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The Best Season in Franchise History

04/18/2019, 9:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin – ECW Content Manager

2018-19 EHL Team Sets a New Bar

BEDFORD, MA -- Despite falling one game short of this season’s EHL Championship Game, the East Coast Wizards just finished off their best campaign in the team history. After finishing the regular season with a record of 29-12-3, the Wizards won their division for the first time, and thus earned themselves a bye in the First Round of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) playoffs.

Following the First Round bye, the Wizards battled their way past the Vermont Lumberjacks in a very tough Second Round matchup, punching their ticket to the 2019 EHL Frozen Finals. After going 1-2-0 in the Round Robin stage at Providence College, the Wizards saw their season come to an end, slightly sooner than they had hoped.

“We are obviously a little disappointed, but at the same time still very proud," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "Each season we have taken a stride forward, with this season being the biggest step. From making the playoffs, to winning a First Round series, to earning a First Round bye, I am very happy that we’ve made progress each year. This year was the best regular season we’ve ever had, and then we followed things up by advancing further than we ever had before. Kory [Falite] and I are very proud of this year’s team.”

As Meyer mentioned, the best regular season in Wizards’ history was followed up by the best postseason the franchise has ever had. The team got stronger as the year moved along, and they entered the playoffs as the youngest team in the postseason picture. That’s a very bright sign towards what’s to come for the Wizards.

Looking ahead, the Wizards have had three players make their NCAA Commitments so far, with a few more individuals finalizing their decisions over the next couple weeks.

On the other side of the spectrum, both Meyer and Falite are now tasked with filling the holes of the departing players, and keeping up with the progression in the upcoming 2019-20 season. 

Be sure to keep an eye on the EHL website (EasternHockeyLeague.org), as the next schedule will be released later this spring.

Also, remember that you can catch all the #Eshow action live on HockeyTV, and be sure to keep up on all things Wizards at ecwjrhockey.com
 or by searching #BringTheMagic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Pepin Commits to Salem State

03/29/2019, 9:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin - Content Manager

EHL Defenseman Set to Join Vikings this Fall

BEDFORD, MA -- The East Coast Wizards are pleased to announce that Luke Pepin has committed to Salem State University for the fall of 2019. In two seasons with the Wizards, the '99 native of Lee, NH tallied 53 points in 69 career games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

"Luke was our leader on the back end," said EHL head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "He is a tremendous skater, and does a phenomenal job carrying the puck up the ice. He's arguably one of the, if not the, best defenseman we've had suit up for our junior program. He will be greatly missed and very tough to replace, but Kory [Falite] and I look forward to following him at Salem State."

Pepin is set to join a former teammate of his in Kevin Stoya, who played 24 games for the Wizards this past season (2017-18). The two defensemen became close friends during their time in Bedford, and Pepin is happy to have that comfort, as he heads to Salem State this fall. Looking back, the former EHL All-Star is also beyond grateful for his time in the league and with the Wizards, and he took a moment to show his appreciation.

"I would like to thank my family, friends, past teammates, and past coaches for helping me reach this point, I wouldn’t be here without them," said Pepin. "I also would like to thank Freddy, Kory, and Adrian for everything they have done for me as hockey player and as person; they truly made this the best 2 years of my life not only on the ice, but off the ice too. I owe a lot to them for my development to get to college hockey."

While the season ended soon then Pepin and his teammates had hoped, all of the Wizards should still be very proud of what they accomplished in the best year in franchise history.

As the offseason now begins, be sure keep up on all things Wizards at ecwjrhockey.com or by searching #BringTheMagic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Pitser Commits to Wentworth

03/27/2019, 9:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin - Content Manager

EHL Forward Set to Join Leopards this Fall

BEDFORD, MA -- The East Coast Wizards are pleased to announce that Trent Pitser has committed to the Wentworth Institute of Technology for the fall of 2019. In two seasons with the Wizards, the '99 native of Beverly Hills, MI tallied 81 points in 100 career games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

"Trent will be one of the hardest players we have to replace," said EHL head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "He brought so much to our lineup, both on and off the ice. He was a leader for this team, and everyone followed his example. Trent never took a shift off, and always put in the extra work to try and make himself better. Wentworth is getting an excellent young man."

As Meyer mentioned, Pitser continued to push himself throughout his time with the Wizards. In each season, he progressed as the months moved along, and this past year, he was one of two Wizards players to suit up for the EHL All-Star team. Looking back on his time in the EHL, Pitser is very grateful and appreciative of everything that he gained.

"With my two seasons for the Wizards, I have so many teammates to thank for pushing me, and making me a better hockey player and person," said Pitser. "My coaches [Freddy and Kory] believed in me and gave me opportunities to develop that I know I wouldn’t get in other places. Most of all I thank my parents who supported me and allowed me to play hockey all these years."

While the season ended soon then Pitser and his teammates had hoped, all of the Wizards should still be very proud of what they accomplished in the best season in franchise history.

As the offseason now begins, be sure keep up on all things Wizards at ecwjrhockey.com or by searching #BringTheMagic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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