The New Jersey Colonials Bantam Minor 01 team, defeated the Mercer Chiefs the weekend of February 26-March 1, 2015, to become the AYHL Bantam Minor Playoff Champions! MVP's for the team were: All American Forward: Alex Laferriere; All American Defenseman: Ryan Seidem and Grea American Goalie: John Werber. Congratulations to the Bantam Minors!
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!
Marlborough, MA--The Bantam A Red team won the Central Mass Winter Classic Bantam A division, at the New England Sports Center, the weekend of February 20-22, 2015. The team dominated the tournament going 4-0, beating the Skylands Kings twice, which included a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory. The winning goal was scored with 18 seconds left in the third period.
The championship game had heart stopping moments, too. The team was down 2-3. In a major turnaround, NJC overcame the deficit, in the 3rd period, tying and then scoring a bar-down goal, with 2 minutes left to go. A storied game for the record books! Congratulations to the champion Bantam A Red team!
The New Jersey Colonials will be holding our "Annual Girl's Gala," on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Grand Summit Hotel, 570 Springfield Avenue, Summit, New Jersey, 6:30 PM. Girl's team members will be receiving their personal invitations via team managers. Player's meals are free of charge, but ALL those interested in attending, must RSVP, as seating is limited! The Gala is always a festive event and is the perfect coda to a wonderful hockey season!
Please RSVP ASAP to Eric Stabler, Girls VP at: Establer@herrick.com. You may reach out to Eric if you have any further questions.
NJC Alumni Update--On Saturday 2/21 and Sunday 2/22/15, two former New Jersey Colonials teammates, Tyler Heineman and Eric Andersson, squared off in two NCAA Division III men’s ice hockey games between Suffolk University and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Tyler Heineman, (Randolph, NJ), a junior at Suffolk University, is attending the Sawyer Business School double majoring in International Business and Entrepreneurship. Tyler was a walk-on freshman at Suffolk.
Erik Andersson, (Madison, NJ), a freshman at Wentworth Institute of Technology, is studying Construction Management. Erik joined Wentworth after playing for the NJ Hitmen.
Tyler has notched 70 games in his three years with Suffolk and leads the team in the power plays and penalty kills, as a defenseman. Tyler had a 5 year stint with the NJ Colonials, from Squirt Major through Bantam.
Erik racked up 22 games his freshman year and is considered a major contributor to Wentworth’s offensive game. Erik’s stretch with the NJ Colonials, encompassed 8 years, from Squirt Minor though Midget American.
Tyler and Erik spent three years together on the ice, first, as Squirt Majors and then again at Bantam AA’s.
Saturday’s night game was played at Steriti Rink, home of the Suffolk Rams in Boston's historic North End. The game ended in a 5-5 tie after an overtime period. Sunday night’s on ice battle, was at Veteran's Memorial Rink, Everett, MA, home of the Wentworth Leopards. Wentworth bested Suffolk 2-1 in that match, as the schools vied for a berth in the ECAC Northeast Tournament. The teams are members of the ECAC Northeast division and face each other twice a season. Both schools are located in Boston, MA.
The connection that Tyler and Erik made as Colonial teammates continues well after their youth hockey years. From their parent’s perspective, it was great to watch these two young men competing against one another, at the D III level. Opponents? Yes. But friendship always crosses the red line, with no penalty!
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!"
"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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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
The New Jersey Colonials Bantam Minor '01 team, triumphed this past weekend, at the President's Day Super Series Tournament. The tournament was held February 13-16, 2015, at Mennen Arena, Morristown, New Jersey. The Bantam Minors competed against 7 top Tier 1 teams including: Mid Fairfield, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Mercer Chiefs, the Connecticut Oil Kings, the St. Louis Blues, the Boston Jr. Eagles and the South Shore Kings.
There were two divisions, American and National with pool play, over the 4 day series. NJC bested Mid Fairfield, on February 16, to take the series championship! Congratulations to the victorious Bantam '01's and Coach Noel on their hard fought win!
The current hockey season is winding down and the new tryout season is just around the corner! Get your player ready for tryouts by having him or her attend Colonials PRE-TRYOUT CONDITIONING CLINICS! Clinic sessions begin on March 10 for Girls and March 16 for boys. Current NJC players are requested to register with their managers and indicate the number of sessions they will be attending.
Please go to the Pre-Tryout Clinic tab, to the left of the HOME PAGE for BOYS AND GIRLS CONDITIONING CLINIC SCHEDULES.
All NON- COLONIAL players who wish to attend, must pre-register, online. 2014-15 CURRENT USA Hockey Registration numbers are required for participation. This is for insurance purposes! Online registration will be available shortly!
The New Jersey Colonials Girls 10 U Tier I hosted a Presidents' Day Tournament at Twin Oaks Ice Rink, Morristown, New Jersey, the weekend of February 14 and 15. Our girls took first place after an amazing championship game against a worthy opponent, the CT Polar Bears. The girls outworked the Polar Bears and were victorious in the end! Congratulations to the 10 U's!
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.”
“Since she was eight-years-old, Skylar has had the goal of playing Division 1 hockey and playing in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WHCA),” says Podvey’s mother, Marcia. “She’s very impressed with the coaching staff at Ohio State and the hockey program they’ve built. Overall, Ohio State has so much to offer both athletically and academically…she knows it’s the place for her.”
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Atlantic Youth Hockey League and the New Jersey Colonials are pleased to announce that alumnus defenseman Tyler Inamoto (’99 birth year/Chicago, Ill.) announced his commitment to the University of Wisconsin for the 2017-18 season.
Inamoto spent five seasons in the AYHL amassing 128 points (38G 90A) in 161 AYHL games, four with the Colonials (Squirt Minor through Bantam Minor) and one with the Mercer Chiefs (Squirt Minor) before moving to the prestigious Shattuck-St Mary’s School program.
“Ty was a great player for us,” said New Jersey Colonials Director of Hockey Noel Rubin. “His toughness and skill were the backbone in our national championship run [as we] came close to mission, losing in overtime and finishing as runner-up. His shot and puck moving ability were tremendous assets to the ‘99 team. We are very proud of him and wish him the best at Wisconsin.”
“Thank you to the New Jersey Colonials organization for helping me develop as a player during my time as a Colonial,” Inamoto said. “It was truly a pleasure to put on that jersey and make some of the best memories of my life. I had a great five years [there] and want to thank coaches Noel Rubin and Jerry Brophy, who were instrumental in my development as a player and a person.” From the AYHL web site
The New Jersey Colonials 16U TII team beat Northern Virginia for the second time in three days to capture the Championship trophy at the York MLK Tournament the weekend of January 16-19, in York, PA. The Colonials had to go through several 19U and 16U teams to accomplish this feat. NJC opened the tournament with a pair of wins over Northern Virginia (6-1) and York Lady Devils (6-0) to earn the top seed going into bracket play. The girls knocked off Chevy Chase (5-0) to set up a rematch with Northern Virginia in the finals. NJC put forth a dominating performance in the Championship, winning 5-1, and were crowned Champions. Congratulations!
The Colonials Squirt A team took gold in the Congressional Cup Tournament, the weekend of January 16-19, 2015. The team showed significant improvement from the first game to the last, with all players working as a team. The Squirt A's lost the first game, won the second game against the Avalanche and tied the third game – advancing the Colonials into the finals.
The championship game went into a shootout, but Coach Gilleece was not worried as goalie Naomi Martinez did her usual outstanding job in net and our defense did everything they could to block shots and shut down the opposition's top player. NJC forwards did a great job working together and back-checking, a total team effort helped bring home the gold! Congratulations to the Squirt A's and their stupendous victory
The Bantam B team had a dramatic comeback to win the American Cup in Lake Placid the weekend of January 16-18, 2015. Down a goal with two minutes left, the coach pulled the goalie and tournament MVP Davis Strabley tied the game with less than 30 seconds to go. After a scoreless overtime, the team went to a shootout and Goalie Mark Lewis stopped all three shooters while Riley Keller potted the game winner for the 1-0 shootout victory. Earlier in the weekend, forward Mark Niland won the breakaway competition as well. A great weekend up north for the Colonials!
The NJ Colonials 16U TI team placed second at the East Coast Wizards Holiday Tournament held in Bedford, MA, the weekend of January 3-4, 2015.
Twelve elite teams from across the United States participated in the tournament, including nationally ranked East Coast Wizards (#1), Mid Fairfield CT Stars (#5), Assabet Valley (#9), NJ Colonials (#10), Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (#11), Bay State Breakers (#19) and Syracuse Nationals (#20).
The NJC kicked off the tournament with a 3-0 win over Syracuse before skating to a 2-2 tie with Assabet Valley and 0-0 tie with East Coast Wizards. In the quarter finals, NJC beat the Massachusetts Spitfires 1-0 to set up a Semi-final matchup with rival Mid Fairfield. NJC handed the Stars their first loss of the year with a 1-0 victory, to advance to the finals versus Pittsburgh Pens Elite. The Pens topped the Colonials 3-0 in a hard fought final battle. Congratulations to the U 16 T I girls on a great weekend!
Former NJC'r, Kyle MacLean Commits to Northeastern
Kyle MacLean of the New Jersey Rockets U19 team has announced his commitment to play college hockey with the Northeastern University Huskies.
Jim Madigan, the Huskies’ head coach, has gotten some great results from recruiting efforts lately, as he’s also landed top 1997 forward Grant Jozefek, high-end New England prospect Danny Petrick and goaltender Cayden Primeau.
And now Kyle MacLean (Player for the New Jersey Colonials Pee Wee Major USA Hockey 2010-2011 National Championship team) can be added to this prestigious list. MacLean..To read further, click here:
<a href="</span>http://youth1.com/1378485769/northeastern-huskies-land-commitment-kyle-maclean<span style=" line-height:="" 16.1000003814697px;"="">The Colonials wish to congratulate Kyle and wish him the best in all his future hockey endeavors!
Colonials Trump '03 Birth Year Competition at Whitby Silver
2014 NJC Pee Wee Minor Silver Sticks Champions!
WHITBY, ONTARIO, CANADA – The Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League is pleased to announce that the New Jersey Colonials Pee Wee Minor Team (’03 birth years) took home the championship in the prestigious International Silver Stick Tournament in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. The team went undefeated in pool play and defeated Belle Tire in the championship game (5-1), avenging an earlier loss to the well-known program in September. To read full article, click below:
Former New Jersey Colonials player, Brendan Less- a ‘98 Defenseman-has committed to Dartmouth College’s Class of 2020.
Brendan played with the New Jersey Colonials for 7 years, Mite through Bantam Minor. Brendan was a member of the 2010-2011 98 Pee Wee Major USA Hockey National Championship team and the fourth player from this team to make a commitment to a Division I school. He was the top Colonials defenseman on the National Championship team.
Hockey Director, Noel Rubin, who coached Brendan for 5 years, found him to be an exceptional skater, equally adept at manning the Power Play and the Penalty Kill, “a stellar “Shutdown” defensemen, when needed,” stated Rubin. His skating ability and finesse at moving the puck, helped unleash a powerful offense, in combination with his topnotch fellow forwards, on the 98 team.
According to Rubin, Brendan is a terrific kid, quiet on the bench, but let his ice skills do the talking. Coach Rubin further noted that Brendan played in 7 straight AYHL Championships, winning 5 out of the 7 games! “I am extremely proud of Brendan’s accomplishments and wish him the best of luck this season, at The Choate School and in his future hockey career at Dartmouth College!” Rubin added.
The entire New Jersey Colonials Organization wishes Brendan the best of luck, going forward and is proud to call him one of our own!
From SBN College Hockey: What better way to impress a recruit than have him in for a visit from the top ranked team in the country? For Dartmouth, the answer was to have Choate defensemen, Brendan Less, witness the Big Green's upset of No. 1 Boston University on Sunday afternoon.
Long time Colonial, Kendall Cornine, Commits to RIT
On November 13, 2014, Kendall Cornine, signed a “National Letter of Intent” to play college hockey at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Kendall was a long time New Jersey Colonial and will attend RIT next fall! Congrats to Kendall!
Pictured, seated: Kendall Cornine and mom, Cathy Cornine; Standing:MBS Head of Upper School, Darren Burns; MBS Head Master, Peter Caldwell; MBS Athletic Director, Joanne Dzama; MBS Women's Hockey Coach, Bruce Driver
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:
If you are new to our organization, welcome! For our returning members, welcome back! As the whirlwind of tryouts winds down, we have a few reminders as we move towards the 2014-15 hockey season! Many of you received a notice of your team’s jersey sizing date. As soon as the sizing schedule is complete, we will publish it here and you will be sent a reminder, via email, of the date.
New Members: Home and Away jerseys and socks are included in your tuition. You may purchase extra socks, when you place your order for jerseys. White helmets are required for all players, with the exception of goalies. Blue shells may be ordered, when placing your order for jerseys. Returning Colonials do no need to order new shells, if their current shells still fit.
All Members: Please register with USA Hockey as soon as possible, so that we can roster your team for the upcoming season. Submit your USAH registration number to your Team Manager, once one has been designated. Players must update their USAH registration by June 1, 2014. Please go to: www.USAHockey.com, click on the MEMBERSHIP tab.
If you are interested in becoming a manager for your son or daughter’s team, please let us know or reach out to your coach. We will have their contact information up, shortly.
Coaches may elect to conduct team meetings on sizing nights or have a meeting before your first spring skate.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us! Hockey Directors: Noel Rubin, Boys-NRubin3189@aol.com or Girl-Sis Paulsen: SLPaulsen13@gmail.com; President Charlie McLaughlin@CMclaughlin@bhiusa.com, Dede McMenamy COO-Ddmcmenamy@aol.com; VP Boys-John Spitznagel-jtsjr1gmail.com; VP Girls-Eric Stabler–firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Luck to all in your upcoming season with the New Jersey Colonials!
NJC Don Gould, Receives 2014 Dr. John J. McMullen Service Award
April 8, 2014, Newark, NJ – Don Gould of Whitehouse Station, NJ, was today named recipient of the 2014 Service to New Jersey Hockey Award. The award is named for the late Dr. John J. McMullen, who brought professional ice hockey to the Garden State in 1982. It has been presented annually since 1984 by the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils to an individual or individuals who have supported amateur hockey throughout the Garden State.
Gould currently serves as the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association’s representative to the girls’/women’s section of USA Hockey since 2011; and the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Hockey Association as director and executive board member since 2006.
Among his responsibilities is 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 section representation, 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 as 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 14U TI 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 DI and DIII 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 game at the Meadowlands. Gould also spent six years, 1996-2002 as a youth coach/volunteer with the Bears.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, 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.
PRIOR RECIPIENTS OF THE “DR. JOHN J. McMULLEN SERVICE TO NEW JERSEY HOCKEY AWARD,” PRESENTED BY THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS:
Season Recipient Season Recipient
1983-84 Les Dodson 1999-00 Lou Lamoriello
1984-85 Jim Measday 2000-01 Mike Reynolds
1985-86 Glenn Resch 2001-02 Nancy Hughes
1986-87 Butch Fortunato 2002-03 Jim Hunt
1987-88 Paul McInnis 2003-04 Donna Guariglia
1988-89 Max McNab 2004-05 Rev. Msgr. Michael E. Kelly
1989-90 Ken Gesner 2005-06 Tom Brake
1990-91 Dick Trimble 2006-07 Debbie & Jeff Vanderbeek
1991-92 Dr. John J. McMullen 2007-08 Mike Morreale
1992-93 No Winner 2008-09 Bill Fox
1993-94 Harvey Cohen 2009-10 Bruce Driver
1994-95 Bob Auriemma 2010-11 Robert Sullo
1995-96 John Warchol 2011-12 Glenn Hefferan
1996-97 Mike Nardello 2012-13 No Winner
1997-98 Vin Godleski 2013-14 Don Gould New Jersey Colonials
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.”