Guilford, Conn.- We may need a translator, as we are heading up to Quebec to welcome the Westlake Bourget College Volts to the ECEL for the 2019-2020 season.
This program is a new program looking to establish themselves in the hockey world. They believe that working with these programs in our league it will help them get better as a result. “We are really excited to be starting this new program, and more-so to be in a position to work with such an amazing institution," said co-directors Matthew Lombardi and Carl Michaelson. "We know that the ECEL has positioned themselves in a professional manner to encourage the development and visibility of the Student-Athletes, and thus we are thankful to be admitted into the league."
The Volts are lead by somebody who NHL fans may know. They are lead by the ex NHLer Matthew Lombardi who played in the NHL for a decade. He played with the Calgary Flames, Arizona Coyotes, Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Anaheim Ducks. "Having a coach who is an ex-NHLer you know his club is going to have very good habits and be very detailed with the structure of the game," said Peter Alden.
Westlake believes in a development model for its players whether that is on the ice or in the classroom. That is what attracted them to the ECEL. The program directors felt that the ECEL puts their student-athletes in the best position to develop on the ice. "For us, the most important variable is the development of our Student-Athletes, and we feel that the ECEL is a proper step in allowing us to achieve that in the arena of competition," said Lombardi & Michaelson.
Founded in 2013, the East Coast Elite League is a four-weekend showcase series that will provide maximum exposure for its member organizations and their players, by playing in top venues, in ideal scouting locations. Spread across the U15, U16, and U18 divisions and represented by several of the top hockey organizations across the country, the ECEL is the premier showcase series in the United States, unmatched in its format and exposure opportunities. For more information on the ECEL, log on to http://www.ecelhockey.com or on Twitter @ECELHockey