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Mahopac Senior Captain the Toughest Player on the Ice

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Joe Geary controls against Lakeland/Panas in the opening round of sectionals. Credits: Deena Bell
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Mahopac senior Joe Geary is a captain and defenseman on the varsity ice hockey team.

How old were you when you started playing ice hockey and how did you get started?

I was 5 years old when I got into hockey. I got into it because of my dad growing up playing and watching NHL since I was a little kid. 

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Looking back on the regular season how would you describe it? Were there any highlights?

Overall a very good regular season. A highlight from this season has to be going to Albany. Albany was a great experience as a team. It helped us see tough competition from upstate. The whole weekend helped bring us together as a team and this really helped us connect and be able to play together and compete against the top teams of our section. Albany was definitely a trip to remember and look back on as one of the best moments as being a part of the Mahopac hockey team.

Has tying for the League B title and winning the last three games helped the team gain momentum going into sectionals?

It helped a lot tying the league and winning the last three games. It gave us a big boost going into sectionals.

What does the team need to focus on to be successful in the postseason?

We need to keep our focus on playing as a team and playing the way we know we can play to be successful. If we play our game we can be very successful in the postseason.

As a senior captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?

I see myself getting the team ready and keeping them up when we need it, and being a person that my team can look to when they need help or advice on something about their game. I really value being a team leader and take it very seriously.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

Hanging out in the locker room with the team, keeping the mood light before the games.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My brother. He’s the perfect example of a leader.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I am scared of heights.

Do you plan on continuing to play ice hockey in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you select that school?

Yes, I want to play in college. I have not committed yet.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

Biochemistry always has been an interest of mine. It is a very interesting topic and I’ve always wanted to go into that field.

Who is your favorite professional athlete?

Connor McDavid

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Eminem

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

To fly, it would make traveling a lot faster and easier.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Definitely Alaska—it looks so nice. I’ve always wanted to go.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Pasta is my favorite food to eat before a game.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Bliss, there is amazing food there.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the ice hockey program and why should they go out for the team?

Being a part of the Mahopac hockey program was an overall great experience. The people that are a part of the organization are amazing people and there’s nothing I can honestly say I didn’t like in this program.

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