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October 16, 2013

Division 1 dreams become reality

Newburyport, Triton to start new era of hockey

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In Wile’s first year at Triton in 2006-07, he led the Vikings to a record of 11-5-5. He lost his job at the end of the season because he refused to award a varsity letter to a player who fell ill during the season and did not remain a part of the team through the banquet.

The program declined quickly after Wile’s departure. The Vikings logged a record of 10-37-8 in the three years without him. Wile was rehired at Triton before the 2010-11 season, and the team quickly returned to being one of the best in the Cape Ann League. The Vikings have gone 38-24-5 over the last three seasons, including a Cape Ann League title in 2011-12. Like Yameen, Wile’s influence on the program has been immense in terms of wins and losses. A Wile-coached Triton team has never fallen short of qualifying for the state tournament.

Yameen and Wile are united in their belief that the Newburyport and Triton hockey communities deserve better. Although they coach rivals on the ice, they are streamlined in their long-term visions. They both believe a high school team will only benefit from competing against the best. They both believe a state-of-the-art facility will appeal to players who might otherwise attend private schools. They both believe they can provide better avenues to college hockey for their players if they provide situations in which scouts can assess their teams playing against the best. They both believe high school programs should have year-round weight-lifting programs. They both believe their respective schools can one day play in the Super Eight Tournament.

“The whole thing is raising the bar,” Wile said. “If this was an academic setting, I doubt there’d be any nay-sayers. We’re talking about raising the credibility of our athletic programs and taking it to a more competitive setting.”

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