Hockey Co-Op Hitting The Ice

Manchester and Point Boro Team Up

Incoming MTHS freshmen hockey players Nathan Hills, Joe Raimondi, Andrew Hills, Vito Casale and Chris O’Hare. (Photo courtesy Rocky Raimondi)

MANCHESTER – A hockey co-op with Point Pleasant Boro is coming to Manchester Township High School this year.

The boys practice one or two times a month to stay fresh. (Photo courtesy Rob Hills)

Rocky Raimondi brought a team of reinforcements – incoming MTHS freshmen wearing specially made gold hockey jerseys emblazoned with a royal blue “M” – to a recent Board of Education meeting.

Raimondi said he had the jerseys made up for the boys to show team pride, and also thanked the school board for the opportunity to bring hockey to Manchester. He said the boys have been practicing at least twice a month up until June in order to stay fresh.

There will be tryouts to see where each player’s skill set lies, but it’s anticipated that all the hockey hopefuls will get ice time during the upcoming fall season. Manchester will add six or seven players to create a combined hockey team of 20-25. There’s a new hockey coach at Point Pleasant Borough this year, and Raimondi said there’s a big parent booster club to support the kids.

As far as a team logo goes, he said they might have combined logos with the Point Pleasant Panthers. The two schools already share gold as a school color.

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