Pete Stemkowski to join Long Beach Sharks as the Club’s Director of Player Development & Scouting

Long Beach, NY:  The Long Beach Sharks (NA3HL) Junior Hockey team announced today that an agreement has been reached with Stanley Cup Champion and NHL-great, Pete Stemkowski.

Stemkowski played in the NHL for fifteen (15) seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings and will serve as the Shark’s Director of Player Development & Scouting.  In addition to his role with the Sharks, Stemkowski works as a color commentator for the New York Rangers radio broadcasts. He previously worked several seasons as the San Jose Sharks` TV color commentator, and several more on radio.

“We are honored to have Stemmer join the organization.  Our guys are incredibly happy to have a Stanley Cup champion and NHL All-Star help them develop and progress their hockey ambitions to college and beyond” said Director of Hockey Operations, George Chalos.  Team General Manager, Buzz Deschamps remarked:  “Peter has been a good friend of mine for many years.  He is a winner and one of the greats in our sport.  We are going to have a lot of fun.”

Stemkowski won the Memorial Cup with the Toronto Marlies (OHL); is an Honored Member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in Hamtramck, Michigan.  He is ranked No. 54 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Dated:  September 13, 2017


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Bernard “Buzz” Deschamps joins the Long Beach Sharks as the Club’s General Manager

Long Beach, NY:  The Long Beach Sharks (NA3HL) Junior Hockey team announced today that an agreement has been reached with Bernard “Buzz” Deschamps to join the organization as the Club’s General Manager.   “Buzz is a great acquisition and a huge asset to our program” said team President and Director of Hockey Operations, George Chalos.  “I am very excited about my new role with the Sharks” said Deschamps.  “I’m very grateful for the opportunity and look forward to helping build a winning team in Long Beach for many years to come.  We have a great nucleus of young, talented players in our organization and a first-class coaching staff who will help them go far in their hockey careers.  The Sharks have an extremely bright future ahead. ”

Born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Buzz Deschamps was drafted by the New York Rangers in 1955 and spent more than a decade playing professional hockey across the United States and Canada.  Buzz was well known both on and off the ice with teams like the Sudbury Wolves, Indianapolis Chiefs, Long Island Ducks, Baltimore Clippers, St . Paul Rangers and the Providence Reds.  Buzz holds the single season scoring record of 59 goals with the Long Island Ducks of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).  Deschamps finished his playing career with the Los Angeles Blades and chose retirement after being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1968 NHL expansion draft.  He is a member of several sports Halls of Fames, including the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame, and the Midland Sports Hall of Fame and the Penetanguishene (Ontario) Sports Hall of Fame.

Buzz previously served as a scout for the Calgary Flames and the New York Rangers.  Collegiately, he coached St John’s University (NCAA-Div III) and Stony Brook University (ACHA-Div I).  He continues to give back to the hockey community through his work with various youth hockey organizations in the New York area.

Date:  September 7, 2017


long beach sharksThe Long Beach Sharks junior hockey team, Long Island’s only North American 3 Hockey League ( junior hockey team, is currently seeking billet families for the upcoming 2017-18 season. If selected, your family will have the opportunity to host player(s) recruited for the upcoming season.

Our players range in age from 16 – 20 and will be training daily on and off the ice as they pursue their goal of playing collegiate hockey. A sound and stable billet family is key to the success to our program. Billet families invite players into their homes to be a part of their family for approximately eight (8) months out of the year. They are not a tenant but a part of your family. The unique bonds your family will form with the player(s) often last a lifetime. While the host family will receive some financial compensation, the ultimate reward is developing relationships that often carry on well beyond the player’s time with the team.

What is expected from a billet family?
When a family agrees to host a member of the team, they are required to provide room and board for the player. The family also needs to make nutritious food available while the player is at your home. While on the road, the team and the players will take care of their own food expenses.

What is expected of the player?
Players provide their own personal care items and are expected to take care of their own transportation needs (many have their own car but it is possible the player periodically may ask for a ride to practice). Each player must adhere to all team and house rules and show respect and consideration toward all family members. This includes cleaning up after himself and keeping his room tidy.

How long is a host family’s commitment?
Generally, players arrive at the end of August and stay through the end of the season in March or April, depending on how far the team advances in the playoffs.  Some players may wish to stay on after the hockey season to complete the school year. All players will go home over the holiday break.

If you are interested in becoming a Sharks host family, please complete the Billet Family Questionnaire HERE and e-mail the completed form to