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Our Impact On Players & Their Familes

"I just wanted to thank everyone in the Hampton Roads Whalers organization for helping me commit to Southern Maine."

"The past two years playing in this organization has helped push me to become the player I am today.  From the management and coaching staff, to the billets, and all the fans and people in the front office, I can't thank everyone enough and am happy to call them my family, and happy to say I am a Whaler for life!!!"

- Tanner Tinoco (USPHL Elite Forward/ Southern Maine Commit)

“The best decision I ever made for my hockey career was leaving my team in Canada to come and play for the Hampton Roads Jr. Whalers"

“Over the course of two seasons I grew more as a player and as a person than I thought was possible. The scouting in the USPHL was incredibly impressive, and our GM Patrick Cavanagh is the best GM I've ever had for helping players move on to a higher level. My coaches Rod Taylor and JJ Crew were amazing, they taught and allowed me to grow as a player and ultimately helped me get to the next level. My teammates were like brothers to me and I'll always think of them as my teammates and family.  It was an honor for me to play for such an amazing, player promoting organization and I'm proud to say I'll always be a Hampton Roads Jr. Whaler.”

- TJ Sneath (USPHL Elite Forward/ Oswego State Commit)


"My time with the Whalers was great"

"They gave me the exposure to the east coast coaches and scouts that I would not of had back home playing in the Midwest.  I have never played for an organization that top to bottom does their best to develop the players and then push to move them forward on to college.  My two years with the Whalers was the best move of my career and I will miss everyone here."

- Trevor Voelker (USPHL Elite Forward/ St. Anselm Commit)


"If you're taking your kids ice hockey seriously, Whaler Nation is the only place to be.  They have a player development structure that is unparalleled!"

- John Hawley- Whaler Parent/PeeWee AA Assistant Coach


"Through Whaler Nation, our son not only discovered a sport he loved, he found his passion.  We feel very fortunate to be a part of the Whaler Nation family, and the incredible opportunity it affords children in our area to excel and advance in the sport of ice hockey."

- Caren League- Whaler Parent



"Whaler Nation gives a player every opportunity to become a complete hockey player. They help you meet short term goals as well as long term goals. Thanks to Whaler Nation my kid has a place to achieve these goals as a hockey player right here in Hampton Roads."

- Brian Osmundson- Whaler Parent


"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play my Junior Career in Hampton Roads.  It definitely is a special place to play.  To be able to achieve my goal of playing NCAA hockey next season is a dream come true for me.  I am looking forward to the challenges of college hockey and helping the Becker team meet their goals next season."

- Brent DeLoach- Former Jr. Whalers Goaltender>


"Playing for the Whalers helped me achieve my goal of finally getting to play college hockey.  I have been a lot of places at the Junior level and playing in Hampton Roads was by far superior.  I couldn't have asked for a better ending to my last year of Juniors then this."

- John Shruga- Former Whalers Forward


"I couldn't have asked for a better place to play. The clubs track record of advancing players speaks for itself.  Becoming the first Junior Whaler to advance to NCAA college hockey was truly an honor and a dream come true.  I enjoyed two great years at Becker and Hampton Roads made it possible for me.  The community and the organization are top notch."

- Brad Jones- Former Jr. Whalers Defenseman/ Jr. Whalers Head Coach

"What a season, what a great bunch of players we had!  A year ago I thought my hockey career was over after a  injury and now I am getting to chase my dream of playing NCAA level hockey. When I came to Hampton Roads Coach Agrusa told me if I put in the work, he would do everything he could to get me to college. I couldn't have asked for a better place to play than here. This organization is top notch and does what it says. The Whalers treat their players like pro athletes. In the end, we have all benefited with great results. I will miss the community very much, and have very much appreciated their constant support in helping me further my career."

- Matt Kerchner- Former Jr. Whalers Defenseman

#7 Justin Gifford



"Justin benefited tremendously from his three years with the Whalers with a great bunch of coaches and families and great development.  I enjoyed being involved with the team and leave back to Canada with a lot of great memories"

-Shane Gifford- U16 Parent