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Haverhill, MA -  The Long Island Royals would like to congratulate the 2006 Squirt Minor team for taking home the 1st place  crown in Haverhill, Mass this past Thanksgiving weekend. They faced off against some strong teams going 3-1 in the Round Robin. They had a competitive semi-final game vs a Canadian team, Ottawa Valley.   After winning that contest they faced-off against the Seacoast Spartans, which had previously beat them 5-4 in the Round Robin. The team came out solid and put the game away early as they looked for revenge. The Royals won the Final game   6-2 to take home the hardware.  Congratulations to the Squirt Minor '06 team.




Two former Long Island Royals named to World Junior Roster for Team USA, Sonny Milano and Brandon Fortunato.

The boys will report to Boston University for training camp December 14-18, followed by an additional training camp in Vierumaki, Finland from December 19-24. According to USA Hockey’s press release, the final 23-man roster is expected to be named on December 24 and the team will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, December 26-January 5 in Helsinki, Finland.

Milano, spent five seasons with the Long Island Royals, amassing 91 points (48G 33A) in 47 regular games. Milano would shine at 14U, scoring 64 points (39G 25A) in 28 regular season games, which led the Massapequa, New York native to relocate to the Cleveland Barons organization, which plays in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League.

Milano continued to have offensive success in the T1EHL, registering 87 points (44G 43A) in 40 games, which led Milano to a spot with the US NTDP alongside Hitchcock.

Milano continued to display his offensive prowess with the US NTDP, becoming one of the more prolific scorers in program history, scoring 134 points (49G 85A) in 114 games, finishing fifth in career assists. The Columbus Blue Jackets took a liking to the high-scoring forward and made him the 16th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, which at the time, was the highest selection of an AYHL alumnus in the modern era.

Milano, who played on the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team, reported to the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, where he amassed 68 points (22G 46A) in 50 games before reporting to the Springfield Falcons (AHL) to close out his 2014-15 campaign.

This season, Milano has dressed in 22 games for the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL), with four goals and seven assists.

Fortunato began his AYHL career with the Gulls, spending six seasons with the program before closing out his AYHL career with a Midget 16U National season with the Royals organization. All told, Fortunato played in 142 AYHL regular season games, collecting 37 goals and 96 assists.

A late addition to the US NTDP, Fortunato spent two seasons in Ann Arbor, also winning gold in 2014 before joining Boston University.

With Boston, Fortunato skated in 41 games as a freshman, tallying 18 points (1G 17A) for the national runner-up. This season, the Albertson, New York native has increased his offensive production, scoring four goals with 10 assists in just 15 games.





Falmouth, MA—The LI Royals Mite Minor Black team spent the holiday weekend ‘carving up’ the opposition in the Thanksgiving Memorial Tournament in Falmouth, MA.  The team thrived in the 3 on 3 ‘race to the puck’ format and beat the host team 16-11 in the first game to set the tone.  After winning the next two games, the team was seeded 1st and faced Falmouth again in the finals.  Despite the host team being a little older and significantly bigger, Coaches Slevin and Oppedisano prepared their team well and they skated to a 13-8 finals victory!  The team finished 4-0 over the weekend and has now won two consecutive tournaments…..Congratulations!



KINGS PARK, NY  — A youth hockey team on Long Island is helping to make the wish of a terminally ill boy come true.

On Sunday, the Long Island Royals honored 4-year-old Luke Carusillo, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February.

Before their game in Kings Park, the Royals made Luke, who is a big hockey fan, an honorary team member.

The team has also been working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to raise money to send Luke and his Lake Grove family to Disney World.

“He’s been through so much at his age already and we just wanted to make it a special day for him and raise money for him to get him to go to Disney World,” 16-year-old Kyle Jadatz said.

By Monday, they had reached their goal to raise $7,000.

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KINGS PARK, NY--  The Long Island Royals would like to congratulate  Joe Maguire on his college commitment. Joe a 96’ birth year has made his decision to attend the University of Brown starting in the Fall of 2016. Joe played his youth travel hockey with the Royals as well as playing one season with the Royals Junior team.  Joe then went on to play a season for the Bobcats and has played the last two seasons in the USHL with the Bloomington Thunder and now currently playing with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Best of Luck to Joe and his future hockey career!


The LI Royals Bantam Major led by Coach Tony Colombo had a successful campaign at the 2015 Bauer World Invitational held in Chicago, IL on November 6-8.  The team was runner-up in the 24 team 2001 AAA Vapor division losing a nail biting championship game 3-4 in overtime.  Along the way they defeated teams from Illinois, California, Colorado, and Texas for an overall record of 6-1 with a goal differential of +16.  


The Bantam Major’s focused offence was led by Nicholas Ceccarini with 17 pts (13G, 4A) followed by Brandon Avezov (10 pts) and Matt Anastasio (9 pts) with the blue line attack coming from Dylan Murtagh (7 pts).  A solid defense led by Marc Mayer and team captain John Buckholtz frustrated the opposition letting goaltenders Vincent Salgado and Shane Drew keep them at bay with a combined GAA of 1.71.  


The team’s success was crowned with team assistant captain Nicholas Ceccarini being named the 2001 Vapor Division co-MVP. 


Congratulations boys!!!