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Jack Lane commits to Wilkes University

By Anthony Di Paolo 05/21/2020, 6:45pm EDT

First-ever 87's goal scorer set to join the Colonels this fall

The New Jersey 87's are proud to announce that Jack Lane has committed to play Division III collegiate hockey at Wilkes University for the 2020-21 season.

Lane is a 20-year-old forward from South River, N.J. and is a three-year veteran of the 87's. In the team's inaugural season in the EHL Premier Division, he led the team with 60 points (21g, 39a) in 42 games. Between the last two seasons with the EHL team, Lane notched 79 points (22g, 57a) in 66 games.

Head coach Adam Houli spoke about Lane's accomplishment and what he's meant to the organization. "Jack is one of the top 87's players in our short history. He was an All Star each year in our league and he really found his game while playing for us. I truly believe Jack's game translates to the next level and he will continue to play hockey after school. Off the ice Jack is a phenomenal kid who is genuine in everything he does. He has and will always be a great ambassador for our program."

Wilkes University is a Division III program located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Competing in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference, the Colonels are led by head coach Tyler Hynes. Lane talked about his commitment and what it means to join the Colonels for the 2020-21 season.

"Landing this commitment to a program like Wilkes is unbelievable. It's definitely special to me because of all the hard work, dedication and time you put into it as a junior hockey player. It's great to have it finally pay off," Lane said.

Prior to the 2017-18 season, Lane was unsure how his hockey career would continue. He credits the 87's coaching staff for bringing him into the organization, where he developed his game over the next three years.

"The 87's have done everything for me when it comes to hockey. Before I came to the 87's I wasn't even going to pursue junior hockey until Adam (Houli) and Matty (Kiernan) gave me a chance. Being an 87 wasn't just about playing hockey," Lane said. "The program has brought me much more, such as growing as a person individually, teaching me long term life lessons and most importantly they brought me a second family that I will cherish forever."

In addition to being with the organization since day one, Lane scored the first goal in 87's history with the Premier team. The following season, he scored the first-ever goal for the EHL squad. His knack to find the back of the net while playing a solid all-around game helped shape the '87 way' that the organization is known for today.

"It definitely will be a memory that I'll never forget, scoring the 87's first goals both seasons. Thankfully I had the boys both times to help me achieve those goals," Lane said. "It's definitely awesome knowing that I was one of a couple three-year vets to go through this program and help put them on the map. You know you work so hard to overcome adversity and I can definitely say that the 87's have come along way in such a short amount of time, and that it's only the beginning for this program."

The 87's would like to congratulate Jack and his family as he gets ready to advance his hockey career to the Division III collegiate level.

Trevor Cear commits to UMass Dartmouth

By Anthony Di Paolo 05/21/2020, 6:30pm EDT

Captain of inaugural EHLP team commits to an NCAA program

The New Jersey 87's are proud to announce that Trevor Cear has committed to play Division III hockey at UMass Dartmouth for the 2020-21 season.

Cear is a 21-year-old defenseman from Jackson, N.J. and is a three-year veteran of the 87's. He served as the captain for the team's inaugural season in the EHL Premier Division, recording 33 points (9g, 24a) in 40 games. Between the next two seasons in the EHL, Cear put up 58 points (6g, 52a) in 82 games. 

Head coach Adam Houli spoke about Cear's accomplishment. "Trev is fantastic player, he can skate and think the game better then a lot of defenseman. He has been impactful for our team each year and has always drawn a lot of attention from scouts, I think he will be an elite player in school. Off the ice he is one a kind, and will always go the extra mile to make sure it’s done right. I’m so excited to watch him in school," Houli said of Cear.

UMass Dartmouth is a Division III program located in Dartmouth, Mass. Competing in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Corsairs are led by head coach Erik Noack. Cear spoke about his achievement and what it means to join a program such as UMass Dartmouth.

"The commitment is almost every hockey players' dream and knowing I get to go to school like Umass Dartmouth is special for me. I wouldn't have been able to do any of this if it wasn't for Matty (Kiernan) and (Adam) Houls," Cear said. "They taught me so much as a player on and off the ice, I owe everything to them, my family and my teammates."

Cear is among a handful of players that have played in the 87's first three seasons of operation. On top of being captain for the Premier team's inaugural year, he served as an alternate captain for the EHL team's first two seasons. He spoke about his development within the organization, and credited the coaching staff for putting together a competitive team from day one.

"I'd be lying to everyone if I said these two weren't the best coaches in the league. Coming here three years ago I truly did not know what to expect when I came to the 87's. After the first year I knew this is where I wanted to be, I knew the 87's was my home. Each time I put on that jersey I knew it was special because after all the things Matty and Houli did for us, we knew all we had to do was play the 87 way and win. What we did with our groups, from the first-year team to the first-year EHL team, and what we did with the core of our team for those three seasons was special. We will remember 87 way forever."

The 87's would like to congratulate Trevor and his family as he continues his hockey career to the Division III collegiate level at UMass Dartmouth.

87's set to launch weekly series

By Anthony Di Paolo 05/04/2020, 3:00pm EDT

Inside the 87's will provide a brand new, in-depth look at the organization

The New Jersey 87's will launch a weekly feature called "Inside the 87's," and will begin in the month of May.

This series will involve a wide variety of content including video logs, podcasts, player takeovers on social media and more. The content will provide a more in-depth look at both 87's teams following a stellar season that was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Head coach Adam Houli spoke about the upcoming series and what it means to provide fans with an insider view of the team, which was named the 2019-20 EHL Organization of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. 

“I am super excited to give an inside look to our organization. I think it is vital for people outside our club to see how we work and to envision the life of an 87 both on and off the ice," Houli said. "Now more then ever there is a demand to be innovative and creative, and I think creating this program continues to show that the NJ 87's are always at the forefront in creating and delivering content.“ 

In addition to 87's broadcaster Anthony Di Paolo, the series will be led by Alyssa Morrison. The Toronto native is a graduate of Ryerson University and has prior experience creating digital content for Eastern Hockey League teams, including the 87's.

“I had a chance to meet Alyssa in the summer at a summer showcase where she was working with a team doing social media and I had watched her evolve into some great content work throughout the year," Houli said of Morrison. "I am happy she is going to be a part of this as our Interactive Content Manager. She is very determined, creative and ambitious, combine that with Anthony, I think the NJ 87's has the best off ice hockey operations in the league and country.“ 

The series will start on May 11, and fans can follow along on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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