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Johnson Crusaders Varsity Ice Hockey Senior Players Recognized in Pre-Game Ceremony

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The Arthur L. Johnson HS seniors from left to right: M. Cepparulo, L. Sofianakos, T. Gray, J. Lomeli, M. Boho, N. Gallina and T. Schafer pose for a picture before the Senior Night ceremony started. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Matt Boho pictured with his parents, Lisa and Randy and older brother Nick. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Mike Cepparulo pictured with his parents, Jackie and Frank. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Nick Gallina pictured with his parents Margarita and Frank. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Tom Gray pictured with his parents, Sue and Glenn and his older brother, Matt. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Ty Schafer pictured with his mother, Cindy and his grandfather. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Lou Sofianakos pictured with his parents, Chris and Lou and his younger brother, sophomore and goaltender Nick Sofianakos. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Senior and co-captain Jack Lomeli pictured with his parents, Dan and Kim, during the Senior Night ceremony prior to the Westfield-Johnson game on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
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The seniors posed for one final picture before taking it to the bench and preparing for the start of the game against Westfield HS. Credits: Daniel Collins
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ROSELLE, NJ-  Before the start of their game Wednesday night against Westfield HS, the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders held their Senior Night ceremony, recognizing the team's seven seniors for their contributions to Crusaders hockey during their high school careers.

Co-captain Jack Lomeli, Matt Boho, Mike Cepparulo, Nick Gallina, Tom Gray, Ty Schafer and Louis Sofianakos were honored. 

“It’s been a program for years and to be a part of it is such a great opportunity,” Lomeli said. “I love playing with these guys over here and it’s been a great season so far.”

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The team is in the midst of a stellar season. They were undefeated through their first ten games. They put up a tie against Bayonne High School on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Their first loss came at the hands of Governor Livingston High School on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Crusaders record now stands at 10-3-1. 

“It’s been a great feeling because these are kids that I grew up with my whole life,” Schafer said. “It feels good to just play with them every day for the past four years.”

A carpet was set on the ice for the players and families to enter. Each senior was called by name and their families were introduced before having their pictures taken. The players’ visitor jerseys hung along the boards, as did action shots and portraits of each player. 

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