Capodanno is a 1987 born player who resides in Mountainside, New Jersey. So far this season, Gio had recorded 32 points (16-16--32) in 23 games for the Rockets. He will wear #17 for the Bucs.
Lee is a 1989 born player who resides in Staten Island, New York. Lee had recorded 26 points (12-14--26) in 18 games for New Jersey. He will wear #14 for the Gamblers.
Both are in the top 20 in scoring in the AJHL and will now be competing in the top junior league in the US. "This allows the boys to perform on a big stage in front of every Division I school in the country" said Bob Thornton. "To coach, develop and promote these kids in their pursuit of playing college hockey is a great feeling. I was fortunate enough to play in the USHL for Des Moines in 1995 and win an Anderson Cup, Clark Cup and National championship in one season." The whole experience of playing in front of 3,500 fans a game and many scouts was something I wanted to pass onto my players." Both CJ and Gio have great opportunities ahead of them to play in great environments that will help them develop and mature on and off the ice. " As a coach and developer of players, it is my job to move these kids onto the next step in their young careers." said Thornton.
With Capodanno and Lee joining the USHL, it makes three total for the New Jersey Rockets this year. They also sent Patrick McAuley to the Lincoln Stars prior to the start of the regular season.