MILLBURN, NJ — With the win over Governor Livingston on Friday night, Millburn Hockey Head Coach Brandon Doria reached a milestone in his career.
Doria has now achieved 100 victories as coach, a number that comes in the midst of a period of success for the Millers. The team is defending back to back Kelly Cup Champions and is looking to go for a third straight this season.
After the Saturday capper against Nutley, Doria spoke with TAPinto Millburn about his 100th win, and what it meant to him.
Firstly, Doria gave a huge thanks to his assistant coaches, Millburn Athletic Directors Ted DeLessio and Frank Bifulco and the booster club presidents and boards. He said that all the individuals and groups listed were instrumental in helping him reach the mark.
As for how he felt upon reaching the plateau, Doria said he was happy to be there, and that it was a nice moment to have among the team success of the past few years.
"I was very happy," Doria said. "The program's come a long way. We were able to do some great things the last few years. For me personally, it's a lot of thinking back to the guys on the team. One of the things I preach here is just we're a family...so we won't remember who scored a goal ro who did this, but we'll remember winning the Kelly Cup, winning the holiday tournaments."
Over the course of his tenure behind the bench, Doria has seen many sibling groups come through, having coached players from the Charlot, Hayum, Goldstein, Dutch, Nadell, Lenner, Bergeron DeLeone, Raczkowski, Moskwitz, Palmer, Pikus, Stewart and Mallon families. He has also coached dozens of other players.
As he noted, every single member of every single team was instrumental in helping him to reach the moment.
"At the end of the day, the only thing I can do is draw up the plays and try to motivate the kids," Doria said. "But the boys are the ones who go out and execute, and a lot of those wins I owe to them."
Doria and the Millers return to the bench later tonight, as Millburn is back in action against Cranford at Warinanco Ice Rink. Puck Drop is scheduled for 8:35 p.m.