Episode 4 · 8 months ago
The Task at Hand | Episode 4
ABOUT THIS EPISODE
This week's episode features a program that has made a step forward with each and every year since entering the league. For the Vermont Lumberjacks, there is just one goal in mind, and that's the 2020 Frozen Finals.
Jim Mosso is the Head Coach of the EHL team, and serves as the General Manager for the entire organization, overseeing the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) team as well.
In his second full season with these responsibilities, Mosso has learned more and more with every game and every practice. On this week's episode, the two-time EHLP Coach of the Year talks about adapting from the playoff losses, and working towards earning more time together as a team.
Joining Mosso on the podcast this week, are two of the biggest contributors to this year's success, Logan DiScanio and David Reduzzi. Each player has followed their own path to this point, with this being DiScanio's third year with the Lumberjacks and Reduzzi in the middle of his rookie campaign.
While no other organization is located further north than the Lumberjacks, the team embraces the challenge and feels the extra time spent on the road only helps the group grow closer to one another.
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Episode 19 · 4 months ago
A little over a year ago Neil Breen took over as the Head Coach and General Manager for the Connecticut Chiefs. Now, as the program gets ready for its 3rd season of junior hockey, Breen continues to set goals for each of his teams. Ideally, each team will win more games and advance further than the previous year, but more importantly, Breen wants to see the program's NCAA Commitment totals grow the most.
"The EHL is a league focused solely on the players," said Breen. "The decisions made by the owners and the responsibilities of the coaches are centered around helping every player reach the next step in their career. I am proud to be a part of it, with a program building each and every year."
Being located right in the middle of the league's footprint is something that Breen believes helps his program, and will continue to lean on that aspect in the future. With a number of NCAA programs right in his backyard, Breen appreciates the fact that his players are being seen every game, and not just during showcase play.
Episode 18 · 4 months ago
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
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
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.