Last year the Jersey Shore Whalers 16U Premier program skated to a record of 18-7-1 before COVID-19 cancelled the remainder of the season.
In late June the organization announced its roster for its 18U club, which includes a collection of familiar faces.
Over 26 games last season winger George Hinds (Jackson, NJ – Jackson Memorial) and centerman Justin Lidondici (Matawan, NJ – Red Bank Catholic) combined for 31 goals and 34 assists to lead the Whalers 16U Premier outfit.
They’ll be joined up at the 18U level by fellow returners William DiStefano (6g, 9a – Southern Regional), DJ Clements (4g, 10a – Freehold Boro), Dylan Stein (7g, 10a – Manalapan), and Brendan Kearney (4g, 5a – Manasquan).
The forward unit will also include newcomers Nico Corsano (Ocean City, NJ), Jack Pallitto (Robbinsville High School), Michael Kuras (Fair Haven, NJ – Rumson-Fair Haven), Mitch Ducalo (Robbinsville High School), Kyle Remo (Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School) and Ryan Sullivan (Yorkstown Heights, NY).
The Whalers will be helped out on the blue line by newcomers Nicholas Ochlan (Freehold, NJ – Freehold Boro), Tommy Atanacio (Middletown, NJ – CBA) and Austin Micale (Hamilton, NJ – Princeton High School).
Returning defensemen Yater Henry (4a – Southern Regional), Jason Andreyev (7g, 7a – Jackson Liberty), Payton Fobes (6g, 7a – Freehold Township) and Tyler Guttormsen (2g, 6a – Robbinsville High School) will fortify the defensive unit.
In the crease the Whalers will feature Joey Colecchia (Freehold, NJ – Freehold/Colts Neck/Raritan), Joseph Schaul (Norwood, MA) and Vaughn LeDrew (San Francicso, CA).