Goalie Coach George Bosak and 2015-16 Goalie Clinics
Good Day to All New Jersey Colonial Goalie Families! My name is George Bosak, Goaltending Coach of Princeton University and director of Future Pro Goaltending Mid-Atlantic USA, LLC. I am extremely grateful and excited to begin working with the NJ Colonials goaltenders every Monday at the ProTec Ponds.
Goaltenders and parents, I will outline monthly the "theme" that will be addressed each Monday for that month. The goaltender practices will begin Monday, September 14. The schedule is as follows:
5:00 – 6:15 PM: Mite/Squirt
6:15 – 7:15 PM: Pee-Wee/1st year Bantam
7:30-8:30 PM: 2nd year Bantam/Midget/Junior
I will be having guest instructors throughout the year that include, but not limited to:
Erik Schardt, scout for Bloomington (USHL) and Honey Baked goaltending coach
Robert Vanderzyppe, scout for Flint (OHL)
Colton Phinney, starting goaltender, Princeton University (holidays)
Kevin Boyle, starting goaltender, UMass-Lowell, Hockey East (holidays)
Dan Gould, Future Pro instructor and Girls goaltender coach for the Colonials will also be coaching.
During the year, if you have availability to video games and email them, please feel free to send them to me at
. Please, however, notify me first, as the amount of goaltenders that can be reviewed accurately must be scheduled.
Again, I am grateful for this opportunity, and look forward to developing the NJ Colonials goalies and providing opportunities for their futures!
Princeton University Men's Ice Hockey Goaltending Coach, NCAA ECAC Division I
Director, Future Pro Goaltending, Mid-Atlantic USA LLC
NJ Colonials Goaltending Consultant.
All NJC Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers and Locker Room Monitors are required to take the USA Hockey online SAFE SPORT course, along with submitting to a BACKGROUND SCREEN, conducted by the Atlantic Amateur Hockey League (AAHA aka Atlantic Affiliate of USA Hockey)
Prior to taking the SAFESPORT course, you must get your USA Hockey REGISTRATION number. Coaches and Assistant Coaches will be reimbursed for this registration. Managers need to sigh up as VOLUNTEERS to obtain their USAH Registration number. The SafeSport course is good for 2 years, but when you took the course, matters. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kathy Branchina.
It may be 90 degrees outside, but Morristown’s Danny Colon is on the ice, proving his talent transcends the winter season.
Colon, 14, has been named the Youth1.com Player of the Week in hockey for his five goal, two assist performance over the span of 10 games during the Warrior Selects Invitational, an international tournament held in Slovakia. Colon, a member of the New Jersey Colonials Hockey Club, was.... Click here for full story.
OLYMPIFY, a weekend clinic, was held at Middletown Sports Complex, August 8-9, 2015.
10 Colonials girls, from 10U-19U, participated in the event. USA Women's Hockey Team Silver Medalists,Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker, friends of NJC Girls Hockey Director, Sis Paulsen (all former Wisconsin Badgers) ran the event, to help train young ladies for future Olympic Teams! Sis and NJC Coach, Gina Arnone, jumped on the ice to help as well. According to Sis, the kids had a great time, got autographs, pictures, and even got to see Brianna's silver medal! They had a "COLD time in the summer time," meeting and learning from their Olympic heroines! See more pictures in the picture gallery! To see more on OLYMPIFY, CLICK HERE!
The New Jersey Colonials are beginning an exciting new era in hockey with the creation of a Tier III Junior team! Junior level hockey provides an avenue for players, ages 16-20, to take their game to the next level. Players from all over the country and outside the US, look forward to testing their skills against some of the best of the best, on the East Coast.
We will be recruiting and hopefully signing players from anywhere in North America and Europe. This dramatic expansion for our club, involves lots of new and exciting changes. Bringing in new players from outside our area, requires help from our membership. We are hoping some of our Colonials families can assist us with providing players with housing, also known as: billeting.
Billeting is a hockey tradition, and has been done for years, at the junior level. Billeting involves local host families providing a “home away from home” for out of state or country players. This program allows junior players to complete their high school education, attend local colleges and take on part time jobs, all while expanding their hockey prowess.
A host family will receive approximately $350.00 a month from a player residing in their home. It would be helpful if the “Host Family” were within a reasonable distance to Mennen Arena. Families might need, to assist getting a player to a game, on rare occasions.
For further information and details on this unique opportunity, kindly contact our Junior Team General Manager, Ken Scarpa. Ken can be reached at:
or 201-805-3527 or Boys Hockey Director, Noel Rubin: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a few good men, looking for a few good homes! Your help would be greatly appreciated!
The New Jersey Colonials are pleased to welcome Future Pro Goaltending, Mid-Atlantic USA to the coaching staff for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. Future Pro Goaltending, Mid-Atlantic USA, led by George Bosak, will be coaching the New Jersey Colonial Monday night goalie clinics. George and his staff have been instrumental in producing high end goal tenders in the area. His current position as the Princeton University Goaltending Coach will expose our goalies to an experienced staff of goalie instructors and seasoned shooters. The NJC goal tenders will be challenged and pushed to new heights.
If you have a question or would like to introduce yourself to George please email him at email@example.com
EXPANDED MITE & SQUIRT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR 2015-16
Colonials Mite & Squirt Development Program
Expanded for the 2015-16 Season!
Positions still available. Please contact Pat Neal: firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Jersey Colonials are pleased to announce a new and expanded Mite and Squirt development program for the 2015-2016 season! Over the last half century, the Colonials have built a tradition of developing youth players and helping them meet their full potential, in the sport of hockey. Our new and expanded program will provide an optimal experience for an increased number of our young players and their families.
The goal of the new program is to provide an effective, convenient and cost effective option for our families. Please find all the critical information pertaining to the programs below. For further inquiries, please contact Mite Liaison, Patrick Neal at:
·Birth Years: 2009 and 2010
·Location: Protec Ponds, 15 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset, New Jersey
·Schedule: Thursdays, early evening 1 hour skills clinic; Saturday early morning 1 hour skills clinic; Sunday small ice games-2x25 minute running time games, in 1.5 hour block, between 7 AM and 12 PM. Schedule varies.
·2 Colonials hosted 3x3 tournaments to be held at Protec/Mennen.
·Season: 28 weeks (from Labor Day to mid-March)
·Practice jersey and 1 pair of socks
·Questions about the program, please contact: Pat Neal::
·Schedule: Thursday evenings, 1.25 hour skills clinic; Saturday early morning, 1.25 hour skills clinic; Sunday small ice games (schedule varies, 3 x 25 minute running time games in 2 hour block between 7 AM and 12 PM).
·Tournaments: 3 Colonials hosted 3x3 tournaments to be held at Protec /Mennen.
·Season- 28 weeks (from Labor Day to mid-March)
·Uniforms-Game jersey, Practice jersey and 1 pair of socks
Contact Pat Neal:: email@example.com
Additional Information- In addition to our base development program, high level mites may be asked to participate on our 2007 or 2008 birth year teams. Members of this team will participate in the base program,one additional practice per week (Tuesday evenings) as well as additional games against other clubs. Participation on one of these teams will be merit based and at the discretion of the Colonials staff. An additional $950fee is required. REGISTER HERE, ONLINE
Squirt Development Program
·Birth Years: 2005 and 2006
·Location: Protec Ponds, 15 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset, New Jersey
·Schedule: Thursday evening 1.25 hour skills clinic; Saturday early morning 1.25 hour skills clinic; Sunday Small ice games (schedule varies, 3 x 25 minute running time games in a 2 hour block, between 7 AM and 12 PM.
·3 Colonials 3 x 3 tournaments, to be held at Protec or Mennen,
·20 full ice games (10 home and 10 away) and
· 2 full ice Tournament (overnight stay required).
·Season: 28 weeks (from Labor Day to mid-March)
·Practice jersey and 1 pair of socks, Home and Away jerseys and socks
·Questions about the program, please contact: Pat Neal::
NJC'S DON GOULD, NEW USAH GIRLS/WOMENS SECTION CHAIR
Coach Don Gould Introducing his team at the 2015 NJC Girl's Gala
Don Gould, New Jersey Colonials Assistant Women's Hockey Director, was voted in as the new Girls/Womens Section Chair, with USA Hockey. The vote took place, during a teleconference vote by the Girls/Womens Section of USA Hockey, on June 23, 2015.
This is great news for the Girls/Womens Section and provides a smooth transition of leadership, as former New Jersey Colonials President and current Mid Atlantic Women's Hockey Association President, Donna Guariglia, steps down from the position to become the treasurer for USA Hockey's Executive Committee.
Don has been with the Colonials, as the Assistant Women's Hockey Director and Girl's Coach, both under former New Jersey Colonials Women's Hockey Director, Shelley Looney and current NJC Women's Hockey Director, Sis Paulsen. Don is the former recipient of the 2014 Dr. John J. McMullen Service Award," given by the New Jersey Devils.
Congratulations and kudos to Don, on his new position!
The following article about Don, appeared on the New Jersey Devils web site, on April 8, 2014 for the "Dr. John J. McMullen Service Award":
Gould currently serves as the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association’s representative for girls’ and women’s hockey and represents the AAHA on the girls’/women’s section of USA Hockey, in addition to being a Mid-Atlantic Women’s Hockey Association director and executive board member since 2006.
Among his responsibilities are: the growth and development of female hockey in the AAHA; managing its Girls’ Development Camp and the National Player Development Camp selection process; and the management and implementation of USA Hockey’s American Development Model for girls across the district. As a sectional representative, Don provides support for the AAHA and input to USA Hockey at the national level.
For the past eight seasons, Gould has held the position of coach/assistant director of girls’ hockey for the New Jersey Colonials. His head coaching experience includes levels from 8U developmental to 19UTI, eight consecutive years as a head coach at 14UTI classification, eight consecutive MAWHA championships, nine consecutive AAHA Championships and nine consecutive USAH National Championship bids. The program has helped over 75 student/athletes go on to realize their goal of playing collegiate hockey in the ACHA and NCAA at D-I and D-III levels.
He served the 2005-06 season with the Bridgewater (NJ) Bears girls’ team. In 2003-04, Gould was president of the San Jose (CA) Junior Sharks girls’ team. He worked five seasons, 1997-2002, as a National Hockey League/New Jersey Devils off-ice official, working home games at the Meadowlands. Gould also spent six years, 1996-2002, as a youth coach/volunteer with the Bridgewater Bears boys’ team.
Originally from Buffalo, Don grew up playing on the ponds and ice rinks of upstate New York. He and his wife, Annie Lynch, raised four children and have been involved in Garden State youth hockey since 1996.
FORMER COLONIAL, MADDEN, COMMITS TO COLORADO COLLEGE
Former New Jersey Colonial,Tyler Madden, who was an OHL Draft pick-Sudbury Wolves (8th Round, 154th Pick) and a USHL Draft pick (12th Round Omaha Lancers), has committed to Colorado College, Class of 2021. Tyler is the son of former NHL'r and New Jersey Devin, John Madden.
COLONIAL PLAYER, FARINACCI, NAMED YOUTH 1 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Farinacci, Youth 1
June 5, 2015-by Will Newman, Youth 1 Sports:
John Farinacci is the our newest Youth1 Player of the Week featured athlete, coming off a strong season in which he was among many strong players leading the New Jersey Colonials to the championship title in their native AYHL.
Farinacci has been part of 5 straight AYHL championship victories with the 2001 Colonials squad. Next year, as the 2001 teams get a chance to play at the National Championship level, the Colonials will assuredly be one of the top contending teams; during their 2014-2015 campaign, the Colonials finished with a whopping 64-12-1 overall record and an unmatched 37-0-0 AYHL in-league record. To read further, click here: JOHN FARINACCI
FORMER COLONIALS RECIEVE TOP HONORS AT USAH ANNUAL CONGRESS
NJC President Emeritus and MAWHA President, Donna Guariglia
Colorado Springs, CO, June 6, 2015--
Exciting news from USA Hockey's Annual Congress 2015:
Former Colonial President Emeritus, Donna Guariglia, was elected by the USA Hockey (USAH) Board of Directors, as treasurer of the Executive Board. Donna succeeds Jim Smith, now the president of USAH. In addition, Donna received the "President's Award!"
Former Girl's Hockey Director, Shelley Looney, was also a recipient of the "Presidents Award!"
In addition to Donna and Shelley, the Annual Congress had great Colonials representation, from former Presidents' Emeritus, Gene Palecco, Dede McMenamy and current co-President, Charlie McLaughlin.
The Annual Congress gathers every year to bring together hockey affiliates from all over the United States, in an effort to discuss, legislate and improve the game for all players. To read further about the past week's events and honorees, click below! USAH 2015 ANNUAL CONGRESS
NJC BOARD MEMBER SERVES AS USA MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM DOCTOR
Newly elected New Jersey Colonials Board Member, Dr. Michael K. Shindle, MD, who begins his board term, June 2015, is serving as team doctor for the U.S. Men’s National Team for the first time.
This is the third time, however, Shindle will serve as a team doctor for USA Hockey. Previously, he was the team doctor for Team USA in the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge as well as U.S. squad that competed in the 2011 Deutschland Cup.
An attending orthopaedic surgeon at Summit Medical Group, Dr. Shindle. (To read further, click below)
....Phase One selections traditionally are not ready to play in the USHL the following season and will continue to develop in lower levels of hockey in preparation to join the League in future seasons. A number of those players however, may see game action in the coming season. Multiple players selected in Phase One last year suited up during the 2014-15 season, including Kieffer Bellows, a first-round pick by the Sioux Falls Stampede, who went on to score 33 goals in the regular season. Defenseman Jake Ryczek played 55 games after the Sioux City Musketeers chose him in the first round, and forward (former New Jersey Colonial) Dante Palecco, appeared in 32 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks after they made him a first-round selection....(From USHL.com)
Here are the recipients of the 2015 "Ray Murray Achievement Award" and the "Donna Guariglia Achievement Award." This award is given by the coaches to a player, on their team who represents the New Jersey Colonials traditions of: "Good values, hard work, determination, team spirit, sportsmanship and discipline." The player has shown him/herself to be a team leader in spirit and determination, helping to lift all his/her teammates to their highest personal best!
The awards are named in honor of previous New Jersey Colonial Presidents, Ray Murray and Donna Guariglia, who both devoted considerable efforts to the betterment of the Colonials organization, in every way!
Congratulations to the 2015 winners of these prestigious awards!
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Forwards Evan Barratt (Bristol, Pa.), Joseph Cassetti (Pleasanton, Calif.), Randy Hernandez (Miami, Fla.), Logan Hutsko (Morristown, N.J.), Josh Norris (Oxford, Mich.) and Graham Slaggert (South Bend, Ind.);(former NEW JERSEY COLONIAL)defensemen Tyler Inamoto (Barrington, Ill.) and Philip Kemp (Greenwich, Conn.); and goaltenders Adam Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) and Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) will join USA Hockey's National Team Development Program for the 2015-16 season. The players, all from the 1999 birth year, will compete as members of the U.S. National Under-17 Team.
To read further about the U17 National Team, click here:INAMOTO
Picture, courtesy of the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation
Former New Jersey Colonial and University of Wisconsin senior, Brittany Ammerman, wins the "2015 Hockey Humanitarian Award!" Read all about her, and what lead her to this prestigious award, here: Brittany Ammerman
Pictured, Tyler Inamoto, one of 4 former NJ Colonials selected in 2015 OHL Draft
Four former New Jersey Colonials have been selected for the OHL Draft:
Tyler Inamoto- Kitchner Rangers (6th Round, 111th pick); David Tomeo-Guelph Mercury (13th Round, 254th pick); Kyle Maclean-Oshawa Generals (4nd Round, 78th pick) and Tyler Madden-Sudbury Wolves (8th Round, 154th Pick)
All four players were on the 2012 New Jersey Colonials Tier I Pee Wee Major team that finished as silver medalists at USA Hockey Nationals. Congratulations to Tyler, David, Kyle and Tyler! We wish them every continued success in their hockey careers.
FORMER COLONIAL, ALEX CARPENTER, PATTY KAZMAIER AWARD WINNER!
Former Colonial and Olympic Silver Medalist at Sochi, Alex Carpenter, was named the winner of the the 2014-15Patty Kazmaier Award, the most prestigious award offered to a female hockey player! Alex is the daughter of former NHLr, Bobby Carpenter. You can read more about Alex here: Alex Carpenter, 2015 Patty Kazmaier Award Winner!
About the Patty Kazmaier Award
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.
"Club releases" are no longer required for spring team tryouts, clinics, camps or private lessons. The AAHA (Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association or Atlantic District) eliminated District tampering rules as of June 2014.
All players are free to attend any teams tryouts, clinics, camps or private lessons, as long as it has no adverse affect on their in-season winter team.
Non-Colonials attending NJC Conditioning Clinics, will still need to register with us, using their USAH registration number. This is for USAH insurance coverage.
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Tuesday, February 24, our Colonial Girl's had a "Devil of a good time," when a New Jersey Devils Alum and the Devil's mascot showed up to run practice for our Girl's Development team, at Mennen Arena! Former 2 time Stanley Cup Champion ('99 Dallas Stars and '03 New Jersey Devils) NHL'r, Grant Marshall skated with the 8 U girls, showing our young players some of his special hockey moves and techniques, all in an effort to help grow the girl's game and support our younger "Chix with Stix!"
February 10, 2015, Morristown, NJ – The New Jersey Colonials Travel Hockey Club announced today that Jason Franzone has been appointed head coach of the Colonial’s new entry into the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (MJHL), or “MET LEAGUE,” for the 2015-2016 season.
Jason has been tapped to enhance the national reputation that the Colonials hold at the youth level, by building and developing a top flight Junior’s program. Jason will link the youth teams to the Junior team in his additional capacity as the Director of Player Development for the NJC’s Tier 1 Colonial AAA squads.
“The New Jersey Colonials are excited to have Jason helm our Junior team and provide our current Colonial Tier I players the opportunity to continue their hockey careers within our program,” said Colonials Hockey Director Noel Rubin. “Jason has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience. One of the most important things to us, as an organization, was to find someone capable of assisting kids to move on to the premier levels of hockey. Jason has done this. Many of his former players play for the NAHL,the WSHL and the EHL.”
Coach Franzone was selected from a very competitive pool of applicants. Jason stood out because he has shown his ability to work and connect with players at virtually all levels of hockey. He currently serves as the Assistant Coach for the New Jersey Titans Junior teams. Prior to that, Jason was a regional scout for the NAHL Port Huron Fighting Falcons and the Keystone Ice Miners. Last season, Jason served as an Assistant Coach with the New York Junior Saints (MJHL), and was on staff at the CCM Junior Showcases. Additionally, he coached the Saint’s midgets for three seasons.
As a player, Jason played AAA hockey prior to attending Trinity Pawling Prep School, where he played Varsity Hockey. After prep school, Jason played junior hockey for the Tulsa Rampage in the WSHL, followed by William Paterson University, where he helped the team reach the ACHA nationals for the first time.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to build a junior program for the Colonials the right way and really develop and promote players," said Franzone. "Obviously we want to have a winning program, but we are really focusing on player development and helping these players reach their maximum potential, and get to the next level of playing, wherever that may be."
Rubin added “Although his major focus will be coaching our Junior’s, Jason will be utilized as the assistant coach for the Colonials nationally renowned 2001 bantam major team as they continue their quest for a national championship. His wealth of knowledge and his ability to help develop and place our players, is a tremendous asset to our program. I am very excited to be working with Jason. The 2001 team has some Division 1 prospects similar to the 98/99 team, who have 7 committed Division 1 players already. Jason will help with our Midget 16 National team and bantam minor teams next season, in a skills development capacity.”
The Colonials are happy to welcome Coach Franzone to the club. Tryouts for the Junior team will commence on March 31, 2015 at Mennen Arena, Morristown, New Jersey. Exact times will be announced shortly on the Colonials web site: www.njcolonials.com
For further info, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW JERSEY COLONIALS ANNOUNCE CREATION OF JUNIOR TEAM
February 6, 2015-Morristown, NJ – The New Jersey Colonials announced their intention to enter a team in the Tier III Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (MJHL) or “The MET League” for the 2015-2016 season. Players born in birth years 1995-1999 (ages 16-20) are eligible to participate.
The newly established New Jersey Colonials Tier III Junior Team includes: a 40 game schedule; three practices a week; a team locker room at Mennen Arena; and team travel/accommodations, for long distance away games. The program will place an emphasis on helping players reach their full potential through player development and exposure. Introduction to various Preparatory, College (both NCAA and ACHA schools) and “Junior A” level programs will be the major focus.
Another focus will be potential inclusion for invitations to ACHA Coaching Showcase and Prep (Midget Major/ Minor) hosted tournaments including introductions to prep school’s staff and school tours.
“We are very excited to be joining the MET League while expanding the Colonials footprint to include Junior Hockey” said Noel Rubin, Colonials Director of Hockey. “As an organization, we recognize a significant opportunity to bridge the junior age players with our outstanding teams at the Bantam and Pee Wee levels. We are now able to provide a next level environment for our players, by building on the successes of our Colonials program.” Numerous Colonials players have gone on to higher levels of hockey, including NCAA Division I and the NHL. “Offering players in the Colonials Program and from around the area an opportunity to continue to develop here holds true to our mission of being the premier Youth and now Junior Program in the Mid-Atlantic and Metropolitan regions.”
Rubin, whose success includes coaching the Colonials to a USA Hockey National Tier I Championship in 2011 and a 2nd place Tier I finish in 2012 added “We are excited to announce our Junior Coaching Staff and our tryout dates over the next few days on our website.”
The November 2014 USA Hockey Magazine features an article about the recent Mite Jamboree, held at the Ice Vault, in Wayne, NJ. Some of our boys and coaches were quoted in the article! (Page 41) Read the full article here:
Looking back, the New Jersey Colonials were ahead of the curve when it came to adopting the principles of USA Hockey’s American Development Model.
“We’ve been doing it for over 12 years,” said Colonials Director of Boys’ Hockey Noel Rubin. “We started using the principles of what became the ADM before USA Hockey officially implemented it.
“I’m really proud of the program. It all stems back to the success we’ve had with the mite ADM program. It’s really helped us develop these kids.”
Last season, the Colonials suited up eight Tier I teams, ranging from squirt minor through midget, plus 14 Tier II teams ranging from peewee AA through midget AA. If you’re counting, that’s a total of 22 teams encompassing approximately 425 boys.
“We really have grown,” Rubin said. “My first year was the 2002-03 season and we had three Tier I teams. We’ve more than doubled in size since then.
“Due in part to the ADM, we’ve been able to grow this program. With the ADM, there are more kids on the ice plus more skill development. We put coaches at stations and the groups are small. We communicate better.”
The Colonials utilize four venues — Mennen Arena in Morristown, Bridgewater Sports Arena, Clary Anderson Arena in Montclair and Twin Oaks Ice Arena in Morristown — for a combined seven sheets of ice.
“It’s an arduous task,” Rubin said of the scheduling logistics. “This time of the year it’s hectic with our conditioning clinics, new players calling about next year and conducting interviews with coaches. Everything is rolling and it’s tough to keep in touch with the number of people who have questions.”
Several people come together to make it all work.
“We have a good administrator in Kathy Branchina, a good master scheduler in Stephanie Eick and our COO Dede McMenamy,” Rubin said. “Plus we have a great volunteer board of directors. They run a lot of the tryouts plus our 3-on-3 tournaments, our conditioning clinics and our in-season clinics.”
The ability of the Colonials to develop players is underscored by the fact that numerous boys have gone on to play high school hockey for Morristown, Morristown-Beard, Morris Knolls and Delbarton over the years.
“This year there were 16 or 17 Colonials who played for Delbarton High and 40 to 50 percent who played for Beard and Delbarton,” Rubin said. “It’s prestigious to play for Delbarton, who lost to Morristown Beard in the
state semifinals. They’re the top two high school teams in the state.”
While several Colonial alumni have gone on to play college hockey, the one alumnus who jumps off the proverbial page is Kenny Agostino. The longtime Yale standout played his senior season with the Bulldogs last year before joining the Calgary Flames late in the National Hockey League season. In 2013, he helped Yale win the NCAA Division I national championship.
“I think Kenny is the perfect example of the prototypical Colonial,” Rubin said. “His father never played hockey, but he got Kenny into our mite C program, which is our ADM program. He played four years of mite, two years of squirt, two years of bantam and three years of midget.
“There’s no question he comes from a great family. I had the privilege of coaching him for four years. He’s a great kid who worked very hard over the years to get to where he is.”
Last season, Colonials teams played in five of the eight AYHL championship games.
“It was a great year for us,” Rubin said. “Three of our four teams won and two placed second.”
In addition, the peewee B team won gold at the March Classic held at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass., while Team Squirt Lucey also won gold in the squirt bracket of the same tournament. And the 19-and-Under Tier I team annexed the championship of the Pittsburgh Elite Thanksgiving Tournament.
Turn back the clock to 2011 and Rubin’s peewee team won the national championship.
“In 2012, we almost won again, which would have given us back-to-back titles,” he said. “It didn’t start that way, but the last six or seven years we’ve had successful teams.
“We’ve been able to develop guys to play college hockey and, hopefully, they’ll go further.”
At the end of the day, though, the Colonials focus on more than just winning championships.
“We make sure that sportsmanship is very important and that we’re classy whether we win or lose,” Rubin said. “The kids know when they come to play for the Colonials we expect nothing but good behavior as well as class and respect whenever they step on the ice.”