The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Assistant Captain Bobby Wurster will be heading to Lebanon Valley College to continue his college hockey and academic career. Lebanon Valley College is located in Annville, PA and have been a part of the ECAC West Div 3 college hockey conference. The Flying Dutchmen play their games at the Hershey Park Arena and the Head Coach is Don Parsons. The 6'3 dman is the Mr. Everything for the Wolfpack playing on the PP and has logged the most minutes on the team’s D Core. Wurster will be looking to build on his 3G and 23A with 2 games remaining before playoffs. The Assistant Captain is looking to help the Wolfpack take on a playoff run and also prepare for next season. " I am very excited to start my academic and college hockey career at Lebanon Valley College. The incredible facilities and academic programs made this decision very easy. I want to thank my parents and sister for everything they have done for me throughout this journey. I especially want to thank Coach Cerrella for helping me become not only a better player, but also helping me mature as a person. I came to Hartford knowing he would help me improve into a college hockey player and he has more than exceeded my expectations. I cannot wait to join Coach Parsons and Lebanon Valley next fall," said the New Hope, PA native. With just two games left in his junior hockey regular season career Coach Cerrella is excited for his veteran Dman. " Bobby is an outstanding young man and a very good athlete. He was weighing on a lot of different college hockey options but Lebanon Valley was a great fit on and off the ice. I will miss Bobby and wish him and his family nothing but the best. I cannot wait to watch him play at the next level," said Cerrella. Wurster becomes the teams 14th college commitment with more coming soon.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce forward Skyler Pugh has chosen Lebanon Valley College to extend his academic and hockey career. Lebanon Valley is current in the ECAC West Div 3 hockey conference and play their games at the Hershey Park Arena. The Flying Dutchmen are coach by Head Coach Don Parsons. The crafty winger is currently 5th on the Wolfpack in scoring with 9g and 15a for 24pts with one game left in the regular season Pugh will look to build on a solid first year of junior hockey. "Skyler had a slow start to the season and boy has he ever turned it on. He is an exciting player to watch and I think as he continues to grow he is going to make some great things happen over his four-year college career. I am very happy for him and wish him and his family the best of luck," said Chris Cerrella. The Reading, PA native played in the Tier 1 elite league and after one season under Head Coach Cerrella was ready to make the jump to college hockey, something he has worked his whole life for. "I would like to thank Coach Cerrella and the Wolfpack Organization for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of playing college hockey. I would also like to thank my family for being there to support me all these years. I am excited about attending Lebanon Valley College in the fall. The campus is really nice and is in a beautiful little town. Best of all, Lebanon Valley College is perfect for the career I want to pursue. I am looking forward to beginning a new chapter in both my academic and hockey careers. Go Dutchmen," said Pugh. Skyler will be joining teammate Felix Takacsi-Nagy next season at Lebanon Valley College.
The Hartford Jr. Wolfpack are proud to announce that Mike Tenney will be taking over as the new GM and Head Coach for the 2017-2018 season.
“I want to thank Dan McCarthy and Bob Crawford for the opportunity to become the new Coach of the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack.” Coach Mike Tenney said. “This is an exciting time for an organization that has done well in recent years placing athletes into college hockey. We are moving into the USPHL which has unmatched exposure to college coaches. Every year our goal is to put our players in position to succeed at the next level as students and as athletes. Bob and Dan have done a fantastic job over the years with this organization and moving into the new league will help me to continue that tradition.”
Coach Tenney has been coaching Jr. Hockey for the last 9 years. His resume has included the Central Penn Panthers (MJHL), Walpole Express (MJHL), Islanders Hockey Club (EMPJHL), Maine Wild (NA3HL) and most recently the Northeast Generals (NAHL). Coach Tenney’s experience as a GM and Head Coach has lead his teams to post a .528 winning percentage (157-139-25) at the Tier III level. He has won division and league championships as well as a National Runner up in 2009 with CPP. Coach Tenney has also won a Coach of the Year Award in 2014 the year he helped to start the Maine Wild in the NA3HL. Most importantly, Coach Tenney has helped upwards of 60 players move on to college and professional hockey.
“I will continue the Wolfpack’s commitment to moving players to college hockey, producing strong and dedicated athletes and good citizens within the community.” Tenney stated.
In addition to his Junior Hockey experience, Coach Tenney has been involved with USA Hockey at the State, District and National levels with the Festival programs. Coach Tenney has worked as an instructor for the CEP (coaching education program) at the level 1,2 and 3 clinics put on by USA Hockey.
Coach Tenney added. “I am looking forward to working closely with Bob Crawford and the staff as the Wolfpack move into the future. I feel as though we are moving to a successful league, we will be adding successful coaches to our staff and we will implement a successful structure to the program that will put our student athletes into position to be successful wherever they want the next step to be.”
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that goalie Kevin LaCroix has chosen Southern New Hampshire University to continue his academic and athletic career. The Yarmouthport native came to the Wolfpack after Christmas and is now the third goalie playing for Coach Cerrella to get committed to college hockey this season. The Penmen play in the Northeast-10 Div 2 Hockey Conference and play their games at the Ice Den in Hooksett, NH, SNHU is coached by Ken Hutchins who is in his 10th season behind the bench. The speedy netminder has a 3.45gaa and a .900 sv% for the Pack since coming to CT and is very excited about the opportunity to play college hockey and attend Southern New Hampshire. "I am very thankful for the opportunity to play College Hockey at Southern New Hampshire University under Coach Hutchins. On the hockey side of things, I owe it to Coach Cerrella and the Jr Wolfpack organization. Also Coach Day, my goalie coach who has really helped me develop to where I am today. Of course as for morale, I can't thank my family enough for the support they have given me. I am very excited to spend my next four years learning in the classroom and on the ice," said LaCroix. With just 5 games remaining in the regular season the Wolfpack are battling for first place and LaCroix has been a reason why. "Kevin has come to us and done a good job. He has a tremendous work ethic and feel for the game which I think will translate well at Southern New Hampshire. I wish him and his family the best of luck in the future and I look forward to watching him grow the next four years," said Chris Cerrella. LaCroix is now Coach Cerrella's 12th college placement on the season and the Wolfpack leads the charge in the EHL.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce their 11th college commitment of the 2016-17 season. Veteran defenseman, Connor Devereux has decided to head to Bryn Athyn College to continue his academic and hockey career. Bryn Athyn is heading into their first full season of NCAA Div III and play their games at the Jungle Ice Arena located on campus. The Lions are coached by Head Coach Andrew Burke who will be behind the bench their first Div III season. Devereux will be joining current teammates Jimmy Lockamyeir and Nick Malvasi on Bryn Athyn's campus next fall. Devereux is in his second season with the Wolfpack and looks to finish the season strong before heading off next season. "Connor is a smooth skating dman with a good stick and I think he will help the Lions on the blue line next season. He will need to ramp it up this off season in the weight room and get bigger, stronger and faster and if he does that he is going to be a very effective Div III college hockey player as a freshman. This is a great fit for both Connor and Bryn Athyn and I am excited to see where the program and Connor are four years from now when he is a senior. It’s been a great run with Connor and I wish him and his family the best of luck in the future," said Chris Cerrella. The Montville, NJ native has 1g and 5a in 29 games for the Wolfpack so far this season and he is very excited to begin his college hockey career next fall. "I am excited to start my career at Bryn Athyn and I can’t thank my friends and family enough for riding along with me on this path to college. I want to thank Coach Cerrella and the whole Wolfpack organization for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank Coach Burke for giving me the opportunity of being part of a school that has such great academic and athletic facilities and I cannot wait to see where college takes me in the future," said Devereux. With 9 games remaining, the Wolfpack look to stay in the hunt for first place in the Central Division and make a run in the EHL playoffs.
The Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce yet another college commitment for the 2016-17 season. Goalie, Mike Rockwell, has decided to attend Johnson and Wales University to continue his academic and hockey career. Johnson and Wales is located in Providence, RI and play their games at the Lynch Arena. The Wildcats are coached by James LaCour in his first season behind the bench and they play in the CCC Div 3 athletic conference. Rockwell will join Wolfpack alumni Nick Gray and Kevin McDonald at JWU. "Mike came to us from Topeka in the NAHL where he played over 20 games. He came back to the East Coast where the college exposure is and within 3 weeks of being with us, went on two college visits and he made his choice. Mike is a big kid that moves very well and I think he will translate well at the next level for JWU. I am very happy for Mike. He is a good young man and a good inspiring student athlete. This is a great fit for him and a great fit for Coach LaCour and the Wildcats. I wish the Rockwell family nothing but the best of luck in the future," said Chris Cerrella. Rockwell becomes the 10th college hockey commitment coming out of the Wolfpack locker room this season with more commitments to be announced soon. The Poughquag, NY native is 1-2 since his arrival to the Pack and boasts an impressive 2.53ga and a .927 save % and will look to lead the Pack down the stretch and into the playoffs. The 6'5” netminder is excited about the rest of the season and his opportunity with JWU next season. "I was being recruited by JWU for a few weeks with the Wolfpack and after I started to pursue it more I felt it was a great fit for me. During my visit I fell in love with the Campus and Coach LaCour made me feel welcome. I am excited to represent such a great program and can’t wait till this fall to start my college hockey and academic career. I want to thank my parents for helping me get to this point in my career, and want to thank my friends and teammates. I want to also thank Coach Cerrella for bringing me in when I left Topeka and helping me get a college commitment pretty quickly. I am looking forward to the rest of the season with the Wolfpack and continuing with Johnson and Wales, Go Wildcats!!" said Rockwell. The Jr Wolfpack continues to lead the league with 10 college commitments and have more announcements to make soon so stay tuned.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce their 9th college commitment of the 2016-17 season. Veteran forward, Felix Takacsi-Nagy has chosen to continue his academic and hockey career at Lebanon Valley College. LVC is located in Annville, PA and the Flying Dutchman play in the talented ECAC West Div 3 hockey conference and call the Hershey Park Ice Arena their home. The team is coached by Don Parsons, who is in his first season as head coach at the Div 3 level. Takacsi-Nagy is in his second season with the Wolfpack and currently sits with 15pts in 32 games this season, scoring 8 goals with 11 regular season games remaining. The feisty winger is excited about the remainder of the season, but is excited to start his next chapter in life. "I'm really excited to start my college hockey and academic career at Lebanon Valley College! My family was very big on academics and Lebanon Valley has a great campus, they are excited about their hockey program and they had the academics I was looking for most importantly. I want to thank my family, my teammates, Coach Cerrella and the Jr Wolfpack for giving me the opportunity to play college hockey. Go Dutchmen!" Said Takasci-Nagy. The Los Gatos, CA native enjoyed his stay with the Pack and will continue to prepare for college hockey and help his team with a playoff run. "I think this is a great fit for both Felix and LVC. Felix is a true competitor on the ice and in the classroom and LVC can challenge him at both. I and very excited for the Takasci-Nagy family and I know with his speed, ability and compete level that Felix is going to do a good job next season for the Flying Dutchman. I wish the Takasci-Nagy family the best of luck in the future," said Chris Cerrella. Stay tuned as their will be more big announcements and college commitments coming soon.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce another college commitment, as forward Jimmy Lockamyeir has chosen Bryn Athyn College to continue his hockey and academic career. Lockamyeir will join fellow team mate Nick Malvasi next season as the Lions will begin their first season of NCAA Div III Men’s Ice Hockey. Coached by former Philadelphia Little Flyer Andrew Burke, Bryn Athyn will play their first full Div III college hockey schedule next season and look to make a mark for the seasons to come. The Lions will play their home games at the Junge Ice Rink located right on campus. The Rochester, NY native is in his second season with the Wolfpack and has seen some success this season on and off the ice. "Jimmy really put the time in this off season. He came to training camp in good shape and he knew this was his last season of Junior, so he had to make his mark. I think he is going to bring hard work, grit and a little scoring touch to the Lions next season. I wish him the best of luck in the future. He is a great young man and I am very proud of how hard he worked and he is by far one of our most improved players over the last two seasons," said Chris Cerrella. Lockamyeir has 7g and 7a in 27 games this season and is very excited about his upcoming opportunity to play college hockey next season. "I am very excited to play college hockey and continue my education at Bryn Athyn. I kept an open mind when I went on my visit and was blown away with how nice the campus and facilities were there and when I left I knew it was a great fit for me. I wanted to thank Coach Cerrella for all the hard work he has invested in me and my personal hockey career. Thank you to the Jr Wolfpack for giving me the best home to play junior hockey. Thank you to all my teammates who have helped me on and off the ice with anything and everything. Lastly, thank you to my family for supporting me and doing everything they could to support my dream. My dream of playing college hockey has finally come true," said the gritty winger. Lockamyeir and the Wolfpack head into this weekend with two home games against the Philadelphia Revolution and look to take over first place in the Central Division. Stay tuned to the Wolfpack website as there is more college commitments that will be announced soon.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that forward Nick Malvasi has chosen Bryn Athyn College to continue his academic and athletic career. Bryn Athyn is a new NCAA Div III hockey team that will start their full Div III schedule in the 2017-18 season. Bryn Athyn College is located 20 miles from Philadelphia, PA in the borough of Bryn Athyn. The Lions are coached by Andrew Burke (Umass Boston graduate, Little Flyers Alumni) and play their games in the Junge Pavilion Ice Arena located directly on the Bryn Athyn campus. The gritty winger has 6pts in 23 games for the pack and is known for his work ethic and penalty killing skills and is going to look to bring that to the Lions line up next season. "This is a perfect fit for Nick on and off the ice. Bryn Athyn is a brand new NCAA Div III program and they are looking to build their roster with speed and work ethic and Nick brings both of those to the table every day. He is in great shape, he is a great teammate and I think he is going to really succeed next season for the Lions. Andrew Burke was a very good player at the Junior and College level and I think he is going to build a program that will compete every night. I am very happy for Nick and his family and I am looking forward to watching him at the next level," said Chris Cerrella. The Lincroft, NJ native is in his second season with the Wolfpack. He played one season in the MJHL for the Jr B team and moved up to the Premier team this season with a goal of playing college hockey, and it looks like he reached his goal. "I want to first off thank my family for giving me this opportunity to do what I love every day, I could not have accomplished this without them. I want to thank Coach Cerrella and the Wolfpack staff for helping me achieve my dream of playing college hockey. I'm looking forward to continuing my hockey and academic career next fall at Bryn Athyn College, said Malvasi. This is the Wolfpacks league leading 7th college commitment of the season but stay tuned, there is more to come.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that veteran goalie Kyle Carducci has chosen WNE to continue his academic and college hockey career. Carducci will begin play next week for the Golden Bears and will not finish the final three months of the season for the Pack. Western New England plays in the ECAC Northeast Div III Hockey Conference and plays their home games at the Olympia Ice Center in Springfield, MA and they are coached by Greg Heffernan, who is in his 8th season. The Rocky Hill, CT native has been with the Jr Wolfpack organization and Coach Cerrella for the past 5 seasons between Jr B and Jr A hockey. "Kyle has done a great job for us and it is going to be tough to see him go before the end of the season. He has been our goalie for a long time and has done a great job both on and off the ice for us. He is a tremendous leader in the locker room and I am excited to see him start at the next level. It is not often players leave early, but Kyle has proven himself time and time again that he is ready for college hockey and the Golden Bears are in the need of someone to help them down the stretch, so it was a great fit. We wish Ducci and his family nothing but the best of luck in the future," said Chris Cerrella. Over the past 2 seasons in the EHL, Carducci has a 20-20 record with a solid 2.89gaa and a .908sv% over that time as well. The consistent solid play of Carducci over the last few seasons attracted many college coaches, but it caught the eye of the WNE staff and they realized it was a good idea to bring Kyle in for second semester. "We have been recruiting Kyle for two seasons now and we are happy to finally welcome him to the Golden Bear family. We are excited for his arrival on campus and in practice next week. I wanted to thank Chris Cerrella for his continued commitment to developing players and the willingness to move them on even when it’s not convenient for him. Losing Kyle was tough and we appreciate that Chris puts his player’s futures first. First class coach running a first class organization", said Greg Heffernan WNE Head Coach. Carducci was supposed to play his last game on January 7th but due to weather conditions that game has been canceled. However, the Pack net minder will have to focus his attention on the next chapter of his hockey and academic career now. "I am very excited to be joining the Golden Bears for second semester and starting the next chapter in my life. I left my visit from Western New England knowing this is the school I want to attend and was very impressed with the academics they offer. I would like to thank Coach Heffernan for giving me the opportunity to play college hockey and earn a college degree most importantly. I would like to thank Coach Cerrella for everything he has done for me throughout the years, I came to the Wolfpack to work hard every day to win a championship and hopefully one day get a chance to play college hockey. The Wolfpack was a great step I took to get to my ultimate goal. I lastly would like to thank my whole family and all my former coaches for getting me where I am today," said Carducci. Kyle will be joining Wolfpack alumni Tyler Hines at WNE this season and then will be rejoining current teammate Matt Longobardi who is set to head to WNE for the 2017-18 season.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that forward, Matt Longobardi, has chosen to continue his hockey and academic career at Western New England University starting next fall. WNE plays their games at the 2,100 seat Olympia Ice Center and plays in the CCC Div 3 college hockey conference and they are coached by Greg Heffernan who is excited to add Longobardi to his roster next season. "I love the energy that Matt brings to the rink every day. He is a player with great speed and tremendous character. We are excited to bring him on board next season." Longobardi is in his second season with the Wolfpack and has played a big energy role and will look to bring speed and jam to the Golden Bears lineup as a freshman. The East Haven, CT native is known around the league as a speedy pest and is a big part of the Wolfpack penalty killing unit. "Longo is going to do a great job at the next level because he can skate. At the college level if you can get around the sheet well, that's half the battle, and Matt can fly. He is one of our team’s top penalty killers and plays in a lot of different situations for us. I think it is going to translate really well to the college level and he will have a successful four years at WNE and I wish him and his family the best of luck they will be missed around the rinks," said Chris Cerrella. Longobardi will continue to prepare for next season but is very focused on the remainder of the season for the Wolfpack and is looking forward to a playoff run and for his future. "I am very excited to announce that I will be playing college hockey for the Golden Bears next season. I look forward to the start of a new chapter in my hockey life. The amount of comfort I felt while visiting WNE was amazing. I left the visit with a great feeling knowing I will be playing college hockey at the next level. I cannot thank Coach Heffernan and his staff enough for giving me this opportunity to play college hockey and most of all earn a high end degree from WNE. I would really like to thank Coach Cerrella for believing in me and helping develop my path to get me to the next level on and off the ice (thank you coach). I would also like to thank my HS coach Louis Pane for showing me the path to an incredible organization. I would like to thank my mom, dad, sister, grandparents and hockey mentor Anthony DiLuongo for believing in me during my journey to college hockey. I would like to thank my brothers (aka teammates) for their support and bond during the junior hockey experience, live the dream boys," said Longobardi. The Jr Wolfpack has committed its league leading 5th player to NCAA college hockey so far this season and there is many more to come. Its Christmas every day when you are part of the PACK.....
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Captain Shane Visnick has chosen to continue his hockey and academic career at SUNY Brockport. The Golden Eagles are part of the SUNYAC Div III conference and play their home games on campus at the Tuttle North Ice Arena. The Sunyac is highly known to be one of the top Div III hockey conferences in the country. The 6'1, 205lbs center currently leads the Pack with 6g and 10a for 16pts in just 14 games played. Visnick is known in the EHL as one of the top power forwards in the league an is a threat on the ice every shift. "Shane is a great leader, team mate and player and he is going to have a fantastic college hockey playing career. The SUNY is a great league and I believe it fits him well, Coach Dickinson did a great job recruiting him and I am very happy for him and for Brockport. We have a lot of players thriving in that league and I think Shane will follow in the footsteps of our other alumni doing well at the Div III level, he will be joining former Wolfpack players Doc Gentzler, Ryan Kangas and Dave Horan. I wish the Visnick family the best of luck," said Chris Cerrella. The Boca Raton, FL native is looking forward to the next chapter in life and on the ice, but has some unfinished business with the Wolfpack and in the EHL. "I am very excited to be joining the Golden Eagles next season and starting my next step in life. I left my visit to Brockport and was very impressed with the academics they offer as well as the facilities they are top notch. I cannot thank Coach Dickinson and the Brockport staff enough for giving me this great opportunity to play college hockey and earn a college degree. I would like to especially thank Coach Cerrella for everything he has done for me in this process, I came to the Wolfpack to play for him knowing if I earned it he would get me to the next level. The Wolfpack was a great step I took in my on and off ice development. I lastly would like to thank my mom, dad and brother for always supporting me through my journey. It was a long road but I could not have made it without them. There is only one thing left to do and that is to make sure I get prepared for the next level and I end my junior career the best way I can and that's trying to lead my team to an EHL championship," said Visnick. Stay tuned as there is more college commitment announcements coming from the Wolfpack locker room soon.