In 2006, the Brick Whalers were established as a 96’s spring/summer tournament team which focused on player development through on ice clinics conducted by highly experienced/skilled coaches and competing in tournaments at the team’s proper skill level.
In 2012 the program was expanded to spring/summer tournament teams at the Midget and Junior levels.
In 2013, the program transitioned into a full season club, sanctioned by USA Hockey as an Independent organization re-branding as the Jersey Shore Whalers. In their inaugural season the Whalers fielded an 18U team playing a competitive schedule against opponents at the AA, AAA, and Junior levels from the NJ, NY, PA, CT, MA and NH areas. With the success of the Midget 18U inaugural season, along with the demographics of the area and the operation of the organization, the Whalers felt strongly that they would provide a successful environment for Junior hockey.
In 2014, the organization was approved by the USA Hockey Junior Council, and accepted into the USP3 Division (formerly the Empire Division), of the United States Premier Hockey League.
For the 2015 season, the Whalers revamped their 18U program, to serve as a feeder program that will give players just coming into juniors a way to develop and prepare for the speed, skill, and physicality of junior hockey. By working side-by-side with the junior program, the transition into the lineup when called upon would be a seamless one. During the season, the 18U team attended several USPHL Showcases and events along with the junior team.
In 2016, after two successful seasons in USP3 at the junior level along with the competitiveness the 18U team showed at the USPHL Showcases, the USPHL awarded the Whalers additional teams at the 16 Futures, 16U and 18U levels for the 2016-2017 season.
In 2017, after three successful Junior seasons in the USP3 making it to the play-offs in all three, the Whalers were rewarded with a Premier Junior team to join the midget teams. This will provide Whaler's players a complete path within the organization from U16-Futures all the way to Juniors with the possibility of playing in the USPHL NCDC division.
Structure of the Program
The 16 Futures program is designed to develop and prepare younger 16U players for higher levels of Midget and/or Junior hockey. This will be accomplished through our experienced coaching staff with extensive on and off the ice training. Our 16 Futures players will gain exposure to scouts at the Collegiate and Prep school levels through USPHL and other highly scouted showcases.
The 16U and 18U programs are designed to enhance and further develop its skilled players looking to advance to the Premier team, higher levels of Junior hockey or playing at the NCAA Collegiate level. Our 16U and 18U players will gain exposure to NCAA scouts through the USPHL showcases. The USPHL showcases are the most highly scouted showcases on the East Coast.
The Premier Junior program is designed to focus on developing our players to advance to the NCDC Division and NCAA Collegiate hockey. Our Premier players will gain exposure to NCAA scouts and NCDC affiliate teams through the USPHL Showcases.