Hockey team starts season strong with 3 wins

Dec. 16, 2021

By Shalina DeLaCruz
Staff Writer

The hockey team, which is co-oped with Paramus and Hackensack High Schools, kicked off its season on Nov. 27 with a 3-1 win against Montville High School. The team’s current record is 3-2.

Senior Daniel Gozdek, who has been playing on the team since he was a freshman, said he is optimistic about this season.

“We plan on bringing lines that work together in hopes of scoring goals and winning games,” Gozdek said. “I’d say I have a pretty solid relationship with my teammates. The better relationships are the ones who I’ve known for years.”

“We’re pretty much a new team. We’ve got a lot of new faces, but it’s always a fun time when we’re all together.”

Gozdek said this season is going to be different because the team lost many seniors last year. He said he recalls last season fondly.

“One moment I will always remember from last season is sitting down after our last game late at night and hearing stories from not only the seniors but our coaches. That night will forever be in my head,” Gozdek said.

Junior Jake Renzi, who has been playing hockey since his freshman year, said he hopes to help the new players rise to their potential.

“We’re pretty much a new team. We’ve got a lot of new faces, but it’s always a fun time when we’re all together,” Renzi said.

He said he receives support from his mom.

“She’s always there for me and has my back no matter what,” Renzi said.

Freshman Gianna DeCoro said the team—which won its first three games of the season—is off to a strong start.

She said the team is guided by Coach Rizer, who plays a major role in the team’s success by helping the players become stronger and better with each and every game so they are prepared for the next challenge.

“Our coach is very passionate, and he helps to improve the team in any way he can, and I really appreciate him for that,” DeCoro said.

She said she enjoys playing hockey because of the camaraderie. 

“Even though I am the only girl on the team, I know [my teammates] will always have my back and always be there for me,” said DeCoro.

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