The township council honored the Wayne Hockey Club at its meeting last week, recognizing the club for its annual trip to West Point.
According to a release from the club, the January trip was an opportunity for the club to renew their inter-club rivalry between the Green and White squirt teams at Tate Arena.
Taking a page from the two local high schools, the club has named this game the junior Mayor's Cup. On hand to drop a ceremonial first puck was town council President Franco Mazzei.
Prior to dropping the puck Councilman Mazzei read the proclamation signed by all members of the council and the Mayor honoring the Wayne Hockey Club and its volunteers for their efforts. Mazzei re-read the proclamation at a township council meeting last week.
The trip began with a tour of the campus. After the game - a victory for the White team - players, family, and friends gathered in famed Eisenhower Hall for dinner.
The room designated for dinner was dedicated in part to fallen Army Captain Michael Kilroy, who was from Wayne.
After dinner it was over to the Hall of Fame club for a "chalk talk" with one of Army's assistant coaches. These assistants are typically newly minted 2nd Luetenants who not only just graduated from the acadamey, but also played for Army in the prior season.
During this meeting the kids are given an overview of what it's like to be a cadet at West Point. In addition they're given insight on how to improve their hockey game, and what it takes to play in a top tier program like the academy's.
Club members then attended an Army v. Air Force game where both our 6u and 8u Mites got to scrimmage between periods. The Mites were also brought into the tunnel that Army comes out of to take the ice.
The kids got to line up and give Army players a high five as they took the ice for the coming period.
The Wayne Hockey Club offers ice hockey teams for boys and girls from ages 6-13. The club plays most of its games at the Ice Vault located in town.
Spring registration is open. For those with interest please visit the club’s website at http://www.wayneicehockey.org/ for more information.
Information and photos above provided to Patch by the Wayne Hockey Club.