On Tuesday afternoon Wolves EHL Captain DJ Schwenke and EHLP Captain Jack Johansen sat down and completed the near 50 man draft for the 2019 Wolves Outdoor Classic. Each year the Outdoor Classic is played on an afternoon in January at the Arthur Tilton Ice Rink in Gilford, NH, located near Fays Boat Yard on Varney Point. Every year the stakes are raised in the best of 3 series, with each game decided by who scores 15 first.
Pitting the "MJHL Wolves" (wearing throwback 2014-15 inaugural Wolves season in Laconia jerseys) and "Laconia Leafs" (wearing throwback AJHL 2011-2013 Laconia Leafs jerseys), the two teams set for battle at 1pm on Wednesday afternoon. With some shrewd drafting (taking into account the 7 on 7 rules of the contest) and inspired play, Captain Jack Johansen's team proved victorious in a clean sweep of games (going 2-0).
" Overall pretty good experience here." commented Captain Jack Johansen.
EHL Captain DJ Schwenke said, "Not a lot of defense here today, and no seniority. Not a single coach picked, Ill take ownership for that one... Ill pass down the wisdom."
The Lakes Region of New Hampshire has a storied tradition of outdoor games with its local prep schools such as Holderness and Brewster playing outdoor games each season. The necessity for a home for the Lakes Region Lakers, prompted local supporters (including Merril Fay) to construct the Arthur Tilton Ice Rink in Gilford in the early 1980s. The Wolves, in addition to providing a fun event for their athletes, take great pride in the origins of their sport here in the Lakes Region of NH.
"Everyone looks forward to this event each year." commented GM Andrew Trimble. "Its one of the many ways that our program is special and unique."
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