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Main Camp Opens Today

The New Jersey Titans 2016 Main Camp will officially start this morning at the Middletown Sports Complex as players from across the world compete for a spot on the Titans 2016-17 club.

 

After months of scouting and preparation, the Titans’ coaching and scouting staff will finally get to see all their hard work take the ice Friday morning.

 

What an exciting time of the year.  Main camp promises to be a great weekend of hockey featuring some incredible talent from all over the world.  The coaching staff and scouts have done an excellent job identifying some really high-end talent and bringing them to New Jersey to compete for a spot on our roster,” said Head Coach and General Manager, Craig Doremus.

 

“Much credit goes to Assistant Coach, Bobby DiRico, Director of Scouting Ryan Cruthers and his team of scouts, on assembling such an impressive list of talent.”

 

Registration begins tonight, and is then followed by a slew of games all weekend long as hopefuls look to impressive the Titan’s staff in hopes to make the 2016-17 roster.

 

We are so excited to see everyone go out and compete this weekend.  We encourage all of our fans to come out and get a preview of our 2016-2017 roster.  It should be a great event for our entire organization,” Doremus said.

 

In addition to the games, the Titans will host a Meet and Greet at the Complex on Friday, July 22 and 7:00 p.m. where fans can meet the staff as well as sign up for ticket packages. Also on Sunday at 10:15 a.m., come on down for Pokémon Day where fans can try and catch them all while taking picture with Pikachu.

 

For the full camp schedule, see below.

 

Friday, July 22

9:00 AM – Team Black vs. Team Red

10:30 AM – Team White vs. Team Gray

12:00 PM – Team Yellow vs. Team Blue

1:30 PM – Team Green vs. Team Pink

3:00 PM – Team Black vs. Team White

4:30 PM – Team Red vs. Team Gray

6:00 PM – Team Yellow vs. Team Green

7:30 PM – Team Blue vs. Team Pink

 

Saturday, July 23

9:00 AM – Team Red vs. Team White

10:30 AM – Team Black vs. Team Gray

12:00 PM – Team Blue vs. Team Green

1:30 PM – Team Yellow vs. Team Pink

5:30 PM – All-Star Game 1

7:30 PM – All-Star Game 2

 

Sunday, July 24

10:15 AM – All-Star Game 3

 

 

 

 

 

Smits Commits to Buffalo State

MIDDLETOWN, New Jersey – The New Jersey Titans are proud to announce that forward Roberts Smits has committed to play and attend school at SUNY Buffalo State beginning in the fall of 2016.

 

Smits, ’95, completed his first season with the Titans and registered 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in 30 games played.

 

The Riga, Latvia native finishes his two-year NAHL career with 21 goals and 31 assists for 52 points in 111 games.

 

SUNY Buffalo State competes in the NCAA Division III SUNYAC and is coached by Steve Murphy, who is now in his 3rd season.

 

Smits is the ninth NCAA commitment from the 2015-16 roster.

 

The New Jersey Titans would like to congratulate Roberts and his family on this wonderful accomplishment.

Titans Future Camp Complete

Talented 2001s, 2002s, and 2003s took to the ice last weekend as the New Jersey Titans completed its Futures Camp at the Middletown Sports Complex.

Four teams sqaured off all weekend long in front of the Titans' coaching and scouting staff looking to leave their marks.

"Future prospects camp was a huge success.  It was a great weekend of competitive hockey amongst a very talented group of young players.  I cannot compliment the players enough on their compete level and intensity.  As the weekend went on the hockey got better and better and the players battled hard.  Obviously for our coaching staff and scouts alike it gives us a sneak peek into what the future holds," said Head Coach and General Manager Craig Doremus.

"Like I mentioned to the group in person over the weekend, the future of hockey is bright in the Atlantic district.  I can’t wait to watch all of these young men develop this year as we follow them with their respective clubs.  We wish them the best of luck and hope to see them again next year at future prospects camp again."

The Blue and Red teams faced off in the championship game and it was Team Red taking home the title.

The Titans send a huge thank you to all the players, families and coaches for their participation in their first ever future prospects camp.

Meet & Greet with Titans Staff

The New Jersey Titans are proud to invite you to attend an exclusive Meet and Greet event on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 PM at the Middletown Sports Complex. All fans are encouraged to also check out the action on the ice from Friday, through Sunday, July 24, as the Titans will hold their Main Tryout Camp.

 

Join us at the Skybox Lounge on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 PM for complimentary hot dogs and drink. In addition, you can also meet the Titans new General Manager and Head Coach, Craig Doremus along with his staff and the Titans’ owners and management.  Get a feel for the upcoming 2016-17 season and what the Titans have in store, like what you can look forward to seeing on and off the ice, state of the NAHL and Titans, and fan Q&A. The Titans are dedicated to make this one of the most memorable seasons to date.

 

In addition, fans can have the opportunity to select their season ticket seat location.

 

“We encourage all of our loyal, passionate fans to come down to the Middletown Sports Complex for an opportunity to get a preview of our 2016-2017 New Jersey Titans.  The camp features some of the top Junior hockey players from all over the world.  The competition and intensity will surely provide some cool relief on some a hot summer weekend,” said Doremus. “ I especially look forward to meeting our fans for the first time on Friday night during our meet and greet session.  I look forward to connecting with all of our fans and let them know how important they are to our Titans family.  I hope to see everyone next weekend in Middletown.”

 

All fans in attendance will receive a complimentary ticket to one of the Titans upcoming exhibition games (details to follow).

 

Don’t forget that all games during the Titans Main Tryout Camp are complimentary.

 

Please RSVP by emailing david.garrison@njtitansnahl.com or by calling 732-856-9300.

 

Tryout Camp Schedule

 

Friday, July 22

 

9:00 AM – Team 1 vs. Team 2

 

10:30 AM – Team 3 vs. Team 4

 

12:00 PM – Team 5 vs. Team 6

 

1:30 PM – Team 7 vs. Team 8

 

3:00 PM – Team 1 vs. Team 3

 

4:30 PM – Team 2 vs. Team 4

 

6:00 PM – Team 5 vs. Team 7

 

7:30 PM – Team 6 vs. Team 8

 

Saturday, July 23

 

9:00 AM – Team 2 vs. Team 3

 

10:30 AM – Team 1 vs. Team 4

 

12:00 PM – Team 6 vs. Team 7

 

1:30 PM – Team 5 vs. Team 8

 

Saturday night All Star Rosters Posted

 

5:30 PM – All Star Game 1

 

7:30 PM – All Star Game 2

 

Following the games All Star Rosters for Sunday will be posted!

 

Sunday, July 24

 

10:15 AM – All Star Game 3

Buffalo Tryout Camp Complete

Over 70 prospects flooded the ice at the Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga, NY this past weekend as the New Jersey Titans held one its open tryouts in preparation of its Main Tryout camp later this month.

 

The Titans had their scouting staff and coaches on hand to evaluate the players over a three-day span.

 

“The staff was extremely impressed by the participants in our Buffalo camp.  It was an area we felt was important to get to for a camp.  Matt Dibble, our Northeastern scout, was right on when he talked about the high level players who would be at our camp.  The pace and tempo of all the games were good.  Anytime at these camps, it’s a tough process for coaches and scouts to select all the players but we felt we invited a very strong group of these players to main camp in New Jersey in a couple weeks, said general manager and head coach, Craig Doremus.

 

“There were some talented young men on the ice this past weekend and we wish all of them the best of luck next season.  We are looking forward to our future prospects camp this upcoming weekend in New Jersey and ultimately our main camp in two weeks.  July is a busy, yet fun and exciting month for our entire organization.”

 

The camp started on Friday, July 8 with check-in and then two games on the schedule, which as later followed by four games on Saturday. 

 

Sunday was highlighted the Red vs. Black All-Star game on Sunday, July 10. The Red team won, 5-2.

 

“This camp showcased a lot of good young players from the local Rochester and Buffalo areas. All the players worked hard and got themselves on the radar of the coaching staff,” said assistant general manager and assistant coach, Bobby DiRico.

 

The Titans will host a Prospect Camp this weekend at Middletown Sports Complex and then gets set for its Main Camp from July 22-24.

 

For more information about the Titans and their upcoming 2016-17 NAHL season, head to njtitansnahl.com or call (732) 856-9700, TODAY!

New Jersey Titans Announce 2016-17 Game Schedule

The New Jersey Titans, proud member of the North American Hockey League, have announced its 2016-17 season game schedule.  The club will play 56 games with 28 at home and 28 on the road. 

The puck drops for the season on Friday, September 16th when the Titans travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (PA.) to face the Knights.

The Titans first home game comes the following night on Saturday, September 17th at 7:30 pm when the Titans complete a home and home series with Wilkes-Barre.

The Titans schedule breaks down with 12 games against each team in the division. The Titans will also play six games against both the Kenai River Brown Bears and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

“It’s another exciting point of the off season to see our schedule released for the 2016- 2017 season.  Next season will be a great season for the Titans and our fans.  We are extremely excited about opening our home season in Middletown on September 17th against the Knights, said Head Coach and General Manager, Craig Doremus.

“We have such a great fan base and we are eager to represent them this season in the NAHL this year.  We can’t wait to get started in September.”

In their first season, the Titans finished second in the division behind the rival Aston Rebels. New Jersey’s first game against Aston will take place on Friday, November 18th. 

The home schedule breaks down as follows.  There will be 13-Saturday night games, 7-Fridays, 6-Wednesdays, 2-Sundays, and 1-Thursday.  The monthly breakdown is 1-September, 2-October, 5-November, 6-December, 4-January, 3-February, 5-March, and 2-April.

The breakdown of home games versus opponents is Aston – 6, Johnstown 6, NTE/Boston – 6, Wilkes-Barre – 6, Fairbanks – 2, and Kenai River – 2. 

Individual game tickets will be going on sale in August.  Season ticket packages are currently available.  The Titans have a ticket plan for every fan.

Check out the New Jersey Titans at www.njtitansnahl.com. For further information, contact David Garrison at 908-894-2644 or email david.garrison@njtitansnahl.com.

Download the 2016-17 NAHL regular season schedule here

Menslage Commits to Wentworth

MIDDLETOWN, New Jersey – The New Jersey Titans are proud to announce that defenseman Dakoda Menslage has committed to play and attend school at Wentworth Institute of Technology beginning in the fall of 2016.

 

Menslage, ’95, came to the Titans from the Odessa Jackalopes and finished the 2015-16 season with two goals and five assists for seven points in 31 games played.

 

The Orleans, MA native skated in 139 career NAHL games over four seasons and finishes with 14 goals and 30 assists for 44 points.

 

Wentworth competes in the NCAA Division III ECAC Northeast and is coached by Jay Pecora, who is now in his 3rd season.

 

Menslage is the eighth NCAA commitment from the 2015-16 roster.

 

The New Jersey Titans would like to congratulate Dakoda and his family on this wonderful accomplishment.

DeVito Commits to SUNY Cortland

MIDDLETOWN, New Jersey – The New Jersey Titans are proud to announce that defenseman Tony DeVito has committed to play and attend school at SUNY Cortland beginning in the fall of 2016.

 

DeVito, ’95, completed his first season with the Titans and registered four goals and 15 assists for 19 points in 41 games played.

 

The Bloomingdale, IL native finishes his two-year NAHL career with six goals and 17 assists for 23 points in 57 games played.

 

SUNY Cortland competes in the NCAA Division III SUNYAC and is coached by Joe Cardarelli, who is now in his 3rd season.

 

DeVito is the seventh NCAA commitment from the 2015-16 roster.

 

The New Jersey Titans would like to congratulate Tony and his family on this wonderful accomplishment.

Get to Know All 2016 Titan Draft Picks

MIDDLETOWN, New Jersey – The New Jersey Titans completed its second ever NAHL Draft this past Tuesday and selected 15 players over the course of 17 rounds.

 

Lead by new Head Coach and General Manager, Craig Doremus, the Titans enjoyed two first-round picks in this year’s draft by obtaining the no. 9 overall pick in addition to already having the no. 16 pick.

 

“What a special, exciting day to be a New Jersey Titan. The NAHL draft is a thrilling experience for players and club personnel alike. I couldn’t be more proud of our Director of Scouting Ryan Cruthers and his staff on the job they did.  Ryan along with Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach, Bobby DiRico worked tirelessly on preparing for the draft and the game plan they put together was top of the line, said Doremus.

 

“We were able to make a few moves to help our team and feel really good about our draft class. We were able to add some great talent at all positions and we believe main camp will be a true battle to make our 2016-2017 roster. We eagerly anticipate the start of main camp in July.”

 

With their first pick at no.9, the Titans drafted defenseman Rune Kirby from Culver Military Academy Prep. Kirby, ’97, spent the past two seasons with Culver and registered eight goals and 13 assists for 21 career points. The five-foot-nine Ludington, MI native enjoyed a career high in goals last season with five while collecting eight points in 32 games played.

 

With another pick in round one at no.16, the Titans then selected defenseman Spencer Stanley from Detroit Little Caesars 18U. Stanley, ’98, skated in 23 games last season for Little Caesars and grabbed five goals and seven assists for 12 points. The six-foot South Lyon, MI product finished second in points among defensemen.

 

In the fourth round, the Titans selected forward Matt Novo (74th overall) from the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U. Novo, ’98, played in 32 games last season and tallied 20 goals and 13 assists for 33 points. The five-foot-seven Tonawanda, NY product also collected four power-play goals.

 

Forward Dan DeBlouw was chosen nine picks later in round four going 83rd overall. The six-foot Chesterfield, MI native tallied three goals and four assists for Detroit Little Caesars 18U last season. 

 

With their final pick in round four, the Titans selected forward Mason Vukonich, ’98, 88th overall. The six-foot-three Chandler, AZ native netted eight goals and 25 assists for 33 points while skating in 32 games for the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes.

 

In the fifth round, 112th overall, the Titans went after forward Dan Eruzione from the Walpole Express. The five-foot-ten Winthrop, MA product skated in 40 games for the Express and collected 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points.

 

“The NAHL draft process was fun and exciting to be a part of. The entire staff worked really word in preparation for this day,” said DiRico. “I would like to congratulate all the players that we have selected, and looking forward to main camp in July.”

 

Heading into round seven, New Jersey went back to the blueline and selected Ryan Wheeler 160th overall. The five-foot-ten Lancaster, NY native skated for the Jr. Sabres and grabbed five goals and 22 assists in 51 games.

 

Round eight saw another defenseman fly off the board, 184th overall, as the Titans picked Little Caesars’ Stephan MacDonald. The six-foot Grosse Pointe, MI native nabbed seven points (3g, 4a) in 22 games.

 

With one pick in round nine, New Jersey went with forward Jordan Kaplan (208th overall). The five-foot-nine Kaplan, ’97, a Bridgewater, NJ product, skated for Salisbury Prep last year and totaled 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 26 games.

 

Forward Mitchell Hall, ’98, went in the 10th round as well, 221st overall, to the Titans. The six-foot-three Milford, MI native skated in 14 games for Little Caesars 18U and registered five points.

 

The Titans went with two goalies with their next two picks in rounds 10 and 11. First, the Titans selected Brandon Bussi, ’98, 232nd overall, from the Long Island Gulls 18U. The six-foot-two Sound Beach, NY product registered a 93.0 saves percentage and 3.00 goals against average last year.

 

“We feel we were able to get a lot of the guys that we had highlighted on our draft board. Craig put a plan in place from day one and I feel we executed that plan. I want to thank the entire scouting staff, Bobby and Craig for all the effort they put in to make our first draft day as a staff a successful one,” said Cruthers. “I am looking forward to seeing all of our guys at main camp in July."

 

Thomas Walker went next to New Jersey in round 11 (256th overall). The six-foot Spotswood, NJ native nabbed 12 wins for the Titans 16U AAA team last season along with a 92.9 saves percentage and 1.13 goals against average.

 

With their final three picks, the Titans went with three forwards in Nick Boyagain (Round 12, 280th overall) from the Albany Academy Cadets, Shane Haviland (Round 13, 304th overall) and Evan Wisocky (Round 14, 328th overall).

 

Boyagain (East Greenbush, NY), ’97, a Scared Heart University (Atlantic Hockey, D1) commit, scored 35 goals and 25 assists for 51 points while at Albany Academy.

 

Haviland (Sea Grit, NJ), ’99, collected nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points with the Titans 16U.

 

Wisocky (Paramus, NJ), ‘98, a UCONN (Hockey East, D1) skated in 30 games for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL and totaled two goals and three assists.

 

The entire Titans organization would like to congratulate all their draft picks as well as all of the Titans youth players who were drafted into the NAHL. The 2016-17 season is right around the corner so don’t miss any of the action by getting your season tickets today. Log onto njtitansnahl.com or call 888-997-GOAL!

Titans Draft Defense in First Round

MIDDLETOWN, New Jersey – The New Jersey Titans selected defensemen Rune Kirby and Spencer Stanley in the first round of the 2016 NAHL draft on Tuesday, June 7.

 

The Titans held the 16th overall pick, but also acquired the no. 9 pick from the Corpus Christi Ice Rays in exchange for the for the 64th, 75th, and 136th picks.

 

With the ninth overall pick, the Titans selected Kirby from Culver Military Academy Prep. Kirby, ’97, spent the past two seasons with Culver and registered eight goals and 13 assists for 21 career points.

 

“We are excited to add a player and person of Rune’s caliber with our first overall pick.  We believe Rune will be a tremendous addition to our blue line.  His ability to move pucks and defend will be an asset to our defense core.  We look forward to seeing Rune at main camp in July,” said general manager and head coach, Craig Doremus.

 

The five-foot-nine Ludington, MI. native enjoyed a career high in goals last season with five while collecting eight points in 32 games played.

 

“I'm thrilled to have been the Titans first round pick, excited to bring my work ethic and compete level to New Jersey. I could tell through the phone with coach [Bobby] DiRico that New Jersey will be a great place to develop. I am very grateful for the opportunity and excited to get out east and get to work,” said Kirby.

 

With the 16th overall pick, the Titans then selected Stanley from Detroit Little Caesars 18U. Stanley, ’98, skated in 23 games last season for Little Caesars and grabbed five goals and seven assists for 12 points.

 

“Stanley is the exact type of player we want on our back end.  He is a great kid who works extremely hard with a high upside.  Spencer had tremendous coaching last season and came highly recommended, we are excited to see him in a Titans’ uniform,” Ryan Cruthers, director of scouting said.

 

The six-foot South Lyon, MI product finished second in points among defensemen.

 

“I feel blessed and honored to be part of this great organization. I'm very excited and can't wait to be in New Jersey,” said Stanley.

 

The Titans will wrap up the day long event later tonight but make sure to follow the Titans on Twitter at @NAHLTitans for all breaking NAHL Draft news!

 

For more information about the Titans, head to njtitansnahl.com or call 732-856-9700 TODAY!