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 Dittnehafer 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 Jr Wolfpack Hockey organization is proud to announce that they have added James Mosso to their Coaching Staff. The Greenfield, NY native will work with the Midget U16, Jr A and Jr B teams next season in his first season with the Pack. Mosso has a history with the Wolfpack as he played for the program in 2008-09 before going off to play his college hockey at Fitchburgh State. Coach Mosso will be running off ice training for the Jr Wolfpack graduating with a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a Certification in Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Prior to the Wolfpack Mosso coached two seasons at Leominster HS in Ma and one season with the Jr Flyers working with the Midget U18 and Jr B teams.
The Jr Wolfpack is also happy to announce that Midget U16 Head Coach and Junior Assistant Coach will continue to work with the organization for another season. Provost worked with all three Wolfpack teams with his concentration on the U16 AYHL team. Both coaches are going to bring a lot of energy and future recruiting to the Wolfpack organization. "Hard work and recruiting is the blood line of every organization at every level. To have the ability of having Brett and James in our organization developing our players and recruiting heavily for all 3 of our teams is a step in an even brighter future for us. I am very excited to work with them this season," said Chris Cerrella.
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 Tier I U16 team finished off the 2013-2014 season strong with a great playoff push to cap off the year! The U16 Wolfpack was not only successful in their play throughout the season, but also in moving players up to the Jr B level. A total of seven U16 players moved up to the Jr. B ranks for the upcoming season, which means a lot of new faces on the 2014-2015 U16 roster. The Pack look to continue their success by bringing in a group of players that are not only talented, but also have a gritty, competitive style of play.
Returning to the U16 Pack are Goaltender Chris Rodrigues and Forward Mike Cyr. Both players played a big role in the team’s success last season and know what it takes to be a Wolfpack player! “I’m excited for next season, said Rodrigues. We will need to be a hardworking team, guys who show heart for the game at all times. We play an aggressive, physical, poised style of play here at the pack.”
The Jr. Wolfpack’s preparation for next season begins in two weeks at the EHL Showcase and will continue throughout the summer with off-ice workouts. The season officially starts with the Jr Wolfpack Main Camp on August 18th. Stay tuned for more Wolfpack news!
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.