The New Jersey 87's are pleased to announce that Tim DeBord and George Weiner will serve as the EHL team's co-captains for the 2020-21 season, while Dante Terramani has been named alternate captain.
DeBord, a native of Parker, Colorado and two-year veteran of the 87's, recorded 51 points (18g, 33a) in 37 games while serving as the alternate captain in the 2019-20 season. He currently has 89 points (39g, 50a) in 78 games between his two seasons with the organization.
Weiner and Terramani are both entering their second seasons with the 87's. Weiner is from Wayne, NJ and he put up 24 points (7g, 17a) in 40 games in his rookie campaign with the team.Terramani, a 19-year-old forward from Monterey Park, California, had an impressive first season by tallying 55 points (25g, 30a) in 44 games.
Head coach Adam Houli spoke about his decision to name the captains for the EHL squad, and how each player is a reflection of the organization's identity.
"When selecting the leadership for your team it is always important to make sure that the players you pick represent your team as a whole and all the different ways. You want leaders both on and off the ice, players who understand the greater sacrifices needed to be successful, players who other players can trust and voice those opinions to, and I believe this group is perfect," Houli said. "Each player represents something a little bit different and they show us that when you add up the little things big things come. I couldn’t be more excited to announce them as our leaders and look forward to them growing in the role."
Houli went into further detail with each player and what they will bring to the table this season for the EHL team. He started with DeBord, a dynamic two-way player that is entering his third season with the 87's.
"Tim will by the end of the year be a player with the most games played in the EHL as an 87. He is humble, quiet, but leads by example both on and off the ice. He is exactly the person as a coach you want to lead your team and I know the players feel the same. I am very happy to see Tim wear the C," Houli said.
Last season, Weiner scored all seven of his goals on the power play and proved to be a strong defender in his own end. The New Jersey native will enter his final junior season as DeBord's co-captain, and Houli credits the blue-liner for leadership abilities both on and off the ice.
"George is the type of leader who won’t be afraid to let you know you have to pick up your game, he is the type of guy that will also make sure all players are looked after. He is a tremendous person both on and off the ice , so having him wear a C will help us immensely," Houli said."
Terramani finished the 2019-20 season as the second-highest scorer for the 87's. Houli talked about his work ethic and how it can lead him to an even stronger second season with the team.
"Dante’s work ethic and coachability is what separates him the most, he thrives on being the person who gets the team going in the right direction, he takes the brunt of our criticism when we are playing poorly and harnesses it to make sure we respond," Houli said. "His path to us is also a good indicator of what type of person he is and he can relate with anyone that comes his way. He is the perfect fit to wear an A."
The New Jersey 87's have relocated from Middletown Sports Complex and will play its home games at Jersey Shore Arena for the 2020-2021 season.
Jersey Shore Arena is a three-rink facility located in Wall Township, N.J. and is home to hockey programs such as the Jersey Shore Wildcats, Manasquan High School and Christian Brothers Academy. The rink is only minutes away from the Garden State Parkway and attracts people from New York and Pennsylvania.
The relocation comes after the 87's spent its first three seasons in Middletown, sharing the arena with the New Jersey Titans of the North American Hockey League. Head coach Adam Houli spoke fondly of Middletown Sports Complex and noted that the relocation presents a new opportunity for the organization.
"Moving buildings is never easy, especially when our history starts in Middletown. We made a lot of good memories both on and off the ice with the NAHL staff, youth coaches and management and in addition we have a great relationship with the patrons of the rink," Houli said. "It was not an easy decision to make as both our coaching careers started in this rink and with the Titans. However I think we realized that in order for us to grow and prosper we had to make sure that our environment was the perfect setting for success for our players both on and off the ice."
Wall Township is about 17 miles south of Middletown, and the arena sits just a few miles away from Asbury Park Beach. With the new location, the 87's EHL and Premier teams will look to build off a dominant 2019-20 season that came to an abrupt end. Houli is confident that both teams will continue where they left off in Middletown and continue their success in their new home.
"Jersey Shore Arena provides exactly what we need. We couldn’t be more excited to move a short distance down the road to allow us to continue to build on our foundation as a true destination for junior hockey," he said. "I know our players will be thrilled with the amenities that JSA will provide, and I can’t wait to do it our way in our home for our future."
Established in early 2017, The NJ 87’s organization has always sought to be different both on and off the ice and this holds true when deciding about their team name and logo.
History has it that while both owners were commuting to NYC for work, Adam Houli and Matthew Kiernan spoke often about the opportunity to bring to life their own vision and ideas for a successful junior hockey team. As they talked about what was needed, they agreed a unique name would help set them apart.
Adam Houli commented “ Creating a unique name for us was important, many people try to be successful in hockey but often fail to take care of the little aspects that will eventually add up to greater detail. For us, a name was super important, and we felt that not many people have a number as a logo, and if a team did have a number, it is very recognizable which is what we wanted to become”
When they began to think of unique team names and logo, they quickly decided they wanted to be very New Jersey oriented. Kiernan added “ For us, NJ is where we both grew up playing hockey and it was important to make sure we recognized our roots.” So has the owners did more and more research, the origins of NJ became a focal point and it’s how they landed on the 87’s.
Adam stated “ For us, becoming the 87’s was unique and very traditional. NJ became a state officially in 1787, so we felt this was a perfect name, the 87’s. Choosing our colors was simple, as not many teams have our color combo of Blue and Sand/Gold which closely resembled NJ official colors. Adding the 3 stars on top was the final touch which represented NJ has the 3rd state to sign the Constitution.”
In developing the Secondary, Helmet, and Pant Logo NJ culture and history stayed prominent. The Secondary logo was the 87’s acknowledgment of the Garden State Parkway, a road that runs through NJ has a major state highway and a highway that opposing teams would need to take to come play in NJ. The Pant Logo was a further acknowledgement to the New Jersey Turnpike, an equally as important road to NJ.
Houli added “ For us the secondary and pant logo continued to show our dedication to NJ and the importance of their meaning to the state and our team. At quick glance one might not notice the similarities however as you begin to realize that the logos are a tribute, it becomes more and more clear to the eye.