The PAL Junior Islanders and Adirondack Jr Wings are pleased to announce a partnership between the two organizations that will begin for the 2015-2016 season!
"The Adirondack Jr Wings are proud to be a strategic partner with the PAL Junior Islanders," Wings Co-Owner and General Manager Ron Kuhl said. "Players from the Northeast now have the opportunity to develop skills from our U16 Futures to 16U and Empire Junior team, and then move on to the Elite and Premier Islander teams."
Adirondack trains and plays out of the Troy, NY campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Since forming in 2012, Adirondack has moved ten players to Junior A hockey in the last two seasons, and look to keep the focus on player development and advancement. PAL, with over 40 years of rich history and dozens of former plays in pro hockey, have emerged as one of the top junior hockey programs on the East Coast.
PAL Junior Islanders General Manager Ron Kinnear acknowledged how well Kuhl and the Adirondack staff have worked with players. "They've done a great job developing talent over the last few years. For a lot of players at the Elite and Premier level, spending that time developing in the Empire league is huge, and Adirondack is one of the best around at pushing players to the next level."
This past season, the PAL Junior Islanders' Premier team featured two former Adirondack Jr Wings: Sam Vincent and Cameron Kuhl. Vincent, a 94 birth-year, recently committed to Endicott College after a season as a top-pairing defenseman. The younger Cameron Kuhl, born in 97, has already proven himself as a defenseman that can excel at the Premier level despite being one of the youngest players in the league.
"The goal here is to develop and bring players through the system," Kinnear said. "We added an Elite team this year but lost our Empire team, and feel that the Empire level is an important vehicle for player development."
"For our players to have the chance to play in two programs that focus on player development and player promotion is incredible," Kuhl added.
With PAL and Adirondack joining forces, the path to NCAA hockey and beyond in the New York area has become even clearer.
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