March 6, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Hockey Club Announced: New Jersey 87’s
Monmouth County, NJ -- The New Jersey 87’s, the Atlantic Amaetur Hockey Association’s newest junior hockey organization, is proud to announce they received approval for an expansion franchise in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). The NJ 87’s, located in Monmouth County, will operate in the EHL’s Elite division for the 2017-2018 season. The 87’s will skate at the Middletown Sports Complex in Middletown, NJ, a state-of-the-art facility with arena seating and a capacity of 1500 people. Tryout camp takes place April 12th-14th. Prospective players are encouraged to follow the club on Twitter (@NJ87sEHL) for the latest announcements, and can email NJ87sHC@gmail.com for more information about the programs offered.
The NJ 87’s mission statement expresses the club’s commitment “to providing student-athletes the best coaching and on-ice and off-ice development to help each individual player reach his or her athletic and scholastic goals.” The 87’s are owned and operated by Adam Houli and Matthew Kiernan. Houli is the general manager and head coach for the 2017-2018 season. Kiernan is the club president and director of hockey operations. The two owners share 75 years of playing, coaching and business experience between them, bringing both business acumen and personal commitment to the club.
“I look forward to the opportunity to coach players who are looking to play NCAA hockey,” said Houli. “As a former NCAA Division III hockey player at Trinity College I have a lot of knowledge that will help our players reach their goal of playing NCAA college hockey.”
“We could not be more excited to join as prestigious a league as the EHL,” said Kiernan. “It is a great honor that we will get to work and partner with so many top-notch youth and junior programs on the East Coast.”
The Eastern Hockey League is one of three USA Hockey chartered Tier III junior hockey leagues in the United States and is considered the leader in providing a professionally-run league in partnership with the some of the best junior hockey organizations in the United States. It is this reputation that allows the EHL to continue to be the NCAA Division II and Division III commitment leader.
The New Jersey 87's organization is committed to developing and producing student-athletes with aspirations of advancing to collegiate levels of hockey through a "hands on" approach from mites to juniors. Through dedication and commitment from both player and coach, the players are taught the importance of education, nutrition and off-ice training needed to be successful both on and off the ice. The organization prides itself on work ethic and understanding that each and every player develops differently. For more information, email NJ87sHC@gmail.com and follow them on Twitter: @NJ87sEHL.
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