2009-01-09 / Sports

Kids Korner: Traveling With The Aces

By Sean McCarthy-Coyne Fourth Grade, PS 114

Sean McCarthy-Coyne (right) poses with his younger brother Edward at a Brooklyn Aces game. Sean McCarthy-Coyne (right) poses with his younger brother Edward at a Brooklyn Aces game. (Editor's Note: Coyne is a fourthgrade student at P.S. 114 who attends many Aces away games with his parents and brother.)

I brought up the idea for my school to go to a Brooklyn Aces hockey game in a Student Council meeting. I told the vice president of Student Council, Billy Smith, that the Brooklyn Aces need our support.

Ms. Manas, the instructor of the Student Council, wanted me to get some information, so my dad and I told the executive of the Brooklyn Aces and the EPHL, Herm Sorcher, about the idea.Then a few days later, Herm gave me all the information I needed. A few people from P.S.114 are also working with Herm Sorcher, including Mrs. Sullivan, Ms. Meade and Mrs. Sammon.

Back when my dad was a season ticket holder of the New York Rangers, he took me to all the games and that's how I began to like hockey. Now that we have Aces season tickets, it's a lot more exciting because you're so close to the action that you can feel every pass and hit of the game.

New Brooklyn Aces defenseman Nick Grove stands by goaltender Eddie Neville. Photo by Howard Schwach. New Brooklyn Aces defenseman Nick Grove stands by goaltender Eddie Neville. Photo by Howard Schwach. After every game, you can get free autographs from the players who sit at a table and talk to you. To see this game is not like anything you could imagine.

If I had a favorite player on the Brooklyn Aces, it would be Chad Wilcox, the team captain, because he's the most aggressive player on the team and stands up for the other players on his team. Another favorite player on the Brooklyn Aces would be goalie Eddie Neville, because he makes incredible saves and he keeps the team in the game with those saves.

I like the Aces so much that I went to Newburgh in upstate New York to see them play the Hudson Valley Bears. We drove for two hours and drove one hundred miles.

While I was at the game, I saw the captain Chad Wilcox and forward Tony Resendes in the stands. My mom said "Why don't you get their autographs?" So I asked them and they signed the front of my red Aces jersey.

Jersey Rockhoppers forward Tom Boudreau and Brooklyn Aces forward BJ Kuper get ready for the faceoff. Photo by Howard Schwach. Jersey Rockhoppers forward Tom Boudreau and Brooklyn Aces forward BJ Kuper get ready for the faceoff. Photo by Howard Schwach. After the first period, James Brannigan got called up to the Utah Grizzlies, a Double A minor league team for the New York Islanders. I saw him before the game, before he left the arena.

Then I saw a new player on the Aces - #26, who was Bobby Brannigan, James Brannigan's brother.

He was the replacement for Chad Wilcox, who had a concussion and had something wrong with his hand from all the fights he had in earlier games. In the first period, I saw one of my brother Edward's baseball teammates from last year. Her name is Heather. She and her family did the same exact thing as we did.

I saw my Uncle Dominic before the game. He goes to a lot of games because he loves hockey. He came with a friend and they wanted to root for the Valley Bears. I couldn't understand that, because the Bears only had one win. The arena was small compared to Aviator.

After the second period I thanked Chad Wilcox for giving me his autograph. Then Heather's dad was kind enough to give us a "chuck a puck" to win great prizes such as Valley Bears tickets and merchandise.

Brooklyn Aces Chad Wilcox (15) and Mike Christensen (27) celebrate a goal. Photo by Howard Schwach. Brooklyn Aces Chad Wilcox (15) and Mike Christensen (27) celebrate a goal. Photo by Howard Schwach. When the Aces came onto the ice in the third period I said, "LETS GO ACES!" and some players gave me a knuckle touch with their gloves. When the Aces were in the lead 7-4 in the third period with one minute to go in the period my brother and I said to the Valley Bears, "YOU CAN'T BEAT US" and it was true - they never beat the Aces this season. When the game was over, the players on the Aces, while leaving the ice, gave me knuckle touches since they won 7-4.

Then we did "chuck a puck," but it was different than the one they did at Aviator, where you stand at center ice and throw rubber pucks into buckets. At this game, we had to throw the rubber pucks over the glass around the rink, but I missed.

After the game my family went out to dinner at a diner next to our hotel. We then went back to the hotel and watched the Chargers vs. Broncos game in our room and saw the Chargers win the division and a playoff spot.

As you can see, even on the road, it is fun and exciting to watch the Aces play, plus I was lucky to get autographs from Chad Wilcox and Tony Resendes and to get a "chuck a puck" with a chance to win great prizes.

After that amazing road trip, we went to New Jersey to see the Aces play the Jersey Rockhoppers. We drove forty-five miles and it took one hour. When we were there, I saw my friend Ryan and his family. His grandfather writes articles about the Brooklyn Aces and he wants me to write one, which is this one.

At the game, I saw the Aces wear their blue uniforms and they were nice. Then Ryan's dad told me that the backup goalie, Mirsolav Recicar, couldn't fit in the bench, so he was sitting in the stands and my dad said, "Why don't you get his autograph?" So I got up from my seat and asked him for his autograph and then he signed my shirt.

While I was there I saw Tony Resendes (the second person to sign my shirt at our road trip to Hudson Valley) and he was sitting in the stands with an injury.

When the Aces came onto the ice Chad Wilcox was dressed and ready to play. (He was the first person to sign my shirt.) I noticed Bobby Brannigan was gone. Two new players were playing as replacements. The seats that we were in were behind the bench. I finally saw the Rockhoppers' home uniforms.

Before the game, I saw the Valley Bears coach, to whom I spoke in Hudson Valley. The stadium was big, with a lot of seats. About one thousand fans went to the game that night. There was a raffle and if you won, you got something from your favorite hockey team and, of course, mine is the New York Rangers, but I lost.

When the Aces came on for the third period some of the players gave me knuckle touches. Then the announcer said that whoever played the best air guitar got a free Rockhopper T-shirt, so I tried to play the best air guitar I could.

When the people who were giving out the T-shirts saw me, they threw me a T-shirt, which I caught and wore for the night after the game. Then Ryan won a stick signed by all the Rockhopper players and he was amazed. After the Aces won 4-3, mostly all of the players on the Aces gave me knuckle touches and surprisingly, Tony Resendes gave me a knuckle touch, too. Then we went back home after the game.

It is nice to see different EPHL arenas and if you go sometimes, it is different than a game at Aviator, and it is sometimes the same. But it's always fun and exciting.

So help support P.S. 114 and the Brooklyn Aces! Come to the game at Aviator on January 23, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Call Ms. Kathy Meade, parent coordinator at P.S. 114 (718- 634 - 3382) for more information. I'll see you there. Go Aces!

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