USA Junior Hockey Magazine January 2010 : Page 21

January 2010 • 21 INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE Hall, Loughlin play local angle for Stars By Steve Stein Jeff Hall and Danny Loughlin have reaped the benefits of the New England Stars’ push to recruit area talent for the team’s second season in the International Junior Hockey League. The Super Elite Division Stars have done well on their end of the deal, too. “Last year, about 50 to 60 percent of our players weren’t from our area,” said Stars coach Dan Fontas. “We decided to sign more area players, say, within a 25-to 30-mile radius, to get our name out there. There’s a lot of good area talent that can be tapped into, and we want those kids to know that we can be a stepping stone to get to the next level.” Fontas is glad the Stars tapped into Hall and Loughlin, both forwards, who earned spots on the roster during open tryouts. Hall played at Dracut (Mass.) High School and Loughlin at nearby Methuen (Mass.) High School. The Stars are based in Dracut. Team Name Cape Cod Cubs Super Elite Division 29 Hackettstown Harleys 37 New Jersey Kings New England Stars Maine Moose 37 34 35 Boston Jr. Blackhawks 35 Mass. Mariners AAA 31 Name Joe Tinsman Chad Bryan Team Zack Rogerson New Jersey Kings 29 27 23 22 20 15 1 6 10 6 10 14 15 Leading scorers G A PTS Hackettstown Harleys 22 24 46 Hackettstown Harleys 25 19 44 21 23 44 A prototypical power forward, the 6- foot-2-inch, 210-pound Hall is one of the Stars’ co-captains. “Jeff has a lot of natural leadership abil- ity. That’s why he’s one of our captains,” Fontas said. “He knows how to get the best out of his teammates.” Fontas said Loughlin has a good chance of playing Division 3 hockey either next season or the following season. “Danny is an intelligent player who is a coach’s dream,” Fontas said. “He does everything we ask, and he never opens his mouth at us or a referee.” TV Stars: Comcast Sports New Eng- land will be airing a show on the New Eng- land Stars junior hockey club this upcom- ing February or March. Comcast, which will be doing inter- views, video-taping practices and games over the course of the next month, is very excited to demonstrate what junior hockey is all about. ‘Zero tolerance’ leads to wins for Kings By Steve Stein Coach Glenn Carey’s new “zero-toler- ance” policy resulted in a number of victo- ries for the New Jersey Kings. After fluttering around the .500 mark all season, the Kings won six in a row and seven of eight before the Christmas break in the Super Elite Division of the Interna- tional Junior Hockey League. “We weren’t having major problems, but there was a looseness on the team,” Carey said. “We don’t have a lot of kids on our roster, so some thought we couldn’t win without them. But we did. After we started the policy, we won a couple games with 14 guys playing.” Carey’s policy focused on disciplinary issues like arguing with referees, taking bad penalties and respecting teammates. Violators were sent off the ice, during prac- tice or a game. “These are good kids on our team,” Car- ey said. “But they needed to learn how to work within our system. They’ll have to do New Jersey Kings New Jersey Kings Maine Moose 18 25 43 GP W L T 32 2 2 0 5 3 1 1 PTS 60 60 54 51 47 41 31 Joe Pannullo Blaine Cardali Maine Moose Logan Phillips Darcy Meyer Travis Dunn Name Kevin LoGuidice New Jersey Kings Mark Burton Maine Moose Boston Jr. Blackhawks 22 17 39 14 21 35 20 14 34 18 14 32 11 21 32 14 14 28 New Jersey Kings Leading goaltenders (Min. 250 minutes played) Team GP MIN GAA SPCT 9 452 3.72 .888 Kyle Harring Boston Jr. Blackhawks 17 722 4.90 .882 Alex Minnehan Cape Cod Cubs 7 375 3.84 .878 Matt Arnold Hackettstown Harleys 8 312 3.65 .876 P.J. Menta Hackettstown Harleys 14 698 4.13 .870 Team Name that if they play hockey in college, and in life itself.” Goalies Tim Pageau and Connor Wid- enmeyer, who have been splitting duties between the pipes, played major roles in the Kings’ pre-Christmas surge. Another contributor to the hot streak was center Costa Zafiris, who has jour- neyed all the way from Halifax, Nova Sco- tia, to play for the Kings. Zafiris has been a handful for opponents all season. Or, more appropriately, a “foot-ful.” “I wish every kid would have the foot skills that Costa has,” Carey said. “He can play the puck effectively with either skate. He also has tremendous hands and vision, protects the puck well with his body, and is responsible defensively.” All-Stars: Representing the Kings at the IJHL All-Star game on Jan. 8 are for- wards Zafiris, Zachary Rogerson, Logan Phillips, Kevin Logiudice, defenseman Peter Plumeri and Pageau in net. International Junior Hockey League standings/leaders (as of Jan. 1) Costa Zafiris Elite Division Worcester Jr. Wildcats 26 Maine Moose Boston Jr. Blackhawks 27 Freeport Arrows 30 9 Team Name Walpole Express GP W L T PTS 18 13 11 5 7 14 12 2 North Shore Raiders New England Stars Boston Jr. Blackhawks 23 Mass. Mariners AAA 23 Worcester Jr. Wildcats 23 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 15 8 14 8 14 8 9 8 6 1 37 3 29 4 26 2 12 Selects Division Final Standings GP W L 23 23 23 10 14 15 T PTS 0 1 1 4 1 2 30 29 29 22 13 14

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Hall, Loughlin play local angle for Stars<br /> <br /> By Steve Stein Jeff Hall and Danny Loughlin have reaped the benefits of the New England Stars’ push to recruit area talent for the team’s second season in the International Junior Hockey League.<br /> <br /> The Super Elite Division Stars have done well on their end of the deal, too.<br /> <br /> “Last year, about 50 to 60 percent of our players weren’t from our area,” said Stars coach Dan Fontas. “We decided to sign more area players, say, within a 25-to 30-mile radius, to get our name out there.<br /> <br /> There’s a lot of good area talent that can be tapped into, and we want those kids to know that we can be a stepping stone to get to the next level.” Fontas is glad the Stars tapped into Hall and Loughlin, both forwards, who earned spots on the roster during open tryouts.<br /> <br /> Hall played at Dracut (Mass.) High School and Loughlin at nearby Methuen (Mass.) High School. The Stars are based in Dracut.<br /> <br /> A prototypical power forward, the 6- foot-2-inch, 210-pound Hall is one of the Stars’ co-captains.<br /> <br /> “Jeff has a lot of natural leadership ability.<br /> <br /> That’s why he’s one of our captains,” Fontas said. “He knows how to get the best out of his teammates.” Fontas said Loughlin has a good chance of playing Division 3 hockey either next season or the following season.<br /> <br /> “Danny is an intelligent player who is a coach’s dream,” Fontas said. “He does everything we ask, and he never opens his mouth at us or a referee.” TV Stars: Comcast Sports New England will be airing a show on the New England Stars junior hockey club this upcoming February or March.<br /> <br /> Comcast, which will be doing interviews, video-taping practices and games over the course of the next month, is very excited to demonstrate what junior hockey is all about.<br /> <br /> ‘Zero tolerance’ leads to wins for Kings<br /> <br /> By Steve Stein Coach Glenn Carey’s new “zero-tolerance” policy resulted in a number of victories for the New Jersey Kings.<br /> <br /> After fluttering around the .500 mark all season, the Kings won six in a row and seven of eight before the Christmas break in the Super Elite Division of the International Junior Hockey League.<br /> <br /> “We weren’t having major problems, but there was a looseness on the team,” Carey said. “We don’t have a lot of kids on our roster, so some thought we couldn’t win without them. But we did. After we started the policy, we won a couple games with 14 guys playing.” Carey’s policy focused on disciplinary issues like arguing with referees, taking bad penalties and respecting teammates.<br /> <br /> Violators were sent off the ice, during practice or a game.<br /> <br /> “These are good kids on our team,” Carey said. “But they needed to learn how to work within our system. They’ll have to do that if they play hockey in college, and in life itself.” Goalies Tim Pageau and Connor Widenmeyer, who have been splitting duties between the pipes, played major roles in the Kings’ pre-Christmas surge.<br /> <br /> Another contributor to the hot streak was center Costa Zafiris, who has journeyed all the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to play for the Kings. Zafiris has been a handful for opponents all season. Or, more appropriately, a “foot-ful.” “I wish every kid would have the foot skills that Costa has,” Carey said. “He can play the puck effectively with either skate.<br /> <br /> He also has tremendous hands and vision, protects the puck well with his body, and is responsible defensively.” All-Stars: Representing the Kings at the IJHL All-Star game on Jan. 8 are forwards Zafiris, Zachary Rogerson, Logan Phillips, Kevin Logiudice, defenseman Peter Plumeri and Pageau in net

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