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."
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