Delbarton Hockey: Creating a New Jersey Legacy

by Jashvina Shah

In the 2009 New Jersey High School Hockey State Tournament semifinals, Delbarton — flush with future Tigers Tommy Davis, Mike Ambrosia and Colton Phinney — trailed Bergen Catholic 3-0. And Delbarton was getting out played.

Just before the final period, Delbarton’s coaching staff asked the players to believe in each other and fight for one more game as a team.

James Sirigotis scored first for the Green Wave in the third, en route to a 5-3 Delbarton victory. They came back in the finals and took down Christian Brothers Academy for their second state championship in a row.

“Success breed success at Delbarton, and they take a lot of pride in it,” Shatel said. “As a coach, that makes my job a little bit easier because they know what it takes to win from prior seasons and they teach our younger boys what it takes.” Continue reading Delbarton Hockey: Creating a New Jersey Legacy