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March 15, 2014

Newburyport hockey in good hands

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Wile has watched each of his three sons move through the program over the last eight years, starting with his oldest son Jeff, then Connor and finally Travis. He was there to celebrate when the team won the Division II State Championship in 2009, and for the past four years he’s been there to share the team’s frustration after each successive one-and-done disappointment.

Through it all, he’s gained a perspective that what his sons and the rest of the players ultimately take with them from Newburyport hockey isn’t just the on ice results, but the life lessons learned along the way.

“The coaching staff, Paul Yameen, Jed Beauperlant, Jeff Stone and Jeff Guadaditis, have had such a positive influence and effect,” Wile said. “The Newburyport community is very lucky to have a group of coaches who not only coach on the ice, but year round are a part of their lives both academically and healthwise.”

Wile pointed to the way the coaches keep an eye on the kids throughout the year, making sure they eat right and work on their cardio. He praised the way they spend time with the players in the weight room, even during the offseason when other coaches haven’t even begun to think about the upcoming season.

He recalled the way his oldest son Jeff was welcomed as a part of the program for four years, even though he’d been diagnosed with a heart condition going into high school and was never able to play. Then he recalled how as a senior, coach Yameen put Jeff in for a shootout during the Newburyport Bank tournament, and how special a moment it was when he scored.

Even after his illustrious four-year playing career, Travis said watching his brother score that goal remains his all-time favorite hockey memory.

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