Boston, MA In one of the Eastern Hockey League’s (EHL) premier events of the year, the EHL All-Stars faced off against two of the top NCAA programs in the country at the NCAA Division III level in Curry College and UMass Boston. The Philadelphia Little Flyers were represented in the event by current EHL Captain, Forward Kyle Patton and 2nd year defenseman Avery Arnold. "This event brings with it one of my favorite weeks of the season," said Neil Ravin, the Associate Commissioner of the EHL. "Our players get the chance to play college hockey RIGHT NOW, while they're still developing at the junior hockey level. The response we've received over this annual event from the NCAA Division II and III community has been amazing, and I hear from so many people about how the dates are always circled on the calendar."
Patton, a second year forward from Holland, PA is off to a hot start for the Little Flyers. In 10 games, the captain has 13 points, including a league high three shorthanded goals. “To me, being selected for this all-star showcase proves once again the power of God. He gave me nothing in my life, but my faith in Him and my trust in Him ultimately gave me the successes I had at Deerfield and the time I've spent in the EHL. This selection only strengthens my confidence in Him and makes me want to spread His word even more. I'm flattered and humbled by this selection, but my goals in hockey are set, not to impress any scout or person. They're set solely to honor God and show his power. I am looking forward to this opportunity, as well meeting more of the leadership throughout the league. Finally, I look forward to representing Philadelphia Little Flyers and hopefully coming home with two wins for the EHL” said Patton upon being selected for the All-Star game.
The EHL All-Stars played Curry College on Friday, Patton helped team EHL get on the board early in the game with an aggressive forecheck on Curry College defenseman and Little Flyers alumni Nick Magill-Diaz, forcing a turnover to Connecticut Roughriders forward Colin Bella who scored a short-handed goal from a sharp angle. Down the other end of the ice EHL All-Star Avery Arnold battled Curry College forward, Little Flyers Alumni and one of the top scorers in EHL history in Alex Ochterbeck.
Arnold, a second-year defenseman from Camp Hill, PA has been a huge difference maker on the Little Flyers penalty killing unit which currently ranks 1st in the EHL and has successfully killed 42 of 43 penalties thus far. “Being selected for this all-star game is an amazing feeling. This is my last year of junior hockey and my last year to show my talents in front of college coaches. This is a great opportunity to be able to play against and in front of these colleges. I am very honored and humbled to be selected to participate in these games” said Arnold on his All-Star selection.
Saturday’s contest against the UMass-Boston Beacons gave Little Flyers fans the chance to see more of the current All-Stars against Philadelphia alumni, including Senior defenseman, Evan Heldt and Junior Defenseman Nick Daluisio. Daluisio, is very familiar with both Patton and Arnold as he skated with the Little Flyers last season while the NCAA season was on hold due to Covid-19. “They (Patton and Arnold) both played well, it was good to catch up with those two guys. I wish them and all of the Little Flyers the best of luck this season, I’m excited to see what happens this year!” said Daluisio after the matchup against the EHL All-Stars.
Patton, Arnold and their Little Flyers teammates are back in action this Friday on home ice at IceWorks Skating Complex against the New Jersey 87s, puck drop is set for 12:00 PM.
Player Housing / Becoming a Billet
Becoming a host family (also called a billet) is something of a tradition in the sport of hockey and a great way to get involved in the community, as well as develop some very special bonds with the players and their families.
Q: What is a host family?
A: A family that opens their home to out-of-state and out-of-country players. For many of them, this will be their first time away from home and they will need a stable living environment for their move to the Philadelphia area while they pursue the next step in their developing hockey career.
Q: How old are the players?
A: Players are between the ages of 16 and 20 with the majority of them being 18 and 19 years old.
Q: Will the players be going to school?
A: Some players may need to complete high school educations, others may be taking college preparatory classes, and many may hold part-time employment.
Q: How long does the player live with the host family?
A: Players arrive in mid-to-late August to begin the season and remain until the end of the hockey season in early April or until the end of the school year in May or June, depending on the player’s school situation. At Thanksgiving, they usually have 5-7 days off and at Christmas, they usually have 10-12 days off to go home and spend time with their families.
Q: What are the responsibilities of the host family?
A: When a family volunteers to house a player, they are required to provide room and board for him. Billet families must be able to provide the player with his own bedroom which should include a bed, dresser and closet space. A desk with chair is helpful, but not mandatory. The family also agrees to provide nutritious meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for either the player to prepare himself or eat with the billet family. Billet families are expected to treat the players as “one of the family” and not just a “renter.”
Q: What are the responsibilities of the player?
A: Players will provide their own bed and bath linens, personal care items, cell phones, TV, and computer. They must clean up after themselves, keep their room tidy, do their own laundry, and follow all team and house rules, showing respect for every family member. Players are also responsible for their own transportation to and from school, work, and all hockey activities.
Q: Can a family host more than one player?
A: Yes! It’s often easier to host more than one player. Two (or more) players can share transportation expenses, and often provide company for each other. If hosting more than one player, families do not need to provide separate rooms for each.
Q: Does the host family receive compensation?
A: Yes! Each billet family receives a monthly stipend of $400 for each player living with them. Besides offsetting the expenses a family incurs when hosting a player, this allows our organization to acknowledge the invaluable service families provide to the individual players and the team.
Q: What happens if the host family needs to go away for a period of time?
A: Arrangements can be made, through the Billet Coordinator, for the player(s) to stay with another host family, a teammate, or a friend from school/work.
Q: What happens if the billet situation isn’t working?
A: Generally, billet families and players get along very well. We strongly recommend that all billet house rules be communicated to a player when he arrives. If any situations arise, they should be handled immediately – first within the family, and then with the Billet Coordinator. If problems still persist and cannot be resolved, the Billet Coordinator will make other arrangements for the player.
Q: What happens after the season ends?
A: Most of the time, billet families, players, and the players family develop very special bonds and remain close long after the player has left the Philadelphia Little Flyers hockey club. We do our very best to ensure that this experience is rewarding for both the player and the billet family members.
If interested or for more information contact Anthony at: ALorusso@iceworks.net
Aston, PA — Last week, The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) announced their Annual Awards. Five Little Flyers received awards, headlined by Tyler Cassidy taking home the Goaltender of the Year award in the EHL’s Premier League. The 2001 native of Havertown, PA finished the season with a 16-4-1 record in net with an impressive 2.44 Goals Against Average and .921 save percentage. Cassidy finished tied for 2nd in the league with four shutouts. In addition to Goaltender of the Year Honors, Cassidy was also named to the All-EHL Premier team.
Soren Bredeson (D,EHL) - EHL 2nd Team Mid-Atlantic All-Conference
Bredeson was an iron man for the Little Flyers EHL team this season, suiting up for all 49 of the Little Flyers games. On the season, Bredeson finished with 32 points, including two game winning goals. In February, Bredeson committed to Morrisville State.
Shane Green (D,EHLP) - EHLP 1st Team Mid-Atlantic All-Conference
Green, one of the EHL Premier’s top shutdown defenseman, played in 39 games in his second year of Junior Hockey. The Bear, Delaware native scored six goals and added 18 assists. Two of the 2002 birth year defenseman’s goals were game winners.
Sebastian Rominiecki (D,EHLP) - EHLP 1st Team Mid-Atlantic All-Conference
Rominiecki, joins his defensive partner Shane Green on the EHLP’s All-Conference team. The 2001 birth year native of Runnemede, NJ played in all 41 of the Little Flyers games, scoring six goals and adding 21 assists. Rominiecki racked up the Premier league honors this season, being named Defenseman of the Week twice and Defenseman of the Month in January.
Elliot Schon (F,EHLP) - EHLP 2nd Team Mid-Atlantic All-Conference
Schon led the Little Flyers offense all season, scoring 36 goals and adding 12 assists in his first year of Junior Hockey. The 2002 forward from Cherry Hill, New Jersey finished amongst the league leaders in Goals (5th), Power Play Goals (T-5th), Game Winning Goals (3rd) and points (T-15th)
Cassidy, Green, Rominiecki and Schon are all alumni of the Little Flyers Youth Hockey program.
Aston, PA -- The United Collegiate Hockey Conference announced its 2019-20 Men’s All Conference teams and major award winner last week and there are two familiar names to Little Flyers fans on the list. Stevenson University Freshman, Austin Mater and Lebanon Valley College Freshman, Zikmund ‘Ziki’ Mroz were named to the UCHC All-Rookie Team.
Master, a 5’9” 165 lb Forward from Broomall, PA had a successful Rookie year playing for the Stevenson University Mustangs, averaging just over a point per game. Master, who received two Rookie of the Week honors throughout the season, scored 13 goals and added 18 assists for a total of 31 points in 27 games played for the Mustangs. Prior to earning the All-Rookie team nod from the UCHC, Master was named Rookie of the Year by the Middle Atlantic Conference two weeks ago.
Mroz, a 6’3” 215lb Defenseman from Prague, Czech Republic played in all 25 games this season for the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen in his Freshman year. In his rookie campaign at the NCAA DIII level, Mroz scored one goal and added 10 assists for 11 points. Mroz, led the Dutchmen in shots on goal with 73, including a game where he registered 9 shots on goal against Chatham University.
Aston, PA -- The Philadelphia Little Flyers EHL Premier team continued its hot start to the regular season, picking up an 8-3 win against the New Jersey Renegades on Sunday, in their only game of the weekend. The Philadelphia offense got going earlier when Jon Rineer won a face-off deep in the Renegades zone back to Patrick Price who sent the puck back to David Wilf at the point. Wilf sent a wrist shot towards the net that was beautifully tipped by Ronnie Higgins and into the back of the net for Higgins first career goal in the black and orange. Elliott Schon continued his scoring ways as the first year forward took a feed in the slot from line mate Jake Reifer to collect his 5th goal in as many games, Dylan Sangmeister who got the play started by creating a turnover in the neutral zone was also credited with an assist. The Little Flyers defense did a good job in the first period by limiting the Renegades to just five shots on goal in front of Joel Keller.
Tyler Ruppert increased the Little Flyers lead to 3-0 less than five minutes into the second period. Kelly Stroik won a battle behind the Renegades net to get the loose puck to Ruppert who curled to the front of the net to score his second goal of the season. Little Flyers captain Luke Headman put his team up 4-0 taking a feed from Nick Bouchard below the goal line, Headman stick handlded his way to the front of the net to slide the puck into the back of the Renegades net, Shane Green picked up a helper on the goal. Pat Jensen followed the Headman goal with his first career goal in junior hockey less than a minute later, firing a wrist shot through traffic to give the Little Flyers a 5-0 lead. The Renegades were able to get on the board with thirty seconds left in the second period to spoil Keller’s shutout bid.
Elliot Schon would get the five goal lead back in the third period, scoring his second goal of the game at the 5:39 mark of the third period, Reifer and Green assisted on Schon’s team leading 6th goal of the season. Tyler Efymow and Steve Roccia connected on a greatly executed 2-0 to give the Little Flyers their largest lead of the day on Efymow’s second goal of the season. The Renegades never gave up in the game, scoring two goals in the final three minutes and change of the game to close on the Little Flyers lead but it was too little too late as Tyler Ruppert put the exclamation point on the game, scoring his second goal of the game to give the Little Flyers an 8-3 victory. Joel Keller finished the game with 15 saves, picking up his 3rd win of the season. The Little Flyers are back in action this weekend, heading to Staten Island for a two game weekend series against the New York Bridgemen.