Laconia, N.H. — The New England Wolves Junior Hockey program, undergoing some major changes for 2017-18, will have a drastically different roster next season with an emphasis on players from the Northern Midwest US.
Owned by New England Prep legend Steve Jacobs, the New England Wolves Eastern Hockey League Junior program, whose home rink, Merrill Fay Arena, is undergoing a $100,000.00 improvement to their refrigeration and ice quality system, has brought in a new coaching staff placing an emphasis on acquiring players from outside New Hampshire.
“What we’ve found in the last few years is a needed emphasis on character and toughness in our lineup,” Wolves’ Head Coach Andrew Trimble said. “Kids from the Mid-West traditionally bring a different element to your lineup.
“Our area is a New England vacation hot spot, so we are looking to bring in kids who really appreciate the mountains, lakes and beauty of greater Laconia,” Trimble added.
Some of the players the Wolves have acquired to date include goaltender Brendan Boncore of Michigan, who came up through the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies program before garnering EHL U-19 Goaltender of the Year honors last season.
Additionally, New York State forwards Anthony Thurston (Rochester) and Jake Drucker (Long Island) were brought in to provide energy and toughness.
The Wolves’ EHL Premier team, coached by Tim Kunes, recently added Prestyn Hoefler and Tommy Kilway to the mix. Both players hail from Ohio and both forwards will be counted on to bring two-way ability and a great work ethic to their lineup.
The New England Wolves Jr. program is one of the most unique programs in the Eastern Hockey League in that it is located in a somewhat rural, vacation area and does not include Youth Hockey as part of their program.
“All of our kids are looked up to by the kids in the community and we attract fans to many of our promotional or rivalry games,” Trimble, a former SUNY-Buffalo State Bengal, said. “It makes for a great atmosphere where these kids are coming from all over the world to play in front of our fans and the many colleges that are right around us.”
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