BOSTON, Mass. – The Eastern Hockey League announced today that the East Coast Wizards, led by former Olympian Scott Fusco and former professional player and NCAA coach Bobby Jay, will be joining the league for the 2014-15 season. The Wizards will be based at of The Edge Sports Center in Bedford, Mass.
“Our league is very careful about expansion and bringing in new ownership groups,” said EHL Director of Hockey Operations Mark Kumpel, who played on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team with Fusco. “Everything we do is geared toward providing a quality player environment, and we think the Wizards, Scott Fusco and Bobby Jay will not only make our league better, but add a franchise membership that will provide numerous players the chance to advance to college hockey each season. They run a class program and there is no doubt they will enter the Junior landscape with the same amount of professionalism.”
The East Coast Wizards hockey program was established in the 2005 season as a girls select program with an initial slate of eight teams. Since that time, under the direction of Paul Kennedy, Bobby Jay, and Scott Fusco, the program has grown to 40 teams for boys and girls from ages 5-18. The focus of the program is to provide a competitive AAA-level schedule and a fun and challenging environment for players and teams to develop their skills and reach their potential as players.
“We are excited to be members of the Eastern Hockey League,” said Fusco. “We were attracted by the style of play and competitiveness of the league and feel that it is a great development environment for players of Junior age. We are also excited to become partners with the strong operators of the EHL franchises.”
Bobby Jay will serve as the team’s Director of Hockey Operations and a nationwide search is underway for a head coach.
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