High School Hockey Team Captains Honored at The Rock

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One of the greatest turnouts in the history of High School Hockey’s “Captain’s Night” highlighted the 12th annual event as over 230 athletes from nearly every team in the Garden State were on hand Tuesday, Oct. 17 as the New Jersey Devils took on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center in Newark.

All told, 233 players from 81 schools made an appearance in a tremendous turnout for the prestigious event which signals the beginning of a new season of high school hockey in New Jersey.

“Captains Night at Prudential Center really heightens the anticipation for the high school season,” Morristown coach Bobby Jones, who led his team to a 2-0 triumph over Randolph in the 2015 Public A State Final, said. “The players love walking out on the same ice that a ton of amazing pros play on.

“The Devils have done a great job building the hockey culture in New Jersey with events like this,” Jones added. “It’s nice that the high school season both starts and finishes in the same building every year.”

This marks the 26th season the Devils honor high school student-athletes in New Jersey.

Each month, December through February, seven student-athletes from nine conferences in the Garden State are selected as Players of the Month. Award winners and their guests receive tickets to a Devils’ game, a plaque presented by a Devils’ player and dinner compliments of the team. In addition, Public A, Public B, Public C and Non-Public All-Tournament Teams are selected as well as an overall High School Player of the Year at the conclusion of the season in March. Winners are based on nominations from members of the media who cover the state’s scholastic hockey.

This season’s turnout nearly matched the 234 team captains representing 93 high school hockey teams that were on hand for the 11th annual “Captains Night” event last season.

On the ice, the New Jersey Devils overcame a one-goal deficit after two periods of play as Drew Stafford connected with 4:06 remaining in regulation to tie the game and force overtime. There, goaltender Cory Schneider (33 saves) stopped three shots in sudden-death and all three attempts from the Lightning in the shootout while Kyle Palmieri found the back of the net to treat the high school captains to a 5-4 victory on home ice.

List of Schools and Respective Team Captains Present:

Bergen Catholic William Prinz Nicolas Arcaroli Craig Barabo
Bernards/Somerville Ryan McGriskin Pete Yarosh Jason Stitt
Bishop Eustace Tyler Hanrahan Ryan Clear Richard Ferrelli

Brick Memorial Justin Davis Thomas Swartwout Andrew Slobiski
Brick Township Noah Reiss Spencer Rozell Hunter Price
Bridgewater-Raritan Jake Gottlieb Jake Goldstein
Central Regional Sean Hughes Jacob Mathieu Nick Gavin Mike Apostol

Christian Brothers Academy Liam Noonan Dean DiFazio
Clifton Nicholas Petriella
Colonia Drew Galea Jarrett Dulemba Luca Filocamo
Cranford Ryan Faraone Ryan Echevarria
Dayton-Brearley JT Bokoske Joe Triano
Delbarton Jalen Kaplan Nick Siffringer Hunter Macy
Don Bosco Prep Mickey Burns John Campomenosi George Weiner
Edison Township Anthony Gardner Parker McKenna Jakob Cherry Christian Osma
Fair Lawn TJ Mossmann
Glen Rock Ryan McCauley Ruslan Geiger
High Point-Wallkill Valley Eric Honold Ryan Nuzzo
Hillsborough Sean Ely Domenick Mazzaferro Mike Lumbra Matt Palmer
Howell Sean Mylod Tristan Thomas
Hunterdon Central Alexander Pace Scott Schnell Cameron Kordonsky Noah Motz Noah Dominick Daniel Cicala
Indian Hills Sean King Julie Williams Walter Johnson Mike McCuster
Jackson Liberty Joe Rugarber Joe Granza Nick LaBianca
Jackson Memorial Cody Jablonski Mike Krzyzewksi
Johnson Michael Adamowitz Karol Weiczorek Jason Applin
Kent Place (Girls) Evelyn Mukherjee Megan Sanford Anynsley Kaufman
Kinnelon Jameson Dugan
Lacey Nick Festa Sean Patterson Devon Butler Zach Turrin
Livingston Chase Friedfertig Matt Delseni Eric Frieman Connor Flaherty Gabe Mayants
Madison Ryan Bagley Kent Sanchez Kyle Pruzick
Manalapan Freddie Brutto Jake Caballero Ryan Marsala
Middletown South Mike Racioppi Nick Lioudakis
Monroe Township Matthew Skobelev Michael Benedetti Dominic Micalizzi
Montville Nick Mangano Ryan Perretta Shane Oswald Jon Cuozzo Tom Nees
Morris Knolls Douglas Fischer Ryan Martinez
Morristown Jay Horan Nate DeFares Drew Shandlay
Morristown Beard Brayden Patricia Anthony Del Tufo
Morristown Beard (Girls) Ally Detre Jenna Pych

Mountain Lakes CJ Leonardo
Mt. Olive Carson Heller Joseph Juliano
Newark East Side Gabe Dos Santos
Newark East Side Girls Toni Rose Spirra Salome Ferreia

Northern Valley Andrew Basin John Geraci
Nutley-Columbia Marke Frade Ryan O’Mara Jack Breagy
Ocean Township-Shore Regional Gavin Cherella Tom Stuppi
Paramus Matt Tomko Zack Baker
Paramus Catholic Greg Trapp Anthony Leonardo Ryan Graham
Pascack Valley Stephen Brennan Rob Sheehan AJ Helfenbein
Passaic Valley Jack Prospero Dan Lapinski Nicholas LoPresti Alexander LoPristi
Park Regional Salvatore Simeone Justin Lerner Joe Caggiano
Pequannock Patryk Oklejewicz Joe Pedicone Michael Kretkowski Dylan Knighton
Pingry George Enman Austin Parsons
Pope John Chris Walako Ryan Stevens
Princeton Max Garlock
Princeton Day Julie Patterson Bryn Aprill
Ramapo Ben Surat Payton Fogarty Bryan Schwab Jake Trapattoni
Ramsey Dan Halik Brendan Crimmins
Randolph William Zimmer Adam Redgate Jake Flood
Red Bank Regional Patrick Murphy Zach Yates Frank Massa Will Spencer
Ridge Liam Tormey Connor Villa Wes Hobson Spencer Charleson

Ridgewood Tim Anzano Joe Rahaim Ben Reinke
St. John Vianney Joe Zani Kevyn Rigatti Dylan Raskin
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Jonny Scheer Thomas Bruckman
Seton Hall Prep Steve Buck Jake Sandomeno Kevin Bishop
Southern Regional Matt Constantino Joe Harper Cameron Conrad David Lytle

Sparta-Jefferson Nicholas Montone CJ Leonardo Sergei O’Sullivan
St. Joseph Metuchen Nicholas Freda Michael Sasso
St. Joseph Montvale Andrew Del Priore Andrew Javier
St. Peter’s Prep Ed Seborowski Gene Keohane Brennan Collier JT Such Shane Shell
Summit Will Vitton David Sharpe Johnny Puskar
Tenafly Nic L’Heureux Andy Chang Julian Tallier
Toms River South-East Zander Taaffe Owen Donovan Declan Mullin
Vernon Ryan Eilinger Eric Loughren Patrick Graham
Verona-Glen Ridge Sean DeCandia Collin Gilmore Jarrod Keating
Wayne Valley Luke Horbatuk Matt Riina Matt Cappo Dean Hulbert
West Essex Patrick Coyle
West Morris Central Samuel Scott Jarrett Ortiz Ryan Hall
West Orange Charles Aborisade Matt Guedes Davey Campbell
West Windsor-Plainsboro Daniel Wang Tyler Shankoff
Westfield Matt Rittendale CJ Duffy Kenneth Meyer

 

Main Image: High School hockey team captains line up on the ice in between periods at the New Jersey Devils-Tampa Bay Lightning game at Prudential Center on Oct. 17, 2017 in Newark. (Patrick Dodson/New Jersey Devils)

 

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