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Elite Wolfpack Improves to a 2-1-0-1 Start
09/26/2016
Just four games into the regular season the Wolfpack Elite team...
PREMIER WOLFPACK BLUE-LINE IMPRESSIVE EARLY ON
09/22/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack has started the season off on a good...
Early adversity for the U16 Pack
09/22/2016
The U16 Jr. Wolfpack is facing some early adversity in their first...
Wolfpack Tier One 16U Opens Season
09/11/2016
The U16 Wolfpack kicked off their season with an exhibition showcase...
Jr Wolfpack Labor Day Showcase - Updated
08/21/2016
The Jr Wolfpack will be hosting their 7th annual Labor Day Showcase...
Brinich Decides on Salve for 2016-17 Season
07/25/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that returning...
Wolfpack New Comer has NESCAC in his Future
07/25/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack has been one of the top organizations...
U16 Team Announces New League
07/19/2016
Cromwell, CT – The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is excited to announce...
Abby Lally Commits to Salve Regina
04/11/2016
The Hartford Jr. Wolfpack is proud to announce that two year...
Demers Commits to Endicott College
04/05/2016
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack is proud to announce that senior...
Hackett Chooses Post University
03/21/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Tyler Hackett...
SOCKBESON WILL HEAD TO UNIV OF SOUTHERN MAINE FOR 2016-17
02/20/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that defenseman,...
NEWJHL Announces Youth Divisions For 2016-17
01/12/2016
  NEWJHL Announces Youth Divisions For 2016-17 01/11/2016,...
DEFELICE COMMITS TO SUNY FREDONIA
11/17/2015
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Assistant...
 
Elite Wolfpack Improves to a 2-1-0-1 Start

Just four games into the regular season the Wolfpack Elite team needed to find their way a little.  With almost a brand new team and only 8 players with Junior Hockey experience the Pack seems to be getting better each day.  With a slow start out of the gate the Elite team earned just one point in two games vs Northern Conference rivals the Walpole Express and the NH Monarchs.  With a tough week of practice, team development and skills work the Pack seemed to find their way with a weekend sweep over the NJ Rockets 7-3 and 6-2.  So far this season veteran forward Jackson Nee has been a consistent contributor up front along with new comers Jonathan Backus, Ryan Johnson, Jeffrey Chen, Tyler Paine and Stephen Thibault have all done their share of offensive output.  The blue line and in the net has seemed to be a strong point for the Wolfpack as veterans Alex Henderson, Devin Hines and Patrick Cunningham have all played well on the defensive and offensive side of the puck and first year blue liners Tanner Opie and Jimmy Beirne have also logged some impressive minutes for the D Corp.  In goal veteran Chris Rodrigues and a MJHL all-star last season has kicked off the season with a very impressive 1.85 GAA and a .951 sv% to start the season and rookies Ben Famiglietti and Evan Ruschil have also been impressive in their starts.  With a team of newcomers and the absence of Captain Josh Workman due to injury there is going to be bumps to the beginning of the Elite season.  However, the coaching staff is impressed with the improvement and development of the players but they are happy but not satisfied.  "From day 1 to today this team has really come together and improved.  There are a lot of new kids in that room and they need to gain team chemistry and learn that they can trust each other more out there, the locker room needs to get tighter.  We have seen some really good things but in order to compete with the top teams in the Elite division we will need to play more hungry and play away from the puck with more aggressiveness and hunger.  The new players just need to learn that the game of hockey is played without the puck once we all buy in this team is going to be very competitive.  This weekend’s sweep was really good for the moral of the team but we have to keep going and not be satisfied until we are performing up to every player’s potential," said Chris Cerrella.  The Elite Pack will face the NY Apple Core at home Saturday night before boarding the bus to face the NY Apple Core in Long Beach NY on Sunday.


by posted 09/26/2016
PREMIER WOLFPACK BLUE-LINE IMPRESSIVE EARLY ON

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack has started the season off on a good note going 4-0-1 in the preseason and then beating the NJ Rockets in their opening game 3-2. The impressive part of the early start is that the Premier Pack only has 2 veteran defense-men and one veteran goalie which is very young and should lack experience you would think, right?  Wrong, giving up 7 goals in 5 preseason games and 2 goals in game one against the NJ Rockets who have scored 24 goals in their first 5 regular season games is something to build on.  Veteran Dman Bobby Wurster has picked up right where he left off last season leading the blue line core and also wears the "A" for the team.  Veteran Connor Devereux has been side lined with an injury played well early on and will return to the line up some time this weekend.  After that the Pack has a group of young talented dmen that have really impressed the Wolfpack coaching staff.  1998 Ethan Clark who played last season with the U18 Jr Flyers has started off the season well and 6'4 Burlington CT native A.J. Przystawski has also been earning his stripes with his physical play on the back end.  Also contributing are 1998 Dmen Tyler Nelson (6'2 185lbs San Jose Sharks AAA) and Sage Bittinger-Esser (6'0 190lbs Washington Capitals U18 AAA) have both handled their first year of junior hockey very well.  Connecticut College commitment Trent Thomas has shown a lot of potential so far and has been very impressive on the PP early on and local boys Ryan Bilas (Suffield, CT) and Noah Sanders (Portland, CT) who played last season for the Wolfpack Jr B team have also been impressing the eyes of the coaching staff.  In goal veteran keeper Kyle Carducci who won 18 games last season for the Pack is in mid-season form and new comers Sean Storr (1-0 on season with a .939 sv%) and Kevin Hale (allowed just 2 goals in 3 preseason games) are getting the job done as first year goalies.  The combo of solid defense and good goaltending has been a plus for Chris Cerrella and his staff and it’s something he hopes continues through the season and into the playoffs. "We have a lot of new guys but they seem to be adjusting quite well so far.  It is very early and every team is this league is good so we will see if this continues for us early on.  It is a huge deal to gain momentum early in the season and we hope to continue doing just that.  I have been pleasantly surprised by our defensive end and our goaltending behind Carducci.  I think we have some positives right there for a successful season," said Head Coach Chris Cerrella.  The Premier Wolfpack will head to Bedford, Ma this Friday to take on Northern rival the Cyclones and will than face the NH Wolves on Saturday in the EHL showcase.

 


by posted 09/22/2016
Early adversity for the U16 Pack

The U16 Jr. Wolfpack is facing some early adversity in their first month of competition. This in normal for a team that has a roster made up of many new faces. The positive through the tough start has been that it has been an exhibition friendly early schedule. The Pack has only suffered two losses in league play through its first 9 games of the regular season. There is plenty of time for this young talented team to make up this ground in league play throughout the course of the season. The conference matchup against the Springfield Pics saw a 6-1 defeat as the road team jumped out to an early 4 goal lead in the first period. This proved to be too big of a lead for the Pack to battle back from, and would cost the team a tough loss. Coach Nick Diorio said this of the game “It was a hard loss for our team because all of our players were itching to play in this game. Some early mistakes led to goals which our team will fix in the very near future. This is a loss that can fuel our team in the next league matchup.” The team also featured a two game series against the Lancaster Firebirds that traveled from Pennsylvania to face off against the Pack. The two teams split this series 1-1 too much credit of both teams for hard fought battles. It would be great to see a third game between these two, however with travel this may have to wait until next season. This season could prove to be a great test for the Wolfpack’s young student athletes, as adversity creates many learning curves through a 50+ game season. How a team and an individual player react to adversity shows their character as well as an entire team’s make up. Stay tuned for more updates.  


by posted 09/22/2016
Wolfpack Tier One 16U Opens Season

The U16 Wolfpack kicked off their season with an exhibition showcase this past weekend in Walpole, MA against some great competition. The rink was filled with great talent and the Wolfpack had strong outings in their first five games together as a team. Friday night showed a matchup against the MA Northstars. This was a high intensity game as the players were itching to play for the first time in the Wolfpack uniform. The teams battled hard and the end of regulation served a 1-1 tie. Goaltender Tyler Beaulieu stole the show of the game making some really crucial saves both in the first and second half of the matchup. On Saturday, the Wolfpack would face the MA Islanders and South Shore Kings in a two game set. The scores of the matchups showed a 5-1 loss to the Kings, and a 4-1 loss to the Islanders. In both matchups the opposing teams would jump to early leads, which would eventually be the turning point in the game. However, in both competitions the Pack tied their opponents in the second half of each game. This was an early test for the U16 Wolfpack, these games would show key points to work on while also proving the Packs great work ethic and resiliency. Veteran forwards Matt Henderson and Jake Albert posted the scoring for the Saturday’s action. In the last day of the Labor Day tournament, the Wolfpack featured two games against the Southern Stars and Providence Capitals. The players were very hungry and eager to earn their first win of the season. In the first matchup against the Southern Stars, the Wolfpack battled very hard throughout the course of the game. Down 3-1 with 1:30 minutes left to play, the team attempted to pull the goaltender to try and reach within one goal. With a 6v5 advantage, the Pack had a few great net-front chances that were denied by the Stars goalie. This proved to be the game changer in a Sunday morning loss. With one more chance to earn the first win of the season, the Wolfpack played the Providence Capitals, capping a 5 game weekend on Sunday afternoon. Through the bumps and bruises, the Pack found ways to pull through and get the 4-1 win. It also seems as if the team found their chemistry as each of the four lines contributed to the teams scoring efforts. New comers Anthony Clericuzio and Nico Rodriguez provided key goals in the second half to lift the offense to the win. The entire defensive core found its rhythm as well shutting out the Capitals in the second half of the game. The weekend was a great learning experience for the players and coaches through hard fought exhibition games. The team looks to carry their momentum into the regular season. 


by posted 09/11/2016
Jr Wolfpack Labor Day Showcase - Updated

The Jr Wolfpack will be hosting their 7th annual Labor Day Showcase at the International Skating Center of Simsbury, CT.  Come down and check out the action Sept 3-4, 2016. 

 
Schedule:
 

 

       

Sat

9/3/16

       
Time Rink Div Home Team Away Team
12:00 PM NHL A Wolfpack Oilers
2:00 PM NHL A Nighthawks Little Flyers
         

Sun

 9/4/16

       
Time Rink Div Home Team Away Team
8:00 AM NHL A Nighthawks

Oilers

10:00 AM NHL A Wolfpack

Little Flyers

2:00 PM NHL A Oilers Little Flyers
4:00 PM NHL A Wolfpack Nighthawks

by posted 08/21/2016
Brinich Decides on Salve for 2016-17 Season

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that returning defenseman Mason Brinich will skip his last season of Junior hockey to attend Salve Regina for the 2016-17 season. The 6'4 dman was all set to begin training camp in Cromwell CT in a few
weeks when Coach Cerrella received a call about Brinich’s services. "Coach Boschetto and I speak often in the off season and he was in the need of a big stay at home dman and Mason fit the bill. It will hurt us not having a top 4 guy back but that's what we are here for developing players and getting them to College. We will miss the big man but we are all happy for him, it was too good of an opportunity to pass by," said Cerrella. Salve Regina is located in Newport, RI and plays in the ECAC Northeast. The Seahawks were a Div 3 national tournament participant last season losing to Suny Geneseo. The Jupiter, FL native is sad to leave his junior team this close to the season but is very excited for this opportunity at Salve. " I would like to thank Coach Cerrella and the entire Wolfpack Organization for everything they did for me. Coach Cerrella took a chance on me and for that I will always be grateful. I would also like to thank my parents and my brother for their love and support over the years, it’s not easy raising a Florida hockey player. Lastly, I would like to thank the boys. I owe all of my success last season to the PACK. I look forward to continuing my academic and athletic career at Salve Regina, but the Wolfpack will always be home." 

 


by posted 07/25/2016
Wolfpack New Comer has NESCAC in his Future

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack has been one of the top organizations in the EHL in college placement and every season they must recruit, for the most part an entirely new team. With only 3 eligible returning defenseman Coach Cerrella took a hard look and recruiting effort to land Dman Trent Thomas a Hill school graduate and a 2017 Connecticut college commitment. Thomas will play his gap year for the Wolfpack and prepare for his freshman season for not only on ice but off the ice. "We are happy to have Trent not only does he make us better I think we will do a great job preparing him for the next level. Our players have been known to go to the college hockey ranks and play as freshman and make an impact. We are looking forward to Trent patrolling our blue line from what we have seen so far he is going to be a heck of a college hockey player," said Chris Cerrella. Thomas was the captain of the Hill School his senior year and had 15pts in 26 games and is looking forward to joining the Wolfpack family. 
"After committing to Connecticut College back in October and finishing my last year for The Hill School, the coaches at Conn gave me the option to either attend in the fall of 2016 or take a year to play Junior Hockey. I chose to take a gap year. I had offers from other teams and organizations in other leagues, so multiple discussions and meetings with my college coaches and advisor were necessary. After speaking with Coach Cerrella, I decided that the Jr. Wolfpack would be the best organization to help me prepare for playing NCAA Division III hockey for Conn College. I knew after the first skate with the Wolfpack that I would be playing for them the next year. The welcoming and competitive atmosphere felt like home to me after the same feeling I had at Hill my previous four years. After meeting some returning players as well as the coaching staff, I was ready for the season to start. I can't wait to continue my career with this program and develop into a player who will thrive at the NCAA Division III level. I would like to thank the Wolfpack Organization and Coach Cerrella for this opportunity. I look forward to working with other great players to help this organization continue with its success," said Thomas. With only 4 weeks left before training camp the Wolfpack players and staff are excited about what the 2016-17 season will bring which is more College Commitments. 


by posted 07/25/2016
U16 Team Announces New League

Cromwell, CT – The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is excited to announce that the U16 Tier 1 Team will be joining the U.S. Premier Hockey League (USPHL) for the 2016-17 Season.  They will be joining the 16U North Division.  The North Division is made up of 7 other teams including; CP Dynamo, Rochester Monarchs, Springfield Pics, Syracuse Stars, South Shore Kings, Junior Bruins and Islanders Hockey Club.

“We are very excited for this opportunity”, said Dan McCarthy, President, of the Hartford Jr Wolfpack.  “The USPHL is a very competitive league and we feel this is a great opportunity for our organization.”

The USPHL Website can be found at : U16 Hartford Jr Wolfpack 

Training camp kicks off Sunday, August 21st and the entire Wolfpack Staff is excited for the new season to begin.


by posted 07/19/2016
Abby Lally Commits to Salve Regina

The Hartford Jr. Wolfpack is proud to announce that two year veteran defenseman Abby Lally has committed to Salve Regina University to continue both her ice hockey and lacrosse careers. Lally became a member of the Wolfpack in its inaugural season in 2014; a cornerstone of the defensive squad and a strong voice of leadership in her role as assistant captain in her final year, Lally has been a player that has helped to build the Wolfpack legacy and contributed to the success of the program both on and off the ice. With several offers from both hockey and lacrosse programs across New England, Lally decided to join Coach McCann and the Seahawks, as well as Wolfpack alum Caroline Prezioso who committed to Salve earlier this season, in the NEHC in the fall of 2016. 

In reflecting on her experience with the Wolfpack, Lally has said, "The Wolfpack helped me to grow not only as a hockey player but as a person. Through the program I was able to learn more about myself and my ability to play college hockey, I owe it all to my coaches and teammates I've had the past two seasons. Coach Craig Millard, who coached Lally from the beginning of her Wolfpack tenure, stated "Abby is the consummate teammate with an infectious personality that will do whatever it takes for the good of the team..she puts the team ahead of herself and is a competitive athlete.” 

 

The Hartford Junior Wolfpack wish Abby the greatest success in her journey of being a dual-sport NCAA DIII athlete.  She is the 6th announced college commit this season for the Hartford Junior Lady Wolfpack with more to come later this week.  

 

#TakePrideInThePack  

 


by posted 04/11/2016
Demers Commits to Endicott College

The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack is proud to announce that senior defenseman Nicole Demers has committed to Endicott College to continue her hockey career. Demers joined the Wolfpack squad for the 2015-2016 season as an anchor to the defensive unit, while continuing her tenure as a senior captain for her Kingswood-Oxford School prep team. Demers’ sharp skills, defensive composure, hockey IQ, and compete level generated interest from several college programs in the ACHA and NCAA alike. She has ultimately made the decision to join Coach McPhee and the Endicott team in the ECAC next season. Demers reflected on her experience with the Wolfpack, stating “Being a part of the Wolfpack helped me improve as a player and gave me the opportunity to play in front of college coaches often. My coaches were always supportive of the entire team and constantly pushed us and helped me improve each week. Thank you to my coaches and teammates for making this past season so valuable and helping me realize my goal of playing college hockey”

The Wolfpack coaching staff were thrilled to have Demers be a part of the program this past season. Coach CJ Kenney stated, “Nicole is an elite defenseman; her hard work and leadership were a tremendous asset to the Wolfpack team this past season and we are all confident that she is going to be an immediate contributor to the Endicott program.” The Jr. Wolfpack organization wishes Demers the best of luck in her college career. 


by posted 04/05/2016
Hackett Chooses Post University

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Tyler Hackett has chosen Post University to continue his hockey and academic career. Post will be entering is first season in the Northeast-10 Div II hockey conference and play their games at the Danbury Ice Arena. The Eagles are

Coach by Peter Whitney and assisted by For Wolfpack Alum Tim Richter. "Post is getting themselves a dedicated and hardworking kid. Tyler was by far one of our most improved players throughout the season and I am very happy for him. He is going to be a great addition on the ice and in the classroom he will be missed in our locker room next season. I wish him and his family the best of luck," said Chris Cerrella. Hackett came on down the stretch for the Pack and played his role very well something that he is going to bring in his first year with the Eagles. The Branford, CT native is excited about his season with the Pack and very excited about his future at Post. “I would like to thank Coach Cerella and the whole Junior Wolfpack organization for all they've done for me over the past year. I would also like to thank my parents for their endless support of every step along the way.

I am very exciting to be a part of The Eagles first season in the NE10, it's an exciting time," said Hackett. The Jr Wolfpack wishes the Hackett family the best as they head into the next chapter on and off the ice. 

 


by posted 03/21/2016
SOCKBESON WILL HEAD TO UNIV OF SOUTHERN MAINE FOR 2016-17

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that defenseman, Nyle Sockbeson,  has decided to head to the Univ of Southern Maine for the 2016 season.  The Huskies play in the NEHC Div 3 conference and play their home games at the USM Ice Arena and they are coached by Ed Harding who is in his second season with the program.  The 6'1 185lb blue liner is more than excited to be joining the team in the fall and looks forward to continuing his academic career as well.  "I would like to thank Coach Cerrella and all my coaches that have helped me get to where I am in my hockey career.  I have always wanted to play college hockey and the last two years with the Wolfpack has helped me achieve that goal.  I would like to thank my parents for all their support over the years and I would like to thank my team mates who are like a second family to me.  I look forward to playing at Southern Maine for the next four years but want to win a championship before I leave Hartford.  I am excited about this new chapter in my life on and off the ice," said Sockbeson.  After battling a nagging wrist injury during the first half of the season the Westerly, RI native has had a promising second half of the season as he has been one of the steady dman for the Pack in the recent weeks.  "Nyle has really stepped up after a slow first half and I think his wrist had a lot to do with that.  Since Christmas break he has been one of our most consistent guys on the back end and I think Southern Maine is going to only challenge him and make him better.  The Huskies are getting a very committed and hark working young man and I am excited for Nyle and look forward to keeping an eye on him in the years to come.  I wish him and his family the best of luck in the future," said Chris Cerrella.  The Jr Wolfpack is going to be leaning on Sockbeson to continue his aggressive defensive play down the stretch and into the playoffs as he has been a big part of the blue line so far in 2016.  Sockbeson is the Wolfpacks league leading 10th college commitment of the season with more announcements to come.

 


by posted 02/20/2016
NEWJHL Announces Youth Divisions For 2016-17

 

NEWJHL Announces Youth Divisions For 2016-17

01/11/2016, 10:00am EST

By Neil Ravin

ADDITION OF NEW PROGRAMS PAVING THE PATH TO COLLEGE ADVANCEMENT

BOSTON, Mass. -- The New England Women’s Junior Hockey League (NEWJHL) is excited to announce a youth division for East Coast girls programs for 2016-17.  The goal of the youth division is to coordinate a stable, showcase-based platform and operate a well-organized system that will:

  • Provide an entertaining atmosphere at showcases for girls and their families to attend.
  • Provide an easy method to schedule a number of competitive games each year, whether teams are looking to compliment their schedules or create solid bases for their schedules.
  • Work towards the future to create a network of teams on the East Coast that will bring solid definition to girls youth hockey and keep travel costs under control, while providing each club with like-minded teams and parity in competition.
     

The organizations that have committed so far include:

     - Boston Jr. Lady Bandits

     - Brewster Bulldogs

     - Connecticut Nighthawks

     - East Coast Wizards

     - Hartford Lady Wolfpack

     - New Jersey Rockets

     - Northern Cyclones

     - Philadelphia Jr. Flyers

     - Walpole Express
 

The league is currently working with a number of additional clubs that have expressed interest in joining. If your club is interested in participating please contact Jeff Nygaard at 

 


by posted 01/12/2016
DEFELICE COMMITS TO SUNY FREDONIA

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Assistant Captain, Tommy DeFelice has committed to SUNY Fredonia where he will continue his academic and hockey career.  Fredonia is located in Fredonia, NY and plays in the SUNYAC Div III Hockey Conference.  The Blue Devils play their games on campus at the Steele Hall Ice Arena that has hosted many SUNYAC tournament games as well as being known for their Pink The Rink game that has raised over $50,000 and was featured on ESPN.  The Blue Devils is coached by Head Coach Jeff Meredith in his 28th season behind the bench and former Wolfpack alumni Mike Lysyj is the Assistant Coach in his second season.  The Tolland, CT native is in his second season with the Wolfpack and currently has 16pts in 16 games for the Pack and is a very important piece to the Wolfpack offense and powerful work ethic.  "Tommy has been a warrior for us and he brings jam every game and every shift.  He has been a tremendous leader and someone who leads by example on and off the ice.  I am very proud of Tommy and his accomplishments.  He is going off to a great league and will have a great experience on the ice and in the classroom.  The coaching staff at Fredonia is getting a great citizen and someone who will compete right away in their line up.  He will join 3 alumni currently at Fredonia already and joins over 12 alumni currently playing in the SUNYAC.  We are very happy for him and wish him the best of luck in the future, he will be missed next season," said Chris Cerrella.  The hard working center will look to finish off the season and help the Wolfpack make a championship run in the EHL and he could not be more than happy to be given the opportunity to continue his playing career and more importantly his academic career at SUNY Fredonia. " I am very excited about the next four years in the classroom and on the ice at Fredonia.  I enjoyed my visit they have a nice rink on campus and had a great feel from the coaches, it was an easy decision for me.  I could not have done this without the support of my parents through the years of hockey so I am very thankful for them.  I could not have done it with out my current and pass teammates both with the Wolfpack and at Cushing Academy.  I wanted to make sure to thank Coach Cerrella and the entire Wolfpack organization for getting me the college hockey exposure I needed to make this happen.  I have had a ton of positive support and it made my goal of playing college hockey come true, I am proud to be a Blue Devil," said DeFelice.  The Wolfpack now has 3 college commitments announced so far this season with many more in the process, the Wolfpack has continued to prove they are one of the top college placement programs around. 


by posted 11/17/2015
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