EHL HEAD COACH – SEAN BERTONI

Sean Bertoni’s career at Franklin (MA) HS began with a love for both football and hockey, as he grew up playing both sports in his youth. Once Sean was granted the starting goaltender position, he worked to become the backbone to the rebirth of success in the Franklin HS hockey program.

In Sean’s junior year, he sustained a very serious knee injury that required major surgery. After missing the first 15 games of his junior year, 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 UMass Boston, where he was named Team Captain in his junior year. Bertoni then transferred to, and graduated from, Suffolk University. Sean has a Master’s Degree in Education and Applied Behavior Analysis and has spent over 10 years in education.

Sean entered the coaching profession in 2011. In 2014, Bertoni became assistant coach of Oliver Ames HS in Massachusetts, and 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. He was named Hockomock League Coach of the Year in 2017.

This is Sean’s third season with the Railers, his second as EHL head coach. In his first year as head coach, Bertoni guided the Railers to their first-ever EHL playoff berth, and an opening round series win.

Bertoni-coached teams are known for their workman-like manner, the energy that they put forth, and the detail with which they play. Sean’s commitment to his players and how he and they share the same goals allows his team to play at a high level and receive many options to be recruited at the NCAA level.

Coach Bertoni resides in Franklin, MA with his two daughters Giuliana and Valentina.

Email Coach Bertoni at: sbertoni@railersjhc.com

EHLP HEAD COACH – JACK LOWRY

Jack played College Hockey at Boston College and then the University of New England. After his college hockey, he signed a pro contract with the Washington Capitals in 1979. His professional career was cut short due to injury, which launched his coaching career.

Jack has spent the last 25 years coaching at the High School and Junior Hockey level. In Jack’s recent years as a coach, Jack was the Head Coach of the Vermont Lumberjacks in the EHLP, Head Coach of the Hartford Jr Wolfpack in the USPHL, and before that, the Maine Wild in the NA3HL.

You can reach Coach Lowry at JLowry@railersjhc.com

ASSISTANT COACH – KEITH AUCOIN

Keith Aucoin was an outstanding hockey player when he was at Chelmsford High School. His efforts helped his team to the MVC and State Championships. As an individual, he was named an All-Star and Player of the Year. Keith also helped out with younger kids in summer roller hockey, both teaching skills and making it fun. He then went on to play hockey at Norwich University. While there, he set numerous records and was named All-American all four seasons. Keith was named to the Norwich Hall of Fame in 2016.

Following college, he had a very successful 17-year professional career, in the NHL, AHL, and with European teams. He played in six American Hockey League All-Star Classics and was the 7th leading scorer in AHL history upon retirement. At all levels, he was an active and willing participant in charitable activities. When asked about Keith, those who have known him praise his work ethic, positive attitude, integrity and determination. Keith has been coaching junior hockey for the past 3 years. He is married and has two boys, Brayden 9 and Nathan 7.

ASSISTANT COACH – TIM RECIO

Tim grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, before coming to New England at the age of 16 to play Prep School hockey for the Brooks School in North Andover, MA. An All League Honorable Mention, he then played his junior hockey for the Green Mountain Glades in the EJHL before enrolling at UMass-Boston, where he was named an alternate captain his sophomore year. He then transferred to Suffolk University before moving on to play professionally. He retired in 2015 as a member of the Fayetteville FireAntz of the SPHL.

Tim then started his coaching career as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 16U team, before moving to Gates Mills, OH where he was an assistant coach for Gilmour Academy. He is an assistant coach at the Brooks School, and also serves as the Skating Director for IceWorks Elite Hockey Training. In addition to his work as a team coach, Tim ran several clinics for the Pittsburgh Penguins youth hockey program, including the D1 Defense, Battle Camp, and Adult Learn to Play.

GOALTENDING COACH – BRIAN ROBINSON

Brian Robinson is currently a director and video coordinator at Stop It Goaltending and the goaltending coach for Harvard University. Brian also coached professionally in The German DEL for Adler Mannheim as well as Bentley University from 2011-2015. Brian began his career at SIG by assisting in the development of a video scouting system for NHL teams. He played a pivotal role in developing a service that allows goaltenders to receive critical game analysis via the internet. He also gained practical experience with the Boston Bruins while completing his degree in communications from Worcester State.

Brian currently conducts lessons and video sessions at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA and is currently the Player Development Goaltending Coordinator for Massachusetts hockey and was recently recognized by The New England Hockey Journal as one of the top 40 hockey minds under the age of 40.

ASSISTANT COACH – STEPHEN BUCO

Coach Buco played high school hockey at Bishop Hendricken, where he won back to back state titles in 2006 & 2007, and gained first team All State honors in both junior and senior seasons. Buco then went on to attend Hoosac School, in NY, for a postgrad year in 2009. Following Hoosac, Stephen took his talents to play juniors in the AJHL with the Boston Bulldogs in 2010 & 2011, earning the scoring title and league MVP awards in consecutive years.

Stephen was recruited to play Division 1 hockey for UMass Lowell, winning the Hockey East Championship in 2013 en route to a Frozen Four appearance. Buco was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Month for December 2011. Buco finished his college career at the the University of Massachusetts Boston and was named a CCM East Region All American, to go along with First Team All Conference honors. Turning pro after college, Buco played in the SPHL, ECHL, and Champions Hockey League, winning the 2016 Presidents Cup with the Pensacola Ice Flyers.

After hanging up his skates, Buco returned to his home state of Rhode Island to coach. He spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Bishop Hendricken High School. During his time there, the school won two state championships.

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 Andover, MA with his wife Mary.

Email Mike at: coachaddesa@gmail.com

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER – DEREK ALFAMA

In 2018, Derek Alfama joined the CWHL, “Professional Women’s Hockey”, Worcester Blades serving as their General Manager. Alfama was instrumental with moving the Blades franchise from Boston to the new Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center in Worcester Massachusetts where he also serves as the General Manager.

From 2015 to 2018, while serving as an Assistant Coach at Providence College, Alfama guided the offense to a 7th place national scoring ranking with a 3.16 goals per game average, 2nd place Hockey East Regular Season finish and a consistent National Ranking. He was also part of the staff recognized as 2016/2017 Hockey East Coaching Staff of the Year and 2017/2018 Hockey East Coaching Staff of the Year Runner-up.

Alfama previously served as an assistant coach for the women’s hockey team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He began in 2013 and spent two seasons with the Engineers. Prior to his time at RPI, Alfama served as the assistant coach at the College of the Holy Cross. He worked with the Crusaders for two seasons and in both seasons, he helped the team to the ECAC Open Championship game.

Alfama also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Norwich University (2008-2011). During his time at Norwich, Alfama helped the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, the quarterfinals in 2008-2009 season and runner up in 2009-2010. Norwich won the NCAA Championship in 2011. While at Norwich, Alfama was part of the staff which received the American College Hockey Association Division III National Staff of the Year Award both in 2010 and 2011.

Alfama, 1996 graduate of Norwich, received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He was a 4 year contributor to the Cadet’s men’s ice hockey team. During his senior season, Alfama served as captain and was the recipient of the Robert Priestly Award.

He resides in Douglas, Massachusetts with his wife Angela, his son, Donovan and daughter, Avery.