NEW JERSEY DEVILS’ HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE MONTH HONORED
SEVEN SENIORS, SIX FORWARDS AND ONE DEFENSEMAN, HIGHLIGHT NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 SELECTIONS
The New Jersey Devils High School Player of the Month Program continues in this, their 26th season honoring the top scholastic hockey players in the Garden State.
Players named for November/December 2017 are: Don Bosco Prep senior forward Mickey Burns (Gordon Conference); Glen Rock senior forward Matt Maselli (Big North Conference), West Windsor-Plainsboro senior forward David Corell (Colonial Valley Conference), Montclair senior forward Pat Ledgett (Essex/Union), Morristown-Beard senior forward Brayden Patricia (MCSSIHL), Pingry senior defenseman Austin Parsons (Greater Middlesex/Skyland Conference) and Wall Township senior forward Zach Tarantino (Shore Conference).
Each month, December through February, seven student-athletes from throughout the state are selected as recipients of the award. Public A, Public B, Public C and Non-Public All-Tournament Teams will be selected in March and an overall Boys and Girls High School Player of the Year will also be chosen at the conclusion of the season.
Burns, The HockeyClan/Buttendz State Player of the Month, recorded 10 goals and 29 points during an undefeated month for Don Bosco Prep, No. 1 in The Hockey Advantage Private Schools Top 10. Highlights for Burns include striking for eight points (two goals and six assists) in an 11-5 victory over St. Augustine on Dec. 3 before coming up with six points (goal and five assists) in an 8-1 victory over The Hun School of Princeton in the High School Winter Classic at Citi Field in Queens on Jan. 3.
After registering 38 points as a junior, Maselli accounted for more than half those numbers in November/December with 12 goals and 21 points, including a hat trick in a 4-2 victory over North Jersey rival, Ramsey, on Dec. 10. Maselli is the defending NJSIAA Public B state champions team captain.
Corell recorded 12 goals and nine assists for West Windsor-Plainsboro, leading the team as well as the Colonial Valley Conference in scoring. Highlights include a four-goal, six-point effort in a 12-4 triumph over Brick Memorial on Dec. 15.
Ledgett, described by Montclair coach Pat Verney as, “a great leader who epitomizes our program in terms of the way he prepares and leads, and the way he’s played defensively, has been brilliant in big spots.” The Montclair team captain registered nine goals and 12 assists in 10 games this past month.
Patricia notched 11 goals and five assists for in a standout performance for Morristown-Beard in November/December. Highlights include a goal and three assists in a 6-3 win over Seton Hall Prep on Dec. 22, a hat trick including the game-winning goal in a 4-3 overtime victory over LaSalle (PA) on Dec. 20, and both goals in a 2-2 tie with Randolph on Dec. 5.
Parsons, Pingry’s own MVP after an impressive 7-1-1 start, stood tall with five goals and five assists. The Martinsville school’s senior defenseman is committed to The University of Notre Dame next year to throw javelin.
Tarantino enjoyed a breakout start to the 2017-18 season as the senior forward amassed 15 goals and 24 assists for an astounding 39 points for Wall Township. Highlights include two seven-point games: four goals, three assists in a 10-0 win over Rumson-Fair Haven on Dec. 11, and a two-goal, five assists performance in an 8-3 victory over Jackson Liberty on Dec. 27.
Winners are based on nominations received from members of the media who cover the state’s scholastic hockey. Award winners and their guests receive tickets to a Devils game, a plaque presented by a Devils’ player and dinner compliments of the Devils. Players are tentatively scheduled to be honored on Thursday, Jan. 25 versus the Nashville Predators.
This marks the 26th season the Devils honor high school student-athletes.
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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