21-22 NJC 16U Minor

Manager:  Cindy Sperling

League:  MAWHA


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

Buffalo RUSH Hockey Inferno – Buffalo, NY (November 5-7, 2021)

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


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

Arnone, G 21



CEP Level 4

Coaching Experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials Girls Hockey, 11 Years
  • Atlantic District

Playing Experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials
  • Bridgewater Raritan High School
  • Sacred Heart University (NCAA, D1)

Gina Arnone has over 20 years of experience as a player and a coach at the youth and collegiate levels.  Her coaching philosophy is built on hard work, competitiveness, teamwork and passion for the game.  Gina played forward at NCAA Division 1 Independent Sacred Heart University where she tallied 127 points in 96 games and served as team captain her Junior and Senior seasons.

"I will be going into my 11th year as a New Jersey Colonials Coach.  NJC has been a part of my life for nearly 17 years, both as a player and as a coach.  My desired age group is 14u and above for the simple reason that those years can be the most impactful in a child's life.  Hockey has helped me through many challenging times in my life as an adolescent and as an adult and my goal is to show players how important youth hockey can truly be to their development as young athletes and individuals.  While I have a record of many MAWHA & Atlantic District Championships, the most memorable moments have been watching my players develop into great leaders and young women.  My coaching philosophy is simple; you get out what you put in.  Push yourself because no one else will do that for you.  The young women I coach will learn how to work hard, be great teammates and build confidence both on and off the ice." -- Coach Arnone

Linklater, A



CEP Level 4

Coaching experience:

  • 2019 Coach Intern – USA Hockey National Development Camp
  • 2015 – present New Jersey Colonials (Girls & Boys)
  • 2014 – 2016 Denville Blue Knights (Boys)
  • 2001 – 2005 GRAHA Griffins, Grand Rapids, MI.

Playing experience:

  • Played ice hockey for 30+ years at various levels.
  • Won back to back United Women’s Hockey League White Division Championships; 2016 & 2017.

Amanda has coached both boys and girls at all levels as a head coach and assistant.  Some head coaching highlights include winning 2018 Rhode Island Sting Columbus Day Tournament, 2018 Adirondack Northstars Winter Classic, and 2017 MAWHA League and Playoff championship.  While in Grand Rapids,  her teams won various tournaments and she coached three individuals who went on to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey.

"Coaching Philosophy – I believe that hockey is the avenue by which coaches can teach life lessons that transcend beyond the sport of hockey.  No matter what level a player attains, the life lessons we are responsible for teaching will reach far beyond their hockey careers.  I feel it is my job as a coach to bring out not only the best hockey player, but also the best person a player can be."

Knutson, T 21



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.


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