The Hartford Jr Wolfpack over the last few seasons have had a roster of mostly out of state players. This season the roster has taken a bit different shape drawing some veteran and first year local talent. The returners will consist of defenseman Will Gaspar (Mansfield) who split the season with the MJHL and EHL team last season and was an MJHL All-Star for the second season in a row. Powering the Wolfpack offense will be local returners Machlan Sawden (Old Lyme), Kyle Wehmhoff (Norwalk), Tyler Hines (N. Haven) and Todd Schauss (Terryville), who were all impact players for the Pack last season and will be looked upon to make a difference and log minutes for the tired-less engine that drives the Wolfpack. The Wolfpack also has a plethora of first season junior hockey players that will join the EHL team this season from the local area. On defense you will see Dante Tomassini (N. Branford), Brian Allen (Brookfield) and up front will consist of Matthew Longobardi (E. Haven) and Tommy DeFelice (Tolland) who is a graduate of Cushing Academy where he was one of the top prep school players in New England. One of the things that makes the Jr Wolfpack one of the top development organizations in the area is the fact that their MJHL team is used as a development team where players develop with the opportunity to move up to the next level. The Pack will give their top MJHL players the opportunity to earn their keep at the EHL level, those players are all from CT. Forward All Star and team captain Zach Palmer and winger Evan Rankin will get their chance to earn their stripes after a good season in the MJ last year. All-Star goalie and Goaltender of the Year in the MJHL, Kyle Carducci, will show he is tough to beat in the pipes this season as he too will battle for time in the EHL. You will also see Lou Iannotti on defense along with forwards, Ronnie Williams and Matt Dostie. "We like to try to develop from within and we are trying to show the top local players that if you come here to develop, you will be successful. We have not had a player age out and not have a home at the college hockey level in the past 7 seasons. I do not think there is an organization on the East Coast that can say the same thing. The EHL had over 150 college placements last season and we led the league. That shows a lot to the players that are coming to play here. It is a great league and we are proud to be a part of it," said Chris Cerrella. The Jr Wolfpack will begin training camp Aug 17 and play 8-10 exhibition games before they start the 2014-15 season. TAKE PRIDE IN THE PACK
As we approach the final month of summer, many exciting things are happening for the Jr. Lady Wolfpack! The staff is working diligently to finalize the team’s schedule and make other necessary arrangements for the beginning of the season. Many players and their families are enjoying some rest and relaxation on vacations from the British Virgin Islands to Lake Ossipee! Others players are hard at work at various summer jobs and internships. All Jr. Lady Wolfpack, however, are devoting several hours each week preparing for the season, taking on a comprehensive strength and conditioning program. These workouts will improve strength, and perhaps more importantly, help prevent injuries. Coach Ashleigh Corvi comments, “As members of the inaugural Wolfpack team, each girl has an opportunity to help define the culture of the program. By following through with the workouts, our girls teach themselves the habit of following through and taking care of the little things, so that it becomes second nature. It is important for this process to start well before we step on the ice.” The girls will continue the second phase of their strength and conditioning program in the next week, which will bring them to the beginning of September. The Jr. Lady Wolfpack look forward to wrapping up the details and kicking off this inaugural season!
DITTENHAFER COMMITS HOCKEY EAST TO UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
by Wolfpack Admin posted 07/08/2014
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.
The Lady Wolfpack’s coaching staff has been working hard on the recruiting trail to establish its’ very first recruiting class for their first season in the NEWJHL. They have been to games up and down the east coast as well as the Northwood Tournament in Lake Placid, NY. Their hard work was evident in the solid turn out at tryouts which consisted of players from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada. The team will have at least 3 girls billeting with local families in order to train full time with Coach Giovanelli. “I’m very happy with the interest in our program and the NEWJHL. I think this is a great opportunity for female hockey players and I look forward to helping these players develop on and off the ice in order to help them get to the next level. So far we have a good mix of older and younger players that have committed to us and we will be adding to this group in the coming months. We’re all very excited to begin our first season as the Lady Wolfpack and start a solid tradition.”
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack will be hosting their annual Labor Day Showcase again this year at the same venue located in Simsbury, CT. This will come on the heels of training camp to kick off the 2014-15 Season. This past season there were 6 Junior A Teams and 6 Junior B Teams competing in the pre-season Jamboree.
Register now to become part of the pre-season action to be held on August 29th - August 31, 2014 at the International Skating Center.