- 2017-2018 Bantam Hudson Valley League Champions
- 2017-2018 Squirt Hudson Valley League Champions
- 2017 Squirt White Plains Invitational Champs
- 2017 Bantam Liberty Cup Champions
- 2015 Squirt CAN/AM Lake Placid Bronze Medalists
Rhinos Lake Placid Story Headlines Princeton Tigers Athletic Blog!
The below article was posted today on the official Princeton Athletics blog. Congrats Rhinos!
Friday, March 23, 2018
Rhinos And Tigers
The two teams that TigerBlog is more rooting for in the NCAA tournament right now are, in order, Princeton
They're both in the final 16, and by the end of the weekend, those 16 will be cut to four. Will one or both of
TB will simply say this: It would be great. Princeton faces off in its game tomorrow at 3:30 against Ohio State
In the meantime, he wants to talk about the New Jersey Rhinos. They're a youth hockey team, a travel A
The Rhinos lost their third-place game 2-1 on a goal with 49 seconds to play. As the team went back into the
The head coach, Bob Jaffe, saw them in the hallway, and then, well, these are his words:
It was a very tight contest like the both Princeton games but we lost 2-1 with a goal 47.8 seconds left in
That's a great story. It's really what the very best part of Princeton Athletics is - the way that the players inspire
You think any of those kids will forget anytime soon the way the Princeton players comforted them? You think
Those are the kinds of stories that you love to hear when you work in college athletics. The Princeton guys didn't
Things like that transcend the games. They are the kinds of things that give you hope.
Squirts Suffer Heart-Breaking Loss In Lake Placid Bronze Medal Game
The Rhinos Squirt Team is back from a great weekend spent in Lake Placid, New York. The boys lost the Bronze Medal Game in heart-breaking fashion when a 1-1 deadlock was broken with 47 seconds left in the game. The 2-1 loss was tough, but overall the boys and their families all had a great experience in Lake Placid. After the Bronze Medal game the team was fortunate enough to receive a visit from team members of the Division 1 Princeton Tigers, who were playing in the ECAC Championship that week in Lake Placid. The Tiger players gave the Rhinos a great pep talk which will inspire them for years to come. After the visit Coach Jaffe sent the Princeton coach the below e-mail thanking them for taking the time to speak with the team. Congrats to all on a great season!
Coach Jaffe E-Mail to Princeton
Dear Coach Fogarty,
I just wanted to first share with my congratulations on winning the ECAC Men's Hockey Championship this weekend in Lake Placid, NY! My name is Bob Jaffe and I am the Head Coach for NJ Rhinos Squirt A travel hockey team who participated in the CANAM Tournament in Lake Placid, NY this past weekend. As a part of the tournament we were given tickets to all the ECAC tournament games, the first of which Friday afternoon when all the fathers and players attended the Princeton/Cornell game. It was so great for the boys to see such great exciting hockey while cheering on our New Jersey team to a win!
The next day, Saturday, we had a break in between games and were able to watch the Princeton afternoon skate.
It was fun watching some of the interaction of the players on the ice and my kids in the stands giving them show of skill, hard work during practice, and of course a few souveneir pucks!!
Later that night the fathers went back to watch the Championship game and the thrilling OT win by Princeton over Clarkson! We sat we right in front of Luke Keenen's parents and grandparents both nights and shared in the thrill of watching their son and grandson experience his Championship victory with his team.
The very next morning on that same ice we played our Bronze medal game. It was a very tight contest like the both Princeton games but we lost 2-1 with a goal 47.8 seconds left in regulation. Of course my boys were devastated and we walked back to the locker room and through the hallways right where the Princeton team happened to be standing. After giving a very short speech, I ran out of my locker room and approached the group as a momont for my players to hear from someone (maybe anyone) but me at that moment. After explaining the situation, four players came into the locker room and spoke to my team for a few minutes sharing some of their stories (I know Ryan Kuffner was one) about how losses hurt but they really do make you stronger and should bring you together as a team. He also shared how he lost on that very ice in his CANAM tourney 11 years ago by the same score. They then stayed around for a few more minutes sitting in the locker stalls next to a few of the boys who were still heartbroken.
It was a moment that the boys, their families and I as their coach will truly remember and cheerish.
I have attached the photos that I had gathered from the families and my Facebook post about the moment. Unfortunately no videos were taken but I am sure the memories are engrained in my players for life and they one day will pay it forward in their hockey careers to other young aspiring players.
If you can please share this with the rest of the coaching staff who help make these players the great role models they are and especially the players that would be great as well.
Thank you Princeton Tigers!!! Good luck this weekend in the NCAA tournament from the NJ Rhinos!!!
NJ Rhinos Squirt A Head Coach
Squirts and Bantams Headed to Lake Placid
The Rhinos Squirt and Bantam teams are headed to upstate New York to play in the CAN/AM Lake Placid invitational. Lake Placid is the site of the historic 1980 "Miracle On Ice" where the US men's Olympic team defeated Russia. The boys will skate on the same ice where that amazing game was won, while also enjoying all of the other Olympic venues that Lake Placid has to offer. The Squirts will play from March 15th through March 18th, while the Bantams skate March 22nd through March 25th. Good luck to both teams, enjoy the tournament and bring home the gold! Go Rhinos!!!
Bantams Bring Home League Championship!!!
What a weekend for the New Jersey Rhinos hockey organization as the Bantams brought home another league title by beating the Hudson Valley Polar Bears 4-1 to win the Bantam Hudson Valley Youth Hockey League Championship! Constantine Manos led the Rhinos with two goals, with Ryan Applin and Alex Tokmanian each netting one. Max Rocco stood tall in net and turned away all but one Polar Bear shot. It was a true TEAM effort with everyone contributing to the win. Congratulations to all the boys on an amazing win and season. The Bantams finished the season 20-7-6. Congrats to Coach Goffredo, Coach Mavrides and Coach Zaretsky for guiding the boys on the journey!
Squirts Bring Rhinos Organization 1st League Championship!!!
Congratulations to the Squirt team as they won a thrilling championship game 4-3 against the North Rockland Red Raiders to take home the organizations first league championship in the Hudson Valley Youth Hockey League. The boys came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game on Cameron Jaffe's breakaway goal. Cam added the game winner late in the 3rd period on another breakaway, top shelf goal!!! Dominic Cannao and TJ Fragosso also added big goals for the Rhinos. Beckham Vas stood tall in net and turned away a fierce Red Raider rush in the last minute of play. Congratulations to all the players, Coach Jaffe, Coach DiSalvo and Coach Olear on a memorable season which ended with a league championship and 26-5-2 overall record!!! A special congratulation to Coach Jaffe who's dedication, commitment and never say die attitude was reflected in his team's play all year long...congrats Coach Bob on leading the ship!!!
Bantams And Squirts Advance To League Championship Games
Congratulations to the Rhinos Bantam team as they beat the Mamaroneck Tigers today 3-1 in playoff action. The Rhinos were led by Alex Tokmanian with 2 goals, while Max Rocco turned away all but one shot. The Bantams will play for the Hudson Valley League Championship next Sunday at home. Congrats boys and Go Rhinos!
Congratulations to the Rhinos Squirt team as they turned away the Palisades Predators 4-0 on their way to the Championship game. Dominic Cannao led the Rhinos with 2 goals while Evan Borelli and Beckham Vas teamed up to shut out the high powered Predators. The Squirts will also play for the Hudson Valley League Championship next Saturday at the Westchester Skating Academy. Congrats boys and Go Rhinos!
Fall 2018 Tryout Registration Live
Fall 2018 Tryout Registration is live now!
The NJ Rhinos will be fielding the following teams in the Fall of 2018.
Tryouts will be held at the Ice House in Hackensack. Date is TBD. You may pre-register for tryouts now and will be notified as soon as the date is confirmed. Please click here to get to the Registration page.
Bantams Clinch #1 Seed For Playoffs
The Rhino Bantam team beat the New York Aviators in Brooklyn, New York on February 12th to clinch the #1 seed heading into the playoffs of the Hudson Valley Hockey League. The Rhino's won 1-0 in a thrilling game. Nick Accetta posted the shutout and Constantine Manos netted the game winner! Good luck to the boys as they start their playoff push and hopes for a league championship. Go Rhinos!
NJ Rhinos Bantam A Team takes Silver medal in Philadelphia Liberty Cup Tournament
Congratulations to the NJ Rhinos Bantam A team who took the silver medal in the Philadelphia Liberty Cup tournament this past weekend. Great job by Coach Steve Zaretsky and Dean Mavrides.
NJ Rhinos Bantams win silver at Rock the House
Congratulations to the NJ Rhino Bantam team on winning the Silver medal at Rock the House in Montclair this year. The team,coached by Dean Mavrides, Todd Kolb and Russ Rayot played a solid tournament, but fell short in the finals. Great job to all!
NJ Rhinos Squirts Win White Plains Tournament
Congratulations to the NJ Rhinos Squirt B team who won the White Plains tournament this weekend. The team went undefeated in the tournament and won the final game 5-2. Great job by Coach Jaffe and Coach DiSalvo.