The Jersey Shore Whalers have stayed busy throughout the summer, signing several players – and hiring coaches – for all of their USPHL teams this year.
By Joshua Boyd
Tre’ White joins the USPHL Premier Whalers from Columbia, Md. The ’97 forward spent the last two seasons with the Islanders Hockey Club’s former USP3 team, also in the USPHL. He served as captain of last year’s Islanders squad. He brings not only his prior experience, but leadership skills that the Whalers were looking for.
“Tre’ is a strong and physical player who has fun playing the game,” said Premier assistant coach Kevin Kolbenschlag. “After playing against Tre’ for the past two seasons, we always looked at him as a player you would love to have on your team. Tre’ will be a great addition on and off the ice.”
Also up front, Trent Fleming has joined from Longmont, Colo. Fleming is a ’98 who played last year for the Superior RoughRiders in the Western States Hockey League. He was a Midget AAA CCM All-Star in 2014 with the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders before his junior career started.
In goal, ‘97 Dakota Cyhaniuk is coming north from New Braunfels, Texas. He was a teammate last year with White on the Islanders Hockey Club USP3 squad. There, he recorded 16 wins and finished with a 2.44 goals against average, and a .918 save percentage.
Last year, Cyhaniuk went 5-0 against the Whalers, including a series sweep in the playoffs.
At the 18U level, Fort Wayne, Ind.’s Jared Fisher (2000) makes the jump after two years with the Skipjacks Hockey Club’s 16U team to the Whalers 18U squad. He is a 5-foot-9-inch, 170-pound forward who greatly impressed 18U head coach and director of recruiting Anthony Matarazzo.
He was a standout player at both the USPHL Summer Showcase and at the USA Hockey Select 17 Camp.
“Getting a player of his caliber was a priority for us heading into the off-season this year,” said Matarazzo. “He not only brings speed and size to our forward group but also makes players better around him.”
Two new coaches were also hired – USPHL Premier assistant coach Mark Rivera, and USPHL Elite head coach Wayne Anderson.
Rivera recently wrapped up a pro career that included winning the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Presidents Cup. He was also a NCAA Division 3 All-American for Manhattanville College.
Anderson brings more than 30 years of coaching experience at many levels, mainly high school. He was named the 2002 New Jersey High School Coach of the Year while at Red Bank Catholic.
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