The Cape Cod Islanders are pleased to announce that they have resigned last season's second leading scorer and First Team All Star, Chuck Costello. In 41 regular season games last season, the 6' 1" 180 pound from Philadelphia, PA native scored 24 goals and added 43 assists, in six playoff games he scored 2 gaols and three assists. Costello's efforts earned him a tender with the new Northeast Generals NAHL franchise. He was invited to the main camp in July and was one of the last players to be released in what was a tough decision for the Gens coaching staff.
"We are so happy that we have the chance to have a player of Chuck's ability on our roster for a second season. He is an impact player and puts our offense at a different level." coach Jay Punsky said "He had interest from teams in other but he decided to spend his final year of junior hockey with the Islanders. Last season he, Aaron Deady and Mike Jessman made up one of the top lines in the whole league. Chuck's speed and tenacity made him an elite player and we are expecting big things from him next season."
Costello had interest from multiple colleges last season and that interest is sure to expand next season. His attitude, skill level and will to succeed puts him into an elite class and that should transfer at the college level.
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The Islanders are pleased to announce that forward Chris Lovell has agreed to return to the team for the 2016-17 season. Lovell the 5-7 185 pounder from Plymouth, Ma appeared in 29 games last season, scoring one goal and three assists. He joined the team after the start of the season and was a key component to the Islanders push to the Eastern Division crown.
"We are happy that Chris will be back next season, he has a great attitude and competes hard all over the ice." coach Jay Punsky said "Unfortunately he joined us after the start of the season and we weren't able to work him in as much as we would have liked. But he showed up to work every day and he is a guy we are looking to taking on a bigger role this winter." Punsky continued "Chris has put in a lot of work this summer and from what I've seen, he's ready for a breakout season."
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The Cape Cod Islanders are extremely pleased to announce the re-signing of standout forward James Brosnan for the 2016-17 season. Brosnan appeared in 40 games last season and scored 14 goals and 16 assists with a +16 rating for the Eastern Division champs. The 6'3" 200 pound Ossining, NY native will add a key veteran presence to the Islanders locker room and will look to continue to build on his successful 15-16 campaign.
"We are very excited to have Jimmy back for next season" coach Jay Punsky said "he's a guy that adds grit, determination and leadership to our team. He is a guy that we will look to to carry on the leadership standard that our captain Eric Szeker set last season. Jimmy is a great team guy and all the players love him, in fact every time I asked players who they'd most like to have on their line it always came back to one name, Brosnan."
Brosnan has been mainstay in the Islanders line up for the past two seasons and is looking to end his junior career with another successful campaign. Islanders president, Dan Hodge had this to say about Brosnan "Jimmy came to us two seasons ago and I have seen such a leap in that young man. He came in here as a senior in high school and a had a wealth of untapped potential. Last season we saw what he can do as a player. I am looking forward to seeing what he does this season."
The Islanders acquired the playing rights to Top Prospect forward Noel Fischer from the Maine Wild to complete a trade for Jordy Knoren last season.
The Cape Cod Islanders are pleased to announce the resigning of goaltender Anton Zemba. Zemba was the top goalie in the league last season with a 15-5-1 record and a .929 save % while carrying a 2.39 goals against average in 22 games. A late season injury sidelined him just before playoffs but his big game presence will put the Islanders in a great position to repeat as the Coastal Division champions.
"We are extremely pleased that Anton will back in the net for us next season." coach Jay Punsky said "His presence was huge last season and we certainly missed him in net in the finals. If Zemba was able to play versus Jersey Shore we probably would have seen a different outcome."
The North Smithfield, Rhode Island native saw action in the opening round of the playoffs against the Skylands Kings and won 7-2 stopping 31 of 33 shots. But the injury he suffered the last month of the season kept him out of the net the rest of the way. "I'm extremely excited to be back with the Islanders. I am looking forward to building on the success that we had last season. We have some key components returning, along with the new guys signed we will be a really good team again. I am excited for September."
The Cape Cod Islanders made a tradt this past week. The Islanders traded the playing rights of goaltender Steven Schmitt to Binghamton for cash considerations. "Steve had requested a trade to a team in the Northeast Division in order to be closer to his girlfriend and their child. We wish him and his new family well."
Cape Cod Islanders coach Jay Punsky is pleased to announce that Tyler Gillen has signed a Tender Agreement for the 2016-17 season. Gillen was a standout for the Baystate Breakers in the USPHL last season where he tallied 15 goals and 17 assists in 28 games.
"We are excited to have Tyler signed for next season," Punsky said "he plays with an edge and can put up points in bunches. We are looking for great things out of him. I plan on using him in every situation as he has shown that he's a guy we will be able to depend on to make a big play when we need it most."
The Islanders are excited to be prticipating in it's first NA3HL Draft on June 14th at 5 pm. The Islanders hold the 45th pick in the draft. The draft order was selected by winnng percentage and Cape Cod had the fourth highest in the 48 team league. The draft will be broadcast on the FASTHockey network.
The Cape Cod Islanders are pleased to announce that Centerville, Utah native Tanner Little has been signed a Tender Agreement. Little the 5'10" 170 pound forward played for the Utah Golden Eagles at the Tier 2 Nationals where head coach Jay Punsky scouted him. Punsky was immeditately impressed with the power forward and was able to sign him to a tender agreement this past week.
"I was very impressed with Tanner's gritty play" the reigning coach of the year said "he thrives on winning battles and creating ice for his linemates. He has a scorers touch that will translate well to our level."
Little is a physical forward that thrives on getting his nose dirty and competing in areas that other players don't like. "I enjoy working in front of the net and I'm not afraid to take a hit to make the play" Little said "I thrive on being a team first player and using my passion in a positive way to help us succeed. I am excited to be a member of the Islanders family and can't wait until the puck drops in September."
The Cape Cod Islanders are pleased to announce that veteran forard Frank Oakley has commited to Bridgewater State University (NECHA D2). Oakley has spent the past three seasons playing with the Islanders. The Barnstable, Ma native played 35 games this season scoring 7 goals and adding 9 assists while being +5. He was a key component that helped lead the team to their first Eastern Division title and NA3EHL Cup appearence. Oaley's size, 6'1" 195, along with his shot will be an asset for the Bears next season who finished in third place in the American South Division with a 6-6-0 record.
"As an organization, we are extremely happy the Frankie will being playing college hockey and getting a great education for the next four years." team president, Dan Hodge said "When he first came here three years ago he wasn't sure what his future was or if he wanted to go to college. Over that time he matured on and off the ice and personally I'm very proud of the young man he has become. Our team isn't just about coaching hockey players, we pride ourselves on developing young men and preparing them for their next step."
"I am very excited to have this opportunity to play college hockey and attend such a great school." Oakley said "A big thank you goes out to coach Punsky and Dan Hodge for the past three years. I will take with me some great experiences and lifelong friendships from my time as a Cape Cod Islander."
Oakley becomes the 10th member of the Islanders to commit to college next season and with Chuck Costello being tendered with the Northeast Generals in the NAHL, the team has now moved 11 players on to the next level of hockey.
Head coach Jay Punsky is pleased to announce that Nash Braun has signed a Tender Agreement with the Cape Cod Islanders. Braun, the 5'9" 175 pound winger from Buffalo, NY played 29 games last season for St. Joe's and scored 9 goals and 24 assists. "I am extremely excited to play for the Cape Cod Islanders next season. I am honored to be part of such a first class organization." Braun said "After visiting and meeting with coach Punsky I got the sense of the positive attitude that surrounds the team. I was able to witness how far ahead this organization is in the maturing and development of its players and that was a huge deciding factor for me signing here."
The Cape Cod Islanders have committed nine players to college and one to the NAHL for next season. Development is paramount for the team, the staff works tirelessly in that regard and that was apparent to Braun. "Seeing what the Islanders have done for their players in the past, I knew it was best for my development. I was very impressed how they immerse you into a hockey culture and I know they will give me the best chance to succeed next season and beyond."
Coach Jay Punsky was impressed with Braun's work ethic and tenacity while spotting him at a combine in Buffalo, NY. Punsky was scouting the U18 nationals in Amherst, NY when he made the drive to Buffalo to watch a combine that was being held there. "I heard there was a combine that wasn't too far away so I made the drive to Buffalo and I am very glad I did. I saw some very good talent, but Nash really stood out to me. I loved his compete level and how every time he was on the ice he made something happen. I knew that he was exactly the player we love to have in an Islander jersey." Punsky said "I'm very excited that Nash Braun will be playing here next season."
Dan Hodge, president of the Cape Cod Islanders, is pleased to announce that Falmouth native, Nick Marston has signed a Tender Agreement. Marston, the six foot 190 ponund winger was a standout for the past four years at Falmouth High School. His physical style and play making ability will make him hard for opposing teams to handle.
"I've watched Nick for the past two seasons and when he expressed interest in our organizaton I knew I had to get him tendered." Hodge said "He is a big body, who likes to play physical and can open up ice for his linemates. Nick has great vision and can put the puck in the net, he plays the game like Lucic."
"I'm excited to be a part of such a great organization and am looking forward to the season." Marston said "I would love to play college hockey and seeing the Islanders have placed nine players in college this year made my decision to sign here easy."
The Cape Cod Islanders are excited to announce that Bourne, Ma native and Islanders veteran, Mitch Eldridge has agreed to return for the 2016-17 season. Eldridge saw action in 38 games and registered 5 goals and 9 assists while being +12 on the season. While being cast in more of a support role last season, coach Punsky expects big things from him.
"We are excited to have Mitch back for next season. He is the consumate team player, we had him play in every position, including spending time on defense towards the end of the season." Coach Punsky said "Going from being a high school standout at Bourne to more of a depth guy here had to be tough on him, but he never complained and showed up to work every day. His adjustment year is over and we are expecting very big things from Mitch Eldridge next season. His leadership and work ethic will push everyone to be better."
The Islanders are the defending division champs and have a lot of expectations for next season. Veteran players are important at the junior level and will be the key to the success of this team. "We are getting more and more of our players from last season looking to return. It says a lot about coach Punsky and the job he did last season." team president Dan Hodge said "A core group of players like Mitch will set the standard for the new players."