LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following an impressive season in which he scored his 100th career point, Livingston High School ice hockey’s Chase Friedfertig has been named Dr. Michael Rieber’s Livingston Athlete of the Week.
Friedfertig, a junior and assistant captain, totaled 105 career points by the end of the season—including 33 goals and 24 assists for his junior season alone.
Head coach Dave Conklin said that Friedfertig accounted for many of the team’s goals this year and added that he is a strong defensive player as well. In his ten years as a coach, Conklin said he thinks Friedfertig has had more goals than any other player.
In addition to leading by example on the ice, Conklin said Friedfertig is also a role model to the younger players off the ice.
“It’s been exciting to see him grow as a player and as a person and a leader,” said Jill Friedfertig, Chase’s mother. “He’s learned a lot of valuable lessons from playing hockey for so long and it’s very exciting to see him progress.”
Chase is the youngest of three brothers who all played Livingston ice hockey. Jill said Chase has been a AAA hockey player since he was eight years old, playing in the AYHL NJ Devils and the Avalanche as well as the USPHL for the NJ Rockets, and is already looking forward to his senior season.
She added that she and the other parents were excited to see so much support from Lancer fans this season, which she described as “nail biting.” She said the team, which had one of its highest rankings ever in the 2017 state tournament, worked really hard as a whole to make it as far as it did.
“We really didn’t know what the outcome was going to be, but they really left it all out there on the ice,” she said.
In addition to the excitement of witnessing her son’s success on the ice, Jill said it is equally satisfying to see Chase participate in an activity that brings people together. According to Jill, the captains and coaching staff have successfully created a “family atmosphere” within the team, which is exciting for the parents to see.
“I thought the team had a really successful season—we had a good run,” said Chase. “We had a lot of good goal scorers who made it possible for me to get my hundredth career point. Senior year’s a big year, obviously, and we should have a good team and hopefully get a conference championship.”
Photos were provided by Jill Friedfertig and Mordy Photo.
Livingston High School Athlete of the Week is brought to you by Michael Rieber MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthopedic Consultant, NJ Devils and Director of the St. Barnabas Sports Medicine Institute. Find out more about Dr. Rieber at www.gamedaydoc.com.