Player of the Week by
September 3, 2014
Hockey Essentials '97 James Callahan
commits to Quinnipiac University
Congratulations to James and the Callahan Family
|Two NY Rangers make an appearance at the |
NJ Avalanche Midget Training Camps
to speak with the players.
Right to Left: Vinny Smith, NYR F Derick Brassard, Mark Lotito,
NYR F Mats Zuccarello and Jamie Cahill
BACK TO BACK Jr. Chowder Cup Champions
2013 & 2014
Essentials shuts out Generals for the title
Tournament MVP Adam Fox
Coach Lotito Peter Negron Best Goalie
Shaun Bily Best Forward Brendan Less Best Defenseman
Northeastern College Showcase U20 Top 40 All Star Game
Northeastern College All Showcase Team
'97 Brendan Ondick
'97 Jacob Marello
'98 Anthony DelGaizo
'95 Ruslan Rahkamatov
'98 Brendan Less (Not Pictured)
'97 Grant Valentine
Northeastern College Showcase Futures Top 40 All Star Game
Northeastern College Futures All Showcase Team
'00 Romeo Torain
'00 Conner Hutchison
'01 Wyatt Courchaine
Player Feature - Ocean-Lover Masonius
Learns to Love Ann Arbor
Photo by Tom Sorensen.
There were 10 things that Joseph Masonius missed during his first year with USA Hockey's National Team Development program in Ann Arbor, Michigan: his nine siblings, and the Atlantic Ocean.
“I grew up in Spring Lake, just one block from the ocean,” Masonius, a 5-foot-11, 177-pound defenseman, said of his New Jersey hometown. “I spent a lot of time there. This year was the first time I had moved away from home.
“I’m one of 10 kids, and being away from my siblings was a huge challenge. I have an older brother, two older sisters, three younger sisters and three younger brothers. I definitely was homesick, but I like Ann Arbor and got used to it.”
Hockey is what drives Masonius. He began playing when he was 3 and hasn’t looked back.
“I started because my older brother played the sport,” the University of New Hampshire commit said. “I learned how to skate on roller blades when I was 2 and starting playing hockey when I was 3. I just fell in love with the game. None of my friends played, but it was always something that I loved.”
His parents, T.J. and Ellen, might have wished at one time that he picked a different sport — it has something to do with the garage door.
“I used to shoot at the garage all the time,” Masonius said. “My parents would yell at me. I’m pretty sure that I put several holes in the garage. My parents finally got tired of it and got me a hockey net.”
More than likely, there was already a basketball net in the driveway. His mother played basketball at St. Joseph University and coached at UConn and Iona College. She has been one of Joseph’s biggest supporters.
“She has been a big help,” he said. “She really helps me with the mental things and is willing to give me some tips that as a player can go for basketball as well as hockey.”
Masonius played for the N.J. Hitmen midget major program in 2012-13 before arriving in Ann Arbor. The transition was difficult at times, but he learned a lot about himself as he played against older competition once again.
“You are definitely playing against physical, bigger and stronger bodies,” he said. “You definitely develop when you are playing against older players. It’s really the men against the boys.
“It was a good transition. It wasn’t easy, but I definitely learned how to work on the defensive side of the game and learned the system the coaches put into place.”
At times, it also was a frustrating for Masonius. He was diagnosed with mononucleosis on his birthday, Feb. 17, and missed all but the final few games.
“It was frustrating, since I couldn’t play until the final four games of the season,” he said. “The first week and a half, I couldn’t even make it a full day in school. I was exhausted. I think I lost 10 pounds, but by the end of the season, I had added 20 pounds.
“The toughest part was when the team left for games. I couldn’t travel, and I was stuck at home. I would do my homework and watch TV with my billet family. That was hard.”
Despite the challenges, he had some great times and memories with his teammates.
“We had some funny moments and good times,” Masonius said. “I think the best moment was winning the World Under-17 Challenge. To win on the world stage, it was unbelievable.
“Plus we went 15-0 in international play. I have to credit to everyone involved from the trainers, to the equipment managers to the coaches. It was pure effort by all our guys. Everyone knows their role and we played as a team.”
Masonius will be busy training this summer to get ready for his final season with the NTDP. He is excited to add the college schedule to the schedule next year in addition to the United States Hockey League and international play.
“It will be another step up for us,” he said. “It will be good experience and a good chance to see where I stand when I get to the University of New Hampshire the following year.”
Picking UNH to continue his career and play college hockey was an easy choice.
“I just loved the spot; it is a great school and the coaching staff is awesome,” he said. “I felt at home. Plus, I learned the ocean is only 15 minutes away. It just felt like home.”
For Masonius, who grew up loving the ocean, that was the easiest sell.
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#42 Joe Masonius (Photo by Dave Reginek)
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May 6, 2014
32 Hockey Essentials players taken in
Phase I & II Draft
April 18, 2014
Hockey Essentials Kollyn Jones '93
Commits to SUNY Cortland
Congrats to Kollyn and the Jones Family...
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
March 31, 2014
Hockey Essentials Joey Gilhooly '93
Commits to SUNY Potsdam
Congrats to Joey and the Gilhooly Family
March 22, 2014
Hockey Essentials Patrick Kramer '97
Commits to Merrimack College
Congrats to Patrick and the Kramer Family
March 21, 2014
Hockey Essentials James Anderson '96
Commits to Mercyhurst University
Congrats to James and the Anderson 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
February 12, 2014
Hockey Essentials Patrick Condon '93
Commits to SUNY Geneseo
Predraft Showcase 2013 Best Defensemen
January Record: 4-5-0 (2-2-0 home, 2-3-0 road)
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 12, 2014
Hockey Essentials Daniel LaFontaine '95
Commits to Canisius
Congrats to Daniel and the LaFontaine Family...
January 28, 2014
Northeastern College Showcase participant
Alex Whelan '97
Congrats to Alex and the Whelan Family
January 27, 2014
Hockey Essentials '95 Christopher Makowski
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.
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! 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!
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!
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!
January 20, 2014
Jozefek hits 80 Goals & 80 A's
in Sophmore Year in NJ State High Hockey action.
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