News & Announcements


Congratulations to the Mite Minor 08 team for their Columbus Day Tournament Championship weekend at Sono Ice Rink in Norwalk, CT.


October 6, 2015 – The Royals U16 National team has enjoyed success of late, including a trip to the finals at the Jr Bruins Shootout where they fell to the #11 ranked Yale Bulldogs. The team has received increasingly positive results as of late, going 9‐2‐1 since the start of league play including wins over district opponents LI Gulls, Suffolk PAL & Aviator. With contributions from everyone on the roster things are certainly moving in the right direction quickly for the team. “We are certainly pleased with the early success we have had, however there is a lot of hockey left and we still have plenty to prove” Head Coach Jack Greig remarked when asked about the early run the team is on. The U16 National team has three games this week; Tuesday Oct. 6th @ Suffolk PAL (7:40pm ‐Rinx), Saturday Oct. 10th v Aviator (6:00pm – Superior) & Sunday Oct. 11th v NJ Devils (4:15pm –Superior). On Saturday Oct 10th & sun Oct 11th the Royals are pleased to welcome the Make‐a‐Wish Foundation to the games as representatives will be on hand to spread the word of their story and the impact we can all have on the life of the Foundation’s children.



Former Long Island Royal, Tage Thompson '97 was named to the 2015 CCM/USAH All-American Prospects Game Roster. The game which is held In Buffalo NY is a collection of USA Hockey's finest young Prospects.

Tage's, dad is Brent Thompson former Midget National Royals Coach and now Head Coach Of the New York Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Tage just recently committed to the University of Connecticut. 

Click Here for Full Article and Roster



The Long Island Royals Organization is pleased to announce that Jonathan De Castro, and the De Castro Goaltending Academy will be the official Goaltender Coach for the 2015-2016 season.

 Jonathan de Castro is the founder of De Castro Goaltending Academy, a goaltending school based in New York City dedicated to providing goaltenders of all ages within the Tri-State area a quality development platform. Jonathan has coached goaltenders from various programs in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, and the D.C. metro area. Every summer, Jonathan coaches alongside goaltending coach Mitch Korn (Washington Capitals - NHL) for his summer camps at various locations in the Northeast.

 We are very excited to have Johnathan join our staff and organization. We feel he will be a great asset to our young developing goaltenders.  He can be reached at personally below if there are any questions.


phone: 917.587.5070



KINGS PARK, New York – The Long Island Royals are proud to announce that former defenseman Steven Ruggiero was chosen 178th overall in the sixth round by the Anaheim Ducks at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft this weekend in Sunrise, FL.

Steven played with the LI ROYALS from Mites through Peewee Major.

Ruggiero was a member of USNTDP U-18 team last season.

The Kings Park, N.Y. native finished the 2014-15 season with one goal and 14 assists in 66 games played for the USNTDP U-18 team.

Additionally last season, he was member of the second-place U.S. National Under-18 Team at the U18 Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic. Ruggiero also participated in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, New York.

Ruggiero plans to attend Providence College this upcoming season, which won the 2015 NCAA championship last year.

“Ruggiero is a big, strong and athletic defensive defenseman. We don’t have many guys like him in our system. Even though we were looking away from defensemen after taking Larsson yesterday, we couldn’t pass Ruggiero up. No forward in our mind compared to him at that point in the draft, so he brings something different to our prospect pool,” said Ducks Director of Professional/Amateur Scouting, Martin Madden.

The 6-foot-3 blueliner was also member of the Youngstown Phantoms (‘13-‘14) of the United States Hockey League this past season where he posted six points in 41 games played.  In 2013, the Phantoms selected Ruggiero 9th overall in the USHL Phase 1 Draft. Ruggiero (’97) played in 35 games for the Metro Fighting Moose (MET League) tallying 2 goals and 8 assists during the 2012-13 campaign.  He was an impressive +2 with 59 hits and 21 blocked shots.

The Long Island Royals would like to congratulate Steven on hearing his name called at the 2015 NHL Draft!

The Long Island Royals would like to congratulate the following players on being drafted in the North American Hockey League(NAHL). USA Hockeys only Tier II junior league in the country.

Matt Araujo '97- Texas Brahmas

Dustin Rinaldo '97 - Minnesota Magicians

Scott Donahue '96 - New Jersey Titans


The Long Island Royals would like to congratulate James Gobetz ’96 on being selected in the 2015-2016 USHL Draft.  James was selected 6th in Round 6 by Tri-City Storm. The Saint James, NY native currently skates with Salisbury Prep in Connecticut where he has skated the past two seasons of his hockey career. Prior to heading to Salisbury James was on the 2012 Midget U16 Tier 1 AAA National Championship team coached by Pat Lafontaine. Once again the Royals want to wish James all the best in his future hockey endeavors.


The LI ROYALS would like to thank all the players that attended tryouts for our Tier I/AAA teams for the 2015-2016 season. Please click on the links below to see the list of players selected for the team at each level.

Players who were not selected for our Travel teams are welcome and encouraged to attend our Tier III team tryouts.




Former LI ROYALS player Sonny Milano, has been assigned to the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.

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The schedule for the 2015-16 LI Royals AAA Tryouts and Tune Up Clinics have been posted. For more information please click the TRYOUT page. 


*Updated tune up clinic dates and times as of 3/9*


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