The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced that is has approved the transfer of membership, purchase and relocation of New England Stars membership by the New Jersey Titans, who will field an NA3HL team for the 2020-21 season in addition to their teams in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL).
The team will be relocated to Middletown, New Jersey for the 2020-21 season and will henceforth be known as the New Jersey Titans. The team will play out of the Middletown Sports Complex, which is home to the Titans teams in the NAHL and NAPHL in addition to several NAHL events.
“The New Jersey Titans extending their involvement into the NA3HL gives the league another strong and reliable program with the backing and support of solid and proven NAHL and NAPHL teams. The Titans already have a strong foundation for success because of the strong focus on the ladder of development that NA3HL teams will share with both the NAHL and NAPHL programs they have. They are another solid addition to our Eastern footprint, and we look forward to them taking the ice in the 2020-21 season,” said NA3HL Commissioner Blake MacNicol.
The NA3HL’s New Jersey Titans will be led by Owner George Haviland, who is also a member of the Titans ownership group in NAHL in addition to being the Hockey and Coaching Director for the Titans youth programs. The NAHL’s Titans were in 1st place in the East Division when the 2019-20 season was canceled. Led by head coach Craig Doremus, the Titans had 16 players from the 2019-20 roster committed to NCAA programs.
“We are excited about the New Jersey Titans extending our relationship with the North American Hockey League by adding a NA3HL junior team to our family of NAHL and NAPHL teams. We believe hockey creates opportunities for players to succeed not only in the sport, but in college and in life after. The Titans have a deep, rich history of moving players to the next level. This NA3HL opportunity will offer our Titan club a larger pool of players to put kids in college or the next level of hockey,” said Titans Owner and Governor George Haviland, who also heads up the Titans youth teams in the NAPHL.
“We believe our NA3HL team will be successful here in Middletown because the ownership group is committed and have a proven track record as an operator of a Junior hockey franchises. The NA3HL players will have opportunities just like our NAHL players are afforded on a daily basis inside our state-of-the-art facility. Players will be provided with a private locker room and a private team video room. The players will be able to utilize our sports performance lab complete with physical therapy and a rehab room. There is also a recovery room, strength and conditioning areas and a full-time equipment manager. The Titans have placed well over 1,000 players at the College level. We will provide the same opportunity for the NA3HL players inside our successful organization. The players will follow the path of development and advancement the same way we provide for all of our players in our Titan family,” continued Haviland.