Thursday, April 3, 2014, 12:17PM
REMINDER: All Players attending try outs must be registered with USA Hockey
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8:29AM
The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and head coach Ed Galiani off congratulations to Joe DePietto on his commitment to Babson College of the NCAA division III ECAC conference.
A New York native, DiPietto was an integral part of the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders defensive corps and known for his leadership abilities.
“Joe brought the intensity and logged a lot of ice down the stretch,” said Galiani. “He brought the team into the playoffs in its first year of competition which was important to the team and the program.”
With his strength of character it came as no surprise that DePietto was appointed one of the team captains in the inaugural season.
“He leads by example, putting in the work and gaining the results,” said Galiani.
DePietto is considered one of the top two-way defenseman with an uncanny ability to read a play and jump in on the rush.
“DePietto is highly skilled and great skating defenseman. He has speed and a great ability to read the play and jump into situations that produce scoring opportunities,” said Galiani. “He has the ability to score and produce goals, but at the same time is unselfish and distributes the puck as well as anyone from the blue line.”
Fellow teammate Matt McMorrow will present a familiar face for DePietto.
“It’s great to have played with so many of the guys joining the collegiate level,” said DePietto. “I’m excited to see Matt and am looking forward to taking my playing career to the next level.”
With his commitment to the Beavers DePietto joins a long list of commitments from the Jr. Islanders first season.
“We’re proud of how well our players have been recognized by scouts and coaches in the NCAA,” said Galiani. “It’s a testament to the players and the program.”
The Jr. Islanders organization would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Joe and his family on this great accomplishment.
Monday, March 24, 2014, 8:33PM
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:51PM
The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders organization and head coach Ed Galiani are proud to announce the commitment of Shane Joyce to the St. Anselms Hawks.
A goaltender, Joyce joined the Premier division Islanders after Brendan Leahy became the first USPHL player to suit up in the NCAA.
St. Anselms is a member of the highly competitive ECAC conference and the division II Northeast 10 conference.
“Shane has come in and filled the role of starting goaltender,” said head coach Galiani. “He settled the team and helped lead us to the USPHL playoffs.”
A 1993, Joyce is capable of playing at an elite level and will give the Hawks a consistent chance to win.
“Joyce is a great teammate and a true hard worker who is committed to his craft,” said Galiani.
The entire organization congratulates Joyce and his family on the commitment to the St. Anselm Hakws.
Monday, March 10, 2014, 8:26AM
Tryout camps have been announced for U16, U18, Empire and Premier teams.
- April 7th –arrive by 5pm, two sessions, both sessions start at 6:30pm till 8:00pm
- April 8th –arrive by 5pm, two sessions, both sessions start at 6:30pm till 8:00pm
- April 9th –arrive by 5pm for 1st session, starts at 6:30pm, this is for U16 team. For 2nd session, arrive by 6pm, starts at 7:40pm till 9:10pm
- April 17th –arrive by 4pm, two sessions, 1st session starts at 6:30pm till 8:00pm, 2nd session starts at 6:40pm till 8:10pm
- April 18th –arrive by 4pm, two sessions, 1st session starts at 6:30pm till 8:00pm, 2nd session starts at 7:10pm till 8:40pm
- April 19th –arrive by 1:30pm, two sessions, both sessions start at 3:10 till 4:40pm
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 1:11PM
Hauppauge, N.Y.—The Jr. Islanders Premier team ended the 2013-14 season on a high note with six NCAA commitments and a berth to the playoffs.
Brendan Leahy, (Providence College), Chris Makowski (Mercyhurst), Matt McMorrow (Babson College), James Mazza (Canisius), Cameron Heath (Canisius) and James Anderson (Mercyhurst) committed to continuing their hockey career in college.
“We’re very proud of our players. It was a hard fought season on the ice and we made a lot of improvements very quickly,” said head coach Ed Galiani. “The players that have committed to N2CAA showcase that hard work and a dedication to development pays off.”
The Jr. Islanders first playoff opponent was the South Shore Kings. After winning the first game the Kings came back to force a tie breaking contest. Faced with elimination, both teams fought hard, but the Kings rallied to come out on top.
“It was a sad end to a great season,” said Galiani. “We did a lot of things to be proud of and while we would have liked a deeper run that does not take away from the great accomplishments of our players and staff.”
The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders play in the Premier division of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) and represent some of the best players in the eastern United States.
“It was a great first season in the USPHL and I think we have many more to come,” said Galiani.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 1:04PM
Hauppauge, N.Y.—The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders U16 and U18 teams showcase next level talent. Composed of talented players the coaching and development staff has taken them to the next level.
The U16 team coached by Will Bodine put in an impressive season going 19-8-1-1 over 29 games. Five players averaged over a point per game: Selbern Narby (34 points in 28 games played), Tage Thompson (31 points in 16 games played), Daniel Haider (30 points in 27 games played), Dustin Rinaldo (29 points in 29 games played) and Andrew Shields (27 points in 25 games played).
Storied coach Aleksey Nikiforov lead the U18 team to a 10-15-1-0 record. The embattled team made strides in development with players being promoted to the Premier division.
“The record doesn’t tell the whole story for the U18 team,” said president Ron Kinnear. “The team produced several top prospects and really focused on development which will show in the seasons to come.”
The U18 team will compete in the New York State competition. The tournament will be held March 14-16 in Amherst, NY with the Jr. Islanders facing Amherst in the opening match.
“We’re very excited for our players to be able to showcase their talent against the top teams in New York,” said Kinnear. “It will highlight what a great program we have to develop student athletes.”
The final game of the tournament concludes at 3:40 pm on March 16.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12:28PM
Hauppauge, N.Y.—The P.A.L. Jr. Islander Empire team had a standout first season in the United States Premier Hockey League. The team composed of 15-21 year old players represented the organization with quality performances. A member of the USPHL western conference the team secured a spot in the Empire division playoffs in Wayne, N.J..
The Empire team is coached by John Agliato (head) and Patrick McAuley (assistant) and lead the team to a 27-12-0-1 season record.
“We’re proud of what the team has managed to accomplish this season,” said McAuley. “We’ve had a lot of players put in outstanding performances and hard work.”
There were two “iron man” performers on the team having played in all 40 regular season games: Joe Quinn and Casey O’Leary. Charles Peck was one game shy with 39.
Quinn is the team points leader entering the playoffs with 74 (41g, 33a) and 100 PIM. His penalty minutes ranks second on the team behind Michael Guidi.
The Empire team will travel to Wayne, N.J. for the playoffs. The playoff format includes a round robin tournament with the surviving teams facing each other one-on-one. The winner receives a bid to the National tournament where they will face teams from all tier III programs.
“The team has accomplished a great deal this season by developing it’s players,” said president Ron Kinnear. “We’re proud to see the team grow and wish them success in the playoffs.”
Monday, February 24, 2014, 11:12AM
Hauppauge, N.Y.-- The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and head coach Ed Galiani are proud to announce the commitment of James Anderson to Mercyhurst University class of 2016.
A native of Kings Park, N.Y., Anderson is one of the youngest members of the P.A.L. Premier squad.
"James is having a tremendous year," said Galiani. "He is one of the youngest players on the team but is one of our top three forwards in points this season."
In 2016 Anderson will reunite with current teammates Chris Makowski and Tommaso Bucci.
All three players will join the Lakers in the Atlantic conference of NCAA division I.
"It's great to know that there will be guys I'm familiar with on the team.," said Anderson. "Mercyhurst looks likes an awesome opportunity and I'm proud to have made the commitment."
Born in 1996, Anderson will continue to develop before joining the Lakers in 2016. "We wish James and his family the best of luck and congratulations in his collegiate career," said Galiani.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 8:23PM
Hauppauge, N.Y.—The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and head coach Ed Galiani are proud to announce the commitment of Cameron Heath to NCAA division I Canisius.
A native of Michigan, Heath joined the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders after spending time with the USHL Youngstown Phantoms. Hampered by injury, Heath decided to head east with the United States Premier Hockey League.
“Heath is a great skating defenseman with the ability to join the rush and create offense,” said head coach Galiani. “He has great speed and a no lose attitude that makes him a leader on and off the ice.”
The Golden Griffin’s welcome Heath and current teammate James Mazza.
“I’m very excited to be joining the team at Canisius,” said Heath. “It’s the next step for me with hockey and I’m happy that there will be some familiar faces.”
The P.A.L. organization congratulates Cameron and his family and wishes him the best in the USPHL playoffs and his collegiate career.