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18U Michael Franzoni named Forward Player of the Week

By Whalers Staff 10/20/2018, 1:30am EDT

Congrats to Michael Franzoni from the JS Whalers 18U team for being selected Forward player of the week for the week of October 14.

Matt Herrick named Defense 18U Player of Week for October 1

By Whalers Staff 10/03/2018, 11:30pm EDT

Congrats to 18U player Matt Herrick for being named defense player of the week. In last weekend's game against the CT Jr Rangers, Matt had a 3 point night (1G and 2A) in the 5-2 win. Congrats Matt. Great job!

Premier Team Home Opener Weekend

By Whalers Staff 09/23/2018, 9:45pm EDT

The Jersey Shore Whalers Premier team will have its Home Opener weekend this coming weekend vs the Skipjacks Hockey Club.  Game one is Saturday evening, 9/29 at 5:40 PM and Game two is Sunday morning, 9/30 at 10:20 AM. Come on out for some exciting Junior Hockey. As always Free Admission.

Game will be broadcast on HockeyTV featuring Play-by-play announcer Jimmy Fanizzi and color commentator Neil Villapiano.

Jersey Shore Whalers - "The Voyage Starts Here"

18U Team has a great weekend at the BJB Shootout

By Whalers Staff 09/23/2018, 9:00pm EDT

The Jersey Shore Whalers 18U Team had an impressive weekend at the Boston Jr. Bruins Shootout at the New England Sports Center.  In the first game, the Whalers took on a tough Northern Jr. Cyclones team and in come from behind fashion won the game 3-2. In the second game of the weekend, the 18s took care of the Walpole Express by a score of 5-1. To end regulation play, the 18s beat the CT Jr Rangers 7-0. 

This earned the team a playoff spot for the next morning where they dropped a heartbreaker to the always tough Selects Academy. 

Nice job the the 18s this weekend.

Fisher and Hilfiker chosen in NCDC Draft

By Whalers Staff 06/06/2018, 11:30pm EDT

Congratulations are in order for 18U Team member Jared Fisher and Premier Team member Will Hilfiker as they were chosen in the NCDC draft. 

Fisher, from Ft Wayne, Indiana, was selected by the Boston Bandits. He had 14 points on the 18U team. He also had 1 goal in one of the 2 premier games he played in during the season.

Hilfiker, from Middletown, NJ, played half of the season on the 16U team and the second half on the Premier team where he was instrumental in helping to get the Premier team into the play offs. Hilfiker was selected by the Connecticut Jr Rangers.

Whalers announce coaches for the 2018-2019 season

By Whalers Staff 03/21/2018, 1:30pm EDT

The Jersey Shore Whalers, proud members of the USPHL, are happy to present our coaches for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. BIOs and contact information is available on the coaches page here

Tryout start on April 11. To sign up for tryouts, click here

The Whalers would like to congratulate Elite Team member Steven Hollabaugh, 18U Team member Drew Galea, and 16U Team member John Gutt on being selected to Team New Jersey for the upcoming America's Hockey Showcase being held in St. Louis in April. Good luck guys!

Jersey Shore Whalers 16U and 18U Teams move to Tier 1 Status

By Whalers Staff 01/24/2018, 10:30am EST

BRICK, NJ - January 22,2018 - The Jersey Shore Whalers, members of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), are proud to announce that they have been awarded with Tier 1 status at the 16U and 18U levels by the USAH-Atlantic District fro the 2018-2019 season. Being a  Tier 1 organization allows the Whalers to hold their tryouts at the same time as other Tier 1 clubs thereby allowing the team to attract some of the best talent available to compete in the USPHL. In addition, with Tier 1 status the Whalers' 16U and 18U teams are eligible for Nationals.

The Jersey Shore Whalers exist primarily to provide local talent an opportunity to play at a high level, one where they can get scouted for other hockey opportunities whether that be in college or other levels of hockey, and not have to travel long distances. 

“We are very thankful for this opportunity. We can provide a level of play of the elite player who did not have many options than to travel a long distance  or play for an organization that they were not really happy with. The Jersey Shore Whalers organization is committed to the overall development of the person and not just the player. We are committed to teaching our players the values of hard word, commitment, discipline, civic pride, character, and education. We will continue to provide a family atmosphere for our members. That is often lost as players move and navigate through the elite hockey teams that often make promises that they do not keep. This is a privilege that we will share with our present and future Whalers players.”, said Alex DePalma, Jersey Shore Whalers Director of Hockey Operations.

If you are interested in playing for the Jersey Shore Whalers, watch our website at for announcements of our annual Meet the Coaches Night as well as tryout dates.

Whalers Weekend Update - Jan 20-21

By Whalers Staff 01/23/2018, 11:45pm EST

BRICK, NJ - January 22,2018 - All teams of the Jersey Shore Whalers Organization were in action this past weekend. Of the eight games played, the Whalers were 7-1. Not bad for a weekend’s work.


The Premier team played a two game set with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers on Saturday and Sunday. Game on Saturday started as a pretty much back and forth affair. Things weren’t looking very good for the Whalers near the end of the 2nd period after the Whalers surrendered a 4-3 lead for a 5-4 lead for the Rangers. At that time, the Whalers Goaltender Spencer Reu came in  in relief of Danny Porth. Before Reu could even really get set in net, the Rangers got a breakaway on Reu and scored. The 2nd period ended with the Whalers looking at a 6-4 deficit. 

Reu was able to close the door on the Rangers in the third and Jacob Smith was able to pocket a pair of goals in the 3rd to take us to overtime. 

The overtime was a back and forth affair until a Ranger took a hooking penalty at 3:21 of the overtime. With the 4 on 3 power play, Whaler’s Wes Friberg scored the winning goal with 22 seconds left in the overtime. Friberg’s goal was assisted by Adam Marvin and Griffin Hurley. Zak Lasley also scored 2 goals in the win.

The next morning Reu got the start in net. The Rangers started the scoring at 4:40 in the 1st when a shot that went off the boards in back of the net came right out to a Rangers stick to be depositing in the net. The Whalers and Rangers traded a few goals until it got to 2-2 when the Whalers took over.

The Whalers were holding a 4-2 lead when they were put on an extended 5 on 3 penalty kill. The penalty kill unit and goaltending did a great job in containing the Rangers giving up only one goal over a 10 minute 5 on 3. Once the Whalers killed off the penalties, the Whalers went back to work with Dylan McDonald and Ryan Lambert scoring for a 6-3 Whalers win. Players with multiple points were Ryan Lambert with 2 goals and Adam Marvin with 1 goal and 2 assists. Reu made 51 saves of 54 shots in the effort.

The Premier team is now one win from a .500 record going into a pair of games with the Connecticut Nighthawks this weekend.


The Elite team had a pair of games with the Beijing Shougang Eagles. The first played at the Ice Palace saw the elite team come away with a 5-3 victory with Ryan Crane scoring 2 goals and Steven Hollabaugh registering a goal and an assist. Goaltender Lane Skon saved 28 of the 31 shots that came his way. 

The next day, the team had to play the Eagles again but this time in Long Island. This time the Elites were not as fortunate falling to the Eagles 5-2 with Steven Hollabaugh netting the 2 goals for the Elite Team. Skon, in net again, saved 43 of 48 shots.

16-U Futures

The 16-U Futures just keep rolling along. Riding a 5 game winning streak in to the weekend, the Futures took two from the PAL Jr. Islanders, 3-2 in overtime and 6-2.  In the Saturday game, Colin Driscoll and Demitrius Forand scored in regulation, and Michael Frattaroli netted the game winner in overtime. Corey Finnegan was hot in net making 31 saves in the effort.

Non-League action for the 16U and 18U

In non-League action, the 18U team took on the 18U Connecticut Jr. Rangers and were victorious 5-2, and the 16U team took on the NJ Devils of the AJHL and won 6-4.


Lake to the NAHL

By JS Whalers 01/17/2018, 12:00am EST

Congratulations and good luck to Whalers Premier Goaltender Kevin Lake who is heading home to Alaska to join the Kenai River Brown Bears.