The Cape Cod Islanders underwent sweeping changes this off season and it started with the man behind the bench. In late March a search was put out for the next head coach of the Islanders. Dan Hodge, who had coached and/or owned the team for past six seasons decided it was time to hand the reigns over to a new coach in order to inject some fresh blood into the organization. After a long and exhaustive search, Hodge decided to hire Jay Punsky to be the team's new head coach. "I spoke to Jay early on in the process and knew he was the right guy for the job." Hodge said "I interviewed a few other candidates but things always came back to Jay. I am proud that he is my coach and I know the future of the Islanders is bright under him."
Punsky's first order of business was to start recruiting basically a whole new team. Gone were veteran players like Chris Harris, Christian Holmes, Patrick Spaulding, Mack O'Shea and JS Dufort. "In junior hockey there is always lots of turnover." Punsky said "We basically had to go out and recruit a whole new team. It says a lot for a team, like ours, where you have so many guys come back year after year."
The Islanders have been able to fill a lot of the gaps left form last season with new players and the return of a few familiar faces. Returning for the 15-16 season are forwards James Brosnan and Barnstable native Frank Oakley. Perhaps the biggest off season resigning was defenseman Eric Szeker. Szeker was recently named captain of the Islanders for this season. "We are lucky to have a veteran like Eric on our blue line, his experience and poise is amazing to watch on a daily basis." Punsky continues "He is a leader both on and off the ice and we couldn't be happier to have him wearing the C this season."
Besides the returnees, coach Punsky did an incredible job recruitng and building his team. He has added offensive players like Falmouth's Mike Jessman, Karl Eric Demers, Steve <athews, Dan Demarco, Dan Moore and Chuck Costello. Dylan Legarie, Aaron Deady and newcomer Maxime Dordet add play making ability and a work ethic that will keep opponents on their toes. Chris O'Donnell, Brendan Sullivan and Mitch Eldridge will add speed and grit to any line they are with. On the blueline he has added Falmouth's Tom and Cam Tobey, Zack Goodman, Bourne's Jake Davis, Joe Brennan and Kevin Audette.
In goal, Anton Zemba, Jonathan Stone and Clayton Pierce combine to make up the best trio in Islanders history.
The Islanders are looking forward to the new season and the puck drops tomorrow night in Canton where they face off against the Northeast Generals at 8:10 pm. The two teams will square off in Falmouth on Sunday at 4:30 pm both games will be brosdcast on the Fasthockey network.
With the season rapidly approaching the Cape Cod Islanders are proud to announce the signing of Dan Demarco. The six foot one two hundred pound winger is sure to make opposing defensemen check over their shoulders when going back to retrieve pucks. Demarco is a big strong wing with a nasty side that can put points on the board. Last season he scored over 100 points for his U18 AA team in New Jersey. He plays the game with a chip on his shoulder and is what would be considered a consumate team player.
"We are so excited to have Dan on our roster this season" head coach Jay Punsky said "he adds a physical presence to our line up with his grit and willingness to get pucks out along the wall. He has proven that he can score at the midget level and we know he will be able to do it at the junior level."
Demarco wowed the Islanders at this summer's pre draft showcase. "We watched him play on a team with only ten guys and he and Zack Goodman lead their team to the finals. Dan Hodge and I were impressed with his leadership and willingness to do what it took to win."
Demarco hails from Suffern, New York and lists the Rangers as his favorite NHL team while PK Subban is his favorite player. He hopes to use this season as a spring board to college and college hockey next year. "I want to do whatever I can to help the team win every night. I like using my strength to my advantage, especially in corners and in front of the net."
It's that kind of attitude that the Islanders are looking for from every guy who pulls on the sweater this season and the Isles look for it to translate in wins.
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Cape Cod Islanders president, Dan Hodge is pleased to announce that defenseman Eric Szeker has resigned for the 2015-16 season. After playing the last two seasons for the Islanders, Szeker has decided to play out his last junior hockey season on the Cape. "Eric has been, hands down, our best defenseman and teammate over the past three seasons. He has lead the way on the blueline and provided us with a chance to win every time he pulled on our jersey." Hodge said "He is a team first guy and not a me first guy. When I sat down after last season and looked at the players who were elligible to return, Eric was the guy I really wanted back.""
Szeker stands six foot two inches and weighs 200 pounds and shoots left handed. He has been a solid presence on the Islanders blue line for the past two seasons, playing and thriving in every situation he was thrust in to. Coach Punsky said "Eric Szeker has a well rounded defensman's game and knows how to play the position really well. We are very fortunate to have Eric back, he is the kind player you can build a solid core around."
Cape Cod Islanders head coach, Jay Punsky is happy to announce the signing of power forward Dan Moore for the 2015-16 season. Moore, the six foot two inch 200 pound forward scored five goals and added sixteen assists last season for the New Jersey Avalanche despite being moved to defense for most of last season. "I consider myself to be a well rounded and versatile player, so when the coach asked me to jump back and play defense last season, I was more than happy to help my team out." Moore said "I pride myself on being responsible in all three zones. I like to play a physical, puck posession game and use my vision and passing ability to set up my teammates for scoring chances."
Islanders team president, Dan Hodge and coach Punsky scouted Moore at a recent summer showcase and the two were immediately impressed with what they saw in him. "We knew when we saw Dan hit the ice we wanted to speak to him about next season." Hodge said "Luckily for us he was friends with a few of our current guys and we were able to talk to his parents about what our program could do for their son."
Moore is the kind of player that every coach would like on his bench and Punsky is no different "Dan is a big strong, physical power forward whose skating ability allows him to take the puck wide and drive the net with force. He is going to make life very difficut for opposing defensemen and goalies."
The Islanders suumer is quickly coming to an end with training camp starting September 1 and the regular season beginning September 12 on the road aganst their closest rival the Northeast Generals.
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The Cape Cod Islanders head coach, Jay Punsky is pleased to announce the signing on Steve Matthews for the 2015-16 season. Matthews the six foot 190 pound right shot forward is a player that the Islanders will be looking to to provide a presence in the locker room. Matthews adds to an impressive list of former captains that will don the black and gold this season.
Matthews prides himself on his blue collar approach and like most players in the 3EHL wants to play college hockey. "I like to think of myself as a hard nosed player who can score the occasional pretty goal. I want to get a college degree and play hockey at the highest level possible."
Coach Punsky had this to say about Matthews."Steve is a guy that has that "it" factor." Punsky said "He works hard and will lead by example, we fully expect him to hold himself and his teammates to a very high standard."
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The Cape Cod Islanders head coach, Jay Punsky is pleased to announce the signing of Dylan Legarie for the 2015-16 season. Legarie, the six foot one inch 200 pound forward will bring size and scoring to the Islanders this season. Legarie has great vision and his grit and determination is what sets him a part from the average junior hockey player. The other things that puts him in a different class is the fact that he is every bit as good patrolling the blue line as a defenseman as he is in the offensive zone.
"Legarie is a natural leader who not only knows the game of hockey but respects how it should be played." coach Punsky said "It doesn't matter the importance of the game, wether it's in July or March, Dylan is a guy you can count on to be the hardest worker on the ice."
Legarie played for coach Punsky's summer team this past weekend in the Chowder Cup tournament and he dominated the scoresheet netting 3 goals and 2 assists in five games played. He was on a line with fellow Islander, Aaron Deady and the duo did not disappoint with Deady matching Legarie's point total with five points of his own. Islanders president Dan Hodge was in attendance on Saturday morning and was impressed with what he saw from Legarie. "I was immidiately taken by his on ice presence, he's extremely poised and knows how to control the game. He's a very talented young man and I can see him getting a lot of college attention this season."
Legarie was one of ten Islanders playing for coach Punsky this past weekend. They helped propell the Little Rhody Hockey Club into the quarter finals where they lost in a shootout. "It was a great showing by our guys, they showed heart and the desire to win. There is already a team chemistry being built and I am looking forward to our first team skate in September." Punsky said
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The Cape Cod Islanders are pleased to announce the signing of left wing Karl Eric Demers for this upcoming season. Demers comes from King's Edgehill prep school in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will occupy Cape Cod's remaining import roster spot for the upcoming season. The six foot two inch 195 pound left winger will add scoring punch to the Islanders line up. "I am very happy to be signing with Cape Cod, from the first time I met Dan Hodge and coach Punsky I was impressed with what their program had to offer." Demers said "I am looking forward to representing the organization next season both on and off the ice."
The Islanders brass scouted Demers in early April at a showcase in Exeter, New Hampshire and then again in June at the Pre Draft showcase. Over the past four months the two sides kept in contact and the Islanders were finally able to sign the standout last week. "We are excited to have a player of Karl's caliber and character on the team." president Dan Hodge said. "He definitely takes our offense to a different level."
Demers' father, Eric, was a former NHL drat pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 1984 and his sister will star for Merrimack College women's hockey team this winter. "Karl has a hockey pedigree and we are looking at him as an impact player on this roster." coach Jay Punsky said "He has the size and ability to be a premier player in the league. I am thrilled to be working with him this winter."
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The Cpae Cod Islanders are proud to announce the signing of goaltender Clayton Pierce for the 2015-16 season. Pierce was scouted last month at the Elite Edge Showcase in Nashville by head coach Jay Punsky. "Clayton was the goalie I keyed on from day one. He battled through traffic to establish his position and competed in every situation. His composure and quick lateral movment had him in position to make even the most difficult saves look routine."
Pierce joins Anton Zemba and Jonathan Stone as the Islanders goaltenders this season. There will be fierce competition for game time at the position. "I love it when there is healthy competition at all positions. These three guys will push each other to be their best every day, wether it is in practice or a game."
Clayton Pierce hails from Salem, Virginia he is a fan of the Montreal Canadiens and his favorite NHL player is Pekka Rinne. The five foot ten inch goalie prides himself on work ethic and he has a clear path for himself. "My dream is to play college hockey and live a successful life where I can pay back the people who have helped me achieve my goals." Pierce said.
The Cape Cod Islanders are pleased to announce that James Brosnan has agreed to return for a second season in the black and gold. Brosnan the six foot three 200 pound center is looking to improve on a season where he showed glimpses of being a dominant player at the tier three level. Over the course of the season Brosnan found himself in many different situations, he started the season as fourth line center and was able to work his way up the line up as the season progressed. "I was able to use James in a lot of different scenarios last season" former head coach Dan Hodge said "he had his moments where he showed what an elite player he can be. He has the size and the ability to play in college, he just needs to believe himself and push his limits to be the best player he can."
Brosnan was in a unique situation last season, he was the only player that was still attending high school and it forced him to miss practice time and off ice workouts. "It was really hard for him to adjust and pick up on our systems. I am really looking forward to seeing him this season as hockey will be his main focus." Hodge said
New Islanders head coach Jay Punsky was happy to hear of Brosnan's resigning "I am looking forward to working with James this season. I watched him play last year and was impressed with how well he moved on the ice for such a big guy. He has all the makings of being a real good power forward for us."
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The Cape Cod Islanders head coach, Jay Punsky continues to build his team for the 2015-16 season and he has signed a major piece today in center Chuck Costello. Costello was the team captain a Father Judge, a prep school in Pennsylvania and was a standout for the Grundy Senators at the USA Hockey national tournament this past spring. He won't have too look to far to find some familiar faces this season, both Joe Brennan (Father Judge) and Chris O'Donnell (Grundy Senators) have been his teammates in the past.
"Chuck Costello is a tremeandous two way center who knows how to create time and space for himself on the ice." Punsky said "He has an uncanny ability to create separation from the defender that will translate into odd man rushes for his line."
Costello is another player who will add leadership to the locker room this season. "We have a few former captains on the roster this season and I like having guys who know what it takes to lead. Everyone wants to wear the C, but only one guy can. It's nice to have guys who know how hard it is to earn that letter and what an honor it truly is to be a captain."
Costello comes into a situation where his ability and hockey knowledge will be valued and counted on. The Islanders are in a transition period, with a complete overhaul of the roster this season. Coach Punsky will rely on Costello and his teammates to become a top team in the NA3EHL this season.