Walpole Express
Walpole Express Logo 2016.png
City: Walpole, Massachusetts
League: EHL
Conference: North Conference
Founded: 2005
Home Arena: Rodman Arena
Colors: Red, White, Black
Owner(s): Rob Barletta
Head Coach: Jon Lounsbury
(EHL-Premier & Elite)
Danielle Doherty
Franchise history
2005–present: Walpole Express
Playoff Championships: AJHL: 2010, 2011, 2012

The Walpole Express is a Junior, Midget, Youth, and Girls hockey organization based in Walpole, Massachusetts. The teams play their home games at the Rodman Arena formerly known as the Iorio Arena,[1] located just 2 miles from Gillette Stadium.

Junior teams[edit | edit source]

Most notably, the Express field two Tier III junior teams in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) (formerly the Atlantic Junior Hockey League) in the Premier and Elite Divisions. In 2014 the organization added a women's Junior team which participates in the New England Women's Junior Hockey League (NEWJHL).[2]

The Premier and Elite teams are coached by former pro and Huntsville Havoc captain Jon Lounsbury, who took over the coaching duties from Olympian and NHL alumni Mark Kumpel when he accepted the position of Director of Hockey Operations for the Eastern Hockey League. The Express Associate Coaches are former Buffalo Sabres skating coach Matt Rogers and Northeast Goaltending Development director Clayton Adams.

The newly formed NEWJHL team is coached by former Boston Blades Pro Defenseman Anya Battaglino, who was also a member of the Boston University Terriers Women's Team.[3] previous team logo The Express AJHL team captured three consecutive President's Cup Championships (2010, 2011, and 2012), the AJHL Regular Season Championship two of those years (2011 and 2012), and the 2010 AJHL North Division Championship. The now EHL-19U Elite team (formerly in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League until 2015) has also won the 2009 MJHL Regular Season Championship and 2011 MJHL Francis Division Championship under general manager and coach Tony Dalessio.

Season-by-season records[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L T OL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Atlantic Junior Hockey League
2005–06 42 10 31 0 1 133 227 21 10th of 11, AJHL Did not qualify
2006–07 44 22 21 0 1 185 165 45 3rd of 6, North
7th of 12, AJHL
2007–08 45 26 18 0 1 163 129 53 4th of 6, North
6th of 11, AJHL
2008–09 42 25 12 0 5 136 91 55 3rd of 6, North
5th of 12, AJHL
2009–10 42 34 4 0 4 183 73 72 1st of 6, North
2nd of 12, AJHL
League Champions
2010–11 44 38 3 0 3 187 67 79 1st of 6, North
1st of 12, AJHL
League Champions
2011–12 44 38 5 1 0 162 65 77 1st of 12, AJHL League Champions
2012–13 44 29 11 4 0 163 94 62 2nd of 12, AJHL Lost Quarterfinals, 0-2 vs. New Jersey Rockets
Eastern Hockey League
2013–14 44 13 22 7 2 110 150 35 6th of 6, Central Div.
15th of 17, EHL
Lost Round 1, 0-2 vs. Philadelphia Little Flyers
2014–15 44 29 9 6 154 121 64 1st of 5, Boston Div.
5th of 19, EHL
Won Round 1, 2-0 vs. Vermont Lumberjacks
Lost Quarterfinals, 0-2 vs. Connecticut Oilers
2015–16 (Premier) 41 20 13 8 116 107 48 4th of 9, North Conf.
9th of 18, EHL-Premier
Won First Round, 2-0 vs. Boston Junior Rangers
Won Second Round, 2-0 vs. Boston Bandits
Lost Semifinals, 0-2 vs. Philadelphia Little Flyers
2015-16 (Elite) 42 29 12 - 1 171 127 59 3rd of 8 Elite 2nd Round Robin Pool B 2-1-0
Eliminated in Round Robin
2016–17 (Premier) 48 24 20 - 4 144 147 52 3rd Boston Won First Round, 2-0 vs. Boston Junior Rangers
Won Second Round, 2-0 vs. Boston Bandits
Lost Semifinals, 0-2 vs. Philadelphia Little Flyers
2016-17 (Elite) 42 21 15 - 6 163 153 48 7th Northern Did not qualify
2017-18 (EHL) 50 36 11 - 3 207 123 75 2nd Boston Won First Round, 2-0 vs. New England Wolves
Lost Second Round, 0-2 vs. Boston Jr Rangers
2017-18 (EHL-P) 44 23 19 - 2 175 162 48 3rd North Lost Conf. Semifinals, 6-0 vs. Vermont Lumberjacks
2018-19 (EHL) 45 18 20 - 7 143 160 43 4th South Did not qualify
2018-19 (EHL-P) 41 15 25 - 1 138 152 31 5th North Lost Conf. First Round, 5-1 vs. Vermont Lumberjacks
2019-20 (EHL) 46 28 13 - 5 147 110 61 5th New England Lost Preliminary Round
2019-20 (EHL-P) 42 16 22 - 4 112 140 36 6th North Lost Division Quarterfinals

Midget & Select Teams[edit | edit source]

The Express field numerous Tier I and Tier II National Bound Midget teams ranging from U14 through U18. In addition to the midget teams, Spring and Fall Select teams are also entered into various area tournaments. The Midget and Select programs are run by longtime Northeast Elite Hockey director, Rob Reilly.

Girls Youth Teams[edit | edit source]

The Express girls teams provide an opportunity for girls from Walpole, MA and surrounding towns to learn and excel at the game of hockey in a positive, fun and competitive environment which stresses teamwork and sportsmanship. The organization promotes player development for all players. There are nine all-girls teams including the U16/19 level, U14 level, U12 level, U10 level, and U8 level. The season runs roughly from early September through mid March. The U16/19 teams are half-season teams, who end their season at Thanksgiving so the players can play on their high school hockey teams.

The U8 team follows USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) guidelines and participates in the Rodman Arena Mite Development League (MDL), a half-ice hockey league for U8 players. The U10 through U19 teams play out of the exceptionally well organized Middlesex Yankee Conference. The league offers four divisions including U10, U12, U14, and a half season for U19. The league consists of approximately 100 teams, broken down into four divisions (based on age and ability). Our program has entered two teams in the U10 division, two teams in the U12 division, two teams in the U14 division and two teams in the U19 division. The league has parity rounds and make games as competitive as possible.

Both the U10 and U12 Major teams are Tier 2 state-bound teams and compete in Mass Hockey's Tier 2 State Tournament in March. The U14 Major team is a Tier 2 national-bound team competing in Mass Hockey's Tier 2 State Tournament for a chance to participate in the National Tournament in April.

Alumni[edit | edit source]

The Walpole Express have produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of, NCAA Division I, Division III college and professional programs.[4]

Player Team Level
Max MacKay Wheeling Nailers, Bridgeport Sound Tigers ECHL, American Hockey League
Matt Harrington Mississippi RiverKings, Cape Cod Bluefins SPHL, Federal Hockey League
Ben Oskroba Peoria Rivermen, Northeastern University SPHL, D-I
Georgiy Gurianov HC CSKA Moscow KHL
Jake Brightbill Sacred Heart University D-I
Zach Andrews UMass Boston D-I
Chris Comprosky UMass Boston D-I
Derek Kump Holy Cross D-I
Erick Vos Holy Cross D-I
Charles LaChance AIC D-I
Steve Charest Utica College D-III
Lou Malvasi Utica College D-III
Cody Armstrong Tufts D-III
Matt Venoit Penn State D-I
Brian Greene Castleton State D-III

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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