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Thunder Developing Stars

By Union Thunder Staff 01/11/2023, 9:45am EST

Congratulations to our EHLp Thunder on having 3 participants selected to the EHLp All Star game.

Congratulations to our EHLp Thunder on having 3 participants selected to the EHLp All Star game. Dean Ponik (05 F) and Tyler Gobel (04 F), along with Head Coach and Asst. GM Sam Tafel will be representing the Thunder at the Annual EHLp All Star Game on 1/14 8pm. Tyler Gobel and Dean Ponik are both products of the Union Thunder Youth Program, where they were both stand out players. Dean Ponik is even still currently a Top 5 All Time Scorer for the youth program, and Tyler Gobel was a main contributor to several successful youth teams. Both developed the right way through the Union Thunder program, and took their talents to the next level with the Union Thunder EHLp Team. 

Sam Tafel was a part of the Thunder youth program for several years before making the jump with the several players to the EHLp team. Sam’s focus on development has resulted in the success and advancement of local NJ players to the junior level as well as the college ranks.

In a short amount of time the Thunder have already had  a player called up to EHL, a player tendered to EHL Applecore for next year, several D1 ACHA offers. 

For those players looking to take the next step in their hockey path, and be part of a development program at the Junior Hockey level with proven results, please fill out this Player Questionnaire  Form


Development at Work

By Union Thunder Staff 01/05/2023, 11:45am EST

In half a season the Union Thunder was already able to achieve the organizational milestone of having an EHL call up. Tyler Gobel (04 fwd) was recently called up to the EHL AppleCore, after an outstanding first half of the season where he compiled 13 Goals and 3 Assists while also leading the team in with his 2 way game. 

"Its great to see our focus on development, and using the EHLp as way to advance players to the next level at EHL benefitting players so early in the history of our program. More importantly, it is a testament to Gobes' work ethic, skill, and buy in to the Thunder way" said Coach/Asst. GM Sam Tafel. 

Tyler is a product of Union Thunder Youth Hockey program, whose game has been taken to the next level through our EHLp team. Tyler is not the only beneficiary of the Thunder EHLp model. Even as the youngest team in the league, the growth of all players is evident. This is seen through play in the EHLp, supreme play at the NJHS level, and several ACHA D1 & D2 offers. 

The season is young, The Thunder are young, and the future is very bright. The Thunder continue to look forward to developing their players for future success.

For anyone interested in being part of Union Thunder EHLp program, please fill out this form and our staff will be in contact with you.


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Player Development. 

The Union Thunder Junior Hockey ownership and staff are dedicated to a holistic player development APPROACH on and off the ice. 
Players receive professional coaching with over 100 hours of practice ice, off ice training at the rink, as well as team academic/college counseling and community service requirements to further development on and off the ice. The EHL PREMIER offers a unique schedule that maximizes exposure, includes college campus visits, 
provides the opportunity to play in front of EHL and Tier 2 junior scouts, as well as guidance on the college ADVANCEMENT process both academically and athletically. 


  • 40+ Game League Schedule + Showcases/Playoffs

  • 3-4 EHL Showcase Events

  • NCAA & ACHA Exposure

  • Certified College Counselor on Staff 

  • High School Friendly

  • 100+ hours of on-ice practice

  • Film Breakdown & Review

  • Skating & Skill Instruction + Position Specific Practice

  • Personal Trainer on Staff

  • All Games Streamed Live on HockeyTV

  • Travel Included in Tuition


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