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Gostisbehere Ready To Wheel with Flyers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 2:54PM

Flyers Sign New Ferrari

By Randy Miller/NJ.com on April 15, 2014 at 6:17 PM, updated April 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

VOORHEES, N.J. – Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere doesn’t come from a place where many hockey legends were born.

His hometown is Pembroke Pines, Fla.

When deciding to play college hockey instead of juniors, his choice was a tiny school in Schenectady, N.Y. that has only 2,200 undergrads, Union College.

His future is a hockey haven, and the Flyers couldn’t wait to get the 20-year-old blueline whiz to turn pro after last weekend.

Union College plays with the big boys on the college circuit, and last Saturday they won the NCAA championship at Wells Fargo Center, home of the Flyers.

One of their biggest heroes in the championship game, a 7-4 Union College win over Minnesota, was Gostisbehere, who scored a goal, two assists and was an out-of-this-world plus-7.

On Tuesday, Gostisbehere opted for forgo his senior year at Union by signing a three-year entry level contract with the Flyers.

This weekend, he’ll make his pro debut in the AHL.

And next season, the kid just may play his way onto a Flyers roster that already has five veteran defensemen locked up to big-money contracts.

“If that’s the next chapter, it’s awesome,” Gostisbehere said in a conference call. “It’s every kid’s dream to play in the NHL one day. I’m just taking it one step at a time right now. “

Make no mistake, the Flyers have fallen in love with Gostisbehere, who went from being a third round draft pick in 2012 with good potential to becoming a big-time prospect.

General manager Paul Holmgren made it clear what he thinks of Gostisbehere when someone asked him Tuesday how much weight the skinny 5-foot-11, 170-pounder needed to gain.

“You don’t want to load down your Ferrari,” Holmgren said.

Gostisbehere skates like he’s a luxury car; he’s fast and smooth. He also has tremendous offensive skills for a defenseman and might be ready to play in the NHL next season.

“It’s not far-fetched,” Holmgren said. “He’s an exciting young player the way he plays the game. It’s going to be a big summer for him to continue to get stronger and prepare himself for the rigors of an 80-game schedule or thereabouts, depending on where he plays.”

First up, Gostisbehere is joining the Adirondack Phantoms for their final two games, home against Bridgeport on Friday and at Hershey on Saturday. After that, with the Phantoms not in the playoffs, he’ll practice with the Flyers in the playoffs, although he’s not permitted to play because his new contract doesn’t begin until next season.

By then, he’ll have a better feel for if he’s NHL ready.

“At this point I don’t even know,” Gostisbehere said. “I haven’t even played a professional game yet. Whatever they want me to do, I’m all ears. I’m just happy to be in the situation.”

He credits his time at Union College for getting him to this point. There, he provided a lot of offense scoring 22 goals and 82 points in 119 games over three seasons while greatly improving his defensive skills under the tutelage of coach Rick Bennett and his staff.

“When I got to Union they knew I was obviously an offensive defenseman, and they didn’t even touch my offense,” he said. “We went right to the D-zone and just worked on D-stuff. They said, 'You're not the biggest guy, so we're going to teach you how to use your stick and your feet. That's your skills, and we're going to use those.'

“I can’t thank them enough. They’re pretty much the reason why I’m at this point in my hockey career right now.”

Gostisbehere has big dreams. He says he patterns his game after two of the NHL’s top offensive defensemen, Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and Phoenix’ Keith Yandle.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever be that good, but I’d definitely like to be.”

 

Mecrones Twins Tear Up Met League!

Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:00AM

Brett Named MVP, Derek Nets 35

Brett and Derek Mecrones (Medford, MA) have put themselves on the map this season with college coaches.  Both players had breakout seasons with the Boston Jr Rangers of the Metrolitan Junior Hockey League by combining for 147 points in just 42 league games.  The twins quickly became a duo that no one in the league could contain, let alone try to stop.

Brett, who led the league with a 25-58-83 line, was named the league MVP.  During the teams 2nd consecutive trip to the Keegan Cup Finals, Mecrones recorded 8 assists and 10 points to finish the year with 93 points.  

Derek finished the season with a 35-39-64 line and added 5 goals and 10 points in the playoffs.  

The twins will now look to improve upon their fantastic season this coming summer.  "Both of them have tremendous work ethic.  They are easy to coach and want to learn.  Pair that with their skill set and I think you will be hearing a lot more about them in the future." said Jon Hutcheon of HEH.  

Congratulations boys, see you this summer!

 

High End Hockey Journal

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:00PM

High End Hockey is proud to announce the creation of the High End Hockey Journal. 

The High End Hockey Journal will be a digital publication that will appear twelve months per year. 

Hockey is a year round sport and so are we. 

High End Hockey has focused solely on player development since 2011 and has seen its participants progress to junior, college, and all levels of professional hockey including the National Hockey League. HEH has also seen a 500% growth in youth participants in its skills sessions during that same time frame.

Shawn Hutcheon will be Editor-In-Chief. He is a credentialed member of the Boston Bruins media program and as such, he has covered the Bruins for The Fourth Period Magazine and its website for three years as its Boston Correspondent. He is also the UMass Lowell hockey team's beat writer for the Lowell Sun newspaper and until recently, wrote the popular Juniors Journal for the New England and New York Hockey Journals.  

As Editor-In-Chief, Shawn will oversee the High End Hockey Journal's coverage of hockey from midgets to the NHL.

Have an idea for an article?

Please direct all inquiries to Shawn Hutcheon or Jon Hutcheon, owner of High End Hockey, at the phone numbers and/or email addresses below. 

Thank you,  

Shawn Hutcheon
Editor-In-Chief
High End Hockey Journal
Email: sjahutch@gmail.com
Phone: 978-364-1987  

 

Jon Hutcheon
Owner, President
High End Hockey
Email: j.hutcheon@highendhockey.com
Phone: 978-930-5140
 

11 Nordiques Selected in OHL Draft!

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6:35PM

OHL Draft Selections

Any draft is exciting for players when it is their turn to be selected.  This year's OHL Draft day was no different for the 300 players selected this afternoon.  We are proud to say that 11 players have spent some parts of their summers in New England Nordiques jerseys!  The Nordiques saw two players picked in the first round and two more chosen in the second round.  Below in the full list of Nordiques selected.

  • Adam Mascherin - 1st round, 2nd overall - Kitchener Rangers 
  • Logan Stanley - 1st round, 12th overall - Windsor Spitfires
  • Cole Candella - 2nd round, 23rd overall - Belleville Bulls
  • Clayton Keller - 2nd round, 40th overall - Kingston Frontenacs
  • Chase Campbell - 3rd round, 55th overall - Sarnia Sting
  • Cole Gallant - 4th round, 80th overall - Guelph Storm
  • Fransesco Luca - 6th round, 101st overall - Sarnia Sting
  • Sam Field - 6th round, 102nd overall - Kingston Frontenacs
  • Joe Mizzi - 7th round, 124th overall - Belleville Bulls
  • Tyler Johnson - 7th round, 127th overall - Plymouth Whalers
  • Graham McPhee - 9th round, 161st overall - Sarnia Sting

 

 

 

Boston Marathon Benefit Game

Monday, March 24, 2014, 4:47PM

2nd Annual Marathon Game

The 2nd annual Boston Marathon Benefit Game will be held at the Breakaway Ice Center on Saturday April 12th.  We will have two games again at 4pm and 6pm.  Following the games there will be a gathering at the Skybox Restaurant in Tewksbury, MA.  It is $75 to play in the game and that includes the game, post game dinner and game jersey.  We will have a 50/50 raffle and silent auction as well.  Last season we were able to raise $13,000 and hope to raise more this season!

On April 15, 2013 we all witnessed a cowardly act of terror right in the city we proudly call home. This tragic event claimed the lives of three innocent spectators and one officer in the line of duty. It also affected the lives of hundreds more. In a way, we all were indirectly affected by this horrific incident. We are running a benefit hockey game to support the victims and their families in this time of need. There will be raffle items, prizes to win, and much more! Admission into the game is free of charge but, we will have a donation stand in the lobby for those able to contribute. All proceeds will be donated to the One Fund Boston Organization.


If interested in playing or donating for the raffle, please contact:
Jon Hutcheon: 978-930-5140
J.Hutcheon@highendhockey.com

 

 

Barry To Northeastern!

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 4:22PM

Exposure Alumni To Northeastern

Congratulations to Jon Barry on his committment to Northeastern!  Barry, a defenseman, participated in HEH's first ever Exposure Camp (now the Northeast Showcase) in 2012.  Jon will graduate from Thayer Academy this spring after spending three seasons under head coach Tony Amonte.  Barry also spent two seasons with the Neponset Valley River Rats 18U team.  He was instrumental in the River Rats 2012-13 USA Hockey National Championship.  Barry becomes the 5th commit from the first Exposure Camp.

 

Two Named to USHR All New-England Teams

Monday, February 24, 2014, 7:57PM

Gaudette, Feeney Earn Honors

A pair of High End Hockey alumni have been named to USHR's All New-England Team.  Adam Gaudette (Thayer Academy) and Liam Feeney (Dexter School) were named to the East Team by USHR who picked 3 forwards, 3 defensemen and 1 goaltender.  Both Gaudette and Feeney took part in HEH's first Northeast Showcase in the summer of 2012 playing in the EJHL Showcase.

Gaudette, a '96 forward from Braintree, had a monstrous junior season scoring 29 goals in 26 games while adding 37 helpers for 66 points.  Adam's point totals were good enough for 2nd place in prep hockey scoring leaders, trailing only Harvard recruit Ryan Donato.  Gaudette's Tigers earned the 3rd seed in the Elite 8 tournament and will host Berkshire this Wednesday.

Feeney, a '95 defenseman from Foxboro, continued his playmaking success with 34 assists and 37 points in 26 games.  Last season the Dexter rearguard helped lead the Neponset Valley River Rats 18U team to a USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championship with 32 assists and 37 points.  This year, Feeney hopes to add a Small School title to his belt as Dexter is the #1 seed and will host Canterbury.

Congratulations to both Liam and Adam!

 

4 Up For Hobey Fan Vote

Monday, February 17, 2014, 9:59PM

Help HEH Players in Hobey Fan Vote

College hockey fans across the country have all heard about Hobey Baker Award and now have a chance to help name the top 10 finalists.  Fans can go to http://www.hobeybaker.com/awards/the-hobey-baker-memorial-award/vote to place their votes.

High End Hockey has 4 players in the preliminary vote, fans are allowed to vote once every 24 hours.  Help out your favorite HEH player now!

Jon Gillies (Providence College/Calgary Flames) - Gillies currently has a 2.25 GAA and a .926 save % this season with the Friars.  Gillies was the starting goalie for Team USA this past winter at the World Junior Championships.  Jon also played for Team USA at the 2013 WJC when they won the gold medal.

Jimmy Vesey (Harvard University/Nashville Predators) - Vesey leads the Crimson in scoring with 13 goals and 22 points in 25 games.  Vesey played on Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College/Philadelphia Flyers) - Gostisbehere currently leads the fan vote with over 17,000 votes.  Shayne is in his junior year with Union and has a 7-16-23 line in 30 games.  In 107 career games Gostisbehere has 71 points as a defenseman.  Shayne was also a part of the gold medal winner Team USA at the 2013 WJC.

Clay Witt (Northeastern University) - Witt has a 2.07 GAA and a .943 save % for the Huskies this season.  Clay helped lead Northeastern to the Beanpot finals this season before bowing out to BC.

 

Baldino to UMass Dartmouth

Monday, February 17, 2014, 9:40PM

Baldino to Corsairs

Congratulations to Matt Baldino, a '93 forward, on his recent commitment to UMass Dartmouth.  Baldino, a Woburn native, has been with HEH since the start of our skills sessions and continues to skate with us every summer on our Elite skills and Elite 3 on 3.  Matt will also serve as a coach with our New England Nordiques U16 and U18 teams this coming summer.  

Baldino is currently playing with the Boston Bandits in the Eastern Hockey League.  In 41 games he has 13 goals and 34 points this season.  Matt is playing with HEH players Alex Bonito, Pat Magliano and Colin Clapton.

Congratulations and good luck Matt!

 

Vesey and Witt Up For Walter Brown Award

Monday, February 3, 2014, 8:16PM

Two Named Walter Brown Semi Finalists

Clay Witt - Northeastern and Jimmy Vesey - Harvard have been named as two of sixteen semi finalists for the Walter Brown Award.  The Gridiron Club of Boston present the Walter Brown Award annually to the best American born Division 1 player in New England

Witt, a Florida native, currently leads the nation with a .943 Save Percentage and is in the top 10 for Goals Against Average.  Clay has been named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week four times this season and was just named Hockey East's Defensive Player of the Month for the month of January.

Vesey, a Massachusetts native, has a long resume to his name already.  In 2011-12 he was named EJHL Offensive Player of the Year and set the EJHL single seson scoring record with 91 points in 45 games.  Last season, as a freshman at Harvard, he was named to the ECAC All Rookie Team, led the Crimson in scoring and helped Team USA win gold at the World Jr Championships.  This season Vesey is again leading Harvard in scoring with 17 points in 20 games.

Good luck to both of our Elite 3 on 3 players!