The Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade is always brimming with happy people. But if you want to see unbridled, over-the-top joy, make sure you watch for the MorristownGreen.com contingent on Saturday.
The STATE CHAMPION Morristown High School Hockey Team is joining our ranks!
“I think this is a great opportunity to share our success with the community that has supported us so much over these last three years,” said Coach Bobby Jones. “It’s going to be a great experience!”
We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the hockey champs. They will be marching with MorristownGreen.com in Division 2, Position 29, joining our merry band of volunteers who work so hard to bring you all the news from Greater Morristown. We also are delighted to welcome friends from the Daughters of the American Revolution, and of course, our world-class piper, Jim Hicks.
Bobby said his players remain on cloud nine after Sunday’s exhilarating 1-0 clincher against Ramsey at the Prudential Center.
“They’re still kind of in shock about it,” he said on Wednesday.
The Colonials worked hard to put Morristown on the hockey map, making the state finals in the prior two seasons. Although they fell just short in those years, they gained valuable experience that served them well this time around.
To reach the state Public B championship, they edged Summit, 3-2, and then exacted revenge on Chatham, the team that beat them for last year’s crown, with a 2-1 triumph.
It took another team effort to shut down the Rams– who entered the finals with a 28-2 record–and their explosive scorer, Alex Whelan.
Morristown co-captains Cam Szary and Brian Begley connected for the winning goal with just 33 seconds left in regulation time.
The team bus enjoyed a police escort from Newark to Morristown, where more patrol cars fell in line for a victory lap around the Green. Honking horns greeted the boys at the high school, where administrators are planning a school celebration. Municipal officials in Morristown and Morris Township also intend to honor the players.
“They still haven’t come down,” said MHS Athletic Director Kathy Perri, who praised Coach Jones for preparing his team for the finals, and for playing tough private schools throughout the season.
“He doesn’t shy away from that. We might not have an undefeated record, but we play really good teams that prepare us for the post-season, which is the end-game,” she said.
Both the athletic director and coach said they hope the team’s success will sway top local players to come to MHS instead of skating off to private powerhouses such as Morristown-Beard (co-champ in its division), Delbarton or Seton Hall Prep.
“Why go to a private school and pay $20,000 when you can skate for a public school in the state championship?” Kathy said. “Our program is as good as any private school. Send ‘em here. We have a great program!”
See for yourself–come out on Saturday, March 15, 2014, and share the joy with Morristown’s new champs.
Highlights from Morristown’s first high school hockey championship: