STOCKHOLM, NJ – Sparta Jefferson United honored their senior players on Saturday before the game against Livingston at Skylands Ice World.

The players were called to the center of the ice with their parents, where team parent Peter Francescutto shared their biographies.

Robert Borden: “Robert is thankful for the support from his coaches, friends and family throughout his four years with SJU.  He plans to major in mechanical engineering in college.”

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Alex Cohen: “Alex has been a boy scout for more than 10 years and is proud to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  He has been playing hockey since he was seven years old.  In addition to hockey, Alex enjoys camping, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding and photography.  He will continue his education at Ramapo College pursuing a degree in graphic design.”

Logan Hanek: “Logan started playing ice hockey at 10 years old, playing travel hockey with the NJ Freeze and ending with the NJ Colonials U18 AA travel team.  He is a four year varsity starter for SJU.  In his freshman year Logan had the honor of going to the State Championships in which he had two playoff wins including a shut out.  That team went all the way to the quarterfinals, the farthest any Sparta Ice Hockey team has ever gotten in the history of the program. 

Hanek has been recruited to continue his hockey career at Penn State where he will major in accounting.

Dakota Hansen: “Dakota plans to attend college after graduation, pursuing a criminal justice degree with a concentration in forensics.  He would like to thank all his current and former teammates for the good times he has had in his four years with SJU.  He looks forward to continuing to play.”

Mike Schmidt: “Mike has played since the second grade.  He has played for the Kings and the Hockey Farm.  He will be attending college where he will pursue a degree in marine engineering.”

After the ceremony with the student athletes and their parents Sparta played tough against Livingston but fell short losing 4-1.  The SJU goal came on a power play off the stick of Matthew Francescutto.  He was assisted by Chris D’Alauro and Alex Cohen. 

Goalie Logan Hanek saw 70 shots, stopping 66.  The senior has seen 717 shots this season, stopping 648.

SJU will host Vernon on Monday at Skylands Ice World with a 4 p.m. start.