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Main Camp 2016 Announced
02/05/2016
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack are excited to announce tryouts...
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...
16U Pack Gets Stronger
12/15/2015
Game 1- The Wolfpack opened up this weekend against a good Team Comcast...
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...
Futures Weekend Recap
12/08/2015
The Hartford Junior Wolfpack Futures, coming off a weekend that saw...
U16 Split the Weekend
12/07/2015
Game 1- The Pack opened up this weekend against a very good...
EHL WOLFPACK CONTINUES TO EXCEL
12/07/2015
The Jr Wolfpack EHL team continued its 2015-16 success with a...
Lady Wolfpack Weekend Recap
12/07/2015
The Lady Wolfpack still struggle to find their first NEWJHL win...
MJHL WOLFPACK FACE ADVERSITY IN LOSSES
12/03/2015
The Jr. B Wolfpack just got done with home series vs. the number...
Futures take 3 of 4 in Thanksgiving Tourney
12/02/2015
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack Futures participated this past weekend in...
First NCAA college goal by Lady Junior Wolfpack Alumni
11/23/2015
Exciting news to share with our Junior Wolfpack family;  Former...
JR WOLFPACK EHL TEAM CONTINUES TO ROLL
11/23/2015
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack just finished their final trip to Philadelphia...
Futures extend new win streak to 3 with weekend win
11/21/2015
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack Futures extended their current win streak...
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...
EHL TEAM GOES 2-1 IN COLLEGE SHOWCASE
11/11/2015
EHL TEAM GOES 2-1 IN COLLEGE SHOWCASE   The Hartford...
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...
 
Main Camp 2016 Announced

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack are excited to announce tryouts for the 2016-17 season.  The Main Camp tryouts will be held on April 8-10, 2016 at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT. Players competing for spots on the Jr A (EHL - Premier), Jr B (EHL - Elite) and U16  & U18  Full Season teams 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 or

Cell: 561-797-8769; Office: 860-613-0385

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.

 


by posted 02/05/2016
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
16U Pack Gets Stronger

Game 1- The Wolfpack opened up this weekend against a good Team Comcast team and it was a hard fought battle all the way until the final buzzer.  The Pack dominated most of the play having chance after chance after chance.  At one point they had three opportunities in a row and couldn't cash in on them.  Goalie Chris Foley shut the door the entire game.  The scoreboard read 0-0 after 3, and they went into overtime.  The Pack believed in each other the entire time at one point putting three forwards on the ice leading to 2 odd man rushes and a break away but goalie Chris Foley stood up to the task at hand and shut the door. As the overtime buzzer rang the staff was happy with the way the team played and was happy that everyone came together. The only positive we can take out of it is having to finish on our chances.

 

Game 2- Sunday the pack faced a non league game against a league opponent Valley Forge.  Valley Forge came out strong and scored 3 goals in the first, and late goal by newcomer Zakary Magyar scored the only goal for the Pack in the first.  The second and third period where all pack started the scoring with Matt Henderson, and forward Kyle Kadziolka tied it up late in the third period.  On the power play that seems to be clicking again newcomer Zakary Magyer put one past the goalie to give the Pack a 4-3 lead late in game.  Goalie Chris Foley stood on his head making save after save, and even getting the attention of the guys keeping score when they looked at Coach Vets and said "how did that kid make some of those saves." From that point on the pack took advantage and finished it off with a nice win.   

 


by posted 12/15/2015
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
Futures Weekend Recap

The Hartford Junior Wolfpack Futures, coming off a weekend that saw them win 3 of 4 games, had high expectations coming into this week's action. Despite some injuries to key players, the pack 18u futures took on a tough Long Island Rebels team Saturday at champions that ended in a 9-0 loss. Although play was balanced in the 1st and 3rd periods, the 2nd period saw the pack give up 6 unanswered goals. Play in the 3rd was better, however a lack of focus fundamental physical play plagued the Futures. “We came out hard in the 1st period and think we because somewhat intimidated by the size and speed of the Rebels." Said Coach John Hissick. "We then got down on ourselves in the 2nd. Better in the 3rd, however we need to answer the bell when we need to score. When a team scores on us, we need to turn it up a notch and get one for us. We need to match the energy level of the other team."

On Sunday, the Futures travelled to The Taft School to take on the defending CVMHL and NY Valley Tech League Champion Watertown Red Wings. Again, the Futures had a sluggish start and found themselves down 3-0. After a spirited between periods conversation with Head Coach John Hissick, the Futures came out matching the physical play of Watertown and leveled the ice. The play continued even for the period heading into the last minute of the period when Jr Wolfpack Center Kyle Romano (Neil Patel assist) found the back of the net on a bad angle shot to put the futures on the board with: 47 seconds left in the period. The play in the 4rd continued to be even. Watertown did add one more late in the 3rd to give them a 4-1 decision. 

"We have to be able to match intensity with the better teams on our schedule. As a player, you have to play a complete game. This means both mentally and physically" said Coach Hissick” To a man, we need to do better job. It should not take a motivational monologue from me between periods to remind a player. They should bring it every time they hit the ice"

The Futures return to action this Saturday at 2:40pm when they take on the New York Roots (NYC). Come on down to Champions and see the Future of the Hartford Junior Wolfpack. 


by posted 12/08/2015
U16 Split the Weekend

Game 1- The Pack opened up this weekend against a very good Schenectady Charges team.  Chase Reynolds and Jacob Albert opened up the scoring with two nice power-play goals, as the first period came to an end the Charges and Pack were tied at two goals apiece.  The second period was all Charges as they took a 3-2 lead going into the final period.  The 3rd period was back and forth but the Wolfpack couldn't find a way to score, however the Charges scored 3 goals giving them a 6-2 win.  Coach Dioro said “if we can find a way to play a full game we are going to see a lot more wins under our belt." Goalie Chris Foley played a very good game despite what the score board said stopping 33 shots. The coaching staff was very pleased and happy with the effort on the power play scoring 2 nice goals.

 

Game 2- Later Sunday evening the Pack traveled a little closer home and played its second game of the day against the CP Dynamo. The Pack came out with attitude and did not let anything come between them and getting the win.  Goals from Julian Perino, Matt Henderson, Chase Reynolds, and Brian Drisdelle put the Dynamo down 4-1.  Goalies Stefan Kotrady stopped 11 shots letting in a goal, and goalie Chris Foley came in for the close stopping all 15 shots he saw.  The coaching staff was very happy with the second efforts all over the ice in the second game of the day.  The kids proved to us that they can play every game as long as the stay focused for a full game.  Even though it was our second game of the day the Pack played the entire game like it was there only game of the day.  The Wolfpack get back into action next weekend facing a very good Team Comcast and Little Flyers team, both games will be on the road and the staff is very excited at the challenge ahead of them.  

 


by posted 12/07/2015
EHL WOLFPACK CONTINUES TO EXCEL

The Jr Wolfpack EHL team continued its 2015-16 success with a sweep this weekend of the NJ Rockets (5-2) and the NY Bobcats (5-3) as they have climbed into a tie for first place in the Southern Conference with a 17-4-2 record. Veteran forward Machlan Sawden earned EHL Forward of the week with 4 points on the weekend and Defenseman Max Blitz added 3 assists to lead the attack for the Pack.  Goaltender Kyle Carducci improved to 12-3 on the season in the win over the Rockets and veteran net-minder Mike Dion sealed the win against the Bobcats 5-3 to cap off the weekend victories.  With five games before Christmas break the Jr Wolfpack have one thing in mind and that is taking sole possession of first place and sealing a few more college commitments before 2016.  "We have had some success so far this first half but we are not a championship team yet, we are getting there and the boys are all starting to believe.  We have 2-3 more guys that are on the fence with colleges as well so over all the boys are getting rewarded for their good play.  Our break will be well deserved but we have 5 more games to go and need to continue to get 2pts every game and we need to continue to develop all our guys" said Chris Cerrella.  The coaching staff is happy with the development of first year forwards Tristan Morin, Matt Longobardi, Colin Valentine, Malthe Helt, Felix Takacsi-Nagy, Tyler Hackett, James Morrissey, Dylan OSick, Jimmy Lockamyeir and Kevin Murphy are all contributing in little ways to make things more successful.  On the blue line EHL new comers Connor Devereux, Nyle Sockbeson and Mason Brinich are earning their stripes at the next level and continue to improve. "We care about developing these players and moving them on to the next level.  Our alumni are doing outstanding at the next level it seems like every week one of our alumni is winning a player of the week award at the college hockey level.  It’s what we take pride in and that's development and college process I do not think there are many other programs on the east coast that has our college track record.  It is nice to see us continue to make our tracks," said Owner Dan McCarthy.  As the holidays get closer the biggest question is will Santa bring the EHL Wolfpack their gifts and that would be 5 more wins before break, only time will tell.


by posted 12/07/2015
Lady Wolfpack Weekend Recap

The Lady Wolfpack still struggle to find their first NEWJHL win of the season but after this weekend’s matchups against the Walpole Express and the East Coast Wizards, the squad seems to be turning a corner and knocking on the door. The Wolfpack traveled to Rodman Arena on Friday night to face off against Walpole for the first time since their very first games of the season in September. Although the scoreboard reflected a 2-0 loss, the coaching staff unanimously felt that the effort was by far the most consistent of the season. The passing was clean, decisions in the defensive and neutral zone were sound, and each line executed exactly what was expected of them for the entirety of play. Victoria Lahey saw 35 shots on goal, and prevented Walpole from scoring at even strength. Coach CJ Kenney said, “We were right with them the whole game. We’re building better habits. Regardless of what the scoreboard said, that was a win for us, and that’s what we wanted the girls to take away from that game.”

The Wolfpack didn’t bring the same momentum for the entirety of Sunday night’s game at home against the East Coast Wizards, but were able to bounce back in the third period. After a flat first and second period ending with the Wizards up 4-0, the squad came out flying after intermission and dominated play for all 17 minutes. Junior goaltender Emma Reynolds gave a noteworthy performance in net considering the caliber of competition, and senior defenseman Abby Lally deserves an honorable mention for her outstanding effort on the third line at wing. Coach Jason Olson said, “We wanted to shake things up a bit and get the girls back to just playing good, fast hockey. Sometimes the key is just to simplify, work hard, and have fun. That’s how we were able to find some success in this game.”

The Wolfpack will host the Northern Cyclones at home next Sunday. 


by posted 12/07/2015
MJHL WOLFPACK FACE ADVERSITY IN LOSSES

The Jr. B Wolfpack just got done with home series vs. the number one team in the MJHL the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers. Both games this past weekend were very competitive and was some of the best hockey the team played all season.

 

Game One Recap:

            The Wolfpack struggled early on in the first game but found their stride after the first intermission. The Wolfpack started the games scoring with Tyler Hackett walking out of the corner to score. But the rest of the first belonged to the Jr. Flyers who came away with a 2-1 lead at the buzzer. The second period the Wolfpack dominated the play and scored two goals on the power play, the first by Zech Nicome and the second by Tyler Hackett once again. Even though the power play was a success, two untimely mistakes cost the Wolfpack two goals and the period ended 4-3. The third was scoreless even though the Wolfpack dominated the play yet again but just couldn’t find the back of the net. Chris Rodrigues stopped 30 out of 34 shots to keep the Wolfpack in the game.

 

Game Two Recap:

            In game two the Wolfpack started out strong by dominating the whole first period but another defensive zone breakdown led to a Jr. Flyers goal and the Wolfpack were down after the first. In the second both teams traded blows As Tyler Hackett scored a short handed goal early on only to be answered by the flyers shortly after. Both teams played with good pace for the rest of the period and at the end of second just like in game one the flyers had a one-goal lead. In the third period the Wolfpack once again dominated the play, and with Baylee Johns standing tall in the net the Wolfpack had plenty of chances to tie the game but couldn’t find the back of the net. The game ended in a very strange fashion as the referees called back a goal from the Wolfpack with 19 seconds left in the game.

 

All in all the wolfpack had a great weekend battling the number one team in the league. The Wolfpack now prepare for a game Wednesday vs. their in state rivals the CT Nighthawks. The Wolfpack also have two games this weekend away at the Jr. Titans and home vs. the Brewster Bulldogs @9:40am. 


by posted 12/03/2015
Futures take 3 of 4 in Thanksgiving Tourney

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack Futures participated this past weekend in the Watertown Thanksgiving Midget Tournament at the Taft school in Watertown CT. The Tournament featured 10 teams from CT, upstate New York, and Long Island. The Futures represented well taking 3 of 4 games in pool play with wins over the Watertown Split season team, Western CT & Wonderland Wizards Navy. 

Play began on Friday with the pack opening play vs Watertown. Goals by Kyle Romano 
(Dylan Machado, Raj Rai) and Joey Buccieri (Matt Hughson) led the way in a dominant performance from the Pack. The Futures significantly outshot Watertown over the course of the game. However, former Whaler goalie Alex Nocera played a stellar game in net for Watertown making a number of remarkable games throughout the game. Final score was 2-1 HJW Futures. Later that evening, the Futures fell to Tory Albany in hard fought battle. Although the final score was 5-1 in favor of Troy Albany, the game was 1-1 late into the 2nd period. 3rd period mental mistakes plagued the pack into an unfortunate result. Raj Rai (Machado) scored the lone goal for the Futures. 


On Saturday, the Pack Futures returned to play a Western CT team that was leading their division in Pool Play. Western scored first on a goal by Jameson Brown to put the Colonials out front. Sluggish play by the Wolfpack continues from the night before, though opportunities were there for the Futures. After a "Spirited" between period conversation with Coach Hissick, the pack came out firing in the 2nd. Midway through Matt Hughson (Callum Sawden) hit the far left corner of the net just after entering the zone on the right side pulling the Futures even with the Colonials. The battle between the 2 teams continued well into the 3rd period. Late in the 3rd, after an injury to the Wolfpack forward Matt Andriola, Callum Sawden (Bram Tyler) came off the bench to play forward. In a strong attack into the Zone, Sawden buried the puck upper left side off a Bram Tyler shot off the right pad of the Colonials goalie to put the pack up 2-1 with a little over 2 minutes left to play. The Futures went on to a 2-1 win. 

After a 3-0 win (forfeit) over the Wonderland Wizards Saturday evening the Futures found themselves tied for 2nd place their pool and in possible position for the Crossover round. After going through the tie braking procedure, the Futures were eliminated despite winning 3 of 4 games. “We can't allow our fate to be left to Tiebreakers" Said Head Coach John Hissick. “We had our opportunities. Sometimes winning creates overconfidence. Overconfidence often finds players trying to play outside of the system, trying to do too much as individuals and not playing as a team. We were absolutely guilty of that this weekend, thus the reduced scoring output. Although I will take the wins, we need to get back to playing as a team". 

The Futures return to Champions this weekend to to take on the Long Island Rebels at 2:45pm on the Lower rink. Come on down and see the Future of the Hartford Junior Wolfpack. 


by posted 12/02/2015
First NCAA college goal by Lady Junior Wolfpack Alumni

Exciting news to share with our Junior Wolfpack family;  Former Lady Captain, Edy Moritz - UMass Boston, notches the first ever NCAA goal by a Lady Wolfpack alumni.   Edy, who has played in 7 games this season for the Beacons, scored the opening goal in a 3 to 1 victory over University of Southern Maine this weekend.   Most of you know Edy as a stand-out goalie but one of the major reasons UMass Boston signed Mortiz is because of her very rare and superior athletic ability to play forward and goalie and this year playing Forward is where UMass  Boston believes Edy can contribute the most.   Lady Wolfpack coach Craig Millard, had this to say, “Last year Edy proved to be one of our most valuable players, not only was she our #1 starter between the pipes, but when not playing goalie she was one of our top 2 or 3 forwards and scoring leader for the Lady Wolfpack.  With over 20 years of coaching males and female athletes, Edy is one the best athletes that I’ve ever coached.”   

 

Edy isn’t the only former Lady Wolfpack that’s making an impact – former Canadian defenseman stand-out Steph Grundy has started in all 8 games for the NCAA Division III Neumann Knights.   Neumann plays in the very competitive ECAC West.  The former Assistant Captain has already played in 2 games vs. the #1 nationally ranked DIII program in the country, Plattsburgh State.  Later this season the Knights will take on #3 nationally ranked Elmira.   Another former Wolfpack star, Maeve Reilly, has played in 5 games this season for the very talented 6-2  Holy Cross Crusader.  “An unbelievably well-rounded student athlete,  Maeve is a gifted athlete - she has a very high hockey IQ,  she’s a great skater who also has a knack for finding the back of the net.  Maeve was our first ever college commitment for the Lady Wolfpack”, Millard says.    Maeve and the rest of the Holy Cross Crusaders will be visiting Wesleyan University this Sunday, November 29th .    Please be sure to head over to Middletown, CT to see Reilly in action.


by posted 11/23/2015
JR WOLFPACK EHL TEAM CONTINUES TO ROLL

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack just finished their final trip to Philadelphia as they took on the Jr Flyers this weekend in a two game series.  After getting just two out four points the weekend prior the Pack knew this was a big weekend as they had to board the bus home to Cromwell with all four points. 

 

Game One Recap:

The Wolfpack dominated most of the game as they threw 36 shots on net winning the game with a 4-2 win.  Wolfpack scored first to take a 1-0 lead after 2 and then scored three goals in 4:30 seconds to take a 4-1 lead.  Captain Spencer Carter had two assists on the night, forwards Connor Bechtel, Felix Nagy and Nick Gray lit the lamp for the Pack and defenseman Max Blitz scored on a laser beam slapper from the point on the PP.  Goalie Kyle Carducci finished the game with a .939 save % and received his 9th win of the season as he continues his impressive play.  "We didn't start producing till late, I think we could have scored 3-4 more to be honest we just could not seem to find the back of their net.  I thought their goalie played well and made some good saves, we came out on fire and had some rough spots but played a pretty good game.  Good to earn two points on the road it’s not easy any time you come to Philly," said Chris Cerrella

 

Game Two Recap:

A tough start to game two turned into an ugly come from behind victory for the Pack.  Winning even when you are struggling are signs of a team that can be very dangerous come playoff time in the EHL.  Down 2-0 than 3-1 the Pack found a way to tie the game on a goal by Tommy DeFelice.  "We struggled today our D were all over the ice making bad decisions on transitions and our forwards were not responsible at the lines.  When we play individual hockey we make it tough on ourselves and that is not what you want to see on the road but we got all four points and that is what we needed to do" said Chris Cerrella. The Wolfpack received two more goals from Nick Gray who had three goals on the weekend and Tommy DeFelice which forced over time.  With 1:36 left in OT assistant captain and Tufts commit Machlan Sawden found the back of the net on a nice shot from the hash mark to seal the win.  Goalie Kyle Carducci once again was in the pipes for the Pack and is now 10-3 on the season and is second in the EHL with wins.  "When your team is going through a little scoring you have to get good goaltending and Kyle is providing the team with that.  It is good to see he has been working hard and really committed to his own performance and more importantly the teams’ performance he is really having a good season so far," said Goalie Coach Andrew Furbush. 

 

The Jr Wolfpack will prepare a short week of practice leading up to their awareness game on Saturday the 28th.  The Hartford Jr Wolfpack organization would like to wish a happy holiday to all alumni as well as present and future players and families.

 


by posted 11/23/2015
Futures extend new win streak to 3 with weekend win

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack Futures extended their current win streak to 3 after defeating Salisbury this past weekend at Champions in Cromwell. Scoring was extremely balanced as 8 different players lit the lamp over the course of the game. Devin Kelly, Liam Flannery (2), Matt Anderson, Callum Sawden, Matt Williams, Jordon Vigulto, Mitch Cooper, & Andrew Wilson all scored for the pack. Anderson, Wilson, Flannery, Virgulto, Matt Andriola, Joey Buccieri, Eli Bloom, & Raj Rai all contributed with Assists to help the Futures to a dominant 9-1 Win. Spencer Chapman and Anthony Scarola combined together between the pipes to hold Salisbury to one goal. 

"It was probably our most complete game of the year for this team. Forechecking was relentless, puck movement was very good and defensively our back checking was much better than it has been",commented Head Coach John Hissick. "However, I am really pleased as to how and where our scoring is coming from. We are making good decisions and continue to get scoring contributions from all lines and players. We don't have to rely on one line or one player." The win pushes the Pack Futures record to 12-5 and a 70% win percentage.

The Futures are home at Champions this Saturday for a double header. At 2:15, the pack hosts the Northern CT Whalers on the lower rink. At 6:00pm, they take on the CT Nighthawks on the upper rink. Come on down to Champions and see the Future of the Hartford Jr Wolfpack. 

 


by posted 11/21/2015
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
EHL TEAM GOES 2-1 IN COLLEGE SHOWCASE

EHL TEAM GOES 2-1 IN COLLEGE SHOWCASE

 

The Hartford Jr Wolfpack EHL team improved to 12-3 going 2-1 in the Simsbury College Showcase this weekend.  As the Pack took on the Bridgewater Bandits, Walpole Express and the Vermont Lumberjacks made it a tough weekend.  On Saturday two of the top ranked teams in the league the Bandits and Wolfpack squared off in a high paced game.  The Pack seemed to dominate most of the play throughout the game as they outshot the Bandits 37-29.  Veteran goalie Kyle Carducci once again sealed the win against a top team in the league improving to 8-2 over the weekend of play.  Forwards Zach Palmer and Dylan O'Sick lit the lamp for the Pack and defenseman Max Blitz also hit the back twine as the Wolfpack defeated the Bandits 3-1.  "I thought we played very well this game, we played hard and disciplined all over the ice.  We did not give their D much time to make decisions in the Ozone and we didn't give them much in our end either.  We played a pretty sound game with the exception of our PP who didn't record a shot on the 5v3 which is very disappointing," said Chris Cerrella. 

 Game two on the weekend the Wolfpack will once again face a top team in the league the Walpole Express.  The Pack started the game off strong dominating the first 10-12 minutes of the game but the game did not stay that way.  Walpole struck first scoring two goals: 17 seconds apart putting the Pack down 2-0.  The Wolfpack fought back all game but just could not overcome the deficit plus a few undisciplined penalties that cost them the game. "I am very disappointed in our team play vs the Express.  We out shot them and dominated the beginning but you have to play a full complete game to win in this league and we just did not do that.  We gave up a soft goal early and then we took too many undisciplined penalties and it cost us the game they had 2 of their 4 goals on the PP.  If you take away the soft goal and the bad penalties we have a different outcome it’s something that we have address in our room right away.  If we want to win the championship we cannot give up soft goals and take bad penalties they will haunt you," said Cerrella.  Forward Felix Takacsi-Nagy and Defenseman Kevin McDonald scored for the good guys but normally solid netminder Kyle Carducci allowed 4 goals on just 25 shots.

Game three on the weekend the Pack would face the feisty Vermont Lumberjacks who are not ripping up the standings in the EHL but they have beat some good teams and have really become a tough opponent on a game to game basis.  For the second straight game the Wolfpack did not look like themselves as they continued to not compete until they needed too and continued to take some undisciplined penalties throughout the game.  Down 2-1 in the second half Tufts commit Machlan Sawden rang the bell twice to give the Wolfpack a 3-2 lead as the team hoped they could hold on to the lead for the remaining 9 minutes of the game.  Goalie Mike Dion made 23 saves in the game to secure the win and improve to 3-1 on the season.  Forwards Machlan Sawden and Doc Gentzler lit the lamp for the Pack and Salve commit Connor Bechtel added two assists to help him win EHL player of the week.  Although the team earned two points in the contest the coaching staff was not impressed with the play of the team overall.  "We went 2-1 on the weekend but our effort was not good.  We did not play as a team we made a lot of selfish plays, took a lot of selfish penalties and honestly I was hoping we went 1-2 as some of our guys need to step it up.  We have started to rely on our returners Sawden, Bechtel, DeFelice and first year Pack Gentzler for all the offense.  Guys like Gray, Carr and other veterans need to step up their offensive production if they are going to continue to get ice time.  We earn everything here and it has to start happening or games are going to get tougher and tougher.  We have the make up to be a contender for the dance at the end of the season but we have to play every game with urgency, discipline and desire.  We have to get strong goaltending and everyone has to play like a leader, we do those things and we will be tough to beat to be honest," said Chris Cerrella. 

On a good note, the Jr Wolfpack once again struck first on the college commitment board as Zach Palmer committed to Nichols College and Connor Bechtel has committed to Salve Regina.  Veteran forward Machlan Sawden has committed to a Nescac school for next season and that will be announced once the admission process has gone through, so that makes 3 college commitments on the weekend for the Pack.  “All the players in our locker room have come here because of our college placement history.  Every year we turn over 3/4 of our roster due to college commitments and we are very proud of that.  College placement is our organizations championship," said President Dan McCarthy.


by posted 11/11/2015
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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