Club, Clinic, and other Information click Read full...
For those families who are new or considering the Penguins use this page to navigate the website.
Penguins Information. Information on the Penguins including our philosophy and results can best be found at the tab above titled 'Why the Penguins' and by browsing the news articles here.
Clinic Information. Pre-Tryout and Goalie clinics resume Friday, March 20 and continue through March 30. Clinics are free for everyone. Information and a link to registration is here.
Tryouts. Tryouts begin Monday, April 13. The schedule is here. It is likely we will be adding players; if there is a change to the tryout calendar it will be posted on the website and emailed to everyone registered. Registration will open the week of March 23.
Coaches. Coaches for specific teams will be posted by April 1. Our coaches are mostly independent (non-parent) and most of our staff from last year is returning. If you need information about a coach for a specific team prior to then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the Jersey Penguins Midget 18A on winning the NJYHL Playoffs!
In a series of tough games the Penguins defeated the top seeded Titans in the South in a dramatic 4-OT game to advance to the finals where they shutout the top seeded Freeze in the North by a score of 2-0.
It's 90 degrees outside so of course our thoughts go to.....hockey.
Penguins pre-season clinics for all levels Squirt through Midget will take place during the last two weeks of August.
Your managers have the details and will be forwarding to each team.
While not mandatory you should attend these practices unless you are out of town. The intention is to get your legs back under you so when you take the ice with your regular season team your coach can get directly into practice and not conditioning. You will be better players and your team will do better if you attend.
We are running checking clinics in May for incoming Bantams. It is important your player learn this critical part of the game to be successful and to protect himself.
There will be four in May. Your player is welcome to attend all four. They are included in your tuition. Attendance at two is mandatory. Should your player not be able to make two we will run additional checking clinics in August.
Nice showing by our Bantam Minor team at the EHF AAA Presidents Day Tournament. Our boys played the top four seeds in round robin play and were undefeated, dealing ties to the highly rated Portland Jr Pirates and Providence Capitals teams and defeating the first place RI Saints in an exciting 1-0 win. Well done.
Congratulations to our Bantam Minor team on reaching the Finals at the North American Frozen Cup AAA Tournament this weekend. The team beat went 2-2 in pool play and avenged a preliminary round loss to host and top seed Team Comcast with a 2-1 victory in the semi-finals to propel them into the Finals.
Bantam Minor players and family took a little time out from their busy hockey and holiday seasons to do a little 'warehouse labor' at the Community Food Bank in Hillside, NJ. The team's diligent assembly line of 20+ people prepared 940 food bags that will be distributed to area schools after the break. Each bag will be sent home over the weekend with a student in need to provide dinner that evening.
Way to go Pens!
Congratulations to Bantam A in making it to the Finals against an all Canadian field at the Rochester Fall Classic. Bantam A posted wins against the Whitby Wildcats, Nepean Raiders, Aurora Tigers, and a tough Oakville Rangers team in preliminary rounds but was avenged in the Finals in a tough rematch against the Rangers. Good showing boys!
Congratulations to our Bantam B team for making the Finals in the Congressional Cup in Washington this weekend. After going 2-1-1 in preliminary play they battled hard in an exciting 3-2 game in the Finals.
The Penguins will hold tryouts for the following teams. Pre-season clinics, holiday clinics, powerskating, and checking clinics are included in tuition. Coaches' biographies are here.
Midget 18A Short Season (Coach: Puskar) Team highlights include pre-season clinics and 1.25 hour practices. Two practices per week, both will be full ice. Practice times will be immediately after school at 3:30pm on M/W or Tu/Th.
Midget 16AA Short Season (Coach: Peirano) Midget 16AA Short Season (Coach: Siejk) Midget 16A Short Season (Coach: Lupovich) Team highlights include pre-season clinics, 1.25 hour practices, and one-half of all practices on a full sheet. Practice times to start no later than 9:00p on M/W or Tu/Th and often at 7:30p. Midget 16AA (Peirano) will have the option to continue long season. Bantam A (Coach: Lupovich) Bantam B (Coach: Storm) Team highlights include pre-season powerskating and skills clinics, mid-season (holiday) clinics, 1.25 hour practices, and at least one-quarter of all practices on a full sheet. Each Bantam team will receive at least three additional checking specific clinics and instruction prior to the beginning of the season.
Bantam Minor (Coach: Siejk) Team highlights include pre-season powerskating and skills clinics, mid-season (holiday) clinics, 1.25 hour practices, and at least one-quarter of all practices on a full sheet. Bantam Minor will also receive additional checking specific clinics and instruction prior to the beginning of the season. Bantam Minor will be comprised of exclusively 2000 birth years.
PeeWee AA (Coach: Rinder) PeeWee A (Coach: Tracy) PeeWee B (Coach: Setola) Team highlights include pre-season powerskating and skills clinics, mid-season (holiday) clinics, 1.25 hour practices, at least one-quarter of all practices on a full sheet, and an additional powerskating session weekly to January (non-holiday weekends).
Squirt AA (Coach: Spautz, Assistant: Gilberti) Squirt A (Coach: Puskar) Team highlights include pre-season powerskating and skills clinics, mid-season (holiday) clinics, 1.25 hour practices, and an additional powerskating session weekly to January (non-holiday weekends). Full ice practices will be made available to teams as needed at the discretion of the coach. Optional Sunday morning (8a) clinics from April through June.
The Penguins will offer four goalie clinics starting 3/8 through 3/21.
The sessions will be run by Coach Boles. We will have 4-5 stations with 2-3 goalies per station. Each session is 1.5 hours and will focus on technique, positioning, alignment and angles, and conditioning. The clinics will be high energy and skills demanding.
There is no cost but registration is required a senrollment is limited. Registration here.
Next year the Penguins will skate the following teams:
Midget 18A Short Season (Coach: Puskar) Midget 16A Short Season (Coach: Rauter)
Team highlights include pre-season clinics, 1.25 hour practices, and one-half of all practices on a full sheet. Practice start times no later than 9:00p on M/W or Tu/Th.
Bantam A (Coach: Rauter)
Team highlights include pre-season and midyear clinics, optional third power skate, 1.25 hour practices, and at least 20 hours of full sheet practice.
Bantam B (Coach: Jeff and Mike Kirkland)
Team highlights include pre-season and midyear clinics, optional third power skate, 1.25 hour practices, and at least one-quarter of practice slots on a full sheet.
Pee Wee AA (Coaches: Puskar and Seijk)
Team highlights include a target roster of 13 skaters, pre-season and midyear clinics, optional third power skate, 1.25 hour practices, and at least 20 hours of full sheet practice.
Pee Wee A (Coach: Rinder) Pee Wee B (Coach: Storm) Squirt AA (Coach: Rinder)
Team highlights include pre-season and midyear clinics, optional third power skate, 1.25 hour practices, and at least one-quarter of practice slots on a full sheet.
Squirt A (Coach: Bartilotti) Squirt B (Coach: Setola)
Team highlights include pre-season and midyear clinics, optional third power skate, 1.25 hour practices.
Penguins ADM. Penguins will run a ‘Penguins ADM’ program for 2006, 2005, and less experienced 2004 skaters. There will be two practice days during the week. One weekend day we will have 3on3s or a ‘playaround’ where we invite other teams for a mini-tournament where the children play a number of short (15 min) cross ice games against each other over a 1.25 hour period. Enrollment is by signup, not tryout, which will occur after tryouts.
We will have evaluation skates for Mites in March and April. Specific dates to be announced.
There will be three options for the Mite aged player in the 2012-13 season at Rock Ice:
Junior Penguins. A team comprised of experienced hockey players born 2004 seeking high level instruction, plenty of practice ice, a serious commitment to the sport, and a significant improvement of their skills and game. The team will practice twice a week and play full ice games. This team is run by Rock Ice.
Penguins ADM. Penguins will run a ‘Penguins ADM’ program for 2006, 2005, and less experienced 2004 skaters. There will be two practice days during the week. One weekend day we will have 3on3s or a ‘playaround’ where we invite other teams for a mini-tournament where the children play a number of short (15 min) cross ice games against each other over a 1.25 hour period. The other weekend day will be left free for house hockey or other activities.
Squirts. Experienced 2004 players are invited to try out for our Squirt teams.
Congratulations to our Bantam AA and PeeWee AA teams who both won Gold Medals in Lake Placid this weekend!
The Bantam AA team convincingly beat the Reston Raiders (VA) with a 5-0 shutout after tying them in the first round. On their way to first place they also disposed of the Cazenovia (NY) Chiefs 3-0 and the New England Predators 6-1.
The PeeWee AA team went undefeated, also defeating the Reston Raiders in their final 4-1 after beating the Kanata Blazers, Wallingford (CT) Hawks, and the Raiders in earlier rounds.
The Penguins have two Mite ADM teams playing cross ice, Major (8U) and Minor (6U).
We are seeking teams with players at the same level of development for exciting, fun, and competitive cross ice games. Contact
ADM Major (8U). Comprised of 12 skaters. Four of these skaters are 2004 birth year. All of the skaters have been on the ice for only one season, last year, during which they were in a developmental program.
ADM Minor (6U). Comprised of 12 skaters. Five of these skaters are 2006 birth year and have just graduated Learn to Skate. The rest of the team was in a developmental program last season.
The NJYHL regular season ended this past weekend for our PeeWees and Bantams.
CONGRATULATIONS to all our BOYS!!!!!
Our BANTAM A team finished the season with a very respectable 12-7-3 record and was in the playoff race through the final weekend. We placed this team of almost all first years aggressively at the ‘A’ level and they stepped up and delivered. Well done boys!
Our PEE WEE B team finished the season 14-5-1 and secured a berth in the NJYHL PLAYOFFSon the weekend of February 25-27! Good luck boys!
Our PEE WEE A team finished the season in FIRST PLACEwith an 11-1-4 record. By finishing first the team proceeds to the ATLANTIC DISTRICT 12U PLAYOFFS on the weekend of March 18-20. The winner will represent the Atlantic District (NJ, PA, and DE) in the USA Hockey National Championship in San Jose in April. Good luck boys!
All the boys should be congratulated for their hard work and commitment, and a big ‘thank you’ to the coaches of these teams!
It is hard to believe that the new Jersey Penguins Hockey Club is less than a year old. We have accomplished so much in that time.
One of our greatest achievements is establishing our Girls Hockey program. Begun only in the Summer of 2010, we now have over 35 girls at all skill levels.
Girls Hockey has strongest support of our organization at all levels. At the Penguins girls are core to our Club.
We are committed to growing and formalizing this program.
For the upcoming 2011/12 season we will have:
COMPETITIVE TEAMS. For girls who have experience in the sport we will offer a Major (age 12-16) and a Minor (age 8-12) team. Our teams span multiple age levels to recognize that the fast growth of Girls Hockey means many girls have developed their skill levels at different rates. We are committed to keeping girls of comparable skill levels together to more easily foster their development and enhance their enjoyment of the sport.
Each team will have two practices per week, play approximately 20 games (excluding tournaments), and attend at least two tournaments.
Tryouts will be the week of April 11.
DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM. For girls who are experienced skaters and want to learn the sport of hockey we offer our Developmental Program. This program will be comprised of skills and drills, station training, and practices to learn the game.
The girls will be on the ice twice a week with one day of station training and one dedicated practice. There will be the opportunity for 3x3 games and later in the season some full ice games and a tournament.
We will have two evaluation skates, including one the week of April 11.
Last year this program SOLD OUT.
To enroll in this program your daughter must be a proficient skater.
This weekend the Jersy Penguins made a Club hockey trip to the Canadian Cup in Montreal.
We competed at the Bantam, PeeWee, Squirt, and Mite levels against teams from Ontario and Quebec.
A HUGE congratulations to our Squirt A team who brought home the GOLD in a thrilling 3-2 championship game over the Stormont Selects. The police escort of the team bus back into town was well deserved!
Likewise congratulations to our PeeWee B team for making to the finals and winning the SILVER in a championship game against North York that went into overtime and a seven player shootout.
A great time was had by all the teams facing competition we never see in the States.
As an added bonus our Penguins were able to hang out with the NHL San Jose Sharks who were staying in the same hotel downtown as all our teams.
The Jersey Penguins Mite Major team took over the Prudential Center on Monday during the game between the NJ Devils and (appropriately) the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After being greeted by the Devils’ representative, the Penguin Mites proceeded to the pre-game fair where street hockey was underway. The team joined in the action. Our Penguin Mites tore up all the challengers. During the street hockey game, the Devils’ mascots appeared for photo opportunities. Garrett Hall checked the Little Devil while Noah Caputo ran circles around him.
Next, the team went to the arena to watch the Devils and Penguins practice. Soon, they were called to the locker room to suit up. The parents enjoyed watching the first period while the kids were getting ready. Thanks to the coaches for tying all those skates! At the end of the first period, the Penguin Mites took the ice. Everybody was cheering! The pressure was intense! The skating awesome! The kids played to an exciting tie.
Congratulations to our Squirt Black team who had an outstanding showing at the Regional Silver Sticks Final at Ice Works.
The Squirt Blacks dominated play in early rounds, going 5-0 in their bracket and through the semi-finals.
In the Finals they met the only other undefeated team, the Virginia Wild. In the definition of an exciting game the Penguins and Wild played to a 3-3 tie in regulation.....and to a tie in regulation overtime......and to a tie in the regulation shootout. To determine the champion the game proceeded to a sudden death shootout during which the Wild prevailed.
Congratulations on a great tournament boys and on bringing home the first Penguins banner of the season!
The Jersey Penguins are pleased to announce the following senior coaching appointments.
Jeff Gorman, Coaching Director. As Coaching Director, Jeff will have overall responsibility to ensure that our coaches are providing age and skill appropriate development opportunities to our players. He will help set the overall club philosophy and will provide goals and objectives for player and team development. He will create innovative and exciting practice plans for our coaches' use, evaluate practice sessions, provide feedback, and assist on the ice.
Jeff played high school hockey for the Delbarton School in Morristown, where he was captain of the 1986 championship team and a 1st Team All State selection. He went on to play at Bowdion College where he was a member of its ECAC Division III championship team. He has been coaching and training hockey players for more than 15 years.
John Puskar, ACE Coordinator.As ACE (Association Coaching & Education) Coordinator, John will assist in the development of our well trained coaching staff and in providing clear goals and objectives for player skill development.
John is best known for his time as Head Coach of Mens Varsity at the Morristown Beard School from 2003-2009. During this period his teams won four State Prep School championships, two Mennen Cup championships, and John was twice voted Ice Hockey Coach of the Year. John has coached college, high school, and youth travel teams locally since 1990.