Varsity Ice Hockey Players Recognized at MCSSIHL Banquet
Three members of the Gill St. Bernard’s varsity ice hockey team were honored yesterday at the annual Morris County Secondary Schools Ice Hockey League (MCSSIHL) banquet in East Hanover, N.J. Captain Christopher Ward ’14, Alternate Captain Alexander Ferruggia ’14 and Gunnar Valentine ’15, joined nearly 100 student-athletes on stage at the awards ceremony, which recognized talent in players across all four divisions this past season.
“In only our second year of varsity competition, it makes me very happy to see these three honored for their hard work and accomplishments,” said Co-Head Varsity Ice Hockey Coach Pete Roslund. “These young men have had an integral part in the GSB hockey program and its successful transition to the next level of play.”
A member of last year’s MCSSIHL Honorable Mention All-Star Team and recipient of the 2012-13 Paul Persson Trophy, Ward once again earned recognition this winter, receiving 1st Team All-Star Forward honors and the Reynold Fauci Sportsmanship award. As leading scorer with the GSB hockey program since 2010, Ward rounded-out the 2013-14 season with a league-high 23 goals and six assists (29 points) for the Knights.
Likewise joining Gill St. Bernard’s growing ice hockey program as a freshman was Ferruggia, who capped off his four-year career with four goals and four assists (eight points) to earn 2nd Team All-Star Defenseman honors this winter.
Valentine earned the second-highest recorded saves in the MCSSIHL during the 2013-14 season, averaging .873 SVPCT while turning away 491 shots. Named Honorable Mention All-Star Team Goaltender, he helped his team to three wins overall this winter, including a 3-0 shutout over Charette Division rival Morris Hills on January 29.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.