SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Woodbridge Wolfpack Mite ice hockey team has had a dominating season thus far. They boast a record of 18-4 and along the way have swept tournaments such as in December’s “T’was the Mite Before Christmas Jamboree,” held at Bridgewater Sports Arena. There, the ‘Pack went 5-0 to take home the top prize.
Though the roster for the team (who play their home games at the Woodbridge Community Center) is comprised of seven Staten Islanders, South Plainfield’s own Vinny Canavan III has made a huge impact. Vinny’s father (Vincent II) told TAPinto that he has been skating since four years old and has been a natural out on the ice ever since.
The Canavans are huge hockey fans and have been NHL season ticket holders for many years.
Vincent II leaves his son’s hockey instructions to coaches Bobby Kehley, Jon Dunne and Rob Petrarca, but he was one of the coaches on Vinny’s USABL 7U championship winning baseball team from South Plainfield last August.
Hockey has afforded Canavan and the Wolfpack players many opportunities to travel, as they have hit up many east coast cities for tournaments over the last few seasons. The team has competed in Boston, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York, not to mention visiting rinks all over the state of New Jersey.
The Wolfpack play every weekend according to Vinny’s father but the team is already focusing on a President’s Day weekend tournament (February 17th, 18th & 19th) in Marlborough, Massachusetts against elite competition. Most players in the Wolfpack’s league were born in 2009 (one team member is even younger) but have been forming chemistry by playing together for several years now, Canavan’s father said.
The remainder of the roster is filled out by Brandon Cox, AJ Tattoli, CK Karas, Christian Jaworski, Russell Astuto, Jason Burzumato, Robby Stanislaro, Dylan Kehley, Jack Dunne and Robert Petrarca.