GENERAL MANAGER – MIKE ADDESA

Known to many in the hockey community as “Coach”, Mike Addesa has served in every capacity in the world of developmental hockey, but takes his greatest pride in his very successful record of working with young student athletes in the pursuit of their dream of furthering their academic and athletic careers as collegiate student hockey players. Over his nearly 5 decade career, Coach Addesa’s ability to evaluate the character, academic capacity, and athletic skill of aspiring collegiate hockey players has built an unparalleled level of trust in his recommendations amongst his vast network of college hockey coaches and recruiters.

Addesa began his college coaching career at Holy Cross, where he elevated the competitive level and prominence of the Crusaders ice hockey program before accepting the position of Head Coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). There he recruited and coached his teams to multiple ECAC titles, and created what many regard as one of the greatest college hockey teams of all time, the NCAA Championship (Frozen Four) winning 1985 Engineers. To date, his teams at RPI hold the greatest majority of the NCAA Division I team records, and boast an astounding 38 game unbeaten streak playing a national schedule during his tenure.

For the next step in his career, Addesa accepted scouting/recruiting positions with the Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames, and Vancouver Canucks. Identified as a proven talent evaluator and team builder, Coach was approached by each organization as they were embarking upon the process of rebuilding their player pools. His contributions to each organization’s collective efforts have consistently been followed by growth and increased depth in their talent pool, and significant improvement of their on-ice performance.

He has also been involved in junior hockey since the mid-90’s, in particular, the Junior Bulldogs where he was head coach and GM for over 15 years. Mike Addesa has coached, mentored, and advised student athletes and helped hundreds of pro and college hockey players reach their goals. He believes in developing each and every individual player, having them put in the hard work – on and off the ice, in order for them to reach their specific goals.

Coach Addesa has placed student-hockey players at Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, Amherst, Williams, Babson, UMass-Amherst, UMass-Lowell, UMass-Boston, UMass-Dartmouth, Salem State, Maine, Vermont, Merrimack, Boston College, Norwich, Denver, Colorado College, Ohio State, Western Michigan, The Milwaukee School of Engineering, and many others.

Mike Addesa lives in Wakefield, NH with his wife Mary.

Email Mike at: maddesa@railersjhc.com

EHL HEAD COACH – JAMES MELLO

The foundation to James Mello’s interest in hockey was built in his formative years as a member of the Chicago Young Americans Youth Hockey Program. The highly competitive hockey programming in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest accelerated James’ development as a young goaltender. The Mello family relocated to Rhode Island in time for James to become a high school student-athlete at LaSalle Academy in Providence, RI.

James quickly became recognized as one of Rhode Island high school’s top goaltenders. Suddenly, as James was about to enter his senior year at LaSalle, he was summoned to go to New Hampshire and play goal for the New Hampshire Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Ultimately, James accepted the offer and transferred to Bishop Brady High School for his senior year. James took over the job that he would not relinquish as the starting goaltender for Coach Sean Tremblay’s New Hampshire Monarchs.

James then accepted Coach Bob Gaudet’s offer to attend Dartmouth College where he received All-Ivy and All-ECAC honors and was awarded the 2011 Alfred E. Watson Award, given to the Top Male Athlete at Dartmouth College. Coach Mello went on to finish his career as the Big Green’s second all-time leader in save percentage and in 2018 was inducted into the “Wearers of the Green”, the Dartmouth College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Upon graduation from Dartmouth, James entered the coaching profession, serving as an assistant coach at LaSalle Academy and also as the Goaltending Coach for the Providence College Women’s team from 2014 – 2017.

After helping LaSalle Coach Mike Gaffney lead the Rams to the Rhode Island State Championship in 2015, James was elevated to the position of head coach at LaSalle where the Rams again were crowned State Champions in 2018. In his tenure as the head coach at LaSalle Academy, his teams advanced to the state semifinals once and the state finals three times.

Coach Mello is success-driven and possesses a strong belief in the student-athlete. He brings his winning attitude, high standards, and a definite passion for the game of hockey to the rink on a daily basis.

Email Coach Mello at: jmello@railersjhc.com

EHLP HEAD COACH – SEAN BERTONI

Sean Bertoni’s career at Franklin High School began with a love for both football and hockey. He grew up playing both sports in his youth. Sean entered high school in grade nine to find the Panthers continuing as one of the Hockomock League’s football powers, but their once might hockey program had fallen on hard times. Sean played both sports and in hockey found himself serving as the back-up goaltender. A losing hockey season provided him with the opportunity to start in goal. Soon, Sean became the backbone to the rebirth of success in the Franklin High School hockey program.

During the football season of Sean’s junior year, he sustained a very serious knee injury that required major surgery. This brought his football career to a close. As a result of the surgery, Sean would miss the first fifteen games of the hockey season in his junior year. Yet, he returned in time to lead the Panthers to a 2-1 victory over league power, Canton, and into the state tournament. Sean was given the award for the most dedication to his sport and was also named playoff MVP and overall Team MVP for his senior year.

Sean committed to play his college hockey at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he was named Team Captain in his junior year. Bertoni transferred to, due to academic programming, and graduated from Suffolk University. Coach Bertoni has spent the past ten years in education. Sean has a Master’s Degree in Education and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Sean entered the coaching profession in 2011. In 2014, Bertoni accepted the assistant hockey coaching position at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, Mass. He served in that position for two seasons and was named the head coach in 2016. The OA program had three consecutive winning seasons under Coach Bertoni and were contenders in each of those three seasons in the state tournament. Coach Bertoni was named Hockomock League Coach of the Year in 2017 for his efforts and the great performance of the Oliver Ames team.

The Bertoni-coached teams are known for their workman-like manner, the energy that they put forth, and the detail with which they play. Sean has a great sensitivity and caring for the students that he works with daily within the Medway schools special education program.

Coach Bertoni resides in Medway, MA with his wife, Heather, and their two daughters.

Email Coach Bertoni at: sbertoni@railersjhc.com

EHL ASSISTANT COACH – BRIAN ADDESA

The Worcester Railers Junior Hockey Club is proud to announce Brian Addesa as their new Assistant Coach for their Eastern Hockey League Team. Brian has experienced hockey in many locations, including two college campuses, and in both the United States and Canada. As a youth, he had little choice but to play hockey. Most of his developmental youth hockey time came during a ten year span with the Troy-Academy Youth Hockey program in the Capital District of New York. A family move to Wilcox, Saskatchewan afford Brian the opportunity to be a “Notre Dame Hound”, one of Canada’s most heralded developmental hockey programs. Next stop was to Andover, MA where Brian played his first public school hockey at Andover High School.

From early in his amateur hockey career, Brian was identified as an elite level prospect by USA Hockey’s National Development Program. Brian played in several USA Hockey National Development Camps, and was selected as a first team alternate defenseman for the US National Select Teams at the U17 and U18 levels. Brian was also chosen by the London Knights of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League and attended their training camp for the US College eligibility limit of 48 hours.

Originally a product of Massachusetts public high school hockey, Brian finished his high school career at Phillips Exeter Academy, and signed a tender agreement with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. From his successes with Dubuque and DesMoines in the USHL, and later with the Boston Bulldogs, Brian earned a Division I College Scholarship, to play for the Northeastern Huskies in the NCAA’s Hockey East.

Brian’s desire to work in education and administration surfaced during his college days while he concluded his education at UMass-Boston. He worked in education and high school administration until 2017. At that time, Brian was encouraged by his brothers, Matt, Mike, and Chris, to take a leave from education and work within the AXE Sports Group that specializes in youth development through sports.

Brian has served as an assistant coach with the Boston Bulldogs Junior Hockey team and the Head Coach of the Salem (MA) High School hockey program. With his combination of skills, Brian will serve as an academic advisor as well as hockey coach with the Railers Junior Hockey Program.

Coach Brian Addesa lives in Peabody, MA with his wife Sara, and his son and two daughters.

Email Coach Addesa at: baddesa@railersjhc.com