After terrific seasons at the premier and elite levels in the USPHL, the Knights have added an NCDC team starting in the 2022-23 season. The National Collegiate Development Conference is a 14-team tuition-free junior hockey league entirely located in the Northeastern United States. The league and all of its teams are fully united and dedicated to the mission of player development and advancement to college hockey.
Meet the coaches
Jon Vaillancourt (HC)
Jon Vaillancourt will be manning the bench of the NCDC team. Growing up in La Valle Wisconsin, Vaillancourt played his junior career with the Hampton Roads Jr. Whalers during their inaugural season in 2006 through 2008. During that span, the team captured the CHA championship and the Gardner Cup.
Vaillancourt then moved on to Framingham State for his collegiate career, playing four seasons, serving as the team captain his senior year and graduating with a B.A. in history.
Next for Vaillancourt was a stint in the ECHL with the Elmira Jackals before returning to Hampton Roads where he spent four seasons as the Whalers assistant coach (two years with elite, two with premier). During that span, he won the 2015-16 USPHL Championship. Vaillancourt also worked as the assistant strength and conditioning coach and skills coach for the Elmira Jackals.
From 2017-19, Vaillancourt served as the general manager and coach of the La Crosse Freeze in the NA3HL and a scout for the Coulee Region Chill of the NAHL, having nine players commit to NCAA D3 schools and seven sign tenders to the NAHL and NCDC. The following year thirteen players committed to D3 NCAA programs and five players moved onto the NAHL.
While with the Wilderness he had players move onto the; USHL, Airforce academy, West point, Union college, Bemidji State, North Dakota, Cornell, UMD to name a few schools.Vaillancourt then moved on, taking the helm for the Minnesota Wilderness NAHL Teir II for two seasons before making his way back to the Hampton Roads Jr. Whalers