Since 2003, Jim Connelly has been a mainstay on the U.S. sled hockey scene. As a member of the U.S. Paralympics Sled Hockey National Team in 2004, Connelly scored the game-winning shootout goal against Canada in the championship game of the USA Cup. In 2005, he set the single-season record for points in the Atlantic Sled Hockey League by notching 100 points (75-25) in just 16 games. At the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino Italy , as the youngest player on the squad, Connelly and the U.S. team won a bronze medal.
James Connelly, a defenseman, displayed a propensity to jump into the rush at the 2008 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships, scoring three goals in six games. After winning the bronze medal, it was an even bigger accomplishment to win the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.
~~Highlights include: Voorhees Tournament where we came in first place in the Blue Division and 2nd place overall in the tournament-2/6-2/8/05 Vineland Sled Stars vs. NJ Port Authority Police Hockey Team Fund Raiser with the New Jersey Devils-3/7/05 Rennoc Foundation donates another $5,000 Windsor Canada Tournament-3/26-3/28/05 *First USA Sled Team to win a Gold Medal in the Windsor Games* New England Invitational at Amelia Park-5/7-9/05 1st Annual Rick Muka Award given by the Stars in Rick’s honor Wings of Steel created the Michael Senk Award Garden State Games 5/22-5/23/05 Bennett Blazer Jr Sled Hockey Camp-2nd place 7/30-8/1 Bone Run Walk n Roll-SJ Rehab Hospital donated money to team- 10/4/05-Coach Tom wins first place costume prize Bill Haas’s Church Golf Tournament-donated money to the team Pittsburgh
Penguins Thanksgiving Tournament- 11/26-11/27/05 Caren Diel’s graduate research project from Temple Coach Tom selected as USA Weekend one of our caring ‘05 Coaches
2005/2006 Season: The Fourth Year “Year of no league champion” The fourth year brought a team eager to reach the first place spot in the league however it was not to be. Because of problems with teams not finishing the season the league commissioner ruled that there would be no winner this year. The team was disappointed but continued to move forward and develop as a competitive team. We began to have various fundraisers; Valerie Crum organized flower sales and money script for groceries. The parent group continued to do things for the team such as holiday parties, team celebrations, buying new jerseys and shirts. The team was financially in good shape, in part due to the on going support and loyalty of A.J. Berenato who never charged a dime for the ice time. Highlights: 1st Vineland Sled Hockey Camp w/Mike Doyle Windsor Canada tournament 3/06 Phantom Hockey fund raiser 4/06 New England Invitational Amelia Park 4/06 2nd Rick Muka Award Garden State Games 6/06 Jimmy Connelly-Bronze in Italy Paralympics w/USA Sled Team
2010/2011 Season: The Ninth Year “ On our way back” We have been blessed with a few new players and even though we are not as competitive as we were in the past, we are on our way back. It is just growing pains again. We are in fourth place, league and district. We will be going to the districts in March and Amelia Park in April. Due to District rules, we have a chance to come in second or first. Either way, we are still a team that works together for the good of our families. We are very thankful that one of our original players has decided to coach. Jeremy Lubin is now a level four USA Hockey coach. We have also lost another dear family, the Reids have moved to Virginia. We will miss Coach Chris and his humor! Highlights: New England Invitational Amelia Park 7th Rick Muka Award The Delp Twins were featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer District Championship Playoff Jeremy Lubin goes from Player to Coach
2011/2012 Season: The Tenth Year “Thanks Coach Tom & Vineland Rink” Coach Tom Godfrey had been with our team from the beginning. He did not have a disabled child, but was disabled himself. He volunteered his time and talent to us for ten years. We needed to thank him! This would be the last Rick Muka Award in Amelia Park. We decided to end the award with the win of the Championship in Amelia Park. After many years of traveling to that great tournament, we finally won! We came in Second in the Districts. Sadly, we also saw the doors to Vineland Ice Arena close for the last time. We cannot thank them enough for all they did for us! Highlights: Honor Coach Tom Godfrey for his years of Service, March, 2012 New England Invitational Amelia Park, Final Rick Muka Award Amelia Park 2012 Champions Played St. Augustine Prep Hockey Team in honor of their senior and our player Keith Shelton District Championship Playoff Sadly lost our rink after a very hard fight
2012-2013 Season: The Eleventh Year “New Beginnings” We are thankful that Hollydell has welcomed us back. Although it was a struggle for Coach Ken, we were accepted back to the Hollydell Ice Arena and that is our new home. The Sheltons have decided to semi-retire, but will continue to help and support the team when they are in need. Kathy Shelton applied and we were granted $10,000 Equipment Grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The team still struggles to find funding for ice time fees. The Bareiszis family is going to be taking over the coaching and Lisa Oates is going to do most of the managing of the team. Joining the DVHL League was new this season. The first season with DVHL was not what was expected, but as a team we stuck together. Highlights: Hollydell welcomes us back Received $10,000 from Ronald McDonald House Charities Honor Ken and Kathy Shelton for their service
2013-2014 Season: The Twelth Year “Back in the DVHL”