2008-12-26 / Sports

Kids Korner: Looking At Sports

By Ryan Schwach; Fourth Grade, PS 114

This is the first in a series of columns to be written by Rockaway students about their favorite sports and sports teams. Ryan Schwach, the grandson of Wave editor Howard Schwach, is the first one up. A hockey fanatic, Ryan wants to be a goalie and has transferred his love of the Rangers to the new professional team in town, The Brooklyn Aces. We ask other local students to submit stories and photos about their own favorites. Kids Korner reporter Ryan Schwach interviews goalie Eddie Neville in the Aces locker room between periods. Kids Korner reporter Ryan Schwach interviews goalie Eddie Neville in the Aces locker room between periods.
Q: Did you think you would make the team when you went to tryouts?
A: I thought I had a good shot at making the team and I love to play in
Brooklyn in front of my friends and family.
Q: If you make it to the NHL, who would you like to play for?
A: The Rangers. I'm a die-hard Ranger fan.
Q: Who is your favorite player to play with on the Aces?
A: [Defenseman] Rob Miller, because he protects me. Kids Korner reporter Ryan Schwach interviews Aces star James Brannigan in the locker room. Kids Korner reporter Ryan Schwach interviews Aces star James Brannigan in the locker room.
#19-FORWARD-JAMES BRANNIGAN
Q: How did you learn to skate?
A: I learned to ice skate when I was young in Bayonne, New Jersey, and then
at the Abe Stark Rink in Coney Island. I played youth hockey for the New York
Bobcats.
Q: Who is the player you admired the most as a kid?
A: Brian Leetch of the Rangers.
Q: How did it feel being the league's leading scorer?
A: It was a great honor and my teammates helped me.
Q: How did you find out about the Brooklyn Aces?
A: The coach of the Aces knew about me and called me to come in for a
tryout with the team.
Q: How do you like playing in Brooklyn?
A: I really like playing in Brooklyn in front of my family and friends.
Q: If you make it to the NHL, who would you like to play for?
A: My favorite team is the Rangers and that's who I would most like to play for
if I made it to the NHL.

Aces Questions & Answers

If you're a hockey fan, and you're tired of traveling all the way to Madison Square Garden or the Nassau Coliseum to watch professional hockey, you might be interested in the Brooklyn Aces.

The Aces, a minor league hockey team, plays home games right across the Marine Parkway Bridge, at the Aviator Sports facility at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. The Aces are one of four teams in the new EPHL, the Eastern Professional Hockey League. You can go online at www. brooklynaces.com for information and to buy the tickets, which are really inexpensive. By the way, at the end of each game the players come out and sign autographs for free for anybody who wants them and they actually talk with the fans for a long time.

My name is Ryan Schwach, and I'm nine years old.

I love hockey and I love going to Aces hockey games with my father and grandfather, who is the Managing Editor of The Wave. Since no one was covering the team in the newspaper, I came up with the idea of interviewing two Aces players. In between the 2nd and 3rd periods of a game with the Hudson Valley Bears, the Aces owner, Alan Friedman, took me in the locker room. I chose to interview goalie Eddie Neville, from Ozone Park, and forward James Brannigan, from Brooklyn.
#35-GOALIE-EDDIE NEVILLE
Q: How did you learn to skate?
A: First, I played a lot of roller hockey growing up
in Ozone Park. Then I learned to ice skate in New
Hyde Park on Long Island.
Q: Who is the player you admired the most as
a kid?
A: Mike Richter, the New York Rangers goalie the
year the Rangers won the Stanley Cup.
Q: How did it feel to be goalie of the week in
the Eastern Professional Hockey League a
few weeks ago?
A: It was a real honor but my teammates should
get the credit, too.
Q: How did you find out about the Brooklyn
Aces?
A: I heard about a team coming to Brooklyn, and I
looked the coach up on the Internet and called him.
He told me to come to try out and I did.

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