Our Voyage began in 2006, under the Brick Whalers. This was a 1996 birth year summer tournament team which focused on development through a blend of both progressive and traditional teaching, which worked on not only the physical aspect of ice hockey but also on a player’s mental development geared towards hockey IQ.
Since then our mission has always been the same, provide an environment in which Student Athletes under the age of twenty can achieve their goals both on and off the ice through our development model. We are committed to instill that through solid work ethic and commitment; players will realize their academic potential in addition to pursuing the advancement of their hockey careers.
2006: Brick Whalers 96’ Summer Team is created.
2012: Whalers expand the tournament teams to Midget and Jr levels
2013: Brick Whalers rebrand to the Jersey Shore Whalers transitioning to a full season club that is sanctioned by USA Hockey as an Independent organization. Huge success from 18U Independent team birthed the Jersey Shore Whalers Jr Program the following year.
2014: Jersey Shore Whalers join the USPHL, as a USP3 Junior ice hockey team, formerly known as the Empire League. This team birthed the first ever NCAA D3 players for the Whalers. Logan Fredericks (UW – Stevens Point) put up 67 points in less than 40 games played. Isaac Syre backstopped the Whalers for 2 seasons, committing to Bryn Athyn
College after posting a .900 save percentage in 33 games and in the playoffs posted a .926 save percentage. Also, the first ever European player joins the Junior team. This was a 30+ win season for the Jr team.
2015: 18U team, under coaching director Alex DePalma, begin as the future feeder program for the Whalers Junior team. Another 30+ win season for the Jr team.
2016: Because of the success of the franchise The Whalers expand into 4 teams adding a 16U Futures (15U), a 16U program, and an 18U program. End of 2016 season: 15U’s established themselves as a dominant force and take 2nd place in the league. Both 16U and 18U take big strides while focusing on overall development. Whalers Junor team enjoys success sending Matt Drake to Assumption College – NCAA D2.
2017: Whalers Junior team gets moved to up to Tier 3 playing in the USPHL Jr Premier League. Coaching Staffs are revitalized. First ever player billeted for Jersey Shore Whalers Midgets. USPHL Elite team added to provide another development path within our model. End of 2017 season: 15U’s continue their dominance taking 2nd again. 16U getting The Whalers first Midget Major playoff win against PAL Islanders 2-1. U18 puts together an over .500 win season while also winning the 18U ECC College Cup. Junior Premier Team taking 20+ wins in their inaugural season. First ever NAHL call up, Kevin Lake.
2018: USA Hockey awards Jersey Shore Whalers 16U and 18U teams Tier 1 Status making them eligible for National Championship participation. First ever players are drafted from The Whalers into the NCDC. Jared Fisher (4th round) and Will Hilfiker (5th round). Whalers commit their fourth Alumni Tim Grable to NCAA - D2 Stone Hill College.
2019: Whalers Junior Premier advances to the USPHL playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. Junior Premier team commits it’s fifth player, Ryan Lambert to NCAA – D3 Framingham State. Whalers 18U team makes an impact in the USPHL advancing to the quarter finals of the league playoffs while winning the CCM 200x85 World Invite in Chicago attended by some of the top 18U Tier 1 teams in North America. Whalers 16U team advances to the semifinals of the USPHL playoffs losing in overtime. Whalers 15U team advances to the semifinals of the USPHL losing to the NJ Rockets who represented NJ in USA Hockey’s Nationals. Whalers will begin to field youth teams (10U, 12U and 14U) in the USPHL’s EHF Division for the 2019-2020 season.
After a successful 2018/2019 season, we have gone back to the drawing board and we have retooled for the 2019/2020 season. We have new changes on the horizon, including our coaching staff:
Former 16U Head Coach Kevin Dineen returns to the organization to Head Coach the 15U team with Assistant Coach E.J. Hradek. E.J.’s experience and knowledge of the game will be invaluable to the 15U program.
After five outstanding seasons as Whalers Junior Head Coach, Rob Cherella steps down to become Co-Head Coach with Mark Rivera at the 16U level.
Steve Kramer adds his many years of coaching experience, to become an Assistant Coach with Head Coach Stan Gutt and Assistant Coach Tom Lindquist.
Whalers bring back the Elite Junior program with Ralph Triboletti as Head Coach. Ralph has over 4o years of coaching experience.
Oktay Armagan will take the reigns at the Premier Junior Team as Head Coach. Oktay comes to the Whalers with vast experience in the hockey world ranging to youth hockey all the way up to professional hockey.
These changes were made to better enhance our player’s on-ice development as well as our player’s overall experience within our program.