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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!


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – USA Hockey today announced the 39 players that have been invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, August 1-8, in Lake Placid, New York. The players will audition for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, December 26, 2015 through January 5, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland.

The United States has medaled in three of the last six IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011.

Of the 39 players attending, 11 are returnees from the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team, while 24 have won medals at IIHF events. 

Players will stay at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center while all games and practices will be held at Lake Placid Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena. The U.S. players will practice and compete in international games against Finland and Sweden. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Two former LI Royals get named to 2015 USA World Junior Tryout camp. Columbus Blue Jackets 2014 1st round pick Sonny Milano and Boston University Sophomore Brandon Fortunato were two players named to the tryout camp. Sonny was named to the 20 man roster last season. 

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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.



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About Us

The Long Island Royals are a Tier 1 Elite “AAA” ice hockey organization based in Kings Park, NY.

The Long Island Royals are a 501c3 “Not for Profit” organization. With over 20 years of experience in youth ice hockey, dating back to 1980 the program is one of oldest youth ice hockey organization on Long Island.

Fielding over 13 different hockey teams from Mites through Junior divisions, and providing a place for 350 children, ages 5 through 18, the royals organization firmly believes that children who fulfill the commitments of team sports are successful students, healthier children, and, in the future, more likely to be thriving members of their community.

As defined by USA Hockey, Tier I “AAA” is the highest competitive level of ice hockey in the United States. The Royals program is designed to further develop and challenge our most skilled players to compete against elite level teams at the local and national level. Our teams compete in the Long Island Amateur Hockey League (LIAHL) as well as the Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL).

Among those successful children within our program, the Long Island Royals organization has produced hockey players that have gone on to play at various levels including Prep School, Junior A & B, NCAA Division I & III, ACHA Division I, USHL, OHL, USA Hockey NTDP, AHL, and the NHL.

Program Highlights

NHL Network Series “Making of a Royal”
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LI Royals

Tier 1 National Championships

2012 Midget U16

2008 Junior B

Tier 1 NYS Championships

10 & Under – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003,

12 & Under – 2002, 2006, 2013

14 & Under – 2005

16 & Under – 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012

Making of a Royal
Making of a Royal
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