MADISON, NJ — Representing Madison Boys Hockey, Charlie Cleaves has been picked for this week’s Mary Comito State Farm Athlete of the Week. Cleaves recorded his 100th career point and scored his 50th goal to help Madison win the 2016 Essex County Holiday Tournament.
After starting the season 2-1, the Dodgers went 0-5-1 in their next six games and struggled on both the offensive and defensive side.
“It was really tough because we felt we could have won some of those games,” Cleaves said.
The Dodgers would then win three straight games in the 106 Essex Holiday Tournament and bring home the championship trophy.
“It was our goal to leave with the trophy,” Cleaves said. “We made sure that happened."
Cleaves picked up his 100th point and 50th goal in the first game of the tournament. He finished the game scoring two goals and dishing out two assists.
“It was pretty cool both milestones happened in the same game,” Cleaves said. “I really didn’t even know I was that close until coach told me on the bench."
To get pumped up, the Dodgers blast music in the locker room and have a dance party to get the vibes right. As for a team superstition, Cleaves, Will Scavone, and Will Anton have their own handshake they do before each game.
Being a senior, Cleaves is waiting to hear back from colleges, but hopes he can get into USC or UCLA. He is considering playing club hockey depending on which school he goes to. He also plays midfielder for the Dodger lacrosse team in the spring.
The Dodgers next goal is to try and bring the Halderson Trophy back to Madison, after coming so close last year.