The New Jersey Titans are proud to announce that forwards Jordan Kaplan and Tyler Antonucci have been selected to the NAHL’s 2016-2017 All-Rookie Teams. Kaplan was selected to the All-NAHL Rookie 1st Team, while Antonucci was selected to the All-NAHL Rookie 2nd Team. Both were selected to the NAHL East Division All-Rookie Team.
The Sacred Heart-bound Kaplan had a solid first campaign with the Titans, leading the team in goals with 23 and points with 56.
“It’s a huge honor to be named to the rookie team. I think it starts from the coaches who push us every day to become better players and get us to the next level. For my teammates, I can’t say enough about them. I started the season a little slow due to the adjustment of playing in the NAHL. I know that hard work in practice that myself and my teammates put in not only makes them better, but also me better and made that adjustment much smoother, he said.
“No matter the situation, everyone has each other’s backs and that’s what makes us successful. Being a Titan is being a part of another family. From the people we see every day to the guys we take the ice with, everyone does their part to make the Titans a great organization. I am very proud to call myself a Titan and excited for our next series with Aston.”
Antonucci, enjoyed a stellar first season with New Jersey, compiling five goals and 22 assists for 27 points.
“I just want to thank my family, teammates, coaches and everyone who helped me to get to this point. I could not have achieved this without their support throughout the season. Coming back from an injury was made easy with their confidence and loyalty. Consistency, passion, and hard work are themes that my family has stressed this year, and by my family, I mean the organization and the people that rally around the team. I really realized what it means to be a Titan in games 1 and 2 out in Johnstown, where the billets and families made the trek from near and far, to make sure that they were behind the team in a battle that felt like it was against the world. You can feel a different culture when you step in our rink on any given day, and it’s because of all the people that want to leave it better than they found it,” said Antonucci.
The New Jersey Titans want to congratulate Jordan and Tyler for all their hard work and well-deserved accomplishments.
“Jordan has been one of the best players in the league and obviously a major contributor to our team. Not only does he provide offensive production for our club he plays a complete game. He has grown and developed a lot this year through his hard work and dedication to his craft. Jordan is going to be an excellent college hockey player. We are very proud of Jordan for being recognized for his work all year and we look forward to him continuing to lead us towards the Robertson Cup, said head coach Craig Dormeus.
“Tyler has worked extremely hard this season. He has come a far way in a short period of time. Tyler has developed into a very reliable defenseman who has been able to play a key role on our power play as well. Tyler’s commitment to improving his game has been inspiring and I am so proud that other members of our league recognized him. We are happy to have Tyler as part of the Titan family and we look forward to having him on our blue line for our run to the Robertson Cup,” Doremus said.
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By Richie Todd – Titans Media