21-22 NJC 19U Major

Manager:  Mark Herceg

League:  MAWHA

Tournaments/Showcases:

Beantown Classic – Marlborough, MA (July 16-18, 2021)

Wizard Summer Showcase – Bedford, MA (July 30-August 1, 2021)

NAHA Labor Day Tournament – Burlington, VT (September 3-5, 2021)

New England RUSH Tournament – MA (September 24-26, 2021)

Two Nations College Prep Series – Detroit, MI (October 28-31, 2021)

East Coast Wizard Holiday Invitational – Bedford, MA (December 27-30, 2021)

MEET THE COACHES

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

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EMILY JANIGA

HEAD COACH

CEP Level 4

Coaching Experience:

  • 14U White New Jersey Colonials (Head Coach, 20-21)
  • 19U Niagara Junior Purple Eagles (Head Coach, 19-20)
  • 19U Niagara Junior Purple Eagles (Assistant Coach, 18-19)

Playing Experience:

  • Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL)
  • PWPHA Showcases
  • Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)
  • Vanke Rays (CWHL)
  • Mercyhurst University (Class of 2016)

 

Emily Janiga joined us this past season as a coach at various levels, and has been highly impactful to our coaching staff and program since her addition to the organization.

Janiga brings an extensive hockey background to the Colonials organization as both a player and coach. A current member of the NWHL Riveters, Emily previously competed in the PWHPA, CWHL, and at the NCAA DI level for Mercyhurst, where she captained the varsity women's team with a highly decorated career and was named to the All-CHA First team, the College Hockey America Conference (CHA) Player of the Year, the conference scoring leader, and was a member of the All-CHA First Team.

Janiga has 5 years of coaching experience in youth hockey since graduating in 2016. Her repertoire includes the 19U, 16U and 14U levels, the Buffalo Sabres Learn to Play {LTP), the Skating Instructor Academy of Hockey in Buffalo, and most recently, Skate with the HEAT.

Coach Janiga not only brings a true passion for growing the game of hockey to the forefront of her efforts, but her experiences with growing the game are unparalleled.

During her time in the CWHL with the Vanke Rays, she also worked as a Beijing 2022 Women's Sport Ambassador to assist in the global grassroots growth and promotion of female hockey in preparation for the upcoming Winter Olympics.

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BROOKE AVERY

ASSISTANT COACH

CEP Level 1

Coaching Experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials, Riveters Volunteer at Skills & Clinics
  • Oyster River High School, Assistant Coach - Varsity Hockey
  • Oyster River High School, Head Coach - JV Lacrosse
  • University New Hampshire, Summer Camp Coach

Playing Experience:

  • Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL)
  • Syracuse University
  • University of New Hampshire
  • St. Paul's School

Coach Brooke Avery graduated from Syracuse University after transferring from the University of New Hampshire. Brooke has experience coaching both ice hockey and lacrosse.  She enters her third season playing professionally with the Metropolitan Riveters.

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KRISTEN BARBARA

ASSISTANT COACH

CEP Level 1

Coaching Experience:

  • Etobicoke Dolphin’s (OWHA)
    • Bantam (15U AA)
    • Midget (18U AA)
  • Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres (PWHL)

Playing Experience:

  • Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL)
  • Toronto Six (NWHL)
  • Markham Thunder (CWHL)
  • York University (CIS)

Barbara played university hockey for York.  Playing defense, she posted 71 points in 150 career games, earning CIS All-Rookie Team and CIS All-Canadian honors in 2015.  She served as team captain in her 5th and final season at school.

Barbara was drafted 28th overall by the Brampton Thunder in the 2016 CWHL Draft and played three seasons for the Thunder.   The team, who became the Markham Thunder,  captured the Clarkson Cup in 2018.  Barbara played with PWHPA in 2019–20.  She played with the NWHL Toronto Six on 2020-21.

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.