Apple Core owners, Bob Santini
and Steve Santini
announced the move of Apple Core's Eastern Junior Hockey League team from Long Beach, NY, to Brewster, NY, at a meeting of all Apple Core players. The decision to move the EJ team was made for several reasons. The Brewster Ice Arena is the Santini family business and the availability for billeting, gym, and ice slots is easier when you own the rink. The EJ team, which has been at Long Beach since it's inception in 1999 has had a great run on Long Island and hopefully this will continue up in Brewster. The Brewster Ice Arena is a double sheet facility along with a studio rink for practice. The team will have access to the Iron Man Gym in the facility along with a great Pro Shop, Sports Restaurant, ability to use the Studio rink for practice whenever it is available and cheaper ice and billeting expenses. "It just makes sense program-wise and financially" stated Steve Santini.
The team will remain Apple Core and will still be part of the three Junior team Apple Core organization. Director of Operations / GM Henry Lazar will continue to run all three programs. The Empire team and the Eastern States Hockey League team will remain in Long Beach.
The EJ team will run tryouts in Long Beach and Brewster as well as possible other locations.
The Coaching Staffs will remain basically the same. EJ Head Coach Frank Bretti will return as Head Coach with Steve Santini, a former Division I player at Maine, heading his assistants. For the Empire team, Jon Sandos will take over the team from Coach Lazar, who is retiring from the bench after 25 successful years at the helm. Brian Johnston will work as the Associate Coach. In the ESHL, Tom Carroll and Ron Scall will return for their sixth year.
"The only change at all will be the location of the EJ team. No other part of the current operation will change" added Team President Bob Santini.
Brewster is approximately 65 miles from Long Beach. Players from Long Island will either billet with a family in Brewster or car-pool for the drive and live at home.
The Apple Core tradition runs deep and the organization, which has sent (7) players to the NHL and over (200) players onto College Hockey, and Apple Core will continue to provide development and excellence in the New York area.
If you have any questions related to the 2012-13 season or the move of Apple Core's EJ team, please call GM Henry Lazar at 718-332-4555.