November 18 , 2009
N.Y. Applecore is all about the Chemistry
The 2009 – 2010 New York Applecore Junior B Empire team was designed with Chemistry in mind. After a very successful 2008 – 2009 season which took the team to the Nationals Applecore found themselves having to rebuild for the upcoming season. Many players from last year moved up to the Junior “A” Level, or went to college Through many years of experience Coach Henry Lazar knows how to build a successful team. With a blue print in mind the team needed to be designed from the goaltenders, the defense and up to the offense. When this year team was constructed it was a combination of not just skills but the whole make up of the player. Coach Lazar and Assistant Coach Larry Nastasi felt in order to have a productive year the team needed to have great chemistry not only on the ice but off the ice as well.
After an intense summer of tryouts and showcase tournaments the Blue print for the 2009 – 2010 season took shape. Applecore’s team consisted of Goaltenders Jim Georgas who was promoted from their CHA Team and Empire League veteran Josh Blum. The Defense was constructed around Applecore’s returning three veterans ---Captain Mike Smith, Assistant Captain Jesse Trap and Kyle Zelanka with the promotion of Craig Halpin from the CHA team and new comers Frank Musick, Pat Condon and Oleksii Malichenko. The designs of the forwards were built around the five returning veterans Captain Ron Kokas, Assistant Captain Mike Mascaro, Mike Cambria, Mike Brennan and Dylan Scarpato. The new members consisted of Rob Dorgan, Assistant Captain Alex Caruso, Dom Rullo each who were promoted from the CHA team, plus Nick Cipriano, Mike Davie, Vin Morris, Rich Prunesti and John DeFeo.
The Empire team has 22 hard working players joined together as a family looking out for each other. “We have very good steady players, but do not have the superstar player” added Coach Lazar. The team works together 5 to 6 days a week on and off the ice. The Chemistry is built and instilled all season long beginning with the preseason team BBQ and ending when the ultimate goal is achieved.
“There are some very good teams in this League and although we have won 17 in a row at this point, we know the Monarchs, Bruins, Hitmen and Brewster are just as good, maybe better and can beat us, as can any of the other teams. We have played many close games this season. The Empire League is by far the best Jr B League in the country” added Nastasi.
We hope many of our players will move up to the EJ team next season.
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