Brewster, NY - The New York Apple Core is happy to announce that we are celebrating 30 years of junior hockey. The Apple Core was founded in 1992 by Bob Santini who was always a presence in the hockey community. Head Apple Bob has always been involved in the hockey community and was even the founder of The New York Catholic High School League which also celebrated an anniversary this year marking its 50th. The Apple Core has been involved in many leagues from the day we debuted as an organization to the present day with the same goal in mind to push players to the next level in their hockey careers.
As we look back on thirty years we would like to share our appreciation and gratitude for all players, staff members, and league administrators that we have met and worked with over the years. We also would like to notice all of our successes starting off with our early success in winning the two National Jr. B Championships in 1996, & 2010 and The EJHL Triple Crown in 2003. To top that, the Apple Core would also recognize all our alumni as they played a huge part in making a name for the Apple Core as one of the top junior programs on the east coast and at the tier III level. It’s safe to say the Apple Core name is known throughout the hockey world since our debut at Long Beach Arena to our current home at Brewster Ice Arena.
Apple Core has serviced the local player pool for years and has been proactive in developing new ideas for player development. The Apple Core MET, which plays in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League, has molded many players for the EHL. Many of our heroes started on the MET team as young players. They benefited from the excellent instruction and practices which are provided. Many of those players have moved up through the ranks also. The two-team approach has been very successful and has put LI players on the map.
With our 30th Anniversary, we are happy to unveil our 30th Anniversary logo and our third/alternate jersey, sponsored by RCJ Welding a local business. RCJ Welding is a local vendor out of Carmel, NY. We wanted to look back on the years for our 30th Anniversary jersey so we went the throwback route and we believe we did our organization justice by doing so! The green jersey with our red pants really looks clean on the ice. We are excited to also announce we will have more jersey changes to come this upcoming season.
Brewster, NY - The New York Apple Core organization is happy to announce that EHL Forward of The Year winner Colin Callanan has committed to SUNY Plattsburgh for Fall 2022. The long awaited commitment has been keeping the organization at the edge of our seats. Callanan had 115 points through his two seasons with the Core notching 42 goals and 73 assists in 72 games played. The Stony Point, NY native was also named First Team All-Star and appeared in both the All-Star College Series and All-Star Classic as a member of the Gray All-Stars. Callanan is also our current leader in goals and assists since the Core joined the EHL.
Interim Head Coach Joe Wegwerth “On behalf of the entire Apple Core family we are extremely proud of the Forward of The Year Colin Callanan. His dedication to his teammates and his craft has set him up for long term success. We congratulate Cally and his family on his commitment to follow along this journey and move on to NCAA hockey.”
Team Manager Justin Horacio had this to say about Callanan. “Colin is a very special player watching him develop over the last two seasons into the player and person he is today has been great. Cally was always an offensive threat and a player to look out for on the ice. By using his speed and hockey senses he was always able to create plays on the rush or in the zone. Watching Cally battle through tough times this season was inspirational. With his father John in a coma for most the season due to covid complications, Colin came to the rink every day ready to get to work. We are beyond happy for Colin and his family on his commitment to Plattsburgh and happy to see his father continue to get healthy. #callananstrong”
The Stony Point, NY native had this to say on his commitment. “My two years at Apple Core was a hell of a ride and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys in both my years. I would like to give a huge thanks to my coaches and teammates for helping me succeed to this point. Playing at Apple Core was a great fit for me as I was able to live at home and be with my family throughout our tough times. I couldn’t thank the Apple Core enough for all their love and support the whole way. I’d like to shout out our team manager/ social media guy, Justin Horacio who made a huge impact on the core organization and was a guy who went above and beyond to help the boys be successful. I would also like to thank my family for all the support throughout the years. Without them behind me I wouldn’t be where I am today. The fall can’t come soon enough as I am eager to get to work at the NCAA level for the Cardinals and rally behind Cardinals country!”
Brewster, NY - The New York Apple Core will be having a main camp open to players birth years 2002 - 2005. Any player looking to play for the Apple Core is invited to attend.
Camp Time Schedule
July 28th - 3:15PM CHECK IN FOR AL PLAYERS
4:00-4:45PM GOALIE SESSION (98 RINK)
6:00-7:30PM (98 RINK)
July 29th - 11AM MEETING / PRESENTATION
12:10-1:30PM (99 RINK)
4:00-6:00PM (98 RINK)
July 30th - 9:30 -11:00AM (98)
11:15AM EXIT MEETINGS
The price of the camp is $150.00 register at the link below!
Brewster, NY - A native of Monroe, New Jersey, Joe Minerva is entering his first season behind the bench with Apple Core. His youth playing background includes time with the New Jersey Titans and Rockets, as well as the Toms River Blackhawks. He was a 4 year varsity player for Monroe's Highschool Hockey Club and eventually made the jump to juniors with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the WSHL. Minerva is also a seasoned level three referee who has seen his fair share of Jr games, including but not limited to the EHL.
“I would like to thank Mr. Santini and Mr. Caglianone for the opportunity to work with them for a team with such a rich history as Apple Core. I’m excited for the season to get started and to grow as a person and a coach along side everyone."
Brewster, NY - The New York Apple Core is happy to announce defenseman Connor Nagy has committed to Finlandia University in Michigan!
The Michigan Native will get to play hockey close to home after spending two years playing hockey in Eastern Hockey League. The '01 defensive defenseman tallied 9 points in 42 games played with the Core. Nagy also served as assistant captain for his pride and leadership attributes to wearing the Core colors.
Interim Coach Joe Wegwerth had the following to say on Nagy "Connor played with a lot of heart and a lot of passion. He truly left it all on the ice. Huge locker room guy and a coaches player. We are happy for the Michigan born player to be playing NCAA hockey in his home state in front of family.
Nagy has this to say in regards to committing to Finlandia and playing for Apple Core. "Playing for the Apple Core was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my hockey career. I feel like the resources the organization provided really helped me take my game to the next level. Having almost unlimited access to on ice training, and access to a state of the art gym will let any player who puts the work in achieve their goals. As a defenseman, having Coach Grogan breakdown film, and teach us the game from a former goalies perspective has been invaluable, and led me to see the game from a whole new perspective. What made my time with New York the most memorable was the core group of players, and how proud I am of how we came together as a group at the end of the year, despite coming up short in the end. I’ll forever cherish my time in New York, and feel it was instrumental in shaping me into the player I am today."
Brewster, NY - Forward/Defenseman Zachary Conboy has committed to Western New England University! We are very excited for Zach to reach this accomplishment and move onto NCAA hockey. The New Fairfield, CT native served as our Captain this season as for his leadership qualities both on and off the ice. In two seasons with the Core Conboy tallied 26 points in 70 games played.
"We are very excited to see Cap (Zach) commit to Western New England University. Conboy has gone the extra mile this season and was constantly putting in the work to improve his game. We are very proud and happy for Zach and his family for him to move on to play college hockey." Interim Head Coach Joe Wegwerth.
Captain Conboy had this to say about his commitment to Western New England University. "My time playing with the Apple Core has been one of my favorite parts of my life. I was extremely honored to wear the "C" this season for such a historic franchise. To my family, coaches, and teammates thank you for making everyday coming to the rink enjoyable. It is a dream come true to commit to play hockey at the college level, I am looking forward to getting started in the fall at Western New England. Lets Go Golden Bears!"
Brewster, NY - The New York Apple Core Organization is happy to announce the hiring of head coach Lenny Caglianone!
A Staten Island, New York native, Lenny played his youth hockey at Shattuck St. Marys. His Junior career would span six seasons in the NAHL, EJHL, and the EHL, where he captained the New Jersey Rockets for three seasons. Lenny would then play collegiately at Westfield State University and captain the team his last two seasons. He would graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice magna cum laude and minor in Psychology. After finishing his collegiate career, he went onto play professionally in the SPHL Southern Pro Hockey League for two seasons. Behind the bench, Caglianone has served as the assistant for the Protec Ducks in the EHL and most recently as the Head Coach and Assistant GM with the New Jersey Titans in the NA3HL and was an Assistant Coach on the NAHL NJ Titans.
"I would like to thank Mr. Santini and the Applecore organization for allowing me to be a part of such a rich tradition. Applecore has been a staple in the junior hockey world for quite some time and has an extensive and prolific list of alumni. I can't wait to add to the culture and establish an atmosphere of development and advancement. I'm excited for the upcoming year and the staff we've assembled as well. Having Joe Wegwerth back and adding Conor Tierney will provide the players with a wealth of knowledge and experience."
Brewster, NY - The New York Apple Core is happy to announce the veteran forward Nick Weber has committed to Post University for the Fall 2022 season.
We've been excited about Weber and his development all season. In 41 games this season Weber has tallied 60 points (25G 35A) good enough for 72 points in 77 games in his two years with the core. The '01 Minnesota born forward has been explosive all season and deadly around the faceoff circles with one of the more accurate slap shots in the EHL.
Interim Head Coach Joe Wegwerth and this to say on the forwards commitment. "We are excited to see Nick and his family commit to Post. Nick has taken his game to another level this season and has emerged as a legitimate threat whenever he's on the ice. As an organization we are happy to see Weber commit to a school in our area and look forward to seeing him whenever he's around.
Weber had this to say on his own commitment. “I am excited to announce my commitment to Post University. I’m grateful for Post and the opportunity they are giving me to play at the next level. I want to thank everyone in the New York Apple Core organization for helping me progress as a person and as a player. I also want to thank my teammates for making coming to the rink every day enjoyable and my last year of junior memorable. I’m excited to get started with Post University and wish the best to the Apple Core moving forward.”
It was great to see Weber develop as a person and a player this season and we wish him the best of luck at the next level. We as an organization know he will make us proud with this opportunity.
BREWSTER, NY - The New York Apple Core is proud to announce veteran forward Colby Walters of Aurora, IL has committed to SUNY Morrisville for Fall 2022.
Walters this season wore an "A" for the core for his leadership qualities on and off the ice. The three year EHL vet has currently 62 points ( 26G 36A) in 132 EHL games. The Illinois native game after game has left it all on the ice. His dedication & loyalty to the Apple Core the last two seasons shows the kind of player and person he is. Walters has been interested in playing in the SUNYAC all season. We are excited to see him commit to a school to play in a very competitive conference.
Interim Head Coach Joe Wegwerth has this to say on Walters commitment. "We are very excited for Colby to take the next steps in what has been a fantastic career so far. Colby has been a tremendous leader throughout his leader throughout his two seasons with the Apple Core. We are excited to watch Colby and his family as they continue on to college hockey."
"I am proud to announce my commitment to SUNY Morrisville. I cannot thank everyone at the New York Apple Core for these last 2 seasons for giving me a chance to play junior hockey and play college hockey. I am grateful for the coaching staff at SUNY Morrisville for giving me a chance to come in next season and play for them. Being able to wear an A on my chest this season and help lead such a great group of guys has been nothing short of amazing. Being here these last 2 seasons with a lot of the same teammates has been a great experience. It makes coming to the rink every day enjoyable and I have them to thank everyday for being such great guys and being the most supportive teammates and guys. I am super excited to get started next year and can’t wait to get on campus!" Walters on his commitment.
Brewster, NY -
The New York Apple Core is proud to announce '02 forward has committed to St. Anslem College for Fall 2022. Myers has spent two seasons with the Core tallying 36 points in 74 games.
Interim Head Coach Joe Wegwerth has this to say about the forward. “We are very proud of John and are looking forward to watching his game continue to grow. John has taken a huge step as a player and person this year and become extremely reliable for us. The entire applecore family would like to congratulate both John and his family on this tremendous achievement.”
Myers on his commitment. “I am extremely thankful to the New York Apple Core for the past two years for giving me the opportunity to play for them and to move on to the next level and play college hockey. I am so excited to be playing at St. A’s in the fall of next year. I’m grateful that the coaches gave me the chance to wear an A and be a part of the leadership group this year, and for their support helping me grow both as a player and a person. The teammates I've met are guys who I hope to know for the rest of my life. We formed a brotherhood in the locker room and I loved coming to the rink and seeing everyone everyday. I’d like to thank everyone in the Apple Core organization for all their hard work helping me out with my commitment and making junior hockey unforgettable. I’d also like to thank Coach Rocha and St. Anselm College for giving me the opportunity to play for them next year and I can’t wait to start.”
Brewster, NY - The New York Apple Core is proud to announce that goaltender Jackson Bernard has committed to #1 Adrian College for Fall 2022.
“I know this is only junior hockey but he's a pro’s pro by the way Jackson conducts himself professionally both on and off the ice.” said Coach Mike LaZazerra “He’s the first guy on the ice and the last guy off. One of the best puck-handling netminders I have ever coached at all levels I have coached. Throughout the season Jackson was like a third defenseman out there.”
Our Assistant / Goaltending Coach Matt Grogan UCONN ‘14 had this to say on “Jackson was always prepared and ready to go. His techniques are sound and as well as an elite puck handler and are never afraid to come out of the crease. Along with those traits, he shows a great work ethic and commitment to his team.”
Jackson had this to say on committing to #1 ranked Adrian College. “I’m super excited to be committing to Adrian College for the Fall 2022 Season. I’m extremely grateful for Adrian giving me the chance to be a part of a top contending team in the nation. I can’t thank everyone at the Apple Core enough for the opportunity to come back and play this year as well as wear an A as part of the leadership group. I want to thank all of our coaches for all of their hard work and helping me with my commitment. I also wanted to thank our team staff, our billet families, and rink community for making my time with Apple Core all the more enjoyable with all of their support.”
Brewster, NY - The New York Apple Core will be heading into the All-Star break as we send off (F) Colin Callanan, (F) Colby Walters, (D) James Mettler, and (G) Jackson Bernard to the EHL All-Star Classic. Colin Callanan was selected by team Gray. Both Colby Walters and James Mettler were selected by Team Red. Goaltender Jackson Bernard was selected by Team White. We were proud to see that our players made three of the four All-Star teams giving Apple Core players a 75% chance to win the entire classic going in to it. Best of luck to our players and #ROLLCORE