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TIER I & TIER II BOYS HOCKEY COACHES ANNOUNCED
03/30/2015
New Jersey Colonials Boys Hockey Director, Noel Rubin is pleased...
GIRL'S COACHING STAFF ANNOUNCED
03/30/2015
Girls Hockey Director, Sis Paulsen, is pleased to announce her coaching...
FORMER COLONIAL, MENEGHIN, NAMED USCHO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!
03/28/2015
Photo by Tim Brule, for USCHO Former Colonial, Kayla Meneghin,...
COLONIAL PLAYERS MAKE 2015 BRICK INVITATIONAL TEAM
03/27/2015
Congratulations to the New Jersey Colonials 2005 Squirt Major players...
EXPANDED MITE & SQUIRT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR 2015-16
03/26/2015
Colonials Mite & Squirt Development Program Expanded for the...
FORMER COLONIAL, ALEX CARPENTER, PATTY KAZMAIER AWARD WINNER!
03/23/2015
Former Colonial and Olympic Silver Medalist at Sochi, Alex Carpenter,...
COLONIALS CUP HIGH SCHOOL SPRING LEAGUE
03/19/2015
COLONIALS CUP LEAGUE MIDGET/HIGH SCHOOL & BANTAM  The...
MITE NITE 2015
03/19/2015
2015 MITE NITE SPRING CLINIC The winter hockey season may be...
NJC ALUM RECENT COLLEGE COMMITTMENTS
03/04/2015
Some of our former alums are moving onward and upward!  Here...
14U TII's MAWHA PLAYOFF CHAMPS
02/28/2015
Our 14u TII team defeated the Lady Islanders 1-0 in overtime...
MJHL JUNIOR TEAM TRYOUT SCHEDULE
02/23/2015
Below, see the tryout schedule for the New Jersey Colonials new JUNIOR...
CLUB RELEASE INFORMATION
02/20/2015
 "Club releases" are no longer required for spring...
DEVIL OF A GOOD TIME!
02/20/2015
Tuesday, February 24, our Colonial Girl's had a "Devil of...
2015 NEW JERSEY COLONIALS GIRL'S TRYOUT SCHEDULE
02/11/2015
Looking for the top-rated elite hockey organization in the area?...
2015 NEW JERSEY COLONIALS BOYS TRYOUT SCHEDULE
02/11/2015
The New Jersey Colonials is one of the top-rated travel hockey organizations...
FRANZONE TO HELM NJC'S FIRST MJHL TEAM
02/10/2015
February 10, 2015, Morristown, NJ – The New Jersey Colonials...
NEW JERSEY COLONIALS ANNOUNCE CREATION OF JUNIOR TEAM
02/06/2015
February 6, 2015-Morristown, NJ – The New Jersey Colonials...
"The Mite Stuff" NJC Mites in USA Hockey Magazine
11/09/2014
The November 2014 USA Hockey Magazine features an article about the...
NJ Colonials Embraced ADM Early
08/22/2014
07/29/2014, 4:00pm EDT By Mike Scandura – Special to USAHockey.com   Looking...
 
TIER I & TIER II BOYS HOCKEY COACHES ANNOUNCED

New Jersey Colonials Boys Hockey Director, Noel Rubin is pleased to announce the Tier I  and Tier II head coaches for the 2015-2016 hockey season:

2015/2016

NEW JERSEY COLONIALS

COACHING STAFF

 

TIER I

 

Junior -Jason Franzone/Ken Scarpa 

Midget 16 National-Steve Ritter

Midget 16 American – Jim McKnight 

 

Bantam Major 01-Noel Rubin

Bantam Minor 02-Matt Marin

 

PW Major 03-Noel Rubin

PW Minor '04-Ray Degaetani

 

Squirt Major 05-Rob Laferriere

Squirt Minor 06-Mike Pendy 

 

 

TIER II

 

Midget 18AA-Duane Perry

Midget 18 A-Mark Giangiulio

Midget 16AA-Bob Ritchie

Midget 16A-Fred Harper 

 

Bantam AA 01-Greg DaSilva /Chris Wiggins 

Bantam A Red 01-Rick Stockton

Bantam A White 02- Rob Carroll

Bantam A Blue 02/01-Greg Rinder

 

PW AA 03 Red-Gabe Doria/Doug Moran

PW AA 03 White- Chris Grimes 

PW A 04- Peter Lease 

Pw B -TBA

 

Squirt AA Red 05-Jim Gilleece

Squirt AA White 06/05-Greg Gilleece

Squirt A 06/05-Peter Scarraggi

Squirt Dev-TBA

 

Mite 08-Steve Brown

Mite 07-Jim Gilleece 

 

Mite ADM-John Phillips

Player Development-Jason Franzone 

Kevin Bendel-Goalie Coach 

 

  


by posted 03/30/2015
GIRL'S COACHING STAFF ANNOUNCED

Girls Hockey Director, Sis Paulsen, is pleased to announce her coaching staff for the 2015-16 hockey season:

  1. 19 I-SIS PAULSEN
  2. 19 II-GINA ARNONE
  3. 16 I-SIS PAULSEN
  4. 14 I-DON GOULD
  5. 14 II-DARREN GROH
  6. 12 I-TODD DREVITCH
  7. 12 II Dan GOULD
  8. 12/10 D-LARS ANDERSSON
  9. 10 I MIKE CORNELL
  10. 8u SIS PAULSEN

by posted 03/30/2015
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!

Kayla Meneghin Named USCHO "ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!"


by posted 03/28/2015
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!" 

Matthew Desiderio

Timothy Galvin

Thomas Klochkov

James Mackey

Anderson Pirtle

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

 


by posted 03/27/2015
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)
Location- Protec Ponds (15 Worlds Fair Drive Somerset, NJ)
Schedule- Thursday early evening 1 hour skills clinic, Saturday early morning 1 hour skills clinic, Sunday small ice games (schedule varies, 1 hour block between 7am and 12pm).
Season- 28 weeks (from Labor Day to mid-March)
Cost- $1495
Additional Information- ONLINE REGISTRATION available, late April, on Colonials web site.  Players DO NOT attend tryouts.
 
Mini Mites (Birth Year 2009 and 2010)
Location- Protec Ponds (15 Worlds Fair Drive Somerset, NJ)
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)
Cost- $1995
Additional Information- ONLINE REGISTRATION available, late April, on Colonials web site.   Players DO NOT attend tryouts.
  
Mites (Birth Year 2007 and 2008)
Location- Protec Ponds (15 Worlds Fair Drive Somerset, NJ)
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. 
Season- 28 weeks (from Labor Day to mid-March)
Cost- $2495  REGISTER, HERE
 
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. 
 
Squirt Development (2005 and 2006)
Location- Protec Ponds (15 Worlds Fair Drive Somerset, NJ)
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).
Season- 28 weeks (from Labor Day to mid-March)
Cost- $2995  REGISTER, HERE
 
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.   
 

by posted 03/26/2015
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 2014-15 Patty 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.

 


by posted 03/23/2015
COLONIALS CUP HIGH SCHOOL SPRING LEAGUE

COLONIALS CUP LEAGUE

MIDGET/HIGH SCHOOL & BANTAM 

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#.

SCHEDULE:

Sunday’s 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/31, 6/7
Rink 2                   Rink 3
4:15-5:45 PM;     4:30-6:00 PM
6:00-7:30 PM;     6:15-7:45 PM
*******************************
Saturday,  6/13 4:15-5:45 PM
Sunday,  6/14-- 12:15-1:45 PM; 4:15-5:45 PM; 6:00-7:30 PM
Playoff MONDAY, 6/15-- 8:30-10:00 PM

 

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

Age Category

Age Division

2002

13 Years

Bantam 14 or Under

2001

14 Years

Bantam 14 or Under

2000

15 Years

HIGH SCHOOL

1999

16 Years

HIGH SCHOOL

1998

17 Years

HIGH SCHOOL

1997

18 Years

HIGH SCHOOL

1996

18-19 Years

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

 

Questions about registration? Contact: Noel Rubin:   973-222-2383


by posted 03/19/2015
MITE NITE 2015

2015 MITE NITE SPRING CLINIC

The winter hockey season may be finished but you still need your hockey fix! Mite Nite is just what you need to keep up with your hockey skills or learn a few new ones!

 MITE NITE SPRING HOCKEY CLINIC  

MITE NITE CLINIC—Clinics are conducted by Colonials coaches.  Focus will be on skill development, with some cross ice games thrown in to practice those skills!

 

MITE NITE sold out quickly last year, so register early!  Mite players include birth years 2007 and younger!

MITE NITE-12 SESSIONS

 MITE NITE SCHEDULE

Thursdays, 5:45 PM

April 9, 16, 23, 30

May 7, 14, 21, 28

June  6/4, 6/11, 6/18– 7:00-8:00 PM

June 25-7:15-8:15 PM

Registration for MITE NITE will be available shortly.

Price: $300.00   CLICK TO REGISTER

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


by posted 03/19/2015
NJC ALUM RECENT COLLEGE COMMITTMENTS

Some of our former alums are moving onward and upward!  Here are just a few of the places they are headed!

 

NJC ALUMS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR

NAME

 

COLLEGE

CLASS OF

96

KENDALL

CORNINE

RIT

2019

99

TYLER

INAMOTO

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

2020

98

BRENDAN

LESS

DARTMOUTH

2020

99

KYLE

MACLEAN

NORTHEASTERN

2021

98

DANTE

PALECCO*

YALE

2020

99

SKYLAR

PODVEY

OHIO STATE

2021

 

*Currently plays in the USHL for the Muskegon Lumberjacks


by posted 03/04/2015
14U TII's MAWHA PLAYOFF CHAMPS

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!


by posted 02/28/2015
MJHL JUNIOR TEAM TRYOUT SCHEDULE

Below, see the tryout schedule for the New Jersey Colonials new JUNIOR MJHL team:

 

           New Jersey JUNIOR Colonials Tryouts
  TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY
JUNIORS 3/31/15 4/1/15 4/2/15
  8:45-10:00 PM 6:15-7:15 PM 6:00-7:30 PM

 

For questions or further information, please contact Ken Scarpa at:  

 


 


by posted 02/23/2015
CLUB RELEASE INFORMATION

 "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. 


Please see page 13 of 41, item #7 from the following "District Rules & 
Regulations":

AAHA RULES AND REGULATIONS-CLICK HERE

 


by posted 02/20/2015
DEVIL OF A GOOD TIME!

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!"  

Pictures courtesy of Tara Hughes


by posted 02/20/2015
2015 NEW JERSEY COLONIALS GIRL'S TRYOUT SCHEDULE

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     

 

Twin Oaks Ice Rink        
65 Columbia Road        
Morristown, NJ 07960        
         
TIER I Tuesday 3/31 Wednesday 4/1 Thursday 4/2  
10u ('05 & '06) 5:15-6:15pm 5:15-6:15pm N/A Contract Signing Wednesday
12u TI ('03 & '04) 6:30-7:30pm 6:30-7:30pm 5:15-6:15pm Contract Signing Thursday 
14u TI ('01 & '02) 6:30-7:30pm 7:45-8:45pm 6:30-7:30pm Contract Signing Thursday 
16u TI ('99 & '00) 7:45-8:45pm 9:00-10:00pm 7:45-8:45pm Contract Signing Thursday 
19u TI ('96  '97  '98) 7:45-8:45pm 9:00-10:00pm 7:45-8:45pm Contract Signing Thursday 
         
TIER II  Friday 4/3 Saturday 4/4    
12u TII ('03 & '04) 5:30-6:30pm 10:45-11:45am   Contract Signing Saturday
14u TII ('01 & '02) 5:30-6:30pm 10:45-11:45am   Contract Signing Saturday
16u TII ('99 & '00) 6:45-7:45pm 12:00-1:00pm   Contract Signing Saturday
19u TII ('96  '97  '98) 6:45-7:45pm 12:00-1:00pm   Contract Signing Saturday

by posted 02/11/2015
2015 NEW JERSEY COLONIALS BOYS TRYOUT SCHEDULE

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!

 

PLEASE CHECK BACK, AS TIMES MAY BE ADJUSTED

NJ COLONIALS BOYS 2015-2016 TRYOUT SCHEDULE
       
ALL BOYS TRYOUTS ARE AT MENNEN 
BOYS TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY
TIER I 03/31/15 04/01/15 04/02/15
SQUIRT 5:30 - 6:45 5:30 - 6:45 5:30 - 6:45
MINOR '06 Rink 3 Rink 3 Rink 3
SQUIRT 5:30 - 6:45 5:30 - 6:45 5:45 - 7:00
MAJOR '05 Rink 3 Rink 3 Rink 1
PEE WEE 5:45 - 7:00 5:45 - 7:00 7:00 - 8:15
MINOR '04 Rink 1 Rink 1 Rink 3
PEE WEE 7:00 - 8:15 7:00 - 8:15 7:00 - 8:15
MAJOR '03 Rink 3 Rink 3 Rink 3
BANTAM 7:15 - 8:30 7:15 - 8:30 7:15 - 8:30
MINOR '02 Rink 1 Rink 1 Rink 1
BANTAM  8:30 - 9:45 8:30 - 9:45 8:30 - 9:45
MAJOR '01 Rink 3 Rink 3 Rink 3
MIDGET 8:45 - 10:00 8:45 - 10:00 8:45 - 10:00
NATIONAL Rink 1 Rink 1 Rink 1
JUNIORS TBA TBA TBA
       
       
BOYS MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY
TIER II 04/13/15 04/14/15 04/15/15
MITE 5:00 - 6:00 5:30 - 6:30 5:00 - 6:00
('07 - '08) RINK 1 Rink 3 Rink 3
SQUIRT 5:45 - 7:00 5:45 - 7:00 5:45 - 7:00
('05 - '06) RINK 3 RINK 1 RINK 1
PEE WEE 6:15 - 7:30 6:45 - 8:00 6:15 - 7:30
('03 - '04) RINK 1 RINK 3 Rink 3
BANTAM 7:15 - 8:30 7:15 - 8:30 7:15 - 8:30
('01 - '02) RINK 3 RINK 1 RINK 1
16U MIDGET 7:45 - 9:00 8:15 - 9:30 7:30 - 8:45
('99 - '00) RINK 1 RINK 3 RINK 2
18U MIDGET 8:30 - 9:45 8:45 - 10:00 7:45 - 9:00
('97 - '98) RINK 2 RINK 1 RINK 3

 


by posted 02/11/2015
FRANZONE TO HELM NJC'S FIRST MJHL TEAM

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:  njjjrcolonials@gmail.com


by posted 02/10/2015
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.” 

 


by posted 02/06/2015
"The Mite Stuff" NJC Mites in USA Hockey Magazine

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:

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by posted 11/09/2014
NJ Colonials Embraced ADM Early

07/29/2014, 4:00pm EDT

By Mike Scandura – Special to USAHockey.com
 
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.”


by posted 08/22/2014

BOYS HOCKEY DIRECTOR

NOEL RUBIN

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STEPHANIE EICK

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