Aston, PA -- The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League are proud to announce forwards Reid Ludwig and Connor Gluck have been named co-captains for the 2023-24 EHL Premier season. Ludwig, a 6’0” 145lb forward from New Berlin, Wisconsin and Connor Gluck a 6’0” 165lb forward from Ridley, Pennsylvania both enter their second season with the Little Flyers EHL Premier team.
“It was an easy decision to name Reid and Connor captains. They’ve been leaders since day one on and off the ice in training camp” said Little Flyers EHL Premier Head Coach Mike Narrigan. They were rookies last year and learned from veteran guys like AJ Basich and Ian Finley who both moved up to the EHL team that culture is important. The two of them have come in and been leaders helping guys the right way. I like how our guys have gelled already and have high expectations for this season” he concluded.
Ludwig, played 32 games for the Little Flyers during the 2022-23 season, scoring 4 goals and adding 9 assists. "I would like to thank the Little Flyers for being my second home, this organization has been nothing but great to me. To say I am a leader of such a great group of guys this season makes me unbelievably proud. I would also like to thank coach Narrigan for trusting me in this role, and I would love to pay him back with a trip to Providence this upcoming season" said Ludwig late last week. Prior to playing for the Little Flyers, Reid played for the Ice Force in the Wisconsin High School League.
Gluck, an alumni of the Philadelphia Little Flyers youth program was also a captain for his Ridley Raiders High School team. In 44 games during the 2022-23 season, Gluck scored six goals and registered 7 assists. “I am extremely honored to be named captain of the Little flyers EHL Premier team. I am so thankful that Coach Narrigan has given me and Reid the opportunity to lead this team. I plan to show all of our rookies the culture that Little Flyers has and use that to take us to a championship” said Gluck upon being named a captain.
The Little Flyers EHL Premier team is currently 1-1 and hit the road for a pair of games this weekend. On Saturday they will travel to the New Jersey Renegades and on Sunday face-off against the defending EHL Premier South Division champion, NJ 87s.
Aston, PA -- The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League are proud to announce the college commitment of Captain Shane Green to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to further his education and hockey career this fall. Green, a 5’11” 201LB Defenseman from Bear, Delaware played five total seasons of Junior Hockey for the Little Flyers and several years of youth hockey at the Bantam and Midget levels. In two seasons at the EHL Premier level, Green was a part of a tough defensive core that led the Little Flyers to the Frozen Finals Championship at Providence College. In 83 career EHL Premier games, Green scored 16 goals and added 35 assists for 51 points, he was also named EHL Premier Mid-Atlantic First Team All-Conference in 2019-20. “I could talk about Shane all day long and what he means to this program and the Little Flyers logo. He is a leader and captain in every sense of the word, the guy you want to go to battle with on your side and a guy you hate to battle against. He isn’t the type of young man who will be outworked by many, in the weight room or on the ice” said Little Flyers EHL Head Coach and General Manager Mark Catron. He continued “Shane is probably the most physically dominant defenseman in the EHL over the past 10 seasons, but he always played the game the right way, never took liberties on opponents just played a mean physical style of play that is well respected throughout the league. We’re all going to miss having Shane as a Little Flyer, he’s been a constant in this organization for a long time. Coach Ketts and the MCLA program are getting an intense competitor that wants to become better each day, I think he’ll be a leader in that locker room from day one” Catron Concluded. The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, located in North Adams, MA will return to the NCAA ranks this fall for the first time since the 2002-03 season. The Trailblazers will be led by first year Head Coach Jeremiah Ketts who was previously on the staff of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
“First, I want thank God for all the things He’s done for me in my life and looking over me. Secondly, I would like to thank my parents for always being there for me and all the sacrifices they have made for me to play this sport and getting me to where I am today. Next, I want to thank all of my teammates, Coach Catron, Coach Stephane, and Anthony Lorusso for all the memories and everything they have done for me the past six years. And finally, thank you to Coach Ketts and MCLA for giving me the opportunity to play NCAA college hockey and taking me into the next chapter of my life” said Green last week.
At the EHL level, Green played in 146 career games, scoring 11 goals and adding 34 assists to go along with back-to-back trips to the EHL’s Frozen Finals from 2021-2023. Shane was also named an EHL All-Star this past season, representing the EHL against NCAA opponents Nazareth College and SUNY Brockport. For all the big games Shane played as a Little Flyer, none might be bigger than his two-power play goal performance against Team Maryland in the deciding Game 3 of the 2023 EHL South Division Finals with a trip to the Frozen Finals on the line. “To me, that game is the perfect snapshot of Shane’s career as a Little Flyer. In a win or go home situation, playing in a rink he has called home for 8-10 years for the last time regardless of the outcome with a trip to the finals on the line. Add in the 450 people in the stands, college scouts and what does he do? He puts his team on his back scoring those two power play goals and dominates the game physically from start to finish. It was the perfect way for Shane Green to play his last home game at IceWorks as the Captain of the Little Flyers” said Little Flyers Junior Hockey President Anthony Lorusso.
On behalf of the entire Philadelphia Little Flyers Organization, we would like to congratulate Shane and his family on Shane’s NCAA College Commitment to The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and thank him for his constant leadership and contributions to the Organization throughout his time representing the Little Flyers.
Aston, PA – The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League are proud to announce the college commitment of Assistant Captain, Koby Howat to Plymouth State University to further his education and hockey career this fall. Howat, a 5’10” 181LB forward from Honey Brook, Pennsylvania played four seasons for the Little Flyers, two years at the 18U level and two with the EHL team. In his rookie year of Junior hockey, Howat tallied 30 points (14 Goals, 16 Assists) in 47 total games as the Little Flyers earned a trip to the EHL’s Frozen Finals. “As an organization we are all very proud of Koby and the work he has put in for the Little Flyers over the past four seasons. The work ethic he has is second to none, for the past two years he’s been the first guy in the building every morning either on the ice or in the weight room before practice working to get better” said Little Flyers Head Coach and General Manager Mark Catron. “This year’s team really figured out our system and became a force in the South the second half of the season and a lot of that has to do with Koby. There were stretches where he kind of put the team on his back and really got us going as we made our playoff run to Providence. Coach Russell and the Panthers are getting one heck of a competitor that will continue to get better day in and day out”. The Plymouth State University Panthers are located in Plymouth, New Hampshire are led by 14th year Head Coach Craig Russell. The Panthers are coming off of their 6th straight MSCAC League Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
“ I am proud to announce my commitment to Plymouth State to further my hockey and academic career. I would like to thank my parents first and foremost for supporting and guiding me through every step of this journey. Secondly, I would like to thank the Philadelphia Little Flyers and all the coaches I’ve had throughout my life for taking the time and providing me with the knowledge that has allowed me to grow on and off the ice. And lastly, I would like to thank my family, friends, and teammates for believing in me and challenging me every day to be better. I would not be in this position without the support of those around me and I hope to continue to grow in this next stage of my life. Lastly, I’d like to thank Coach Russell and Plymouth State University for giving me this great opportunity to be a Panther for the next four years!” said Howat after making his commitment.
In 53 total games for the 2022-23 season, Howat scored 27 goals and added 31 assists for 58 total points. He finished 11th in the league in points and tied for 8th in goals scored. Howat caught fire in the second half of the season, after producing 14 points in the teams first 22 games, he earned back-to-back Player of the Week honors in January and February and put up 44 points over the teams final 31 games. Howat’s second half offensive onslaught paced the Little Flyers into the playoffs where they won two best of three series against the 87s and Team Maryland to earn another trip to the EHL’s Frozen Finals.
On behalf of the entire Philadelphia Little Flyers Organization, we would like to congratulate Koby and his family on Koby’s NCAA College Commitment to Plymouth State University and thank him for his outstanding leadership and contributions both on and off the ice to the Philadelphia Little Flyers organization.
Aston, PA – The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League are proud to announce the college commitment of Tyler Page to Anna Maria College to further his education and hockey career this fall. Page, a 5’10” 190LB forward from North East, Maryland played two seasons for the Little Flyers junior program. During the 2021-22 season, Page entered his first season of junior hockey on the Premier team, playing in 47 games scoring 12 goals and adding 18 assists on a Little Flyers team that made it to the EHL’s Frozen Finals in Providence. “We are all very happy for Tyler and the progress he has made in the past two years with the Little Flyers. Going from a kid that wasn’t sure he wanted to continue playing after his final year of 18U to now making an NCAA commitment tells you everything about the work Tyler has put in” said Little Flyers EHL Head Coach and General Manager Mark Catron. “Tyler did a lot of little things right in the stretch run of the season to help get us back to Providence, including a big game winning goal in the beginning of February against a division opponent. His forechecking and ability to create turnovers might not always show up in the box score but we know those things he did consistently helped us win hockey games this season”. The Anna Maria College AMCats, located in Paxton, Massachusetts are led by 5th year Head Coach David McCauley who has been with the program since its inaugural NCAA season in 2018-19.
“I am honored to announce my commitment to Anna Maria to continue my academic and athletic career. I’d like to thank God for all he has done in my life. I’d also like to thank my family, especially my dad for putting me in a position to succeed. Lastly, I’d like to thank Coach Catron, Anthony Lorusso and my teammates for giving me a great two years at Little Flyers. I am very grateful for the coaching staff at Anna Maria for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to be a part of their program. Go Amcats!” said Page after making his commitment official last week.
During the 2022-23 season, Page made the jump to the EHL team where he played in 47 total games, scoring 1 goal and adding 6 assists. As Coach Catron mentioned, Page’s first career EHL goal came in the first period of a tied game against division opponents Philadelphia Hockey Club on February 2nd, right in the thick of the Little Flyers climb towards the top of the South Division standings. Page will join Little Flyers teammate Caleb Cathcart in the Fall as they will both be freshmen for the Amcats.
On behalf of the entire Philadelphia Little Flyers Organization, we would like to congratulate Tyler and his family on Tyler’s NCAA College Commitment to Anna Maria College and thank him for his contributions both on and off the ice to the Philadelphia Little Flyers organization.
Aston, PA -- The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League are proud to announce Ian Finley, AJ Basich, Tyler Law and Dan Lawless have been named Team Captains for the 2022-23 EHL Premier season.
“We are a very young, inexperienced team this season, so it was important to get the guys together early and teach them the way we want to do things from practice structure to workouts, game day prep, recovery and so on” said Little Flyers Premier Head Coach and General Manager Mike Narrigan. He continued “These four guys are all high character individuals that constantly put the work in to get better each day and that can pave the way for us to have success and grow together as a team”.
Ian Finley will wear the Captain’s C, a 2003 birthyear forward from Brookhaven, PA is in his second season with the Little Flyers Premier team. Through 16 games this season, Finley has matched his point totals from last season with 4 goals and 5 assists already.
Tyler Law, the most experienced junior player on the roster, enters his 4th season with the Little Flyers Premier team. He is currently the franchise leader in games played with 120 regular season games under his belt and will be relied on heavily to help mold the young Little Flyers defensemen.
AJ Basich, returns to the Little Flyers for his second full season. A year removed from a trip to the Frozen Finals, Basich got a good taste of what it takes to be successful at the EHL Premier level in his first year of Juniors. The physical defenseman has played in 16 games this season with two assists.
Dan Lawless, a rookie at the Junior level will be the final player to wear an ‘A’ as an Assistant Captain. The versatile 2003 player has seen time at both defense and forward this season, doing anything he can to help the team compete. Coming from the Little Flyers 18U program last season, Lawless has scored one goal and added 5 assists through the first third of the season.
The Little Flyers Premier team is back in action this weekend with a home and home series against the Union Jr. Thunder on November 19th & 20th. Sunday’s game will be on home ice at IceWorks Skating Complex at 4:00 PM