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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.

Welcome to the 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 once again. My name is near Raven. This is episode number eighteen. A new team of the weak feature and for the first time we're going to have two coaches on. So from the valley junior warriors. Let's start. It's the head coach and GM, Ryan McGrath. Welcome to the show. Ryan. Thanks for heaving me meal and I haven't said your last name on the podcast yet and you and I you've called me out for that before. What is Andrew? Andrew Coopolis, the assistant coach. Welcome to the show. Wow, thanks for having me, Neil, and that was very, very welcome. Sir, very well done. I think I've referenced Andrew Numerous Times in the history of this podcast, but I have I haven't ever officially said your last name simply for fear of messing it up. Yeah, that's well, that was perfect. So maybe never go going forward leaving out but that was good. Thank you so Ryan. Obviously, as the head coach in Gem. You're heading into your second year now. I don't remember the exact date when you got hired this past year, but I think it was kind of around this time. How do you feel about where you're at this year as opposed to you a year year ago? You know, really good. It was a it was a good first year and we can really depending on your definition of success, I think we certainly underachieved in the wind lost department, but sitting at seven and CAA commits currently, we're very proud of that. And it was a great year for Andrew and I to really, you know, sink our teeth into it and even though I had previously, you know, recruited fifteen kids out of this league and watched a year ago, watched forty five games in this league scouting, you're only watching players. You're not really watching teams or systems or different things of that nature. So it was it was a great year to get our feet wet and really establish how we need to operate moving forward to to truly be successful. So we're very happy with where we're at. We can sit back after this year and and you know, I'm thrilled to have Andrew along with me for this ride. I'm very lucky. I feel he's, if not one of the best, the best assistant coach in our league at all of junior hockey in the east coast. So you know I'm very lucky in that respect and you know we're we're sitting in a good spot going into here too. So very enthused about where we're at and where we're headed. And around this time last year, as I said, he became the head coach of the program in the GM after a number of years at the division three level. What was it about coming back to the EHL, because you had had had some Eh r junior experience, I should say, prior to the League taking on the EHL name. What was it about the league that said you're right, now is the time, I want to I want to go back in the juniors. I was in a great position at Wentworth and I didn't. I wasn't looking to leave Jay Percor and myself where we're building something special. And I live in Boston and obviously the schools and in downtown Boston. But when Andy Hines announced his retirement and he had reached out to me to, you know, interview for his position you know, I always knew that the valley brand was was one that that really, you know, showcased strength. It's a very strong brand. You know, they own, for buildings with six sheets of ICE, the largest youth hockey league the United States. In it's a family owned business and Andrew and I are very fortunate to work for for Paul and John Gil Martin, and you know, there weren't many junior jobs I would have interviewed for, but this is one that I certainly jumped at...

...the opportunity because it's a great location, it's a great facility, great ownership group, very strong youth program and just, you know, the ability to offer players, you know, almost unlimited amount of ice, access to strength and conditioning and just a huge amount of resources made it a very attractive one for me. And in talking with your ownership, one thing that kind of said to a part of the time was the fact that you came in and said here's the staff and I'm going to be bringing with me. It wasn't just all about yourself. Here's The staff and Andrew the questions for you. Now, when Ryan called you up and said I want you to be my assistant coach, he kind of just take us through that process when one through your head? Yeah, sure. So I had been coaching the previous two seasons at Brooks prep school and it was a great introduction to hockey at the higher level for myself. I'd done numbers of years with split season teams and, you know, at that point my career, coaching career, I was I was comfortable enough to maybe potentially look for, you know, head coaching job somewhere else. And when I found out that Ryan was hired, you know, I went through his background and I saw that it we obviously it was impressive, but you know, twenty years experience being a top notch recruiter and you know, I knew, knew for myself it was going to be a great opportunity, you know, to kind of learn and study under a guy like him, because it was it's only going to benefit me. It's going to be advantageous for me to help me in my career. So when I you know, I used to walk around the hallways and see guys coming in for interviews and when I saw Ryan and I ended up he ended up getting the job, I was kind of praying, truthfully, that he would offer me the role coming to my office introduce himself and said love to have you on board, and he did just that. We had a great conversation for five or ten minutes, you know, I think right after he was hired and we just had this rapport immediately, I thought, and you know, I was very happy. I liked, you know, our our goals and aspirations, I think, or really much aligned and it helps us work really, really well together. So I was very excited when he offered me the his assistant role. Was Great for me and definitely again, like I said, advantageous for my career. And, as I mentioned in the introduction of this episode, this is the fourth team of the week feature, but the first time I haven't had just the head coach on. So I wanted to have you both on a know and, as you could talked about coming on the podcast for for a while here. But you're not only us. I've been bothering you nail all never you you've never bothered me. We've had any great laughs throughout this past season. But yeah, like question really now is you aren't just the assistant coach of the junior team there. You do a lot of other things. Can you kind of take us through what other hats you wear. Yeah, sure, yeah, there's a there's a multitude of tasks that are going on. So, you know, I would say fifty percent of my role is junior hockey and I helped Ryan, you know, every day on the Ice Ryand as most of the recruiting, and he's very good at that. But I'm on the ice every day, of course. Some of my other responsibilities are running a I'm the director player development or director hockey operations for a really large youth allstar program so we have our valley hockey league and it's the best of those players that make up a twenty teams in this league. It's a supplemental league to the Valley Hockey League. So I do everything from from marketing running websites to, you know, finding coaches and on the skills director for that league. I also run the skills for our value war youth program and I run our tryouts and help with our boss an Americans program Um. I helped to run our e nine prep showcase league, which is, you know, the Premiere Split Season Midget League program or midget league in the country. I believe there's a lot of some of the I think last year at the UA team level we had three or four of the top twenty five teams in the country in the league that I helped to run. So I'm proud of that. I'm proud of the Youth Hockey League that I'm been running. You know, there is it's Cliche, but there really is no, you know, set day. So coaching junior has been a very, very, very welcome addition to to what I'm doing with valley.

One of the many things that you're doing. Yeah, one of the many. I forgot a few, but we don't need to get anywhere. Well, let's go back to this past year some more. Ryan, you briefly touched on this before. Seven NCA commitments, but it's also seven different schools and five different conferences. Do you put extra stock into that and the variety? You know, the biggest thing that sticks out to me is there they're all good schools and you know, really, when you go into it with a if you're trying to push kids to a certain school or certain league, you run into problems. I think the best way to handle it is to take each player and the case by case basis and figure out what his academic needs are, what his financial boundaries are, how far away or close to home me while us to be, what kind of campus he wants, whether it's a suburban campus or city campus, what major he wants to study, the political climate of the campus. There's so many different criteria that go into making a college selection that we go into it every year starting from scratch and and maybe next year we end up with ten kids to go to state schools and we won't be any less proud of those kids than we are these kids right because they're they're making the best decision for their future, both as hockey players and, more importantly, as students. So you know, we're psyched about these seven and and there's you know, we have seven NCAA commits, but we have a number of other players in our program that are just making academic decisions, you know, and we're just as proud of them to make those mature decisions to chase that academic experience. So really know, we don't prefer one league or over another. We don't push one league over another. Every player, every year is different. So you know, we'll see what what next year brings. Do you credit this variety to the network that you kind of built when you're an assistant coach at the d three level. Yes, I mean very most people who know me know that I'm a pretty humble guy. I wasn't a very good hockey player and I've no idea if I'm a good coach or not. But what I can what I can tell people without, you know, without a doubt, is there isn't a division three staff in the country that I don't know at least one person on or I can't get a cell phone number and make a phone call. And more importantly is those guys all know that I spent nine years in their sought and their seats. So when I put my stamp of approval on a kid it means something because I know what it's like to be on their end and receive these players from junior coaches, from prep coaches. So you know, we're we're pretty lucky that. You know, there's there's eighty four schools, soon be eighty five, that offer NCAA division three hockey across the country. The majority of them are in New England. And then there's seven and offer division to hockey and they are all in New England. And you know, between Andrew and myself, like like we talked about. There's is really not a staff that we don't have a direct connection to, which is fantastic. And Andrew, not to highlight, you know, one player above the rest. But those seven NCA commitments, is there a player that made a tremendous progression as the year went on? Is there? Is there one commitment that maybe even Ryan would agree that you can look back on and say, you know, a lot, we're proud of that one for sure. Yeah, I mean, obviously I think you jumped. I'm proud of all of the guys. I think they all brought there. They're going to bring a multitude of different positive characteristics to wherever they end up in the hall. But you know, I think Jack Studley, obviously with the NESCA commitment, but I think he made huge strides as a player. I know where he was last year... relative to where he has this season. And you know one he was a leader in the locker room, he was a leader from he brought it, I will say for this level, junior, any level of the hockey doesn't matter. His consistency throughout the entire year I thought was extremely impressive. You know, I like, like Ryan had said, you know my response. One of my responsibilities was our power play and I basically ran everything through him and it was a lot to ask, but he was up for the task every single game for Hans, whatever we play, but he was up for it every single night. Never complained and I asked a lot of him. I Know Ryan asked a lot of him. So you know, I was very impressed with the way he his behavior on and off the ices year and obviously he was an Ehl Allstar as well. One of the most physical players I think we had in the league this past season. Sent a message every time that he was on the ice. Is there another commit I'll either of you take this as there another commit that. Maybe you call that player underrated. I know that's kind of a tough label, but when that kid gets to college that name is going to become bigger. Yeah, Andrew, I'll take this one. I think. I think Ryland Duke's, you know, really for US committing to Wetworth inst technology, obviously a place that I I worked at for five years, but he's a guy that pretty much lost his entire eighteen year old year to injury, came into our season with not very many options in really made up almost two years in development inside of one hockey season and got to the point where he had multiple schools offering him not only spots on the team but very specific rolls in a top one school in the NHC offered them a, you know, a first line left wing. Another school in the nnten offered them a top two line spot, you know, things that I have never even done as a coach, because they wanted him that badly. So He's a kid that came in with with almost zero options in by the end of the year had multiple schools, you know, almost begging for him to come. So He's a kid that that really came, you know, a tremendous way from September to March. Is there another one that you want to highlight? And you, I would say, just piggy backing off of what Ryan said, I was extremely impressed with rid his whole season as well. I thought his hockey IQ is, hockey senses, maybe top five in the league, just what he brought every single night, even in practice. Like another kid that showcases leadership capabilities all year. And you know, not to be biased, by even Patrick Rosetti, Defenseman, I got to work with him all year and you know he had his ups and downs, but I think he's going to bring a lot to to assumption. And again, you know, whenever we needed him, he was there answered the call. So again I was proud of him. I'm proud of all all seven guys that have committed and maybe a few more that will end up committing. So again we were lucky to work with some great players this year and now looking ahead to next season, obviously those seven guys are gone. A number of other age out. Says Ryan mention that of you know, chosen academic futures. When you're bringing in the next group of guys? I'll let Andrews start with this one. Are you going to reference some of the successes that the previous players had or let those future players kind of write their own story? Well, I think you can't forget about the past, right. I think that's it's a testament to what Ryan's done mostly, and I helped as much as possible, but I think we have to I don't want to depend on the success of the past, but I think it's you know, it's a great thing. I mean that's Ho way. That's the whole purpose of recruiting. You look at the top levels of college bub see why do they get the best players? Will they have a tracker? I could of success. So I think Ryan's in a fantastic job kind of building, building the culture that we want and you know, we'll leave it at that and then you know, the copy of the conversations and the relationships that I will build with these kids will reference that. But you know, it's...

...your turn and we've kind of set up the avenue or the path to success, but you've got to take advantage of what we're giving you, the ice time that you're going to get and it's and it's on you to kind of determine the success that you're going to have in the for the current season but also the future. So, you know, proud of what we've done and I'm going to be extremely proud of what we continue to do going forward. And one thing that's consist in Ryan in a fourth week in a row with this team in the week feature, is that each program that I I featured so far on a highlighted has kind of basically said that they have to hit almost a full reset Bunton, whether it's double digit NZA CON emence. You're nearing that yourself. A number of players moving on. Is that make a job harder for you to not have returners, or is it almost easier just to kind of wipe one slate clean and start over again? I think there's a couple different schools of thought. You know, ideally you probably like to have a mixture, like to have some veterans, you know, help you out. But if you're I don't think Chris Serella would complain. He almost needs the brand new team every year and it hasn't seemed to slow him down. And and he's the class of the League right now. So we're all chasing Chris, rightfully so deserves it. So you know, we're going to have less than a handful of kids coming back. So we're pretty much going to be a brand new team. And and you know, the good part is you've got a lot of kids that are excited. You know, you've got a lot of kids that are new. You know, maybe they didn't get their heartbroken. Maybe didn't. You know, maybe maybe kids that end up coming back are, you know, for whatever reason, disenchanted or or whatnot, but there's a reason they're they're not going to college so you know, if we got to bring it a almost a brain new team every year, great, you know, and that's that's not a problem. There's there's there's more good kids available. Then there are spots in our league. You know, my phone's been ringing off the hook. Andrews Falls and ringing off the Hook Mail. You know our location, our you know, ability to to help players is prevalent, and so, you know, I think it's every year is going to be different, but the fact that we're going to have practic almost twenty new players next year, I'm excited about that and you know, a year from now maybe I'll answer differently. And along with the new players, you're going to have a new EH LP head coach as well, in Brent Heigel. Not many people in the EHL or the EHLP know who he is quite yet, but can you tell us some more about Brett and why are excited to add him to your program you know, really excited to add Brett. I met him a year ago at the elite edge showcase in Nashville and he he was one of the only guys wearing a certain tie while recruiting. He was working at the WHO SACK PREP school out in New York, which is a new England prep school but plays but live there in in whosack falls, New York, and came up introduced himself to me. He's actually a valley warrior alum and so we developed a friendship and you know, he really did a great job recruiting there and developing some pretty good players over the last four years in the middle of nowhere, right in a very hard place to recruit to, a very expensive place to recruit to, and he wanted to get back home. He's from this area, his parents are in this area and he liked he had also he knew Andrew as well and he'd kind of reached out to both of us separately during the season and said, you know, if there was ever any opportunities to come along, you know we'd love to wed love to have the conversation. So we're psyche to have him in a lot. The reason I brought Andrew on this is to really showcase that we are a team where family of coaches as well as a family of players, and Brett's going to step right in there. And you...

...know now we've got, you know, three full time junior coaches, plus we've got you know, numerous split season midget coaches and our youth coaches, and you know, it's a great environment for us to bounce ideas off of one another and utilize each other for different resources or, you know, different drills or, you know, expanding our network. So we are site to bring Brett along. He's going to bring so much energy and passion to our program and you kind of have to always respect to get as a shirt and tie on. And then on the summer in Nashville, and I know, I know you're in the rank, but still it's more. He looked great too. So let's step back now Andrew to your playing career. Yeah, however far back you want to go, can you walk us through, you know, your journey that ultimately led you all the way here to the valley. You do worry, Ryan. How much time are you giving me for this? I was just gonna say, Neal, did you? Did you get the expanded Zoom Account? This a you got the thumb drive that I sent over last night? Right now, really quickly. Just Tabor Academy Prep School for two years I was recruited by Patrick Wax to go to the Quebec mid jet junior hockey league. I was planning on going to be you or BC. I went up in two thousand and three, I think it was. There was a moral cup championship, so my first exposure to the queue was the Memorial Cup of fifteen thousand people in this in the stand. So, working with my agent, or family advisor at the time, whatever you want to call it, we just thought it was best to go there. So I ended up playing four years in the queue. In two thousand and six. I was lucky enough to win them a moral cup championship and play with some pretty good. Pretty Good Nhl guys are still playing in the League today. And you know, I did my NHL camps in American league camps and it didn't work out, of course, as I wish that it had, but it was great experiences. You know, after my q career I played in the a couple exhibition games in the American League and played a year and a half in the East Coast Hockey League with the Washington capitals in the Santa Sa Sharks organizations, and after that I was traded a bit. So I knew it was time to get a degree. I ended up going. I left the minor pro and went back to school and Played Division One hockey in Canada, because a lot of kids listening to this might not know, but you do lose your eligibility for NCAA in the United States them. So I ended up playing four years in Frederick, the New Brunswick, at a Division One program under the coaching of Mike Eagles, former NHL player. You Youtube him because you'll really like what you find. He was a fourth line grinders whole career, but great guy, great player. I learned a lot from him. I think that's where I really started, maybe finding out that I wanted to be a coach and and that was it. And so I did my four years, graduated and then here I am, here I am now. Well, that long enoughfort you. I perfect. Let's let's pup your time, let's pump your ties a little bit more. Let's let's hear a few of those names that you did get a chance to play with and ihel yeah, sure so. Mark and Ward Glazik with the Sanaz a starks. I mean probably one of the best defenseman in the league. Not a ton of people known, but they really should. So we were, we're still buddies now, or you know when he was embossing to go to dinner. I haven't seen him in a year to do now, but you know, maybe I'll bother them when they're back in town next year. But Great Guy, great player, of course. And then the other one everybody probably knows is a huge personality, is Alexander Radulaf with D Alice. Now he's the stories we have together. He was a great guy. We've kind of fallen out of touch, you know, when he left the NHL years ago to go to the Khl. Unfortunately it was really hard for us to stay in touch with one another, but great memories of him. Great, great guy, a little crazy, but in obviously fantastic hockey player. I mean one of the Best I've I've ever played with. So up, of course. Right, all right. Well, let's let's go back to run in the second. Obviously, with kind of jumping around like that, different, different leagues, different levels, you entered into a lot of different rinks.

Is there one that you'll always remember? In like man, I love playing in that bar me nail. Yes, yes, I would have to say probably a team in the queue is Chaku to me that I can't imprint. Chaku to me Sagueene, or whatever it was called, probably about three four thousand seat arena packed every single night. If you do some history there, Teddy Nolan was a victim of something that happened up there, but I think that obviously was a right. But that's just the type of adversity and the crowd that you had faced. People just screaming and yelling, and it was the only time in my career, obviously at that level but even through youth, where I think there was about a minute left in the third period, police came on the ice and just said no, we're not going, we're not going to play anymore. I mean there's a minute left in the third, but I mean to camp to end early. At Quebec Major Jurna Hokey League game, you could probably figure out what was going in the crowds and you know police has scorts out the back into the bus and you know literally nine year old women screaming and yelling at you in French. That is the memory that I will always, always carry with me. But it was a ton of fun, man, playing in that bar and it was definitely an experience and I'll carry with me for the rest of my life. Well, I'm sorry that our fans are just as rounding. Well, we got we got pretty dancling a plate and I'm looking, I'm looking to increasely the volume next scene. All Right, so Ryan Andrew took us through his his playing career up until this point. Can you take us through your coaching career up until this point? Oh boy, it's been a long time. I know I don't look that old, but you know. Well, I'll start with the five years prior to prior to taking this job, I was the assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator. Wentworth inst the technology. Japocora, who's the head coach. They're in a very close personal friend of mine. We'd worked together previously. You know. He's a heck of a mentor and a guy that truly runs that that team like a family and it was just a wonderful experience to help build something with him and and they were fortunate enough to make it all the way to the championship game of the CECC this year. There one went away from the going the NCAA tournament. They lost the end of Cotton Championship game and then for one year prior to that I worked in a non USA Hockey Register Junior League. The I don't know if think we're registered at the time, but it was. It was the so short kings in the USPACHI was the first year the Usbach Ol. It was okay. I didn't love my experience there so I didn't stay too long. I jumped when Jay got the job at Wentworth, but it was it was good to work with a guy like like sc auddy Harlowe and another guy in the by the name of John Gerskis. We're both, you know, really good coaches, and Brian McDonough and the staff EPS were were excellent to work with. And you know, for four years prior to that I got to cut my teeth in college hockey with you. Mass Boston, and really special place. You know. I literally walk out my front door and I can see you, Mass Boston every day. I drive by it twice a day. Peter Belisle is one of the best guys at all of hockey. Comes to me storied hockey family in pawtucket, rhde island or Cumblin, Rhode Island and the Mountane Charles is dad bill bile and brother Dave and Peter gave me an opportunity to recruit and get involved in every aspect of his program and it was great and I was part of the staff that recruited seven, all Americans, between Peter Myself, Greg Schwind, who's now coaching high school hockey and the Rochets and New York area, as well as Sean Walsh, who's now the head coach at Southern Hampshire University in the New England and the any ten conference. We had a blast and we want a lot of games and really help put that program on the map. And now they they get to reload every year.

So very proud of my my time there for three years. Prior to that I got to work and with the Portland junior pirates back in the old Atlantic junior hockey league. That's where I originally met J Pocora. I was the associate head coach for their Atlantic Commu League team for two years that I was their head coach of their Metropolitan Junior B League team for one year and in my time there I think we moved forty kids on to college hockey. NCAA, Division One, division three. We moved kids to the Quebec major junior league, to some of the Pro Leagues in Europe and really just had a blast and was all. I loved how Jay ran the program there. It was all about, you know, the development of the players and it really shaped how I wanted to kind of move forward and it really allowed me to get the job at you mouse Boston because, you know, I was always in a rank. I was either, you know, scouting midget kids or prep school kids or High School Kids and in coaching the junior kids, and it introduced me to all the division three and Division One coaches, which allowed me to get the job at you mass Boston. Before that, I you know, I spent a couple of years with the they were then called the northern cyclones, out a drink at Massachusetts that were in the Atlantic junior league and the met junior be league, and then coach High School hockey at my Alma Mater, reading high school, for the Dohertys, and then did one year at northreading high school where I was the hit coach their junior vice team. We did morning practices at thirty am at the Brooks School and Merrimack College, driving to practice when it was still dark out. So and then, you know, also in that time I you know, had the ability to the director player development from mass hockey. I was in charge of of identifying all the players in mass that we're going to be moved on to the national camp. That was a very important position and I loved it for four years and and really enjoyed it and got to work in different the Rocky Mountain district camp the you know, I did Rhode Island, Maine, Florida, Massachusetts, New England district. So really did a bunch of different camps in the spring and summer months to help kids throughout the country. So that was that was a lot of fun and helped expand my my network. And then I did four years while I was at Emaus Boston. I was also running the Rode Island Saints midget program so they were split season midgets. I did the s and the eighteens in our sixteen team back when the ninety five s and ninety six s were u sixteen and up, winning the New England Championship and going on to the USA Hockey Tier One nationals where we lost to the eventual national champion long island royals, and that game was actually featured on the NHL Network. Pat Lafontaine was the coach of the royals. They were on the NHL Network that whole year. I tried like heck to get on TV. It didn't happen. But you know, thank God Neil came along with the eastern Hockey League podcast. So that's so really been able to spend almost the lifetime of you know, of hockey different levels, Mintet, AAA, high school, College, in junior and it's I don't regret one minute of it. I Love I don't feel like I have a job because I love what I do and I show up to work every day with a smile on my face, Jack, you know, jacked up to to help players and and it's a lot of fun. Well, maybe it is harder than for you. Can you identify one rank where you whenever you have to go back there? Maybe you always getting excited. I got to tell you the Biddeford ice arena right now is no longer I don't think any teams are playing out of there. But when I was a player in the old eastern junior league they had a team. They're called the great northern snow devils and if you were lucky to play there on Friday nights, they would they would let all the local high school kids in for free and it was. It was an absolute...

...madhouse. We got spit on, we got things thrown at us, you know, an absolute pant just pandemon team every if you want up there on a Friday night in fighting was allowed back then. So that's a rink that just gives me great memories and I was able to work in that rink for two years with the junior pirates. But the other rank I will will will mention it, also no longer in the league, is and I don't know the name of the rank, but it's in Binghamton, New York, and a team was called the Binghaton junior senators. But if and if they didn't have an American League game, the junior team got packed and they had I think one fifteen hundred fans and they did seventeen minute intermissions and they sold three dollar pictures of beer during intermition. Wow, with zero security. There was there was one year by first year in Portland, we had Mark Antoine, who ended up being a full scholarship Guide University Maine, best rookie in league. He gets hit from behind right in front of our bench. BINGHAMTON's bench empties a brawl ensues and at the end of the game they shut the lights off in our locker room, they shut the water off and there was about full hundred fans of the lobby waiting for us. We just sneak out the back door out to our bus to get out safely. So that's the thing I'd love to go back to someday Looka do some good memories there. You each have some pretty hostile stories to tell, so I'm glad that we haven't had a situation like that for you guys in the EHL, knock on wood, but I appreciate you eat you each telling us these stories of mean the one thing I will say about bit of for Icerina Ryan, not great memories for myself, that I did break my wrist there when I was younger. So I don't want to go back there ever again. But that's just me personally. But the final question I have for you before I wrap things up with Andrew as well. I'm going to do what I kind of did with cody and asked you to put together almost an all time lineup of guys that you've coached. If you want to include to from Wentworth to form you mass Boston and and one from the warriors. How I have that at however you want, but let's hear some of the names of players that you've coached over the years. Sure, well, you always have to start in net, your most important position, and I think the best goalie ever coached was an eighty nine outomn Maine. Nick broadwater coached him with the junior pirates. He ended up being a two time all American at Hubart Broadsi was just a phenomenal athlete in an even better person. On d I'm going to I'm going to look back to one defenseman from you mask Boston, a kid out of West Roxbury, Rob Florentino, all American at you mask Boston. Just a player that ran the power played for us and you know he played for he played for Scotty Harlowe and the so shore kings. He played for Bill Hanson, a Catholic memorial. He had older brothers a very, very demanding father. There was nothing we could say to him that faced him. Peter Belisle and I could scream in him, it did not matter. It rolled right off of him. He would just smile and go out and score power lay goal. The other defenseman I would say is a kid from the Rhode Island Saints. Zack Jatari was one. He played at Les Salacademy and Rhode Island. We helped Zach get to the loomis chafee school. He had a matriculating after year in the BCHL to Brown University, where he just was there captain. Was a two sport athlete there. Also played a Lacrosse and just signed an American league deal with the Hartford Wolfpack and my one of my best friends in the world, Brendon Clark, who scouts for the New York Rangers, help facilitate that deal. Up Front. I'm going to go back to renting high school. The best player ever coach their Sean Collins, all American and you want a still friend to this day sean his. I was a senior when he was a freshman and his first period of his first game as a freshman in high school, fourteen years old, had a natural hattrick. Had almost...

...three hundred points of running high school, two hundred points at UNH. So pretty good. And then I'm gonna Throw Jack Studley there and in the center position, obviously I think our top player here at the warriors. And then the right wing position. It I'm I'm torn. You know, I've got from wet worth. I would go Steve McManus ended up being a captain for us. Another he's a Westwood Kid. He'd played a year at Salem state and really helped Jay and I bridge the gap between the players that we recruited and the former coaching staff. And Steve is just an unbelievable kid, young man who still supports the program. And then the other player would be probably one of the best players I recruited. You Mask Boston was a right wing out than Jersey rockets, also in the Atlantic Jing League. Travis Daniel, the coach at the time of the New Jersey rockets, really didn't want Peter and I to recruit him and after a game in Hudson Hampshire really didn't want us to talk to the kid because they were hoping he was going to go a sacred heart. So the coach walked away and Peter and I watch right into the locker room and Hudson Hampshire and had to throw literally drag the kid out and just said up division one doesn't work out, you know, give us a call. And you know what, it didn't work out for the kid and you end up being a hundred points score at you, Mass Boston. He's now a he's a police officer in New Jersey and probably one of the best all time roller hockey players in the history of New Jersey Roller Hockey and, you know, just just an absolute stun of a right wing. So Pretty ECLECTIC group from all over. But there and I could, I could go on and on. There's a dozen other players that could have made that list, but those are the guys. I'm going to stick to you right now. Well, I'll figure out a way to get your line up against code's on it, because those are both legit groups. So pretty good. I listened to his sport. So now the wrap things up. Will Bring Andrew back in here, to back to the EHL, back to this upcoming two thousand and two thousand and twenty one season. I Know Andrew said that Ryan does more than recruiting than he does, but you know you're both coming off your first year within the lead back in the league. Obviously not the year that you wanted to be from a from a record perspective, but a good foundation for the years to come. As you're getting this this year's team ready to go. Other players that you came across last year, not from your own team but from other teams, that you said to yourself, you know, I'd love to have a kid like that on my team in the future. Right. You want me to go first her. I want you to take that Er. Well, I mean so, yeah, the first introduction I will say to I was I was so impressed with with the the ehl in hymns of a quality league. You know, there's so many good players, but obviously the guys that stood out to me where, you know, from Vermont you had Logan Toscana, right. I think he had ninety one points this year. It's kind of hard, I mean, you know, it's kind of hard not to mention him, you know, to I think it was our last weekend of the season. We had played them and we had a couple of tough games, but it just go. It's just just testament to how well they were coached and I really didn't see a team all year control to play like they did. So I'd have to go with Logan Toscano. You know, our rival, I think, right down the road is the wizards. There was a kid chance SCOM and I like the way he played. I don't think he's, you know, the biggest guy, but he's very, very creative with the park. I think he had about sixty six points is here. So there's another kid that obviously can put the park in the net and create some offensive chances. And then the wolves. I have to throw a guy from the wolves because we did have their number this season. I thought it was we always had battles, but we came out on top most of the time. There's get I'll probably butcher his name, and it was a DJ Schwenky, I believe that's it. Yeah, so he's a big kid and he's like six one six to two hundred pounds. I like the way he plays. He had about fifty one points this year. So you know, those are the guys that stood out and there's a couple of others, but those are the three that made an...

...impression on me. I'm sure you know they're going to have bright futures. Any guys for you, Ryan? I think that's a good answer. I'm gonna Leave let let Andrew Finish that it. So it was good. There's you know what, there was so many players across the league that did a great job. You know, I think on any roster we would have there were kids that we would love to have had and hopefully some of the other coaches would love to have some of the kids on our roster. And you know, it just it's a testament to show you how hard the coaches in our league work to not only identify players and recruit them but develop them. And that's always been the case with this league. And you know, there are kids that you look at in September and you like okay, and then you see them again and in February and March and they've gone from, you know, from they were boys when they enter the League and they're they're their men when they leave the league and you know, there's really too many to count. Those are some great responses by Andrew. But you know, there was a handful of kids on on bills out a bonies team that I would love their hand. There was a couple of kids on Brett Trider's team, the Sea Coast Fartings, that you know, just killed us every time he play them. They work so hard and and you know just Jimmy Moso up and Vermont's doing a great job and they he had he had two lines of kids that I that were just awesome, and then even his role players were awesome. So you know, and we could just go we could go down, we could spend all day and go through every roster and talk about all the good players that they were and it and we see it because those kids. How many players of the week or of the month that we have this year in the NCAA in different conferences? I mean it was there was one it was like December or January. It was like every week we're getting multiple players of the week and players of the month, and I think what you just said there was really well well, punt is, is that you'd love to have all these guys on your team. But what I respect of our our coaches the most is that they can recognize talent, whether it's on their team or not, and that's why I've asked this question for weeks in a row now, because they see you guys, other coaches, see players throughout the league and you identify them for who they are and the trying go get your own guys and the years to come. So I really appreciate you guys coming on the podcast. Obviously a little bit of a weird time right now, but check off another team of the week feature the values Jun your warriors. They kind of hit the resept on a little bit last year when you guys eats, got your first year under their under your belt, but the foundation's been laid and bringing in Brett heigeling now, the future is bright for both the EHL E and EHLP teams. So good luck with the rest of the recruiting. Stay safe and these in these crazy times. Let's talk soon. All Right, nail, thank you very much for having us man. Thank you. We appreciate all that you do. 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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