The NJ Renegades, members of the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) are proud to announce their three affiliation agreements with the NY Bobcats, the CT Oilers and the NH Avalanche, all members of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). The Renegades are already setting up promotion and advancement for their players just a few weeks into the season. They have now formed their 3rd affiliation to open up options to the coaching staff to better promote their players up the USA Hockey Jr Ladder of Development.
On the Rens affiliation with the NY Bobcats:
NY Bobcats Head Coach Ken Hoey stated "We have had a long solid relationship with the Renegades in several different leagues. It will be a pleasure to take the next step as affiliate organizations. I look forward to working with them now and in the future.”
Renegades Owner/GM & Co-Head Coach Cliff Graziano added “Ken Hoey is an incredible coach that works extremely hard at developing his players and his tireless efforts to move his players on to higher levels of play across the USA Hockey Jr hockey landscape as well as collegiate opportunities. We look forward to working with him and the Bobcats staff as they are close in proximity and we can regularly get players to and from each of our programs in a pinch for better player opportunities.”
Renegades Co-Head Coach Pete Rossi also stated “I’ve worked with Coach Hoey the past few years and he’s a pleasure to work with. He understands our philosophy of proper development in our training methods that prepare our players in order to make the jump to the next level.”
The Renegades and Bobcats strive for the same goal of skill development, proper education of training, nutrition, work ethic, and scholastic dedication that will greatly enhance both clubs players to move on to future hockey endeavors where the players values taught from both programs will take them to greater success.
On the Rens affiliation with the CT Oilers:
“Cliff [Graziano] and I have a similar mindset about the proper development of players and we will be working together to move kids to the proper levels of junior hockey as well as college, prep school, and the professional ranks,” said Oilers head coach Karl Linden.
Pete Rossi, the Co-Head Coach for the Renegades, went on to share his thoughts on the affiliation.
"The clubs are approximately two and a half hours from each other with some of both teams' players living near the midway point, which will make for an easy transition, specifically for those players
enrolled in school, whether it be high school or local colleges to go to either program in a pinch if they were to be called upon.”
On the Rens affiliation with the NH Avalanche:
“I have worked with Cliff and his Renegades program for almost a decade now. They develop young, talented players that we know will prosper here when they get called up to the Premier level with our club,” said Avalanche head coach Chris Cerrella. "This is a great opportunity for both programs, and will work as a stepping stone for the Renegades' players during the 2017-18 season. It gives us the ability to have players practice with us and potentially get called up to the Premier level for maximum college exposure. I am very excited to get this affiliation started and work with the Renegades coaching staff."
Cliff Graziano, the Owner/GM and Associate Head Coach of the Renegades echoed a similar level of excitement towards the affiliation.
“I’m very excited about partnering up through this affiliation with the Avalanche," said Graziano. "This feeder program will work both ways for the overall development and good of our players for both clubs. I’ve worked with Chris in the past and it will be a benefit to both programs moving forward.”
The Renegades over the past decade of existence have moved players on to the USHL, NAHL, prep schools, the professional ranks as well as NCAA Division I, II, and III schools, as well as some ACHA college programs. They pride themselves on training student athletes in a learning environment as well as teaching the players the values of responsibility, accountability for their actions, and discipline to the classroom as well as their athletic training.