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Wizards Debut in D3 Women's Opening Weekend

Julia Wardwell, Middlebury College

Wizards in the NCAA - This Week in College News

 

In the opening weekend of Division 3 Hockey, many Wizards faced off:

 

Hamilton vs. Amherst

- Caitlin Ryan totaled 6 shots on net for Amherst in their weekend sweep of Hamilton

 

Colby vs. Middlebury

- Former Wizards playing for Colby, Brooke Gary, Jackie Seymour, Bella Papapetros, and Jackie Tavella fought hard in two losses to Middlebury

- Middlebury’s Julia Wardwell contributed 2 assists on the weekend

 

Williams vs. Wesleyan

- Ashley Arnold, Sarah Lehman, Eliza Noyes and Christina Cleroux of Williams, competed against Wesleyan’s Maddie Nash and Jenny Robinson

- The two teams split for the weekend going 1-1

 

Connecticut College vs. Trinity

- With three former Wizard players each, the teams battled through two close games

- Conn College’s Amelia Dineen and Justina Germano each picked up a goal on the weekend, and along with Lauren Bishop, came away with a win and a tie

- Trinity’s tie came with contributions from Lily Gaciccia, Kayla O’Connor, and Melissa Maffeo


by posted 11/19/2014
February Vacation Camp 2015

February School Vacation Camp

Speed and Shooting

February 17 – 20, 2015        8:00 AM-11:00 AM     Cost $275

 

Camp will focus on the development of the following skills:

 · Acceleration and over-speed training for forwards and defensemen

· High-speed edge work

· Long strides

· All shots covered – slap, wrist, snap, and backhand

· Passing skills

· 1-on-1, 2-on-1, 2-on-2, 3-on-2

· Game concepts                          

· Shooting while skating

· Attacking the net

Register online at: http://www.frontline-connect.com/defaultpage.cfm?fac=theedge&facid=1


by posted 11/11/2014
Profiling True College Hockey Prospects

09/0

09/02/2014, 4:00pm MDT

By USA Hockey

Michael Cavanaugh, the University of Connecticut men’s hockey head coach and one of the game’s top recruiters, believes that all college hockey coaches initially look for the same things in a recruit: “Skating ability, the ability to make plays and a high-grade hockey IQ.”

Cavanaugh knows firsthand how to evaluate a college hockey prospect. Prior to taking the reins at Connecticut, Cavanaugh spent 18 years as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Boston College, during which time the Eagles won four national titles. In all, Cavanaugh helped groom 22 All-America selections and more than 30 NHL players. A large part of Boston College’s winning foundation was built on Cavanaugh’s ability to not only recruit premiere talent but also find premiere talent that fit his program’s culture both on and off the ice.

Cavanaugh will be the first one to tell you that college hockey recruiters don’t merely evaluate players’ on-ice skill set. To get a full evaluation of their true ability, potential and character, Cavanaugh considers a host of other factors, too.

“We also look at little things like how good of a teammate the player is,” said Cavanaugh. “How well a player handles adversary and criticism and coaching is also very important.”

Cavanaugh offers the following advice on what college coaches seek in prospective recruits:

Style of Play

“I think it’s important that coaches recruit to the style of hockey that they want to play,” said Cavanaugh.

There are 59 Division I hockey teams and all of them have varying degrees of team identity and playing style.

“Union won the NCAA championship with fast and mobile defensemen like Mat Bodie and Shayne Gostisbehere,” said Cavanaugh. “The coach decides what style he wants to play and then recruits according to that model.”

The Whole Game

When Cavanaugh watches a prospect, he judges the player’s entire game, not just the highlights. The player’s actions and reactions to negative and positive situations between whistles and on the bench are included in his evaluation, too. This is important for 14U/16U players to remember, because emotions can often run high and then swing low if they’re not in control.

“I watch the player throughout the whole game,” said Cavanaugh. “We watch his body language on the bench. Does he try to lift up his teammates? How does he handle the coach’s criticism during the game? These are the things you can’t see on video.”

Work Hard on the Ice and in the Classroom

At Boston College, renowned Eagles head hockey coach Jerry York has two basic principles for the foundation of the hockey program: Compete for championships and graduate players. Cavanaugh has carried this tradition with him to UConn.

“When I recruit a player, I tell him that if they don’t want to go to class, they should go play major junior hockey,” said Cavanaugh. “If you’re going to come to UConn, I’m going to push you as hard in school as I do on the ice.”

Cavanaugh truly believes that there’s a direct correlation between kids that do well in school and kids that succeed on the ice.

“I know that the teams I coached at B.C. that won championships were always led by a senior class that had guys flirting with 3.0 GPAs or better,” he added. “I think as a hockey player, if you’re going to put the time and effort into school, hockey will be the fun part.”

The Importance (and Unimportance) of Size

Cavanaugh also wants 14U/16U players to know that they shouldn’t be discouraged if they are smaller in stature.

“If you’re good enough, you’re big enough,” said Cavanaugh.

He points to outstanding Boston College alums and current NHL players Nathan Gerbe (5-foot-5), Johnny Gaudreau (5-foot-9), and Brian Gionta (5-foot-7) as examples of players who were often overlooked because of their size but achieved great things through hard work and heart.

Parents’ Role

“The college decision is four years that will shape the next 40,” said Cavanaugh. “That should be the student-athlete’s decision. That being said, it’s important that the parents provide their child with a strong sounding board and guidance. They can express their opinion and present the facts. At some point in their life though, the child has to make decisions on their own.”

Cavanaugh illustrates this point by telling a story about the time he recruited a player for Boston College.

“The player’s dad went to a rival alma mater and I assumed the dad would guide the kid to that school,” said Cavanaugh. “I was pleasantly surprised when the kid committed to B.C. Later on, the dad told me that the one phone call he never wanted to get was from his son asking him why he sent him to that school and not the one he really wanted to go to. That really shaped my views.”

The One Constant

A true college hockey prospect is comprised of many desirable traits, but there is always one constant.

“Work ethic is a given,” said Cavanaugh. “Everybody that plays for me works hard. I would think all 59 Division I coaches would say the same thing.”

The Big Radar

Cavanaugh believes that there are many different paths that can lead to Division I opportunities for a 14U/16U player.

As long as players are dedicated and routinely practice their basic skills, play hard and act as good teammates, good things can happen for any player in any city. After all, college coaches have huge radars and they’re always looking for talented players.

“I flew to Minnesota to watch a certain player,” said Cavanaugh. “But during the game, I noticed two outstanding players on the opposite team. I inquired with the coach of the two opposing players. We took another look at these two kids and really liked them. We recruited them and brought them out for a visit. We couldn’t figure out why these two kids weren’t being heavily recruited. Now, both Johnny Austin and Spencer Naas are on our UConn roster. It all worked out.”

2/2014, 4:00pm MDT

By USA Hockey

Michael Cavanaugh, the University of Connecticut men’s hockey head coach and one of the game’s top recruiters, believes that all college hockey coaches initially look for the same things in a recruit: “Skating ability, the ability to make plays and a high-grade hockey IQ.”

Cavanaugh knows firsthand how to evaluate a college hockey prospect. Prior to taking the reins at Connecticut, Cavanaugh spent 18 years as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Boston College, during which time the Eagles won four national titles. In all, Cavanaugh helped groom 22 All-America selections and more than 30 NHL players. A large part of Boston College’s winning foundation was built on Cavanaugh’s ability to not only recruit premiere talent but also find premiere talent that fit his program’s culture both on and off the ice.

Cavanaugh will be the first one to tell you that college hockey recruiters don’t merely evaluate players’ on-ice skill set. To get a full evaluation of their true ability, potential and character, Cavanaugh considers a host of other factors, too.

“We also look at little things like how good of a teammate the player is,” said Cavanaugh. “How well a player handles adversary and criticism and coaching is also very important.”

Cavanaugh offers the following advice on what college coaches seek in prospective recruits:

Style of Play

“I think it’s important that coaches recruit to the style of hockey that they want to play,” said Cavanaugh.

There are 59 Division I hockey teams and all of them have varying degrees of team identity and playing style.

“Union won the NCAA championship with fast and mobile defensemen like Mat Bodie and Shayne Gostisbehere,” said Cavanaugh. “The coach decides what style he wants to play and then recruits according to that model.”

The Whole Game

When Cavanaugh watches a prospect, he judges the player’s entire game, not just the highlights. The player’s actions and reactions to negative and positive situations between whistles and on the bench are included in his evaluation, too. This is important for 14U/16U players to remember, because emotions can often run high and then swing low if they’re not in control.

“I watch the player throughout the whole game,” said Cavanaugh. “We watch his body language on the bench. Does he try to lift up his teammates? How does he handle the coach’s criticism during the game? These are the things you can’t see on video.”

Work Hard on the Ice and in the Classroom

At Boston College, renowned Eagles head hockey coach Jerry York has two basic principles for the foundation of the hockey program: Compete for championships and graduate players. Cavanaugh has carried this tradition with him to UConn.

“When I recruit a player, I tell him that if they don’t want to go to class, they should go play major junior hockey,” said Cavanaugh. “If you’re going to come to UConn, I’m going to push you as hard in school as I do on the ice.”

Cavanaugh truly believes that there’s a direct correlation between kids that do well in school and kids that succeed on the ice.

“I know that the teams I coached at B.C. that won championships were always led by a senior class that had guys flirting with 3.0 GPAs or better,” he added. “I think as a hockey player, if you’re going to put the time and effort into school, hockey will be the fun part.”

The Importance (and Unimportance) of Size

Cavanaugh also wants 14U/16U players to know that they shouldn’t be discouraged if they are smaller in stature.

“If you’re good enough, you’re big enough,” said Cavanaugh.

He points to outstanding Boston College alums and current NHL players Nathan Gerbe (5-foot-5), Johnny Gaudreau (5-foot-9), and Brian Gionta (5-foot-7) as examples of players who were often overlooked because of their size but achieved great things through hard work and heart.

Parents’ Role

“The college decision is four years that will shape the next 40,” said Cavanaugh. “That should be the student-athlete’s decision. That being said, it’s important that the parents provide their child with a strong sounding board and guidance. They can express their opinion and present the facts. At some point in their life though, the child has to make decisions on their own.”

Cavanaugh illustrates this point by telling a story about the time he recruited a player for Boston College.

“The player’s dad went to a rival alma mater and I assumed the dad would guide the kid to that school,” said Cavanaugh. “I was pleasantly surprised when the kid committed to B.C. Later on, the dad told me that the one phone call he never wanted to get was from his son asking him why he sent him to that school and not the one he really wanted to go to. That really shaped my views.”

The One Constant

A true college hockey prospect is comprised of many desirable traits, but there is always one constant.

“Work ethic is a given,” said Cavanaugh. “Everybody that plays for me works hard. I would think all 59 Division I coaches would say the same thing.”

The Big Radar

Cavanaugh believes that there are many different paths that can lead to Division I opportunities for a 14U/16U player.

As long as players are dedicated and routinely practice their basic skills, play hard and act as good teammates, good things can happen for any player in any city. After all, college coaches have huge radars and they’re always looking for talented players.

“I flew to Minnesota to watch a certain player,” said Cavanaugh. “But during the game, I noticed two outstanding players on the opposite team. I inquired with the coach of the two opposing players. We took another look at these two kids and really liked them. We recruited them and brought them out for a visit. We couldn’t figure out why these two kids weren’t being heavily recruited. Now, both Johnny Austin and Spencer Naas are on our UConn roster. It all worked out.”


by posted 10/23/2014
Wizards Team Up With VentureUp

The East Coast Wizards and VentureUp are excited to announce their partnership for the 2014-2015 season. VentureUp provides strength and conditioning, skills training, nutritional training, and leadership training for hockey players.

“The online teams’ offering from VentureUp is a great teaching and development tool for the players on what it takes to reach their best and how to build key success habits, deployed in a practical system through our platform.  We draw from our own experiences as former players as well as the latest findings on development to create an effective approach.  It’s exciting to be a part of the Wizards’ season this year, and we have enjoyed the opportunity so far.” – Matt Lombardi (VentureUp Founder)

Both the Wizards Girls’ and Boys’ Junior Teams, along with the U14 Major 1 Girls’ team are on board with VentureUp’s services. Wizards’ owner Scott Fusco stated, “Utilizing the VentureUp platform allows us to provide additional training and education for our players in the critical areas of nutrition, leadership, and life skills to help them reach their potential as athletes.”


by posted 10/02/2014
Off Ice Schedule

East Coast Wizards Off Ice Schedule

October 6th through November 28th

Monday

5pm – 2001 Elite, 2001 Select

6pm – 2003 Elite, 2003 Select

7pm – U14 Minor, U14 Major 3

 

Tuesday

6pm – 2002 Elite, 2005 Select

7pm – U14 Elite

 

Wednesday

 

5pm – 2005 Elite, 2002 Select

6pm – U12 Major 1, U13

 

Thursday

 

5pm – 2004 Elite, 2004 Select

6pm – U12 Minor 2, U14 Major 2, U14 Major 1

7pm – U12 Minor 1, U12 Major 2

 

Friday

 

6pm – 2007, 2006 Elite, 2006 Select

7pm – U14 Full, U14 Select

 


by posted 09/25/2014
Skill Start Sunday September 7th

The weekly skills program starts on Sunday, September 7th. Skills are available to all 2001 through 2007 boys, U12  through U8 girls, and all goalies according to the schedule below.

 

5:10 PM       Upper Rink         2007, 2006, 2005, U8 girls, boy goalies

6:10 PM       Upper Rink        U10 and U12 Girls, girl goalies

5:40 PM       Lower Rink        2004, 2003, 2002, 2001


by posted 09/02/2014
U16 Major 1 Takes NAHA Labor Day Championship

The Wizards U16 Major 1 Team took the crown today in the annual NAHA Labor Day tournament. They defeated Sudbury 3-0 in the Championship game to earn the title. Great start to the season!


by posted 08/31/2014
Freddy Meyer Named Head Coach of Wizards Boys' Junior Team

The East Coast Wizards are proud to announce the addition of Freddy Meyer as Head Coach of the East Coast Wizards Boys Junior Hockey Team.

In their inaugural season, the East Coast Wizards will be competing in the EHL. “We are very fortunate to have someone with Freddy’s experience and teaching ability joining the East Coast Wizards!” Said Bobby Jay, Wizard’s Hockey Director. “Freddy’s success as a player as well as his coaching experience in the AHL developing young players, gives our future players a great opportunity to learn what it takes to move their hockey careers forward” Jay said. Meyer, a native of Sanbornville, NH, spent the past two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL. In the 2013-2014 season, he helped lead the LA Kings Top Affiliate team to a first place finish, amassing a total of 49 wins.  

Prior to joining the Monarchs in 2012, Meyer, a defensemen, played in 418 NHL and AHL games during a nine-year professional career from 2003-2012.  In 281 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, the New York Islanders, the Phoenix Coyotes and the Atlanta Thrashers, Meyer accumulated 20 goals and 53 assists, for 73 points. He also registered 23 goals and 28 assists, for 51 points in 137 career AHL games with the Philadelphia Phantoms and San Antonio Rampage.  Meyer scored three goals and nine assists, for 12 points in 31 games for Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elite League during the 2011-12 season before retiring and moving on to coaching.

As a 2003 graduate of Boston University, Meyer was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2000, was named to the NCAA East First All-American Team and to the Hockey East First All-Star Team in 2003.  He signed his first professional contract as an undrafted free agent with the Flyers in 2003.  In four seasons on the Terriers’ blueline, Meyer scored 17 goals and 55 assists for 72 points in 126 games while recording 288 penalty minutes.

Meyer also represented the Unites States internationally on several occasions throughout his playing career.  He skated with the 1999 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team, the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team, the 2006 U.S. Men's National Team and the 2011 U.S. Men’s Select Team.

Freddy is married to his wife Lindsey and they have two sons, Freddy (six) and Carter (five), and reside in Winchester, MA.


by posted 05/08/2014
Hayley Moore Joins Wizard Staff

The East Coast Wizards are excited to announce that Hayley Moore has joined the staff as Director of Girl's/Women's Hockey.

The former Ivy League standout spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Harvard women's ice hockey team. Moore was a two-year captain at Brown and a four-time All-Ivy League selection.

In two seasons with the Crimson, Moore helped the team to two Ivy League championships, two NCAA tournament appearances, and a national ranking as high as No. 2.

Prior to coming to Harvard, Moore was the head coach at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. There she guided St. Mark’s to a 12-12-1 record in 2012. Before joining St. Mark’s, Moore skated for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League for one season and served as a volunteer assistant at UMass-Boston in 2009-10, helping guide the Beacons to a 17-10 mark.

Moore, who also played a professional season in Switzerland, ranks in the top ten in career points and goals at Brown. She amassed 130 points and found the back of the net on 69 occasions, both ranking eighth in the school’s career record book. She earned All-ECAC honors and made the ECAC All-Academic team, while playing in 123 games during her four years. 

After her senior season, the honors for Moore kept coming. She was selected as one of six position players in the nation to compete in the Frozen Four Skills Challenge in Denver, Colo., and also invited to train with the U.S. National Team in Lake Placid, N.Y. and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 


by posted 05/05/2014
Wizards to Start Girl's Junior League

Junior Hockey Team Owners Launch
New Girl’s League

12/07/2013, 5:00pm EST
By NEWJHL

New England Women’s Junior Hockey League will begin play this coming fall.

A group of Northeast-based junior hockey team owners/managers – Rob Barletta, Bob Crawford, Peggy Del Mauro, Bill and Joe Flanagan, Scott Fusco, Todd Stirling, and Debbie Vanderbeek – have joined forces to launch a new junior hockey league for girls, which faces off for the first time at the start of the 2014-2015 season. The 6 team league, based in New England and surrounding areas, is designed to offer increased opportunities for teenage girls to play competitive hockey with the intent of moving into the college ranks. The league will adhere to USA hockey junior rules and standards of excellence.

About the League

The NEWJHL league will develop female players via exceptional coaching, well-designed practices and competitive situations while providing opportunities for players to advance their hockey careers to the collegiate level. The NEWJHL league also will promote good sportsmanship and teamwork, and help instill responsibility in the participating players, who will be held to high standards on the ice and in the classroom. The league also will demand a high level of ethical and professional conduct by all coaches, managers and other league staff. League-wide standards of conduct will be strictly enforced.

“This league will provide the players with extensive exposure to the college hockey environment. The girls will prepare and train for the opportunity to play in front of the large audience of schools in this geographical area. It eliminates a large amount of travel that some leagues have. We as owners are committed to making this the best player development opportunity for this age group, said Flanagan.

“All of our owners, managers and coaches are committed to providing an exceptional learning experience for all players delivered in a supportive yet competitive environment,” Barletta said. “We also are dedicated to creating enhanced exposure for girl’s hockey in general, as well as economic opportunities for our member teams that will then trickle down to support our local communities.”

According to co-owner Stirling, the NEWJHL “offers players, parents, local communities and the league itself a host of benefits, including reduced expenses, minimal travel, localized control, rivalries, enhanced recruiting, and increased exposure for the sport,” he said.

Specifically, the NEWJHL league will:

  • Provide female, junior-level players with the opportunity to play competitive, league-based hockey in New England while supporting their academic achievement

  • Promote player development and provide players with exposure to college scouts through showcases and other special events

  • Offer expansive training opportunities and access to exceptional coaching

  • Provide players with opportunities to travel at no extra cost to competitions within a 200-mile radius of their home facility

  • Enhance players’ academic and sports-related careers

  • Cultivate and nurture affiliations with collegiate hockey coaches and programs to help NEWJHL players move ahead in their development

  • Maintain amateur status for all players within USA Hockey and all college hockey organizations

  • Offer numerous game-day opportunities for officials, including refs

  • Strongly support USA Hockey through membership stability in the geographic areas in which NEWJHL teams are based, and grow the sport in various communities via exposure to hundreds of motivated parents and players

League Management/Team Owners

The NEWJHL is managed by a group of experienced hockey professionals who each also own an individual team.

Rob Barletta owns and operates several highly successful hockey related ventures, among them the thriving RB Hockey School, the Jr. A and B-level Walpole Express teams, and the Cranston Reds, the only junior boy’s hockey team in Rhode Island. He also operates Northeast Elite Hockey, a large developmental league for both female and male players, from mites to high school. In addition, since 2006 Barletta has operated eight girls’ youth teams, including U16-U19). In addition, Barletta owns the Rodman (formerly Iorio) Arena in Walpole, Mass., a conveniently located twin-rink facility originally built as a training facility for the United States Women's Olympic Hockey team. (www.robbarletta.com)

Bob Crawford owns the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack as well as three rinks in the Greater Hartford, Conn. area. The International Skating Center of Connecticut is the home rink for this program. Crawford currently serves USA Hockey as a New England District Director (8YRS), and as the Tier 3 Jr. Caucus chair as a member of Junior Council. (www.hartfordjrwolfpack.com)

Peggy Del Mauro and Debbie Vanderbeek are the Owners and Managing Partners of the New Jersey Rockets.  Under their leadership since 1999, the New Jersey Rockets Organization has grown from six Tier 1 teams to an expansive Youth and Junior hockey program which includes a developmental program, eight Tier 1 teams, nine Tier 2 teams, eight Girls teams, two Junior Teams and a Coaching Staff second to none.  The program is based in Central New Jersey and the teams skate out of the prestigious Amerihealth Pavillion (practice facility for the New Jersey Devils) in Newark, NJ, Protechockey Ponds in Somerset NJ, and Bridgewater Sports Arena in Bridgewater, NJ. (www.njrockets.com)

Bill and Joe Flanagan operate an expansive youth hockey organization that includes many well-attended summer camps. Bill is the head coach, GM and owner of the successful Northern Cyclones junior boy’s hockey team (http://www.northerncyclones.com), as well as the Northern Cyclones girls’ U10 - U16 teams. In addition, the Flanagan’s own Cyclones Arena, a twin-sheet facility in Hudson, N.H. (www.northerncyclones.com/why-the-cyclones.php).

Scott Fusco is a two-time All American and Hobey Baker Award winner (Harvard University), as well as a two-time Olympian and a member of the US Hockey Hall of Fame. He has coached at all levels of boys and girls youth and high school hockey for the past 15 years. He founded the East Coast Wizards organization, which is comprised of 38 teams. The girls’ program has 20 teams ranging from 8U through 19U and is one of the most successful programs in the northeast. (www.eastcoastwizards.com)

The East Coast Wizard NEWJHL team will be coached by Paul Kennedy. Paul has been the head girl’s ice hockey coach at Cushing Academy for the past 15 years. During that time Cushing has become a perennial power in New England Prep Hockey and has sent 66 players to college hockey; 36 to Division 1 and 30 to Division 2/3.  In addition, Paul has coached 6 US National Team players, 2 Olympians, and 1 Patty Kazmier Award Winner. Fifteen former Cushing players went on to captain their college teams. Prior to coaching at Cushing, Paul was the head coach at Milton Academy.

Coach Kennedy also works extensively with USA Hockey. He is currently the Power Skating coach for the Women’s National Team, and he serves as an instructor at the National Development Camps, and as an evaluator and scout for the National Team program.

 

Todd Stirling is head coach and GM of the Boston Junior Bandits, based at the twin-sheet Bridgewater Ice Arena in Bridgewater, Mass. His scouting experience includes stints for the New York Islanders (NHL), Cooney Management Company (NHL Player Agency), Omaha Lancers (USHL), and Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Todd oversees 25 plus Bandits youth teams, girls teams ranging from U10 through U19, and manages 3 junior teams. (www.bostonbandits.com).

Tryouts

The NEWJHL will host league wide tryouts in April at The Edge Sports Center in Bedford, MA. Tryouts will be held Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 4:30pm and 6:10pm as well as Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 12:00pm and 1:30pm.

For more information about the league and tryout registration, visit www.newjhl.com or contact .


by posted 01/23/2014
Wizard Boys Charter Member of Elite 9 Hockey League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 22, 2014

The Elite 9 Hockey League has been formed for next season to establish the most competitive league in New England.

The Wizard Boys are one of 6 charter members in the new Elite 9 Hockey League. Please see the press release below announcing this exciting new venture!

 
E9 Elite 9 Hockey League

 

            

       
 

The Elite 9 Hockey League will feature the top 9 Tier I Elite teams in New England.  The
E9 will feature 6 charter members – Seacoast Spartans, New Hampshire Avalanche, East Coast Wizards, Boston Advantage, Boston Jr Rangers and Valley Jr Warriors – plus the 3 top teams at each age level from the Boston Hockey League (BHL). 
 
Affiliate members will participate in the Boston Hockey League and will compete in the BHL’s September Parity Play-In Tournament to determine which 3 teams from the BHL at each age level will be placed into the Elite 9.
 
An automatic bid into the Elite 9 for the 2014-15 season will be awarded to any team that wins the 2013-14 NEHL American Conference Regular Season Title.  The BHL will be split into 2 Tiers – American and National Conferences – in order to offer the highest degree of parity for all teams and programs in the league. Conference seeding for the 2014-15 BHL Season will also be based upon the BHL September Parity Play-In Tournament results.

 
 

Boston Hockey League 2014-15 Members include:




 
 


by posted 01/23/2014
Sports Parenting

Please see the informative article below about sports parenting.
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by posted 05/02/2012
The Wizards Featured on Fox 25 News!
The Wizards and the Edge Sports Center was featured on Fox 25 news as part of the Zip Trip to Bedford. Please follow the attached link to view the story.


http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/morning/zip_trips_town/the-edge-20100514
by posted 05/14/2010
Hockey Rules to Live By

My 13 simple rules for hockey parents everywhere

Buccigross By John Buccigross
ESPN.com
Archive

Women and men used to gaze up at the stars, awed at the sight and size of the universe, much like Detroit Red Wings fitness trainers used to be in awe at the sight and size of Brett Hull's butt during his final Motor City days.

My understanding of the sky's map is limited to the Big Dipper (good nickname for Buffalo's Tyler Myers, by the way) and the constellation Orion. Orion is located on the celestial equator and can been seen across the world, much like Pat Quinn's head. Its name, Orion, refers to a hunter in Greek mythology. Since my late teenage years, whether I am in Mingo Junction, Ohio, or Vancouver, British Columbia, I always look up and locate Orion. It's my satellite to home and youth.

I first became aware of Orion from the now bankrupt movie production company Orion Pictures Corporation, which made movies from 1978-1998. I remember the company's animated intro prior to the start of a movie: stars from the constellation would twirl into the letter "O" before the entire word "Orion" was spelled out.

It seemed as if 46 percent of movies produced in the late '70s and early '80s, my HBO sweet spot years, were produced by Orion. I am sure this number is probably much lower. "Back to School," "10," "Hoosiers," "Platoon," "No Way Out" and others all began with the animated Orion logo. I would like to publicly thank the now defunct movie company and HBO for my astronomy acumen and the indelible image of Bo Derek jogging on the beach with wet, braided hair. ("Before the Internet, there was HBO." Now there is a slogan to believe in.)

Today, kids, teenagers, adults and Sean Avery don't so much stare up to the trees, clouds, airplanes, stars and 6-foot-9 NHL linesman Mike Cvik as much as they used to; now, most stare down at their cell phones and personal digital assistants (Jim Balsillie's PDA BlackBerry, yo). As a result of all this "looking down," we miss so much up in the heavens. We even look down at these things during dinner, hockey games and Heisman Trophy presentations. People even look down at their PDAs while they drive. Who needs a moon roof on a clear summer night when I can play Tetris on I-95 while I soar through the E-ZPASS lane?

This is my gigantic preamble to why you should one day sign up your young son or daughter to play youth hockey at a local rink near you. If nothing else, it gets them away from electronics and teaches them a small slice of humanity that they can take forward through life, a life with more heart and less battery power. The rink's cold robs electronics of their battery power and signal reception, anyway.

So, if you are a first-time hockey parent, or dream of one day spending more than $10,000 and sacrificing weekends for a decade of glamorous youth or "minor" hockey, here are 13 important things you need to know about the youth hockey universe -- and hockey in general -- to help speed up the assimilation process in joining the "Congregation of Independent Insane in the Membrane Hockey Community Union" or COIIITMHCU. If you move those letters around you eventually get Chicoutimi. A miracle from the star-filled heavens above. (I'm sure my fellow COIIITMHCU members will offer even more, and we can post next week.)

1. Under no circumstances will hockey practice ever be cancelled. Ever. Even on days when school is cancelled, practice is still on. A game may be cancelled due to inclement weather because of travel concerns for the visiting team, but it would have to rain razor blades and bocce balls to cancel hockey practice at your local rink. It's good karma to respect the game.

2. Hockey is an emotional game and your child has the attention span of a chipmunk on NyQuil. The hockey coach will yell a bit during practice; he might even yell at your precious little Sparky. As long as there is teaching involved and not humiliation, it will be good for your child to be taught the right way, with emphasis.

3. Hockey is a very, very, very, very difficult game to play. You are probably terrible at it. It takes high skill and lots of courage, so lay off your kid. Don't berate them. Be patient and encourage them to play. Some kids need more time to learn how to ride the bike, but, in the end, everyone rides a bike about the same way.

Your kids are probably anywhere from age 4-8 when they first take up hockey. They will not get a call from Boston University coach Jack Parker or receive Christmas cards from the Colorado Avalanche's director of scouting. Don't berate them. Demand punctuality and unselfishness for practice and games. That's it. Passion is in someone, or it isn't. One can't implant passion in their child. My primary motive in letting my kids play hockey is exercise, physical fitness and the development of lower-body and core strength that will one day land them on a VH1 reality show that will pay off their student loans or my second mortgage.

4. Actually, I do demand two things from my 10-year-old Squirt, Jackson. Prior to every practice or game, as he turns down AC/DC's "Big Jack," gets out of the car and makes his way to the trunk to haul his hockey bag inside a cold, Connecticut rink, I say, "Jack, be the hardest, most creative and grittiest worker ... and be the one having the most fun." That might be four things, but you know what I mean.

5. Your kids should be dressing themselves and tying their own skates by their second year of Squirt. Jack is 67 pounds with 0 percent body fat and arms of linguini, and he can put on, take off and tie his own skates. If he can, anyone can. I don't go in the locker room anymore. Thank goodness; it stinks in there.

6. Do not fret over penalties not called during games and don't waste long-term heart power screaming at the referees. My observational research reveals the power-play percentage for every Mite hockey game ever played is .0000089 percent; for Squirts, .071 percent. I prefer referees to call zero penalties.

7. Yell like crazy during the game. Say whatever you want. Scream every kind of inane instruction you want to your kids. They can't hear you. In the car ride home, ask them if they had fun and gently promote creativity and competiveness, but only after you take them to Denny's for a Junior Grand Slam breakfast or 7-Eleven for a Slurpee. Having a warm breakfast after an early morning weekend game will become one of your most syrupy sweet memories.

8. Whenever possible, trade in your kids' ice skates and buy used skates, especially during those growing years and even if you can afford to buy new skates every six months. Your kids don't need $180 skates and a $100 stick no matter what your tax bracket is. They will not make them better players.

9. Missing practice (like we stated above) or games is akin to an Irish Catholic missing Mass in 1942. We take attendance at hockey games very seriously. Last week, the Islanders' Brendan Witt was hit by an SUV in Philadelphia. Witt got up off the pavement and walked to Starbucks for a coffee, and then later played against the Flyers that night. Let me repeat that: BRENDAN WITT WAS HIT BY AN SUV ... AND PLAYED THAT NIGHT! Re-read that sentence 56 times a night to your child when they have a case of the sniffles and want to stay home to watch an "iCarly" marathon. By, the way Philadelphia police cited Witt for two minutes in jail for obstruction. Witt will appeal.

10. Teach your kids not to celebrate too much after a goal if your team is winning or losing by a lot. And by all means, tell them celebrate with the team. After they score, tell them not to skate away from their teammates like soccer players. Find the person who passed you the puck and tell him or her, "Great pass." We have immediate group hugs in hockey following a short, instinctive reaction from the goal scorer. I am proud of my boy for a lot of things, but I am most proud at how excited he gets when a teammate scores a goal. He is Alex Ovechkin in this regard.

11. There is no such thing as running up the score in hockey. This is understood at every level. It's very difficult to score goals and unexplainably exhilarating when one does. Now, if we get to 14-1, we may want to take our foot off the gas a tad.

12. Unless their femur is broken in 16 places, Mites or Squirts should not lie on the ice after a fall on the ice or against the boards. Attempt to get up as quickly as one can and slowly skate to the bench.

13. Do not offer cash for goals. This has no upside. Passion and love and drive cannot be taught or bought. I do believe a certain measure of toughness and grit can be slowly encouraged and eventually taught. Encourage your kid to block shots and to battle hard in the corners. It will serve them well in life.

Enjoy the rink. Keep it fun, keep it in perspective and enjoy the madness. In this digital world of electronics, you may find hockey to be the most human endeavor you partake in. Cell phones run on batteries. Hockey players run on blood. Blood is warmer. Welcome.


by posted 12/18/2009
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by Paul K. posted 11/21/2005
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