As someone who travels extensively throughout the summer searching for future prep school student-athletes, I can honestly say that you run one of the finest showcases in the Northeast. The atmosphere, from the first step in the rink to the on-ice product, is one of professionalism, something too often unseen at many of the other summer events throughout New England and the Atlantic District. You put the players and their experience first, and because of that you have attracted the top talent in the area. The evolution of the Liberty Bell Games is nothing short of remarkable in five short years, and I recommend it to all current Gunnery families, along with any prospective families who I come in contact with. The greatest compliment to your work and the level of product is seen by the dozens of collegiate and pro scouts who attend and take a genuine interest in the players. NCAA coaches believe your showcase to be one of the finest of the summer. Thank you, as always, for allowing me to be a part of it.
Dear Mr. Mongelluzzo,
I was a lucky to be able to participate in the Liberty Bell Games over the past weekend.
I would like to thank you for putting together this tournament. The whole tournament was very well planned with a high level of competition, and the pool of scouts was extensive.
Once again, I would like to thank you for making this happen, and I look forward to playing again next year.
Good morning Lew:
Thank you very much for another positive experience in having us attend the Liberty Bell tournament, you and your staff (girls) do an excellent job and are to be commended for such, the Liberty Bell has established itself and is looked upon by all in hockey as a must tourney to see, I think it's a wonderful idea to formulate this all star team and have them play before a Flyers, exhibition or regular season home game, you work hard on this project and do such a good job in putting this all together, we as scouts are appreciative that we are included, we again thank you so much and wish you continued success always!
We'll continue to follow your website for pictures, write-ups, photos and updates.
Best Wishes always:
Dear Mr. Mongelluzzo,
My name is Brendan Donohue and I had the privilege to play in my second Liberty Bell Games tournament this weekend. After being a part of the showcase for my second time, there is no doubt in my mind it is the best showcase in the area. The elite competition in combination with the extensive number of scouts, offers everything a player would look for in a showcase.
I would like to congratulate you and your team of organizers on an incredibly well run event.
Once again you did a great job with the Liberty Bell Games. I would like to say thank you from all of the Team Comcast players that made the showcase. This will be our last year doing the showcase. If you should need any help for next years games please let me know.
Thank you for letting my son Ryan Glander (97) participate in the Liberty Bell Games this past weekend. Very worthwhile. From the caliber of players to the ladies working the check in desk and the gift bags, everything was great. The number of scouts present was also impressive. We look forward to possibly participating again next year. Thank you.
I did not get the chance to personally thank you this weekend, but another great event! Congrats on what is a top flight showcase and some great hockey. My son had a great time and terrific experience!
This was my 3rd year attending the games and it was the best yet. The competitiveness of all the players in each and every game was terrific and the way they conducted themselves on the ice was great to see. I truly feel that the careful planning and extraordinary organizational skills in putting the event together makes it a top draw, not only for aspiring players, but also for all scouts/coaches hoping to get a jump on prospects and recruits.
Every year it has impressed me that the number of legitimate prospects increases. This is certainly a testament to hockey in the tri-state area.
I know we are all looking forward to the 2013 games already. The hospitality and great accommodations is greatly appreciated by all.
Just wanted to let you know your event was run extemely well and was a great experience for our son. Too many of these tournaments are just "money grabs" and this we felt was not the case.
I participated in the Liberty Bell Games this past weekend. I didn't know what to expect because it was my first year, but I can say it was truly an amazing hockey experience. My coach was excellent and the talent at this tournament had challenged me as a player in ways I had not been challenged before. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play in this tournament.
Liberty Bell Games
USHR spent the past weekend at the Liberty Bell Games in Voorhees, NJ. The tournament, run by Ottawa Senators scout Lew Mongelluzzo and now in its fourth year, might be the most scout-friendly showcase we have ever attended. At the door we were given detailed player profiles for every participant as well as color-coded game sheets for the entire weekend. Scouts, spectators, and families were not charged to get in (as it should be) and players were treated like pros, getting a bundle of goodies upon arrival -- hockey tape, apparel, etc. As for the tournament itself, it is well established, with roughly 90% of the region's top players on hand (just a few guys were missing due to family obligations, USHL tryouts, etc.) Best of all, with only 100 players invited, the event is not watered down, and, with scouts from the NHL, NCAA,USHL, OHL and New England prep schools on hand, it provides excellent exposure for the top players from the NJ/Philly region.
Just wanted to say thank you for running a great showcase. My son has gained more exposure from the Liberty Bell games than any other showcase he has attended. It's to bad that our time has run out but we have great memories to look back on. Thanks for everything.
Thank you for selecting Alex as a participant at Liberty Bell. As a first timer, he did not know what to expect. He was happy with the challenging competition; the professionalism of the event is evident. Kudos to all that made it happen!
I want to thank you for the opportunity to play in the Liberty Bell Games this past weekend. I had a great time and it was good, competitive hockey. I am looking forward to coming back next year.
I just wanted to take a quick minute to thank you for inviting my son to participate in the 2012 Liberty Bell Games. It was a tremendous experience for him. The talent level, the coaching and the overall organization of the event was top notch. Thank you again for all the work that you do to make this event such a great experience.
I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Liberty Bell Games this year. It was a great opportunity for me to play with great talent in the area and in front of so many scouts and coaches and hockey people. It is my favorite tournament to play in and I will definitely miss it next year.
Just wanted to thank you for inviting our sons, Tim and Mike Gelatt, to the Liberty Bell Games this past weekend. The competition was fantastic and enjoyable to watch some very good hockey.
It was extremely well run and coordinated. Thank you again and look forward to next year.
My son, Tyler Demyan just participated in the Liberty Bell Games. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the best summer hockey experience he has had to date. The event was so well organized. His coach was fantastic and his teammates were helpful and respectful. I can only hope that you will be interested in my son attending next year and the year after. Thank you again for caring about the players in the Atlantic District.
On behalf of all the scouts I want to thank you again for inviting us to the second Liberty Bell Games which like last year was outstanding. You, Bill, Donna and staff are to be highly commended and proud for putting this phenomenal program all together. It has to be one of the, if not the very best camp for underage futures in the country. These kids are excellent prospects and to be able to see them all under one umbrella is terrific. This program is a must for every prep school coach in the country, college, And the USHL. Junior coaches must attend. This is truly a showcase for all involved in youth development to see.
This year like last, produced some excellent prospects. Nick Ebert was the very best in last year's initial tourney, and justifiably so, for he had a great season, with greater promise for the future. This year, Anthony DeAngelo was the stand-out for me, he has a lot of skill, talent, and much promise as a future prospect.
The player pool overall was excellent, with no one who was out of place. The quality of players in attendance is a credit to all of you.
As a staff member, we thank you so much for the first class reception and treatment. The hotel was excellent, everyone were very cordial and kind; a major league operation all the way. We are most appreciative and cannot thank you enough!
Again, my thanks for all you do for us, as we're are all most appreciative.
My best always to a good friend and hockey professional,
Spoke with you on Sunday to thank you for the great job you and the guys did with the games, but wanted to follow up. We have traveled to many "big" tournaments with our son Eamon in Canada and the US over the past six years and we have never been treated so well! The boys were made to feel like professionals when they arrived at the rink, where they found personalized pro quality jerseys hanging in the locker room along with rolls of tape, socks and drinks. The goodie bag with a T-shirt, hat and bag were also a great touch. For the parents, not being charged rink admission fees was a very welcome benefit.
The group of coaches and scouts you brought in gave the event a great feel, and reinforced what a first class event you wanted to create. Having that many coaches and scouts in our backyard was fantastic. Thank you again for all the hard work you, Lew, Frank, Izzy, and Econ put into this. I know you also had some help from many in the local hockey community, but if it weren't for you guys, this great opportunity couldn't have happened. Thanks to all!
Hope and Bryan
Lew: I really enjoyed it. You treated all of us in a first-class fashion. I am excited about quite a few of the kids I saw. You served the players in the area well and you have opened our eyes to the market.
Well done and thank you for your hospitality.
Hi - I wanted to take a moment to Thank You for putting together a wonderful Ice Hockey Tournament right in our back yard.The exposure and attendance of many scouts added to the personal touch extended by all of you. It's not often today that we find ourselves invited to events where the kids and their purpose are put first.
Thanks Again - hope to see this become an annual event for the up and coming ice hockey players.
Susan W. McCarthy
Having been involved in the sport of hockey all my life, as a college coach, Assistant General Manager (NHL), and as an NHL scout, I want to commend Lew Mongelluzzo and his entire support staff in formulating the Liberty Bell Games, which were a huge success in this the inaugural year of this event, the tourney was well organized and conducted in a first class manner, a solid fore-mat, games were even and very competitive, the talent base was excellent, the entire event was a huge success and serves as a scouting base for college coaches, prep school, junior coaches, and NHL personnel. The Liberty Bell Tourney only projects to get better in future years, and is a must for all young players that want to get proper exposure, training and further development, I heartily recommend it to all young players to attend this stellar and important event.
Wanted to send another thanks to you for setting up and running a great hockey weekend for the kids with the Liberty Bell Games. Connor still talks about it and was already contacted by a coach of a Jr team. This was really great exposure for him and he looks forward to doing it next year!
As I mentioned to you before we left, The event was very well run and it was very easy for the boys to relax, have fun, and enjoy the game. You had asked me to send any recommendations and I spoke to Connor to get his impression. The only thing he said might be good is to meet some of the scouts in some sort of "mixer" and give them an opportunity to provide feedback to the boys. He commented that with all that experience and knowledge in the stands, he values their feedback and wanted to know what they would say about each teams skills. I told him that their time was limited, but I would pass along his thoughts.
Colleen and Steve
I want to pass on my congratulations on the experience and professionalism that was displayed at the 1st Annual Liberty Bell Classic held at the Hatfield Ice Rink. Being involved in youth hockey for the past 12 years and going to all the highest level AAA USA Hockey Tournament events including Nationals this year, I have to say you put on a first class event with scouts from Prep School level to the NHL level. My son being a 92 I felt obligated being from the area to participate not just for my son but for those that now will not have to travel all over North America to get their children a look in the future.
Being the first event you and your staff organized the event that seemed to go off without a hitch. Many people that attended the event were amazed of the number of scouts but also the talent. My hat goes off to all involved and I thank you for the opportunity for Gabe but also the opening of the door for the future of those that can't send their children away, specially under these econonic times.
I just want to thank you all so very much for the extraordinary experience my family had at the Liberty Games. The fact these hockey games were held in our backyard, highlighting "Philly area kids" was exciting. Your exceptional amount of hard work paid off. These kids were made to feel welcome from beginning to the end. Sign-ins were organized and friendly. The staff could not have been more helpful. My son absolutely loved the gift bag!!!!!
More importantly the diversity and high caliber of NHL, Prep School and Juniors coaches and scouts was great. The format of the games was fun to watch. I just wanted to let you know Daniel did receive interest from several Prep Schools.
My hope is the Liberty Games become a future tradition in order to showcase our local talent. Once the word is out of how professional this showcase venue was, that should not be problem.
My best wishes for continued success at Hockey Heaven and its positive impact on our hockey community.