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U16 Pack Facing a Tough Task
12/06/2016
The U16 team hit a rough patch this season after battling through...
Dunner to join SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils
11/15/2016
The Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Assistant Captain,...
Valentine Heads to SUNY Fredonia
11/14/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that second year...
Captain Shane Visnick Chooses SUNY Brockport
11/08/2016
  The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that...
Premier Wolfpack Struggles Continue
10/17/2016
The Jr Wolfpack Premier team started off preseason and the regular...
U-16 Pack Shows Improvements
10/17/2016
Over the last three games for the U-16 Wolfpack, the team has posted...
Premier Wolfpack Improves to 3-0
10/02/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack has to be happy with their start to...
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...
U16 Team Announces New League
07/19/2016
Cromwell, CT – The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is excited to announce...
 
U16 Pack Facing a Tough Task

The U16 team hit a rough patch this season after battling through a tough losing streak during the month of November. The team has trailed opposing teams by one goal in four of seven games entering into the third period. They have also found themselves losing games with a two goal lead in the third period. Forwards Matthew Henderson, Julian Perino, and Maren Lancaster have provided key tallies for the team during these close games. Defenseman Kyle Nelson, Jack Gao, Logan Carlisle and Chris Jenkins have all logged a lot of minutes in these games providing a tough core of players on the blue line for the Pack. Goaltenders Tyler Beaulieu Adam Faust and Harry Freda notched great efforts in these games only to come up short in the final score. Each player on the teams compete level has grown during this tough stretch and had the team itching to break open their teams potential. Coach Butler had quoted this statement:   “The team has not been getting any bounces or calls to go their way. The first win to break us out of this funk will be the toughest game of the year and our team will really have to earn it.” That is exactly what happened in the team’s first game exhibition game following the Thanksgiving break. With the team trailing 3-0 in the second period, the Wolfpack rallied to score 4 goals to come-back and win the game 4-3. The scoring flurry was led by Chase Reynolds who had 2 goals, and Anthony Clericuzo who scored the game winning goal with 3 seconds on the clock. The U16 Wolfpack will face an exhibition heavy schedule in the upcoming month of December. This is a great opportunity for the team to find their stride heading into the Christmas holiday break. The Pack will have a number of opportunities to make up ground in the second half of the season with a many of the competitions being played at home games in Cromwell, CT. If the team can string together a few wins in a row before break it can make this tough stretch forgettable in the long run. Many of these young men are experiencing the Junior hockey grind for the first time in their career dealing with injuries, travel, and a high level of play. The main ingredient you can take away from this is that the boys are not being handed any success. They are on a constant battle competing, and finding ways to earn their success. This in turn will pay big dividends for their future careers. 


by posted 12/06/2016
Dunner to join SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils

The Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Assistant Captain, Ryan Dunner is set to attend SUNY Fredonia in 2017 to continue his hockey and academic career. The Glassboro, NJ native has 15pts in 14 games this season something Fredonia is looking for him to continue at the college level. The Blue Devils play in the tough SUNYAC Div 3 hockey conference and play their home games on their campus at Steele Hall Ice Arena. The skilled and speedy forward played last season for the Texas Brahmas in the NA3HL before coming to the Wolfpack in the EHL for the college hockey exposure he needed. "We chased Ryan after his 2014-15 season and after his 2015-16 season and he came to us in his last season of junior with the hopes of getting that college hockey exposure the EHL can offer. It looks like it has worked out well for him, he's playing well and he is going to a great place. He is going to be an even better college hockey player there is no question. We are very happy for Dunner and his family and we wish him the best of luck in the future," said Chris Cerrella. Dunner is the second commitment to Fredonia in the last 48 hours as he will join current teammate Colin Valentine as well as former Wolfpack players Tommy DeFelice, Max Blitz, Todd Schauss, Luke Rivera and Max Ross. Seeing the success of
The Wolfpack alumni at Fredonia and many former Wolfpack players having great success on other SUNYAC teams has Dunner very excited about becoming a Blue Devil. "I am very excited to be joining the blue devils family for next season and to start the next chapter of my life. I had an awesome time playing junior hockey but I am eager to get back into school. When I visited Fredonia I fell in love with the campus and facilities and think it is the perfect fit for me to not only continue my hockey career, but also get a good education. I would like to thank coach Merrideth and the blue devils staff for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank Coach Cerrella for everything he does for me and constantly helping me and making me a better person and player. I came to the Wolfpack because of his track record of moving guys on and I know if I did what I had to do, he would move me on and he did and I can't thank him enough for that. Last but not least I would like to thank my family. My mom, dad and sister have been there supporting me since I was four years old and starting to play. Through the ups and downs they always had my back and helped me keep my head up high. I love them more than anything and wouldn't be where I am, or the person I am today without them. I will continue to work this year and in the off season and do everything I can do to be able to make the transition to that next level," said Dunner. It's a great day to be part of the PACK! 


by posted 11/15/2016
Valentine Heads to SUNY Fredonia

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that second year forward Colin Valentine will head to SUNY Fredonia for the 2017-18 season. Fredonia plays their games in the SUNYAC Div 3 hockey conference known to be one of the strongest leagues in the country. They are coached by Jeff Meredith who is on his 29th season on the bench for the Blue Devils and is assisted by former Jr Wolfpack alum Mike Lysyj. Steele Hall Arena is the home arena which is located right on The SUNY Fredonia campus. Valentine will be joining former Wolfpack players Tommy DeFelice, Todd Schauss, Luke Rivera, Max Blitz and Max Ross who are part of a very strong freshman and sophomore group at Fredonia. "We have done a lot of work with the Fredonia coaching staff and they are top notch. They do a fantastic job recruiting our players and our alumni are having a great experience there and are all doing their jobs on the ice and in the classroom. Vally is gonna fit right in with their philosophy of speed and hard work. He brings jam every day to games and practices and he is gonna have a great career on and off the ice for the Blue Devils. He is one of those kids you don't want to see leave but know he will make you proud at the next level. I'm very excited for Colin and his family," said Chris Cerrella. The gritty veteran forward has been a spark plug for the Wolfpack for the last two seasons and has earned everything he has received along the way. In 14 games this season the Turnersville, NJ native has 3G and 7A for 10pts and logs both PP and PK time for the Pack. He will look to log the same time next season at the college hockey level and is very excited for that time to come. "I am very excited about the opportunity I have at SUNY Fredonia both on the ice and in the classroom. It has always been a dream to play college hockey now I get to do it at a place with a great tradition, great facilities and a great coaching staff. I would like
to thank Coach Cerrella for getting me to the next level and working hard for me to find the right fit for me. Coming here last season to play for him was obviously the best thing I could have done for the college hockey process. I would like to send out a special thank you to my family they have supported me through this journey every step of the way and without that support it would have been hard to make my dream come true. I cannot wait to get on Fredonia's campus next season," said Valentine. That's the Wolfpack’s second commitment in less than a week and third on the season. Stay on the edge of your seat as more college commitments are coming soon. 


by posted 11/14/2016
Captain Shane Visnick Chooses SUNY Brockport

 

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.

 


by posted 11/08/2016
Premier Wolfpack Struggles Continue

The Jr Wolfpack Premier team started off preseason and the regular season with a bang. They have hit their first string of adversity battling injuries to top players Ryan Dunner and now recently Tristan Morin from the result of unpenalized dangerous hits. Not only that, but the young Wolfpack team has spent the whole beginning of the season on the road playing in only one home game thus far. "Making a schedule like this challenges us early on and we designed it this way. It hasn't worked out for us the way we have wanted it to but we are learning along the way. We have a lot of new guys and a lot of first year Jr A players, probably more than anyone in the league. So it's been challenging, however in my eyes we are underachieving as a team and a lot of guys are underachieving as individuals," said Chris Cerrella Head Coach. Struggling to score goals the Wolfpack is 1-5 in their last six games averaging under 2 goals a game in that stretch and losing multiple 1-2 goal games. The team is looking for the shining star they are desperately needing. "We have a lot of hard working talented players in that room but 1-2 goals a game is not going to get it done. Guys have to step up, we are 10 games in and it’s time for them to get it going," said owner Dan McCarthy. With more games on the road spreading to thanksgiving, the coaching staff is not about to push the panic button.  With a 5-4 loss to the Little Flyers this weekend, it set the bar and showed a lot of promise with the hopes that the team continues to make strides while battling adversity together. Only time will tell if they can find that consistency and momentum that is needed to win hockey games.


by posted 10/17/2016
U-16 Pack Shows Improvements

Over the last three games for the U-16 Wolfpack, the team has posted a 2-1 record while not hosting one home game during this stretch. The Pack are facing an away heavy schedule early in the season with many home games lined up after Christmas. Being able to earn points from games during the first half of the season on the road, can play a major advantage for a second half play push at home. Two of the three road games featured the Pack traveling to upstate NY to play against the Syracuse Stars. The Stars featured their high level of talent in the first matchup posting a 5-1 win against the visiting Wolfpack. However, the scoreboard did not display the actual elements of the game. The Wolfpack were only trailing 2-0 heading into the third period with a pleather of grade A scoring opportunities. Not executing on these chances proved to be a decisive key component for the Pack.

During the following week of practice, the team focused in all week on scoring goals. The entire team bought in and showed up the following weekend to play against the same Syracuse Stars team. Their practice ethic was featured in the game, as the Pack scored 2 goals in the first period of action. The team then added a third goal in the second period going into the third period intermission with a 3-0 lead. Captains Jake Albert and Kyle Kadziolka led the way with two early goals, new comer Kyle Becker scored a big goal as well that was felt through the entire team. Not to overlook the team’s defense, the same Syracuse Stars team that scored 5 goals against the Pack the weekend before, was now being shut-out. Defensmen Kyle Nelson and Jack Gao played an extremely solid, and physical game on the blue line for the team. The Pack finished the game with a 5-1 win led by a stellar game from goalie Adam Faust. Goals from Defenseman Andrew Cohen and Kyle Kadziolka’s second tuck of the game sealed the victory for the team.

The last of the three games set featured a matchup against the split season U18 co-op Newington high school team. The U-16 Wolfpack represented not only themselves as individual hockey players properly, but also the entire Wolfpack organization. The team showed why individually they make the choice to play at this level of hockey, rather than play for their respected high school. The Wolfpack won the game 8-0 while giving up only 4 shots on net all game. They proved our organization model, “The best path to college hockey.” 


by posted 10/17/2016
Premier Wolfpack Improves to 3-0

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack has to be happy with their start to the regular season.  After a 14 day training camp and 6 exhibition games the team jumped out in front in the EHL Central Division with a 3-0 start.  With a 3-2 home win over the NJ Rockets the Pack traveled to Bedford Ma for the first league showcase where they defeated rivals the Northern Cyclones 4-0 in a back and fourth game that consisted of two empty net goals.  The next day the team faced the NE Wolves and once again came away with two points with a 3-1 win.  Forwards Ryan Dunner (8 pts), Shane Visnick (6pts) and Tristan Morin (4pts) have led the way for the Pack offensively along with Kevin Murphy and Colin Valentine. The Wolfpack will look to face in state competition the CT Oilers on Saturday at home before boarding the bus for a trip to Burlington, VT to face the 3-1 Vermont Lumberjacks.  Although just three games into the regular season there is a lot to look forward to from the Pack this season as they continue to build momentum.   "Momentum is our team word this season it wins and loses shifts, periods game and championships.  If we build momentum we will play anyone in our league tough and we could be tough to beat.  It is very early and everyone like us will continue to get better, this is a good league.  I am looking forward to see how this team unfolds so far they have been fun to coach and fun to watch," said Chris Cerrella. 

 

Wolfpack Bites:  The Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that alumni Todd Thomas (SUNY Potsdam graduate) has been named Assistant Coach of Chatham University who will begin NCAA Div III play in 2017-18.

 


by posted 10/02/2016
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
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
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