Rockaway Rockies Host Annual Awards Night
On Saturday, November 22 at the Knights of Columbus, the Rockaway Rockies honored the players from the 2008 fall season. Brendan Burns received the most valuable player from the mite blue team. Grace Collins won the best forward.
Patrick O' Sullivan received the award for best defense. The Ryan Rudden award was given to Matt Sweeney.
The Mite Red Most Valuable Player award was given to James Byrne. Mat Mielieszko won for Most Improved Player. Joe O' Connor was for best forward, Matt and Jack McDade won the Ryan Rudden Award.
The Squirt Blue team gave their most valuable player award to Mark Harnisher. Jack McCarthy won for most improved, Timmy Panetta won for best forward, Pat Foye was named the best defender and the Ryan Rudden Award was given to Tom McDonald.
The Squirt Red team MVP was given to Billy McDonnell, Most Improved was given to Mike Sweeney, Best Defense was awarded to Brendan Woods, Megan Horgan won for Best Forward and John Glynn won the Ryan Rudden Award.
All the children are continuing to excel and we look forward to next year expanding our program. Special thanks to Jen Daly, Liam Burns and Brendan Burns for setting up the awards ceremony, Lynda McCarthy for handling the door, Stacy Rogers for selling the t-shirts and a special thanks to D.J. Mik Feurstein and Tara McGuines for bringing a signed Brian Leetch jersey to raffle. The Rockies would also like to thanks referees Stephen Amster and James Carricato.
On the same day, six teams braved the cold to honor Ryan Rudden's memory to play the Ryan Rudden Memorial Roller Hockey Tournament.
The Rudden and Steiner families were in attendance until there were two teams remaining. Ryan's nephew Ryan Steiner even made his first appearance. Captained by Vinny Smith, the Dirty Blvd team won 2-1 to win the championship.
Special thanks go to James Carricato for refereeing and Mike Feurestein for deejaying the event.
Former Rudden coach Jim Mc- Govern gave a wonderful speech honoring Ryan Rudden, which brought many to tears. Thanks again to all who participated. See you next year!