The Jersey Shore Whalers will be fielding an Independent Midget U18 team that will competing in the Metro Elite Hockey League. The U18 team will serve as a feeder program to the Empire team, preparing their players for the junior level and high school season. Some players may have an opportunity throughout the season to fill in roster spots on the Empire team or remain with the team at the conclusion of the U18 season.
The Midget U18 program will be an extended short season making it a perfect fit for the high school player and the player out of high school still age eligible.
The scheduled practices will run from August-November and the league schedule will be front loaded to accommodate the high school player. This portion of the season will be coached by Mike Reynolds.
If necessary, the balance of the league game schedule will be spread out over the remainder of season, coached by the Whalers coaching staff. The U18 Players will also have the opportunity to continue attending the Junior program’s weekly skill sessions until league playoffs.
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