Chris Dodero: Developing a business and career with his hockey development

Photo Credit: Kelsey Lee-Violet Turtle Photography

AIC fifth year senior Chris Dodero has taken a path to leading the back to back to back Atlantic Hockey Champions that was on the road less traveled. That is, he has gone from routine healthy scratch as a freshman to a complete two way forward with pro ambitions. He has also used the development tools he has gained to start helping others. He does this through his hockey consulting business, Prodero Hockey.

Dodero took his reality of not playing a lot as a freshman and looked to skills. He said that “I was thinking, how can I improve myself and how can I get better?”

The name Prodero came just from being around the team and Dodero’s initial work, his teamates made the nickname, and Dodero ran with it. The goal of Prodero Hockey is to help all players maximize their potential. In addition, the sessions are customized to meet the needs of each client and include things like video breakdown of NHL players’ high end skills in part to give players a model for what Dodero wants to do.

Dodero loves the AIC program, and loves the opportunity he has built. His Head Coach Eric Lang knows Dodero can be a NHL skills coach, and Dodero sees that in his future. For now, he wants to play the sport he loves for as long as he can. Lang’s program and its structure gives time for players to develop at their own speed, and Dodero is racing ahead as he is excited to see fans back in buildings.

As he said of having fans back ” It’ll mean everythng.” Of the culture Lang has built at AIC Dodero was similarlly effusive with praise “We don’t have the amount of resources that early every other Division One College Team has but at the end of the day we find a way to get the job done.. we’re kind of a family, thats the culture we have here.” Dodero hopes to come back as a graduate to an on campus rink one day in the distant future as well. He also had so many positive things to say about all of his teammates, both returning and new that we could not discuss all of them in this interview.

The AIC culture extends to its leader on the media side, Seth Dussault, he wears many hats but is the play-by-play broadcaster and key media contact who always serves as a valuable resource to those looking to learn more about the Yellow Jackets. Dodero shared a story showing what an ” elite human” Seth is. In Arizona at an In-N-Out Out Burger, someone accidentally grabbded two and he made sure the rest of the team had one, at the end of a road trip, giving up the elusive treat (for those who do not know, In-N-Out is a regional delicacy with a worldwide following, they do not have any restaurants in or near Massachusetts, but have them all over the Western United States.) Like Dodero in putting the team first with developing his game to get more playing time, Seth put the needs of the players ahead of his own.

As for Chris, he spends all of his free time “growing the brand” that is Prodero, and he launched this business during the middle of the pandemic. He is excited for the year ahead.

In addition, for a great resource to better understand the game, whether you are a player looking to get better, a fan looking to understand how your favorite NHL player does what they do, or anyone who likes just watching clean hockey skills and drills, we would strongly reccomend that you give his business page on Instagram a look and a follow if you are so inclined.

Here is the link to his page:

https://www.instagram.com/prodero_hockey/?hl=en

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Northeast Generals Player Profile: Cedric Savoie

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If you look at the NAHL Northeast Generals this year, their top defenders all have a couple of things in common. They are big, physical, and chip in on the offensive end when needed. At the NA3HL level, new General Cedric Savoie has all of those traits. As Bryan Erikson said of Cedric a few months ago when he committed to the Generals “Cedric brings a strong defensive game for the NA3HL team looking to get back to the Fraser Cup. He is a big strong kid that will be a physical presence for Darryl next season. Really looking forward to developing our relationship with Ulysse Académie which is a high end prep school that develops great young men and hockey player.”

Savoie has the potential to earn time with the NAHL group later in the year if he can showcase his skills under the tutelage of Head Coach Daryl Locke, and he has time left in junior hockey to potentially earn a Division One commitment one day, if he can get to the NAHL, that is the next step on his path to the college game.

Player Profile Answers

Why did you decide to play hockey
“I started when I was 6 to do like my brother and now I am doing it because I love it , I always want to improve myself and become better everyday. My goal is to go play college hockey.”


What is your favorite food and why?
“I love seafood, I love how it tastes and to discover new recipes.”


What is your favorite thing about the Generals?
“I like their philosophy of hard working every day and their facilities.”


Where are you from ?
“Montreal, Canada”

What is your favorite subject and why?
“My favorite subject is hockey and everything that’s related to it like off ice training and diet.”

Tell us about the type of player you are
“I am a hard working player , I like to be physical and to make good plays. I like to help my team by playing on the pk and boxing out guys in front of the net.”

Which NHL player past or present do you model your game after? *
“Shea Weber , when he was in his prime he used to be a great player . A right handed player who is physical but who can stay clean even if he is one of the most hard hitting player in the league.”

What is your best hockey memory?
“When we won a tournament in Toronto with my prep team.”

What are your goals on and off the ice this year?
“On the ice I want to improve my mobility and offensive game and off the ice I want to improve my stick handling by using the facilities that we have access to.”


What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?
“Historical movies”


Tell us one unique thing about you off the ice
“I am a hunter and a fisherman.”


What is your favorite place to go around the rink in Attleboro?
“I don’t know any place but I will discover some during the season.”

What is your favorite video game or thing to do in your spare time?
“My favorite video game is NHL[the NHL series] and when I have free time I like to visit [with friends, or go] fishing.”

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Photos : Northeast Generals vs. Amarillo Wranglers

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Check out select photos from the Northeast Generals’ NAHL Showcase finale yesterday against Amarillo. For the full gallery, click the link below the photos. Credit all photos to Kelsey Lee of Violet Turtle Photography, permission from Seamore Sports should be obtained prior to use.

Check out our recap of the game here (click the highlighted text)

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PHOTOS: Northeast Generals vs Minnesota Magicians

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Check out select photos from the Generals’ third game at the NAHL Showcase against the Minnesota Magicians.

Credit all photos in the gallery and through the full album link below it to Kelsey Lee-Violet Turtle Photography , permission must be obtained prior to use.

Check out the link below for the full album from the game.

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Northeast Generals trying to find their place with a 5-4 hard-fought loss to Minnesota: Read more

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Today was a day of contrasts for the Northeast Generals. They quadrupled their goal output from yesterday, had a two goal lead for a big part of the first period, but ultimately came up just short against the Minnesota Magicians, not because they were outworked, or the least physical team. The Generals had moments of pure brilliance like a nice play on a goal from Nick Ramm, and a beautiful play with Brent Keefer converting top shelf on a nice give and go, amongst their four goals.

Those moments were overshadowed by mistakes. As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said of those mistakes in general ” they don’t feel like huge mistakes when they don’t score on them.” Tonight, the Magicians scored on a few o them, and those mistakes put the Generals in an untenable position to earn two points.

This game encouraged Erikson to where a Bishop Sycamore Football shirt after the game when talking to his team. The reason is simple, because he wants to find out who this group is, whether they are a competive team capable of great things, and if their three wins are for real, or a mirage for how well they can play, and what the potential of this group is. The Generals have scored first in both of their games at this Showcase that they have lost, and came from behind in their win over Bismarck. That is a trend Erikson would like to see end. That is the trend of giving up leads and losing games, where statistically you should hold the edge. The team also faced former General Jake Hosszu who was drafted by the Magicians in the NAHL draft this summer. He contributed minutes and an assists against his former team.

With that said, Erikson did have some good things to say. Despite not having his best game of the year tonight, he appriciated the level of compete Carson Limesand played with in net. Despite conceeding five goals, Limesand showed the same toughness in net he has in all of his starts in his young NAHL career, and still made several key saves to keep the deficit reachable. Erikson is incredibly loyal to his players, and credits the team for how quickly they have come together over their first five games. That loyalty is why at an event where transactions amongst teams are being discussed ahead of the October 1 cutdown date to 23 players, Erikson is not even talking trades with anyone. He cares about putting his team in the best spot, and is using this time to make sure all 28 players see playing time, which after tomorrow, all of those not injured are likely to have received.

Going forward to their showcase finale against a very skilled Amarillo Wranglers team, these Generals need to find out who they are. They have shown flashes of brilliance, like in their sweep of Danbury, and win over Bismarck. They have also shown how games can get away from them like against two very good teams in New Mexico, and the Magicians today. While Erikson likes playing his system, it can be tough to get into against teams like the Magicians who the Generals will only play once a year. These games at the Showcase are proving to be tough to scout for teams looking to prepare on less than 24 hours rest to play the herculean task of four high energy games that count in four days in a row, but more importantly, especially for 2001 born players like Brent Keefer, these games are proving incredibly important to build rapport with Division One Coaches looking to find the next Colin Bilek for them. Today Keefer and a few other Generals showed flashes of that. Keefer and Jared Scott both played solid, well rounded games and Keefer got a goal for his efforts. It took Bilek the showcase, and Erikson’s persistence to get noticed and an offer. For a lot of the 2001 born players, like Keefer, they are enjoying every moment of this showcase, especially because they know what not having it meant for the 2000 born players. When teams do not get this showcase to scout, and in person recruiting is banned, as it was last year, coaches miss the nuance of being in a rink, and watching a player. The video stream shows so much, and now this year all players have had hundreds of scouts and a lot of NHL teams looking for the next player like Bilek.

The Generals get one more chance to finish strong in Blaine tomorrow against the Wranglers. Tomorrow, this group will get one step closer to finding out their true potential on the ice before heading back into Eastern Division play. If this team returns to Blaine, it will be because they are in the Robertson Cup. They have their showcase finale, and 54 more regular season games to earn the right to compete for it.

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Opportunistic offense and Carson Limesand Earn Generals a series sweep: Read More

Photo Credit: Patrick Garriepy-Patrick Garriepy Photography

The final score of the Northeast Generals win over Danbury tonight was 6-2. That is not indicative of this game in terms of time of possession. While shots on goal are not a perfect indicator either, tonight they serve as a good indicator of time of puck control. The Generals gave up 54 shots on net, their opponent, the Jr. Hat Tricks, conceded 29 of them.

The first reason why the Generals won this game is Carson Limesand, their starting netminder.

Again, he made the tough saves look routine, and had a smoothness to his game tonight.

Head Coach Bryan Erikson had the following to say about how well Limesand could play after these first two games.

“Your guess is as good as mine. It’s 2 games so I don’t want to overreact just like I wouldn’t want to if he hadn’t played well. Danbury didn’t get a lot of puck luck the last 2 days. But Carson has had a good transition from high school hockey. We look forward to him continuing to work with our goalie coach Steve Mastalerz and seeing him and Vameron continue to improve.”

As to two of the Generals leaders, Matt Boczar and Brent Keefer, Erikson had a lot of good things to say about his returners who started off the scoring. Both of these players have a lot to play for at the NAHL Showcase next week, as both do not have college hockey homes yet.

Erikson said ” It was great. Keefer had a big off-season and did Matt. That’s why they are both Captains. It helps that all of our captains have contributed early because it helps with the buy in from the rest of the guys. Both guys played with a lot of speed and confidence. Excited for both to have big years.”

On David Andreychuk’s two goals on the same shift in the second period, Erikson had more praise for another one of his leaders.

He said of his line with Paul Minnehan on his right wing, “They have been very good. They set the tone offensively and are great leaders on bench. They are all veteran junior hockey players and have great composure with the puck. They run our systems well. And David and Paul played a good amount together last year.”

One thing on defense Erikson did like was how well his team cleared rebounds in front of Limesand, coming off last year that was a point of emphasis as rebounds were how teams put home a fair amount of goals against the Generals down the stretch last season.

He said ” ne of the only things we have done well in the D zone has been not allowing second chance opportunities. We battle for position well and we do a drill to start every practice that puts an emphasis on that. They have done a great job with that and it’s allowed Carson to really only worry about the 1st save.” Going into the NAHL Showcase next week, Erikson knows his team has some points of emphasis in practice. The stage will be a big one for the Generals, with every Division One College expected to be in attendance along with NHL scouts and more descision makers in this great game, along with all 29 NAHL Teams.

Erikson said of the points of emphasis ” We need to clean up the breakout. We need to clean up having a good F3 and we need more practice reps with the Power Play. Just have to get the systems down better as I think if we play like we did in the d zone in Blaine we could be in real trouble. ”

Of the series, Erikson was conciliatory as Danbury escalated their play as the series went on, but had no points to show for it. This was a fate both teams knew all too well last season. Of the series Erikson said while noting the need for improvement in his team’s own defensive zone ” Danbury deserved better but we did a good job of burying our chances. Wins are hard in this league so we will gladly take the 4 points!”

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Northeast Generals Player Profile: David Andreychuk

One of the biggest highlights of David Andreychuk’s game is his speed. The forward knows how to get to the high production areas of the ice and put up points. The St Lawrence commit will be a co captain for the Generals this year and hopes to bring the positive roll the team finished last year on ahead to drive this team to a playoff spot.

Generals Head Coach Bryan Erikson added

“Dave Andreychuk is an 02 St Lawrence commit who will wear a C for us this year on the NA team. One of the smartest players I have coached. He sees the ice at an elite level. And his patience is great both on the rush and in zone. Great PP and PK guy and we think he has a chance to lead our division in points”.

On the top line for the Generals, like his dad in college hockey before him, David knows how to use his skills to create time and space to score. He compares his game to that of Nikita Kucherov, a player who does a lot of things well and one that can hurt the defense with their sauce passes as much as their shot.

PLAYER PROFILE: Andreychuk’s Answers

Why did you decide to play hockey?
“Because of family history and it was my passion ever since I stepped on the ice.”


What is your favorite food and why?
“Giant 43 no onions or peppers from Jersey Mike’s. Because the chipotle mayo is to die for.”


What is your favorite thing about the Generals?


“The atmosphere at the rink, and the facilities that are provided for the players.

Where are you from ?
” Sarasota FL”

What is your favorite subject and why?
“I like math because I feel it can be used later in life the most.”

Tell us about the type of player you are


“ Shooting playmaker that will usually look for the pass first. Plays on both sides of the puck.”


Which NHL player past or present do you model your game after?


“I like to try to model my game off of kucherov because of the way he uses deception to implement his game so well.”


What is your best hockey memory?


“Winning championships with the boys”


What are your goals on and off the ice this year?


“To be a guy our coaches can rely on, and a leader on and off the ice.”


What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?


“I love watching America’s got talent on YouTube the most.”


Tell us one unique thing about you off the ice
I’m a duel citizen, both Canadian and American


What is your favorite place to go around the rink in Attleboro?


“The driving range”


Who do you look up to most in your life and why?
“My dad because he is the reason I started hockey and continue to love it to this day.”

#ComittedJYoung: Jonathan Young heads to St Olaf-Read more

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The final 2000-birth year player for the Northeast Generals, Jonathan Young, has a college home. The dependable Northeast General heads to join Tyler Cooper at St. Olaf this upcoming season. This is a player that had his own hashtag as the Generals all worked as a unit to help promote the type of player that Young is to the college game. The hashtag #CommitJYoung, finally reached its logical conclusion today as Young committed to play for the Oles of St. Olaf in this upcoming season.

While Erikson and GM Matt Dibble both rightly think Young is a Division One-level player, this year has been tough on 2000 birth year players needing a home. The transfer portal filled with players taking their extra year to play, combined with two programs being suspended have created a lack of roster spots that Young would have likely taken. The landscape for recruiting will be different next season, as there are potentially at least five programs that could either come into existence at the Division One Level, or be revived at it (Alabama Huntsville, Robert Morris, Alaska Anchorage, Lindenwood, and potentially Tennessee State).

With that said, the Oles are a wonderful place for Young to go, as they are consistently one of the better Division Three schools, and these ranks have a history of producing professional players. More and more in the sport, the old model of ” if you’re good, they will find you” is true, and Young found the right fit for him. The Division Three circuit will be packed with players that play a Division One game, and make their games even more competitive.

With all of that said, here is what Bryan Erikson, Generals Head Coach said about Young in April ” Jonathan was always a player I coveted. Big, can skate and can rip the puck. The one knock on him was that he was just a goal scorer. That he didn’t use his size. And I felt with the way we emphasize the forecheck he could thrive in those areas of his game that needed work. But I think as he matured so did his game. I also believe that the relationship he has with the organization has helped him. He trusts us. We asked him to change his game a little and he bought in completely. He is now very very physical, has learned to be a great penalty killer, is a weapon on the Power Play and is a guy I rely on in the defensive zone. Those are parts of his game that he maybe wasn’t forced to do before. But he has come here and worked so incredibly hard both on and off the ice to improve. I am so proud of him as a person. Just a wonderful kid that craves knowledge. Always reading, always wanting to get more knowledgeable about whatever the topic is, space, science, history, habit building you name it. Just a curious kid that works hard at everything and you are seeing that hard work pay off with his production on the ice. He is not only going to be a very successful division 1 hockey player he is going to be an extremely successful person.”

Young is a humble player. As we said of his 100 point milestone in the NAHL ” Young is so humble about his NAHL career, he did not even realize that he was about to hit the 100 point milestone until his mom Karen told him a few days before he did it against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks.” This episode, among many shows the type of player that the Oles are getting. With Tyler Cooper joining him, the Oles are getting two top flight players from the Generals program.

Erikson is about helping his players find their next step. Today, finally, after a long year for Young to get to this point, he has found his, and is set up for success with the Oles, and beyond.

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“We wanted to take our disappointment and sadness and make something of it.” Logan Bittle on the drive to save Robert Morris Hockey

Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation and Rombert Morris Hockey Leader, Logan Bittle is optimistic.

Why?

Well, as he said of their efforts to help save the Colonials’ Hockey Programs

“We’re a lot better off than we were a week an a half a go.“

On why he started the foundation designed to help save Colonials College Hockey, he said ” we wanted to take our disappointment and sadness (around the initial way the programs were cut) and make something of it.

But, he cautioned of the early commitments “ it’s significant but we still need more significant money.”

This entire foundation stated out of an innate desire for people to help. Bittle was getting pledges to his email account. This model was not sustainable, and required some quick adjustments. As he said of why he started the foundation,” “ one of the main reasons we stated this foundation was the people we’ve met along the way.“

The goal is to help all those involved in working with saving Colonials Hockey. So far, the group is getting pledges from a wide variety of folks, both in a private, and business capacity, and as things get finalized, Bittle is excited to share more news when he can. While it is unclear what the official number of funds raised is, it is also clear that his group has put a big dent in that number.

His foundation has one week left to help raise enough funds to show long term viability for both teams to justify reinstatement. For the Colonials to be back on the ice, Bittle’s group, in conjunction with the university need to show not a specific number, but a sense of progress towards seven million dollars raised in total over the next five years.

While the hard number needed by the administration is vague, their willingness to help Bittle’s group is not, and very much real according to Bittle. Logically it then follows, if the support was not concrete it was not, this last-chance offering by the school would not have happened.

As to the logistics of running the teams next year, he left that up to the hockey staff left with each program. Bittle praised the efforts of Robert Morris in working together with them to be a part of a solution. On the support the teams have seen, Bittle said of the RMU community that, “it’s resilient and willing to help it’s own.“

As this effort progresses, we hope to have more on the hockey plans of the Colonials, should this drive hopefully get the back on the ice.

 

Pledge Form: Here is a link (click the word “link” to the pledge form Bittle’s Foundation is using to gather one time, and multi year contributions. The university needs to see long term viability financially for both programs. While more can be discussed on the hockey ramifications should reinnstatement happen, it is a reality that fundraising, for these teams, for the next week, is all that matters. If you are able to, please consider helping give two programs with a legacy of success at preparing men and women for life both on and off the rink a chance to continue that positive legacy moving forward.

Zachary Cline to the Generals: Read more

If you look at the Northeast Generals, their forwards over the past few years are consistently up tempo, and know how to play the game in all three zones. Their group, from rookie to veteran, when at their best plays a high IQ brand of hockey.

Zachary Cline, their newest tender, and Lake Superior State commit, does all of those things. He has done those things playing for the HoneyBaked Youth Program, one of the best hockey programs for full person development in the country.

Given the departures the Generals have had up front, with players like Jonathan Young, Rickey Boysen, and many more leaving, there will be chances up front for the dependable forward to play, right away. The Generals also get another player coming to Attleboro that will be going to Lake Superior State in a few seasons.

As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said

” Zach is a super skilled forward with an amazing motor and compete level. He had offers from a few NA teams but I think our relationship with Lake State helped tip it in our favor. We expect Zach to step in and play a top 9 role right away. We expect to utilize his speed, tenacity and skill to play in all situations.”

If you compare his notes on the Generals’ tenders this summer, you will sense a theme. For the strength of its team this season, all of its forwards will have to play as a unit, and put up goals in bunches. Cline has the potential to do just that, and the backing to do so. The 5’5″ winger plays his game with a physical snarl, and high ability to score in bunches.

With the speed he brings, he will get plenty of looks to score, and carve out a path to college hockey similar to that of former Denver Pioneer, Troy Terry, or perhaps that of Colin Bilek, a player that found his stride in Attleboro and got a Division One offer and went from there. While Cline is committed to be a Laker, he can improve his profile, and maybe earn a late round selection next season with a strong showing this year.

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