George’s Corner

Here is a little update for our Titan families:

Titan summer practices begin:

Well hockey season as begun in Titan land. If you are a Jr. Titan youth player our program has begun. We are 2 weeks into the summer on-ice practices and the staff and I have been very impressed with the turn out and the hard work being done by all players. Here is the message I sent to all coaches

“Coaches, the New Jersey Jr. Titans will start their youth practices this week. All staff is expected to attend as many of the on ice practice sessions they can. Packages were handed out at the last meeting including summer practice schedule, camp schedule, rosters.  We also discussed the fall practice/game schedule; remember all managers have to be approved by me.

To prepare for the season each youth Titan player has the benefit of ice time for them starting with 7hrs of skill sessions, plus their days of camp in July and august (6-8hrs)  then the twice a week  practices starting week of August 11. (Their camps are 3 days this year because we will also have a Titan only Robby Glanz camp in October which is included in the tuition.) Our players will have a total 22-25 hrs of ice while most clubs have few or no summer hrs.   We have plenty of ice time to improve them.  All coaches need to push all players to work their hardest. All coaches need to get involved with each and every player when they’re making mistakes. There should be a lot of coaching going on as the player/ coach ratios should be great. That enables all coaches to be involved.  Our Titan players should be conditioned and skilled enough for every team to start to implement the system by end of summer.  We will be ready to discuss the offensive and defensive systems at our next meeting; it is going to be focused on coaching.

All coaches should be encouraging their players to get involved with Maximum Performance dry land training  program run by John Sabo. It is a great program and John does great job with the players!!!  They have all received John’s program letter.

Summer sessions  on ice agenda  –we will only work on skills, skills, skills, 3 groups  3 zone breakdown.

One end blue line in– 2 nets   shots— slap, snap, backhands, one timers,   be creative add passing, goalies move 2-0,  tip ins, deflections,  one timers,   backhands

middle zone puck control zone– small area protection ,move skating with puck –passing all types

other end zone blue line in— skating—power skating— quick starts,  inside/outside edge control,  turns, stops  strides forward backwards etc.

Coaches    every group will get 15/17 minutes  then rotate groups
coaches each week you should rotate ends as well   weekly you have 10/12 minute warm up /power skating skating/ strength development.”

George Haviland
Director of Hockey Operations
New Jersey Jr. Titans


To all our Titan Families,

This is a very busy time of year.  Many teams have tournaments or playoffs this month with tryouts following right behind in April. There is a lot happening, so here is a quick update:

Tryouts start in early April for Juniors and Midgets; mid-April for youth teams (Squirt, Bantam, Peewee) and toward the end of the month, along with the Mites we tryout our first ever girls only teams.  Follow the link to see the schedule.  By the way, you can save money by paying your tryout fees during March.
I wanted to give all of our families a sneak preview of our 2008-2009 Jr. Titans 10th Anniversary Program Brochure.  We are excited about the growth and accomplishments of the club, and this book is a way to introduce new people to the Jr. Titans, and to share with all of our members the proud history of their club.  Follow the link at the bottom for tryout dates.
We have made improvements to the program for next year.  Highlights include:
·        22 home game slots (up from 18)
·        T2: 1 solo team practice, 1 combo practice per week    
·        2 dryland sessions per week included
·        More teams at both T1, T2
·        Same coloring for helmets, shells, socks, etc
While the travel season is coming to a close, there is plenty of hockey at the rink.  Our first spring Middle School and High School in-house league is starting up.   We also have a 3 on 3 cross ice mini-tournament on 3/22, which is a full day of hockey for $30.       The next Eastern Showcase clinics start on 3/17, giving you a tune-up for tryouts (details below). Eastern Showcase teams for Spring and Summer tournaments will be selected in April.  This year we are sending teams to the Philadelphia Shootout, the Ronald McDonald in Toronto Canada, the Mini Chowder Cup in Foxboro, Mass, the Pre-Draft in Foxboro MA, the Eastern Showcase in Wall, NJ the Jr. and Senior Chowder Cups in Foxboro, MA and the Monarchs Summer Showdown in Hookset, NH.
Dustin Depalma, our Junior B coach is also coaching Team New Jersey for the Chicago Showcase tournament in April.   Interested HS Junior/Senior varsity players are invited Tuesday, March 18th @8PM.
Our Titan House League has been a great success.  Many of these players continue to improve as their season progresses and a good number of these players will be trying out for our travel teams.  The PeeWee 95 and the Junior B teams both have a real shot to make some noise on the national stage.  It’s a long road, but both teams are well prepared for the challenges to come.  Good Luck to them and to all of our teams headed to tournaments this month.

Eastern Showcase Skills Clinics 


MONDAY, MARCH 17, 24, 31        SQUIRT-5:30-6:30 PM                BANTAM-8:00-9:00 PM        PEEWEE-6:45-7:45 PM                MIDGET-9:15-10:15 PM       


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 26, APRIL 2    GOALIES-6:00-7:00 PM   JUNIORS- 7:30-8:30 PM    MIDGET-8:45-9:45 PM 


THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 27, APRIL 3        MITE-     4:15-5:15 PM               BANTAM-7:45-8:45 PM        SQUIRT- 5:30-6:30 PM               JUNIORS-7:15-8:15 PM               PEEWEE- 6:45-7:45 PM               GOALIES-6:00-7:00 PM             


SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 29, APRIL 5MITE-            7:15-8:15 AM               MIDGET-12:15-1:15 PM        SQUIRT- 8:30-9:30 AM               JUNIORS-1:30-2:30 PMPEEWEE- 9:4-10:45 AM              GIRLS-2:45-3:45 PM       BANTAM-11:00AM-12:00 PM 


**Registration forms available at Admissions desk 

The Junior Titans Organization is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Kanaly, an elite goaltending instructor to our staff.  Chris will also be an addition to the Eastern Showcase staff as well.  We are excited to announce that Chris will be doing a one day clinic run by the Eastern Showcase on February 18th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.  Space is limited to 20 goalies.  You can contact Chris at  You can also learn more about Chris by checking out his web site at  I will be providing Chris will all of the contact information for each of our Jr. Titan goaltenders so he will have that information stored in his data base.  Chris is also available for private lessons.


Detailed information will follow regarding goalie clinics on the ice for the remainder of this season.  During the month of February, any extra ice that I have available will be committed to goalie training with Chris Kanaly.  These training sessions will be free of charge to all Jr. Titan goaltenders, with all fees covered by the Jr. Titans Organization.  Chris Kanaly will also be at the Jr. Titan tryouts in April to assist in evaluating the goaltenders.

 The future plan for Chris Kanaly and the Junior Titans Organization is an exciting one.  Chris will run goalie specific camps exclusively for Jr. Titan goalies during the summer of 2008.  During the 2008/2009 season, he will be running goalie clinics during the season exclusively for Jr. Titan goalies at Wall Sports Arena.  Chris will also be available for any additional private lessons during practice nights if you are interested in extra training.    

 As always, the Jr. Titans are committed to providing the coaching that is necessary to continue the development of our players and program.


George Haviland

Director of Hockey Operations

Junior Titans Organization

Coach Haviland is excited to announce that the entire Titan club has been invited to march in the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday March 2nd.  This is the largest of its kind in NJ and attracts 5,500 marchers, over 40 marching bands and a crowd of over 200,000.  A Zamboni will lead the club down Main Street.  All players should come, wear their Titan Jerseys and be part of the fun.  Details to follow.

The Titans Study Room which is located in Arena 2 (Blue Rink) is open to all Titan players and family members for students to do their studying or homework.  All you need to do is have someone at the admissions desk unlock it for you. We ask that you clean up after yourself and shut the lights and door when you leave. This is a great place for those who need to keep up their studies .

The Jr. Titans would like to thank Don Nelson for donating and installing the carpet in the Titans study room. Also donated by Don were a TV and Chair.


Chicago is the site for youth hockey this weekend.  The 95 AAA were accepted in the Nike/Bauer invitational tournament where there are 280 world teams gathered for the event.

Coach Haviland writes: “We start at 7 am playing the Power House club; DETROIT HONEY BAKED.  These kids are sponsored by Honey Baked Ham. Our second game we will play Detroit BELLE TIRE another fully sponsored team. The third game is against Toronto Nationals, then either the winner bracket or loser brackets. This competitions is incredible, great experience for our boys and great exposure for the whole club. The two Detroit teams play in the best youth hockey league in the country; the Midwest Elite Hockey League.   Honey Baked is rated #1 on National Ranking .com”   Follow the progress at  Good luck boys!

An overview of the most competitive youth league in the country from their website: 

In 1999, a core group of amateur hockey organizations broke away from the now defunct Michigan National Hockey League (MNHL) to form the Midwest Elite Hockey League. Under the guidance of then president and current Belle Tire Hockey Director John Kay, these members, in addition to those that were added in time, now make up the premier AAA Tier I developmental association in the United States.

Teams in the boys’ circuit range from Mite to Midget Major; the latter consisting of Belle Tire, Capital Centre Pride, Chicago Young Americans, Cleveland Barons, Compuware, Honeybaked, Kewadin Soo, Little Caesars, Marquette Electricians, Pittsburgh Hornets, Team Illinois and Victory Honda.

The competition among these squads is fierce, and the rivalries between the two Illinois based teams and five Detroit area teams, respectively, generate exciting hockey action.

Throughout the years, several players began their ascent to the National Hockey League by honing their skills with MWEHL organizations. Some familiar names include: Dallas Stars center and Michigan native Mike Modano; Al Iafrate; Pat Peake; Jimmy Carson; and Derian Hatcher, a former Detroit Red Wing and Motor City Mechanic (United Hockey League) defenseman who signed a contract in the summer of 2005 to play with the Philadelphia Flyers.

However, the goal of making it to the NHL is often unrealistic for most players, and that is why the MWEHL – our Midget Major teams send an average of 100 players to the college and junior ranks every year – stresses the importance of earning a solid education. For example, teams in the MM Division award scholarships to rostered players every year.