Jersey Shore Wildcats

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Jersey Shore Wildcats
City Wall Township, New Jersey
Founded 2009
Home arena Jersey Shore Arena
Colors Red, white, black
              
Owner(s) Alex Shnayderman
General manager Eric Brule
Head coach Paul MacLean[1]
Affiliates Wichita Falls Wildcats
Franchise history
2009–2013 Trenton Habs
2013–2017 Jersey Shore Wildcats

The Jersey Shore Wildcats were a Tier III Junior "A" ice hockey team from Wall Township, New Jersey. They were a members of the International Junior Hockey League, Northern States Hockey League, North American 3 Eastern Hockey League, and the North American 3 Hockey League.

History[edit]

The team was founded in 2009 as the Trenton Habs and joined the International Junior Hockey League (IJHL) for the 2008–09 season as an associate member, playing a season of exhibition games against IJHL teams as well as participating in league showcase and national championship tournament. The team joined the IJHL as a full member for the 2010–11 season in the IJHL's Jr. Super Elite League.[2] The Habs finished the 2009–10 season winning the IJHL Super Elite National Championship.[3] In the summer of 2012, the IJHL folded causing the Habs and many former teams of the IJHL Super Elite Division to form the Northern States Hockey League (NSHL) under the AAU.[4][5]

In May 2013, it was announced that the organization joined forces with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League to give players more opportunities and exposure and renamed the team the Jersey Shore Wildcats.[6]

In 2014, the NSHL left AAU sanctioning with the intention of joining USA Hockey. The Tier II North American Hockey League (NAHL) then took over operations during the 2014–15 season and changed the name of the league to the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL). Prior to the 2016–17 season, the Wildcats became part of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) when it absorbed the NA3EHL.

In 2017, their NAHL affiliate, the Wichita Falls Wildcats, folded during the offseason. The Jersey Shore Wildcats continued into the 2017–18 NA3HL season, but games were cancelled in mid-November 2017. By December, the team was removed from the league due to apparently owing the league compensation even though the team was in second place in their division at the time.[7]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Northern States Hockey League
2012–13 42 24 16 2 50 163 121 3rd of 7, NSHL Lost Quarterfinal game vs. Eastern Kodiaks
2013–14 40 19 18 3 41 129 134 5th of 9, NSHL Won Round 1 series, 2–1 vs. Junior Mariners
Won Semifinal game vs. AHI Fighting Spirit
Won League Championship game vs. Wilkes-Barre Miners
League Champions
North American 3 Eastern Hockey League
2014–15 41 40 1 0 80 217 79 843 1st of 5, Western Div.
1st of 10, NA3EHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–1 vs. Roc City Royals
Won Div. Finals, 2–0 vs. Wilkes-Barre Miners
Won League Championships, 2–1 vs. New Hampshire Fighting Spirit
League Champions
2015–16 44 37 7 0 74 258 111 973 1st of 6, Western Div.
1st of 13, NA3EHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Lockport Express
Won Div. Finals, 2–1 vs. New York Aviators
Won League Championships, 2–0 vs. Cape Cod Islanders
League Champions
North American 3 Hockey League
2016–17 47 26 20 1 53 165 165 775 2nd of 6, Northeast Div.
20th of 48, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Syracuse Stampede
Lost Div. Finals, 0–2 vs. Binghamton Jr. Senators
2017–18 22 15 7 0 30 98 68 335 Removed from league midseason

United Hockey Union Nationals[edit]

AAU Sanctioned Junior A National Championship
In 2013 & 2014, the MWJHL, NSHL, & WSHL advanced two teams each.

Year Round Robin Record
Ranking
Semifinal Championship
2014 L, El Paso Rhinos (WSHL) 1–3
L, AHI Fighting Spirit (NSHL) 1–5
L, Traverse City Hounds (MWJHL) 3–6
0–3–0
6th of 6
Did not advance

References[edit]

  1. ^ "47 in 24 series: Jersey Shore Wildcats". NA3HL. August 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.ijhl.us/news.php?start_from=&ucat=&subaction=showfull&id=1266676272&archive=1267427943&
  3. ^ Stein, Steve (May 2, 2013). "Trenton Habs Capture Super Elite National Title". Junior Hockey Magazine. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "NSHL ANNOUNCES 2012-13 SEASON SCHEDULE". NSHL. July 11, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "AAU sanctions Northern States Junior Hockey League". Junior Hockey News. June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Trenton Habs to Become Jersey Shore Wildcats". NSHL. May 2, 2013. Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Death Pool – Special Report – NA3HL Loses Jersey Shore Willdcats". The Junior Hockey News. December 5, 2017. 

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