TEWKSBURY, MA -- After a long summer, both Rangers squads are set to kick-off their regular season schedules this upcoming weekend. The EHLP team will get things rolling this Saturday night when they open up against the Walpole Express at 7:45pm. Both squads will be in action on Sunday as the Premier team will square off against last year’s EHLP Champions, the New England Wolves at 1:30pm. The EHL team on the other hand, will kick-off their new campaign at 7:40pm against the Valley Jr. Warriors. All games this upcoming weekend will be played at the Breakaway Ice Center.
Even after a season where the Rangers organization lost 13 players to NCAA commitments, they are still bringing back a large amount of returning players. The 2018-19 EHL captain Mitchell Haight will be back anchoring the blue line along with other returners Tom Skold and Will Fisher. Andrew Keith headlines the returners at forward position, as the Rangers leading scorer from last season is back for more. Steve Wesley, Jonah Nash, Connor Galloway, Martin Pietraszek, Nathan Young, and Jake Blackwell are also returning from last year's EHL squad. A few forwards from last year’s EHLP team, (Tanner Caldarola, Jake Mecrones, Nick Weaver, and Mitch Gillespie), will make the jump up to the top league as well. Both Billy Girard and Jacob George are the returning goalies from last year’s team, with newcomer Karlis Reinis Riba joining the netminders. Both Keith and Girard were listed in the EHL's Top Returning Players to Watch article.
The 2019-20 EHLP squad is also bringing back a few players from last year’s team. Both Brad Mackin and Max Stephens are the returners on defense. Matt McPherson, Steve Johnson, and Emils Zelcs, will be back for another season at forward. Cam Libby is the lone returner in the goalie room, and will be joined by newcomers, Joey Jamison, Matt Morrison, and Logan Palmer.
September will be a busy month for both Rangers teams as each squad will play five games before the month’s end. On the final two days of September, the EHL team will participate in the first of five league wide-showcases. The dates and information for each showcase this season are listed below.
As for the EHLP, the sub-division of the EHL will feature three showcases this upcoming season.
To keep up with this weekend’s matchups, watch live on HockeyTV or follow the live scoring/box scores on the EHL website.
TEWKSBURY, MA -- For many programs, a year that finished with 13 NCAA Commitments and both teams advancing to the Second Round of the playoffs, would be reflected on as a success. However for the Boston Jr. Rangers, the after-thoughts from the 2018-19 season have brought with them an "Unfinished Business" mentality. Don't get Rich DeCaprio wrong, he's very proud of the 13 players moving on to college hockey this fall, but he's also determined to help bring both of his junior teams back to Providence.
"It was simply a disappointing way for the season to finish," said DeCaprio, the EHL Head Coach and General Manager. "Both of our teams last year were good enough to make it to the Frozen Finals, but each group came up just short. The defeats have made Keith [Aucioin] and I that much more determined to make it back to the Frozen Finals, and to do so at both levels."
Two seasons ago (2017-18), the Rangers' team in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) won their division and then advanced further then the program ever had before, on their way to the first-ever Frozen Finals at Providence College. Year in and year out, the top team of the Rangers' program has always been regarded as a contender, and Coach DeCaprio wants this to be the year where they are the last team standing.
As for the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) team, last year was the first time the Rangers had fallen short of at least reaching the finals. In each of the first three seasons of the EHLP, the Rangers advanced to the EHLP Finals, skating away as champions a pair of times. It's also worth noting that in each of the past two years, the Rangers have won the Regular Season Championship. Simply put, the EHLP team doesn't want an early exit in the 2019 playoffs to be known as the end of a dynasty.
Looking ahead to the new season on the horizon, and the Rangers organization as a whole has many returning players. Below you'll find a list of all the players, both EHL and EHLP, coming back for another year with the program.
With such a high retention rate, combined with 72 total NCAA Commitments since 2013, the numbers simply speak for themselves. The Rangers program owns top teams in the both the EHL and the EHLP, and both squads are ready to get a new season started.
TEWKSBURY, MA -- The Boston Jr. Rangers are pleased to announce that Clay Ellerbrock has committed to UMass Dartmouth for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Tega Cay, SC recently finished his first and only season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), tallying 23 points in 31 total games for the Rangers.
"We are very happy for Clay,” said EHL head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “We got him late in the season from a Canadian junior league where he just wasn’t being noticed by colleges. Coming to us, he immediately generated interest from schools. His speed is undeniable, and he has a nice touch around the net. He will have a great career at UMD!”
Ellerbrock is one of four players from this year's EHL team that has committed to UMass Dartmouth for this upcoming season. The talented forward adds his name to the list that includes John Grealish, Jake Maynard, and Tanner Opie.
"Playing in the EHL was a great experience," said Ellerbrock. "There was always a lot of exposure to colleges. There were scouts at most of our games and being at three showcases really gave me the opportunity to be seen. I am grateful for Coach Decaprio and Coach Aucoin for bringing me into their top-notch organization. I really felt at home during my time with the Rangers. I am beyond blessed and honored to call UMass Dartmouth my home for the next four years! I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, and everyone in my family especially my parents, because without them none of this would be possible.”
Be sure to keep your eye on the Corsair hockey team next season, as the set of Rangers gets ready to begin their respective collegiate hockey careers.