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Nash Commits to Southern New Hampshire

06/20/2019, 9:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin – ECW Content Manager

EHL Forward Set to Join Penmen this Fall

BEDFORD, MA -- The East Coast Wizards are pleased to announce that James Nash has committed to Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Hampton, NH spent a single season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), tallying 16 goals and 23 assists for the Wizards.

"James was one of our top forwards this past season, and he scored a number of big goals for our team," said EHL head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "Kory [Falite] and I were very happy with the way Nash developed over the year, and we're looking forward to following him as he takes the next step in his career."

Nash is one of two Wizards players heading to SNHU this fall, as Tim Usalis made the same decision earlier this month. With the pair of commitments, the Wizards have now sent two players to the Penmen in each of the past two seasons. Nash is looking forward to the future and is eager to get started, but the veteran forward is also very appreciative of his time with the Wizards.

"I've never played in a organization that pushed their players day in and day out. It was such a great experience with the Wizards, and truly the best year of my life,” said Nash.

As we work our way through the offseason, be sure to keep an eye on the EHL website (EasternHockeyLeague.org), as the 2019-20 regular season schedule will be released later this month.

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

Usalis Commits to Southern New Hampshire

06/03/2019, 9:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin – ECW Content Manager

EHL Defenseman Set to Join Penmen this Fall

BEDFORD, MA -- The East Coast Wizards are pleased to announce that Tim Usalis has committed to Southern New Hampshire University for the fall of 2019. The '99 native of Danvers, MA recently finished his first and only season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), tallying 17 points in 32 total games on the blue line.

"Tim developed and improved tremendously as the year progressed," said EHL head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "An injury in the middle of the season forced him to miss a chunk of the schedule, but his return to the lineup came at the perfect time for our team. After he returned, our lineup really solidified itself, and Tim played a huge role in the team reaching the EHL Frozen Finals in Providence."

As Meyer mentioned, Usalis' return down the stretch was huge for the Wizards, and that included the game-winning goal in the opening game of their Second Round matchup against the Vermont Lumberjacks. Despite missing some time, Usalis kept working towards making his commitment, and now he's the 3rd Wizards player to join the Penmen in the past two seasons.

"Coming into my first junior season I didn’t know what to expect, but Freddy and Kory made the transition very comfortable for me," said Usalis. "Their attention to detail and energy during games and practices allowed me to grow a bigger appreciation for the game. Showing up to the rink never became tedious; they made my whole experience a blast. I couldn’t thank my family, teammates, and coaches enough for helping me push myself day in and day out. I loved going to battle every day with the rest of the team and for the coaches. The East Coast Wizards are a first class organization committed to helping their players make the transition to college hockey.”

While Usalis adds his name to the Wizards' list that already includes Andy Somerville and Alec Marshall from the 2017-18 season, he also joins Andrew Ray (Connecticut RoughRiders) and George Thurston (Valley Jr. Warriors) in the group of EHL players who chose SNHU this season. Overall, Usalis is the 24th player in league history to commit to join Southern New Hampshire.

As we work our way through the offseason, be sure to keep an eye on the EHL website (EasternHockeyLeague.org), as the 2019-20 regular season schedule will be released later this month.

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

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.

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