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Senior Leader Brings Heart, Hustle to Ice

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Jon Mastrocola carries through center ice against Lakeland/Panas on Jan. 24. Credits: Vic McGee
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Jon Mastrocola carries through center ice against Lakeland/Panas on Jan. 24.

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

I was five years old when I first started playing hockey. My older brother played and I was always watching him. It looked fun so I tried it and stuck with it.

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What expectations do you have for the team as the postseason approaches?

My expectations for the postseason is to get to the Final Four (in Section 1 Division 1). I believe we can get there.

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

I see my role on the team as getting everyone fired up before the game, leading warmups and bringing energy to the team with how I play on the ice. It means a lot to lead my teammates and friends on and off the ice.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

My favorite team activity is playing pond hockey at Lake McGregor in Mahopac. My favorite pre-game ritual is listening to music before the game.

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

My biggest role model is my older brother. He taught me to play with your heart and I try to play up to his standards each and every game.

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

I want to join the military after I finish college.

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?

I plan on playing club hockey either at The Citadel or The University of New Haven. I haven’t decided yet which one I will be attending.

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

I want to study criminal justice because I find it interesting.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Pavel Datsyuk is my favorite player and the New York Rangers are my favorite team.

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

My favorite music to listen to before a game is Eminem.

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

To read people’s minds because I always wonder what people are thinking.

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

I would say the Cayman Islands because I heard the beaches are beautiful.

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

Spaghetti is my favorite food to eat before a game.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Mario’s because they have the best pizza.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

I don’t really do social media because I feel there is too much drama.

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?

I would tell them that it’s a great experience being part of the ice hockey team. Hockey is a great sport and our team is like one big family. Although we work hard, we also have fun. I have great memories of my four years on the ice hockey team.

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