Teams Honor Ryan Rudden In Eighth Annual Tournament
Ryan was a great kid with a beautiful smile and infectious laugh and by the turnout at the rink he is deeply missed and never forgotten. Once the puck dropped, the action was fast and furious with eight solid teams vying for the cup.
The Possums edged the Ryan Rudden All-Stars in the first semifinal in a shootout with Tom O’Connor hitting the post and Brian Carlton scoring last for the win. The N.Y. Metro Moose defeating the Staten Island Beers 3-0 to advance to the final.
In the final, Mike Gambino opened the scoring for the Possums to take a 1-0 lead. Brian Sica scored to make it 2-0. The Moose playing hard cut it to 2-1 with a goal by forward Steve Kelly, but with only a minute to go, Carlton sealed the win with an open net goal. Goalie John Vittoratos was named tournament M.V.P with outstanding play.
The tournament also provided an opportunity to honor a longtime Rockies coach, William Flaherty. He was a dedicated member of the Rockies board who gave countless hours to the youth of Rockaway. Kasey Brouder painted a beautiful mural on the container at the rink to honor both Ryan and Bill’s memory.
The after party was a great success with Boardwalk Bagels (Danny) doing a tremendous job catering and a ton of great prizes led by a surfboard donated by John Nash of Bikran Yoga.
The tournament would like to acknowledge the RIBS, ROCKAWAY JETTY, SFDS Summer Classic for their generous donations. The tournament also thanks Chris Connolly, Healy’s Pub, The Bungalow Bar, The Irish Circle, Dalton’s Grill, Slices and Ices, Baskin Robbins, Beach Beverage, Belle Harbor Steak House, N.Y.R., Brooklynite sticks, Donnie Moran, Aviator Sports, 129 Bagels, Plum Tomatoes, The Knights of Columbus, Paty Williams, Curran’s, JKS Printing, Brown’s, Harbor Light, Jameson’s, The Wharf, Metro PCS, The Metro Moose and the Graybeards.
Chris Cashen did a great job spinning the tunes, Pat Grottano for cooking and keeping the food hot. The tournament would also like to thank Bobby and Allison Keane for their hard work and time spent organizing and Vinny Leahy, who was friends with Ryan as this means so much to him. THANK YOU!!!