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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 ...
Wolfpack Dman Achieves Another Accomplishment
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that defenseman...
CROMWELL, CT— The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack are pleased...
Cromwell, CT—The Wolfpack are elated to announce another...
Wolfpack EHL Team forms affiliation with Central Penn MJHL Team
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is happy to announce an affiliation agreement...
Tomassini Chooses Assumption College
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that spark plug...
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

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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 Rangers
2:30 PM NHL A Bobcats Caledonia
4:30 PM NHL A Little Flyers Apple Core
6:30 PM NHL A Simsbury Caledonia
10:40 AM OLY B Jr Wolfpack Wolfpack U18
12:40 PM OLY B Jr Rangers Simsbury
2:40 PM OLY B Little Flyers Jr Wolfpack
4:40 PM OLY B Wolfpack U18 Jr Wolfpack
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 Rangers
2:30 PM NHL A Oilers Apple Core
4:30 PM NHL A Little Flyers Simsbury
6:30 PM NHL A Oilers Bobcats

8:40 AM

OLY B Simsbury Wolfpack U18

10:40 AM

OLY B Jr Rangers Little Flyers
12:40 PM OLY B Jr Wolfpack Jr Rangers
2:40 PM OLY B Little Flyers Simsbury
4:40 PM OLY B Jr Wolfpack Jr Rangers
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
Wolfpack Dman Achieves Another Accomplishment

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that defenseman Austin Dittenhafer was selected 31st overall in the USHL draft. Selected by the Sioux City Musketeers, the 6'3 University of Vermont commitment has achieved not only a Division 1 commitment with the Jr Wolfpack but also the opportunity to be drafted to the Number 1 Junior League in the country. Dittenhafer spent two seasons developing with the Wolfpack and is now looking to continue his preparation to play in Hockey East. "Austin has an extremely high upside many NHL teams followed this season and if he stays on track he can be an impact guy for UVM as a freshman. I am very happy for Austin and his family. I am glad to see him get the opportunity to possibly play in the USHL. I played in the league as a player and there is no better league. We are happy we were able to help Austin achieve his goals, not only for college hockey, but to prepare him for it at such a young age as well" said Chris Cerrella. 

It's a proud moment for the young 1997 defenseman and he is looking forward to the future. "Its such an honor to get drafted into the USHL. It was always a goal of mine to play at the highest level of junior hockey there is. Sioux city is a great organization and I couldn't be happier to be a part of it. Playing for the Wolfpack was the best two years I've had in hockey. I've learned so much and it's prepared me for that next level. I don't think I would've made it without coach Cerrella. The group of guys I skated with matured me as a person and it was a pleasure playing with them," said Dittenhafer.


by posted 05/06/2015

CROMWELL, CT— The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack are pleased to announce the final college commitment of the 2014-2015 season. Ontario native, Steph Grundy, has decided to continue her collegiate hockey career at Neumann College in Aston Township, Pennsylvania. Steph had several college coaches interested in her early on, as she combines strength and speed in her defensive play. A talented writer, Grundy was also careful to select a school with a strong Communications or Journalism program. Ultimately, Neumann rose to the top of her college list,  and she excitedly accepted a spot on their roster. “After taking a visit to campus and meeting with the team, I knew that Neumann was the perfect fit for me. Neumann has a very well respected reputation for both their Hockey and Communication programs, as well as an emphasis on spiritual development. I look forward to spending my next 4 years as a Knight!”

Grundy joined the Wolfpack for a post-graduate year, in order to develop her skills, and gain more college exposure. She quickly emerged as a leader on the team, serving as an Assistant Captain, as well as being an unofficial mentor for some of her younger teammates. The Wolfpack coaching staff couldn’t be more proud of Grundy and her accomplishments. “Steph was the heart and soul of the team. She was always one of the first to the rink and last to leave. She believed in our team and the opportunities this experience would open up to her, and I’m so glad we were able to help her achieve her dream of playing college hockey in the US,” says Coach Corvi. “I think I can speak for the girls when I say we’re all eager to watch our favorite Canadian do great things at Neumann.”

On behalf of the Wolfpack organization, congratulations to Steph and the Grundy family on this incredible opportunity!

by posted 05/05/2015

Cromwell, CT—The Wolfpack are elated to announce another college commitment. Senior goaltender, Giana Rifici, is headed to Maine to play at the University of New England. 

Rifici hails from New Jersey and was the first player to billet with the team. Giana and her family felt that the Wolfpack was the perfect organization to help her reach her goal of playing college hockey. After a long season with the Wolfpack, Rifici had several college offers to consider. After many visits and conversations, Rifici finally decided to spend the next four years as a UNE Nor’easter. “I knew I wanted to go to UNE once I was able to visit campus and meet the coach. I really connected with him and fell in love with the school. UNE is the perfect place for me to move on and pursue the next chapter of my academic and hockey career.” 

A mainstay goaltender for the Wolfpack, Rifici has been in net for many of the team’s victories, and made key saves to keep them in many games. Head Coach Ashleigh Corvi says, “I’m so proud of Giana and the effort she’s put forward all season to reach this goal. For most hockey players, joining the college ranks is the pinnacle of their career. Giana has improved tremendously over the course of the season and I know the UNE staff will continue to push her to reach her full potential. She was a stalwart for us in many games and I look forward to seeing her give her future team the same opportunity to win and compete.” 

On behalf of the entire Hartford Jr. Wolfpack organization, congratulations to Giana and the Rifici family on this incredible opportunity! 

by posted 03/30/2015
Wolfpack EHL Team forms affiliation with Central Penn MJHL Team

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is happy to announce an affiliation agreement with one of the top development programs in the MJHL the Central Penn Panthers.  Located in Lacaster, PA, the CPP have become one of the top development teams in the MJHL and will be working on player movement with the Jr Wolfpack EHL.  


“We are very excited about the opportunity to affiliate with the Central Penn Panthers in the MJHL. They do a great job in developing young inspiring student athletes and we are looking forward to working with them next season,” said Chris Cerrella, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Hartford Jr Wolfpack.   "We have had some players from their organization move up to our Jr A team in the past and they have done a great job for us, we know if we get a player from the CPP organization they have been well coached and will be ready to step in and compete for our EHL club." 

This is a great opportunity for both programs to help more players reach their goals of playing at the highest level possible and gives them multiple avenues as they look to get on their path of playing college hockey. 

by posted 03/19/2015
Tomassini Chooses Assumption College

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that spark plug defenseman Dante Tomassini has committed to Assumption College for the 2015-16 season. Tomassinni will continue his hockey and academic career next year and will suit up for the GreyHounds. Assumption College is a small school located in Worcester, MA and play their home games at Buffone Arena and skate in the Northeast-10 college hockey conference. The speedy blue liner is excited about his future and being part of the Jr Wolfpack, "I would like to thank the Hartford Jr Wolfpack coaching staff especially Head Coach Cerrella for helping and preparing me for the next chapter of my life. Also, To my trainer Ciro Longobardi at Pure Performance for helping me get into both physical and mental shape . I would also like to thank my family for supporting me throughout this journey. Finally to my teammates for being my brothers and expecting the best out of me everyday. I am very excited  to join my new Assumption family and start this new chapter in my life."  Tomassini in just his first season of junior hockey with the Wolfpack has found a home in college hockey and has added to the ever growing list of college hockey placement for the organization. "Assumption is not only getting one of the hardest working players that I have ever coach but they are also getting a great young man and an even better team mate. Dante is one of the most coachable players that has come through this organization and his dedication to his team is second to none. We are very happy for the Tomassini family and look forward to watching Dante in the future," said Chris Cerrella. The Jr Wolfpack will continue to make a push for the 2015-16 and will have a lot of stalls to fill in their locker room this off season.  

by posted 03/19/2015
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