- 2017-2018 Bantam Hudson Valley League Champions
- 2017-2018 Squirt Hudson Valley League Champions
- 2017 Squirt White Plains Invitational Champs
- 2018 PeeWee Monarch Thanksgiving Tournament Champions
- 2015 Squirt CAN/AM Lake Placid Bronze Medalists
Weekend Update 01/07/2019
Happy New Year! All teams were back in action after the holiday break. The Squirts were in Poughkeepsie, New York on Saturday and skated to a 3-3 tie against Millbrook. The Rhinos led throughout before Millbrook took the lead late in the third, 3-2. Donovan Gretchen scored the equalizer with just over a minute to play to preserve the tie. A great effort by the team in a thrilling game.
The PeeWee's had two games over the weekend loosing one on Saturday to the Bedford Bears, but bouncing back with a strong 2-0 home win on Sunday afternoon against the Pelham Predators. Evan Borelli recorded the shutout for the Rhinos. The Pee Wee's are back in action this weekend with league games on both Saturday and Sunday.
In Bantam action the boys enjoyed a two win weekend recording W's on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday the boys skated past EFC 5-3 under the lights in Englewood. On Sunday, with only 8 skaters, the boys traveled to Poughkeepsie to face a loaded Millbrook team. In an amazing, gritty effort the boys won 5-4. Nick Accetta turned away 34 shots in an amazing TEAM effort. Congrats to the boys!
Check back next week for more updates!!
FROM THE NEW JERSEY RHINOS
FROM THE NEW JERSEY RHINOS
Rhinos Shine In Thanksgiving Tournaments
Great weekend for our Rhinos PeeWee team winning the Championship at the Skylands Ice Arena Monarch Thanksgiving Tournament. The team went 3-1 over the weekend with their only loss being a 2-0 setback to the Union Thunder who they eventually played in a rematch in the championship game. The Final was a tight game with both teams having many opportunities in regulation. Regulation ended in a 0-0 tie. In the 3 on 3 overtime the Rhinos had the better of the play but still no scoring! On to the shootout where Cameron Jaffe scored the lone goal while Rhinos goalie Evan Borrelli stopped all three shooters to secure the victory! It was truly a team victory and weekend as all the boys played vital roles and factored in bringing home the trophy. Great job boys!!!!
In Squirt action the Rhinos ended the weekend with a 3-1 record dominating the first three games with 6-0, 7-0 and 8-3 victories at the Turkey Shootout at the Ice Vault. However, the boys ran into a hot Nutley/Clifton team on Sunday morning losing 7-1. Overall a great performance by the entire team. We hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day. Go Rhinos!!
FROM THE NEW JERSEY RHINOS
Weekend Update - 11/12/18
The Squirts lost 6-0 on Saturday morning against the surging Palisades Predators. The game was much closer than the score indicated as the boys were trailing 2-0 before facing a 4 minute penalty midway through the third period. The Predators capitalized and scored 2 goals in the span. The boys pressed to try and close the gap, but the Predators proved to be too much in the end. The Rhinos are back on the ice in league action this coming Sunday against the Bedford Bears.
On Sunday the PeeWees traveled to Yonkers, New York to face the Yonkers Kings. The Rhinos came out buzzing and quickly took control of the game on their way to a decisive 7-1 victory. A true team effort with contributions from everyone. Evan Borelli turned away all but one offering from the Kings. The boys are back on the ice this weekend with a Friday tilt against the Rye Rangers and a Sunday contest against the Secaucus Patriots. Good luck boys!
In Bantam action the big guys ran into a buzz saw on Saturday morning loosing 9-1 to the Jersey Ice Dogs. The boys fell behind early and could not recover as the Dogs kept their foot on the gas for the entire game. The team quickly put that game behind them and played three strong periods on Sunday against the Bedford Bears, leading 3-2 until the last minute of game before the Bears tied it with under a minute to go. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. The Rhinos are back at it Sunday when they visit the Rye Rangers at Playland Ice Arena.
Check back next week for updates - Go Rhinos!!!
Weekend Update - 10/29/18
The Squirts lost a hard fought battle vs. Mamaroneck on Saturday afternoon, 4-2. The boys played well, but just could not over come an early 3-0 deficit. Braydon Kane led the boys with two unassisted goals. The Rhinos will have an opportunity to revenge the loss when they travel to Mamaroneck next Saturday. Good luck!!
In PeeWee action the boys won an impressive home game Saturday morning with a decisive 4-1 win against the Rye Rangers. A total team effort in the victory. Rhinos goalie Evan Borelli was impressive turning away all but one Rye offering in the victory. The Peewees hit the road this upcoming weekend with an afternoon tilt against the Pelham Predators.
The Bantams split their weekend games coming away with a runaway victory on Saturday, 9-2, against the White Plains. Contributions by all with Justin Ward standing tall in net. On Sunday the boys lost a hard fought game to Millbrook, 4-2. Ryan Applin hit the back of the neck leading Rhinos in a tight game late into the third. Nick Accetta stood tall in net turning away numerous top shelf opportunities.
Happy Halloween to everyone and Go Rhinos!!!
NJ Rhinos Added to Prudential Center Wall of Jerseys
The New Jerseys Rhinos had their sweater added to Prudential Center's Wall of Jerseys last night prior to the Devils game vs. the Colorado Avalanche. The Pru Center and the Devils honor outstanding ice hockey programs throughout the State by hanging the organizations jersey in the arena. After the game players and members of the Rhino organization had a picture taken at center ice! Thank you to the Prudential Center, the New Jersey Devils and all Rhinos in attendance at last nights game!
2018 Fall Team Store Open!
The New Jersey Rhinos 2018 Fall Team Store is now open for business! Please visit the below site to purchase your Rhino apparel. Sales benefit the Rhino organization and will help pay for addition practice ice. Thank you for your business!
Weekend Update - 10/15/18
Another busy weekend for the NJ Rhino family. The Squirt team split two games this weekend, losing to North Park 13-3, but then rebounding strong against the New York Skyliners in a hard-fought 5-4 victory Sunday night. Braydon Kane led the boys this weekend with 5 goals in two games! Kyle Jaffe, Hudson Krankle and Donovan Grethen all hit the back of the net as well in squirt action.
The PeeWee's traveled to Long Island on Saturday to face the Long Island Arrows. They left the island with an impressive 6-3 victory. On Sunday the boys were on the road again to face the Bedford Bears. Bedford scored in the last minute of the game to seal at 5-5 tie. Great showing by the PeeWee's in both contests. Luc Rocco, Braydon Kane, TJ Fragoso, Dominic Cannao, Cam Jaffe, Nick Serrano, Evan Pierri, Donovan Gretchen, Andrew McDade and Anthony DiPaolo all lit the lamp for the Rhinos!
Much like the Squirts, the Bantams team split their two games this weekend starting with a tough 10-3 home loss on Saturday morning to the Palisades Predators. The boys quickly put that loss behind them on Sunday rebounding nicely in a strong 9-6 road victory against the Hudson Valley Polar Bears. The boys played hard in both games and and are improving with each passing week.
More action next weekend...check back for results...Go Rhinos!!!
Weekend Update - 10/8/18
All Rhino teams were in action this past weekend. The Squirts lost 5-2 to the Hudson Valley Polar Bears on Sunday. The Rhinos tied the game at 2-2 mid-way through the 2nd period before Hudson Valley exploded for 3 goals in two and a half minute stretch. James Mavrides and Wil Olear hit the back of the net for the Rhinos.
In PeeWee action the boys beat the New Jersey Bandits at the Ice Vault on Sunday 7-6. It was great team effort as seven separate Rhinos lit the lamp. Cam Jaffe had a goal and an assist while Colin Bender added two assists.
The Bantams had a tough weekend losing on Saturday 10-2 to the Bedford Bears and 6-0 to the NJ Freeze on Sunday. The boys are looking forward to getting back on the ice to recover from an off weekend. Check back next week for updates on all programs!
Weekend Update - 10/1/18
The Rhinos enjoyed a successful weekend of hockey with the Squirts beating the Pelham Predators 6-2. Donovan Grethen, Wil Olear, Hudson Krankle, James Mavrides and Max Silberstein all scored in the Sunday victory while Paul Rutigliano turned away all but two of the Predators shots on goal.
In PeeWee action the boys had a 3-on-3 scrimmage against the Cutting Edge King Cobras on Saturday. On Sunday the PeeWee's traveled to Brooklyn and lost a close game league game 4-3 to the New York Aviators. Colin Bender, Dom Canao and Ethan Chiweshe all lit the lamp for the Rhinos.
The Bantams had two games over the weekend winning one and losing one. On Saturday the boys skated past the Pelham Predators in a 10-1 victory. On Sunday the boys were turned back in league action by the North Rockland Raiders 4-3 in a tight, well-played game by both teams.
All teams are back in action next weekend - check back for weekly results. Go Rhinos!!!
2018/2019 Season Is Here!!!
The New Jersey Rhinos officially kick-off the 2018/2019 season this Friday, September 14th, as practice begins for all levels. The NJ Rhinos wish all programs the best of luck this season. All out...All game...All Season - Go Rhinos!!!
RHINOS HOCKEY 2018/19
2018 Fall Uniform Unveil
The New Jersey Rhinos are proud to unveil our 2018/2019 fall uniforms. The uniforms maintain the Rhinos original colors of red and white while highlighting the green of our original Rhino logo in place of our traditional black. We hope everyone loves the design (especially Ranger fans)! Apparel and uniform packages will be sent to all players within the next few days, so keep an eye out for the UPS deliveryman. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer - Go Rhinos!!!
Gary Hess - Ramapo Saints
The New Jersey hockey community was saddened this weekend by the sudden passing of Ramapo Saints Hockey Director, Gary Hess. Gary was terrific hockey mind, wonderful person and will be missed by all involved in New Jersey youth hockey. Below is the statement released by the Saints organization. The family will receive their relatives and friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Wednesday, August 15 from 2-9PM. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary's family at this difficult time.
August 11, 2018
Dear Ramapo Saints Families:
It is with extremely heavy hearts that we have to let you know that our Hockey Director, Gary Hess, passed away today. As you know, he recently suffered a heart attack, but unfortunately, suffered a stroke early Thursday morning that he was not able to recover from. He let go at 4:44 pm today, and for those of you that know him, you know that his favorite hockey player was #4, Bobby Orr.
As most of you know, Gary was much more than a Hockey Director. He allowed himself to become a close part of many, many families. Like all of you, we also have kids in this organization, and we can attest to how much he was adored. This is going to take a while to sink in.
We will send out further notice when we receive details related to the funeral arrangements. Deep down, we know that we will all pull through and persevere, but we also feel that our beloved organization won’t be the same. Gary meant an awful lot to us and to our program.
Give your kids an extra hug tonight and be thankful that we had the opportunity to learn from one of the best.
Joe Brooks Steve Rauch
President SafeSport Coordinator/Registrar
Ramapo Saints Ramapo Saints
Summer Workouts Continue
Custom Pucks Ready For The Fall
The NJ Rhinos are preparing for the upcoming fall season - just in are our new custom game pucks. Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Fall uniform unveiling coming soon!
Rhinos Summer Apparel Store Open
The Rhinos summer apparel store is now open. Please click on the link below to order. Thanks to Top Tier Gear for the great selection.
Rhinos Spotted At Barrett Jackson Car Auction
Send us your summer photos and we'll post them...enjoy the summer!
Enjoy The Summer!
The New Jersey Rhinos wish everyone a fun filled, relaxing summer. Please check the website regularly throughout the summer as we'll be making announcements about the upcoming fall season. Goalies please do not wear your equipment in the pool!
2018/2019 Fall Kick-Off Party
The New Jersey Rhinos will hold its 2018-2019 Fall Kick-Off meeting on Saturday, June 9th at 12:00 pm in the gym at Immaculate Conception Church, 900 Darlington Avenue, Mahwah. Attendance is mandatory as all players will be sized for their uniforms and related apparel. Additionally, players will meet their coaches and parents will be provided with information related to the fall campaign. This will be the only sizing for uniforms so it is imperative that all players attend. If you cannot make the meeting please call or e-mail Ed Miller at 201.954.0167, firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy the warm weather and we'll see everyone on June 9th!
Top Tier Gear To Supply All NJ Rhino Apparel
The New Jersey Rhinos are proud to announce that we will be purchasing all uniforms and apparel from Top Tier Gear. Formerly known as Hometown Athlete, Top Tier Gear is a leader in sublimated uniforms and related apparel. The Rhinos look forward to a long lasting relationship with Top Tier and wish them the best in all of their business endeavors. Below is Top Tier's most recent press announcement.
April 23, 2018
Dear Clients and Friends:
It is with great pride and excitement that Craig Cohen, co-founder of Garment Source Associates/Hometown Athlete, and Michael Ozolnieks, founder of The O Trinity, are announcing the merger of their uniform and apparel businesses. On April 1, 2018, this new company – aptly called Top Tier Gear, moved to its new, modern, state-of-the-art facility at 1275 Bloomfield Avenue, Building 6, Unit 36, Fairfield, NJ 07004.
This alliance joins the expertise and experience of two hard-working teams to better serve you. It also allows us to offer more products, efficiency and better pricing, along with the premier quality and services you have come to know and expect from us. In addition, the fusion of our passions for sports and sports-related apparel enables us to create high-end performance garments to suit all your sportswear and uniform needs.
Top Tier Gear will continue to offer the foremost in screen printing and embroidery, as well as in-house full cut & sew and dye sublimation. Our leading graphic design team remains committed to collaborating with you to produce quality designs. And, our top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art printing, transferring and sewing equipment is ready and waiting to produce top tier apparel to meet and exceed your demands.
We look forward to bringing you a full range of expertise, quality, pricing and personal customer service that is unmatched by any other apparel company in the industry. Whether you are outfitting a small youth league or the big leagues – Top Tier Gear remains your one-stop source for all uniform, sportswear and promotional needs.
Please join us in celebrating this milestone. We will be in touch soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us any time.
Craig Cohen Michael Ozolnieks
2018/2019 Fall Season
The 2018/2019 tryouts took place last week at the Ice House in Hackensack. Congratulations to all players selected for Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam and Midget levels. We will be announcing the date for the fall kick-off meeting and uniform sizing within the next few weeks. There are a few player and goalie roster sports available at certain levels. Please email Ed Miller at email@example.com or call 201.954.0167 for more information. Enjoy the spring!!
Rhinos Unveil 2018 Spring Jerseys
The New Jersey Rhinos have unveiled their 2018 Spring jerseys! Good luck to all teams in the Spring 2018 season!
Fall 2018 Tryout Date Announced
Come join the Rhino family!!! The New Jersey Rhinos have scheduled their 2018 Fall Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam and Midget tryout for April 20, 2018 at the Ice House, 111 Midtown Bridge Approach, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Squirt and PeeWee tryouts will start at 5:30 p.m. Bantam and Midget tryouts will start at 6:15 p.m. Please visit the "Forms" tab on the website to pre-register. Any questions regarding the tryouts, please email Ed Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck to all at the tryouts!
NJ Rhinos On ESPN U!
The great story of the Princeton Tigers ice hockey players speaking with the Rhinos Squirt team after their medal game loss in Lake Placid was told on ESPN U during a live broadcast! Listen to the video clip below - these stories make the sport great and bring us all together! Go Rhinos!!!
Bantams Wrap Up Championship Season In Lake Placid
The Bantams closed out their championship season with the Can/Am Lake Placid tournament this past weekend. The boys and their families had a great weekend enjoying competitive games and the Lake Placid Olympic Village. Overall, a great end to a great season. Congrats to the boys, the families and the entire Rhinos organization.
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!
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!