also gives a lot of credit to the league his teams play in.

Episode 22 · 3 months ago

Joe Bertagna | Episode 22

Earlier this week, the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) announced the addition of Joe Bertagna as the new Executive Advisor of the #Eshow. After serving as a commissioner in the NCAA ranks for 38 years, Bertagna is ready for the next chapter in his career, and the challenges that it will bring.

Bertagna jumped on the podcast this week and told stories of the past that included glimpses into his playing, coaching, and administrative days. While it will forever be disappointing the way his final season ended with the Hockey East Association, Bertagna is still beyond proud of how that conference has grown over the last two decades.

Episode 21 · 4 months ago

Team of the Week (Wizards) | Episode 21

Year in and year out, the Wizards are known for being a team that consistently improves as the season progresses. This is ever-apparent when you look at the slow starts the team has had during the months of September and October, compared to the tremendous finishing months of February and March. Every season the team also takes a step further in the playoffs from the year before.

The season prior to the year Falite came on board (2015-16), the Wizards only won eight total games. Since then however, the team has not won fewer than 21, with a pair of 29-win seasons sandwiched in the middle. Tack on a trip to the Frozen Finals, and the Wizards have turned into a team you simply don't want to face in the postseason.

Episode 20 · 4 months ago

Team of the Week (Avalanche) | Episode 20

At the EHL level, the New Hampshire Avalanche have claimed the previous two playoff championships at the Frozen Finals in Providence. As for the EHLP, this past year was the first season for the Avalanche at that level, and all indications are that the team will be just as much of a contender as the top-level program.

Chris Cerrella is the Head Coach of the EHL team, and serves as the General Manager for the entire organization. He's very proud of what he's built with Mario Martiniello, the Avalanche owner, but also gives a lot of credit to what the EHL has become over the years.

"I have been in the EHL for my entire coaching career. The best thing about the league is that we don't try to be someone else. We appreciate who we are and we work hard at perfecting it. We work even harder for our players and you can see that by our league's NCAA commitment numbers," said Cerrella.