The Metro Jets will have out-of-town players this season and are currently accepting applications for their 2018-2019 hockey season.
Approved families will receive a food stipend each month to cover increased costs.
For more information on this rewarding opportunity or to request an application, contact Jets director of communications, Matt Mackinder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joining the United States Premier Hockey League’s Premier Division from a prior Tier-3 league got the Metro Jets thinking this past spring.
The Jets held their Main Tryout Camp over the June 29-30 weekend, and having the early summer camp was a little different tack than the team had taken in the past.
“Typically, we held a pre-draft camp [in spring] and then a main camp later in the summer,” said general manager/head coach Justin Quenneville. “We had the opportunity to do something midsummer, and we didn’t know what to expect. The turnout was huge, and it’s extremely difficult at our level to make some decisions. We will be making those decisions to help develop players and reach even more college commitments.”
It wasn’t just a camp for new players, either. The Metro Jets brought in team veterans eligible to return, but there were no guarantees.
“We wanted to keep that main camp mindset at tryouts. We may not look to bring all [eligible returning players] back, but we wanted to give them all an opportunity to return,” Quenneville added.
Some will officially return, already having signed contracts for the 2018-19 season. This includes Rhett Limback, a ‘98 from Alpena, Mich. In addition to last year with the Jets, Limback had also played for his hometown Alpena Flyers of the USPHL’s former USP3 Division in 2016-17. With the Jets last season, he scored 30 points in 35 games.
“He was instrumental down the stretch for us [in 2017-18]. He is a two-way player who brings veteran leadership,” added Quenneville.
Three other core forwards of last year’s team are also back -- Anthony Cinato (’00, Warren, Mich.), Jeremy Schwartz (’98, Detroit), Brodie Thornton (’99, Macomber Township, Mich.) and Brandon Graham (’98, Clawson, Mich.) -- as well as goalie Brian Tallieu (’98, Davison, Mich.)
“Brian was a huge reason for our success, and he’s looking to play his 20-year-old season and reach a college commitment early in the season,” Quenneville added.
There are a few eligible returning players who won’t be back, as they’ve moved on to Tier-2 hockey. This group includes Kyle Gierman, Matt Schaumberger, Reggie Millette and Jhuwon Davis.
Being so new to the USPHL as the Jets are, they are still looking to build their affiliation relationship with the NCDC Boston Junior Bruins.
“The timing of the camp was important for us to host it in June, and we’ll look to do more creative things for next summer,” Quenneville added.
FRASER, Mich. – With the move to the USPHL comes more opportunities for the Metro Jets.
Today, the Jets formally announced an affiliation agreement with the Boston Jr. Bruins of the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) for the 2018-19 season.
The NCDC is the highest level of the USPHL and provides tuition-free hockey.
“We’re really excited that the Metro Jets are going to be one of our affiliates this season,” said Jr. Bruins NCDC coach Mike Anderson. “We’re definitely looking forward to that relationship. I know that the Jets have a very strong program and have done a terrific job for their players over the years. We look forward to having those players graduate up through our organization and have a tremendous landing spot out here at the NCDC level.
“We hope those kids can continue their development model with us and put themselves in a position to play NCAA hockey at the Division I or Division III level. Obviously, we’re looking forward to working with the Jets to further grow that development model and helping to strengthen that organization through our affiliation.”
This past season, in addition to winning their fourth national championship, the Jets advanced 10 players to the college ranks (five to NCAA Division III schools), multiple players called up, had three players sign tenders in Tier II and look to continue the positive momentum by partnering with the Jr. Bruins.
“We are excited to partner with another historic program in the Jr. Bruins,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “Being able to provide additional outlet opportunities for our players is naturally a bonus, but to be able to align ourselves with a program with a rich history like ourselves is a great advantage. We have been fortunate in providing our players with consistent college and Tier II opportunities every year, and this just adds to that plate. They run a great program and we look forward to working with them."
The Jr. Bruins also field AAA tournament teams in the spring and summer. Those teams travel the world to play in the top tournaments. Those teams start at the Mite age and there is one for each birth year all the way to the 18U level. The organization is one of only 14 programs that have a charter to play at the Brick Invitational in Edmonton.
Hosting several tournaments throughout the year – the Boston Showdown and BJB Shootout, as well as all Beantown Classic events - the program also has camps in multiple locations for all ages.
On the advancement level, the Jr. Bruins have graduated more players to NCAA Division I colleges than any midget/junior program on the East Coast. Their alums have played at every Hockey East and ECAC school as well as at colleges in other D-I leagues. They have sent more players to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program than any other on the East Coast and have alums that have played or are currently playing in the NHL.
“The Jets have had tremendous success, much like we’ve had tremendous success out here,” Anderson said. “Absolutely looking forward to this relationship.”
Jr. Bruins staff will also be in attendance when the Jets stage their main camp on June 29-30 at Fraser Hockeyland.
More information is available at www.metrojetshockey.com/player-interest.