WESTFIELD NJ— Center forward Greg Oliveri has scored three goals for the Westfield High School boys varsity ice hockey team in its past four games, helping power the team to wins each time.
Oliveri, a 16-year-old junior at Westfield High School, is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.
“It feels great that my hard work is paying off,” Oliveri said. “It feels good knowing that I accomplished making the team and am succeeding.”
Oliveri has been playing ice-hockey since he was in first grade and has been playing on the varsity ice hockey team since his sophomore year at Westfield High School.
Oliveri has netted seven goals and logged five assists for 12 points this season, putting him second on the team in points, head Coach Joe Bertucci said. He is a +17, which is best on the team, Bertucci said.
“He is quick on the forecheck and creates a lot of turnovers. He has great vision and can make a pass from anywhere,” Bertucci said. “He is a small kid but plays a scrappy game and has been rewarded with tough goals in front of the net.”
Jake Watson, a junior at Westfield High school and goalie on the team, discussed his teammate’s skill and dedication.
“Greg is one of the most skilled players I’ve ever played with,” Watson said. “He’s willing to sacrifice everything for the team. He’s an extremely selfless player.”
Oliveri looks forward to finishing out the season strong and is optimistic about more successes next year.
“Next year I’m looking forward to the same success that we’re having this year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the same guys on the team, and maybe a couple new faces. That’s always great.”
The Blue Devils are next scheduled to play Middletown High School South at Middletown Ice World on Thursday evening.
Annika Vesuna is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.
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