ALJ Hockey Player Recognized By NJ Devils

ALJ hockey player Salvatore DeMarzo (right) won the New Jersey Devils Player of the Month Award for February. (Photo courtesy of ALJ Athletics)

CLARK — Arthur L. Johnson High School senior Salvatore DeMarzo won the New Jersey Devils Player of the Month Award for February.

Each month, from December through February, six student-athletes, one from each of six different conferences, are selected as recipients of the award. Winners are based on nominations received from varsity ice hockey coaches throughout the state and voted on by local media. Award winners and their guests receive tickets to a Devils’ game, a plaque presented by a Devils’ player, and dinner compliments of the Devils. The 2011-12 season marks the 19th season that the Devils are honoring high school student-athletes.

DeMarzo finished the year with 44 goals and 29 assists for a total of 73 points. In his career he finished with 149 goals and 117 assists for a total of 266 points. After a slow start this year DeMarzo led his Crusader teammates on an incredible run straight to the Union County finals, where the they lost a hard fought game to Summit, the eventual New Jersey state champion.

Coach Michael Nudo said, “Salvatore is one of those special young men and players that do not come around often. It was a pleasure coaching him the last four years. Whenever a coach has a player as good as Sal it makes the hockey season a lot of fun. At times I would catch myself just marveling at what he does on the ice.

“Sal has appeared in more championship games than any other player to date in the 20 years of the Arthur L. Johnson Ice Hockey program. It will be a long time before we see a player like Sal again. He has had a lot of success, yet has much to look forward to accomplishing in his future both on and off the ice.”

DeMarzo’s hockey career will continue next year as he will be playing Ice Hockey Juniors for the Walpole Express next season.


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