EHL & 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 two daughters.

Email Coach Bertoni at: sbertoni@railersjhc.com

EHL & EHLP COACH – MIKE ADDESA III

Mike Addesa III will be entering his 2nd season with the Worcester Railers Junior Hockey Club. Addesa played his junior hockey for the Notre Dame Hounds in the SJHL. He then played four years at Amherst College and was a member of the the 1991-92 ECAC North-South Championship team.

After college he spent two years coaching junior hockey for the Boston Bulldogs and the Matt O’Neil Lightning in the former EJHL. Addesa has spent the last 15 years coaching youth hockey at all levels from Learn to Skate through Junior Hockey.

In his inaugural season with the EHLP, the team posted a record of 33-10-1 including a first round playoff sweep before the season was cut short by the Corona Virus pandemic.

EHL & EHLP ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH – MIKE GRACE

Michael Grace grew up playing his youth hockey in his hometown of Rochester, NY. Once graduated, he continued his hockey career joining the Capital District Selects of the EJHL for two seasons.

Grace played his collegiate hockey at NCAA Division III Plattsburgh State University in New York, where the team won two State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championships, along with three NCAA Division III national tournament berths. During his time at Plattsburgh State, Grace was a three time All-SUNYAC selection, as well as an American Hockey Coaches Association second-team All American in his junior year. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing with a minor in Accounting.

Following his senior year, Grace played four years professionally for the Mississippi Riverkings of the SPHL. In his time with Mississippi, the team had one President’s Cup Finals appearance in 2015. Grace also earned All-Rookie Team honors in 2013-2014.

Grace also spent three seasons as the Assistant Coach for NCAA Division III King’s College of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference.

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.