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December 2011



LONG BEACH, NY- In a meeting with the players team Owners Bob Santini & Steve Santini announced that the EJ team will be moving up to the Brewster Ice Arena for the 2012 season and beyond. The move was initiated for several reasons. The Brewster Ice Arena is the Santini family business and the availability for billeting, gym, ice slots, are 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 LI 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 to 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 an ex-Div. 1 player at Maine heading his assistants. In the Empire Jon Sandos will take over the team from Coach Lazar who is retiring from the bench after 25 years. Brian Johnston will work as the Associate Coach. In the ESHL, Tom Carroll & Ron Scall will return for their 6th 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 approx. 65 miles from Long Beach. Players from LI 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 will continue to provide development and excellence in the NY area.

If there are any questions related to the 2012-13 season or the EJ move, please call GM Henry Lazar at 718 332 4555.


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