At a recent Revisit Day, the Academy accepted contracts from two top prospects, Avi Sytner and Zach Egber. Both are expected to be key contributors to the program next year and bring tremendous IQ for the game. Sytner comes from New Jersey and played for the CT Wolf Pack U16 team, while Egber played for Team Comcast, which recently competed in the USA Youth Hockey Nationals in Buffalo, New York.
“The response from families has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Pottbecker. “Families are looking for more than just the traditional prep hockey season. They would prefer to get top-notch education and play a full season at the Tier One level.”
Alden’s programs continue to be a success as this year’s U18 CT Wolf Pack recently won a USA Youth Hockey National Championship, which happens to be the first U18 national champion from outside Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, or Minnesota since 2002. Additionally, Toffey recently helped Salisbury School to their third consecutive New England prep championship, the only school to ever win three in a row.
“More importantly, many of these student athletes are realizing their dreams of playing competitive hockey at some of our nation’s top colleges and universities,” said Toffey. “Cheshire Academy teaming up with Elite Hockey will provide families with the best of both worlds: a great prep school education and a full season of AAA hockey.”
On the ice, Toffey has an impressive track record having helped Salisbury School to 126 victories in six seasons, winning the New England Championship three times and four Housatonic Hockey League Championships between 2009 and 2013. He has coached student athletes that have gone on to compete at Dartmouth, Northeastern, Providence, Harvard, Maine, UCONN, Yale, Miami of Ohio, Colgate, Cornell, Tufts, UNH, Merrimack, Brown, St. Lawrence, Michigan, the U.S. National Team Development Program, among others. Additionally, he has coached three National Hockey League draft picks.
Joining Toffey will be Jamie Bird, who will coach the Academy’s U18 team. Bird has had a positive influence in the development of many current and former NCAA D-1 and D-3 players. Last season, he was coach of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres U18 team, who ranked 11th in the nation.The team was a Tier One Elite League Playoff Semi-Finalist, New York State Champions, and Quarter-finalists at the 2015 USA Tier One U18 Nationals in March.