8U Girls Coordinator:  Dennis Crothers



MAWHA Kick-Off Showcase – Aston, PA (September 11, 2021)

AAHA 6U-8U Jamboree – Wayne, NJ  (September 25-26, 2021)

MAWHA Columbus Day Showcase – Morristown, NJ (October 10, 2021)

Halloween Howl  – Hershey, PA  (October 29-31, 2021)



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

Scali, M 21



CEP Level 3

Coaching Experience:

New Jersey Colonials

Playing Experience:

Elon College Roller Hockey

Michael Scali has been involved in hockey for over 26 years. His coaching philosophy centers on having fun, trying your best and being a good listener. His primary goal for 8U Girls is to help them fall in love with the game and encourage them to want to come back year after year.

Janiga, E 21



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.


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.