Kids Korner: Looking At Sports
I interviewed C.J. Tozzo, a forward with the Brooklyn Aces. He is second on the team in points scored with 62 (22 goals and 40 assists) behind Kyle McCullough who has 65. He scored the only goal for the Aces when they shut out the Danbury Madhatters earlier this month. That was the first shutout in EPHL history. Earlier this season, due to an injury to Aces Captain Chad Wilcox, C.J. was promoted from Assistant Captain to Captain.
Not many people know how he learned to skate or who he admired as a kid, or how he did in college. He learned to skate at the Studio Rink at Rye Playland when he was three years old.
As a kid, he admired NHL player Paul Kariya, but says that person he idolizes the most in his life was his father. In college, C.J. played for the Niagara University Purple Eagles and the Plattsburgh State Cardinals.
In 2008, he was voted the Favorite Player on the Cardinals by fans.
C.J. was also a very successful high school hockey player, playing for Rye high school in New York. He is the second highest point scorer in New York State High School history, having scored 373 points (155 goals and 218 assists).
The NHL team he would most like to play for is the New York Rangers. He is the fourth out of five Aces that I interviewed who chose the Rangers as the team they would most like to play for (Eddie Neville, James Branigan and Doug Hoffman were the others).
His favorite player to play with on the Aces is linemate Kyle McCullough, although he likes to play with all of his teammates.