Middletown, NJ - The NJ 87s, members of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) are proud to announce 2019-2020 program options. The NJ 87s will operate in the EHL, EHLP, and 87's Showcase Series.
The New Jersey 87s enter their second year in the Eastern Hockey League, and third year in the Eastern Hockey League Premier. In addition the New Jersey 87's announce the 87's Showcase Series which will expose NJ 87's to the nations best showcase events that the EHLP team will attend.
The EHL is located in the Northeast region of the United States,and its 18 teams celebrates its 7th season in 2019-20.For the past three years, the EHL has finished as the leader in the Direct-To-College Advancement at the Division II and III levels. This past season alone, the EHL accounted for nearly 1 in every 5 freshmen on Division II and III rosters.
To go along with the NCAA Commitments, the EHL has also helped over 75 players work their way up the USA Hockey Ladder of Development to the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the United States Hockey League (USHL). This area of advancement is also not limited to just players, as the EHL has seen a number of coaches make the jump up the ladder as well.
The EHLP is located in the Northeast region of the United States, serves as a sub-division for the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). This Fall, the EHLP will kick-off its 5th season under the EHL, with 12 teams split up between 2 different conferences. While the name has changed a couple times, the model remains the same; to help players develop and prepare for the next step in their journey.
The EHL's sub-division has done a great job promoting players up the ranks of junior hockey, and is responsible for a number of the league's NCAA Commitments.
If you are interested in becoming an 87 next year, please fill out our player interest form or email us at Hockeyops@nj87s.com.
March 6, 2017
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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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