The Ducks travel program runs out of Protec Ponds Ice Center in Somerset, NJ. The centrally located home rink is right off of Rt. 287 Exit 10 on Worlds Fair Drive.
The ProtecHockey Ducks Travel Program started in September-2008 as an independent organization whose goal was the development of youth hockey players. For the 2009-2010 seasons, the Ducks were granted probationary membership in the New Jersey Youth Hockey League (NJYHL). The Ducks have now been full-time members of the NJYHL since the 2010-2011 season.
In 2015-16, the Protec Ducks announced for the first time, their membership in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). Going forward, all “AA” teams will have the opportunity to participate in this league in addition to the NJYHL.
Player placement for the Protec Ducks Travel Teams is decided at our annual tryouts that begin each season in April. Each player will be evaluated during 3 training sessions. We will field teams from Mite through Midget at these tryouts.
After being accepted onto a Ducks team, players receive discounts on Protec Ponds clinics and Summer Hockey Camps. Teams typically assemble in August for training camp. Midgets may begin practice earlier due to the “short season” nature of the NJYHL Midget program.