Ryan Frew: Coach, Leader, Father, Son, Role Model For All
"There is no greater reward than knowing that you have had a positive impact on someone's life journey" - Ryan Frew
The United States Premier Hockey League lost an amazing person in Ryan Frew, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs’ NCDC head coach, on Monday, Oct. 5. Ryan died of complications arising from peritonitis at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
The USPHL and all of its Member Organizations express its deepest sympathies to Ryan’s wife Nanna and his sons Seamus and Quentin, his daughter Layla, as well as his extended family, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs organization, and all others whose lives he touched.
It was a fitting reward when, in 2017, Frew received the New Hampshire Union-Leader Forty Under Forty Award, recognizing his great service to youth in New Hampshire. In the accompanying article, when asked why he chose his profession, his answer was straightforward:
“I love working with people. My chosen profession offers me the opportunity to support and influence young men’s lives during a critical stage of their development and help guide them to become the best version of themselves,” Frew told the Union-Leader. “There is no greater reward than knowing that you have had a positive impact on someone's life journey.”
Frew had a positive impact on everyone he met, no matter where he went, extending beyond the leagues, to the greater hockey community. Coaches from across the hockey realm spoke about their concern for Frew’s health during his illness.
Frew’s history with the Monarchs (and with many of the Monarchs’ opponents both then and currently with the USPHL) goes well back to the first decade of the 2000s, coaching the Monarchs’ former Empire Junior Hockey League. Ryan was hired by the Monarchs in 2004.
He brought the Monarchs to the Tier-3 Jr. B National Championship games in 2007 and 2011, and he was also on the bench for three straight Monarchs’ Tier-3 Jr. A National Championship wins from 2007 through 2009 and again in 2012.
He coached the Monarchs to Empire Jr. Hockey League titles in 2010 and 2012, as well. He also saw his Monarchs receive a USA Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award and he was an All-Star Coach in six of his eight Empire seasons.
Frew led the Monarchs to the first Eastern Hockey League regular season championship in 2014, and in 2016, the Monarchs added Playoff Champions to that resume.
Within the USPHL, he helped shepherd the Monarchs into the NCDC to start the 2018-19 season, his team’s start in the league was so impressive, he was named NCDC Coach Of The Year after that first season.
The Islanders Hockey Club struck gold with the signing last year of Cy LeClerc. The Brentwood, N.H., resident came in with a Division 1 commitment to the University of New Hampshire and a fire in his eyes.
After racking up 22 goals and 55 points in 50 regular season games, LeClerc was announced on March 10 as the NCDC Rookie Of The Year for 2019-20.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” said LeClerc, upon hearing the news. “I knew the NCDC was a great league. I didn’t know what type of skill levels the kids had, but after playing in the league, I saw it was a tough league and tough league in which to get a win.
“Cy has really focused in on developing his all around 200-foot game especially in the defensive zone,” added Islanders Head Coach Tim Kyrkostas. “He’s a great kid who worked so hard each and everyday. He’s so deserving of this recognition and I know he’s going to have a great NCAA career.”
LeClerc helped the Islanders to a fourth-place finish, thanks in large part to an 11-game winning streak that started with their first game of 2020.
“As a team, we just weren’t together [at the start], but we started picking it up and we went 18-2-2 down the stretch,” said LeClerc.
LeClerc came to the Islanders with the idea of being able to develop one more year towards a Tier-1 junior opportunity while attending (and in June, graduating from) his own school. And develop he certainly did.
“I learned the game a lot more this year than last year. The Islanders helped me get better in all three zones and get to know the game better,” said LeClerc. “Hopefully that helps me next year as I prepare to attend UNH in 2021-22.
“[The UNH coaches] thought it was a good idea to stay and play in the NCDC and succeed here, and move on to Tier-1 next year,” added LeClerc.
Before that, the Islanders have a Dineen Cup Playoffs in front of them, with the goal of reclaiming the Cup after winning it the first year of the NCDC in 2017-18.
“Knowing what playoffs are going to be like, and how hard you have to compete to win every game,” LeClerc added. “I hope it’ll help me at the next level and develop me even more towards being ready to go to UNH.”
The USPHL congratulates the 2019-20 NCDC Rookie Of The Year Cy LeClerc and wishes him and the Islanders Hockey Club the best of luck in the Dineen Cup Playoffs.
IHC NCDC Forward Seth Stadheim commits to Connecticut College
North Andover, MA- The Islanders Hockey Club is proud to announce that NCDC forward Seth Stadheim has officially committed to the Connecticut College Hockey Program for the fall of 2020.
Stadheim, a native of Lyme, NH has had an outstanding season with the IHC Program. In his one year with IHC he has appeared to date in 48 Games, Scoring 15 goals while picking up 21 assists for 36 PTS. “Seth is the prototypical 200 ft player as he can do it all! He was named our captain for a reason he leads by example in that he gives 110% effort each and every day that he hits the ice. He’s going to be a great addition to the Conn College Hockey Program and campus ” Said IHC Head Coach Tim Kyrkostas
“Playing for the The Islanders Hockey Club has been a phenomenal experience. The program has really helped me grow as a player in all aspects of the game. I would like to thank the coaching staff and the program as a whole for helping me attain my dream of playing NCAA College Hockey.”- Seth Stadheim
The Islanders Hockey Club would like to congratulate and wish Seth and his family the best of luck with his collegiate career.