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 1992 Suffern Mounties
NYSPHSAA Division 1 State Champions

1991-92 Suffern Mounties (Left to Right) Coach John Orlando, Goalie Coach John Yurcik, Assist Coach John Rostawanik, Mike Schoenbach, Rob Stevens, Dan White, John Chapman, Rob Cerabona, Mike Sheehan, Jimmy Flament, John Rostawanik.

More on Suffern '92 team

High (School) sticking
March 13, 2009

Coach John Orlando was gracious enough to provide some information on the 1992 Suffern team that will be inducted into the New York State High School Hockey Hall of Fame tomorrow, and IĄŻm leaving the floor to him. This afternoon IĄŻll be back with semifinal previews and IĄŻll also respond to all comments and e-mails that were sent to me over the past 48 hours.

The season started about seven or eight years ago[ 1985-86 ]when Sport-O- Rama gave us free ice time at 6 AM on Sunday mornings to rebuild our feeder program. Over 2/3rds. of the players on this team started then with borrowed lacrosse helmets and gloves, the real Ą°Bad News BearsĄ±.

Would they ever make it? Fifteen weeks of early rising set the tone. They were dedicated. What follows is a recollection of a set of circumstances over the last two seasons.
Injuries, death in a family, sickness and losses [ we started the season 3-3 ] led to the elusive State Championship.

With the players all back. Steve Lofberg, the Father of T.J. Lofberg arranged a trip to Norway to play in the Jar Tournament in Oslo.

What an unbelievable experience. Our first hurdle was the plane trip, 10 hours over the Atlantic- 10 first time flyers- a lot of white knuckles. Courage! some found it.

We win the tournament. Our kids played great. We win the hearts of the Norwegians with hard-skilled play.

The trip was more than just hockey. We came together as a team more than ever before.
Improvised hockey, as our Norwegian friends call it, 30 boys on a huge outdoor rink, exchanging jerseys, mixing up teams, playing with no refs, 2 to 3 hours under the stars, for pure sport, played for the fun of it until exhaustion sets in.

After the tournament we then toured Norway. Our most memorable aspect was a trip to a sculpture park. The theme was from birth to death. Our boys entered the park giggling but as our guide started to explain the statues the mood changed drastically. Fun, life, death, struggles, relationships and how people handle these are depicted. We all emerged from those 80 acres as slightly different people.

I took sick after the trip and my assistants, John Rostawanik, Mitch Resnick and John Yurcik took over and led the team. I feel it made us a better team as the boys had to overcome another adversity and stand on their own. The team started cooking.

Our young defenseman were getting better [Sheehan, Rostawanik]. Our big line [Chapman,White,Doyle ] another line [Lofberg,Stevens Taylor] were smoking. Our yearling line [Stecz, Murphy, Gordon,Greg] was emrging as a force. Cerebona [ goalie] Adam Gordon [defense] were ROCK-SOLID in front of the net. 

Our red line[ Flament, Cohen, Greenhut, Marguiles, Condon and Haugeto] was possessed in practice and made everybody work hard. Our back-up goalies [Goldstein and Cunningham] were pressuring the shooters.

We never lost another game that season when we returned from Norway and won the section championship. 17 straight victories concluded the season.

State tournament 1/4 finals a 10-3 victory over Monroe-Woodbury, a semi-final victory over Seton Catholic 3-2 and a 4-3 OĄŻT win over Massena in what some will say was the most exciting final in state history.

The championship game had many heroes. Cerebona in goal, Adam Gordon played the entire 45 minutes on defense, John Chapman went from center to defense and played about 41 minutes. Chapman, Taylor and Doyle shut Massena down and White, Stevens and Lofberg did most of the scoring. Rob Stevens scored the game tier goal on assists from Lofberg and White with 39 seconds left after the goalie was pulled.

Rob Stevens was then sprung free on a pass from Danny White and blasted the game winner from just inside the blue line in overtime.

The 1992 Suffern Mounties were inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2009, for their dedication to the sport as a truly great team who have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.

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