The Trenton Habs will change their name to the Jersey Shore Wildcats
next season after joining forces with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League.
Head Coach Eric Brule said the partnership offers players more opportunities, as the Jersey Shore Wildcats will act as a "farm team" for the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
"We thought this would be great for our local players and our out-of-state players to get the opportunity for development and exposure," said Brule. "It will help the players to be in an organization with a model more like professional hockey."
Brule said the change has been in the works since January.
"When I was in the Montreal Canadiens organization, we had great relationships with the players in the AHL. You're trying to create a network of players and have them become familiar with a similar coaching system," he said. "So when you have a player hurt in Texas, for example, there's an affiliate here so a player from New Jersey can get a call up."
Brule said he believes the model will be a positive draw for the league as well as the players.
"We're trying to open the door to player a little more, so they can play at the next level," he said. "I think it's a great thing for our organization and our league to have access to Tier II hockey. It's a great opportunity for us and our members to share our player network."
Brule said he isn't sure of the change will instantly give the league an edge, but has high hopes for the possibilities.
"I don't know how quickly it will all develop, it will take time for people to see and hear about it but the idea is we are putting our resources together as much as possible to share a player network. It should be a great thing and we're excited," he said.
The Jersey Shore Wildcats will hold tryouts May 31 to June 2 at Jersey Shore Arena in Farmingdale, New Jersey. To register visit: http://nahlwichita.pointstreaksites.com/view/nahlwichita/get-to-know-your-team/become-a-wildcat
Questions should be directed to Eric Brule at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text 908-770-6677.