Throughout the 2020-2021 season and beyond, Union Thunder is committed to maintaining the health, safety, and well-being of our players and families, first and foremost. Although this season may look different, we will continue to support the individual growth, on and off the ice, of each and every participant in our program – the same way that we have since 2011. As always, our goal is to provide an outstanding educational and athletic environment for players to learn, grow, and have fun playing the sport they love.
While it's nice to see individual teams and players competing for trophies, medals, and banners at the end of the season, it's important that we all (coaches and parents/guardians alike) take the time to recognize and acknowledge the hard work and growth that all of our players have enjoyed. Union Thunder is not about winning, and to be clear, it never will be. Union Thunder is about learning. A good life is not built on accomplishments; it's built on the connections you make and the impact you have.
Our Bantam AA team took home the silver medal at the NJYHL Playoffs. After losing the first game in the double-elimination format, they bounced back in Game 2 to beat the NJ Avalanche in a five-overtime thriller. This advanced them to the play-in game on Sunday against the Montclair Blues who had defeated them on Saturday. The team pulled off a gutsy 3-2 victory to secure a spot in the Best-of-3 Atlantic District Championship Series against the Protec Ducks.
Our Bantam A White team won their semifinal game to advance to the NJYHL State Finals, but eventually fell 4-2 in the championship game. The silver medal was hard fought and an outstanding accomplishment. Their 2nd place finish qualified them for the AAHA District Championship Tournament the weekend of March 13-15th back at The Ice Vault in Wayne, NJ.
Our Thunder Girls U12A team came in 1st place after heading down to Philadelphia as the #1 seed to complete in MAWHA League Playoffs. Like the Bantams, their road to success has been long and hard fought. Our girls hockey program began five years ago with this core group of girls leading the way at every stage. They have been the driving force behind the growth of the Union Thunder Girls program and are now seeing the same rewards for their commitment to a long-term growth model.
Our Mite White team played in the inaugural Jr. Rangers Cup Mite (8U) tournament at Protec Ponds where they won all four of their games and were crowned the West Regional Champs. This guaranteed them a birth in the semifinal round which was played at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, March 1st. Their first game ended in a tie, forcing a shootout in which they lost. They won the second game, however, and placed third in their division. From the ceremonial puck drop with Rangers legend Adam Graves to the medal ceremony at the end, it was an amazing experience and a great day for Thunder hockey!
A huge congrats to our very own Matt Anderson on winning the New York Rangers Emile Francis Award for the 2018-2019 season! This award recognizes those who exemplify selfless community outreach, integrity, and passion for the growth of youth hockey. We would like to thank the New York Rangers Alumni Association for providing a generous $5,000 grant to our club! All of the funds will be donated to the Union Thunder Family Foundation to facilitate our continued community outreach.
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