2009-12-11 / Sports

An Interview With Augusto DiMarzo

Kids Korner:
By Ryan Schwach

Ryan Schwach (right), along with his brother Cory, interviews DiMarzo. Ryan Schwach (right), along with his brother Cory, interviews DiMarzo. I got to interview New York Aviators forward Augusto DiMarzo last week, after the Aviators annihilated the Connecticut C-Dogs 11-0 at Aviator Sports facility in Brooklyn.

Augusto is a short but fast skating forward known for his stickhandling. He scored a goal against the C-Dogs during the game, adding to his season total.

Augusto started playing hockey while growing up in Connecticut. He play ed for Avon-Old Farms, a prep school, where Brian Leetch (former NY Rangers Captain, recently inducted into the hockey hall-of-fame) and Chris Higgins (current NY Rangers for ward) also played before he got there.

He met Leetch, and tied his prep school record for goals in his last game at the school by shooting into an empty net.

He said his all-time favorite NHL players were "Brian Leetch, Mark Mes - s ier, and Adam Graves ... the dream team."

DiMarzo played hockey as a kid for the Mid-Fairfield Blues and the Con - necticut Yankees. He played college hoc k ey for two years at Union College and scored 8 goals and 22 assists there. He also played at St. Lawrence University. He played six games last year for the Tulsa Oilers in the CHL, a professional league.

He has become one of my favorite players because he throws pucks to kids in the stands during practice. Once, it took him multiple tries to get the puck over the boards and under the protective net to get it to me and my brother. Another time, he tried to throw us a puck and it landed on the edge of the heater attached to the ceiling.

DiMarzo wound up playing for the Aviators after coming to the tryout camp. He agreed to play in Brooklyn and commute from his home in New Haven, Connecticut, sometimes playing the team from his own neighborhood, the Connecticut C-Dogs.

Being so close to New York, his favor - ite NHL team is the New York Rang - ers. His favorite player in the NHL is new Ranger forward Marion Gaborik. Six of the eight players I've interviewed this and last year are Ranger fans.

On the Aviators, he likes all of his teammates and enjoys playing with for wards KC Timmons, Angelo Serse, and Jesse Felten, who are occasionally his linemates. The Aviators are now undefeated at 10-0, and look forward to playing some non-league games, possibly against teams from the AAHL (All- American Hockey League) which plays in the Midwest.

I hope to interview goalie, Chris Testa, from Long Island, next.

Ryan Schwach is a fifth grade student at P.S. 114.

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