On Nov. 10 the Bantam B Red team went to visit  the United States Military Academy at West Point and play on the Army hockey arena. It was a beautiful day for the visit allowing the boys to tour the campus after their game.  Coach Haberbusch, who is the assistant coach for Army, gave the boys a tour of the locker room and campus.  The boys were amazed at the facilities that the hockey players had and wanted to know when they might expect a lounge like Army’s.  Coach then explained to them what was expected from the cadets, whether they played hockey or not.  


The boys learned about the Academy’s history and were very impressed with some of the people who graduated from West Point.  After the tour it was off to dinner for the team in the town of Highlands.  The food, people and atmosphere were wonderful and the boys were well taken care of.  Next on the list was the Army versus AIC game.  The boys watched as Army easily beat AIC, showing what great hockey players they are.  The Army players were amazing to watch and the arena was packed with fans.  It was fun to watch the excitement from both the players and fans.  After the game the boys were invited to the locker room where they were able to meet the Army team and get autographs.  The players then invited the boys to eat with them there in the locker room.  The Bantam B Red wants to thank Randy Walker for all his help setting this up as this was a day they will always remember.


Good afternoon Rob,

Thank you so much for your kind hospitality on Saturday. Our Bantam B team and their families completely enjoyed the entire experience, especially the time spent with your players after the game. We appreciate all the time you spent with our players – going above and beyond expectations.  Please express our sincere gratitude to all those involved in putting our visit together including Steve Pine and the Bear Mountain organization.

 Thanks again and we look forward to continuing our Jr. Titans visits to West Point.   I look forward to speaking with you soon


 Randy Walker

NJ Jr. Titans 

Coach Haberbusch responded to the gratitude of the Coach Walker 

Walks,Thanks for the email and thanks for your support of our team.  The Bantams were enthusiastic and well behaved.  They were a pleasure to have. Please stay in touch.  The Titans are welcome any time!”

Rob Haberbusch, Assistant Hockey Coach, United States Military Academy

Army Game summary:


Coach Haberbusch has intimate knowledge of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the teams with which Army competes every year. His familiarity with some of the top junior hockey programs across the country and skill at attracting top student-athletes into the college ranks is exactly what Riley was aiming for when he hired Rob as his assistant coach. He has served as chief coordinator for recruiting at both Iona and the University of Findlay, while also coaching the defense at each respective school. Rob also has served as the head coach of the Mid-American squad at the U.S. Select Hockey Festival for six summers, leading the 2002 club to a fourth-place showing – its highest finish ever at the festival. From 1994-96, the Garden State native served as head coach at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater, N.J., where he led his charges to the New Jersey Interscholastic Hockey League state tournament in the school’s first year of varsity competition.