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Jr Wolfpack Labor Day Showcase
The Jr Wolfpack will be hosting their 6th annual Labor Day Showcase...
Playing Junior Hockey as a Teenager
08/05/2015, 8:00am EDT By Neil Ravin Jordan Samuels-Thomas...
Billeting Families Needed
The Hartford Junior Lady Wolfpack is still looking for local hockey...
Midget U16 Ready for Action
The Midget U16 Tier 1 AYHL American Division team is ready for action....
When last seasons MJHL team finished in the top 8 in the league...
With just two months remaining before the Jr Wolfpack kicks off ...
Jr Wolfpack Labor Day Showcase

The Jr Wolfpack will be hosting their 6th annual Labor Day Showcase at the International Skating Center of Simsbury, CT.  Come down and check out the action Sept 4-6, 2015. 


Friday 9/4/15

Time Rink Div Home Team Away Team
3:30 PM NHL A Wolfpack Caledonia



Time Rink Div Home Team Away Team
10:30 AM NHL A Oilers Simsbury
12:30 PM NHL A Wolfpack Jr Rangers
2:30 PM NHL A Bobcats Caledonia
4:30 PM NHL A Little Flyers Apple Core
6:30 PM NHL A Jr Rangers Caledonia
10:40 AM OLY B Jr Wolfpack Elite U18
12:40 PM OLY B Jr Rangers Simsbury
2:40 PM OLY B Little Flyers Jr Wolfpack
4:40 PM OLY B Elite U18 Simsbury
Sunday 9/6/15        
Time Rink Div Home Team Away Team
8:30 AM NHL A Little Flyers


10:30 AM NHL A Wolfpack


12:30 PM NHL A Bobcats Jr Rangers
2:30 PM NHL A Oilers Apple Core
4:30 PM NHL A Little Flyers Simsbury
6:30 PM NHL A Oilers


8:40 AM

OLY B Elite U18 Jr Rangers

10:40 AM

OLY B Little Flyers Simsbury
2:40 PM OLY B Little Flyers Jr Rangers
4:40 PM OLY B Jr Wolfpack Simsbury
6:40 PM OLY A Wolfpack  Apple Core

by posted 08/27/2015
Playing Junior Hockey as a Teenager

08/05/2015, 8:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin

Jordan Samuels-Thomas was 16 when he played for the Wolfpack and saw his confidence begin to grow

Jordan Samuels-Thomas has worn a few different jerseys on his way to becoming a professional hockey player, but in terms of his overall confidence, it's his time with the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack that stands out the most.

"I was only 16 when I played for the 'Pack back in the 2006-'07 season, and I gained a lot from playing against older kids, and it was also the first time I learned that I could be an NHL player."

Samuels-Thomas wasn't the only teenager in the league that season, as the New Jersey Rockets had a defenseman themselves by the name of John Carlson. Carlson was a first round draft pick by the Washington Capitals in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and now has turned into one of the top offensive-defenseman in the National Hockey League.

Following his time with the Wolfpack, Samuels-Thomas played a couple more seasons of junior hockey, and then heard his name called in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. That following Fall, Samuels-Thomas began his collegiate career at Bowling Green State University (2009-'10).

Samuels-Thomas spent two years with the Falcons, leading the team in goals, assists and points both seasons, and then transferred to Quinnipiac University. JST, as he is often called, had to sit out the 2011-'12 season, and returned to help to lead the Bobcats to a Frozen Four appearance in 2012-'13. It was a special year for Quinnipiac, as they finished with a record of 30-8-5, and were National Runners Up. JST was 3rd on the team in scoring with 29 points, which included 5 game-winning goals. The 6'4" forward definitely had a taste for the heroics that season, as you'll see in this game-winning goal over Dartmouth. (Video Courtesy of QU Athletics)

Samuels-Thomas posted another 29-point season during his Senior year at QU (2013-'14), and then spent this past season with the Rochester Americans, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

While he has worn a few different jerseys over the years, Samuels-Thomas knows how valuable his time was with the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack. It was the first of many smart hockey decisions that he has made in his career.

"For junior players today, don't feel that if you go early it's better for you. You need to play when your ready to make a real impact. There's no rush."

by posted 08/09/2015
Billeting Families Needed

The Hartford Junior Lady Wolfpack is still looking for local hockey families to Billet (House) 3 young ladies coming to the Lady Jr Wolfpack for the upcoming season.  Ideally, we would like to place with 3 individual families.  The ladies are coming from VT, CA, & GA, foregoing their senior year of High School in their familiar surroundings in hope of fulfilling a dream of playing College hockey.  All are good students and players but need a good home environment in order to make their season successful.


My family and I had the opportunity to help a young lady from the Philadelphia area this past season and it was a wonderful experience.  She played for the Lady Wolfpack in its first season and will attend the University of New England this fall to play hockey.  Along the way, we discovered a new daughter and newly found extension of our family in the Philadelphia area.  It was a very easy, yet highly gratifying way to help a young lady and pay it forward.  All we needed to do was open our home to her.


If you are interested or even mildly so and have questions about the process, please contact John Hissick Via email: or by cell phone at 203-915-5475.


Thank you in advance for your help.


John Hissick

by posted 08/07/2015
Midget U16 Ready for Action

The Midget U16 Tier 1 AYHL American Division team is ready for action. In less than 15 days the team will get together for the first time all summer as a unit and begin to prepare for their tough AYHL schedule. On Aug 22 the team will begin a week long on and off ice conditioning program and work with the coaching staff on team systems and team conditioning before they start their regular practices in preparation for their opening games.

"We entered a few summer tournaments, not as a full team, but I was able to see our players and see the things we needed to work on as individuals. It will be nice to get to work and start working on our team play," said Coach Vets.  The team struggled through two off season showcases but that doesn't seem to bother Director of Hockey, Chris Cerrella, in his 8th season running the Jr Wolfpack teams. "Even though it was not the outcome we all hoped for, our staff doesn't judge success with wins and losses and a trophy does not develop a player. We are excited about this group of young players and think we have a lot to work with. It will be a battle early, but I see good things down the stretch for this young team. It's an exciting time for our players and staff."  

With just a few weeks remaining the Head Coach Jack Vets is proud to announce veteran Jon Carlson as the Captain for the 2015-16 season. 

by posted 08/05/2015

When last seasons MJHL team finished in the top 8 in the league of 23 teams and lost in game 3 of the semi finals that makes for a tough act to follow for the upcoming Jr Wolfpack MJHL season.  With only a few returners it is going to take some veteran leadership to get the Pack back to the final four and the Jr Wolfpack staff feel they have the right guy wearing the C for the upcoming season.  "Benny started the season slow and then slowly figured out what it takes to play Junior Hockey.  By half way through last season he was one of our hardest working players and one of our go to guys as a first year junior hockey player.  He plays the game right, he plays it small and does all the little things that coaches love.  He finishes checks, hunts pucks and plays hard on both sides of the puck.  If he continues to work and absorb he will be playing college hockey some where one day, where and when is up to him.  He will be a great leader for our team this upcoming season and we look forward to working with him in this new role," said Chris Cerrella.  Thompson finished the season as a top end forward for a very strong Wolfpack MJHL team and will be looking to pick up right where he left off.  He has some plans in mind for himself and his team mates and looks forward to the challenges ahead.  "I am going to be as strong of a leader as I possibly can both on and off the ice, leading by example first.  This year we need to do all the things right, we can not take any practices or shifts off and we have to play as mistake free as we can.  If we can do that it is a good start to going deep in the playoffs and hopefully winning a championship.  I am looking forward to getting out there every day and getting started it's not too far away," said Ben Thompson.  The Canterbury, CT native will be hitting the gym hard for the rest of the off season and getting on the ice as much as possible in preparation for the season.  "The key for this team is going to be team commitment. Last season we had a close team but had a lot of players on their own page.  Everyone must pull and push together and come into camp in the best shape of their lives.  Winning the MJHL is not an easy task but a task that we feel we have the team to complete," said Chris Cerrella.  MJHL players will report to their first day of camp August 23rd where they will start their on and off training and will be part of team meetings as well as strength and conditioning testing.  The season will be here before you know it.


by posted 06/29/2015

With just two months remaining before the Jr Wolfpack kicks off  their 8th pre season training camp under Head Coach Chris Cerrella, the season is already in good hands under their 2015/16 leader.  The 6'0 195lbs defenseman was a staple in last years defensive corp and one who knew that every day was a battle in the competitive EHL.  "We had a good team last season but we lost focus after Christmas guys were on their own page instead of the TEAMS page and it really hurt us in the second half and playoffs.  When you are playing Junior Hockey and trying to get to the college level things like that can not happen and it affected our team.  Spencer and I have been talking a lot from the leadership end on what needs to change for this season and we both are on the same page.  I am looking forward to this new group of players and the changing of the guards if you will and Carter is the perfect guy to wear the C," said Chris Cerrella.  Things are already looking up for the Captain of The Pack as he will be visiting Elmira College in the ECAC West in August and he has other schools like SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Potsdam and Wentworth among others that have expressed interest in the 20 year old blue liner.  But that is the last on the list for the Swisher, Iowa native as he prepares himself and his team mates for next season and already has his plans in mind.  "This year as Captain my goals are to lead not only by example but be someone the team can talk to about whatever it is that needs to be addressed.  I will be making sure guys are focusing more in practice and holding them accountable whether it is during games, practices, workouts or our video sessions.  I am excited to get to Connecticut in August and begin the season and not only advance my play as an individual but to make my team mates better every day," said Carter.  With just 2 months before the Jr Wolfpacks 2015 training camp begins the roster has taken shape and the coaching staff is preparing for the season.  It is an exciting time around Cromwell, CT and the players are excited to get things under way.  "The offseason is always a nice time for coaches to recharge their battery but after a month we usually get bored and want the season to start and it will be here before we all know it and I am looking forward to August 23rd," said Chris Cerrella.

by posted 06/24/2015
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