USA Junior Hockey Magazine December 2009 : Page 21

December 2009 • 2 InteRnAtIonAL JUnIoR HocKeY LeAGUe Blackhawks’ Makke a huge help on blue line Cardali, Meyer light way for Maine Moose Makke eagerly raised his hand when Ko- By steve stein hassan Makke’s tryout for the Texas Tornado didn’t earn him a roster spot with the North American Hockey League team, but the news wasn’t all bad. His effort and determination caught the attention of rich salsman, one of the coaches of the Boston Jr. Blackhawks Super Elite team in the International Junior Hockey League. Makke accepted Salsman’s invitation to join the Jr. Blackhawks, and he’s made an impact this season. Besides playing forward, the 5-foot-6- inch, 165-pounder is playing defense for the first time in his hockey life and doing well despite his lack of experience at that end of the ice. He’s also been an asset on the Jr. Blackawks’ power play and penalty killing units. “When Rich watched Hassan during the Tornado tryouts, he saw a little guy with a big heart and a lot of energy who could be a great fit for our team,” said Kevin Kotyluk, who coaches the Jr. Blackhawks defensemen. team name hackettstown harleys 36 Cape Cod Cubs new England stars Maine Moose new Jersey Kings Chad Bryan hackettstown harleys 23 Joe Pannullo Player team Joe tinsman hackettstown harleys 20 Blaine Cardali Maine Moose Boston Jr. Blackhawks 22 8 Boston Jr. Blackhawks 31 Mass Mariners aaa 26 30 31 32 31 super Elite division 6 1 5 9 gP W L t 28 27 22 21 21 20 15 10 10 10 Leading scorers 2 2 4 2 0 1 1 g a 19 17 19 20 tyluk asked if anyone would like to volun- teer to fill some holes in the team’s defensive corps. “It’s tough to make the adjustment from forward to defense at our level because it’s so important to be at the right place at the right time,” Kotyluk said. “There’s also a dif- ferent mentality on defense. You can’t make mistakes.” Kotyluk said Makke has made the adjust- ment because of his fierce determination to improve. “Hassan is always asking questions, and he’s willing to try anything,” Kotyluk said. “It would be great if every kid on our team was like that.” Kotyluk feels the sky is the limit for Makke, a 1990-born player, if he continues to improve. “Hassan has the ability and potential to keep getting better,” he said. “He came to us knowing the basics of the game, and he’s working hard. He knows how to use his strengths and not show his weaknesses.” Pts 58 56 48 44 42 41 31 Michael sramek Boston Jr. Blackhawks 12 Logan Phillips new Jersey Kings Zack rogerson new Jersey Kings Maine Moose 16 15 Ben scott hackettstown harleys 4 Costa Zafiris new Jersey Kings Pts 42 39 39 28 alex Minnehan Cape Cod Cubs Player 13 10 By steve stein A veteran from Brunswick, Maine, and a new player from New Brunswick, Canada are providing offensive fireworks this sea- son for the Maine Moose Super Elite team in the International Junior Hockey League. Blaine Cardali, in his third year with the Moose program and second year with the Super Elite team, had 45 points through 28 games. darcy Meyer, who journeyed south from Canada to join the Moose this season, had 40 points in 26 games. As a team, the Moose were hoping to rise up from fourth place as the midseason mark neared in early December. tom McBriety, one of the Moose own- ers, spoke highly of both players. “Blaine has a motor that doesn’t stop running,” he said. “He plays when teams are at even strength, and on our power-play and penalty-killing units. His experience, both in our program and in the league, ben- efits him and helps our team.” 11 14 11 12 19 12 27 26 26 25 23 22 As for Meyer, McBriety says he’s a natural athlete with an expansive skill set who is a winner off the ice because of his maturity. Meyer is one of nine Canadians on the Moose’s 20-player roster. A Moose scout who covers New Brunswick and Nova Sco- tia recommended Meyer after watching him play in a tournament. “Based on the scouting report we re- ceived about Darcy, and after meeting with him and his father, we knew he’d be a spe- cial player for us,” McBriety said. Cardali is a 1989-born player, so this is his final season with the Moose. McBriety thinks he’ll make an impact on a Division 3 hockey team at a college in New England next year. Meyer is a 1991-born player. McBriety said he may end up playing for the Moose for another season before he moves up a level. “Darcy is definitely a college hockey player,” McBriety said. international Junior hockey League standings/leaders (as of nov. 30) darcy Meyer team name Worcester Jr. Wildcats 26 Maine Moose Boston Jr. Blackhawks 27 freeport arrows 30 9 Leading goaltenders (Min. 200 minutes played) team Kyle harring Boston Jr. Blackhawks 13 Mark Burton Maine Moose Josh silberberg Mass. Mariners aaa 7 P.J. Menta hackettstown harleys 14 8 gP Min gaa sPCt Walpole Express 6 team name 315 3.24 .896 552 4.57 .890 392 3.52 .889 215 5.30 .877 698 4.13 .870 north shore raiders new England stars gP W L t 18 13 11 5 Elite division 7 14 12 2 Boston Jr. Blackhawks 23 Mass Mariners aaa 23 Worcester Jr. Wildcats 23 15 14 14 9 8 6 8 8 8 1 3 4 2 selects division final standings gP W L t 23 23 23 10 14 15 INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE DIRECTORY 485 Rogers Ave., W. Springfield, MA Commissioner: Charles Nielsen - 413-896-5812 • e-mail: juniorpics@aol.com Director of Hockey Operations: David McCarthy - 978-376-8356 • e-mail: dsvidmccarthy4@hotmail.com NEW ENGLAND STARS Derek Phinney Ph. 617-834-0691 e-mail: dphinney@nestarshockey. com WORCESTER WILDCATS Coach/GM: Ken Jacobs ph. 508-561-8525 cell e-mail: kwjake@charter.net www.worcesterjuniorwildcats.com MAINE MOOSE Steve Levesque ph. 207-623-0650 e-mail: moose@shl.bz www.moosemainea.com SPRINGFIELD PICS President/Owner: Charlie Nielsen ph. 413-896-5812 BOSTON JR. BLACKHAWKS Rich Salsman, ph. 781-245-9330 e-mail: bostonjrblackhawks@ hotmail.com MASS MARINERS AAA HOCKEY Lee Goodwin, ph. 781.354.3459 fax: 781-595-3807 e-mail: massmarinershockey@ hotmail.com NJ KINGS Janice Benson, 24 Forest Rd. Madison, NJ ph. 978-514-162, • 973-214-4103 CAPE COD CUBS Dan Hodge ph. 508-989-5013 dan@capecodjrcubs.com www.ijhl.us BERLIN JR. MAROONS Russell Couture, phone: 603-752-5377 e-mail: recruiting@berlinjrmaroons.com www.berlinjrmaroons.com 2010/2011 icing a team... HACKETTSTOWN HARLEYS Gary Golczewski e-mail: chilloutsports@yahoo.com www.chilloutsportsarena.com/Harleys/ index.htm FREEPORT ARROWS www.arrowsyouthhockey.org 0 1 1 4 1 2 Pts 37 29 26 12 Pts 30 29 29 22 17 14

International Junior Hockey League

Steve Stein

Blackhawks’ Makke a huge help on blue line<br /> <br /> Hassan Makke’s tryout for the Texas Tornado didn’t earn him a roster spot with the North American Hockey League team, but the news wasn’t all bad.<br /> <br /> His effort and determination caught the attention of Rich Salsman, one of the coaches of the Boston Jr. Blackhawks Super Elite team in the International Junior Hockey League.<br /> <br /> Makke accepted Salsman’s invitation to join the Jr. Blackhawks, and he’s made an impact this season.<br /> <br /> Besides playing forward, the 5-foot-6- inch, 165-pounder is playing defense for the first time in his hockey life and doing well despite his lack of experience at that end of the ice. He’s also been an asset on the Jr.<br /> <br /> Blackawks’ power play and penalty killing units.<br /> <br /> “When Rich watched Hassan during the Tornado tryouts, he saw a little guy with a big heart and a lot of energy who could be a great fit for our team,” said Kevin Kotyluk, who coaches the Jr. Blackhawks defensemen.<br /> <br /> Makke eagerly raised his hand when Kotyluk asked if anyone would like to volunteer to fill some holes in the team’s defensive corps.<br /> <br /> “It’s tough to make the adjustment from forward to defense at our level because it’s so important to be at the right place at the right time,” Kotyluk said. “There’s also a different mentality on defense. You can’t make mistakes.” Kotyluk said Makke has made the adjustment because of his fierce determination to improve.<br /> <br /> “Hassan is always asking questions, and he’s willing to try anything,” Kotyluk said.<br /> <br /> “It would be great if every kid on our team was like that.” Kotyluk feels the sky is the limit for Makke, a 1990-born player, if he continues to improve.<br /> <br /> “Hassan has the ability and potential to keep getting better,” he said. “He came to us knowing the basics of the game, and he’s working hard. He knows how to use his strengths and not show his weaknesses.”<br /> <br /> Cardali, Meyer light way for Maine Moose<br /> <br /> A veteran from Brunswick, Maine, and a new player from New Brunswick, Canada are providing offensive fireworks this season for the Maine Moose Super Elite team in the International Junior Hockey League.<br /> <br /> Blaine Cardali, in his third year with the Moose program and second year with the Super Elite team, had 45 points through 28 games.<br /> <br /> Darcy Meyer, who journeyed south from Canada to join the Moose this season, had 40 points in 26 games.<br /> <br /> As a team, the Moose were hoping to rise up from fourth place as the midseason mark neared in early December.<br /> <br /> Tom McBriety, one of the Moose owners, spoke highly of both players.<br /> <br /> “Blaine has a motor that doesn’t stop running,” he said. “He plays when teams are at even strength, and on our power-play and penalty-killing units. His experience, both in our program and in the league, benefits him and helps our team.” As for Meyer, McBriety says he’s a natural athlete with an expansive skill set who is a winner off the ice because of his maturity.<br /> <br /> Meyer is one of nine Canadians on the Moose’s 20-player roster. A Moose scout who covers New Brunswick and Nova Scotia recommended Meyer after watching him play in a tournament.<br /> <br /> “Based on the scouting report we received about Darcy, and after meeting with him and his father, we knew he’d be a special player for us,” McBriety said.<br /> <br /> Cardali is a 1989-born player, so this is his final season with the Moose. McBriety thinks he’ll make an impact on a Division 3 hockey team at a college in New England next year.<br /> <br /> Meyer is a 1991-born player. McBriety said he may end up playing for the Moose for another season before he moves up a level.<br /> <br /> “Darcy is definitely a college hockey player,” McBriety said.

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