13 in 13: East Coast Minutemen
August 30, 2015
The 13 in 13 series will feature an in-depth look into all 13 teams in the NA3EHL for the 2015-16 season, with a new team being highlighted daily, leading all the way up until the start of the regular season on Friday, September 11th as eight teams take to the ice on Opening Night.13 in 13 goes in-depth into each NA3EHL team and will include interviews with all 13 head coaches in the NA3EHL, as they provide fans with their expectations and outlook for the 2015-16 season, including taking a look at their potential roster and their strengths as a team for the upcoming season. It will also take a look back on the 2014-15 season and how each team fared and what they accomplished. Best of all, 13 in 13 will provide the fans of the NA3EHL with an inside look at their favorite team and what to expect.
East Coast Minutemen
2014-15 Record: 0-41-0, 0 pts. (5th in the Eastern Division)
2015 Playoffs: Did not qualify
Head Coach: Alex Campbell
2015-16 Division: East
Last year admittedly was a tough one for the Minutemen. For a team that lost every game, the Minutemen still were competitive. Five of their losses were by just a single goal, so they were right on the cusp of putting together some wins. If there was an area of strength of last year’s team, it may have been the team defense, as several of the losses were by 1-0 scores. The offense struggled however, barely managing more than a goal per game. The team also saw 44 different players on the roster last season.
There is no where to go but up for the Minutemen this season and a step in that direction was announced earlier this month as the team named Alex Campbell their new head coach. Campbell has spent that last 10+ years coaching junior hockey. His stops include the Northern Mass Cyclones and Laconia Leafs in the AJHL. He then was the head coach of the New Hampshire Junior Freeze Elite B team. After his time with the Freeze, Coach Campbell joined the Boston Jr. Blackhawks of the IJHL, as Head Coach of the Junior B team. In 2009, he coached the team to a National Championship. Campbell then joined the Eastern Kodiaks of the IJHL. After his coaching stint with the Kodiaks, Coach Campbell took the Associate Head Coaching position in the Junior Mariners Organization of the NSHL. The team became the East Coast Minutemen of the NA3EHL in 2014 where Campbell remained Associate Head Coach.
“I am excited because I know the league well and we have some players this year that I think can raise us up a level. The exciting thing for us right now is we have some good numbers and committed players to the team,” said Campbell. “There is no where to go but up for us, but we have to be sure to take things one day at a time. We have some returning players who are eager to show that last year was a fluke and that they are ready to win. We have to emphasize that last year is in the past and we are ready to move forward.”
The Minutemen will have several veterans returning to the team who will be itching for redemption. They include physical forward Tom Potter, Max Campbell, who was tied for the team scoring lead last season, forward Michael Bellmore, defensemen Kyler Harding and Samu Landen and goaltender Aidan Critchlow, who faced the most shots and had the most saves in the league last season.
Campbell said that for the 2015-16 season, he is going to set some realistic goals. “I think that for a minimum standard we should try and be a .500 hockey team and make the playoffs. We want to be competitive every night. I just want to see the players best effort. I also think we have several players that are capable of moving onto the NCAA Division III level. If we can accomplish some on-ice success and move players on, we will be happy,” said Campbell.
Next up in the 13 in 13 series: Jersey Shore Wildcats