For the first time in Maryland Black Bears history, two Team Maryland (EHL) players, goalie Anthony Del Tufo and forward Connor Redden, were brought up to play with the team over the weekend against the WBS Knights.
Anthony Del Tufo is a 5’9,154-pound goalie that has shown he has what it takes to be an NAHL caliber goalie. Del Tufo was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey and previously played for the New Jersey Jr. Titans and Hitmen. In the twelve games the left-handed goalie has played for Team Maryland, he has put up a respectable .908 SVS%.
Del Tufo played as the backup Friday night, but started Saturday and played incredibly well. He kept the Black Bears in the game by saving 29 of the 31 shots from the WBS Knights for a .93 SVS%.
Connor Redden, a speedy 5’8, 174-pound forward, was born in Winnipeg, Canada, but grew up in Southbury, Connecticut. Before Team Maryland, Redden played for the Connecticut Jr. Rangers and Rochester Monarchs. Redden only played Saturday night, but displayed that he could hold his own against NAHL talent.
“This is big for Team Maryland Hockey,” said Team Maryland (EHL) Head Coach Jason Rowe. “Anthony and Connor are the first two players from Team Maryland to play up with the Black Bears and this move shows all Team Maryland players in the organization concrete evidence of what happens when you work hard and progress as a hockey player. I’m very excited about the relationship and resources Team Maryland receives from the Black Bears to allow our players to grow.”
“This is exactly why we have this affiliation,” said Maryland Black Bears Head Coach Clint Mylymok. “We talk to Team Maryland (EHL) Head Coach Jason Rowe every day to discuss personnel and to arrange their top players to practice with us so we can grow the relationship we have with our EHL affiliate. This was a great opportunity for these young men and we are more than happy to give them this critical experience that will go a long way to their growth as hockey players.”