March 23, 2014 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - The New Jersey High School Hockey Hall of Fame will hold its 2014 Induction Ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday April 12. Along with the various players, coaches and contributors being honored this year is the Livingston High School (LHS) 1979-1980 hockey team, which held a 19-6-1 record that season.
The rest of the honorees include: Players—Mats Carseberg (WWP, Lawrenceville Prep), Bob Crothers (Morris Knolls), Dustin DePalma (CBA), Brandon Doria (Seton Hall), Stan Gutt (Bayonne), Chris Ohlweiler (Chatham Twp.), Michael Pendy (Delbarton), Chris Seebode (Seton Hall), Pat Sullivan (Seton Hall), and Pat Verney (Hudson Catholic); Coaches—Michael Reynolds (Madison, Toms River South, CBA), Bob Smith (Hudson Catholic, CBA, Pope John), and Bruce Shatel (Delbarton); Contributors to the Game—Rick Bliwise, Lou Lamoriello, Mike Morreale, and Ben Leuzzi; Official—Bill Sidun; and Team—Delbarton (2001-02).
Livingston resident, former player and member of the 1979-1980 team, Don Julich said he recalls the State Championship game well, in which teammate Joe Tracey scored the winning goal against Brick Township. According to Julich, the final win over Brick “was made sweeter because LHS had lost to them twice earlier that season.”
Julich and Tracey, both sophomores that year, continued to play hockey at LHS through their senior years when the team again won the State Championship. They also both went on to play in college. Julich continued his relationship with hockey by coaching for over twenty years, and playing with the Flyers Alumni Team from 2003 until 2011.
Julich said that it is “nice to get the honor and recognition” of being inducted into the High School Hockey Hall of Fame after over thirty years because the 1979-80 team “did not get a lot of notoriety—it was more of a quiet victory,” especially compared with the 1981-82 championship team, which received local television coverage. Still, Julich stated that he “is not surprised [that the team was eventually inducted] because they were pretty good,” mentioning that LHS also won the Gordon Cup in its 1980-81 year.
Julich will be in attendance at the induction, and said that he looks forward to seeing some of his former teammates there.
The induction ceremony on April 12 will commence at 3:00 p.m., at the Prudential Center in Newark. Tickets are priced at $40, and must be purchased in advance of the event, as they will not be sold at the door. Those interested in placing an ad in the ad journal should send an email to NJHHHOF@aol.com.