Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 9:56AM
Five Headed to Team USA Camp
Four players with High End Hockey ties have been named to the 26 man USA Hockey World Jr Championships preliminary roster. The team will meet in Minneapolis on December 15th to prepare for the tournament in Malmo, Sweden. Team USA will play three exhibition games before naming their 23 man official roster.
Ryan Fitzgerald, a '94 forward from Boston College, skates with HEH in the Elite 3 on 3 league in the summer. The current freshman from North Reading, MA has 14 points in 14 games for the Eagles. Fitzgerald was named the Player of the Game at the 2012 USA Hockey Prospects game and was a 4th round pick of the Boston Bruins in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Matt Grzelcyk, a '94 defenseman from Boston Universtiy, also skates with HEH in the Elite 3 on 3 league. Grzelcyk was the last player cut from the eventual world champions last winter and seems to be a sure thing this season. Through 14 games this season he has a 1-6-7 line with the Terriers. Matt was a 5th round pick of his hometown Boston Bruins in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Jon Gillies, a '94 sophomore at Providence College, has been a long time New England Nordique. Gillies played for Team USA last season and was part of the team that won Gold in Ufa, Russia. This season with the Friars he has a 1.91 GAA and .945 save percentage through 14 games. Gillies appears to be a lock to be named the starting goalie for the red, white and blue this year. Gillies was a 3rd round pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Adam Erne, a '95 with the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL, spent two summers with the Nordiques. Erne, an original BU commit, has spent the last two and a half seasons north of the border where he has scored 66 goals and 159 points in 157 career games. Adam was a 2nd round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Steve Santini, a '95 from Mahopac, NY, is in his freshman season with Boston College. Prior to joiningthe USA NTDP team he spent his summers in a Nordiques jersey. Through 11 games with the Eagles he has a 1-3-4 line. Steve was a 2nd round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Fitzgerald, Grzelcyk, Santini and Erne hope to follow in the footsteps left behind by Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College) and Jimmy Vesey (Harvard University) along with Gillies. The trio represented HEH and the Nordiques well at last years tournament.
Monday, December 2, 2013, 3:32PM
Moses wins deutschland cup!
Congratulations to Elite 3 on 3 player Stevie Moses and Team USA who captured the Deutschland Cup in Munich, Germany earlier this month. Team USA, which was comprised mostly of Americans playing professionally around Europe, went 2-0-1 en route to the title. Moses helped pace Team USA with 2 goals and 2 assists in the three games, he was also named Player of the Game in the final game versus Germany. Congratulations Steve!
Monday, November 18, 2013, 4:46PM
From the Daily Gazette
A Seat in the Bleachers: Ghost's next jump could be to the NHL
Saturday, November 16, 2013
SCHENECTADY — Should I stay or should I go?
It’s a question junior Shayne Gostisbehere faces just about every time he’s on the ice.
A speedy defenseman with the skill and — perhaps most important — the willingness to jump into the offense, he’s been a vital part of the Union hockey program since he was a freshman, adding an element that has infused the Dutchmen offense from a different angle — the back line.
Gostisbehere will have to answer that question on a plane greater than a sheet of ice by the end of the season.
In four months, will it be time for “Ghost” to vanish?
A 2012 third-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, he’s been through two development camps with the club and also missed some games last season while playing on the gold medal U.S. team at the World Junior Championships in Russia.
A mere 10 games into the 2013-14 season, Gostisbehere doesn’t have to answer that question right now, but the prediction here is that he’ll be gone after his junior season, and will go pro with the Union coaching staff’s blessing.
Coincidentally, Gostisbehere appeared, via phone, on the NHL Network’s “NHL Live” pregame show Friday night, for which he admitted to “sweaty palms,” two hours before Union held off RPI, 4-3, at Messa Rink. The host used vague reference to the start of Gostisbehere’s pro career “someday.”
In the meantime, the Dutchmen will enjoy all the gifts Gostisbehere has to offer, and he’ll enjoy college life.
He was on the ice for six of the seven goals, which shows the tricky balance you have to accept when an offensive-minded defenseman is one of your best players.
But Gostisbehere has made a big leap from his freshman year, when he leaned too much on the ability to impose his will on the offensive end at the expense of defense. Now, he’s more judicious.
It’s been a learning process that can only help Union, and has come at the behest of the Flyers.
“Third period today, I jumped up there a couple times, but I definitely sat back and, maybe if it was the first period, I would’ve jumped up a little more,” he said.
“I’m definitely more mature. I know when to pick my spots and go. As coach likes to call me, Renegade, going all over the place. He probably still does. I’m a high-risk player. I like to jump into the play and make something happen. But I’m more mature about it now.”
“I thought he kept it simple when he needed to, but when he had a chance to go, he went and made the most of it,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “The coaching staff doesn’t have a problem with that whatsoever. We’re not going to hold a player like that back. I don’t think we have [done that] here.”
Speaking of coming at things from a different angle, Gostisbehere grew up in Florida, but spent a lot of time at rinks because his sister was a national-caliber figure skater.
His grandfather, a Montreal native, bought him skates when Gostisbehere expressed an interest in hockey, and soon enough he was a member of the Florida Panthers’ junior program.
At 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, he’s never going to be a big, bruising defenseman, but his hockey career dovetails nicely with a trend in the NHL in which teams are looking for blueliners who can advance the puck and jump into plays deep in the opponent’s defensive zone.
“The game’s changing, as everyone can see,” he said. “It’s getting faster and not as much clutch-and-grab hockey, so they want faster, smaller guys. I like to say I’m a big guy, but I guess on paper, people think I’m small.”
Gostisbehere said the development camps not only exposed him to the caliber of play he’ll be facing, but also the pro lifestyle.
The Flyers, for example, go so far as to show their prospects how to do everyday stuff like shopping for food.
“I was more comfortable this year. It was a lot more fun,” he said of his second camp. “I knew what to expect, and you learn to be a pro. That’s what they teach most over there. They want you to get in the pro style. It’s a different game up there. College, you’re wearing a facemask and you can be a kamikaze out there if you want to.”
It’s a reflection of the progress Union has made in recent years that the school has consistently attracted players with the talent to leave early.
Not exactly the one-and-done of basketball, but as the program grows, it has to get used to the prospect of watching its best players go pro before their senior season.
Keith Kinkaid, now with the Albany Devils, did it, Jeremy Welsh did it, and so did Troy Grosenick and Josh Jooris.
Gostisbehere has shown all the signs that he’s ready, too, even if it’s way too early to admit it.
When asked if he knew if this would be his last college season, he emphatically said, “I don’t know. I’ve got a ways to go. I’ve got one more year here.
“College. It’s the best time of your life. I don’t see why people want to leave early. I’d like to stay here forever if I could. On the college side, the books, students on campus, professors, all the support we have here, we just make it even more fun with the hockey side. It’s just a blast.”
Monday, November 11, 2013, 9:21PM
We are excited to announce our next one day clinic! High End Hockey will host a Powerskating Clinic on December 26th, 2013 at our home rink the Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury, MA. Please register early to ensure your spot in the clinic! You can register online here: https://highendhockey.precisessl.com/register?campid=13318
Also, remember that our Veterans Day one day clinic sold out days in advance and we were not able to accept walk ons the day of our Goalscoring and Stickhandling clinic.
Where: Breakaway Ice Center (20 Carter Street Tewksbury, MA)
When: December 26, 2013
Age: All ages (split into age specific stations)
Focus: Skating Posture, Proper Stride, Starting and Stopping, How to Maximize Speed, Efficiency, Glide Platform, and more.
Join Jon Hutcheon and Seth Goodrich for this 1 day clinic!
We will use both rinks at BIC, there will be a maximum of 7 players per station.
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 10:53PM
Doherty Commits To Brown!!
Congratulations to Tim Doherty on his committment to Brown University. Doherty participated in High End Hockey's first annual Exposure Showcase in the summer of 2012. That summer HEH visited Providence, Bentley, Merrimack and Brown. Mark White, Brown's assistant coach, ran the on ice practices with Ben Murphy from Bentley University. Doherty is the 4th player from the 2012 Exposure Showcase to commit to play college hockey.
In two seasons with St. George's, a prep school in Rhode Island, Doherty scored 27 goals and tallied 94 points. This season Tim has moved on to the Boston Jr Bruins in the USPHL Premier division. In 15 games with the Jr. Bruins Doherty has an 8-7-15 line, good for 3rd in team scoring.
Monday, October 21, 2013, 8:14PM
Moses Heads to Deutschland Cup
Congratulations to Jokerit forward Stevie Moses on being named to Team USA for the upcoming Deutschland Cup! Moses, an '89 from Leominster, MA, is in his 2nd year with Jokerit after graduating from UNH in 2012. Jokerit plays in the SM-Liiga which is Finland's highest professional league. After playing his final game with the Wildcats from UNH Moses signed with the Connecticut Whale (AHL), where he played 8 games and scored 2 goals. Last season, his first with Jokerit, Moses scored 22 goals and had 38 points in 55 games. This season Moses has a 4-1-5 line in 15 games.
Moses has been a regular in our Elite 3 on 3 League for the past two summers. This past summer his team won the league championship and he'll be back next summer to defend his title.
Team USA will head to Munich, Germany November 6th, the tournament begins November 8th. USA's schedule is as follows: 11/8/13 vs Slovakia 10:30am 11/9/13 vs Switzerland 1:45pm 11/10/13 vs Germany 1:45pm
Monday, October 21, 2013, 3:32PM
brett mecrones mjhl potw
Congratulations to Boston Jr Rangers forward Brett Mecrones on being named MJHL 2nd star of the week last week! Mecrones, a '96 from Medford, is in his 2nd season with the Junior Rangers. Brett plays on a line with his brother Derek and Tomas Dyrnyk and the trio has lit up the MJHL for a combined 19 goals and 46 points in only 12 games. Brett is leading the way with a 7-12-19 stat line so far this year.
The Mecrones brothers skated this past summer with High End Hockey in our Elite Skills, Elite 3 on 3 and our Exposure Program.
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 9:26PM
kreider heads back to nyc!
Chris Kreider (Boxford, MA) was recalled by the New York Rangers this afternoon after 6 games with the Hartford Wolfpack (AHL). In 23 games with the Rangers last season Kreider tallied 2 goals and 3 points, in an additional 48 games with the Wolfpack he scored 12 goals and 11 assists.
Kreider has spent the past two seasons skating in our 3 on 3 league and in our Elite skills clinic at the Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury, MA. Kreider will likely be relied on heavily to provide the Rangers a much needed spark to their offensive production with Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin out of the lineup with injuries.
"Chris is ready for a breakout season with the Rangers. We worked on his release and hand placement a lot this past summer." said High End Hockey owner Jon Hutcheon.
Congratulations and good luck Chris!
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 12:21PM
With hockey season now in full swing, this is the perfect time to read John Buccigross' "My 13 Simple Rules for Hockey Parents Everywhere". Buccigross, who covers hockey for ESPN, wrote these rules 4 years ago and they all still ring true today. Enjoy the read.
-From ESPN.com, December 16, 2009
My 13 simple rules for hockey parents everywhere
By John Buccigross
1. Under no circumstances will hockey practice ever be cancelled. Ever. Even on days when school is cancelled, practice is still on. A game may be cancelled due to inclement weather because of travel concerns for the visiting team, but it would have to rain razor blades and bocce balls to cancel hockey practice at your local rink. It's good karma to respect the game.
2. Hockey is an emotional game and your child has the attention span of a chipmunk on NyQuil. The hockey coach will yell a bit during practice; he might even yell at your precious little Sparky. As long as there is teaching involved and not humiliation, it will be good for your child to be taught the right way, with emphasis.
3. Hockey is a very, very, very, very difficult game to play. You are probably terrible at it. It takes high skill and lots of courage, so lay off your kid. Don't berate them. Be patient and encourage them to play. Some kids need more time to learn how to ride the bike, but, in the end, everyone rides a bike about the same way.
Your kids are probably anywhere from age 4-8 when they first take up hockey. They will not get a call from Boston University coach Jack Parker or receive Christmas cards from the Colorado Avalanche's director of scouting. Don't berate them. Demand punctuality and unselfishness for practice and games. That's it. Passion is in someone, or it isn't. One can't implant passion in their child. My primary motive in letting my kids play hockey is exercise, physical fitness and the development of lower-body and core strength that will one day land them on a VH1 reality show that will pay off their student loans or my second mortgage.
4. Actually, I do demand two things from my 10-year-old Squirt, Jackson. Prior to every practice or game, as he turns down AC/DC's "Big Jack," gets out of the car and makes his way to the trunk to haul his hockey bag inside a cold, Connecticut rink, I say, "Jack, be the hardest, most creative and grittiest worker ... and be the one having the most fun." That might be four things, but you know what I mean.
5. Your kids should be dressing themselves and tying their own skates by their second year of Squirt. Jack is 67 pounds with 0 percent body fat and arms of linguini, and he can put on, take off and tie his own skates. If he can, anyone can. I don't go in the locker room anymore. Thank goodness; it stinks in there.
6. Do not fret over penalties not called during games and don't waste long-term heart power screaming at the referees. My observational research reveals the power-play percentage for every Mite hockey game ever played is .0000089 percent; for Squirts, .071 percent. I prefer referees to call zero penalties.
7. Yell like crazy during the game. Say whatever you want. Scream every kind of inane instruction you want to your kids. They can't hear you. In the car ride home, ask them if they had fun and gently promote creativity and competiveness, but only after you take them to Denny's for a Junior Grand Slam breakfast or 7-Eleven for a Slurpee. Having a warm breakfast after an early morning weekend game will become one of your most syrupy sweet memories.
8. Whenever possible, trade in your kids' ice skates and buy used skates, especially during those growing years and even if you can afford to buy new skates every six months. Your kids don't need $180 skates and a $100 stick no matter what your tax bracket is. They will not make them better players.
9. Missing practice (like we stated above) or games is akin to an Irish Catholic missing Mass in 1942. We take attendance at hockey games very seriously. Last week, the Islanders' Brendan Witt was hit by an SUV in Philadelphia. Witt got up off the pavement and walked to Starbucks for a coffee, and then later played against the Flyers that night. Let me repeat that: BRENDAN WITT WAS HIT BY AN SUV ... AND PLAYED THAT NIGHT! Re-read that sentence 56 times a night to your child when they have a case of the sniffles and want to stay home to watch an "iCarly" marathon. By, the way Philadelphia police cited Witt for two minutes in jail for obstruction. Witt will appeal.
10. Teach your kids not to celebrate too much after a goal if your team is winning or losing by a lot. And by all means, tell them celebrate with the team. After they score, tell them not to skate away from their teammates like soccer players. Find the person who passed you the puck and tell him or her, "Great pass." We have immediate group hugs in hockey following a short, instinctive reaction from the goal scorer. I am proud of my boy for a lot of things, but I am most proud at how excited he gets when a teammate scores a goal. He is Alex Ovechkin in this regard.
11. There is no such thing as running up the score in hockey. This is understood at every level. It's very difficult to score goals and unexplainably exhilarating when one does. Now, if we get to 14-1, we may want to take our foot off the gas a tad.
12. Unless their femur is broken in 16 places, Mites or Squirts should not lie on the ice after a fall on the ice or against the boards. Attempt to get up as quickly as one can and slowly skate to the bench.
13. Do not offer cash for goals. This has no upside. Passion and love and drive cannot be taught or bought. I do believe a certain measure of toughness and grit can be slowly encouraged and eventually taught. Encourage your kid to block shots and to battle hard in the corners. It will serve them well in life.
Enjoy the rink. Keep it fun, keep it in perspective and enjoy the madness. In this digital world of electronics, you may find hockey to be the most human endeavor you partake in. Cell phones run on batteries. Hockey players run on blood. Blood is warmer. Welcome.
John Buccigross' e-mail address -- for questions, comments or crosschecks -- is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 11:58AM
Deroche to be a bobcat!
Johnny Deroche, a '98 from Lynnfield, MA, has committed to Quinnipiac University. Deroche is currently in his 2nd year with the Boston Jr Bruins 16U team that plays out of Marlboro, MA. Last season Deroche led the Bruins in scoring with 14 goals and 36 points in 24 games as an underager. This year Deroche leads the 16U circuit of the USPHL in goals (15) and points (26), he is second in assists with 11.
Over the summer Johnny and his brother skated with High End Hockey twice a week at our High School Skills clinic. "Johnny's work ethic is second to none at not only the '98 level but at the 16U level. He was always staying on the ice a little longer than the other guys this past summer." said HEH owner Jon Hutcheon.
Congratulations Johnny! See you this summer.