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April 16, 2014
April 10, 2014
Adam Fox '98 is USA Hockey
NTDP Program Bound
Congrats to Adam and the Fox Family

April 8, 2014
2 Hockey Essentials Players named to
NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings
'95 Daniel Moynihan QMJHL
'95 Beau Starrett USPHL

April 5, 2014
7 Hockey Essentials Players Selected in the OHL Priority Draft
Home Town
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Round 3
Shaun Bily
Doylestown, PA
New Jersey
Round 6
Sam Field
Right Wing
Tenafly, NJ
David Melaragni
Right Defence
Philadelphia, PA
Team Comcast
Round 8
Adam Fox
Right Defence
Jericho, NY
LI Gulls National
Round 12
Marcus Dickerson
Right Wing
West Deptford, NJ
Selects Academy
Round 13
Evan Wisocky
Paramus, NJ
LI Gulls N
Zachary Berzolla
Right Defence
Howell, NJ
NJ Devils N
March 31, 2014
Hockey Essentials Joey Gilhooly '93
Commits to SUNY Potsdam

Congrats to Joey and the Gilhooly Family

March 21, 2014
Hockey Essentials Jimmy Ricciardi '95
Commits to Connecticut College

March 14, 2014
Hockey Essentials Joey Campisano '94
Commits to University of New England

March 12, 2014
Hockey Essentials Sean Kacerosky '93
Commits to SUNY Potsdam

February 12, 2014
Hockey Essentials Matt McMorrow '94
Commits to
February 12, 2014
Hockey Essentials Patrick Condon '93
Commits to SUNY Geneseo
Predraft Showcase 2013 Best Defensemen
Matt Weis was stellar for Green Bay in January 2014

January Record: 4-5-0 (2-2-0 home, 2-3-0 road)
Team Stats: 3.00 GPG | 2.89 GAA | 12.5% shot conversion rate | 91.3% save rate
Individual Leaders: Points: Matt Weis (13) | Goals: Matt Weis (5) | Assists: Matt Weis (8)

As  has been the case for most of the 2013-2014 regular season, the Green Bay Gamblers’ month of January yielded a mixed bag of results.

Coming off three consecutive victories over stiff Eastern Conference competition in Dubuque (twice) and Cedar Rapids to finish out December, it seemed as though head coach Derek Lalonde and company were headed for their first true ‘breakthrough’ in a year that’s featured plenty of highs and lows.

“I thought we played a really solid game — even better than the first two coming off the break,” Gamblers associate head coach Pat Mikesch said after his team’s 2-1 new year’s eve victory over Cedar Rapids. “We need to come in with a similar mentality like we’ve had here.”

Unfortunately, the Gamblers weren’t able to ride their momentum into January, falling to Chicago 4-3 Jan. 5 to start the month. Cam Hackett recorded 33 saves in 37 opportunities in the contest — a solid performance considering it was his first start in nearly three months due to injury.

Green Bay responded, however, defeating Sioux City by a 5-2 score Jan. 10 at the Resch Center despite being out-shot 42 to 20. Jared Rutledge saved a 41 shots in the contest — his fifth-highest total of the season — while Drew Best tallied his ninth goal. “Drew’s good when he competes,” Lalonde said after the game. “He’s going to make plays, he sees the ice well, he makes his line-mates better.”

A tough stretch of games ensued for the Gamblers, dropping three straight hard-fought games against Dubuque (on the road), Cedar Rapids (on the road) and Sioux City (at home) by a 4-1 score. But just when it seemed as though Green Bay was ready to plummet, Lalonde’s bunch responded — and in a big way.

In their seventh game against the Steel, the Gamblers road their hot stick of Matt Weis — who tallied his second multi-goal game of the season in the contest — and goaltender combination of Jared Rutledge and Cam Hackett to a 6-0 road victory in Chicago, marking Green Bay’s second shutout of 2013-2014.

Weis and company followed it up with a 2-1 OT victory over Team USA in the organization’s 25th annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ game Jan. 25, which featured Connor Hurley’s third game-winning goal since joining the team via trade late  in December. “We acquired him to be a difference-maker,” Lalonde said after the victory.

Green Bay wasn’t able to follow up its epic victory against Dubuque Jan. 28 at the Resch Center, though, falling 4-2 to the Fighting Saints. But the Gamblers finished out the month on a high note, coming back from an early 1-0 deficit in Lincoln to capture victory No. 19 of the season.

February features six home contests for Green Bay — including games against Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Omaha, among others — which makes establishing late-season momentum all the more important.

“I think the inconsistencies we showed throughout the year is something you cannot have in the playoffs,” Lalonde said. “The good news is, we’ve played at a level that could be very dangerous and that gives us a chance come playoff time.”

February 3, 2014
Hockey Essentials Shane Sellar '97
Commits to Dartmouth
Congrats to Shane and the Sellar Family
January 28, 2014
Hockey Essentials
Northeastern College Showcase participant
Alex Whelan '97
Commits to
Congrats to Alex and the Whelan Family
January 27, 2014
Hockey Essentials '95 Christopher Makowski 
commits to
Congrats to Christopher and the Makowski Family
January 19, 2014
Coaches Mark John Lotito, Bobby Gauthier and Donny Kane and former college teammates at Andrew J. Gauthier Hockey Festival.

The Success of the Andrew J. Gauthier Hockey Festival

We are proud to announce that this is our 7th year of success with the Andrew J. Gauthier Hockey Festival, and we are quite happy with the success that we have had.


We have been fortunate enough to have family and friends continue this tradition every year, allowing us to help keep Andrew’s memory alive.


We have also been fortunate enough to host some of the premier teams in our area over the years-from our RI teams to Catholic Memorial, Arlington Catholic, etc.


We have even been successful enough to host the first ever NCAA collegiate game played in this arena, when Andrew’s older brother, Bobby Jr, and Becker College hosted Stonehill College in 2012.


Thank you family and friends for our first seven years of success!


New Plans and Growth in 2015


Our festival and scholarship fund is very proud to announce that we will be taking an additional step to improve our festival in 2015.


Andrew’s older brother, Bobby Jr, is a coach and scout for a player development program called “Hockey Essentials”, and we will be teaming up with them to add on and maintain our existing festival.


The emergence for this relationship is to develop an elite U-16 and U-18 showcase, which will bring in some of the top organizations, players, and NCAA Division I and III coaches across the country. This will be quite feasible with the help of Andrew’s friends and family, and their growing partnership with Bobby Jr and Hockey Essentials.


Hockey Essentials had quite the success this past year with committing 19 players to the NCAA Division I level, along with three NHL draft picks.


Hockey Essentials is looking forward to helping the Andrew J. Gauthier Hockey festival maintain its current status, as well as taking the festival to a new level!


Hockey Essentials proud to announce our first U16 & U18 Showcase
set in Rhode Island for February 2015 in Memory of Andrew J. Gauthier
January 20, 2014
Jozefek hits 80 Goals & 80 A's 
in Sophmore Year in NJ State High Hockey action.

Hockey Essentials is proud to announce that Grant Jozefek, ’97 of Mendham High School, has set an all-time record in the state of New Jersey. Grant, only a sophomore at Mendham High School, is the fastest high school hockey player in the state of New Jersey to reach 80 goals and 80 assists. Grant was able to accomplish this record this past weekend against Roxbury.  Grant has continued to show success and growth since he committed to Northeastern University back on December 7th 2013.  This is another great accomplishment in Grant’s young career, which Hockey Essentials is very proud of…

Congratulations to Grant and the Jozefek family!

January 15, 2014
Hockey Essentials Steve Ruggiero '97
Commits to Penn State University

Congrats to Steve and the Ruggiero Family
January 14, 2014
Hockey Essentials Dane Copper '94
Commits to Brown University

Congrats to Dane and the Copper Family
January 4, 2014
Hockey Essentials '97 Alumni
Jeremy Bracco, Joseph Masonius and Charlie McAvoy take Gold in U17 World Challenge
Bracco recorded 3 goals 8 assists along with defensemen Joseph Masonius with 5 assists and Charlie McAvoy with a goal and 2 assists in the 6 game tournament.
December 9, 2013
Hockey Essentials Joseph Caffrey '95
Commits to Harvard University

Congrats to Joey and the Caffrey Family

December 7, 2013
Hockey Essentials Grant Jozefek '97
Commits to Northeastern University

Congrats to Grant and the Jozefek Family

November 21, 2013
Hockey Essentials Dante Palecco '98
Commits to Yale University
Congrats to Dante and the Palecco Family

November 19, 2013
Hockey Essentials Sam Sternschein '98
Commits to Cornell University
Congrats to Sam and the Sternschein Family

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