March 18, 2014 at 10:33 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Mountain Top League is pleased to announce the establishment of its spring youth hockey teams.
Last July, the West Orange Mountain Top league skated into uncharted territory with the establishment of its first series of youth ice hockey clinics. Upwards of eighty West Orange children took to the ice, some for the first time, under the direction of West Orange High School’s Varsity Ice Hockey coach Eddie Scafidi. The overwhelming attendance was hard to miss. By popular demand Mountain Top added two additional sessions that followed throughout the fall. Sessions two and three on Mondays and Wednesday commenced in early September.
The community atmosphere fostered by the program was evident in early July when Mayor Robert Parisi assisted the first group of skaters onto the ice. That atmosphere was never lost, and undoubtedly a reason as to why the Mountain Top League’s children’s hockey has experienced so much success. Several volunteers from MTL and the West Orange High School Ice Hockey team were present at each clinic.
“Momentum is what we need, and we have got it,” MTL President Brad Palent remarked this past summer.
This season, the WOHS Ice Hockey team, under the direction of Coach Eddie Scafidi, ended their season with co-captains Jonathan Miller and Alec Hill reaching reaching New Jersey's state record charts. Miller is ranked fourth in the state for scoring leaders, behind Grant Jozefek of Mendham, Brett Conrads of Newton, and Charlie Mule of Toms River East. Miller recorded a team high of 66 total points, which includes 30 goals and 36 assists. Not too far behind is the Mountaineer’s leading scorer, Hill, who is ranked the eighth leading scorer in the state with 38 goals and 24 assists for a season total of 62 points.
West Orange ice hockey is on the verge of a new era. High school ice hockey teams that succeed in the state of New Jersey have players that have climbed the ladder set by their community, beginning with Mites at age five and concluding with Bantams at age fourteen. Towns establish feeder programs so that there is no learning curve when high school hockey starts.
The MTL, in association with the WOHS Hockey Team and Coach Eddie Scafidi, is finally bridging the gap as the emergence of a West Orange feeder program takes shape.
“We are really excited to get the youth into playing ice hockey in West Orange. With MTL and Coach Eddie we hope to start something that will build hockey in this town for the future,” added Palent.
Teams will be established for ages five and older and will be coached by Eddie Scafidi and volunteers from Mountain Top. In order to play on a team each player needs to be evaluated for skill level. Evaluation dates are Wednesday, March 19 at 6pm and Thursday, March 20 at 6:45 pm. Evaluations will take place at Clary Anderson Arena in Montclair, located at 41 Chestnut St. An evaluation is mandatory to join the MTL Hockey team.
For additional information please visit The West Orange Mountain Top League’s webpage at http://www.mountaintopleague.com/index.cfm?program_id=7DDBD805-5056-0F04-4DBDB071048149D3