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The New York Bobcats were dormant last season in the junior hockey world. The first time in what seems like forever, this prominent Long Island based junior hockey team shut the lights on the 2016-17 year with no real hope or answer for their future in site.

 The Bobcats never had to face an issue like this before, as they were a staple point in the Syosset (Nassau County) area for a long time. Their history goes back to the year 2000, when they become member of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League, winning the league playoffs in 2002 and qualified for the 2002 Tier III Junior B National

Championships. In 2003, the Bobcats became one of the charter members of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League, wining league titles in 2006 and 2007.

 Members of the Eastern Hockey League since 2012-13, the Bobcats continued their success, making the playoffs each of the years as a member of the EHL. But, again, the club hit a speed bump at the end of the 2106 season and the Bobcats were left without a home.

 However, that all changed, as the Long Island Royals ownership took over the green and black, and moved them from Nassau county into Suffolk County -- once again becoming members of the EHL for the 2017-18 year.

 Now calling the Dix Hills Ice Arena home, the Long Island Royals will sit out a year after being members of the NA3AHL, where the club recently won the league title. Head Coach Ken Hoey will resume the same duties for the Bobcats, along with Assistant Coaches Stephen Castriota and Mike O'Connell.

 “Making the jump from the NA3 to the EHL is a great opportunity for our organization. Moving into the EHL gives our players more exposure to college coaches and a better opportunity to make the jump to the next level,” Castriota said.

 Last year, the Royals were the first and last NA3AHL Champions and the last Foster Cup winners, as majority of those teams within the old league move on this year to the EHL.

 “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the EHL. This league turns out college commitment after college commitment, which is what all players are looking for in a league,” said Castriota added. “With all the junior leagues now on the East Coast, it’s very important for us as a league to continue to develop players and have them ready to play at the next level.”

 Now both teams join forces, as two powerhouses become one in the EHL Premier Division in 2017-18. For Castriota, nothing is going to change.

 “Our coaching styles are going to stay the same. As coaches, we like to keep things very consistent and maintain that level of coaching no matter what the situation. We will obviously have to adapt to a new league but the things we do work for us and we are confident in that.

 “As a staff, we are looking to set up a solid program that develops players and  leads to success. We are not only here to win games this year but prepare and send guys to the next level will be a primary focus for us in this first year.”

 With tryouts over, the roster is starting to shape up with the season right around the corner. A season that was bright for one team, butdark for another. Now ownership and staff can focus on getting the Bobcats back to its winnings ways.

“As far as our roster things are coming together. Just like any year you have your core group of guys coming back and then it’s about outing the right pieces around them. I feel with the additions we have made and with more to come we are definitely tending in the right direction,” Castriota said.

 Look out EHL, the Bobcats are back.



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Game #2 of the best of three started with the WBS Knights jumping out to  2-0 lead over the Jr Royals.  The Royals fought back and tied the score and with a minute left in the game the Knights were up by one goal.

Like Yogi Berra said “Déjà Vu all over again” the Royals scored to send the game into overtime.   Less than a minute into the second overtime period in two games  Brian Whelan put a wrist shot into the back of the net and won the game, series, and the Foster Cup.

The Royals are the first and last NA3AHL Champions  and the last Foster Cup winners as the teams within the league move on next year to the EHL (Eastern Hockey League) Elite division.

 The Jr Royals finished the season with a 37-2-0 record  with 274 goals score and 101 scored against. 

 A portion of the teams success was Royals net minder John Krause who stepped into the starting role after Brandon Perrone was called up to the NAHL Titans.   Krause had a spectacular effort in the two playoff series with over a .925 save percentage making several stops that could have changed the games.

 A great group of boys led by  dedicated coaches celebrated the victory as it would be the last game they played together as a Junior Royals team.

 Next season the Long Island Jr Royals will join forces with the  New York Bobcats in the Eastern Hockey League Premier Division.   Look out EHL, the Bobcat/Royals are coming.


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The Royals finished regular season play in the NA3AHL in first place with a  33 Wins and 2 Loss record earning them a first round playoff bye.     In the second round they played met the New Jersey Wildcats in a best of 3 series.   The Royals took game one handily with stella performance by net minder John Krause who stopped all 36 shots to earn a shutout.

In game two with their backs to the wall the Wildcats came out a different team keeping the Royals trying to play catchup.    Regulation time ended with the score tied 4-4 however the Royals put a quick push at the start of overtime to bury one to win the series.   

The Royals will now meet the WBS Knight in a best of three series next weekend in the finals for the NA3AHL.

 

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Pay-to-play Junior hockey has become much maligned in the past few years due to over expansion of leagues and teams, and an overall drifting from its or

iginal purpose of advancing players to a higher level of play.

Regardless of recent image issues, the facts prove Junior hockey has become -- far and away -- the main feeder system for NCAA college hockey over the past 20 years. 

The Eastern Hockey League accounts for 28% of all NCAA Tier II/III freshman with 140 direct to college advancements.    Let that sink in for a minute ...  more than one in every four NCAA freshmen at the Division II and III levels played in the EHL last year.

With 140 direct-to-college advancements at the NCAA Division II and III levels the EHL more than doubles the next closest competitor.  The USPHL Premier Division ranks second with 63 advancements and the Tier II North American Hockey League is third at 60.  

To read the full article and see comparison of commitments from all the junior leagues click on:       Want To Play College Hockey? 


Posted in: Team News
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2017-2018 Royals/Bobcats join forces in the Eastern Hockey League Premier Division

To obtain information join the Royals/Bobcats pre-tryout mailing list.

CLICK HERE

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SATURDAY  JANUARY 21st

The Junior Royals game vs. the Scranton Knights on January 21st will be a community service project for Home Sweet Home Animal Rescue in Huntington, Long Island.    A $5.00 game admission will be charged with all collected funds going to the animal rescue.    Animal rescue volunteers will be on hand selling organization t-shirts and related items.
  
   




Home Sweet Home Animal Rescue of Long Island 
is an exclusively charitable, all volunteer run organization (501c3 tax-exempt) dedicated to the rescue of cats from municipal shelters or are shelter bound.  We truly believe every cat, no matter how old, difficult or sick, deserves to be loved and needs us to be their "family" and comfort until we find a home for them that matches the personality of the cat with the flow of the adopter's household.  We diligently screen adopters and deliver every cat to the their home.

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Long Island Royals Goaltender Brandon Perrone earns a call up to the NAHL fromthe NewJersey Titans.  The 5'11 165lb New York State native has proven himself one of the top (statistically) goaltenders at the Tier 3 level both this season and last.  A 1998, Perrone played his 2015-16 campaign with the Texas Jr Brahmas where he earned a brief call up to the Lone Star Brahmas.

Perrone earned Tier 3 Junior Hockey Player of the Week honors in week 7 of the 2016-17 season (Oct 17, 2016)
Perrone's 1.73gaa in 2015-16 ranked 15th among all Tier 3 Junior Hockey Goaltenders and ties for 61st in the Tier 3 record books.   The Long Island Royals and all of Tier 3 Junior Hockey send their congratulations to Brandon and wish him luck at the Tier 2 level.

Posted in: Team News
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The following players have been selected from the Jr Royals team for the 2016 NA4AHL All Star Game.

Aiden Bohn
Keith O'Brien
Anthony Ziller
Matt Araujo
Matt Alessi
Brandon Perrone
Bryan Whelan
Tyler Murphy
Justin Geigle
Alt. Joe Walsh

Posted in: League News
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Long Island Royals goaltender Brandon Perrone (Smithtown, NY) has inked a tender with the New Jersey Junior Titans for the 2017-18 season, making Perrone the first NA3AHL player to ink a North American Hockey League tender.

After going 13-0 with a 1.95 goals against average and a 0.940 save percentage, Perrone has gone 2-1 with a 2.40 goals against average and a 0.919 save percentage in four NAHL appearances with the Titans.


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