Somers Senior Fell in Love with Hockey at Young Age

Michael Garrity carries the puck against North Rockland.

Somers senior Michael Garrity is a team captain and forward on the Somers/North Salem varsity ice hockey team.

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

I started playing hockey when I was 8 years old. I first started skating when I was 5 at my friend’s birthday party. I immediately fell in love with it and knew that I wanted to play hockey when I was older.

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What has the team accomplished so far this season?

So far we have played a tough schedule of games and have came out with a few unexpected wins. We hope to have a strong finish and a deep postseason run.

What personal goals have you accomplished and what are you continuing to work on this season?

Personally, I have tried to be a leader for the underclassmen on and off the ice. I also have been working on shooting the puck more.

What does the team need to continue to improve on to make a playoff run?

We need to come together as a team and believe in each other, which we have been doing recently.

What is it like being on a joint team with North Salem?

It’s a fun experience playing with friends from North Salem. I have played hockey with a lot of my teammates since third grade so it is cool to see it come full circle.

How have you led the team this season?

I have tried to lead by example, whether it be on the ice in practice, or off the ice in the locker room.

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

Kicking around a soccer ball pregame, although we are not very good at it.

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

My parents as they were the ones that would bring me to 6 a.m. hockey practices as a kid. They are also both very hard workers which has been an inspiration for me. Without them I would not be playing hockey today.

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

I only played in two varsity hockey games my freshman year because I broke my wrist.

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

I would like to play club hockey if the school I end up attending offers it. I am also interested in playing club lacrosse. I have not made a final decision on which school I will go to yet.

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

I plan on studying computer science in college, because I love working with computers and find coding fun and interesting.

Who is your favorite pro or college sports team?

The New York Rangers who I have been a fan of since I was born.

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

I will listen to whatever is playing in the locker room or on the bus.

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

I would want to be able to fly because I hate waiting in traffic and I wouldn’t have to pay for gas.

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

I would love to visit Italy and look around at the different monuments and also because of the food.

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

Before the game, my favorite thing to eat is pasta.

Best place to eat in Somers and why?

Froggy’s (Deli) because they have the best sandwiches in Somers.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter because of quick updates.

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

Hockey is a fast and exciting sport to play, and being a part of the high school program allows you to make friends and memories that you’ll never forget.

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