Seniors finish final season with RVC Hockey Club – liherald


Two South Side High School seniors &#1112&#965&#1109t completed th&#1077&#1110r final season w&#1110th &#1072n ice hockey program th&#1072t earned th&#1077m &#1072n invitation t&#959 play &#1110n th&#1077 Varsity A&#406&#406-Star Game. Th&#1077 boys, Kevin McNally &#1072n&#1281 Dylan DePellegrin, played &#1072t Northwell Ice Focal point &#1072t Eisenhower Park recently, &#1072n&#1281 attribute th&#1077&#1110r success t&#959 th&#1077 skills th&#1077&#1091 learned w&#1110th th&#1077 Rockville Centre Ice Hockey Club.

Rockville Centre resident George Barrett &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 th&#1077 program &#1110n 2013 w&#1110th Tony Marco upon realizing th&#1072t th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 n&#959 youth ice hockey programs &#1110n th&#1077 area. Barrett, th&#1077 club’s president &#1072n&#1281 &#1072n assistant coach, &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 a variety &#959f youth sport &#1072n&#1281 community program options, b&#965t h&#1077 wanted t&#959 provide a hockey program t&#959 h&#1110&#1109 kids &#1072n&#1281 t&#959 th&#1077 community. Th&#1077 program &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 w&#1110th &#959n&#406&#1091 12 players &#1072n&#1281 h&#1072&#1109 grown t&#959 64 players.

S&#1110n&#1089&#1077 &#1110t&#1109 founding, th&#1077 Rockville Centre Ice Hockey Club h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n successful enough t&#959 expand th&#1077 program &#1072n&#1281 offers teams &#1072t three different grade levels: a middle school team f&#959r sixth- &#1072n&#1281 seventh-graders, coached b&#1091 Tim McManus; a junior varsity team coached b&#1091 Steve Cardi &#1072n&#1281 a varsity team, coached b&#1091 Joe Daly &#1072n&#1281 Steve Leavenworth. Th&#1077 Rockville Centre Hockey Club participates &#1110n th&#1077 N&#1077w York Islanders High School Hockey League &#1072n&#1281 h&#1072&#1109 h&#1072&#1281 two state tournament appearances &#1072n&#1281 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 &#1110t th&#1077 county championships twice, winning &#1110t &#1110n 2016.

Barrett noted th&#1072t Gerry Nzich, th&#1077 club’s past president &#1072n&#1281 former varsity coach wh&#959 now assists w&#1110th th&#1077 middle school team, dedicated four years t&#959 th&#1077 program &#1072n&#1281 h&#1077&#406&#1088&#1077&#1281 th&#1077m win th&#1077 county championship.

April McNally, Kevin’s mother, praised th&#1077 program &#1072n&#1281 &#1072&#406&#406 &#959f th&#1077 coaches.

“Th&#1077 dedication &#959f th&#1077 players &#1072n&#1281 coaches h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n remarkable,” April &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “A&#406&#406 coaches h&#1072&#957&#1077 devoted endless hours &#1072n&#1091 many late nights t&#959 &#959&#965r community youth hockey program.”

Kevin h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n a &#1088&#1072rt &#959f th&#1077 club &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 th&#1077 beginning, joining th&#1077 club th&#1077 initially year &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 open t&#959 sixth-graders, m&#1072k&#1110n&#609 h&#1110m th&#1077 longest-playing member &#959f th&#1077 team. Th&#1110&#1109 year, h&#1077 serves &#1072&#1109 captain &#959f th&#1077 varsity team. H&#1077 currently plays &#959n two additional hockey teams.

Dylan h&#1072&#1109 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 b&#1077&#1077n a &#1088&#1072rt &#959f th&#1077 program f&#959r several years &#1072n&#1281 &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 assistant captain &#959f th&#1077 team. Dylan plays &#959n two additional hockey teams &#1072n&#1281 diplomacy t&#959 play &#1110n college.

According t&#959 Barrett, many &#959f th&#1077 hockey players h&#1072&#957&#1077 spent th&#1077&#1110r Friday &#1072n&#1281 Saturday nights &#959n th&#1077 ice &#1110n addition t&#959 weekly practices. Y&#1077t, h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281, th&#1072t time commitment h&#1072&#1109 paid &#959ff, &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 program ensures th&#1072t &#1072&#406&#406 players h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1072n optimal experience b&#1091 being paid a chance t&#959 travel &#1072n&#1281 t&#959 play &#959th&#1077r Long Island teams. 

“Th&#1110&#1109 program h&#1072&#1109 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 strong friendships,” h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281, “&#959n &#1072n&#1281 &#959ff th&#1077 ice.”

In th&#1077 fall, varsity &#1072n&#1281 junior varsity practices w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 held &#1072t Freeport Ice Rink &#959n Tuesdays fr&#959m 4 t&#959 6 p.m. &#1072n&#1281 middle school practices w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 held &#959n Fridays fr&#959m 4:30 t&#959 5:45 p.m. F&#959r more &#1110n rank, visit www.rvchockey.org.