USA Junior Hockey Magazine (USAjuniorhockey.com)
August 2018 Edition
Thomas Liebold was tabbed as an exciting young player to watch for the Binghamton Jr. Senators in the 2018-19 season in this very magazine two months ago. Unfortunately for the Senators and Coach Anthony Langevin, the news of Liebold’s skill and potential seemingly traveled quickly around hockey circles, leading to Liebold’s departure for the NAHL’s Jamesville Jets.
“We’re disappointed that we won’t get to have Thomas on our squad this year. We were anticipating him to be a big goal scorer, one of our first-line guys,” said Langevin. “But we couldn’t be more excited for him to take the next step in his development and jump to the NAHL.”
Promotion like that is the ultimate goal for players playing for the Binghamton Jr. Senators and Coach Langevin is building a culture of development that produces those results.
“We have a good track record of getting guys to the next level, whether it be the NAHL, college hockey, or others,” stated Langevin. “We are striving to build our culture so these guys who come to us, no matter how they got here, can become better hockey players and move on to higher levels of hockey.”
Two players from last year’s team, Brad Becker and Dominic Bogdziul, exemplify what Langevin describes perfectly. Both players played in the NAHL last season before finishing the year with the Jr. Senators, a NA3HL team. After finishing the season strong, Becker committed to Utica College (DIII) and Bogdziul signed with the NCDC’s Syracuse Stars.
“Our resume speaks for itself,” Langevin said in regards to moving guys through the ranks. “With what we do in player development and scheduling, putting our team in front of as many eyes as possible, Binghamton has become the top choice for players moving down from the NAHL.”
Speaking of scheduling, the Senators open the season on August 31st and September 1st with two games at the Johnstown Tomahawks, becoming the first non-NAHL team to play a NAHL opponent.
This will not only give Binghamton a great challenge out of the gates, but it presents a “tremendous opportunity” for the players.
Langevin hopes that this will be the start of a fruitful partnership. With the two cities separated by about four hours, a selected group of his players, ones that Johnstown could be interested in signing, practicing with the Tomahawks during the week, then returning to Binghamton for games on the weekends.
“We couldn’t ask for a better way to start our season,” raved Langevin. “We get to play in front of a NAHL crowd and it allows the Tomahawks brass to get a long look at our guys to potentially bring them up in the future.”