WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ – The New Jersey 87’s have landed one of the top goaltenders to emerge from the Shore Conference area in recent years by announcing the resigning of St. John Vianney alum Jeremy Connor.
This will be the Hazlet, NJ native’s third season with the 87’s organization. Connor appeared in 42 Eastern Hockey League Premier Division (EHLP) games last year, finishing eighth among EHLP netminders with 634 saves. Connor also posted a 3.16 goals against average and an .898 save percentage while splitting time with Egg Harbor Township High School alum Carmen Cameron.
When COVID-19 forced a premature end to the EHLP season, the 87’s were on the brink of entering the playoffs as the top seed in the Mid Atlantic Conference with a record of 32-6-3.
Connor finished the abbreviated season with 18 victories, giving him 34 career EHLP wins, making him the league’s all-time leader in regular season victories.
Prior to making the jump to junior hockey, Connor was a four-year varsity starter for St. John Vianney, and was part of a young core of local talent that helped transform the Lancers program into a regular Shore Conference and state championship contender.
As a senior, Connor lifted the Lancers to an overall record of 18-2-2, including a Shore Conference Handchen Cup finals victory over Point Pleasant Boro, in which he turned away 14 of 15 shots. In 20 starts Connor posted a 1.40 goals against averaged and a .935 save percentage, and registered five shutouts. He graduated as the Lancers all-time program leader in shutouts.
Connor played his youth hockey with the Jersey Shore Whalers, and in 2017-18 was among the top goaltenders in the United States Premier League’s (USPHL) 16U division, placing seventh in goals against average (1.67) and save percentage (.924).