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Senior Night and Game - Saturday Jan 25

Posted Friday, January 24, 2014 by Paul Deen

This Saturday January 25th is Senior Night!

The Rye Garnets (6-5-1) will take on the Horace Greeley Quakers  (7-5-2) at 6:45pm at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon. Prior to the face off the Seniors and their Mother’s will be honored.  The here are the Seniors and their Bio’s:



Connor began playing ice hockey at 4 1/2 beginning with the Rye Rangers clinic on Saturday mornings. He played for the Rangers as a Mite, Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam, making the "A" team each year he played. Connor has always played forward, and primarily center. With the Rye Rangers, Connor played on several medal winning teams at the CanAm in Lake Placid. He participated on medal winning relay teams and won the gold in the shootout competition representing the Rye Rangers as a Bantam. Connor played on the Rye Modified team in 7th and 8th grade. He then went to Iona Prep for his freshman and sophomore years. At Iona he played JV as a freshman and played varsity as a sophomore (the first sophomore to do so in recent time). He came back to Rye High School for his junior year and joined the Garnets.  Connor has also played for the Westchester Vipers, two years with the Ramapo Saints Midget AAA, and is currently playing with the Brewster Bulldog Junior Team. Connor played many sports as a youth including soccer, baseball, football and lacrosse. He also played lacrosse his first two years at Iona Prep, but stopped when he came to RHS to focus on hockey. Hockey has always been Connor’s passion and favorite sport, he plays year round. Coach Friesen recently said "Connor, I think you'd still have a smile on your face even if we weren't starting practice until 11pm! “



Griffin has played hockey since he was a three years old when he found a pair of kids roller blades in the garage and threw them on.  Starting with the Playland learn to skate program where he and Jack O'Brien first hit the ice, he has also played on the Rye Rangers, Westchester Mariners, Sound Shore Warriors and Westchester Vipers programs with buddies Connor McGovern, Jack O'Brien, Cal Hynson and Conner Hatch. Though not big in stature, Griffin likes the physical part of the game and prides himself as a team player willing to do whatever it takes to win. This year he volunteered to play defense given some key senior departures. He loves playing for the Garnets and misses the energy of Playland!



Connor started playing for the Rye Rangers when he was 5 years old, he played for the Rye Rangers for nine years.  Then he played for the Westchester Vipers for two years and for the past two years he played for the Connecticut Chiefs Prep League.  Connor also played for RCDS from fifth through ninth grade, playing on the Varsity team as a freshman.  Prior to attending Rye High School this fall he played for the Salisbury School in Salisbury Connecticut.  Connor has played many sports in addition to hockey however hockey has been his main focus.  In middle and high school he has played lacrosse, soccer and football, in addition to golf, skiing and snowboarding.  Connor is a lefty and has primarily played offense except for a couple of years with the Rye Rangers where he played defense. Connor has attended many ice hockey camps and showcases. Unique personal fact about Connor -  not a lot of people know this but he is a big fan of pumpkin pie. He plays hockey because “every time I step on the ice nothing else matters for the next few hours,  it takes my mind off of anything going on in my life, and there is no better escape than playing the sport I love”. His favorite quote is: (anonymous) “It's never been for the money, it's not for the girls, and it's not for the fame. It's because we … love it."



Cal started playing with the Rye Rangers at the age of 5 – he skipped mini-mites and started as a mite. He has played for the Connecticut Yankees, Westchester Express, Mid-Fairfield Blues, Ramapo Junior Saints, Westchester Vipers, Brewster Bulldogs, and Rye Rangers. He won the New York State Tier 2 U14 championship with the Westchester Vipers in 2011 and played in “The Brick” Super Novice Invitational in Edmonton with the Connecticut Yankees. He played for the Rye Modified team in grades seven and eight and joined the Garnets as a freshman. He was the Garnets MVP in the 2012/2013 season, and was selected as a co-captain for the 2013/2014 season. Cal is a third generation RHS Varsity player – both his grandfather and father played for the Garnets! There is nothing he loves more than being on the ice, and he has played every position. There is a  Hynson/Holmes connection:  Cal has played with Rob, Kirk and Matt; Colin (his father) played with Michael, Vinnie, and Billy. Cal has also played with and is close friends with many of Westchester’s premier hockey players including: Pelham’s Will Cullen and Andrew Schauer; Mamaroneck’s Brian Schiff; John Jay’s Shawn Smith;  Suffern’s Nick Modica; and Fordham’s Nicky Fiorentino.  Cal is a 3 year letterman in lacrosse and will play lacrosse at St. Lawrence. When Cal was five, Colin would go into his room at 6am to wake him for Rye Rangers mites and say “Cal, let’s skip hockey today and sleep in”  every time Cal would start begging “please Dad, take me to hockey, please, please, please!”  to which Colin would say “don’t ever say I forced my son to play hockey!!”



This is Garrett's third year on the Rye Varsity Garnets.  Prior to Varsity he played for the Rye Modified team and was awarded its MVP.  He has played on various travel hockey teams since the age of 7.  Garrett has always been a blue liner,  he has played no other position.



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