Pee Wee Minor 03's Flash the victory sign after the AYHL Playoff win!
March 1, 2015--The New Jersey Colonials Pee Wee Minor 12Us have been anointed the 2015 AYHL Playoff Champs, after having nearly swept all 4 of their playoff games, the weekend of February 27-March 1, 2015.
The only glitch in the well oiled team, came with a 4-4 tie against the Washington Little Caps, during the first round of the series. After that, though, the 03's won handily, with a 9-3 win against the North Jersey Avalanche; a 7-1 drubbing of the New York Saints and 4-0 trouncing of the Long Island Gulls in the semis.
The Championship game would not be an easy one, against Team Comcast, who the Colonials had faced earlier in the season, beating them 7-3 in their initial matchup and tying, 2-2, in their second matchup. The Colonials appeared as if they had the game sewn up by the end of the second period, with a 4-1 lead, but Comcast would not be denied, scoring goals, in the third, with 7:44 left in the third-- within striking distance of tying and taking the lead!
NJC defense stepped up their game, playing keep away and holding on to the 1 goal advantage. The game ended with a 4-3 victory! Pat Neal scored in the first, right out of the gate. Greg Spitznagel had added another goal in the second and Pat Neal, added two additional 2nd period goals, with hat trick goal becoming the game winner. MVPs for the game were: All American Forward-Pat Neal; All American Defenseman-Michael Rubin; Great American Goalie-Thomas Heaney. Congratulations to the 12U Pee Wee Minor 03s on their AYHL Playoff Championship.
All current NJC players, interested in attending Pre Tryout Conditioning Clinics are required to register online, on the REGISTER tab. Please check off the clinic dates your are interested in attending. NJC players do no need to submit a USA Hockey registration number, as you are already in our system.
Non-Colonial players must also register for the clinics and you MUST supply a USA Hockey registration number. If you do not have a number OR you have a number but don't remember it, you may go to USA Hockey's REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION at:
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 Great 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.
Please see page 13 of 41, item #7 from the following "District Rules &
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
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*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.”