The Great Neck Wolverines High School Hockey Team, sponsored by Great Neck PAL, has finished putting together their roster for the 2011-2012 season. The team has just the right mix of veteran leadership with youthful enthusiasm that promises to make this and future seasons fun and successful for all. There are 19 players on this year’s roster.
The Great Neck Bruins Peewees showed grit and talent in their first two weeks of season play. The team of sixth and seventh-graders lost a lot of early season practice time due to ice problems at Parkwood and fans were understandably nervous as they began a difficult schedule involving play in both the Long island Amateur Hockey League and the Hudson Valley Hockey League. The kids, however, played outstanding hockey in their first three games.
The season opened with a Sunday morning away game on October 9 against the Freeport Arrows. The Bruins players played well and led throughout the game, winning 4-3.
Who needs football? For the second year in a row Monday night is Hockey Night in Great Neck. The Great Neck Wolverines High School Hockey Team, sponsored by Great Neck PAL, will be playing their home games right here in Great Neck thanks to the Great Neck Park District. The team will be competing in 21 league games, and 8 of them will be at the Parkwood facility. All games will start promptly at 8:15 p.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 23 the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition is having their first Walk to Make a Difference. The event is being organized by John Ryan and Courtney Swartz to benefit the coalition. When asked why she had gotten involved with the walk, Courtney Swartz, a junior at Queens College said: “As a young woman I am aware of the issues facing women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and the need to have a place to go for education and support. I know that I have a wonderful support group of family and friends but not everyone is that lucky and no one should feel alone.”
The Great Neck Wolverines High School Hockey Team, sponsored by Great Neck PAL, continue to get ready for the 2011-2012 season. In this week’s practice, the team went over some of the new league rules. The goal in youth hockey this season is to cut down on the head contact and reduce the amount of head injuries that have occurred in the game. Any contact to the head, either intentional or accidental is supposed to be accessed a severe penalty. In practice the team worked on keeping their hands low to avoid any head contact with other players. The Wolverines are in full agreement with the league that the rule changes are necessary and contact to the head should avoided at all costs.
For the eighth year, the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program is a beneficiary of the Long Island 2 Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer, receiving a grant of $35,000. The funds received assist the breast cancer program in its Paths to Wellness Program, a series of workshops for breast cancer patients.
Eleven Long Island women were on the Adelphi walking team: Linda Olsen, East Meadow; Sue Gerson, North Bellmore; Caitlin Castellano, North Bellmore; Diane Gioia, Patricia A. Goodsell and Marie Grisafi, New Hyde Park; Kathy Diamond, East Meadow; Susan Shulman, Westbury; Stefi Hochhauser, Merrick; Regina Shields, Baldwin; and Mary Jean Scott, Ridge.
The Great Neck Park District Bruins Youth Hockey Teams are anticipating an extraordinary upcoming season. As the new season begins, our players are getting back on the ice with drive and enthusiasm. They are gearing up for the challenges they will meet on the ice, knowing that the game encompasses more than mere skills and brute force. The power of the mind plays such an important part! Learning the fundamentals of ice hockey for all levels, from beginners to advanced players, is what this Tier III organization is best at. Learn to enjoy this wonderful game on and off the ice.
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