The 2019 NCDC Entry Draft took place on May 15th giving the Monarchs some top talent for the second season in the league. The hockey office worked hard over the last few months to pick up some top talent to add the program. The results from the draft:
Bret Benson – Forward – Manitowish Waters, WI – 2002 – Green Bay Gamblers 16U
Tyler Gaulin – Forward – Kingston, NH – 2001 – Berwick Academy
Isaac MacLeod – Forward – Caledonia, ONT – 2002 – New Hampton School
Tim Manning – Forward – Concord, OH – 2001 – Holderness School
Tyler McNeil – Forward – Valencia, CA – 2002 – Tahoe Prep
Ryan O’Halloran – Forward – Burlington, MA – 2002 – Burlington High School
Niclas Puikkonen – Forward – Alta, SWE – 1999 – Jokerit Helsinki U20
Jase Sofo – Defenseman – Sylvania, OH – 2002 – Belle Tire 16U
Ben Steeves – Forward – Bedford, NH – 2002 – Oakland Grizzlies 16U
Will Winship – Forward – Andover, MA – 2000 – Islanders Hockey Club
Aside from the Draft, the hockey office also made 3 big moves for the upcoming NCDC season. First, the team acquired a player from the 2018-2019 NCDC Dineen Cup Champions– The Jr. Bruins. Cam Barbagallo of North Reading, Mass will join the Monarchs for this upcoming season. The 1999 Defenseman said he is eager to get the season going. “I’m really excited to be joining such a great organization” he said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things and I am happy to be part of it this coming season.” Barbagallo looks forward to proving himself as a leader on and off the ice. “I was injured last season with a broken ankle and missed most of last year. I hope to help the team this season anyway I can by leading by example and doing all the little things right everyday” he said.
The 2018-2019 Monarchs proved themselves as a first-year team, falling short of their goal in playoffs. Cam said, “coming off a championship, the goal is to come in and do everything I can do win another. If I put the team first and we have success, I know my personal success will come” he said. Head Coach Ryan Frew talked about picking Barbagallo up and said, “Our goal was to solidify our blue line and we did more than that with this trade” he continued, “We are happy to add a guy with experience, leadership, and an NCDC Championship.”
Next, the Monarchs picked up an All-Star goaltender, literally. Evan Szary, who played in the 2019 NCDC All-Star game and was a big part of the Hitmen’s success during the regular season in the 2018-2019 has been acquired. Coach Frew said, “We added some depth in net this season with this grab. If we start the season with him and ‘Squals’ it’s the best tandem in the country, period” he said. “Couldn’t be more excited about the way the cage looks compared to a year ago at this time of year” he continued.
The 3rd big grab for the NCDC team was acquiring the big bodied 2000 Forward from the Islanders Hockey Club, Will Winship. Coach Frew said, “Huge pick up here, literally. This kid hit us so much, and so hard that we decided to make him our friend.” The Andover, Mass native is 6’3 194lbs and had 37 points in 48 games last season. “The kid can score, plays a heavy 200ft game and will make you pay for it if you play against him” Frew added.
The organization welcomes all the new players and their families to ‘Narchs Nation. We are eagerly awaiting the 2019-2020 season to begin!