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Team of the Week (87s) | Episode 16

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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 18 · 4 months ago

Team of the Week (Warriors) | Episode 18

A little over a year ago, Ryan McGrath accepted the position of Head Coach and General Manager for the Valley Jr. Warriors. After spending a total of nine seasons serving as an Assistant Coach at the NCAA Division III level, McGrath returned to junior hockey, where he previously coached from 2006-2009.


McGrath set himself apart from other candidates by presenting his full staff when he interviewed for the position. Together with Andrew Andricopoulos, the new Warriors coaching duo has brought fresh blood to an organization that continues to place players into college, year in and year out. To date, the 2019-20 Warriors have had seven players commit so far, to seven different schools, in five different conferences.

Episode 17 · 5 months ago

Team of the Week (Express) | Episode 17

Staying consistent with the previous teams that have been featured so far, the Seahawks Hockey Club and the New Jersey 87s, Cody Campbell and the Walpole Express are seeking to continue making positive strides each and every year. While sometimes that means replacing almost a full roster on an annual basis, Campbell sees that as a positive in that the organization is fulfilling their main responsibilities and helping players achieve their ultimate goals.


For the 28-year-old, Campbell is happy with what he accomplished in his first season as a Head Coach in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), and he gives a lot of credit to how the league has defined itself over the years.

Episode 16 · 5 months ago

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.

Episode 15 · 5 months ago

Team of the Week (Seahawks) | Episode 15

Our first team of the week feature highlights the Seahawks Hockey Club, as Bill Zaniboni gets set to turn the page over to season #4 for his program.


In each of the first three seasons, the Seahawks have made a step forward from the previous year. In their inaugural season, the Seahawks won 14 games. That number climbed up to 26 wins and the franchise's first-ever playoff appearance in the 2018-19 season. Then, this past year (2019-20), the Seahawks won 31 games in the regular season and picked up their first-ever postseason victory.


All in all, while the success on the ice has steadily improved, Zaniboni is more concerned with his team's advancement numbers, which currently sit at 29 NCAA Commitments through three years.