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NCDC 2019-20 Team Previews: New Jersey Rockets

By Joshua Boyd/, 09/09/19, 11:30AM EDT


New Jersey Rockets

2018-19: 19-24-5-2


Outlook: Count the New Jersey Rockets as another squad with a new bench boss. Barry Dreger took over the Rockets’ junior program and will be head coach of the NCDC team. 

Dreger, who enjoyed a long minor pro career, has built what he sees as a balanced roster. 

“We will return four or five players from last year’s team who will provide us with leadership and experience,” Dreger said. “Our youth will be very exciting to watch.” 

Top returning players: Paul Bryer, with his 21 regular season goals, was a top 10 goal-scorer in last year’s NCDC. He will help to lead the 2019-20 offense, along with big-time playmaker Luke House (26 assists). 

Elliot Burgin returns to the Rockets after finishing last season with the Islanders Hockey Club, and Connor Bradley will be an anchor for the defensive corps. 

Top newcomers: The Rockets will field a largely new team for the 2019-20 season, and Dreger is optimistic for these players picking up on the NCDC game from the get-go. 

“We look forward to seeing all of our newcomers to come in and contribute right away,” said Dreger. “We feel that, as individuals, they possess great potential. We will work hard with them to help them grow and develop.”