Giardelli and Alonzo take home Varsity MVP and MVG

Stevie Giardelli couldn’t help himself.

As soon as he was awarded the MVP award, his emotions came out.

He thought about his family watching from the stands, all the hard work he put in during practice, and about that time he almost quit hockey in 2014.

He thought about it all.

Stevie becomes the first recipient of the MVP award after his consistently buzzing game which led to the game opening goal in the finals.

Mikey Alonzo was awarded the MVG award after his 2.00 gga which he posted in the round robin. Alonzo was a rock for Smithtown, as he gave his team the confidence to rush the puck knowing they have a reliable goaltender behind them.

Congrats to Giardelli and Alonzo!

Mike Alonzo
&
Stevie Giardelli

ROCKY POINT/MOUNT SINAI GRELLA/HEGLUND TAKE HOME MVG/MVP AWARDS

Coram, NY- heading into Sunday’s playoffs, the “B” division was anyone’s game. However, Grella and Heglund continued their tournament success and led their team to the finals victory over PatMed.

Grella, who owned a 3.00 gga in the round Robin, turned it up in the playoffs. As he is known to do, Grella came up clutch. Going 10-10 in penalty shot attempts and allowing no second chances in his finals victory.

“Who is that guy on Rocky Point!?” was the word going around All Star arena this past weekend. That player was the (at the time) unknown Sam Heglund. Heglund dominated the Alumni Series, scoring clutch goals and possessing the puck throughout games. Heglund received 4 out of 4 first place votes from the board of directors during the vote.

Congratulations Kenny and Sam!

LIAS

Kenny Grella
&
Sam Heglund

Who we are .

Long Island hockey is strong . The roller game was particularly prominent in the 90s and early 2000s. Teams like the Kuzak bulldogs, Tour Dragons and Mission Snipers competed regularly in national tournaments all around the country . When they got home many swapped out those tornament jerseys for school colors and competed in the HSRHLOFLI . Without question the worst website name ever created , but the league was extremely competitive . From junior freshman to varsity , these “club” teams battled over twenty games and playoffs. Rivalries and comradely grew.

Years laters, Mike Stumpf, Sean Masem , Alex & Paul Parisi decided to put on a tournament for their fellow alumni . Starting with a draft at Patchogue’s Tap room , we had some drinks shared some memories, picked some teams, and made an event.

The tournament has gone on annually for four years now and grows each time. Though something as special as this is meant to be shared. So we do our best to do that . It’s about dusting off the skates, taping up those sticks , practicing those cellys and reuniting with friends. Divided by region , united by sport. We are the Long Island Alumni Series