MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Senior Cooper Betancourt was a captain on the Mahopac hockey team. He earned All-League honorable mention this year.
What will you miss the most about being on the Mahopac hockey team?
I will definitely miss playing with my teammates on a Friday night in front of my friends and family.
What is your favorite memory from your time on the team?
My favorite memory is beating Rye Town/Harrison, 6-5, in sectionals my junior season.
How old were you when you started playing hockey and what got you started?
I started playing hockey when I was 5 years old. I used to watch my cousin, Tyler Gyscek, play for the varsity team, also the reason I wear the number 21.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model has been Tyler Gyscek. He showed me how to be a leader and how to become the best version of myself.
How do you get prepared for a game? Do you listen to any music? If so, what kind?
Before every game I go to stretch with my teammates, Ryan Caraher and Aidan Martin. Before games I listen to rap. Outside of hockey, I am a country music person.
Will you be attending college? If so, where and what will you study?
I will be attending Quinnipiac University to study sports management.
Will you continue to play sports beyond high school?
I will be playing college hockey after I play a year of junior hockey.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
If I had a superpower it would definitely be to fly because I dislike traffic.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
My secret talent is that I DJ for fun.
What is your favorite place to visit on vacation and why?
My favorite place to go on vacation is Delaware. There is always good food, I get to spend time on the beach, and get to see my grandparents.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
My favorite place to eat is definitely Bucci’s Deli.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
Personally, I’m a big FaceTime guy because all of my close friends all go to different schools and we get on a group FaceTime.
For a young athlete growing up in the Mahopac school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being part hockey team and why should they go out for it?
I would one hundred percent recommend playing hockey at Mahopac. There is nothing like playing in front of all the “Mahopac Maniacs” on a Friday night. The hockey community in general is a very tight-knit group. The varsity team is no exception.