Morristown state hockey champs get heroes’ welcome at town hall

First, they marched with MorristownGreen.com in the St. Patrick’s Parade.

Then they got their own parade through the halls of Morristown High School last week.

And on Tuesday, town hall belonged to the MHS hockey team.

Being state champs is pretty cool.

Brian Begley celebrates after scoring the goal that clinched Morristown's first state hockey title. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Brian Begley celebrates after scoring the goal that clinched Morristown’s first state hockey title. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“These guys worked extremely hard. It was three years in the making, and we finally got it. To share this together is one thing, but to share this with the community, that’s why we do it. There’s nothing better than being here and honored in front of you guys,” Coach Bobby Jones said, to a standing ovation at the town council meeting.

Mayor Tim Dougherty, who works at Newark’s Prudential Center, where Morristown edged Ramsey 1-0 for the title last month, presented plaques to the players and proclaimed Tuesday as their official day in town.

The Mayor described the state final–Morristown’s third try in as many years–as more thrilling than many Devils games he has seen.

“It was an amazing game. It was won at the end. When they scored that goal, the place lit up, just like it did at a Devils game,” the Mayor said.

In case you missed it, here is senior Brian Begley’s goal, in the final 33 seconds of regulation time, which clinched Morristown High’s first hockey crown:

The state champion Morristown High hockey team marches with MorristownGreen.com in the 2014 St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier

The state champion Morristown High hockey team marches with MorristownGreen.com in the 2014 St. Patrick’s Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier

Members of the state champion Morristown High School hockey team await plaque presentation at town hall. Photo by Kevin Coughlin.

Members of the state champion Morristown High School hockey team await plaque presentation at town hall. Photo by Kevin Coughlin.

Members of MHS hockey state champs with Coach Bobby Jones at town hall. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Members of MHS hockey state champs with Coach Bobby Jones at town hall. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Mayor Tim Dougherty, right, congratulates Coach Bobby Jones and members of Morristown High hockey state champions. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Mayor Tim Dougherty, right, congratulates Coach Bobby Jones and members of Morristown High hockey state champions. Photo by Kevin Coughlin



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