22-23 NJC 18U AAA 2005

Manager:  Ralph Mendoza

League:  AYHL, EPCS

Tournaments/Showcases:

Eastern Alliance Kickoff – Marlborough, MA (September 2-5, 2022)

Elite Prospects Cup Series – Philadelphia, PA (September 30-October 2, 2022)

Elite Prospects Cup Series – Pittsburgh, PA (October 21-23, 2022)

Elite Prospects Cup Series – Boston, MA (December 2-4, 2022)

Elite Prospects Cup Series – Tampa, FL (January 26-29, 2023)

MEET THE COACHES

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

Velischek, A (2)

ALEX VELISCHEK

ASSISTANT COACH

CEP Level 4

Coaching Experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials
  • Prep Power Hockey

Playing Experience:

  • Wilkes-Barre Penguins (AHL)
  • Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
  • Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
  • Missouri Mavericks (ECHL)
  • Arizona Sundogs (CHL)
  • Providence College (NCAA, DI)
  • Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
  • Delbarton School

Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Coach Velischek is a graduate of the Delbarton School where his team won 3 NJSIAA State Championships and 3 Gordon Cup Championships.  He finished his Delbarton career with 121 Points in 94 Games and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 123rd Overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  Velischek went on to play 4 years of NCAA Division I Hockey for Providence College in the Hockey East Conference leading the Friars to the Hockey East Semifinals his senior season.  He then spent the next 3 seasons playing professionally for several minor league teams including Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL), Missouri Mavericks (ECHL) and the Arizona Sun Dogs (CHL).

Coach Velischek has been coaching in North Jersey for 10 years and has had the pleasure of working with over 50 NCAA and professional hockey players.

Tallinder, H 21

HENRIK TALLINDER

ASSISTANT COACH

CEP Level 4

Coaching Experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials

Playing Experience:

  • Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils (NHL)
  • TPS (Finland Liiga)
  • ZSC Lions, SC Bern (Switzerland NLA)
  • AIK, Linkoping (Sweden SHL)
  • Hartford Wolfpack (AHL)
  • Sweden U18, U19, U20 and Men’s National Teams

Coach Tallinder returns to the Colonials for a third season.  He was recognized throughout his professional hockey career as a reliable, stay-at-home defenseman. He was drafted in 1997 by the Buffalo Sabres and played most of his NHL career with Buffalo. In 2010, he signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils. He played for Buffalo in 2013 and returned to Europe to finish his professional career. He compiled 142 points in 678 career NHL games and 86 points in 215 games with TPS (Finland).

Henrik Tallinder also represented Sweden at numerous international events, most notably: 1998 and 1999 World Juniors, 2010 and 2014 (silver medal) Olympic Games, and the 2013 World Championships (gold medal).

Fersini, C

CHRIS FERSINI

ASSISTANT COACH

CEP Level 1

Coaching Experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials

Playing Experience:

  • Johnson & Wales University (NCAA D3)
  • Jersey Hitmen (Jr. A - EJHL)
  • New Jersey Colonials
  • Seton Hall Prep

Chris Fersini joins the Colonials 18U AAA staff this season.

Coach Fersini grew up playing hockey in the New Jersey area. He served as a captain for both the Jersey Hitmen & Seton Hall Prep. Fersini finished up his playing days at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.

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.