Welcome to the home page of the East Coast Wizards. We have club teams for boys and girls in Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, and Field Hockey. Please select your sport of interest from the menu tabs at the top of the page for more details and information on the program.
Summer Camp Information
Come to The Edge Sports Center this summer to work on your game! Please see the camp flyer below for more information on our camp. The registration link is located at the bottom of the page.
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.”
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.
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 JrRangers 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.
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.