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 Mike Sparago-  (Suffern 1978-1982)

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Mike Sparago is a rarity- an outstanding hockey player who played three
sports in high school and excelled in all three. This Suffern HS graduate
started on Suffern's renowned varsity hockey team as an eight grader, being
only the second eight grader to ever make the team. Mike played 4 years of
varsity hockey for Coach John Orlando and along the way was voted All
County 3 times. He wound up being the 7th leading point scorer and 4th All
Time leader in goals for the Mounties. In 1980, while still competing in
high school, Mike was selected by the United States Olympic Committee to
play in the 16 years and under Best 100 Players Showcase.

During the Fall season Mike played football. He was a two year
starter for the Mounties and was voted All County HM by the Journal News.
That year he was the 4th leading rusher in Rockland County.
In the spring Mike played lacrosse for the Mounties and Coach
Orlando. He was a 4 year starter on Suffern's highly successful varsity team
and was selected 2nd team All County in his Jr. year and First Team All
County as a senior.

After Mike graduated from Suffern HS in 1982, he joined the Sioux
City Musketeers of the United States Junior Hockey League and played with
them through 1984. During that time he was selected as a first team league
All Star and scored 54 goals and 36 assists in the games that he
played. Also in 1984 Mike was selected to play for the USA in the World
Junior Cup in Switzerland where the USA team was the GOLD MEDAL winners.

For his efforts on the USA team, Mike earned a hockey scholarship to
Ferris State University in Michigan, that competes in the Division 1 NCAA
Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Mike was a three year starter and
graduated with a degree in business from Ferris State.

Mike continued his hockey career by being invited to the training
camp of the St, Louis Blues of the NHL. After training he signed with the
Virginia Lancers of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, a class A
professional team. In his rookie year Mike was 4th on the team in scoring
with 26 goals and 48 assists in the 41 games he played in and helped the to
the ACHL Championships. For his efforts he was named "Rookie of the Year"
of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.

Now retired from competitive hockey, Mike works as a financial
advisor with Morgan Stanley and lives in Hohokus, NJ. Mike is married to his
wife Deborah. They have 3 children, Jack 9, Lindsay 7 and Charles 5. He
spends his time coaching youth hockey at Sportorama and football in Bergen

Mike Sparago was one of the best players ever to come out of the downstate

Mike is also a member of the Suffern HS Athletic Hall of Fame and the
Rockland County Hall of Fame.

The induction to the Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday March 12,2011
at the NYS High School Hockey Championships Final Four at the AUD in Utica,

Mike was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2011, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great player who has 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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