21-22 NJC 14U Major Blue

Managers:  Lynn Stebbings, Michael Campisi

League:  MAWHA

Tournaments/Showcases:

Rhode Island Sting Columbus Day Tournament – RI (October 8-11, 2021)

Philly RUSH Thanksgiving – West Chester, PA (November 26-28, 2021)

Steel City Girls Invitational – Pittsburgh, PA (February 18-21, 2022)

MEET THE COACHES

Experienced staff with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for athlete growth and development.

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KATE WHITMAN ANNIS

HEAD COACH

CEP Level 4

Coaching Experience:

  • Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL)
  • USA Hockey Coach Developer
  • The Pingry School Varsity Girls
  • Jersey Colts

Playing Experience:

  • Wesleyan University
  • Deerfield Academy
  • Essex Hunt Club

New Jersey native Kate Whitman Annis has over 15 years of coaching experience at every level of the game from mites to professional. She is a CEP Level 4 and a USA Hockey Coach Developer.

Whitman Annis has served as the head coach for the varsity girls at The Pingry School since 2015. She has also held the roles of assistant coach and general manager for the NWHL’s Metropolitan Riveters and is now the Director of Hockey Operations for W Hockey Partners.

Whitman Annis grew up playing defense at The Essex Hunt Club, Deerfield Academy, and Wesleyan University (where she also played varsity lacrosse).

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DENNIS CROTHERS

ASSISTANT COACH

CEP Level 4

Coaching experience:

  • Extreme Ice Center-Hockey Development Coordinator
  • NJ Freeze-Head Coach
  • Morris Knolls High School- JV HC/Varsity AC (State Champions 2014-15)
  • NJ Colonials-Head Coach
  • NJ Rockets-Head Coach
  • USA Hockey Player Development

Playing experience:

  • Montclair Blues
  • NJ Freeze
  • Morris Knolls High School (State Champions 2004-005)
  • UNC Charlotte (All-BRHC Defense)

Coach Crothers has a long history with the game of hockey playing for over 30 years and coaching since 2005. Over the years he has seen success at different levels including helping with the advancement of the ADM Program with USA Hockey, as well as sitting on multiple governing boards as ADM Director Carolina Amateur Hockey Association, and the MAWHA Board of Directors.

Coach Crothers strives every year to have competitive teams and focuses strongly on Player Development. He expects his players to have a team first attitude and hold themselves and each other accountable and work hard to make everyone better.

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THERESA KNUTSON

ASSISTANT COACH

CEP Level 1

Coaching experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials

Playing experience:

  • Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL)
  • Eisbaren Berlin, Mannheim (Frauen-Bundesliga)
  • UConn (NCAA D1)
  • Team Wisconsin
  • Onalaska HS

A Wisconsin native, Knutson was the recipient of the Wisconsin Miss Hockey Award in 2014, led the state in scoring in each of her four years at Onalaska High School, and three times was named Wisconsin High School Offensive Player of the Year. Knutson became the second-highest scoring player in national high school history with 286 goals and 394 points and was All-State three-times.

She attended University of Connecticut where she posted 51 goals-28 assists-79 points in 135 games. Knutson finished her collegiate career as the third in goals and sixth in points in school history. In her sophomore season at UConn, Knutson led the team with 19 goals and 28 points in 37 games.

Knutson continued her career professionally with EKU Mannheim and Kurpfalz of the Frauen-Bundesliga in Germany and scored a combined 73 goals.  She will play for the Metropolitan Riveters in the 2021-22 season.

OUR MISSION

The New Jersey Colonials Youth Hockey Association's mission is to provide a quality environment for learning, playing and enjoying the game of ice hockey.