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Empire Players/Coach of the Month Selectees, December 2008


Henry Lazar Coach: Henry Lazar
Team: New York Apple Core
In a month shortened by weather and holidays, Henry managed to guide his team to a perfect 5-0 mark against Conference rivals and to first place in the Division. But Coach Lazar's story goes well beyond a successful December.

Henry Lazar is a well known and respected Coach and GM throughout the US Junior Hockey fraternity. His successes include winning his first National Junior Title in 1996 and the Junior Triple Crown in 2003. Besides having great success at the Junior Level, Henry also coaches St. Mary's High School in Manhassett , NY and holds the record for most wins as a coach in the State of New York with over 500 and counting, including 12 New York State High School Championships. With the experience that Henry brings to the rink, his players not only improve their skill level but become students of the game. Coach Lazar takes the most pride in placing over 120 players in top Colleges and having 4 alumni currently playing in the NHL with more to come.






Kevin Kavanagh Player: Kevin Kavanagh
Position: Defenseman
Team: New York Apple Core
Kevin Kavanagh has turned a major corner in this, his second full season in the Empire League. Having only 10 points in the 2007-2008 campaign, Kevin's production this season is on pace to more than quadruple that total. In December, Kevin registered 3 goals and 5 points in 5 games, all on the power play. He now leads all Empire D men in offensive production.
As the oldest of six siblings and as one of the team captains, Kevin is no stranger to leadership and mentoring. Kevin’s leadership on the ice is manifest in quarterbacking one of the league’s best power play units. His major assets are his vision on the ice and his reading the opportunities presented to him along with being one of the smoothest skaters at his position.







Zach Lokey
Zach Lokey
Position: Forward
Team: New York Apple Core
In his first season at the Junior B Level, Zach has brought a winning attitude and leadership to Apple Core's Empire Team. In five games played in December, Zach registered 6 goals and 13 points, which vaults him to the Empire League's leading point getter as of January 1. The Apple Core staff credit this to his hard work and keen sense of finding the net. Six of his December points came on special teams, including 3 power play and 2 short handed tallies. Zach's long term goal is to become a Sports Psychologist which is reflected in his personality and professionalism with his fellow team mates.







Petie von Rosenvinge

Players: Casey Curtin and Anthony Sweet
Position: Goalie
Team: Pittsburgh

When a successful team has a workhorse playing 90% of the games, it is easy to single out that goalie's performance as POTM caliber. When a team has two netminders with stats so close that you can't fit a puck between them, you can either flip a coin or recognize them both.

Pittsburgh is blessed with such a tandem in Anthony Sweet and Casey Curtin. At year end, they were 2nd and 3rd on the League's leader board among goalies playing 10 or more games.

Anthony Sweet is a butterfly goalie and very sound technically. With a win in December, he is 13-1 with a 1.84 GAA and a .930 Save Pct.

Casey Curtin plays a hybrid style and is very athletic in the net. His December shutout boosts his stats to 11-1 with a 1.74 GAA and a .931 Save Pct.

Sweet and Curtin are both very good goalies who push each other game in and game out. Where coaches talk " #1 and #1-A", in Pittsburgh it's "#1 and #1". Considering that the team wins a lot of one goal games, this duo comes up with the big saves when necessary and are invaluable to the team.

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