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On the heals of being announced as the Head Coach for the NAHL Selects team at the Top Prospects tournament in Plymouth, Michigan, the Northeast Generals are excited to announce a two year contract extenstion for Head Coach Joe Lovell.  Lovell took over the Generals in January of 2017 after a historically bad start.  Since then things have turned around.  After a inagural NAHL (North American Hockey League) season that saw the Generals go 4-53-3 the Generals are having a strong 2017-2018 season.  Through 43 games the Generals are 23-18-2 which is a historic turnaround in the league.  

"We hired Joe because of his reputation as the best skills guy in New England.  We also hired him because of the type of person he is and the way he treats players on and off the ice.  He fit in with the player first culture we have been building since day 1.  He has brought his immense knowledge of the game to the rink everyday and made the kids better.  Not just better in a team setting but better as individual players." said GM and Owner Bryan Erikson

"We really couldn't have hired a better guy.  He works very hard, does a great job of getting kids committed to college (18 players in just the first 12 months including 5 D1 commitments) and setting reachable and executable goals for our players.  The entire organization turned around the Day we hired Joe." Erikson continued.

The Generals currently sit 2 points out of 2nd place in the East Division after finishing dead last out of 24 teams last year.  Lovell being selected as the Head Coach of the NAHL Selects team at the premier Junior Hockey event is an amazing honor for the first full year Coach.  The Selects teams is made up of players selected by NHL Central Scouting and will include Generals players Matt Demelis (Northeastern Commit), Brady Gaudette and standout D man Joe Nagle.

"Lovell Hockey has started to become and will continue to be the top feeder system for the Generals.  We have had tremendous success with players that have played in the Lovell hockey system from Demelis (Northeastern), Brian Chambers (UMass-Lowell), Gaudette and many others.  Joe's proven record of improving players is one of the main reasons he is such a great Coach.  We look forward to watching Joe continue to help the Generals improve to one of the best teams in the NAHL." 


Adam Gaudette curled behind the net and worked his way into the left faceoff circle, the raucous Northeastern student section just above him in the balcony of Matthews Arena screaming encouragement as the Huskies desperately moved the puck around their offensive zone.

Northeastern trailed Providence, 4-3, in the final minute of a critical Hockey East showdown Jan. 26 when the junior forward from Braintree slid into his preferred position, just to the left of Friars goalie Hayden Hawkey. Linemate Dylan Sikura got control of the puck at the right dot and threaded a pass across the zone that landed softly on Gaudette’s stick, whipped instantly into the net.

“That’s my spot,’’ Gaudette said. “I don’t know why anyone wasn’t hanging out there. [Sikura] just found me, like he’s done a million times.”

Gaudette has been overlooked before. For instance, how is it that college hockey’s leading scorer was only recruited by one school?

When he scored 29 goals and 38 assists in 27 games as a junior at Thayer Academy, Northeastern was the only college to come calling.

Gaudette moved on to Cedar Rapids in the USHL for a year, where he recorded 30 points and a plus-23 rating as essentially a third-line player. When it was time for the 2015 NHL entry draft, all 30 teams repeatedly passed on him before Vancouver scooped him up in the fifth round, 149th overall.

In his three years at Northeastern, he has jumped higher in the national scoring ranks each season, landing on USA Hockey’s radar in the Olympic team selection process. Ultimately he was not chosen to go to PyeongChang.

Overlooked no longer, Gaudette is a Hobey Baker candidate and one-third of the Huskies’ offensive cavalcade of Gaudette, Sikura, and Nolan Stevens. Between them, they have 100 points, the highest-scoring trio in college hockey this season, and have taken 11th-ranked Northeastern to a 15-7-4 record entering Monday’s Beanpot matchup with No. 16 Boston College.

Gaudette has led the nation in points for most of the season and is tied for first (19-20—39) with Colorado College sophomore Nick Halloran. His 13 multipoint games are the most in college hockey. He scored 14 points in eight games in January.

Northeastern coach Jim Madigan, who frequently describes Gaudette’s puck pursuit as a “dog on a bone,” ticks off a list of things that make Gaudette stand out.

“He plays with passion, he works his butt off each and every shift, he never gives up on any puck,’’ Madigan said. “He’s hard to play against. He only knows one speed and that’s full-out every shift. It’s just that high-end compete level.”

Gaudette is counted on to score goals, but he’s also a penalty killer and has worked relentlessly to develop a 200-foot game and make himself NHL-ready, adding strength to his 6-foot-1-inch, 184-pound frame.

“Something I’ve always gone by is just never really be satisfied,’’ Gaudette said. “It’s something my dad really instilled in me growing up; he comes from a blue-collar, hard-working family. Same with my mom. Just hard work and determination is something I learned from them and that is how I play hockey, never be satisfied, always want more, just keep working hard and good things are going to come.’’

Gaudette got his start like so many hockey players, when his father, Doug, launched him onto the ice at the age of 2. Adam was not impressed.

“I quit a couple of times I think,’’ he said. “Scared of the Zamboni.’’

But a year or two later he was back, and he’s been on an upward trajectory ever since, with no signs of slowing down. Two younger brothers followed him onto the ice.

“We were known as the hockey family in our town.’’ he said.

That town was Taunton, but when Gaudette got the chance to attend Thayer in sixth grade, the whole family moved to Braintree to cut down on commuting. The effort was not lost on Adam, who said the dedication to family of his father, a firefighter, and his mother, a teacher — both still commute to Taunton for work — was an important part of his upbringing.

Now here comes the Beanpot, Boston’s annual hockey hoedown, played in Gaudette’s backyard. There’s something special about being a Boston kid playing in the Beanpot. Expect the TD Garden stands to be loaded with Gaudettes on Monday night. It won’t be just his parents and younger brothers. It’s also his grandparents on both sides, his cousins, his neighbors, his father’s firefighting colleagues — he has his own Gaud Squad.

Gaudette welcomes the inevitable pressure.

“I definitely feel pressure, feeling like you’ve got to score every game — which isn’t the best thing to be thinking,’’ he said, “but ever since I was a kid I’ve always liked the pressure situation. When I was playing baseball I was always a pitcher and I liked to come in when it was a close game where the game’s on the line. Pressure I think motivates me to do better. And gives me that extra excitement and adrenaline.’’

Northeastern, which won its first Hockey East tournament in 28 years in 2016 when Gaudette was a freshman, hasn’t won a Beanpot since 1988.

“I feel like it’s more special to us than the three other schools just because it’s been so long,’’ said Gaudette. “I think a lot of people are really itching to get one, me especially.’’

Giants Announce 2018-2019 Tryout Dates

By 95 Giants 01/29/2018, 4:30pm EST

2018-2019 Boys Hockey Tryouts
Online registration to follow
All Tryouts will be held at New England Sports Village in Attleboro.
Tryouts and Evaluations are conducted by Lovell Hockey Staff


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