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Team Spotlight: Boys' Varsity Hockey
Proctor’s boys’ varsity hockey team looks to continue their momentum from last season’s NEPSAC tournament run during the 2014-2015 campaign. With a core of young talent returning alongside veteran leadership, the Hornets under the guidance of coaches Mike Walsh and Ian Hamlet are poised for another successful season on the ice.
Captains Connor Fries ‘15, Jake Pappalardo ‘16, and Jack Hall ‘16 shared their perspectives on their team’s success thus far, and the challenges that lay in front of them on their quest for a New England Championship. Fries notes, “I think one of our greatest strengths is that we are a strong physical team. We are a grinding team that can put pucks in the back of the net, but we must remember what we are here to do, which is win a New England Championship. We can’t do that by just going through the motions.” Pappalardo adds, “We have a lot of players with great skill sets; everyone on our team is dedicated to working hard and being the best we can be which is crucial to our success. This is really important, but we must remain focused on being great, not just good. If we can play a full 54 minutes and outwork the other team for each of those minutes, we are going to have a great season."
Not only must the group capitalize on its skilled roster, but, as the captains note, they must buy into a shared vision for the team. Fries notes, “A goal I have is to show all the guys that when we walk out of that locker room, we are representing far more than just ourselves; we are representing our team and the Proctor community. We cannot take that lightly.” Pappalardo echos Fries remarks, “Hockey players have a special bond with each - we are more than guys that put on the same jersey as one another and play a game. We are family, and must be willing to stick up for each other, push each other to be better, sacrifice our own successes for the team’s success, and I believe this group understands that responsibility to one another.”
With a tough overtime loss to Kimball Union Academy Wednesday, the Hornets enter the weekend knowing wins early in the season are just as important as those late in the season. Fries notes, “We can never expect to just show up and win in what is a very competitive league. You can’t take any team lightly - everyone is good - but if we show up focused and work hard, I believe we could earn our place as one of the top teams in New England this year. “ Pappalardo's confidence mirrors Fries, “Our goal as a team and individuals is to become better each and everyday we step on the ice. We have a lot of potential this year, and we have the ability to win every time we step onto the ice.”
Follow the boys' hockey team on Twitter and watch their home games via Livestream at the following links: Twitter: @papucks Livestream broadcasts
Located in Andover, NH, Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 9–12. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.