Skipjacks Hockey Club will make its York debut Saturday
- The Skipjacks Hockey Club will take on the Jersey Shore Whalers on Saturday.
- The under-16 game starts at 5:45 p.m. and the under-18 under game will start at 8 p.m.
- Both games will be played at the Skipjacks' new home, the York City Ice Arena.
York's newest youth ice hockey club will have its home debut on Saturday at the York City Ice Arena.
The Skipjacks Hockey Club will take on the Jersey Shore Whalers. The under-16 game will be at 5:45 p.m., with the under-18 game beginning at 8 p.m. The Skipjacks, a Tier I AAA hockey team, enters its fourth season of existence, but its first in York.
The Skipjacks players come from 16 states throughout the United States. Including the District of Columbia, players from both teams come from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Tennesee, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon.
The Skipjacks program is part of the United States Premiere Hockey League (USPHL). The USPHL is considered the top Midget league on the East Coast and one of the best Midget leagues in the country. The Skipjacks will compete in the South Division of the USPHL.
In three seasons, the Skipjacks have produced eight NCAA Division I commitments, seven United States Hockey League draft picks and 18 USPHL All-Stars. Ben and David Schmideling from last season’s under-18 team will play for the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Rough Riders this year. A returning Skipjacks player for this season, Lucas Bahn, has also already committed to the University of New Hampshire, an NCAA Division I team.
The under-16 Skipjacks team from last season has also produced four Division I college commitments.: Patrick Giles (Boston College), who will play for the National Team Development Program in the USHL this season; Joey Strada (Arizona State), who will play for the USHL Waterloo Blackhawks; Mac Wiseman (University of Connecticut); and John Mulera (Providence College).
Both the under-16 and under-18 Skipjacks teams finished near the top of their divisions last season. The under-16 finished second overall, losing in the USPHL championship game to their South Division rival Selects Academy from South Kent, Connecticut. The under-18 team was plagued with injuries at the end of the regular season but still managed to make the USPHL playoffs, losing in the quarterfinals by one goal to the Selects Academy, which was ranked No. 3 in the nation at the time.
Veteran coach Jason Kersner will lead the under-18 team this season. His brother, Jared Kersner, will head up coaching duties for the under-16 team. Minnesota native, Jason Fleming is the team’s associate general manager and assistant coach. Tom Kapp is the team strength and conditioning coach.
For information about the Skipjacks, visit www.skipjackshockey.com.