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!
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.
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!
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!
Monday, February 3, 2014, 8:00PM
3 on 3 Player Miller to SHU
Casey Miller spent last summer playing in our Elite 3 on 3 league committed to UMass Amherst for the fall of 2014. Fresh off a National Championship with the Neponset Valley River Rats, life was good. He was ready to play a year with the Islanders Hockey Club in the USPHL and then move on to play for the Minutemen. But as the season began, Miller didn't feel as though UMass was the right fit. He decommitted from the school and began the search for a school all over again.
Miller spent three seasons at Kimball Union Academy (93 GP, 34-66-100) and two seasons with the Neponset Valley River Rats (46 GP, 22-55-77). During that time he helped the River Rats win the Massachusetts State Championship and the USA Hockey National Championship. When things didn't work out with UMass Amherst, Sacred Heart quickly jumped into the mix for Miller.
"Casey is a great playmaker, but there are so many other things he does well. The little things, he killed penalties for us and took every big faceoff. He is going to do extremely well at Sacred Heart." said Jon Hutcheon.
Good luck Casey, see you this summer!
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 1:00PM
Joe Whitney Called Up TO NEw Jersey
Joe Whitney has had to prove his size wasn't an issue everywhere he has been. The diminutive forward from Reading, MA stands only 5'6, which makes him the second shortest player in the NHL. Nathan Gerbe, who was Whitney's linemate at Boston College, is currently the shortest player in the NHL at 5'5.
After scoring 142 points at Boston College and winning two National Championships he signed with the New Jersey Devils. Between 2011 and 2013 he scored 95 points in 138 games, leading the Devils in scoring both seasons. This year Whitney is again Albany's top scorer with 16 goals, 36 points in 39 games. Whitney will now get the opportunity to prove he belongs in the NHL.
Good luck and congratulations Joe!
Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:16PM
SMALL AREA GAMES CLINIC
Join High End Hockey this February Vacation for our first ever Small Area Games Clinic! Hockey is played in small areas throughout the ice sheet, if you as a player are able to find and create space within those small areas you will become an elite player. This clinic will focus solely on developing the skills needed to be successful in small areas.
Where: Breakaway Ice Center (20 Carter Street Tewksbury, MA)
When: Wednesday February 19th and Thursday February 20th
Age: All ages (split into age specific stations)
Finding space in tight
Finding open teammates
Making plays quickly
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 3:28PM
Zach Todd to Mercyhurst!
Congratulations to Zach Todd of the Boston Jr Bruins (USPHL) on his commitment to Mercyhurst. Todd, a '93 from Holden, MA, split his junior playing days between the Jr. Bruins and the Brockville Braves. Zach spent his summers playing with the New England Nordiques and High End Hockey teams for the past 5 summers.
Good luck Zach!
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 3:20PM
Connor Moore Commits To BC
Congratulations to '97 defenseman Connor Moore, who commited to play college hockey at Boston College. Connor, a Georgia native, spent last summer here in Tewksbury training with High End Hockey. Moore played fall hockey for the Neponset Valley River Rats U18 team, where in 25 games he scored 4 goals and 29 points as an underager. Currently at Brooks he has a 2-5-7 line in 10 games.
Connor skated in our Elite skills and Elite 3 on 3 programs and will be back this summer. "The training that Jon put me through made all the difference going into this season. I can't wait to get back on the ice and continue to improve with High End Hockey."
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.