WOLFPACK ADDS ANOTHER TO THE COLLEGE RANKS— RIFICI OFF TO UNE
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!
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack will be holding two tryout dates for the 2015-2016 season. Come join us at Champions Arena in Cromwell, CT April 11th and April 25th at 4:20pm. $40 tryout fee, please make checks payable to Lady Wolfpack. To Pre-register Click Here
For additional information about the team, please check out our Facebook Page (Hartford Jr Lady Wolfpack), Twitter (@LadyWolfpack14) or on our website, http://hartfordjrwolfpack.com/. Any questions and inquiries can be directed to Head Coach, Ashleigh Corvi (
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.
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.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack would like to announce the addition of two coaches to their AYHL U16 Full Season staff. Jack Vets, a Hamden, CT native, will be taking the reigns as Head Coach for the AYHL U16 Full Season team. Vets is no stranger to the Wolfpack Organization and he was one of the top forwards to play in the Organization for two seasons. He also served as the Team Captain both seasons for the Pack. Jack then attended Fitchburg State where he was part of the 2010-11 League Championship team. He scored 12 goals for 19pts as a freshman in College Hockey. Over the next two seasons he suffered some injuries that sidelined him and eventually forced him out of hockey and onto the bench. Over the last few seasons he has been coaching for the MidFairfield Organization, most notably with the Girls U14 team, who have won back to back State and Regional Championships and received 2 bids to the National Tournament. He has also done work with CDS Hockey, an off season boys College Development Camp, and summer tournament teams as well as the CT Yankees U14 summer teams. "Jack was a great player for our program and he has been a coach for several years now and is going to bring a lot of experience to our AYHL team. He has been a part of and won Championships both as a player and as a coach and he knows what's it's like to be a part of winning Teams and winning Organizations. He was a tremendous leader when he played in our Organization and now he will bring that leadership to our bench. He is not about winning; he is about developing every player no matter where they stand on the depth chart. This is a huge pick up for us and we are happy to have Jack on board," said Chris Cerrella, Director of Hockey Operations.
The Jr Wolfpack has also hired a second staff member for the U16 AYHL team. Derek Giansanti will be the Assistant Coach and Defensive Coach for the U16 and U18 team for the 2015-16 season. Derek will work with the defense on all aspects of the game. Giansanti, is a Newington, CT native who was a teammate with Vets, not only with the Wolfpack, but also in College. Giansanti was a PP defenseman both at the Junior and College hockey level and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the defensive corps of the Wolfpack midget teams. "Derek played in the Organization over 3 years and knows a lot about the game. He worked with our U18 team this season and did a good job, so it was time to give him more. He will be working with the defense when the teams work on offensive and defensive skills at practice and will be on the bench during games. He will also be working with both teams with their on ice strength and conditioning. Derek was an Exercise and Sports Science major and served as the Asst Strength Coach for the Junior Wolfpack A and B teams last season," said Chris Cerrella. The Jr Wolfpack has added a second coach to their Midget program, which will enhance the development of their players to prepare them for the Junior hockey level and beyond.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack successfully hosted the MJHL Foster Cup Playoffs this past weekend. 16 teams entered the tournament and were broken down into four separate brackets. The top team in each bracket would move on to the next round.
The first game, the Wolfpack came out strong against the tough rival, New Jersey Avalanche. The game was very physical and the Pack dominated play, but were handed several unlucky bounces. They ended up losing the game by 1 to put the team’s back against the wall.
In the second game, the Pack squared up with the number one overall seed, the New York Applecore. The Applecore overlooked the Wolfpack, and the Pack came out swinging. 3 quick goals in the first period by the Pack put them up and Applecore could just never catch back up. Hartford won the game 4-2.
In the third day, the Pack faced off against the Monarchs. With a must win and help from the other teams to force a tie breaker, the Pack came out on a mission. They scored early and often, and won the game 8-3. On the other rink, the Pack watched with fate out of their hands. The Applecore had to beat the Avalanche, but by no more than four goals for the Wolfpack to move on. The hockey gods were on our side, as it just so happened that the Applecore won 7-4.
The Wolfpack will be taking on the Walpole Express in a best of three series this weekend.
Cromwell, CT--The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack are thrilled to announce the third college commitment of the 2014-2015 season. Senior forward, Gianna Cusano, recently announced that she will be attending Plymouth State University next year. Cusano secured acceptances at several colleges early on in the fall and took her time in selecting which one would be the perfect fit. After several campus tours and meetings with coaches, Cusano decided to call Plymouth, NH home for the next four years. “I chose Plymouth State because its Athletic Training program has a strong reputation and I’d have the opportunity to continue my hockey career,” said Cusano.
The Wolfpack coaching staff is excited to move a third player to the college ranks and proud of Gianna’s accomplishment. Coach Ashleigh Corvi comments, “Gianna has worked hard all season and it has paid off. She has a very clear set of athletic and pre-professional goals for herself and she knows exactly what she needs to do to achieve them. PSU will be a wonderful environment to pursue these goals and I have no doubt she will love her experience. Gianna and her family should be very proud.”
On behalf of the entire Wolfpack organization, congratulations Gianna!
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack have been a spectacular team to watch lately. Travelling to the showcase in Hackensack, New Jersey, the Wolfpack came from behind in all 4 games to force overtime play. Three of these games, the tying goal was in the last minute of play pulling their goalie. The Wolfpack were victorious in 3 of the 4 overtime games and climbed up another notch in the playoff bracket.
The Rowdy Wolfpack have a no quit-never give up attitude that is extremely rare. At no point in any game do they back down to anyone. Even during the most emotional moments and sudden death games, the Pack are always calm and collected. Goalies Baylee Johns, John Liquori and Ben Zienty have all been playing great in net and contributing to the success of the team. The Wolfpack are utilizing all 5 lines and all 7 defensemen and are winning games as a unit.
Since the showcase, the Pack won both games against the Boston Bandits to push the team’s winning streak to 5. The Pack have shown a second half season record of 12 wins and 3 losses since December. Two games stand in the way between the Wolfpack and playoffs.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack has a very strong history of player college placement and this season is no different. With more than 10 players on their 14-15 roster already committed to the college hockey level and more to come, the Jr Wolfpack has become a place where inspiring student athletes come to develop and prepare for that next level. As Div I seniors Luke Curadi (RPI) and Mike Busillo (UMass Amherst) are set to graduate and enter pro hockey, they have shown future Wolfpack players that this is a great place to start your development for the next level. Over the past 7 seasons the Wolfpack has averaged 12 players per season committing to college hockey and most of those players were everyday players in their first season of NCAA competition. Here is a breakdown of just some of the former Jr Wolfpack players getting it done in college hockey.
Seniors: Mike Busillo, a senior at Umass Amherst, has played 20 of their 30 games this season and will be looking at pro options at the end of the season. Luke Curadi, entering his final season at RPI, spent time developing under Head Coach Chris Cerrella before heading to Dubuque in the USHL. The 6'5 265 Curadi will more than likely be participating in some NHL rookie camps and heading to the next level of hockey after his season comes to an end.
Juniors: East Haven, CT native, Frank Butler, has 25 pts in 22 games for Nichols College and has a good chance on breaking the 100pt marker in Div 3 hockey. Defenseman, Rich Botting, has 11 pts in 22 games for SUNY Plattsburgh and is running the Power Play for the number 7 nationally ranked Cardinals.
Sophmores: Sophmore, Nick Owen, is one of the top blue liners for Elmira College in the ECAC West and has seen PP time since his freshman season. Sophmore defenseman, Vaugh Guetens, has 16pts in 19 games for Framingham State The 6'2 dman has become a force in the MASCAC Div III hockey conference.
Freshman: Freshman phenom, Dylan Vander Esch, has won SUNYAC Rookie of the week 3 times and leads the Potsdam Bears with 13g and is second on the team with 17pts in 20 games. Forward, Ryan Kangas, has shown his skill set is a force to be reckoned with as he has produced 20pts in 23 games for SUNY Brockport and is running their PP as a freshman.
These are just some of the Jr Wolfpack players that are making tremendous strides at the college hockey level. The Jr Wolfpack has had over 80 players play at the college level over the last 7 seasons and have enjoyed a lot of success in their college hockey careers. This season, Buffalo State and Potsdam squared off in a SUNYAC Div III game and there was 7 Jr. Wolfpack alumni on the ice for that game at the same time, that is an amazing piece of their organizations success and proof that their players are being developed for the next level. The Jr Wolfpack staff works very hard for their players and all their commitments happen through their organization not somewhere else, they have become one of the hottest places to play on the East Coast and the proof is in the numbers and success of their alumni.
The Jr Wolfpack is pleased to announce their Spring and Summer events for 2015. Players looking for an opportunity to just skate with the program or get a try out for one of their teams, may sign up. The showcases listed are some of the best College Exposure Tournaments of the off season. They will be entering teams at the Jr A, Jr B and Midget U16 levels in the tournaments listed on the flyers.
If you are interested in signing up, please click here and print the flyer for the appropriate age group. Paperwork must be mailed in with the Player Fee for each Tournament you would like to attend.
If you have questions or need more information please email Head Coach Chris Cerrella at
Former Hartford Jr Wolfpack forward Dylan Vander Esch continues his freshman year tear for the Postdam Bears. After two Rookie Of the Week Honors, Vander Esch wins Player of the Week in the mighty SUNYAC. The Jr Wolfpack alum had another big weekend for the surging Bears with five more points. In Friday's win, the freshman recorded a goal and two assists. On Saturday, against the Mustangs, he scored the game-winner and added another assist. The freshman forward leads the team with 13 goals this season and has four assists for 17 points. Vander Esch is one of many Jr Wolfpack alumni playing in the SUNYAC Div 3 conference this season.
On December 30th, the Jr. Wolfpack U16 Team returned from break and began to set some goals for the second half of their season. With fifteen games to go the team set a goal to win eleven games out of the fifteen to be played in January and February. Since that time, the team has gone 9-1 and has won 6 of 7 league games. The team’s success is not limited to the past two months either. Since November 1st, the team has posted a 14-7-1-1 and has outscored their opponents 90 to 65.
The U16 success continued this weekend, starting on Friday versus the CT Oilers. The Pack dominated play right from the start with two first period goals by Mike Cyr and Evan Valenti. The Pack continued to pressure the Oilers in the second period piling on four more goals by Joey Harris, Mike Cyr and two by Brian Drisdelle. In the third, the boys did not stop peppering the Oiler net with shot after shot. The Pack posted six more goals scored by Evan Valenti, Tommy Driscoll, Nick Cramer, Joey Harris and two by Mike Cyr. Captain Mike Cyr finished the game with four goals and assistant captain Chris Rodrigues posted a 16 save shutout. The Pack would go on to win the game 12-0.
On Saturday night the team would continue their winning ways against the Little Flyers but it would not be as easy as the previous night. The boys were the first to score again off two power play goals in the first period by Mac Crawford and Joey Harris. After that the scoring would go quiet for the second period, as the Pack would have to kill off four penalties. The Wolfpack penalties continued in the third but the boys were up to the challenge, killing off all seven Little Flyers penalties. The Flyers would score midway through the third period but Wolfpack goaltender Colin Hobbs came up big for his team in the end and would grab his team a 2-1 victory!
The Pack and Flyers were back at it again early Sunday morning at Champions Skating Center. Right from the start, the Pack had more energy than the previous two nights and jumped out to an early lead off a goal by forward Liam Flannery! The Jr. Wolfpack continued to control the play during the remainder of the first period, taking a 1-0 lead into intermission. In the second, the Pack kept up their tenacious play and added to their lead with two goals by Jon “Moose” Backus and Tommy Driscoll. Assistant captain Chris Rodrigues would have another stellar game, posting his second shutout on the weekend. The Wolfpack won by a score of 3-0.
The team not only won all three games but also dominated in just about every category. The Pack outscored their opponents 17-1, allowed 0 goals on 14 penalties, went 4 for 10 on the power play, and outshot their opponents 105-53. The team looks to continue their winning ways this weekend as they take on Gunnery and the NJ Rockets!
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack have really started playing well at just the right time. With playoffs only 3 weeks away, the Pack are starting to really tie in all the team components and systems as a complete package. Winning 4 of the last 5 games is a great way to go into this showcase weekend.
This past weekend, the game versus the Boston Jr Rangers was the first glimpse of what playoffs will look like. Both teams acquired some top end players to fill out the lineup and the pace of play was the highest yet this year. The Wolfpack took it to the Rangers to start the game, with Nick Malvasi scoring a goal early on. Matt Longobardi scored a 2nd goal but this was just not enough to beat out Boston. The Pack ended up losing 4-2 but kept their heads high. They played evenly against arguably the best team in the league.
The Pack travel down to New Jersey this weekend for the final showcase of the year.
Wolfpack Standout Edy Moritz Commits to The University of Massac
Cromwell, CT—The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack are thrilled to announce the team’s second college commitment of the 2014-2015 season. Moritz joins teammate, Maeve Reilly (Holy Cross), as the second in her class to achieve the goal of playing college hockey. Both commitments continue to pave the path for future Wolfpack players.
Moritz, who excels as both a goaltender and forward, (yes, this is not a mistake), is excited to spend the next four years as a UMass-Boston Beacon. A native of Guilford, Conn., Moritz had a difficult decision to make about where she would continue her academic and athletic future. Ultimately, Moritz chose UMass-Boston because “it has an established hockey program and one of the few Criminal Justice degrees that is approved by the Commonwealth’s Board of Higher Education. In addition, I’m excited to live in Boston, a city with such a strong identity and passion for hockey.”
Edy has made an incredible impact on the inaugural Wolfpack team, especially in her role as the team’s captain. She’s a nose-to-the-grind kid who embodies the word athlete in every way. Head Coach Ashleigh Corvi says, “Edy is a great competitor—she’s always the first to the rink and the last to leave. She’s been a great captain, teammate, and friend. No doubt she’ll give everything she has to the Beacons squad over the next four years.”
On behalf of the entire Hartford Jr. Wolfpack organization, congratulations to Edy and the Moritz family on this incredible opportunity!
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack would like to congratulate veteran goaltender Tyler Ellor as he has decided to start his College hockey and academic career at Johnson & Wales University. The Wildcats currently sit one point out of first place in the ECAC Northeast Div III Hockey conference and is located in downtown RI where they play their games at the Lynch Arena. The team is Coached by Eric Noack, an RIT graduate, who is in his 12th season behind the Wildcat bench. Ellor looks to continue his season developing with the Jr Wolfpack as he looks to step in and compete for JWU's starting job as a freshman. "Tyler has the make up to be a successful college hockey goalie. He has size he moves pretty well and he competes very hard every day, he has good numbers in the EHL for us this season. We wish him and his family the best of luck in the future as we are happy he has found a good home with Coach Noack," said Chris Cerrella. The Saratoga Springs, NY native played last season in the USPHL where he decided to switch leagues and mind the nets in Hartford, a move that worked well for the 20 year old veteran netminder. Ellor is looking forward to finishing the season strong and getting prepared for the next stages of his life on and off the ice. "I am extremely excited for this step in my hockey career. College hockey has been my top goal since the beginning. I would like to thank Coach Cerrella and the rest of the Wolfpack staff for all the time and effort they put into helping me get to this point. I would also like to say thank you to my family and friends for supporting me and pushing me to become a better hockey player and a better person," said Tyler. The Jr Wolfpack are looking to keep up the momentum with just 6 games left in regular season play. Hartford continues to lead the charge in the EHL with its 10th College Placement of the season.
The Hartford Junior Wolfpack Futures traveled to New York City to take on the Riverbank Midgets over the weekend at Riverbank Arena along side the Hudson River. Riverbank opened the scoring to take an early 1-0 lead. However, once the fog had cleared in the heads of the Futures in the 1st period, they broke out with 3 unanswered goals in the 2nd period. Bram Tyler, Nick David ( Ben Ward), & Jackson Nee (Nick David) combined for the Futures scoring to give the Wolfpack a 3-1 lead at the end of 2. Halfway through the 3rd period Eli Bloom found the net on feed from Raj Rai to put the Futures up 4-1. Minutes later, Riverbank answered to pull to within 2 at 4-2. A Frantic end to end pace ensued during the final 10 minutes of the 3rd period. Jackson Nee ( Pierce Walton) found the net just under the 10 min mark to put the pack up 5-2. Riverbank would find the net 2 more times in the final 6 minutes to pull to within 1 at 5-4. However, the Wolfpack would not be denied as Andrew Wilson and Raj Rai would complete a 2 on 1 opportunity with 1:33 left in the 3rd to seal the win. Final score 6-4 and win for the Wolfpack Futures. "Early on we looked flat and played to the level of our competition. Once we kicked in and played our game we were able to assert ourselves and gain the lead and ultimately the win. We kept the pressure on and continued to score which was nice to see" said Futures Head Coach John Hissick. " We need to strive to be more consistent".
The Wolfpack Futures return to Cromwell this weekend at 2:00pm to finish the series with Riverbank. Come down and see the Futures of the Hartford Jr.Wolfpack.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack has set their Main Camp dates for 2015 April 10-12 at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT. Players competing for spots on the Jr A (EHL), Jr B (MJHL) and U16 (Tier 1 AYHL) will all take place on that weekend.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack has become the top player development and College Placement Program on the East Coast. "Players come to the Wolfpack with the aspirations of playing College hockey, we do all the College placements ourselves, we do not fill our team with already committed players from other teams, that's not what junior hockey is all about. Our commitments are real," said Chris Cerrella, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations. So if you want to develop as a player and fulfill your dream of playing College hockey, then come and make some noise with the Big Boys. Come be a part of the top College Placement Organization on the East Coast. DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES???
TAKE PRIDE IN THE PACK!
For more information please email Head Coach Chris Cerrella
If you are interested in our Main Camp please click here and mail in the proper forms and fees ASAP.
There will be goalie only sessions for all goalies attending and there will be one practice and three games for all players attending.
The Jr. Wolfpack U16 team traveled down to Pennsylvania this past weekend to take on the Valley Forge Minutemen. Entering the weekend the Pack knew it would be a battle every shift versus a very good Valley Forge team sitting in fifth place in the AYHL. The battle started right from the start of game one, as the Pack struck first with a goal by defenseman Cam Roberts assisted by Brian Drisdelle at 8:31 of the first period. The boys scored their second goal a minute later by Joey Harris assisted by Will Roberts. The Wolfpack took a 2-0 lead going into the second period but Valley would come out flying in the second period. The Minutemen scored a power play goal at 16:12 of the second period but the Pack would extend their lead to 3-1 off a Brian Drisdelle goal. Later in the second, the Minutemen went on the power play again and took full advantage scoring their second power play goal of the game. Valley struck again two minutes later to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the third period. The Wolfpack started off slow and struggled for a good part of the third period. Valley finally capitalized on an even strength goal at 4:15 to take the lead, 4-3. In the late minutes of the third, Colin Hobbs was pulled from the net in exchange for an extra attacker. The move paid off as Tommy Driscoll scored the tying goal with only a minute left to play. The game went into overtime, with both teams struggling to amount an offensive attack the game was decided on one last push by the Wolfpack! Wolfpack forward Mac Crawford skated up ice, down the far wall and took a shot from the bottom of the circle, which went top shelf to win the game for the Pack in OT! Colin Hobbs had another great performance in net, turning away 33 of 37 shots and earning his fourth AY victory of the year. In the locker room after the game, forward Brian Drisdelle was awarded the teams “Pail award” for his two point night!
The Battle continued right into game number two the next morning! The boys came out slow in the first and the Minutemen took a 2-0 lead. The boys would answer right back with two goals of their own to tie it at 2-2 heading into the second period. Mac Crawford and Mike Cyr scored the Wolfpack goals one minute apart. In the second period the Wolfpack out shot the Minutemen 25-7 and dominated the majority of play. The boys were only able to get one goal off of 25 shots in the period. The goal was netted by defenseman Jeffrey Gu with under a minute to go in the second period. Valley came out with energy in the third and scored early to tie the game at 3-3. The play was continuously up and down the ice for the majority of the period. Both teams were knotted at three till number 46 Tommy Driscoll scored with 46 seconds to go! The pack went on to win the game 4-3! Goaltender Chris Rodrigues saved 25 of 28 shots on net earning his fourth AY victory.
After sweeping the weekend the Pack improved their overall record to 18-18-1-1 and are 7-1 since returning from break! The boys have come a long way this year and look to continue their winning ways this weekend as they take on the Philly Little Flyers!
Vander Esch SUNYAC Rookie of the Week for Second Time
Hartford Jr Wolfpack alumni and Dylan Vander Esch (San Jose, Calif./Hartford Wolfpack) have been honored by the State University of New York Athletic conference for his play last weekend being named Rookie of the Week for the second time his freshman season.
Vander Esch had two goals and an assist against Geneseo and Brockport. Thefreshman forward scored the only goal in the Bears' victory over the Ice Knights on Friday. He then scored the game-tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation in the tie with the Golden Eagles on Saturday. He also recorded an assist in the game. He now has a team-leading seven goals along with one assist for eight points in 16 games this season. Six of those points (5g-1a) have come in his last four games.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that veteran forward Nick Belger has committed to SUNY Plattsburgh for his academic and athletic future. SUNY Plattsburgh is located in Plattsburgh, NY where the Cardinals are 13-4-1 (ranked 9th in the nation) and sit in first place in the SUNYAC Div III hockey conference. They play their home games at the Ronald Stafford Arena where they sell out with over 3,000 fans per game. The Cardinals are coached by Bob Emory in his 26th season as Head Coach. Belger, who started the season with the Soo Eagles in the NAHL, was not having much college exposure success, so he returned to the place where he started his junior hockey career. In 17 games with the Jr Wolfpack, the Yorktown Heights, NY native, has 12g and 17a for 29 points and is seen as one of the top offensive players in the EHL. "Nick is one of the, if not the best, offensive players in our league. He finds ways to score goals and he finds ways to make plays offensively. It was great to get him back from the NAHL. He found his success here with us and is going to be a great addition to Plattsburghs already strong hockey tradition. We are very happy for Nick and his family! He wanted to play at the highest level of college hockey he could and he got that with us. We wish him nothing but success at Plattsburgh next season," said Chris Cerrella. With 8 regular season games left in the season, the high scoring forward looks forward to next season but has one thing in mind, going out a champion! "Coming back to Hartford was the right decision for me in order to get the college exposure I needed, now there is only one thing left to do and that is to win the EHL championship before I head to Plattsburgh. I am very excited about the opportunity that the coaching staff at Plattsburgh has given me, not only on the ice, but in the classroom. I would like to thank my coaching staff in Hartford for getting me to where I wanted to be, I would also like to send a big thank you to my family for supporting me to the end of my junior hockey career. I am very excited what the future has to hold for me and very excited to start the next chapter in life," said Belger. The Jr Wolfpack sit in a great spot in the Central division and look to remain at the top of the league down the stretch and Nick Belger is going to be a big part of that.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack would like to congratulate veteran forward Connor Jones for choosing to attend Becker College for the 2015-16 season. Becker College plays in the ECAC Northeast Div III conference and is located in Worcester, MA and plays their home games at the New England Sports Center. The power forward is in his second season in the EHL and spent one season on the Jr Wolfpacks MJHL development team where Jones has created his college hockey path. This season he has 3g and 9a for 12 points in 26gp for the Pack and looks to bring hard work and big hits down the stretch as his team prepares for the playoffs. "Jones is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached. He is a warrior and competes on and off the ice everyday and he will bring a lot of life to the ice and locker room for Becker. They are getting a fantastic young man and we are very excited for Connor, to be honest, he is a kid that has beat the odds and made it to college hockey when a lot of people in the past have doubted him. Good luck to the Jones family," said Chris Cerrella. The Lake Placid, NY native is looking forward to the next step in his life and hockey career and looking forward to finishing the season strong with the Wolfpack. "Continuing my hockey career at Becker College next season is an opportunity I am very excited for. Playing my last three seasons for the Wolfpack organization has been a privilege; I want to thank Coach Cerrella and the staff for making college hockey a possibility for me. My teammates and friends here in Connecticut have pushed me to become a better player and person, something that will forever benefit me. Most importantly I would like to thank my family for always being by my side and supporting me throughout my hockey career." The Hartford Jr Wolfpack sit just 5 points out of first place and have committed 8 players to college hockey so far this season.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack would like to congratulate forward Jamie Lukas for his commitment to SUNY Brockport for the 2014-15 season. The veteran forward has been a catalyst to the high powered Jr Wolfpack offense this season with 39 points in 33 games and will be looking to contribute at Brockport next season. The Golden Eagles sit just 4 pts from the top of the SUNYAC Div III conference, located in Brockport NY and play their home games at the Tuttle North Ice Arena. Suny Brockport is coached by Head Coach Brian Dickinson who is in his 18th season behind the bench and his 21st season overall in college hockey. The Golden Eagles are a part of the mighty SUNYAC hockey conference which is one of the top Div III leagues in the country. "Brockport is getting themselves a good player next season and an even better young man. Jamie has been one of our top offensive players who plays the game hard, posses the puck very well and has a knack for the net. He is going to do a great job next season in for the Golden Eagles and will be a good SUNYAC player. We are very excited for Jamie his dream was to play in that league and it came true for him. We wish him the best in the future," said Chris Cerrella. The Collegevill, Pa native is very excited to finish the season with the Jr Wolfpack and is very excited in becoming part of the athletic and academic community at Brockport. "I am extremely excited to be moving on and continuing my hockey career at SUNY Brockport next fall. It has always been a dream of mine to play college hockey and now it has come true. I am extremely grateful the Wolfpack organization took me in and allowed this opportunity to become reality for me. I want to thank Coach Cerrella and the rest of the coaching staff for helping me get to the next level. I want to thank my teammates for helping me be the player that I have become this season. Lastly, I want to thank my family for their dedication and support they have given me throughout my career." Lukas will be joining former Jr Wolfpack players Dave Horan and Ryan Kangas who are both freshman at Brockport and he will be joining a long list of Jr Wolfpack alumni who are currently playing in the SUNYAC Div III college hockey conference. We would like to wish Jamie and his family the best of luck in the future.
Wolfpack's Reilly Commits to The College of the Holy Cross
Cromwell, CT— The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack are excited to announce the first college commitment of the inaugural NEWJHL season. Senior forward, Maeve Reilly, is excited to spend the next four years in Worcester, Mass., at The College of the Holy Cross. Reilly, a Ridgefield, Conn., native, had many collegiate options and a difficult decision to make this fall. In the end, Reilly found her home on the hill. “I selected Holy Cross because of its strong academic and religious reputation, close community, and the opportunity to continue my hockey career,” said Reilly.
Holy Cross Head Coach, Peter Van Buskirk, said Reilly will be one of a few forwards to come in next year and make an immediate impact.
She’s done that and then some for this young Wolfpack team. The Wolfpack coaching staff is thrilled that Maeve has found a place to combine her intellect and love of hockey. “We cannot wait to hear about all that Maeve accomplishes as a Crusader. She’s the quintessential student-athlete and a wonderful example of the kind of kid we hope to develop in the Wolfpack organization,” says Head Coach Ashleigh Corvi.
On behalf of the entire Hartford Jr. Wolfpack organization, congratulations Maeve on this incredible opportunity!
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack would like to congratulate captain Ben Mariano for choosing SUNY Potsdam for his athletic and academic future. Potsdam plays their games in the SUNYAC Div III College Hockey Conference and plays their games in the newly renovated Maxcy Hall, where he will join former Pack players Todd Thomas, Jake Rivera, Vincent Caligiuri and Dylan Vander Esch. The Harrisburg, PA native who has spent the last 3 weeks injured has 30 points in 22 games for the Wolfpack and has been a main component in the teams high powered offense. "Benny has been a big part of our program for the last 3 years on and off the ice. He has been a great player and team mate and he will be missed. He is what WOLFPACK PRIDE means in our locker room, Potsdam is getting themselves a hard working, tremendous young man. We wish him and his family the best in the future," said Chris Cerrella. The speedy centerman has spent the last three seasons with the Wolfpack preparing himself for the college hockey level and his dream of doing just that has come true. "I would like to thank the Wolfpack for my time with the organization over the past three years. I would like to thank Coach Cerrella and the rest of the staff for helping me get to the next level and play college hockey. I would also like to thank my family for supporting me throughout my hockey career. Also I would like to thank my teammates past and present for making me the player I am today. Another person I want to thank is my Jr B Head Coach Andy Scott. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to play college hockey and continue my academic future at SUNY Potsdam, it was a dream of mine since I started playing travel hockey." Mariano looks to keep the pack on track with their climb to the top of the Central division with the goal of an EHL Championship in their sights.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that assistant captain Max Ross has decided to attend SUNY Fredonia next season for his academic and hockey future. Fredonia has been aggressively recruiting the Jr Wolfpacks players and Max will be joining team mates Todd Schauss and Luke Rivera next season. The Arvada CO native has 11pts in 18 games for the Wolfpack and is one of the only veteran defenseman on their blue line so he has been a huge anchor for the Wolfpack defensive core. "Max has been very good for us in the two seasons he has been in our program. He came here with a goal and that was to play college hockey in the SUNY and his dream has come true. We are very excited for Max and we wish him the best of luck, we will be counting on him heavily down the stretch to finish the season strong for us," said Chris Cerrella. The 6'1 blue liner has enjoyed his time in Hartford and is looking forward to the years ahead as he prepares for the beginning of his college hockey career on and off the ice. "I could not be more happy with my decision to attend SUNY Fredonia next year. I could not have done it without the support of my family, coaches and anyone else who helped me along the way. I look forward to finishing my season in the EHL for the Wolfpack and continue to develop for the start of my college career, " said Ross. The Wolfpack now has 5 college commitments just 18 games into the 14-15 season and look to continue to climb the ladder in the EHL standings as well as add names to their ever growing college hockey commitment list.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce their 4th college commitment of the 2014-15 season. Assistant Captain Todd Schauss will be attending SUNY Fredonia next season where he will begin his college career both in the classroom and on the ice. The Terryville, CT native has been with the Jr Wolfpack for the last 4 seasons spending time in their U16, Jr B and Jr A program with his sights set on playing college hockey at the highest level he could. Looks like he reached his goal as playing in the SUNYAC is no easy task and is looked at as one of the top Div III college hockey leagues in the country. Schauss has 19pts in his first 17 games and has been one of the top forwards in the EHL so far this season. "Todd has really matured his game and has been a threat in every game for us this season. He is the ultimate competitor, that is why he has been so successful this season. I am very proud of Todd and it has been a pleasure coaching him these past few years. He is going to do a great job at Fredonia next season and is going to bring a lot of energy to the Blue Devils offense," said Chris Cerrella. Just 17 games into the season and Todd Schauss is looking forward to finishing the season with the Jr Wolfpack and preparing for the next chapter in his life. "I would like to thank the Wolfpack organization, all of my family and my friends and most importantly my team mates. I am very excited to be joining the Fredonia family," said Todd. Schauss becomes the fourth college commitment and second in the past two days for the Jr Wolfpack as they continue to show that they are one of the top paths to college hockey.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce their third college commitment of the 2014-15 season. Veteran forward, Luke Rivera, has chosen to attend SUNY Fredonia next season. Fredonia is a small NY State University located in Fredonia, NY where the Blue Devils play their games in the Steele Hall Ice Arena located directly on campus. The team is coached by Head Coach, Jeff Meredith, who has been with Fredonia for 27 seasons and assisted by former Jr Wolfpack player Mike Lysyj. The Pacific Palisades, CA native is in his second season with the Jr Wolfpack and has been a big part of their offense and team over his two seasons in the Wolfpack locker room. The power forward has 11 pts in just 15 games and is known in the EHL as one of the toughest power forwards in the league, at 6'1 195 lbs, Rivera is an effective part of the Wolfpack Power Play. "Luke has been an outstanding inspiring student athlete for us. He spent a little time in the NAHL last season and it was not working out for him so he came here and really worked at his game. I think he will be a fantastic SUNYAC player and I look forward to following him next season. Fredonia is getting a great young man and a very good hockey player. I had the pleasure of coaching Jake Rivera years ago, who is now at Potsdam and now Luke going off to Fredonia. I am very excited for Luke and wish him and his family the best of luck in the future. "Rivera's job here is not done yet, he has some more games to win for us first," said Chris Cerrella. Luke is very excited about finishing the season with the Pack before he goes off to play college hockey, something that has been a dream of his for many years. "I am very excited about choosing SUNY Fredonia, not only is it a good school, but they have a great hockey history. After going on my visit, seeing the facilities and spending time with the coaching staff, I felt like I was at home and knew this was the place for me. I could not have done any of this without the support of my family, friends and my teammates. Playing in Hartford was the best choice I have ever made. The coaching staff pushed me to be the best player I could be and they helped me achieve my goal of playing at the next level. I am looking forward to finishing out the season and climbing to the top of the EHL in my last season," said Luke Rivera. SUNY Fredonia is part of the SUNYAC Div III hockey conference, one of the top Div III hockey conferences in the country.
The hockey season has not even begun for the Hartford Jr Wolfpack EHL team but it is open season for Head Coach Chris Cerrella when it comes to getting his players to the next level. With one commitment already in the book, the Jr Wolfpack has committed their second player of the the 2014-15 season to the college hockey world. The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that veteran forward Tyler Hines has decided to attend Western New England for his college hockey and academic future. The speedy forward has been an integral part of the Wolfpack organization playing both the MJHL and EHL team and he is very excited for the next step in the classroom and on the ice. "I am excited about my commitment to Western New England University, I could not have done it without the support of my teammates. I would like to thank my family for allowing me to pursue my dream of playing college hockey and I would also like to thank the Wolfpack organization and its coaching staff for all they have done for me. I would like to send out a special thanks to Coach Cerrella for his help through this process and for always getting the most out of me on the ice. I look forward to my final season with the Pack and will continue to work hard to prepare myself for the next step in my hockey and academic career." The Golden Bears play in the ECAC Northeast Div III Hockey conference and is coached by Greg Heffernan who is in his 6th season and very excited with the addition of Hines. "We are excited to have Tyler join the Golden Bear family. He is a great student and his work ethic and character are second to none. This is a great fit and we know that Tyler will only continue to develop and improve this season under Coach Cerrella," said Coach Heffernan. The Jr Wolfpack would like to wish the Hines family the best of luck in the future and we are happy to announce that he has chosen his path to college hockey here with the Wolfpack.
DITTENHAFER COMMITS HOCKEY EAST TO UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that second year defenseman Austin Dittenhafer has committed to Div 1 University of Vermont. The Catamounts are located in Burlington Vermont, play their games in the Gutterson Fieldhouse with about 50 years of hockey tradition. UVM plays in the power house Div 1 Hockey East collegiate athletic conference. Dittenhafer played his first season for the Jr. Wolfpack last year after playing for the Central Penn Panthers in the MJHL. Playing in 26 games in his rookie season the 6'2 defenseman had a slow start to the season before coming on strong for the Pack down the stretch. "Austin just got better and better down the stretch and began to play with confidence. He was our best Dman in game 3 of the playoffs and really started to show his potential. He has had a great off season and is preparing for next season and will prepare himself for the time he can take the ice for UVM. I am very excited for Ditty and his family," said Chris Cerrella. The 1997 will return to the Wolfpack for the 14-15 season as he will take on a veteran role and be looked upon to log a lot of minutes and special team time for the Pack this season while finishing up his senior year of HS. Austin is really looking forward to the next few years on and off the ice as he continues to prepare for the next level and next chapter in his life. "I'm excited about my commitment to UVM in Hockey East. I would like to thank my family, more importantly my mom and dad. I would also like to thank all the people that have helped me along the way. Lastly I would like to thank my Coach, Chris Cerrella for making this dream come true for me. It has been a journey this far and I know there is still a lot of work to be done." said the Paquea Pa native. Dittenhafer is excited for the start of the 14-15 season and looks forward to playing another season in the EHL.