FORMER COLONIAL, MENEGHIN, NAMED USCHO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!
Photo by Tim Brule, for USCHO
Former Colonial, Kayla Meneghin, was named National Rookie of the Year. Her Plattsburgh team just won the D3 National Championship as well and Kayla scored the game winning goal. Read more about her amazing year, by clicking below!
COLONIAL PLAYERS MAKE 2015 BRICK INVITATIONAL TEAM
2015 Junior Rangers Brick Invitational Team
Congratulations to the New Jersey Colonials 2005 Squirt Major players who made the 2015 Junior Rangers Brick team. We are proud of your accomplishment and wish you the best of luck in Edmonton. Have fun, and we know you will carry the name of the Colonials to even higher heights!"
17 young players were chosen by a staff of 10 evaluators and coaches after a four month long tryout process. Over 200 players were scouted and evaluated through tryouts and games. The competition was fierce and tough decisions had to be made. This is a great honor and a job well done!
The prestigious Brick Tournament, in Edmonton, Alberta, has numerous NHL, AHL, and College Hockey alums. It is an incredible opportunity to compete against the best 2005's in the country.
This is a world-class event and a once in a lifetime hockey experience. We chose players who we feel are relentless competitors, good teammates, highly skilled athletes and who will wear the Rangers jersey with pride. Best of luck to these exceptional kids! Connecticut Junior Rangers Brick Team
EXPANDED MITE & SQUIRT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR 2015-16
Colonials Mite & Squirt Development Program
Expanded for the 2015-16 Season!
The NJ Colonials are pleased to announce a new and expanded 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 program below. For further inquiries, please contact Patrick Neal (
), board member liaison for the development program.
Learn to play hockey (Birth Year 2011 and younger)
Schedule- Thursday early evening 1 hour skills clinic, Saturday early morning 1 hour skills clinic, Sunday small ice games (schedule varies, 2x25 minute run time games in 1.5 hour block between 7am and 12pm). Also includes 2 Colonials hosted 3x3 tournaments to be held at Protec/Mennen.
Season- 28 weeks (from Labor Day to mid-March)
Additional Information-ONLINE REGISTRATION available, late April, on Colonials web site. Players DO NOT attend tryouts.
Schedule- Thursday evening 1.25 hour skills clinic, Saturday early morning 1.25 hour skills clinic, Sunday Small ice games (schedule varies, 3x 25 minute run time games in 2 hour block between 7am and 12pm). Also includes 3 Colonials hosted 3x3 tournaments to be held at Protec /Mennen.
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 $950 fee is required. All players should attend our Tier 2 tryouts beginning on April 13, 2015. The tryout fee will be applied to your tuition and participants must sign when teams are posted.
Schedule- Thursday evening 1.25 hour skills clinic, Saturday early morning 1.25 hour skills clinic, Sunday Small ice games (schedule varies, 3x 25 minute run time games in 2 hour block between 7am and 12pm). Also includes 3 Colonials 3x3 tournaments to be held at Protec/Mennen, 20 full ice games (10 home and 10 away) and 1 full ice Tournament (overnight stay required).
Additional Information- All participants should attend our Tier 2 tryouts beginning on April 13, 2015. The tryout fee will be applied to your tuition and participants must sign when the team is posted.
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.
The season is 2 practices (@1 hour shared)/8 game sessions beginning the end of April. Teams need to be assembled prior to start of league, by either the designated coach or manager. Please note: Teams may consist of 15-20 players. Designated Home Team is in charge of clock and score sheet for games. Entire team payment DUE at time of submitting team roster. Jerseys are included. All players that appear on rosters, must register online with USAH#.
We cannot guarantee placement of individual players, as most teams sign up fully rostered. Teams are required to have a minimum of 15 players, maximum 20. Each player must register ON THE NJC WEB SITE, individually, so that we are in compliance with USA Hockey rules. Form available here or under DOCUMENTS tab.
PARENTS, PLAYERS, TEAM COACHES AND MANAGERS- FAQS
Teams MUST have a designated manager! Include your preferred phone number and email address. (We must have a “Point Person” for scheduling!)
Team managers are responsible for submitting payment and roster.
Managers are responsible for the clock and score sheet for Colonials Cup HOME GAMES.
Players must provide their current USA Hockey registration number. (Current NJ Colonials players are exempt). No player permitted on the ice without a USA Hockey number. This is an insurance requirement.
Team managers will be notified by e-mail of the first practice.
Game and practice schedules are determined by the number of teams in the league.
Full equipment is required for all players. HECC certified helmet, shoulder, elbow and shin pads, gloves, hockey pants/girdle, skates and mouth guards. Neck guards are recommended, but not required. All on-ice coaches must wear helmets. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Again, it’s the darn insurance requirement!)
2015-2016 SEASON AGE CLASSIFICATIONS
Date of Birth
Bantam 14 or Under
Bantam 14 or Under
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
Questions about registration? Contact: Noel Rubin: 973-222-2383
Full equipment is required for all players. HECC certified helmet, shoulder, elbow and shin pads, gloves, hockey pants/girdle, skates and mouth guards. Neck guards are recommended, but not required. Jerseys included. All on-ice coaches must wear helmets. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Again, it’s the darn insurance requirement!) CONTACT: NOEL RUBIN, HOCKEY DIRECTOR: or at: 973-222-2383
Our 14u TII team defeated the Lady Islanders 1-0 in overtime on the morning of February 28 (semifinals) then defeated Montclair 4-2 in the afternoon to become MAWHA Champions. Congratulations to the 14U T II's!
"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!"
Come join us for our "Annual New Jersey Colonials mARcH mAdNEsSTournament!" Here’s the scoop:
One day tournament!
1) When? SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015.
2) Time? 8:00 AM through 4:00 PM.
3) 3 game minimum with a 4th Championship game.
4) Teams consist of 6 players and a goalie.
5) Games are 25 minutes running time.
6) Half ice games with NHL dasher boards, provide a full ice feel on a small ice surface!
7) Referees. 8) USAH SANCTIONED EVENT. ALL ON ICE COACHES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR HELMETS.
9) Trophies for Champions!
10) Every player is in on the quick paced action!
11) BEST PART? Fun and cheering crowds!
Get your teams together! You must supply your own jerseys. Team naming rights are completely yours! Coach’s helmets are required and only two on ice coaches permitted/team. Mites through Bantams are welcome! Further questions? Contact NJC Hockey Director Noel Rubin at: NRubin3189@aol.com APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE HERE:March Madness 2015 Application
Looking for the top-rated elite hockey organization in the area? Join the New Jersey Colonials, the most premiere Tier I and Tier II hockey organization in the state of New Jersey! Whether your daughter is a novice or elite player, we encourage you to be a part of the Colonial experience. Our focus is on development and competition, and we will challenge each individual player to achieve their athletic goals while growing as young women. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Colonial Family, see below for information on Tryouts for the 2015-16 season.
*Players are expected to participate in ALL tryout dates
*All Contracts will be signed Wednesday (4/1) or Saturday (4/4)
*Contracts will NOT be allowed to leave the rink
*No roster spots will be held for unsigned / unpaid players
The New Jersey Colonials is one of the top-rated travel hockey organizations in New Jersey. We have been around for 43 years, which is testament to the programs we provide for both the novice and elite player. Our programs include developmental hockey and, for the 2015-2016 season, Junior level hockey! Our Pee Wee Major '98 team won gold at the 2011 USA Hockey National Championship and our Pee Wee Major '99 team, won silver in 2012. Our girl's teams consistently attend and place at Nationals. Many of our former players attend D1 and D3 schools, with several players having current commitments to nationally recognized college programs! Our teams play in: the Atlantic Youth Hockey League, the New Jersey Youth Hockey League, the Mid Atlantic Women's Hockey League and the Metropolitan Hockey League! Tryout information for 2015-16 is below. Registration will open shortly. We have a "Team for Every Dream!" Come be part of the Colonials Experience!
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
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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 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 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.”