LIVINGSTON, NJ - In an age where hockey players young and old try to emulate the offensive moves of their favorite NHL stars, it’s a rarity to find a true two-way center. However, by exceling in the offensive and defensives aspects of the game, Livingston Junior David Reiter defies that stereotype.
Due to leading Livingston to a 2-1 victory over a ranked Robbinsville squad that is a top-ten team in the state, The Alternative Press of Livingston has named Reiter its Athlete of the Week. Reiter had two goals in the effort.
“The game against Robbinsville was an extremely important game for the team,” Reiter said. “It was also a win at a vital part of the season. It was nice to have a big game against a good team but I just try to do all I can for the team. I want to win.”
In addition to scoring both goals in the Robbinsville game, Reiter is fourth on the team in goals and in points. He also centers the team’s first line and often goes against the opposing team’s best player. Reiter leads the penalty kill unit as well.
"It was great to see David score some goals, but his importance and success of the team goes way beyond scoring," said Lancers Coach David Conklin. "He is a main player in our system, penalty killing PowerPlay and even strength. He is one of our go to players and is constantly going up against the opponents top players."
“It might not show up on the stat sheet, but David does all the little things right,” claimed teammate Jared Applebaum. “He gets the puck out of the corners, blocks shots, gives up his body, and fights for his teammates.”
Not only is Reiter a great model for his teammates to follow, he is also an assistant captain. This is not an honor normally given to juniors.
“He is a great captain,” Applebaum said. “He sets a great example as a player and as a person.”
Although unlikely to pursue a career in hockey, Reiter is a strong student with hopes of going to medical school.