Local puck episodes are BACK and we’ve got a jam-packed, three interview show for ya to kick off season 2! I’m fired up for these ones, as i’ve got a new co-host to buzz around with me all season on these local eps. The BOBCAT BABY. He’s gonna be kickin it with me, interviewing hockey people here in the DMV (or from the DMV off doing big things) and all that good stuff. Bob’s super tuned in with the whole junior hockey landscape after coaching and playing, so he’ll be a massive asset and making these episodes the best they can be.
We kick the episode off talking all thing Premier and Elite for the Hampton Road Whalers, Richmond Generals, and Potomac Patriots. Problem is, things aren’t going overly great for any of those six teams, with the exception being the Gens Elite team who’s sitting first in the South with a 20-4-1-0-1 record, led by Ryan Kotz (9-14–23 in 23 GP) and Michael Steggall (8-15–23 in 25 GP). Their Premier team, however, is third in the South. Hampton Roads on the other hand are sitting at 4th place both in the Premier and Elite divisions, where they usually find themselves top two or three even. BUT, don’t get it wrong, the South Division has become the toughest in both leagues with some powerhouses in the like of Charlotte and the Carolina Jr Canes. Shoutout Kyle Watson on the Whalers Premier team, who’s runnin’ at a clip of 22-18–40 in 25 games played. Is that good?We didn’t get much into the PPATS since we had Grats on. You can watch the interview on YouTube below!
Recurring Guest and Absolute Beauty Alex Grose
Grose is back and to no surprise to anyone, he’s coaching like 40 teams again. We kick off the episode with some solid chirps, and here’s the video of him walking the Bobcat years ago in a junior game in Fredrick. I mean… we had to do it.
We also pump his new hockey adventures, which we’ll put the Instagram profiles below. There was some breaking news on this episode regarding Tour VA and their new youth programs, and we also talk his new coaching and development company where he helps players out of Prince William.
The Current State of High School Hockey in the DMV
This is where things have been crazy this year, and that’s in the four HS leagues. Three of the four are (kinda) playing at the moment, with the only one in full shutdown being the MAPHL. The NVSHL is on the ice with every team between five and seven games played. Riverside is leading the Norris Division at 4-2-1, Briar Woods is leading the Smythe at 5-0-1, Yorktown is first in the Patrick at 6-1, and finally, in the Adams division, Madison sits atop at 3-1-1.
Switching over to the CSHL, 12 teams are buzzin’ at already six games or so each. Starting in the South, it’s a two way tie with both West Springfield and Woodbridge at 4-3 each, and face off on Jan 29th for the potential tie breaker to win the division. Up in the North Division, it’s West Potomac at an impressive 6-0, and they’ve been blowing teams out. But, two games they have remaining are Washington-Liberty (4-1) and TC Williams (4-2). Tune in next Friday for our local episode that will feature West Potomac’s head coach Brian McCullough. Lastly, the MSHL is trying to survive the state of Maryland and different rules for each county. We’ve got Commissioner Joe LaCour on to break it all down.
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