The Jefferson Youth Falcons celebrated their Squirt hockey league title on April 30 with a former New Jersey Devils player, mayor Eric Wilsusen, and the rest of the Falcon family.
After last year’s rough season, when they fell to Randolph in the Squirt league final, the Falcons were left with a bad taste in their mouths. This season they came out strong and got their revenge. “It felt great; it felt really good to get back on track,” said Max Grillo. The Falcons finished their season 14-1 and were ranked the third best team in Morris County.
The Jefferson Peewee hockey team also had great success this season, finishing third in the county. “It was a lot of fun,” said Dylan Coughlin. “I am looking forward to next season.”
Colin White, two-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils, made an appearance at the celebration to take photos and sign autographs for the players. The Canada native moved to New Jersey during his tenure with the Devils and is very happy about the growth of hockey throughout the state. “New Jersey is booming with young hockey players,” White said. “Both of my kids play. The more young players, the better. There is lots of talent coming from New Jersey.”
As a homegrown Jefferson Falcon through and through, Mayor Wilsusen is proud of how much the youth hockey program has improved. “I played on one of the first Jefferson hockey teams when I was growing up, on Lake Shawnee,” he stated. Wilsusen also noted the large selection of sports available to township kids. “There are lots more sports programs nowadays compared to when I grew up,” he said.
The Jefferson ice hockey program is looking to keep improving on the success they have already had, and exploring even bigger and better opportunities.