Day 1 Season 2 for NEHC
Day 1 of the second season for the New England Hockey Club (NEHC) began at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA.
Head Coach and Team Owner Josh Hechter had this to say on Day 1 for the second season of the New England Hockey Club, “I am super excited for the new season, to see all the hard work the veteran players have put in over the summer and specifically since the last time the group was together in July. As well as how the new girls are going to step right in to help push us to the next level.”
The team is returning 9 players from last year’s team and inaugural season. Those players include PG F Bekki Antonelli (Wellesley, MA) and PG D Jenna Abeyta (Aurora, CO), SR G MacKenzie Nicholas (Lake Worth, FL) and F Emma Dorf (Kings Park, NY) , Juniors Maxi Bird (Essex Junction, VT) and F Peyton Nagy (Columbia, MO), Sophomores Lia Poggio (Cumming, GA) and Savannah Willard (Plymouth, MN) and F/D Cordi Campbell (Orlando, FL).
Hechter continues, "I am thrilled with the core that we have returning. It will allow us to start so much further ahead this year. It is still a young group and I am excited about where we can end up, especially with the awesome kids we added to the roster."
Heather Schwarz serves as both AC and Strength and Conditioning Coach for 2017-2018 season
Heather Schwarz has joined the New England Hockey Club staff as an assistant coach and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Club’s second season. “I am beyond thrilled to have Heather on board as an Assistant Coach and as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach,” said Head Coach Josh Hechter about the news. “Heather is an extremely impressive young lady who has achieved great success in her NCAA and Professional career. She is an excellent addition to the New England Hockey Club and a valuable role model for these players trying to achieve their dreams.”
Schwarz finished her high school career as captain of the Boston Shamrocks U19 JWHL team. There she became the team’s MVP and JWHL All-Star, and accepted a scholarship to Syracuse University.
Schwarz spent her college career at Syracuse University, playing in 141 games for the Orange, tied for 7th in program history and accumulating 51 career points on 29 assists and 22 goals.
At Syracuse, Schwarz earned a B.S. in Heath and Science and completed an internship with Mike Boyle. Currently, she works at Republic Boston as a certified personal trainer, specializing in Strength and Conditioning, training for athletic performance, weight loss, functional movement training and cardiovascular training. As a trainer, she promotes athletic lifestyles and confidence through training and education, highlighting the importance of preparation.
The New England Hockey Club (NEHC) is the most recent team to join the ten team elite Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL). Our home rink is the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA (nes.com). Our objective is to prepare and create opportunities for young women to pursue their hockey and academic aspirations at the college level.