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2014 Pre-Season


SJP Ice Hockey Player Evaluations for team placement will take place on:

Monday, September 22nd and Wednesday, September 24th, 3:30 to 6:00 PM

Players will have transportation to the rink, but will have to provide their own transportation home after evaluations.

Boys will be divided into two groups:

Group 1: Seniors and Juniors
Group 2: Sophomores and Freshman

Coach will let boys know what times their group will be on the ice. Any questions regarding evaluations should be directed to Coach Dave Giacomin.

Thank you, Go Prep!


Concussion Testing:  If any player has not had the Impact testing done within the last two years they must let Coach Giacomin know.


9/10/14 - There is an "optional" skate for all Prep ice hockey players at the Class of 23 Rink at Penn from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m..  In other words, players are not required to attend the session.  The coaching staff understands that the Mini-School night for Freshman parents begins at 6:30 that evening at the Prep.  Parents of those Freshmen who participate in the optional skate can pick-up their sons earlier than 6:00 p.m. to meet their travel needs to get to the Prep in time for the Mini-School night.  Transportation will be provided from the Prep to the rink for all players who are not driving to the rink themselves.  Players are expected to arrange their pick-up from the rink.  There will not be transportation provided by the Prep other than drop-off for the beginning of the ice session.


9/17/14 - There is a "mandatory" skate/service project for all Prep ice hockey players at the Class of 23 Rink at Penn from after school until 6:00 p.m..  Penn is kind enough to provide the ice for free to our program for this session and the session on 9/10/14.  All players will dedicate a portion of the time slot to cleaning up Penn's rink under the supervision of the coaches who are not on the ice.  Players, most likely, will be broken into two sessions with one group skating while the other is cleaning and vice versa.  Parents of those upperclassmen who participate in the skate/service project can pick-up their sons earlier than 6:00 p.m. to meet their travel needs to get to the Prep in time for the Mini-School night.  Transportation will be provided from the Prep to the rink for all players who are not driving to the rink themselves. Players are expected to arrange their pick-up from the rink.  There will not be transportation provided by the Prep other than drop-off for the beginning of the session/service project.


9/22/14 and 9/24/14 - Prep ice hockey player evaluations for team placement.  More information will be forthcoming.  The ice times, location, and transportation arrangements are the same as those for the  9/10/14 and 9/17/14 skating sessions.


Thank you,

Prep Hockey


All SJP hockey players must have a current USA hockey registration in order to hit the ice for upcoming tryouts and season.  Below is the link to register, once complete please send your registration confirmation to Mike Capuzzi.  Any questions about registration contact Mike directly, thank you.

Final Prep Hockey Store Notice - September 1 Deadline:

As a reminder, SJP Hockey online store closes September 1st.  If you’d like to order anything please click on the below link before September 1.


Any questions about the merchandise please contact Kathy Neff.


Thank you




On Saturday, July 19, boys in grades 6th, 7th and 8th grade skated with Prep Hockey players and our Head Coach Dave Giacomin! The 7th Annual Hockey Clinic was a success.

2014 Summer Service:

Clean-up Service

Prep volunteers helped out cleaning multiple park areas this summer:

Nun Run

Prep volunteers again volunteered this June 2014 at the "Sprint in the Spirit 5K" (the "nun run" for the IHM Sisters).  We also had several Prep parents and a Prep sister helping out, resulting in 72 total hours of service!  As always, Sister Mary Jo and the IHM Sisters were delighted to have our Prep students supporting the nun run!  Thanks to everyone who participated:


Class of 2015

Robert Bennett

Matthias Chernitsky

Danny Pooler

Connor Waite


Class of 2016

Tommy Egan

Michael Matkovic

Patrick Ryan


Class of 2017

Ryan Gill

Peter Miraglia


Class of 2018

Ronan Egan

Bradley Smith

From: Virginia Krause
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2014 9:24 AM
Subject: SJP Ice Hockey Summer Skates and other dates


Prep Summer Skates:

June 1st  7:00 - 8:30 pm at Skatium - for all incoming freshmen and sophomores

June 10th  7:00 - 8:30 pm at Skatium - for all players

July 15th  6:20-7:50 pm at Skatium - for all players

Aug 19th  6:20- 7:50pm at Skatium - for all players



July 19th     -  5th, 6th, 7th grade clinic at Skatium from 12pm - 8pm


SJP Hockey Summer Camp at University of Delaware

August 1st to August 3rd More details to come in July.


SJP Hockey 2014-15 Registration is now open and needs to be completed by 7/1/2014.

Below is the link to the website for on-line registration. Please note on the registration page are the forms which need to be downloaded and completed, once completed they can be returned to Mike Capuzzi.

Any registration questions can be directed to Michael Capuzzi


Thank you,


Prep Hockey Coaches and Board


Help Wanted!

The Prep Hockey coaching staff is looking for additional assistant coaches for the 2014-15 season.  Being able to make practices on Sundays and Wednesdays is an important consideration.

Please email if interested.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Jersey Number Selection and Equipment Order Forms Now Available for 2014-15 - click here

Registration now available for 2014-15 - click here

Flyers Cup Awards

Pictured from left to right: Jim Jackson, Steve Coates, Ryan Neff, Thomas Quigley, Bob Kelly

Thomas Quigley (Villanova) and Ryan Neff (Villanova) were recognized at the annual Philadelphia Flyers Cup luncheon on Friday, May 2nd.  Both Prep hockey players received all-tournament team honors for their play in the 35th AAA Flyers Cup.  Ryan Neff (two-time captain) led the Prep to their first regular season and lCSHL championships culminating with the schools first ever Flyers Cup finals appearance. 

EMAIL NOTICES to players and parents:

Subject: Welcome to Prep Hockey Annual Meeting

 Monday, May 5th , 6:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Joe's Prep, Prep Dining area,  2nd Level 


Meeting agenda will include:

New player registration, Jersey and equipment orders   

Introduce Prep Hockey and head coach Dave Giacomin

Key dates; summer and upcoming season

Speakers – Mike Capuzzi,  online registration, Joe Pooler, Club Financial report, Nick Centrella, Nominations, officers and Hockey, Kathy Neff, Jerseys, equipment, Sharyn Chernitsky, Service and Mike Matkovic fundraising.

Question and Answer session


Please join us for an informative and important Prep Hockey meeting.

Subject: Prep Hockey Summer Service Opportunities


Looking for service hours or any way to be a Man for Others here are two volunteer opportunities:

Both Events are Saturday June 7th


Nun Run:  Sister Mary Jo needs 25-30 Prep Boys to help from 7:00 - 11:30 at the nun run.

Below is the link with details.


They need guys to help out with parking, along the race route, water tables, and clean-up.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

Please respond to Sharyn Chernitsky if interested in helping at the Nun Run…


Run With Pride 5k Run 1 Mile Walk

Below is the link with details about the run/walk and cause: 100% of the proceeds from this community event will benefit the The Scholarship Fund in Memory of Kevin Flach


Virginia Krause is looking for volunteers to man the barricades and intersections, help with AM registration, and clean up.

If interested please reply to Virginia Krause @


Thank you for any consideration!

Alum Thriving at Harvard University; 1st junior hockey captain in 50 years

Max Everson (left) and Kyle Criscuolo (Prep Hockey Alum) (right) pose with head coach Ted Donato (Photo: Harvard Men's Hockey).

Kyle was a disciple of former Prep Hockey coach Ed Austin who first recognized Kyle's leadership and playing ability.  Ed worked tirelessly to continue to develop Kyle's skills during his time at the Prep.

From the Harvard University news release:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Defenseman Max Everson and forward Kyle Criscuolo were named captains of the 2014-15 Harvard men's hockey team, the 122nd and 123rd captains in team history, as the squad gathered for its annual awards banquet Saturday at the Harvard Club of Boston. The team also handed out its annual awards at the gathering.

Harvard will feature co-captains for the first time since the 2010-11 season, when Michael Del Mauro and Christopher Huxley both donned the "C" on their jerseys. With Everson as a captain, it will be the 12th consecutive season the Crimson will have a defenseman leading the squad. Criscuolo, who will be a junior next season, is Harvard's first junior captain in over half a century, as the last non-senior to serve was William Ayers '47 in 1945-46. Everson and Criscuolo will be Harvard's seventh pair of captains in the history of the program.

Four team awards were also handed out Saturday. The John Tudor Memorial Cup, presented to Harvard's most valuable player, went to sophomore forward Jimmy Vesey. Freshman Sean Malone took home the George Percy Award as the team's top rookie, and Criscuolo earned the Ralph "Cooney" Weiland Award for devotion to the game for the second straight season. Freshman Victor Newell was awarded the Donald Angier Hockey Trophy as Harvard's most improved player.

Vesey lead the Crimson in points in 2013-14, totaling 22 on a team-high 13 goals and nine assists. He earned his second All-Ivy accolade in as many years, leading the team in goals for the second straight season. His five game-winning goals ranked tied for first in the ECAC and tied for seventh nationally, and he also held a share of the team lead in power-play goals with four. Vesey was also named a Walter Brown Award candidate for the second consecutive season. It is his second Harvard team award of his career after taking home the George Percy Award in his first year at Harvard.

Malone became the 13th Harvard skater in program history to collect Ivy Rookie of the Year honors, and it marked the second straight season a Harvard skater has received the honor with Vesey earning the title in 2012-13. The top-scoring freshman on the team, Malone amassed 20 points on six goals and 14 assists in his inaugural collegiate season, playing in all 31 games for the Crimson. He recorded the longest point streak on the team this season at five games and also had a team-high two short-handed scores on the year.

Criscuolo showed a nose for the net as well this season, finishing second on the team with 11 goals and 20 total points. He tied with Vesey for the team lead in power-play goals with four and was one of just five players to play every game for the Crimson this season. He compiled seven multi-point games during the 2013-14 campaign.

Newell started the season as a reserve defenseman, and finished as one of Harvard's top scoring threats from the blue line. The freshman suited up for 15 games in his inaugural campaign and tallied 10 points (two goals and eight assists), giving him the second-highest points-per-game average on the team behind Vesey. He recorded his first collegiate goal and assist in the same game, a 7-4 win over Boston University Jan. 4.

  What a season!

Congratulations to the all three Prep hockey teams on a great ride this year.  Congratulations to La Salle for winning the Flyers Cup in a hard-fought overtime championship game. 

And congratulations finally to all of the seniors for amazing Prep Hockey careers.  We are all so proud of you all!

Flyers Cup Pictures Available

2013-14 Yearbook


Varsity AAA ICSHL Playoffs:

  • Congratulations to the 2013-14 ICSHL CHAMPIONS - St. Joseph's Prep Varsity AAA!

Flyers Cup Announcements:

  • Varsity AAA team has been awarded the Number One Seed in the 2014 Flyers Cup tournament. Game 1 against Carroll is Thurs., March 6 at Skatium, 8pm.

Yearbook Support

Each year, the Prep hockey team prepares an annual yearbook and is regularly seeking businesses and individuals looking to partner with the team and sponsor advertisements.  If you or a business that you know are interested in supporting the Prep Hockey Program, please fill out this Word document linked here and return it as noted on the document as soon as possible (note that the form says December 31, but we are still accepting submissions).

The past three yearbooks can be found below:

2012-13 Yearbook

2011-12 Yearbook

2010-11 Yearbook

Prep Hockey Hits the 40-Win Mark for the Season
as 2014 Arrives

The St. Joseph’s Prep Hockey program closed 2013 with the three-team program sporting a record of 40 wins as the December portion of the schedule comes to an end.


 The teams have a combined record of 40-14.4.


The Varsity AAA Hawks are in first place in the Inter County Scholastic Hockey League on a perfect record of 8-0-0. The team’s overall record is 17-5-2.


The Prep AAA squad is off  to an 8-1-1 mark, good for first place in the ICSHL Pool 4 Division. The team’s overall mark is 16-5-1.


The Prep JV team's league and overall mark is 7-4-1, good for second place in the JV Pool 2 Division in the ICSHL.


Varsity AAA forward Anthony Giacomin leads the ICSHL in scoring with 17 points.  Prep goalie Charlie Van Kula leads the league with a 5-0-0 record and a 1.83 goals against average.


Hawks forward Mark Centrella leads the ICSHL Pool 4 Division in scoring in points (19) and goals (11). Forward Thomas Scirrotto leads the division with 12 assists.  In goal, Shawn Joniec leads the league with a 1.17 goals against average. Joniec and goaltending partner Zander Krause lead the league with four wins each.


St. Joseph’s goalie Matt Polito leads the Pool 2 goalies with a 2.00 goals against average. Teammate Gianni D’Angelo leads the division in save percentage (.918) and shutouts (2).

Results from Purple Puck Hockey Tournament

Congratulations to the Varsity AAA and Prep AAA teams participating in the Purple Puck tournaments in Washington, DC (Fort Dupont Ice Arena) over the past week.  The Varsity AAA went 2-2, losing in a nail-biter shootout in the semi-finals.  The Prep AAA team went 3-2 and getting to the championship game, losing only to the eventual champion Team NOVA who went undefeated. 

PICTURES AND UPDATES AT:  Purple Puck Public Facebook Page


Congratulations to our Prep Hockey All Stars!

Varsity AAA:
Charlie Van Kula
John Mayer
Ryan Neff
Stephen Centrella

Peter Hansinger

Prep AAA:
Matthias Chernitsky
Kyle Cissone
Mark Centrella
Shawn Joniec (not pictured; did not skate)

JV - A:
Chris Mayer
Nicholas Cissone
Gianni D'Angelo
Ryan Gill

PINK THE RINK a resounding success!


Thank you to everyone in the Prep hockey community for your support of Pink the Rink! It was a huge success! 


The event and game were featured on the NBC-10 11:00 p.m. news last night and The Delco Times covered the game after promoting it on their Twitter feed during the day.  Check out the link for the article in today’s Delco Times:


A special thank you to the players, who were challenged to "fill the room."  You delivered!  406 people paid to attend the varsity game, which shattered the record for paid attendance at the Skatium for an ICSHL varsity game.  This is in addition to those who had passes for the game and those who attended the Pink the Rink Open Skate.  WOW! 


Pink the Rink is a herculean effort that can't occur without the generous help of many, many people.  We were lucky to partner with the Skatium staff and O’Hara Ice Hockey Program who really supported the event.  Thank you so much to those in the Prep hockey family who donated baked goods and pretzels, to the JV-AAA players who volunteered, to the moms "at the tables", to the dads who helped with set up and clean up, to the photographers and announcer, to the managers who kept things running smoothly and to those who made donations and/or purchased t-shirts, pucks and 50/50 raffle tickets to benefit the Kelly Rooney Foundation.  All donations of time, talent and treasure were really appreciated.  You made my job easy!


A final thank you to the coaches who were so accommodating to the chaos and disruption of the “Puck Chuck” and all the pre-game and between-game activities.  We appreciate your understanding when the focus of the evening drifted away from the game.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a year ahead full of happy moments!


See you at the rink,

Sharyn Chernitsky

Prep Hockey

Breaks Two Streaks

    One streak was extended and two broken.

    The Inter County Scholastic Hockey League game was billed as a battle of the two undefeated teams.

    St. Joseph's Prep entered the game 5-0-0 while La Salle was 2-0-1. And the Explorers had gone 39 games (37-0-2), nearly three seasons since losing a league or Flyers' Cup game. Their last loss was Feb. 7, 2011 to Father Judge.  In that time, La Salle was 6-0-0 against St. Joe's. They outscored the Prep 34-7.

    The Hawks' 6-1 win over La Salle Monday night extended its unbeaten streak to 6-0-0 in ICSHL this season.

    Head Coach David Giacomin's Prep team puts it streak on the line again Friday when they travel to Archbishop Ryan at the Flyers' Skate Zone NE.

Breaking the Curse Ended Earlier...

To get the successful program week started, the Prep AAA team earned the Prep Hockey program's first win over the La Salle hockey program with a 4-2 win last Wednesday.

Photo Show Recap

Jamestown, NY tournament was a great trip for our varsity team!  Varsity finished the tournament 2-2.  Local teams all together put in a very strong showing against top U.S. and Canadian teams, including being the overall tourney winner.  

Congratulations to John Mayer for making the all-tournament team!

Prep AAA team schedule updates:
  • New game - Wed., 12/18 against La Salle, 4:30pm at University of Penn.
  • New game - Wed., 1/8/14 against Hill School, 4:30pm at University of Penn.
  • New game - Fri., 2/28/14 against La Salle at Flyers, at 7:40pm SkateZone Northeast.

Purple Puck Tournament Schedule Announced; Gonzaga & Alumni Day Recap:
  • The Varsity's and Prep team's games for the upcoming Purple Puck Tournament have been announced.  See the game schedule to the left for all updates.

  • This past Friday, November 29, was our annual day of hockey at the University of Pennsylvania, starting with a JV game against Roman Catholic, a Prep game against Gonzaga and then a Varsity game against Gonzaga Varsity.  It was a great day all around - thank you so much to everyone from the Prep and Gonzaga families, particularly the tireless parents, for coordinating!

  • In between the Prep and Varsity games on November 29, there was the annual alumni game.  The game played to a thrilling 10-9 conclusion (or a 10-10 tie...depending on who you ask!).


    Santa Pack is now available on line:

    There is also a "Pink the Rink" double pack for women available. Click on the above link for an awesome Christmas gift.  Any questions about The Santa packs this year contact Kathy Neff.

    Check out the signup information for the Gesu Christmas event on the Prep Service tab on the left. 

    Flyers-Rangers-Prep History Reconnect

    At the recent Wells Fargo Center game against Fr. Judge, Head Coach David Giacomin and son Anthony ('15) were joined by Joe Kadlec, Ambassador of the Philadelphia Flyers and original team PR Director (and father of Joe III ('99)), and David's father, Hockey Hall of Famer Ed Giacomin.

    Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday - the Prep teams now are 2-0-1 in the building this year!

Prep Hockey National Honor Society Inductees:
On Tuesday, November 13, 2013, four Prep Hockey players were inducted at the Honors Convocation into the St. Joseph's Preparatory School chapter of the National Honor Society.  Membership is based on scholarship, leadership, service and character.

Standing from left to right are: Ryan Neff, Stephen Centrella, Charles Van Kula and Robert Jankiewicz.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the three Wells Fargo Center games

Check out our new online photo library via the "Photos and Videos" tab to the left!

Pictures from the Wells Fargo Center game
are already posted as well as additional JV game pictures.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Penn State-Vermont college hockey game!

Your support helps our teams compete at the Wells Fargo Center three times this season.

Full game schedules are posted in the "Game Schedule" tab, including tournaments (over 70 total games)

Check back weekly as the teams' schedules may change

Training Camp Underway:

46 Preppers,  7 Coaches including 5 Prep Hockey Alumni and the Prep Hockey Family held a 2 1/2 day Hockey Camp at the University of Delaware in early August.   Head Coach David Giacomin led the effort to initiate the 2013-2014 Hockey Campaign.

On-ice, off-ice workouts plus team-building, as well as fun of course, were the goals.  Camp included an overnight at the Delaware dorms, team meals and bus trips, which kept the group on the go!   Special thanks to Father Brandon of Saint Thomas More Oratory and the U of D Catholic Campus Ministry for Sunday AM services at the U of Delaware Rust Arena Ice Rink.


On Sunday, July 21, boys in grades 6th, 7th and 8th grade (plus a 4th grade sibling) skated with Prep Hockey Seniors and Juniors and our Head Coach Dave Giacomin! The 6th Annual Hockey Clinic was a success with four goalies in attendance.

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