'09-'10 SEASON RECAP:
Hockey is a sprinting game punctuated by short rests. Due to our depleted ranks, we played most of the season with an average of 9-10 skaters per game and our goaltender. With 5 skaters on the ice we only had 4-5 on the bench resting for 30-60 seconds until their next shift. Games were as much about survival as they were about executing systems to the best of our ability. Our season's accomplishments, win - lose - draw, were made with a minimal number of players who, to a man, had to dig deep physically and emotionally. Highlights? How about Max Lewis' last second goal against Vermont Academy's hybrid JV/Varsity team to knot the game at 3-3? Our 2-3 loss against Tilton's JV/Varsity B team? A 5-4 win against the Mavericks followed by another 5-4 win against Holderness? Elliott Hays-Wehle's selfless contributions as an alpine skiier and JV puckster? Tyler Graf, a very passionate and gritty player, was our high scorer this season with 11 goals and 2 assists. Tyler loves hockey and plays it very well, so he has a very bright future in this sport. He is followed closely in scoring by his friend Tucker Andrews (7 goals, 5 assists), defenseman Taylor Warden (6 goals, 3 assists), Tucker Danell (5 goals, 1 assist), and Max Lewis (3 goals, 2 assists). Other blueliners Tanner Robinson, Pat Shine, and Elliot Hays-Wehle did a yeoman's service pinching at the blue line to keep the puck in the opposition’s end, and keeping the slot clear so that Zoltan could see and stop incoming shots. Dan Watts and Will Tower scored a couple of goals and assists each.
COACHES’ AWARD – MARK WOO
I'm leaving one player out, and that is this year's Coaches’ Award winner. Mark Woo came to Proctor from Seoul, Korea back in 2006, and has played JV Hockey for four years. Some might chuckle about this, but I hope you're not. Mark made a commitment to a sport that he loves to play. He is a very good player. He skates like the wind, backchecking like a man possessed, or dangling around opponents, yet his selflessness always prompts him to pass before shooting, even when he has a clear shot window. He always skated off the ice with a grin because he loves hockey, and loves playing with freshmen or seniors who also love hockey. His degree of commitment to the game, to his teammates, to Proctor, and to himself has rewarded him with the Coaches’ Award. Congratulations, Mark.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – ZOLI CLARKE
The MVP, as voted on by the team, is Zoltan Clark - Zoli the Goalie. I was a little worried when Zoli emailed me in November to tell me he was excited about playing goaltender this winter but that he didn't have any pads. This did not imbue a boatload of confidence. He got his pads, and after the first practice Andy Herlihy and I were smiling inside and out because Zoli's got game. He has solid technique and is fearless in turning away shot after shot. Word on the streets of Martha's Vineyard is that all the other young goaltenders on the island are happy that Zoli is at Proctor so they can get some playing time. He plays every second of every game as if it was the last 60 seconds of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup. Great job, Zoli.