Team to be Re-branded as the NJ Junior Titans.
Going forward the team will wear the sweaters of the New Jersey Junior Titans, and play in the two year old Middletown Sports Complex, "The move east is incredibly exciting" said Ron Lavin, Eagles principal owner. "We hope to bring the success we have had in Sault St. Marie to an entirely new market with some great divisional partners. We are proud to be Junior Titans and bring North American League Hockey to their arena."
"The Eastern Seaboard has some great hockey players, and we hope to bring NAHL hockey closer to them." GM and Head coach Bruno Bragagnolo. "We will continue to draw players from Michigan and the rest of the country. We are excited to get our first look at the local talent when we hold our first tryout camp in NJ on June 5-7".
"The Titans have a great history and new arena & sports complex to go with it." said Lavin "Their youth organization and Tier III players will make a great compliment to our organization. Becoming the only Tier II Junior team in NJ will bring players and fans the special NAHL experience along with our Eastern Division partners"
George Haviland, Junior Titans Hockey Director and Executive Vice President said "Ron and Bruno are great for the game. We are excited to host them in our building and have the players put on Titan Uniforms. It also gives our developing players a very local aspiration. The talent in the NAHL is impressive, and I can't wait to have our players come out to watch. When my Dad bought this club 16 years ago, he had a dream that we would someday offer a no pay option for Junior hockey players. I'm happy to help make his dream a reality"
The NAHL is the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league, boasting 24 teams in 14 states from across North America, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.
The NAHL provides an unparalleled opportunity for players to train and develop. The NAHL is unique in the fact that a vast majority of players begin their NAHL careers without an NCAA opportunity, but earn one through the course of their development in the league.