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Premier Wolfpack Selects Captain and two Assistants
04/21/2016
The Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that they have selected...
Wolfpack Alumni Butler Enjoys Pro Debut
04/19/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack wishes alumni Frank Butler the best...
Shelby Page Commits to Southern Maine University
04/16/2016
The Hartford Junior Lady Wolfpack is excited to announce that...
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...
Bakos Commits to Nichols College
03/15/2016
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack is proud to announce that senior...
MURPHY CHOOSES FRAMINGHAM
03/11/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is happy to announce that scrappy forward...
Morrissey chooses Franklin Pierce
02/28/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce its 11th college...
U-16 Pack Find Stride in Second Half
02/23/2016
Over the last eight games, the U16 Wolfpack have only lost in one...
SOCKBESON WILL HEAD TO UNIV OF SOUTHERN MAINE FOR 2016-17
02/20/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that defenseman,...
MJHL All-Star Weekend
02/17/2016
  The Hartford Jr. Wolfpack had seven representatives...
Lady Wolfpack Getting Results
02/16/2016
The Lady Wolfpack played an exciting three game home series this...
Gray Commits to Johnson & Wales for 2016
02/01/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that veteran forward...
Futures Wrap Up
01/27/2016
After 2 weather related cancellations over the past 2 weeks, the...
GRAY HELPING WOLFPACK MAKE THE PLAYOFF PUSH
01/26/2016
With just 9 games left to play in the regular season the Hartford...
U16 Pack looks to shift gears in the New Year
01/21/2016
The U16 Wolfpack is looking towards having a dynamic second half...
Caroline Prezioso commits to Salve Regina University
01/18/2016
  CROMWELL, CT - The Hartford Lady Wolfpack of the...
Lahey headed to Lebanon Valley
01/15/2016
CROMWELL, CT - The Lady Wolfpack is proud to announce that standout...
NEWJHL Announces Youth Divisions For 2016-17
01/12/2016
  NEWJHL Announces Youth Divisions For 2016-17 01/11/2016,...
HJWP Futures Post 2 wins with back-to-back shutouts
01/11/2016
After coming off a thrilling 3-2 win last weekend over the NY Roots,...
Defenseman McDonald chooses Johnson & Wales
12/21/2015
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Defenseman...
SAWDEN WILL HEAD TO TUFTS IN 2016
12/21/2015
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Assistant...
WOLFPACK CAPTAIN CHOOSES ELMIRA
12/11/2015
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that their "C"...
BLITZ CHOOSES SUNY FREDONIA FOR 2017-18
12/09/2015
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack of the EHL is proud to announce that...
GENTZLER CHOOSES SUNY BROCKPORT FOR HIS COLLEGE HOCKEY FUTURE
11/20/2015
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that crafty forward...
DEFELICE COMMITS TO SUNY FREDONIA
11/17/2015
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Assistant...
BECHTEL SEALS DEAL WITH SALVE REGINA
11/09/2015
The Jr Wolfpack organization would like to congratulate EHL forward...
Palmer Heads For Nichols College 2016-17
11/09/2015
The Jr Wolfpack would like to announce their 2nd College commitment...
 
Premier Wolfpack Selects Captain and two Assistants

The Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that they have selected their Captain and two
Assistants for their Premier team for next season. Veteran forward Shane Visnick will wear the C on his chest and fellow veteran Tristan Morin and defenseman Bobby Wurster will hold the A's. 

Visnick a Boca Raton native had 31pts this past season and was a hardnosed power forward with the stick skills of a speedy winger. His leadership qualities stood out in his rookie season and was something that made the coaching staff take notice even early on. "Shane is a big tough and rigid kid. He played the game well, consistent and hard like the game should be played. After talking with our captains from 15-16 they were very clear that Viz needed to be the leader it was a no brainer for us. He is going to do a great job," said Chris Cerrella. Visnick came to the Wolfpack from the Florida Everblades Usphl Empire team. 

Dman Bobby Wurster took the Jr Wolfpack by surprise. Early on was a back end of the d-corp fighting to be in the lineup and by mid-October he began to earn his stripes. By January, the New Hope, PA native, was on the PP and became a go to for the coaching staff. "Bobby was one of those unsung heroes.  We were so happy with his development and he's going to have a huge year for us. A great kid on and off the ice,  he is going to be an attractive player to many colleges this season and a great leader for our team," said Chris Cerrella. Wurster came to the Wolfpack from the Jr Flyers U18 AAA team.

Then there was Tristan Morin, the Wolfpacks most improved player and energizer bunny. Morin started the season as a 4th line energy player who slowly worked his way to the top line playing with Machlan Sawden and Conner Bechtel. Morin was one of the most agitating players in the EHL last season who used his speed and work ethic to make up for his 5'9 160lbs frame. "Tristan was one of those players that you hated to play against. He was tenacious and hunted pucks very well. He was good in all 3 zones on both sides of the puck he led by example and that's why he has been chosen to lead our team. I won't be surprised see some goo academic schools all over him this season," said Chris Cerrella. 

With the 2016 season approaching, the Jr Wolfpack seem like they have started to get their ducks in a row on building another competitive team. 26-10-5 with 14 college placements will be tough to beat, but the coaching staff and ownership are up for the task. 

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack has released Coach Andrew Furbush from his Coaching duties for the Elite Hartford Jr Wolfpack Team for the upcoming season.  We thank him for all his efforts last season and wish Andrew the best of luck in the future.   More updates to follow as the 2016-17 season approaches.


by posted 04/21/2016
Wolfpack Alumni Butler Enjoys Pro Debut

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack wishes alumni Frank Butler the best of luck in The Sphl playoffs as he suits up for the Fayetteville FireAntz. Butler played for the Jr Wolfpack before heading to Nichols College where he was captain and had a standout career. Good luck to Butler and the FireAntz. 
 


by posted 04/19/2016
Shelby Page Commits to Southern Maine University

The Hartford Junior Lady Wolfpack is excited to announce that two year veteran defenseman Shelby Page has committed to continuing her hockey career at Southern Maine University. Shelby has been an integral part of the Wolfpack's foundation since its inaugural season in 2014, and by the end of her tenure made herself a staple in the Wolfpack lineup on both defense and forward.

 

Coach Craig Millard said, "Having Shelby on this team was good for everybody. She's a great kid, she works hard, and she plays where we ask her to play. There is no doubt in my mind that she will have great success at Southern Maine - they are lucky to have her."

 

Fighting through injury this year, Shelby never let adversity get the best of her. She continued to show up for her teammates and work as hard as she could to get her game back up to speed. In the last six weeks of the 2015-2016 season, Shelby had a major impact on the success the team carried through their battle at NEWJHL playoffs. Reflecting on her total experience with the Wolfpack, Shelby said, "The Wolfpack made me into a better-rounded player by pushing me to play forward, which was out of my comfort zone. When I was injured, my coaches and teammates were always interested in my progress - when I returned from injury, the Wolfpack helped me build up my strength and get back into the lineup." 

 

The Wolfpack wishes Shelby all the best in the ECAC next year!

 


by posted 04/16/2016
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
Bakos Commits to Nichols College

The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack is proud to announce that senior winger Madison Bakos has committed to Nichols College to continue her hockey career in the fall. Bakos was new to the Wolfpack squad for the 2015-2016 season, after making the difficult decision to depart from her Hamden High School team in her senior year and take a chance in the NEWJHL. The choice to sacrifice what she knew and focus on developing her game with a program that truly pushed her to improve paid dividends late in the season; Bakos was offered a roster spot at three different NCAA DIII programs  and ultimately made the decision to join Coach Brown and the Nichols team in the NEHC next season. Bakos states that of all of her options, "It seemed like Nichols was the right fit for me.  I'll be playing both hockey and lacrosse and I really enjoyed the coaches along with the girls I met at my overnight stay. I'm happy with my decision and I have to really thank the Wolfpack program...[it] led to an opportunity, which led to me achieving a goal I've had since I was in elementary school, which is to be a college hockey player.” 

 

The Wolfpack coaching staff saw a tremendous improvement in Bakos' skill and ability over the course of the season. She was always proactive in asking questions about what she could do to improve; her sharp focus on development and her aversion to complacency are some of her strongest attributes as a player and as a teammate. Coach CJ Kenney said, “We’re thrilled that Madison has been given an opportunity to continue playing hockey at the college level. This is a goal that she literally never stopped working towards all season long. She plays with grit and is always looking for ways to be better on the ice. We couldn't ask for more and could not be more proud of her accomplishment."

Bakos' commitment marks the 4th placement for the season of graduating Wolfpack players aspiring to play in college with more expected soon.  The Wolfpack wishes Madison the best of luck in her college career. 

 


by posted 03/15/2016
MURPHY CHOOSES FRAMINGHAM

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is happy to announce that scrappy forward Kevin Murphy has chosen Framingham State to continue his hockey and academic career.  Framingham plays in the MASCAC Div III hockey conference and plays their games at Loring Arena.  The team is coached by TJ Brown who is in his 7th season for the Rams.  Murphy known around the EHL as being an agitator will look to bring his energy and buzz to the Rams lineup next season.  "There is one phrase to describe Murphy and that is energy, when he plays his role he is very effective and I think he can ignite some energy into Framingham’s locker room next season and over the next 4 seasons.  I wish him the best of luck in the future he will be joining his brother Jack and two other alumni there so it will be great to see them all in the same jersey next season.  Kevin is going to do a great job on the ice and in the classroom," said Chris Cerrella.  The Watertown native has been with the Wolfpack organization for the last three seasons and is very happy about what the future holds for him.  "I would like to thank Coach Cerrella and the whole Wolfpack organization for helping me develop as a player and a person with my time at the Wolfpack.  Playing college hockey was always a dream of mine and with the help of my family, my team mates and the Wolfpack I have been able to achieve that goal.  None of this would be possible without all their help and support.  I’m looking forward to joining Coach Brown and the Rams where I will continue to develop as a student athlete," said Murphy.  The Wolfpack organization wish Kevin and his family the best of luck in the future and wish him well as he enters the next chapter in his life.


by posted 03/11/2016
Morrissey chooses Franklin Pierce

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce its 11th college placement of the season. Forward James Morrissey has decided to extend his hockey and academic career at Franklin Pierce. Located in Rindge, NH, the Ravens are part of the Northeast 10 and play their games at Jason Ritchie Arena and they are coached by Bruce Marshall who spent 25 years at Div 1 UConn.  "We are very excited for Jimmy and his family. Franklin Pierce is getting a hard working young man. I think he's going to do a great job at the next level he is very passionate about his play and his team mates. He is going to make their locker room better and do a great job over 4 years for Coach Marshall. We wish Jimmy and his family the best of luck in the future," said Chris Cerrella. The West Haven, Ct native is very excited for the opportunity over the next 4 years that he has earned this season. Playing college hockey is something that he has been working for since he first put skates on. “I am very excited about my decision on committing to Franklin Pierce University.  I look forward to taking the next chapter of my journey in my academics and hockey.  I would have never accomplished these goals if it were not for the unwavering support of my parents, sisters, family and good friends.  I would like to thank both Coach Cerrella and Coach McCarthy for strengthening my skills, which will take me to the next level with my hockey career in college.  I would also like to wish my fellow Wolfpack teammates the best of luck with their futures.  Finally, I am so appreciative of having the opportunity to play hockey for Coach Marshal and to be able to call Franklin Pierce my new home for the next four years.   Go Ravens!"  Although Morrissey is excited about his college future he is even more excited about finishing his junior career off with a hopeful run to the EHL championship. Good luck to Jimmy and the Morrissey family in the future! 


by posted 02/28/2016
U-16 Pack Find Stride in Second Half

Over the last eight games, the U16 Wolfpack have only lost in one contest which ended an exciting streak the team put together following Christmas break. This streak highlighted wins over the New Jersey Colonials, NY Jr. Rangers, Berkshire Prep Academy JV, and in state rival CT Oilers. The Wolfpack also showed tremendous resiliency during some hard fought ties against league opponents New Jersey Rockets and Valley Forge Minutemen.  It is clear from the standpoint of a spectator that the team has improved both collectively and individually since the start of the season, which is a major positive to take out of a long year of constant competition.

The entire Wolfpack team had contributions to this streak; each player played a part in the team’s recent success. Some score-sheet highlights have come from Cal Thompson and Jake Albert who tallied for three goals apiece, along with Kyle Kadziolka and Julian Perino scoring two goals each over the stretch. Contributing to these goals were Jon Backus, Brian Drisdelle, and Jacob Brown who have all accounted for multi-assist single games to help secure victories.  Some crucial goals coming late in games came from the sticks of Matt Peoples, Jon Backus, Julian Perino, and Jake Albert all scoring decisive game winning and tying goals. A major part of the team’s success has been its defense which has been led by the teams two captains defenseman John Carlson and Cam Sporbert. Sporbert and Carlson made some incredible back checking plays to stop a few important breakaways during crucial times in league play. Some key forwards who have also buckled down on the defensive side of the puck have been center Matt Henderson, and wingers Chase Reynolds and Luke Reynolds. The goaltending has been incredible for the Pack; they were the anchor for this group and helped carry the team through their recent success. Chris Foley, Ben Famiglietti, and Stefan Kotrady all accounted for either a win or a tie during the eight game stretch. Players and Coaches have all respected the strong play of each goalie. Lastly to mention in this article is the key additions the Wolfpack added on during the middle of the season. These players have had a tough task of learning the teams systems along with adjusting to the higher speed of play, and have done a tremendous job. Zak Magyar, Peirce Walton, and Kevin Dickey have been incredible players, and teammates that have fit into the Wolfpack’s culture tremendously.

Through the entire year, the U-16 Wolfpack has grown to become true hockey players and have fought through much adversity for their recent success. With two weekends left, the team will soak in every chance to step on the ice before the long offseason to come. The pack will try to gain as much experience as they can in the last games of the year, and look to continue to grow the foundation they have built for their futures. 


by posted 02/23/2016
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
MJHL All-Star Weekend

 

The Hartford Jr. Wolfpack had seven representatives in Mondays MJHL All-Star Game, tied with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers for the most players selected. Representing the Wolfpack were #16 Ryan Bilas, #5 Noah Sanders, #19 Zech Nicome, #40 Nick Malvasi, #49 Sean Mooney, #32 Chris Rodrigues, #31 Baylee Johns. This was also the first time in leagues history that two goalies from the same team were nominated to play in the All-Star Game. Coach Furbush was also an All Star as well as he was nominated as Head Coach of Team Mariconda for the Wolfpack’s winning percentage.

 

            During the game itself #40 Nick Malvasi played unbelievable as he netted two goals for Team Mariconda as they were making their late push to try and tie the game. Noah Sanders tallied up 3 assists during the contest as well to lead his team to a victory. Chris Rodrigues stole the show late in the game as he made crucial big backdoor saves to seal the victory for Team Francis late. Baylee Johns also made 8 out of 9 saves in his period of play. Ryan Bilas also had an assist for Team Mariconda as well. The final score of the game was 7-5. 


by posted 02/17/2016
Lady Wolfpack Getting Results

The Lady Wolfpack played an exciting three game home series this weekend, squaring up against the New Jersey Rockets on Saturday and Sunday and the Boston Bandits on Presidents day. 

In the first matchup of the weekend, the Wolfpack took the third seeded Rockets into overtime and closed the contest in a 3-3 tie. The squad executed their fore-check nearly flawlessly for the majority of the game, something that has been a major focus in practice and board sessions for the past several weeks. Coach Craig Millard said, "We’ve really been working to elevate our ability to attack the puck. We're making sure the girls know we want them puck hungry, and puck hunting at all times. We saw some dividends on that tonight." Victoria Lahey stood strong between the pipes for the pack, with 35 saves in 56 minutes of play. Senior winger Anyas Morin drew first blood by finding the back of the net early in the first period. New Jersey was able to respond with three unanswered goals, but Julie Petrillo and Sid Thompson responded with two third period goals to being the Wolfpack back in the game. "We've struggled to score goals all year long," said Coach Jason Olson, "but we've finally found some chemistry with our lines and generating a whole new kind of offensive presence that's allowing us to stay in these games." The tie on Saturday night was a big success for the Wolfpack, and the unit carried that momentum throughout the rest of the weekend.

In the second game against New Jersey, McKenna Gernander had a standout performance with two power play goals. Although the game resulted in a 5-2 loss for the Wolfpack, play was tight until the home stretch of the third period. The Wolfpack have struggled to find success on the man-up all season, but overall on the weekend the Pack was 0.41 on power play conversions. Coach CJ Kenney said, "With the season going the way ours did, we have to find successes that we can rally around and keep the focus on development. Seeing the power play finally click was a huge moment for the team; the excitement from the girls about our ability to execute on the power play was electric."

The Boston Bandits came down to Champions on the President's Day holiday to close out the three game weekend for the Wolfpack. The two quite evenly matched teams have been battling all season long, and Monday resulted in their fourth tie of the year. The Wolfpack took a quick and decisive 3-1 lead, with Gernander scoring two more power play goals early in the first period, marking an overall four goal weekend for the junior winger. After giving up a touch shorthanded goal, Nicole Demers responded in less than 20 seconds to solidify a 3-1 lead. Boston grabbed two more to cap the second period, and the third period remained scoreless until Catherine Lawrence scored the Wolfpack's fourth goal of the day with a low, strong shot from the point. Coach Jason Olson said, "We knew that the next goal we scored was going to come from the blue line. We told the D to keep everything low and on net, and that's exactly what Catherine was able to do." Unfortunately, Boston responded just a few seconds later to close regulation at 4-4, and a scoreless overtime finalized another Wolfpack v. Bandits draw. 

With a full head of steam, the Pack is charged up to face off against Walpole on Friday night. The coaching staff is unanimous in the feeling that the Wolfpack have been knocking on Walpole's door all season. Coach CJ Kenney said, "If we keep riding this train of momentum, we could very well surprise the NEWJHL to close the season."


by posted 02/16/2016
Gray Commits to Johnson & Wales for 2016

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that veteran forward Nick Gray has chosen Johnson & Wales as the next chapter in his hockey and academic career for the fall of 2016.  Gray currently leads the Wolfpack with 17 goals on the season and has been a big part of the team’s success this season.   JWU is located in Providence, RI and the Wildcats play in the ECAC Northeast, playing their home games at Lynch Arena.  The team is coached by Head Coach Eric Noack who is in his 13th season behind the bench.  Gray is very excited about the upcoming opportunity on the ice and in the classroom over the next four years.  "I would like to thank Coach Cerrella, Coach Furbush, my team mates and the entire Wolfpack organization for all they have taught me on this journey to college hockey.  Coming to the Jr. Wolfpack has not only made me a more skilled player but taught me to play the game with and without the puck and has been a big reason for my success.  I couldn't imagine playing my last season of junior hockey anywhere else and I am very thankful for that," said Gray.  The Stafford, Virginia native played last season in the USPHL before finding a home with the Wolfpack where he found college hockey success and the coaching staff is very happy that he has been a part of a so far successful season.  "Nick has really come a long way not only as a hockey player but as a young man.  He really worked at improving his game and was very coach able and those are big reasons for his success down the stretch.  I think JWU got a gem from us and I think he is only going to get better over the next four years.  I am looking forward to watching him compete at that next level and we wish him the best of luck," said Chris Cerrella.  Gray will be joining long time team mate Kevin McDonald at Johnson and Wales and both look to make the Jr Wolfpack proud as they take on college hockey in the future.  With just 9 games remaining in the 2015-16 season the Jr. Wolfpack staff is going to rely on Grays experience and offense to bring home the championship to Cromwell.  We wish the Gray family nothing but the best of luck in Nick’s next chapter on and off the ice.


by posted 02/01/2016
Futures Wrap Up

After 2 weather related cancellations over the past 2 weeks, the Wolfpack Futures traveled to Simsbury and the Westminster School this past Sunday to play an Avon Panthers team that was looking to rebound from a loss to the Pack earlier in the season. 

 

The Wolfpack Futures jumped on top first on an assisted goal by Ryan Williams who stepped into a Panther outlet pass and buried the puck in the upper left corner of the net.  2 minutes s later, Avon would bring the game even on a well executed 2 on 1. True to form, the Futures would again go up 2-1 when Joey Buccieri found Eli Bloom at the 5:26 mark...  The Panthers though would not be denied and would find the net one time before the end of the period to equal the game at 2-2.

 

Less than a minute into the 2nd period, Neil Patel from the Avon corner found Dylan Machado in the high slot and Machado buried the puck high right side of the Avon net.  2 minutes later, Buccieri would find Defensemen Callum Sawden on the blue line.  Sadden’s slap shot would find the back of the Avon net giving the Futures a 4-2 lead still early in the 2nd. Avon though would not relent and would add 2 goals over there own very late in the period to bring the game tied once more.

 

After a spirited conversation with head coach John Hissick between periods, the Futures came out determined to put the game away. Neil Patel would again find Dylan Machodo in the high slot to put the Futures up once more.  3 minutes later, Buccieri would add a 3rd asset to the scoresheet on a nice pass to Jordon Virgule for the goal and a 2 goal lead.  But the Futures were not done. With 6 minutes left in the 3r, Bram Tyler would find Matt Hughson cutting into the Avon Zone.  Hughson went high left for the Final Wolfpack goal of the game.  The HJWP Futures would go on to a 7-5 final their 21st win of the season,

 

"Although we came away with the win today, we did not play well as a team.  We won our previous match with Avon in a lopsided contest earlier in the season” said Futures Head Coach John Hissick. “Give Avon all the credit in that they played much better and took advantage of our mistakes.  Defensively, we need to regroup and get back to playing defense like were did earlier this year. Move the puck and take appropriate shots."

 

The Hartford Junior Wolfpack Futures return to action this Saturday when they face Dix Hills, LI in an out of league game.  Game time is 2:20pm at Champions. Come on down and see the future of the Hartford Junior Wolfpack.

 


by posted 01/27/2016
GRAY HELPING WOLFPACK MAKE THE PLAYOFF PUSH

With just 9 games left to play in the regular season the Hartford Jr Wolfpack have continued to stay in the thick of things in the EHL playoff push.  One player who has been really standing out for the Jr Wolfpack is veteran forwards Nick Gray.  The Stafford, VA native has been on fire for the Pack as of late with 12 points in his last 10 games and he does not seem to be cooling off.  "Early in the season Nick struggled to get going as his play away from the puck was not where it needed to be.  It was something we talked about a lot during the first half and he worked on it more and more every day and he is reaping the rewards.  The kid can score goals that's for sure he leads our team with 17 and we are looking for him to continue to contribute down the stretch," said Chris Cerrella.  In his last 10 games Gray has 3 multiple goal games, 2 Power Play goals and 2 game winners, it’s no wonder the Wolfpack are hoping Gray continues to fire on all cylinders as it will only help come crunch time.


by posted 01/26/2016
U16 Pack looks to shift gears in the New Year

The U16 Wolfpack is looking towards having a dynamic second half of the season as the holidays wrap up. The Wolfpack started out the New Year with a hard fought battle on the road against the CT Oilers. The team looked poised to start the year off on the right foot scoring 3 goals in the first period. Jake Albert, Jon Backus, and Julian Perino led the way in scoring, while the rest of the team followed in their path continuing to outplay the opposing team. Although through the stretch of the game, the Pack showed some signs of rust from the long Christmas break with some minor breakdowns in each of the three zones. These breakdowns led to a snowball effect of four unanswered goals scored by the home team. This was a tough challenge on the road giving up four goals in a row, and it looked as if they were going to let a great start go to waste. However, great teams find a way to fight through adversity and that’s exactly what this team did. With 37 seconds left and the goalie pulled, Kyle Kadziolka won a clean draw to Brian Drisdelle who fed a wide open Zak Magyar who made no mistakes about it; Magyar wound up and let a bomb go from the top of the circles to put the tying goal in the net with 25 seconds left.  In overtime, starting goalie Chris Foley played outstanding making miraculous and key saves in order for the team to hang on to the eventual tie score of 4-4. 

The following weekend the team traveled down south to play the undefeated New Jersey Avalanche in a Saturday morning road game. The Wolfpack came out strong in the first period as they traded blows with the opposing team in a hard fought 3-1 period end. This is as close as the pack would get as the Avalanche posted a four goal 2nd period which led to a 8-2 final score, as the pack could not gain back enough momentum for a comeback. A few highpoints in the game were veteran forwards Cal Thompson and Jon Backus netted well-earned goals, and goalie Stefan Kotrady shutout the high-powered offense in the last 10:00 minutes of the third period.

The last game of the three game stretch featured a battle against the New Jersey Colonials played in the Wolfpack’s home arena of Cromwell Connecticut. This was the first of three straight home games for the U-16 Pack after not hosting a home game in two full months. The Wolfpack played a tremendous beginning two periods, smothering the Colonials while jumping out to a 2-1 lead heading into the final third period. Forwards Jon Backus and Kyle Kadziolka led the way scoring the two goals, along with creative assist tallies from Matt Henderson and Brian Drisdelle. Unfortunately, luck was not on the Wolfpack’s side as the Colonials scored the game tying goal with 23 seconds remaining in regulation time, and the eventual game winner during the first shift of play in overtime. Goalie Benny Famiglietti played an outstanding game along with the rest of the team, and they undeniably deserved a better outcome. Coach Dan McCarthy pointed out that it is the little things that builds up to a team victory, and this is what the Pack will focus on this week heading into an exciting weekend series against the rivaled Valley Forge Minutemen.

 


by posted 01/21/2016
Caroline Prezioso commits to Salve Regina University

 

CROMWELL, CT - The Hartford Lady Wolfpack of the New England Women’s Junior Hockey League is excited to announce that Caroline Prezioso has committed to Salve Regina University in the NEHAC Division III Hockey Conference.  Salve Regina is located in Newport, Rhode Island and has been ranked among the best institutions of higher education in the United States according to US News & World Report.  The Seahawks are coached by Beth McCann who has 15 years of collegiate head coach experience and is a former NCAA DI hockey player and captain at Northeastern University.   Salve Regina is currently 5-6-2 overall and 3-2-1 in their conference this season.

“This is the Lady Wolfpack’s 7th commitment in the past 2 seasons - 5 last year and 2 so far this year.  As a new program, there’s no question that the Lady Wolfpack program wants to win more games, but it’s this time of year that we are reminded that our program’s success is not ultimately judged on National Championships and wins, but how many female student athletes have the opportunity to play the one of the greatest sports in college,” says Coach Craig Millard.

"I look forward to four years at Salve with Coach McCann.  Salve was the perfect fit for me.  I’d like to thank the Lady Wolfpack program for all they’ve done in making this a reality for me.  The Lady Wolfpack program gave me an opportunity to compete daily and weekly with and against great athletes.  I was not going to find this exposure to a level of play and strength & physicality anywhere else,” says Prezioso.

“I would like to thank my teammates for two years of loyal support and great times.  I would also like to thank my Wolfpack coaches and the staff for their belief in me and patience in my overall development. In particular Coach Craig has been instrumental in my development as a person and a player. Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank my parents and my brother & sister for their support and for all of the sacrifices made for me to play at this level.”

“A dedicated and very hard working power forward, Caroline is a second year returner to the Lady Wolfpack program.  Her attitude, her grit, will to compete, battle and never give up play is infectious and that’s something that’s hard to teach. To play at the next level, Caroline will draw upon all the above to help the Seahawk’s team.” says Coach Jason Olson. “ I’d like to personally thank Caroline and her family – she’s one of the early and original players that committed to the Wolfpack, she believed in what our program stood for and 2 years later it’s great to see that all of the hard work has paid off,” says Coach Millard.

“The Hartford Lady Wolfpack is quickly building a reputation in the Northeast/Connecticut area as great path to college hockey for female student athletes,” says GM Chris Cerrella.  

Although the NEWJHL is new, it’s a very competitive and respected women’s hockey league that’s comprised of 6 teams in the Northeast.  In its first year, the NEWJHL committed 29 student athletes to colleges like St. Lawrence, Holy Cross, Trinity, UConn, Plymouth State, Wesleyan and others.  This year there are 11 commitments so far with many more to come.  In other exciting news, the NEWJHL has announced a youth division for East Coast girls programs (u12, u14, u 16) for 2016-17.  Programs that have committed so far include Boston Jr. Bandits, Brewster Bulldogs, Northern Lights/CT Nighthawks, East Coast Wizards, Hartford Lady Wolfpack, NJ Rockets, Northern Cyclones, Phil Jr Flyers, and Walpole Express.


by posted 01/18/2016
Lahey headed to Lebanon Valley

CROMWELL, CT - The Lady Wolfpack is proud to announce that standout goalie Victoria Lahey has committed to Lebanon Valley College and has been accepted into their Athletic Training program.  Coach Don Parsons of LVC is thrilled to have Victoria and strongly believes that she will be a great fit for his program as they launch their NCAA Division III women’s hockey program next fall. A private institution, Lebanon Valley College is located in Annville, Pa and is ranked 6th for Regional Colleges in the North by US News & World Report.

“Considering that the Lady Wolfpack is a new program, we have been blessed with great goaltending in our first two seasons.   The NEWJHL is a very competitive league with mature programs like the Northern Cyclones and the East Coast Wizards who can score a lot of goals.  Having excellent goaltending both this year and last has kept us very competitive.  Last season, both net minders Giana Rifici and Edy Mortiz committed to University of New England and UMass Boston respectively,” said Coach Craig Millard.   He also mentioned, “sophomore goalie, Emma Reynolds has very strong potential and we are excited about her future as well”.

“Committing our 3rd goalie in just two years is a huge accomplishment for the Lady Wolfpack program, but the spotlight really needs to be focused on Victoria.  A California native, Victoria had choices last season when deciding where to play hockey, we were very excited when she chose the Lady Wolfpack - she’s an excellent goalie who has seen a lot of pucks thrown at her this season.” Says Junior Wolfpack GM Chris Cerrella.   Coach Millard also mentioned, “Offensively we have struggled to generate goals this season, therefore Victoria has had the weight of the world on her shoulders in almost every game.  While that can be frustrating for any goalie, Victoria saw that as an incredible opportunity to prove to the scouts that she can keep the puck out of the back of the net.  We are very excited for Victoria as we are sure that she will make an immediate impact for Lebanon Valley”. 


by posted 01/15/2016
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
HJWP Futures Post 2 wins with back-to-back shutouts

After coming off a thrilling 3-2 win last weekend over the NY Roots, the Futures
looked to carry the momentum through the 2nd weekend of the year. The HJWP Futures hosted Avon on Saturday and posted a convincing 9-0 win. Scoring was spread across the team as 9 different players found the back of the net. Matt Hughson, Jordon Virgulto, Joe Bucchieri, Brenden Kelly, Callum Sawden, Andrew Wilson, Matt Andriola, Bram Tyler, and Anthony Dubay all contributed in the scoring. Bucchieri and Andriola also led the team in Assists with 2 each. Anthony Scorola stopped all 20 shots he saw to preserve the shutout. 

On Sunday, the Futures traveled to Albany, NY to take on the Bethlehem Eagles at Albany Academy. The pack picked up where they had left off when Logan Carlisle opened the scoring to put the Futures out front early. The Futures would add 3 more goals during the game to complete the win. Forwards Matt Anderson, Jordon Virgulto & Eli Bloom would round out the scoring. Andrew Wilson, Liam Flannery, and Matt Andriola all were credited with assists. Spencer Chapman turned away all Eagle Shots to preserve the win and shutout. " Our energy levels and pace of game were much better this weekend. " Although we won last weekend's game coming back late and netting the winner with .33 seconds left , I was happier with how we played this weekend" stated Head Coach John Hissick. " We spread the scoring, getting everyone involved, attacking consistently and moving the puck. If we can remain consistent in our play we will finish the year strong". 

The Hartford Wolfpack, Futures are now 20-10-1 on the season and will take on PVA (Vermont) this coming Saturday, a team they tied earlier in the season. Puck drop is 2:40pm at Champions. Come on down and see the Future of the Hartford Junior Wolfpack. 


by posted 01/11/2016
Defenseman McDonald chooses Johnson & Wales

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Defenseman Kevin McDonald has committed to Johnson & Wales for the 2016 season.  McDonald is the eight college commitment for the EHL Wolfpack this season with more to come.  Johnson & Wales is located in Providence, RI and they play their games at the Lynch Arena, their Head Coach is Erick Noack who is in his 13th season behind the Wildcats bench.  The Asburn, VA native is 3rd on the defenseman scoring list with 14 pts in 25 games this season and has been a quarter back for the second PP unit all season for the Pack and is something they will be counting on McDonald for the rest of the season.  "Kevin has done a good job this season once he challenged himself to be better than he has been in the past.  He will have a lot to offer JWU as I think he is going to get better every year as he continues to realize how good he can really be.  He has the ability to be a top end offensive defenseman and play well in his own end that is something that we have worked on with him all season so far and it gets better every day.  The Wildcats are going to enjoy Mac he is a good locker room guy and plays hard every day whether it is a game or practice, we have been very excited about the job that he has done here in just one season with us.  We wish him and his family the best of luck he has found a good home not only on the ice but in the classroom," said Chris Cerrella.  The gritty blue liner will be a big part of the team’s success down the stretch and into the playoffs and will be counting on McDonald to continue his play if they are going to make a serious push at the EHL title this season.


by posted 12/21/2015
SAWDEN WILL HEAD TO TUFTS IN 2016

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that Assistant Captain Machlan Sawden has committed to Tufts University in the NESCAC Div III Hockey conference for the 2016 season.   Tufts is located in Boston, MA and they play their games at the Malden Forum, Tufts is also known all over the country for its high academic standards in the classroom.  The Jumbos are coached by 1st year Head Coach Pat Norton and sit 2-4-3 on the season so far.  Although Sawden is a 1996 birth year, with still one more season of junior hockey eligibility, he has proved once again this season that he is ready for college hockey. At the break the Old Lyme native sits second on the Wolfpack with 31 points and first in goals with 14 and has proven to be one of the top power forwards in the EHL this season.  "Machlan has been with our organization for years and he is going to be missed.  He is one of the greatest young men I have had the pleasure to coach he is an outstanding citizen and a competitor and Tufts hit the jack pot getting him.  He is only going to get better over the next 4 years on the ice and the Tufts community will never worry about him in the classroom as he has always taken pride in his studies.  I am excited for him and his family and I look forward to watching him over the next 4 seasons," said Chris Cerrella.  The 6'2 centerman is excited about what is to come for the rest of this season with the Wolfpack but is even more excited to start his future at tufts both on the ice and in the classroom.  "I owe all my success to all the people who have supported me in my hockey career.  I wouldn't be here without my parents, Bob Crawford, Dan McCarthy and Coach Cerrella for giving me the opportunity to develop.  Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates for pushing me as well as making me love coming to the rink every day.  Winning a league championship will be the perfect way to cap off the time I have spent with the Wolfpack before heading to Tufts to pursue my academic and athletic dreams," said Sawden.  The Wolfpack is going to keep the spotlight on Sawden to lead them deep into the playoffs and hopefully bring home the gold to Cromwell.


by posted 12/21/2015
WOLFPACK CAPTAIN CHOOSES ELMIRA

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that their "C" has committed to Elmira College starting in the fall of 2016.  Elmira plays in the strong ECAC West Div III conference.  Located in Elmira, NY the Soaring Eagles play their games at the 3,000 seat Murray Athletic Center and is coached by Head Coach Aaron Saul who is in his 6th season and has an impressive record of 89-63-12.  The Soaring Eagles have a tradition of winning at the Div III level as they were the ECAC West Tournament Champions in 2010 and 2013, the ECAC Regular Season Champions in 2009, 2010 and 2001 and had NCAA National tournament bids in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Carter has spent the last 3 seasons with the Jr. Wolfpack EHL program and is very excited about the opportunity to head to Elmira where he will starts his new career both on the ice and in the classroom.  "I am extremely excited and thrilled to announce my commitment to play hockey and extend my education at Elmira College.  I want to thank Coach Cerrella, my parents, my wonderful sister and everyone else I have played with over the years.  I want to send a special thanks to all my team mates over the last 3 seasons with the Wolfpack as they all were a big reason for my success.  The Pack will always be my home and I am very thankful for everyone who has been there for me.  I cannot wait to begin my collegiate career with the Soaring Eagles and take the first step in the next chapter in my life.  GO EAGLES," said Carter.  The Swisher, IA native has been given a tough task this year leading Coach Cerrella's Wolfpack and he has met all expectations as the leader of a team that currently sits at 17-4-2 on the season.  Carter has 12pts in 20 games for the Pack and plays in every situation and is heavily counted on to be the general in the room and on the ice.  "Spencer has done a great job leading this team every day.  He has kept egos in check and has a great respect in the room and I think that is going to carry into his college hockey future.  He is all about his team mates and all about the Wolfpack he is going to be greatly missed and the Soaring Eagles are getting not just a good hockey player but a very good young man.  Elmira is the place he wanted to be since his visit earlier in the season and his goal came true and I am very happy for him and look forward to see him in Purple and Gold next season," said Chris Cerrella.  There has been a lot of college hockey movement in the Wolfpack locker room this week and more is on the way as Santa Claus is looking to come early in Wolfpack Land.

 


by posted 12/11/2015
BLITZ CHOOSES SUNY FREDONIA FOR 2017-18

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack of the EHL is proud to announce that defenseman Max Blitz has committed to SUNY Fredonia for the 2017-18 season.  Blitz will be joining team mate Tom DeFelice and alumni Todd Schauss, Max Ross and Luke Rivera in a Blue Devils uniform in the future.  Fredonia plays in the SUNYAC Div 3 hockey conference and plays their games in the on campus Steele Hall Arena and is coached by Jeff Meredith who is currently in his 28th season at Fredonia.  The Blue Devils are 3-5-2 on the season and are fighting to solidify themselves for the SUNYAC playoffs this season and in the future.  "This is a great opportunity not only for Max but for Fredonia too.  They have picked up a very talented player and a great young man, he will mature one more year with us and then he will step onto the ice in Fredonia.  I am very excited for Max it’s somewhere he truly wants to be and he is going to be a very good defenseman in the SUNY.  We have a lot of alumni playing in the league and doing very well and I am expecting the same for Max, we are very proud of him and wish him the best," said Chris Cerrella.  The Chino Hills native came to the Wolfpack last season and battled some injuries and inconsistencies and at the end of the 14-15 season he was one of the top defenseman for the Pack.  Picking up where he left off at the end of 14-15, Blitz leads the Wolfpack in scoring from the blue line with an impressive 6g and 14a good for 20pts which puts him in 5th on the team in points.  With 20pts it puts in him in the top 3 for defenders in the EHL something that had to make Fredonia very happy to hear Blitz had chosen them.  "I am very excited to be heading to Fredonia in 17-18, I have the rest of this season and next season to mature my game and prepare for college hockey in the SUNYAC.  I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me with hockey and in life.  I want to thank Coach Cerrella and his coaching staff for pushing me and coaching me to be a good person not just on the ice but off the ice.  Last but not least I want to thank my brothers, my team mates, they have helped me achieve my goals.  I am looking forward to making a run at the EHL title this season and then developing one more year in Hartford before joining the Blue Devils.  I am excited about the next chapter in life and my career," said Max Blitz. The 6'0 190lbs blueliner will be part of more than 15 Jr Wolfpack alumni playing in the high powered SUNYAC Div 3 hockey conference in the near future.  The steady Blitz has been the anchor on the blue line all season long and will be counted on down the stretch to help make a run for the title. 

 


by posted 12/09/2015
GENTZLER CHOOSES SUNY BROCKPORT FOR HIS COLLEGE HOCKEY FUTURE

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that crafty forward Doc Gentzler has committed to SUNY Brockport for continue his academic and hockey career.  The Golden Eagles play in the powerful SUNYAC Hockey conference and plays their home games at the on campus 1,800 seat Tuttle North Arena.  The school is located in Brockport, NY and the Head Coach is Brian Dickinson who is in his 22nd season and he is assisted by Steve Mallaro.  Gentzler will join former Wolfpack forwards Dave Horan and Ryan Kangas who are both sophomores at Brockport.  The Manhattan Beach, CA native has 19pts in 15 games this season for the Pack and has become a top forward and in just 15 games with the Wolfpack received his college hockey offer setting him up for the next four season.  "Doc came to us after spending time in the NAHL and USPHL last season.  He obviously made the right choice of where to play his last season of juniors as he had about 12 schools who wanted him next season.  He is a very skilled and feisty player and has brought a lot to our team offensively so far, I think Brockport got a gem he is going to be very good at the next level.  We want to wish him and his family the best as he prepares for college hockey and the new chapter in his academic life," said Chris Cerrella.  With more than half a season to play Gentzler has just one more wish before heading off to the next level and that is helping his teammates  get college exposure and to continue winning games with a goal of going all the way to the end.  "The decision process was very long and difficult I was fortunate to have a lot of choices but I am happy with my decision and very excited to be joining the Golden Eagles family.  I would like to thank Coach Cerrella and all the boys on my team for everything they have done for me this season.  I would also like to thank my dad and mom for supporting me through this long journey.  Knowing that I have a place to call home for the next four seasons is a huge relief, more importantly I will walk out of there with a college degree.  Before I leave Hartford I have one thing on my list and it is to bring a Championship to the Wolfpack," said Gentzler.  The Gentzler commitment makes five on the season so far with more to come.


by posted 11/20/2015
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
BECHTEL SEALS DEAL WITH SALVE REGINA

The Jr Wolfpack organization would like to congratulate EHL forward Connor Bechtel for his commitment to Salve Regina.  The 6'4 215lbs power forward has been a force this season in the EHL and for the Wolfpack leading the team with 20pts in 14 games so far this season.  Salve Regina is in the ECAC Northeast and is located in Newport, RI and play their games at the Portsmouth Abbey Arena.  The Seahawks are coached by Head Coach Andrew Boschetto who is in his 6th season with Salve Regina.  The Doylestown, Pa native is very excited for his opportunity that he has received to not only attend Salve as a student but to help build on the tradition that Coach Boschetto has created in Newport.  "I want to thank my parents, I would have not made it this far without their support and encouragement.  I would also like to thank Coach Cerrella and the whole Wolfpack organization for everything that they have done for me over the last two seasons.  I am really excited to start the next chapter in my life and in my hockey career.  I am excited to become a Seahawk next season but I have a championship to win in my last season of juniors first," said Bechtel.   As Bechtels final junior hockey season comes to an end the Wolfpack organization cannot be more happy about the development and commitment they have received from their second year forward and will be a tough player for them to replace at seasons end.  "Connor is going to be missed that is for sure.  He is a fantastic athlete and an even better young man.  He had a lot of schools on him and it was not an easy choice but as soon as he returned from Salve it was his top choice.  The location is fantastic, the academics are just right for him and Coach Boschetto did a good job recruiting him.  He came a long way since playing for South Shore in the USPHL he bought into success here and went after it. He proved a lot of people wrong and he is going to be a great addition to Salves line up and will for sure make an impact his freshman season.  I am thrilled for Connor and his family and very proud of him," said Head Coach Chris Cerrella.  Bechtel is going to join the ever growing list of Jr Wolfpack alumni playing in college hockey and beyond, the organization has one thing in mind each season and that is college hockey placement and there are not many better teams out there on the east coast at doing just that. 

 

 


by posted 11/09/2015
Palmer Heads For Nichols College 2016-17

The Jr Wolfpack would like to announce their 2nd College commitment of 2015-16, as veteran forward, Zach Palmer has chosen Nichols College.  Nichols is part of the ECAC Northeast Div III Hockey Conference.  Last season Nichols lost to the Div III National Champs Trinity College in the Div III National tournament and look to continue to build on that tradition in the future.  Nichols College is located in Dudley, Ma and they play their games at the Levy Rink.  The Bisons are coached by Parker Burgess who is in his first season and has claimed Palmer has his first recruit to Nichols.  The gritty forward will be joining Wolfpack alumni Frank Butler, Ori Benyamini, Rob Belger and Joe Quintana next season.  Palmer has been with the Wolfpack organization playing Jr B for their MJHL team and Jr A for their EHL team over the last four seasons and is very excited about making his decision to become a Bison next season.  " I would like to thank my family for always supporting me and my dreams about playing college hockey.  I would also like to thank Coach Cerrella and the Wolfpack coaching staff for pushing me to improve every day, their college hockey placement track record is a big reason why I played junior hockey here.  I also would like to thank my team mates through these past few seasons helping me become a better hockey player and a better assistant captain.  It’s a personal accomplishment to be able to play college hockey and attend college at an academic level and I was very impressed at what Nichols had to offer me both in the classroom and on the ice.  I could not be more happy with my decision and I am excited that I have found the right home for the next four years," said the Ellington CT native.  Palmer has been nothing short of amazing over the past years within the Wolfpack organization and the organization could not be more proud that he has found the perfect fit for his future.  "Zach is to me a perfect team mate and player to coach, he comes to the rink every day ready to compete and would do anything for anyone of his team mates, He has come a long way over the last 3-4 years and he deserves this great opportunity.  Nichols has really developed a very strong tradition over the last few seasons and they have continued that so far this season.  Zach is only going to bring them the same hard work and team pride that he has brought me every practice, shift and game.  He is an outstanding young man and I am more than thrilled for him and his family.  Nichols is getting an outstanding student athlete for the next four years," said Chris Cerrella.   The season is not over yet and Palmer is looking forward to finishing his Junior Hockey career on top of the EHL.

 


by posted 11/09/2015
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