STOCKHOLM, NJ – The Kings are getting ready to welcome the first Junior A team to Skylands Ice World.  The three day tryout for the Junior A team will run from April 10 through 12. 

All other levels of Kings Hockey teams will be trying out the following week: 

  • Mite  April 15 and 17 from 5:45 until 6:45 p.m. (2007, ’08, ’09)
  • Squirt  April 13, 14 and 16 from 5:45 until 6:45 p.m. (2005-2006)
  • Pee Wee  April 13, 14 and 15 from 6:15 until 7:30 p.m. (2003-2004)
  • Bantam  April 13, 14, and 15 from 7 until 8:15 p.m. (2001-2002)
  • Midget U16 April 13, 14 and 16 from 7:45 until 9 p.m. (1999-2000)
  • Midget U18  April 13, 14 and 16 from 8:30 until 9:45 p.m. (1997-1998)

All tryout information is available on the Skylands Kings Tab of the Skylands Ice World Website including coaching staff and fees.

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The new Junior team expands the existing Kings Travel ice hockey program beginning with the 2015-2016 season.  The Tier III Junior level team will compete within the newly formed North American 3 Eastern Hockey League within the North American Hockey League. 

The focus of the league to support and develop players to go on to play college hockey is evidence by the more than three dozen players who have committed to NCAA schools over the past two seasons. 

The Skylands Kings program will provide many benefits including:

  • Ice time twice daily – skills and game concepts
  • 40-50 Game season
  • Video analysis
  • Medical training access through Atlantic Sports Health
  • Off ice training in MAX performance USA
  • Strength and conditioning coaches
  • Physical Therapy access
  • Free skate sharpening
  • College exposure
  • Dedicated locker room
  • Academic support
  • Proximity to several community colleges
  • Lodging and meals on road trips
  • Uniform – jerseys, shells, socks, track suit
  • Well connected and experienced coaching and support staff
  • Opportunity for part time employment
  • Billeting procedures

The Junior team will be led by head coach Alex Shindelman.  Shindelman has more than 20 years of experience as a player and coach. As a player he was on the Latvian U20 National Team, Omaha Lancers and Rochester Mustangs of the USHL and the Boston Junior Bruins.  As a coach he has led the Kings U16 AA team to five consecutive playoff appearances, three consecutive district finals and an appearance in the 2012 Nationals.  He was invited to coach one of two USA teams at the prestigious OHL showcase held in Toronto.