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East Coast Kings Make a Great Run at the Pre-Draft
On a team that boasted 8 players from the USHL, 1 QMJHL, and 4 players ranked on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Ranking, they came together as a team and made it all the way to the finals before losing to Hockey Essentials White. The tournament started with two exhibition games against Pro Hockey Boston & Pro Hockey East. After getting some experience playing together, East Coast Kings opened with a 6-4 win over Hockey Essentials Black. Next day, the team exploded offensively with a 15-2 win over Marauders. With the last game of the round robin, the East Coast Kings needed a win or tie to advance to the playoffs. They ended running into a hot goalie and tied Eastern Eskimos 1-1 to advance.
In the playoffs, the tournament has 30 minute games. The East Coast Kings opened up against Team Canada West Alberta and won 6-1. Few hours later, the team beat Superskills 7-1. As the team continued through the playoffs, the competition got harder. Next up with Quebec Prospects. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead, the team allowed Quebec Prospects to come within one, but scored two quick ones before Quebec Prospects scored another two but ran out of time. East Coast Kings advanced to the finals with a 5-4 win. In the finals, the team faced-off against Hockey Essentials White. After jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead, Hockey Essentials put a lot of pressure on the Kings defense and scored four goals. The East Coast Kings got one back but time ran out and lost 4-2.
East Coast Kings is proud to announce three players were named to the All-Tournament Team: Brian Pinho (Best Forward), Garrett Cockerill (Best Defenseman) and Ben Halford (Best Goalie)
Thank you to all the players and parents who help build this great team. Best of luck to every player.
Roster: Tyler Moy F (Omaha Lancers USHL / Harvard University), Brenden Russ D (Choate School), Steven Duda (Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL), David Drake D (Des Moines USHL), Trevor Moore F (Tri-City Storm USHL / Denver University), Jacob Pritchard F (Victory Honda U18), Drew Melanson F (Omaha Lancers USHL / RPI), Jason Cotton F (Tri-City Storm USHL / Northeastern University), Liam McDermott F (Salisbury School), Brian Pinho F (St. John’s Prep MA-HS / Providence College), Craig Skudalski F (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights AJHL), Kyle Osterberg F (Omaha Lancers USHL / Minnesota-Duluth), Garrett Cockerill D (Des Moines / Northeastern University), Ben Halford G (Bay State Breakers EJHL / Princeton University), Sa Bernard G (Boston Jr. Rangers AJHL / Sacred Heart University), Kiefer Sherwood F (Ohio Blue Jackets AAA / Miami-Ohio University), Frankie Sullivan D (Westminster School)
East Coast Kings 99 & 00 Perform Well at Chi-Town Shuffle
From Coach Don Walker: The East Coast Kings competed in the Chi-Town Shuffle at the 99 and 00 elite level. Bringing players in from over twelve states to play at the highest level was a great experience for all. As a coach it was fulfilling to see the kids come together and make lifelong friendships. A couple of the highlights that stick with me was seeing kids come out of there comfort zone and really grow as players. Dominic Vidoli’s coast to coast goal walking around all 5 opposing players at the 99 level was definitely tops. Mike Mercurio, Tsubasa Konishi and Austin Lidster (BIG TEX) had strong weekends for the ’00 group. I know I will be watching in the future to see how the kids progress in their hockey career and hope to work with them and the East Coast Kings organization in the future.
East Coast Kings 98 Come Up Short in Finals at the World Selects
East Coast Kings 98 had an excellent weekend at the World Selects Invitational (WSI) beating Austria (7-0), Barnaby (5-1), Ural Seelcts (Russia) (2-1), Finland Selects (4-0). Only loss in the round robin came to Ak Bars (Russia) (5-3). In the playoffs, the team opened with another 5-1 win over Barnaby. Next up was a tight 4-3 win over Forward (Russia). In the semi-finals, the team had an exciting 4-3 OT win over ECS-O. In the finals, the team came up short against Vityaz (Russia) 5-3.
Highlights include: Split shutout by Alexei Masanko and Nick Sorgio against Austria, a three goal performance by Jamie Armstrong against Barnaby, a late game-winning goal by Max Jones against Ural Selects, shutout performance by Nick Sorgio against Finland Selects, Adam Fox game-winning goal against Forward in the playoffs, Alexei Masanko’s breakaway save against Sean Day in overtime vs. ECS-O, which lead to Colin McCabe’s over-timer winner, and in the finals, Eric Esposito had a hat trick in the 5-3 loss to Vityaz. Also, this team had two brawls (Ural Select and Vityaz)
Overall, this was a tremendous team. I am proud of this group they came together and played as a team. Every player contributed in every game.
Roster: Chris Grando (LI Gulls), Colin McCabe (Thayer Academy), Max Jones (Detroit Compuware U16), Eric Esposito (CT Wolf Pack), Jack Flanagan (CT Oilers U16), Jack Hoey (CT Wolf Pack), Monte Graham (Thayer Academy), Jamie Armstrong (Bishop Hendricken HS), Adam Fox (Long Island Gulls), Evan Wisocky (Long Island Gulls), Brendan Less (Delbarton HS), Luke McInnis (Hingham HS), Alexei Masanko (Team Comcast), Liam Murphy (CT Wolf Pack), Nick Sorgio (CT Wolf Pack), Zachery Vautour (KV Rangers), BJ Chard (Victory Honda)
Nylen Captures Gold at US Nationals
Congratulations to Mitch Nylen and the Neponset Valley River Rats U18 team for winning US U18 Nationals in Pittsburgh, PA. Mitch (Brooks School / Sacred Heart Commit) played for East Coast Kings in the 2012 Pre-Draft.
Sean Day (’98 defenseman from Detroit Compuware), who had been granted exceptional status, was drafted #4 overall by Mississauga Steelheads. Congratulations Sean!
3 East Coast Kings Alums Accept US NTDP U-17 Invitation
Congratulations to Brendan Warren (Detroit Compuare), Brody Stevens (Detroit Compuware) and Jack Roslovic (Ohio Blue Jackets) for recently accepting the offer to play for the US NTDP U-17 next year.
2012-13 Season Recap for East Coast Kings Players
It was a great year for East Coast Kings players during the 2012-13 season. Congratulations go out to Dennis Cesana ’98 defenseman who will be attending Kimball Union Academy next year, while Jason Bogacz ’99 forward will be attending Tilton Academy (more prep commitments coming soon). UPDATE: Nico LeBlanc ’99 D – Phillips Exeter, Sam Field ’98 F – Choate, Nick Sorgio ’98 G – Salisbury, Eric Esposito ’98 F – Loomis-Chaffee, Matt Gosiewski ’98 F/D – Millbrook, and Liam Murphy ’98 F – Avon Old Farms.
Best of luck to 98s Eric Esposito, Liam Murphy, Nick Sorgio, Billy Overby, Jack Hoey (CT Wolf Pack 98), Shaun Bily (Detroit Honeybaked), Sam Field, Brendan Less (NJ Devils 98), Riley Doyon, Bryant Gunn (Indiana Ice), Sam Hesler (East Coast Wizards) and Drew Speckman (Shattuck St. Mary’s) on making it to US Nationals in Pittsburgh April 3 – 7
Best of luck to U16s Brenden Russ and Ryan Dmowski (CT Wolf Pack) on making it to US Nationals in Pittsburgh April 3 – 7
Best of luck to U18s Christian Meike and Will Harrison (Washington Little Caps), Joshua Gabriel (Buffalo Jr. Sabres) on making it to US Nationals in Pittsburgh April 3 – 7
Congratulations to 98 forward Josh Vertentes (Portsmouth Abbey) on leading his team in scoring with 25 goals (33 points) in 21 games.
Malden Catholic’s Jared Silva (96 forward) recently won the Super 8 Mass High School Championship
Wilkes-Barre Knights Craig Skudalski (95 forward), Jeff Alderfer (95 defenseman), Gianni Paolo (96 defenseman), and Bobby Polachek (94 forward) recently beat Northern Cyclones in Game 3 of the AJHL Finals – congrats boys!
Mitch Nylen (94 defenseman – committed to Sacred Heart) of Brooks School won the Small School New England Prep Championship earlier this month
Sean Day (98 defenseman – Detroit Compuware U16) has been approved for Exceptional Status for 2013 OHL Draft
More to come…
Six East Coast Kings Alums Named to US NTDP Evaluation Camp
Congratulations to Ryan Dmwoski (F – The Gunnery), Jack Roslovic (F – Ohio Bluejackets), Donovan Ott (F – Select’s Academy U16), Charlie Kelleher (F – Boston Jr. Bruins U16), Brody Stevens (F – Detroit Compuware U16), and Brendan Warren (F – Detroit Compuware U16) for being invited to the US NTDP Evaluation Camp March 23 – 25. USA Hockey invites 52 of the top US born 97s to help create the US NTDP U-17 team for next year. All of these players have played for the East Coast Kings in various spring / summer tournaments. Best of luck boys!
East Coast Kings ’96 Meike Commits to Michigan
Congratulations to ’96 defenseman Christian Meike (Washington Little Caps U18) on committing to Michigan over Dartmouth, UNH and Providence. Christian has played in numerous tournaments with the Mariners / East Coast Kings.
East Coast Prospect & Evaluation Camp April 26 – 28, 2013
I am very excited to pass along the website for the East Coast Prospect & Evaluation Camp: http://www.
As described on the website, this camp is unique in that, aside from three games (coached by NHL scouts) and two practices (run by Division 1 coaches), we will feature an off-ice combine for the older groups and each player will leave camp with an on-ice / off-ice scouting report. This is an excellent opportunity for your son to gain exposure and learn what scouts and coaches think he does well and needs to improve on.
Please sign-up and pay online as limited space is available for each age group: U20 (93-95), U17 (96-98), 99-00
Bird Picks Brown; Schecter Commits to Northeastern; D’orsi to Yale
Congratulations to Tyler Bird ’96 (St. John’s Prep MA-HS) on committing to Brown University; Jake Schecter (Valley Jr. Warriors – EJHL) on committing to Northeastern; and Will D’Orsi (St. Sebastian’s School) committed to Yale University.
Tyler has played in a few tournaments with the East Coast Kings including East Coast Futures.
Jake played for the East Coast Kings in the Pre-Draft, while Will played in the Jr. Chowder Cup.
Dufour Commits to Union
Congratulations to Mark Dufour ’95 (Kent’s Hill School) on committing to Union. Mark played for the East Coast Kings in the East Coast Futures Showcase (CT).
Angello Commits to Cornell
Congratulations to East Coast Kings Alum Anthony Angello ’96 (Syracuse Stars – Empire) on committing to Cornell. Anthony played for East Coast Kings in the East Coast Futures Showcase.
Two East Coast Kings Alum Commit to College
Congratulations to Mitch Nylen (Brooks School) and Ben Halford (Bay State Breakers – EJHL) on committing to Sacred Heart and Princeton, respectively. Both played for East Coast Kings in the Pre-Draft Tournament last May.
Fitzgerald Named to USA World Jr. A Challenge
Congratulations to East Coast Kings ’12 Pre-Draft Alum Ryan Fitzgerald on being named to U.S. roster for the World Jr. A Challenge Nov. 5 – 11 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Fitzgerald, who is playing for the Valley Jr. Warriors (EJHL) is the only player named outside the USHL.
Fitzgerald Named CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects MVP
Congratulations to East Coast Kings ’12 Pre-Draft Alum Ryan Fitzgerald on being named MVP of the All-American Prospects Game. Fitzgerald recorded 3 assists and 2 penalties in Team McLanahan’s 5-2 win over Team Housley. The All-Merican Prospects Game showcased 40 of the top American NHL Prospects at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.
Two East Coast Kings Selected for CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game
East Coast Kings are proud to announce Ryan Fitzgerald and Devin Tringale (both East Coast Kings alum – ’12 Pre-Draft) were part of a select group of players to compete in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on September 29 in Buffalo, NY. Congratulations!
Four East Coast Kings Players Commit to College, One Gets Drafted
Congratulations to the four East Coast Kings who recently committed to schools. Joseph Young (’94 – goalie) played for the EC Kings in the Pre-Draft committed to Union College. He will be playing for Vernon Vipers (BCHL) after developing with the Boston Advantage.
Charlie Kelleher (’97 – forward), Donovan Ott (’97 – forward), and Brendan Warren (’97 – forward) all played for the EC Kings in the Jr. Chowder Cup ’96 Division. Kelleher committed to UNH where he will join his older brother Tyler. Ott committed to Cornell, while Warren committed to Michigan.
Also, congratulations to Brendan Collier (’94 – forward) who played for the East Coast Kings in the Pre-Draft. He was drafted by Carolina Hurricanes in this years NHL Draft.
East Coast Kings 99s Win Hub Cup
East Coast Kings 99s started with a 1-1 tie versus Sea Dogs Purple with Luke Pepin getting the only goal, but quickly found their scoring touch big wins over Mass Attack 7 goals, Boston Bandits (Robles) 9 goals, and Sea Dogs White 7 goals. Round-robin was highlighted by 4 goal performance by Connor McMenamin and 8 goals in the three games.
The team was rolling and secured the #1 seed for the play-offs. They went up against Boston Hockey Club. With a strong performance by goalie Zak Kinard, the East Coast Kings won and moved into the finals.
The finals were a rematch against Sea Dogs Purple. Unlike the 1st game, the East Coast Kings were playing as a team and were clicking as a group. Behind another strong performance by Zak Kinard and a dominate performance by the defense (Josh Maniscalco, Jake Harwell, Niko Ioannou, Oscar Brandon, Cole Ouellette, and Tommy Craft), the East Coast Kings ’99s won and finished the weekend 5-0-1.
East Coast Kings 99 Roster: Zak Kinard, Joshua Maniscalco, Tommy Craft, Jake Harwell, Oscar Brandon, Cole Ouellette, Nikolas Ioannou, Connor McMenamin, Luke Pepin, Michael Rubin, Brian Adams, Jason Bogacz, Hunter Brackett, Jagger LeClair, Mitchell Forgash
East Coast Kings 98s Dominate at Beantown Summer Tour
East Coast Kings 98s Red and Grey ran through the competition this past weekend at the Beantown Summer Tour. Thanks to solid goaltending (Alexei Masanko) and defense, East Coast Kings Red did not allow a goal all weekend. With a 12-0 win over Jr. Bruins and 15-0 win over Mass Attack, the true test would comes against East Coast Kings Grey. In the last game of round-robin, East Coast Kings Red and Grey faced-off with Red winning 6-0. The next day, the same two teams went at it again in the Finals, with Red holding onto a 3-0 win despite Grey’s numerous scoring chances. Congratulations to both teams.
East Coast Kings 98 Red Roster: Dennis Cesana, Matt Gosiewski, Quinn Schrader, Josh Workman, Jack Flanagan, Jack Badini, Adam Peck, Sam Field, Josh Vertentes, Alexei Masanko, Grant Sherman, Mike Belliveau, Jake Mendeszoon, Thomas Dale
East Coast Kings 98 Grey Roster: Carter Dwyer, Reed Hirneisen, Cal LeClair, Matt Fuller, Simon Butala, Blake Hallman, Evan Angotti, Connor Leighton, Jack McGowen, Tiger Lindsay, Charles Ghiazza, David Goolgasian, Thomas Gauch, Joshuah Chapman, James Wilson, Noah Strawn
East Coast Kings U17 Grey Comes Up Short in Finals…
Both East Coast Kings U17 Grey and Red had a strong weekend at the Beantown Summer Tour. ECK U17 Red started with a convincing win over Mass Attack 8-1. Next they beat Elite Orange 4-2, before falling to Elite Black 5-1 later that day. Next ECK U17 Red had to battle back from 3-0 to beat ECS “Q” 9-4. At 3-1 in round-robin play, ECK U17 Red finished 5th in the standings.
ECK U17 Grey simply got better as the tournament went on. They suffered a tough loss in the 1st game to Halifax 3-1, but got on track with wins against ECS “Q” 7-0, Elite Orange 6-4, and Mass Attack 7-1. They were also 3-1 in round-robin play, and finished 3rd in the standings due to goals differential.
In the playoffs, both teams battled in tight games. The games were physical and with only one 30 minute period, every mistake could be costly. ECK U17 Red opened up against 4th Place Team BKI and played comeback twice to eventually win 4-2. ECK U17 Grey opened up against 6th Place Elite Black, and with solid goaltending by Michael Tilford and great team effort, they won 2-0 with an empty-netter.
In the semi-finals, ECK U17 Red fell behind to the Shamrocks early in the game only to battle back. With the game tied and one 5 minute overtime unable to decide the winner, the teams went into a shoot-out in which ECK U17 Red lost. ECK U17 Grey faced the host Jr. Bruins in their semi-final game. It was Macky Power goal in over-time that sent ECK U17 Grey to the finals against the Shamrocks.
In the finals, ECK U17 Grey battled back to tie the game at 1 and with numerous scoring chances, they were unable to get the lead. A late goal by the Shamrocks proved to be the winner as ECK U17 Grey lost 2-1.
ECK U17 Grey Roster: Michael Tilford, Patryk Krzesaj, Mark Upton, Cam Sangster, Ian Edgington, TJ Dockery, Isaac Lipton, Macky Power, Luke Bennett, Luke Babcock, Brett Boyer, Nathan Summers, Ean Mendeszoon, Justin Lindsay, Tyler Bird, Joseph Pouliot
ECK U17 Red Roster: Max Daigle, Luke McInnis, Malcolm Hayes, Brenden Russ, Zack Klebaum, Harrison Markell, Ty Amonte, Brennan Thompson, Craig Skudalski, Dominic Brenza, Owen Powers, Joshua Gabriel, Zach Pard, Kyle Eastman, Andrew DePuy
Great job by all the East Coast Kings teams
East Coast Kings Finish Strong at NAPS…
East Coast Kings 98s had a rough start to NAPS with a 7-2 loss to Wilkes-Barre Scranton Kings. They regrouped and battled hard against a tough DHI Octane only to come up short 3-1 (DHI added an empty-net goal).
With two games on Saturday, East Coast Kings picked up their 1st win against Cleveland Barons 7-1. They continued that momentum with a great 2-1 win over Hockey Essentials to finish the showcase 2 – 2.
Thank you to all the parents and players.
East Coast Futures Showcase – Strong Showing by East Coast Kings
East Coast Kings U17 Red & East Coast Kings U17 Grey Both Lose in Semi-Finals…
East Coast Kings U17 Red beat NY Saints 3-2 OT (GWG scored by Mark Dufour) in the opening round of the playoffs. In the semi-finals, East Coast Kings U17 Red ran into a strong Shamrock Elite team and lost 6-2.
East Coast Kings U17 Grey beat CT Wolf Pack Futures 2-1 in a very close, tight checking game. With a short bench, the East Coast Kings U17 Grey fell short against eventual U17 winner Hockey Essentials 2-1.
East Coast Kings 98s Go the Distance but Fall Short in the Finals…
East Coast Kings ’98 beat a very strong V-Reds team 3-1 behind strong goaltending and contributions from everyone in the line-up.
In the finals, East Coast Kings ’98 ran into a very strong CT Wolf Pack Futures team and tried to battle back numerous times but fell short 6-3.
East Coast Kings 99s Lose in the Semi-Finals After Improving with Every Game…
East Coast Kings ’99 improved with every game but fell short in the opening round of the playoffs against NE Nordiques 8-5.
East Coast Futures Showcase May 18 – 20 (Cromwell, CT)
U17, 98, and 99 Divisions
East Coast Kings had a strong start to the 2012 Spring – Summer season with the 98s winning the OTTF Tournament in Toronto. Shaun Bily scored the winner in the 2nd OT against Regional Express Gold. It was an exciting weekend and I would like to thank everyone (parents and players) for all their support and help throughout the weekend.
98 Roster: Matt Gosiewski D, Cam Peritz F, Brendan Less D, Rich Rosato F, Eric Esposito F, Sam Field F, Jake Ryczek D, Kyle Warren F, Jamie Armstrong F, Matt Zandi D, Michael Faso D, Shaun Bily D, Drew Speckman G, Blake Hallman F, Charles Ghiazza F
Also, the East Coast Kings 99 team played very well over the weekend and finished 2-2. They played against some of the top talent in Ontario and battled hard every game.
99 Roster: Jackson Polish G, Daniel Critzer F, Wyatt Engelmann F, Hunter Brackett F, Jackson Arcan F, Nico LeBlanc D, Zach Richterman F, Randy Hernandez F, Jason Bogacz F, Drew Magyar F, Liam Murray G, Brock Paul D, Dominic Vidoli D, Tommy Craft D, Patrick Maloney F, Troy Daniels D
Youth1.com has an article about the ’98s winning OTTF:
Tough loss in OT for East Coast Kings Pre-Draft team. After winning the opening playoff match-up 10-1, the team fell short against NE Nordiques (Blues) 3-2 OT.
The team went 3-0 in the round-robin play with 20 GF and 6 GA
OTTF schedule released:
1999 East Coast Kings
Fri May 4th 2:15 pm East Coast Kings v. Pro Hockey Toronto (CW3)
Fri May 4th 8:30 pm East Coast Kings v. Burlington Cougars (CW1)
Sat May 5th 1:15 pm East Coast Kings v. Premium Silver (CW4)
Sat May 5th 8:30 pm East Coast Kings v. KW Rangers (CW1)
1998 East Coast Kings
Fri May 4th 10:45 am East Coast Kings v. Burlington Cougars (CW4)
Fri May 4th 8:45 pm East Coast Kings v. Elite Stars (CW4)
Sat May 5th 3:30 pm East Coast Kings v. Regional Express West (CW3)
Sat May 5th 7:30 pm East Coast Kings v. Allstar Hockey (CW4)
Pre-Draft Tournament coming up soon. Schedule released:
Friday May 4th 12:10 pm East Coast Kings v. Next Level Training (Foxboro Sports Center)
Friday May 4th 5:00 pm East Coast Kings v. RDV Elite (Blue) (Foxboro Sports Center)
Saturday May 5th 6:50 pm East Coast Kings v. Cgep St. Foye (Foxboro Sports Center)
1 Joe Young G (Boston Advantage) #31 ranked on CS N/A Goalies
4 Kyle O’Brien D (Cushing Academy / Bentley College)
5 Max Daigle D (Choate School)
7 Brendan Collier F (Malden Catholic / BU ’13) #143 on CS N/A
8 Patrick Spellacy F (St. Ignatius HS – Ohio)
9 Mitch Nylen D (Brooks School)
10 Jake Schechter F/D (Lawrence Academy)
12 JC Campagna F (Peterborough – OHL)
17 Ryan Fitzgerald F (Malden Catholic / BC ’13)
18 Mark Petaccio F (Sault St. Marie Greyhounds – OHL)
19 Craig Skudalski F (Wilkes-Barre Scranton – AJHL)
21 Mike Doherty F (Groton / Yale University ’13)
22 Devin Tringale F (Lawrence Academy / Harvard ’13) #79 on CS N/A
23 Jacob Graves D (Mississauga St. Mike’s – OHL)
26 Jeff Alderfer D (Springfield Jr. Pics – EJHL)
27 Troy Donnay D (Erie – OHL) #122 on CS N/A
30 Ben Halford G (Bay State – EJHL)
37 Josh Graves F (Oshawa – OHL)