Hockey Essentials Tommy Telesca '93 Commits to SUNY Potsdam
Congrats to Tommy and the Telesca Family
Hockey Essentials News Release March 1st 2013
Hockey Essentials is proud to announce our training program for 2013 will have another location in Long Island, NY. Mark Lotito partner of Hockey Essentials states, "Our current players that live in Long Island will be able to get the great training workouts that our program offers in our New Jersey training facility" "Our program is very excited to work with the talented group of players from Long Island." Hockey Essentials looks forward to starting these training workout May 9th in Long Beach Arena for all ages.
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February 25, 2013
Hockey Essentials Tommaso Bucci '95 Commits to
Northeastern College Showcase Attendee
Best Forward 2012 Senior Chowder Cup
Top Forward Honors Hockey Essentials Northeastern College Showcase
Congrats to Tommaso and the Bucci Family
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February 22, 2013
Hockey Essentials JD Rassett '92 Commits to SUNY-Geneseo
Congrats to JD and the Rassett Family
February 10, 2013
Hockey Essentials Patrick Kearns '92 Commits to Wentworth
Congrats to Patrick and the Kearns Family
January 15, 2013
7 Former and Current Hockey Essentials TriState Stars players top the
94' Anthony Stolarz to get busy quick in OHL for London Knights
Anthony Stolarz will hear a lot this week about the pressure of playing goal in front of 9,000 fans for the OHL-leading London Knights, the team that rarely loses anymore.
But that’s really not a big deal.
Pressure is showing up at an open tryout camp six hours from home in Albany, N.Y., already cut by two junior clubs, then stepping on the ice wearing ill-fitting equipment.
Legend has it Stolarz went to the most important session of his life wearing street hockey gear. They were hand-me-downs, said the freshly signed 6-foot-6 goalie who is expected to start Friday at home against Ottawa.
“That gear was a little small on me,” the 18-year-old from Jackson Township, N.J., said. “I hit a growth spurt, grew a couple inches, and with travelling around looking for a place to play, it was hard for my parents to get me some new gear. They were hoping I would make a team that would end up giving me (some).
“But the smaller the gear, I found the quicker I had to move so it ended up working out.”
That one tryout on a whim landed him a gig with the North American Hockey League’s Corpus Christi IceRays in Texas, where he starred last season, earned a scholarship to the University of Nebraska-Omaha and was plucked by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round of the NHL draft last summer.
He became a goalie because his older brother Todd, now 28, played in high school and junior. When he showed promise and needed a coach to work with him one-on-one, his sibling stepped up.
“Once Todd stopped playing, he started focusing on me,” Stolarz said. “He lived at home so it was easy for him to come out to my games and come on the ice for practice and work with me.
“Three years ago, I played for the New Jersey Devils (minor hockey program) and it was an hour-and-a-half from my house. He would be the one who would drive me to my practices and critique my games. He’s always been my harshest critic but he’s also been my biggest supporter.”
London GM Mark Hunter saw the size and talent, but also the hunger to succeed.
“He looks like a young man who doesn’t take anything for granted,” Hunter said. “He wants to be a goaltender and wants to play some games. He knows he can play here and still do his schoolwork.
“He can play for the next two years and get better.”
Hunter was the first in major junior hockey to pursue Stolarz and the goalie, who found himself part of a logjam in the Nebraska net, never forgot those early overtures. He will compete with Jake Patterson for playing time as part of a tandem expected to stay together next season when the Knights hope to hold the Memorial Cup tournament again.
“Anywhere you go, you expect to be in a battle to play,” Stolarz said. “I’m excited to be here and get the opportunity to play more games. My parents were fully behind me and they let me make this decision.”
He carried a 3.6 grade point average in Omaha and will continue with university classes here, focusing on business and economics. In London, he is eligible now to sign with the Flyers.
This is big news in hockey circles back home. Mark Lotito, a longtime coach in the Jersey area, has known Stolarz since he was the tall kid in squirt hockey. He is part of a development program called Hockey Essentials that steered him to the Albany tryout.
“Anthony was always enthusiastic,” Lotito said. “He wanted to play and you could see from a young age he had all kinds of potential. My theory about goaltending was always just stop the puck, I don’t care how, but do it, and he always did.
Hockey Essentials Brendan van Riemsdyk 96' Commits to
Congrats to Brendan and the van Riemsdyk Family
November 10, 2012
U.S. National Under-18 Team Clinches 2012 Four Nations Tournament Title
Congrats to Hockey Essentials 95' Connor Clifton on the USA Victory
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) turned aside 22 shots, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team clinched the 2012 Four Nations Tournament title with a 3-1 victory tonight over Sweden. Team USA finishes the tournament with a 3-0-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.
"I'm proud of how we played as a team throughout the entire tournament," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "We need to build off these games and continue to improve as we move forward."
Team USA opened scoring at 8:56 of the first frame on the power play. Positioned at the half boards, Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) wristed a shot over an outstretched Ebbe Sionas for the tally. Keaton Thompson (Devils Lake, N.D.) and Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) assisted on the play. Penalties filled the remainder of the period, but neither team could convert and the U.S. enjoyed a 1-0 advantage heading into the first intermission.
Evan Allen launches a shot on net versus Sweden in the title game. Photo by Jonathan Knight.
The second stanza began with Team USA killing off a five-on-three penalty, in which Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) blocked two consecutive shots to help keep Sweden off the scoreboard. John Hayden(Greenwich, Conn.) doubled the U.S. lead at 3:51 on the backhand. Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) earned the assist on the goal.
Sweden found the scoresheet at 2:45 of the third period to cut the U.S. lead in half, 2-1. Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.) tipped a Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.) shot past Sionas at 10:52 to regain the two-goal advantage. The power play tally was also assisted on by Trevor Hamilton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.). Sweden pulled its netminder in favor of the extra attacker, but Team USA held on for the 3-1 victory.
Demko made 22 saves in the win for the U.S., while Sionas turned aside 41 shots in the loss for Sweden.
Hockey Essentials prides itself on being a program that separates itself from the pack via the intimate relationships it has with its players and families. Skill development and high end competition by way of our training and showcases is of the up most importance, but being able to help our players and families away from the rink is a true staple. Never more so true than in the case of Joseph Masonius and his family. For the past four years Joseph has trained extensively with Hockey Essentials. He is one of the many who rarely miss our training sessions and has committed himself to being a serious athlete. As well as training, he has played in multiple showcases with the program, showcasing his ability all over the continent. The most recent was the 2012 Northeastern College Showcase conducted by Hockey Essentials. At that showcase UNH Associate Coach Scott Borek took notice of Masonius and his compete level against the U20 Competition. Joseph was in the forefront for many Division I schools and chose to take his talents to UNH. Joseph offered these words when he announced his commitment "I want to thank Hockey Essentials for everything they have done for me as a player and a young man. I am always on the ice with you guys and I am constantly developing my skill.In tournaments every time I come off the ice I am constantly coached and I learn to understand the game. I have learned to think the game and Hockey Essentials has raised my hockey IQ so much. All the coaches are there for me off the ice, I can go to them for anything and they help guide me with hockey and life. On and off the ice the staff is always there for me. Getting to play Division 1 hockey at UNH is an honor and I couldn't have done it without you guys. Thanks again and I look forward to continued success and development throughout my career with Hockey Essentials." Masonius is one of many Hockey Essentials players who has committed to play Division I hockey, and is the start of a long list of prospects who will be following in his footsteps shortly. We couldn't be prouder of Joseph on his accomplishment and the player he has become. More so we are proud of the young man he has become. UNH has just gained an incredible person who will do great things at that University and beyond.
Coach Paul Losik, Joseph Masonius, and Coach Mark Lotito Northeastern College Showcase By Hockey Essentials
Joseph was selected to the All Showcase Team as Best Defensemen
Joseph Masonius at Mini Chowder Cup 2009
Congrats to Joseph and the Masonius Family
October 11, 2011
Hockey Essentials 95' Tommy Panico
Commits to UMASS Lowell
Coach Mark Lotito, Tommy Panico, and Coach Paul Losik at the Northeastern College Showcase by Hockey Essentials.
Tommy was selected to the All Showcase Team as Best Defensemen
Congrats to Tommy and the Panico Family
October 8th, 2012
Hockey Essentials James McNamara 94'
commits to Williams College
Congratulations to James and the McNamara Family
October 8th, 2012
NJ Hitmen U18 Team
wins NE Pro Am Hockey Midget Classic
Congrats to the U18 NJ Hitmen in their victory over the District 10 Bulldogs U18 4-1 at the Pro Am Hockey Midget Classic Foxboro, MA. Congrats to the 7
Hockey Essentials players and Coach Lotito on their victory this past weekend.
September 23, 2012
NJ Hitmen U18 Team wins Boston Jr. Bruins U19 Shootout
Congrats to the U18 NJ Hitmen in their victory over the Cape Cod Jr. Whalers 5-4 OT at the Jr. Bruins Shootout in Marlbourgh, MA. Congrats to the 10 Hockey Essentials players and Coach Lotito on their victory this past weekend.
Nicholas Lotito 92' Timmy Clifton 92'
Hockey Essentials Nicholas Lotito 92' & Timmy Clifton 92' finish in the top 10 in scoring at the BeanTown Classic this past week. Nicholas Lotito who will be playing for the NJ Hitmen in the EJHL 2012-2013 season finished #3 overall at BeanTown. Timmy Clifton also will be playing for the NJ Hitmen in EJHL who finished #6 in scoring for the week long event.
Congrats to Hockey Essentials 95'
commits to play in the
NTDP Programfor 2012-2013 Season
Hockey Essentials White Team
Champions Sr. Chowder Cup 2012
Matt Atwell Jr A. Division MVP
Coach Mark Lotito
Tommaso Bucci Best Forward
Patrick Schule Best Forward
Connor Wynn Best Defense
Sr. Chowder Cup 2012
Hockey Essentials U17 Team 6-0 at East Coast Futures Tournament
5-1 Win over East Coast Kings-Red
3-1 Win over East Coast Kings-Grey
4-3 Win over NE Thrashers
Quarter Finals Win over North American Screaming Eagles
Semi Finals Win over East Coast Kings-Grey
5-4 Shootout Finals win over Shamrocks Elite
East Coast Futures Tournament U17 Champions
Hockey Essentials (White) Champions
at Pre Draft Showcase
Hockey Essentials went 11-1 in preliminary rounds 3 of 4 Teams advance to playoff rounds. Hockey Essentials (White) team went on to go 4-0 to win Championship Game 3-2.
Hockey Essentials 98's
Young Guns Showcase Champions
2013 College Commitments
Tommaso Bucci '95 Mercyhurst College
Nicholas Lotito '92 Sacred Heart University
2012 College Commitments
Brendan van Riemsdyk '96 University of New Hampshire