The Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center is pleased to announce its latest tenant, the Worcester Railers Junior Hockey Club. One of the new franchises in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) for the 2019-2020 season, the Worcester Railers JHC promises to offer the ultimate experience for hockey players pursuing their dreams of playing college ice hockey.
The Railers, who will begin play in the New England Conference of the EHL, are excited to get started on the 2019-20 season. The organization will also field a team in the EHLP Division.
The team will have plenty of hockey savvy in the front office, as the team’s General Manager will be none other than hockey legend Mike Addesa who brings his decades worth of hockey knowledge gleaned from coaching at the NCAA D1 level and junior hockey, and years of being an NHL Scout.
Addesa promises that skating for the Railers will be a complete experience because not only will the players be playing hockey, but learning valuable life skills.
“With the organization, the structure and the overall education that we will provide to our student hockey player, I believe we will be the most comprehensive, social, academic and athletic experience available for youngsters pursuing their dream of playing college ice hockey,” said Addesa.
Addesa,who comes in with a diverse and reasonably complete resume wants the players to know that hockey is important, but family and education come first.
“We will clearly teach family first above all things and education second,” said Addesa. “Hockey is important but third at best after your commitment to family and education. I am a strong believer in teaching life skills.”
The Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center, located in the heart of New England’s second largest city, is pleased to be the new home for both teams.
“The new, beautiful two-rink facility is located in one of my favorite places. The city of Worcester has been and continues to go through a total reconstruction,” said Addesa. “It is formerly a railroad/mill town, therefore the nickname. It is an exciting time to witness the growth in the City of Worcester. Worcester is heavily populated with a tremendous number of colleges in the near vicinity.”
The Railers GM also noted that the city hosts a professional team – also named the Railers – in the adjacent DCU Center, a club that practices at the Worcester Ice Center, and will soon be the home of the Triple A minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
The organization also will feature some top-notch coaching. The EHL team will be coached by James Mello, a Dartmouth College grad who most recently was behind the bench for Rhode Island high school power LaSalle Academy, leading the Rams to a Division 1 state championship in 2018. Mello will be assisted on the bench by Brian Addesa.
Leading the EHLP squad will be Sean Bertoni. A former player at UMass-Boston and Suffolk University, Bertoni served as head coach of Oliver Ames (MA) HS the past three seasons. He was named the Hockomock League Coach of the Year after the 2016-2017 season.
To learn more about the new Worcester Railers Junior Hockey club program, please visit the team website at www.worcesterrailersjhc.com