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 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 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 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:
AT Voorhees, NJ Level 1 November 8, 2014 - NJ-Flyers Skate Zone Voorhees 601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees,NJ-08043 - Nov 8 2014
11/08/2014 - 11/08/2014
AT Brick, NJ Level 1 November 16, 2014 - NJ Ocean Ice Palace 197 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick,NJ-08723 - Nov 16 2014
11/16/2014 - 11/16/2014
AT Peapack NJ Level 1 December 6, 2014 - NJ-Essex Hunt Club Ice Arena-48 Holland Rd-Peapack 48 Holland Rd, Peapack,NJ-07977 - Dec 6 2014
12/06/2014 - 12/06/2014
AT York, PA Level 1 December 7, 2014 - PA-York City Ice Arena 941 Vander Ave., York,PA-17403 - Dec 7 2014
12/07/2014 - 12/07/2014
CEP Level 2
AT Voorhees, NJ Level 2 November 8, 2014 - NJ-Flyers Skate Zone Voorhees 601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees,NJ-08043 - Nov 8 2014
11/08/2014 - 11/08/2014
AT Brick, NJ Level 2 November 16, 2014 - NJ-Brick Township Building 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick,NJ-08723 - Nov 16 2014
11/16/2014 - 11/16/2014
AT Peapack NJ Level 2 December 6, 2014 - NJ-Essex Hunt Club Ice Arena-48 Holland Rd-Peapack 48 Holland Rd, Peapack,NJ-07977 - Dec 6 2014
12/06/2014 - 12/06/2014
AT York, PA Level 2 December 7, 2014 - PA-York City Ice Arena 941 Vander Ave., York,PA-17403 - Dec 7 2014
12/07/2014 - 12/07/2014
CEP Level 3
AT Voorhees, NJ Level 3 November 8, 2014 - NJ-Flyers Skate Zone Voorhees 601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees,NJ-08043 - Nov 8 2014
11/08/2014 - 11/08/2014
AT Brick, NJ Level 3 November 16, 2014 - NJ-Brick Township Building 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick,NJ-08723 - Nov 16 2014
11/16/2014 - 11/16/2014
AT Peapack NJ Level 3 December 6, 2014 - NJ-Essex Hunt Club Ice Arena-48 Holland Rd-Peapack 48 Holland Rd, Peapack,NJ-07977 - Dec 6 2014
12/06/2014 - 12/06/2014
AT York, PA Level 3 December 7, 2014 - PA-York City Ice Arena 941 Vander Ave., York,PA-17403 - Dec 7 2014
12/07/2014 - 12/07/2014
NJC Coaches and Assistant Coaches: please go to the link, below, to view and register for upcoming coaching clinics. Coaches are reminded that they must get verification from their respective hockey directors (Coach Noel and Coach Sis) to attend the clinics, in order to be reimbursed for the cost of the clinic.
All Bantam level coaches are required to be at LEVEL 4, as of the 2014-15 season.
All coaches are required to advance to the next Level (some Level 3 exceptions may apply) Links may be used for Tier I, Tier II and Girl's coaches. Questions? Noel Rubin at: NRubin3189@aol.com and Sis Paulsen at: SLPaulsen13@gmail.com
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.”
2014 Ray Murray/Donna Guariglia Achievement Award Winners
RAY MURRAY/DONNA GUARIGLIA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS
Each year, our coaches are asked to select one player, from their team, for the “Ray Murray or Donna Guariglia Achievement Award.” This is a player that best exemplifies the attributes espoused by our distinguished predecessors, Ray Murray and Donna Guariglia. The chosen player may not be the individual that scores the most goals, but rather one who leads the team in other ways.
Our eponymous awards were named after two former New Jersey Colonial presidents, Ray Murray and Donna Guariglia. Both individuals were important driving forces in the creation of what is now The New Jersey Colonials Travel Hockey Association.
Ray Murray was one of the founding members of the New Jersey Colonials and was a giant in Morris County Hockey, having started the Morris County Colonials recreational team, eventually helping to create our travel club. As a former coach, he embodied the true essence of sportsmanship for the game of hockey.
Donna Guariglia was the driving force who brought Girls/Women’s hockey to the New Jersey Colonials. Donna grew up in a hockey family, with brothers who excelled at the sport. She eventually married a hockey player and coach (Coach Dave!), and had 2 sons who played the sport! Donna eventually joined a women’s team and played the sport herself.
To this day, Donna is one of the Atlantic District’s greatest proponents of girl’s hockey. Currently, Donna is the President of MAWHA and the USA Hockey Section Director for Girls’/ Women’s Hockey. Donna remains a strong advocate for Girls’/Women’s hockey throughout the United States. Donna was recently selected to serve on USA Hockey’s Executive Board.
The awardees attributes, which we hope all our athletes aspire to, include, but are not limited to: Strong values, hard work, determination, team spirit, good sportsmanship and self-discipline.
The boys “Ray Murray” awards were presented by individual teams, at their year end team parties. The girls “Donna Guariglia” awards were presented at the annual “Girl’s Gala,” on March 12, 2014 at the Grand Summit, Summit, NJ.