Highland Park Giants Hockey Association
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The Highland Park Giants hockey program has decided to come together to raise money for patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Due to COVID-19, families are unable to spend time all together. The kids are only able to have one parent visit at a time, while siblings are not allowed to visit at all. There is an ongoing wishlist of gifts for the kids. As a program, we recognize the impact Coronavirus has had on these families. Our goal is to raise enough money through donations so that we can purchase the items on this wishlist. Please consider helping make our goal possible. Any donation, no matter how small or large, is greatly appreciated. Please see the link below.
Highland Park Giants Hockey Association
Highland Park Giants 2019-2020 Seniors
Seniors from left to right: Tyler Kasemir, Sam Shachtman, Lawson Levine, Ben Abelson, Kyle Wiesman, Max Kaufman, Will Newton, Ryan Young, Josh Velick, Jack Elbaum, Zach Simon and Spencer Lidov.
HP DEFEATS MARIST 4-3 in 1ST ROUND OF STATE PLAYOFFS
LICHTENFELD LEADS THE WAY BETWEEN THE PIPES
GIANTS TO FACE YORK IN 2ND ROUND
Highland Park defeated Marist High School 4-3 last night (2/13) at Centennial Ice Arena to advance to the 2nd round of the Illinois State Tournament.
The Giants peppered the Marist goalie throughout the first period and with 5 minutes to go, the Giants finally broke through to take a 1-0 lead on a Sam Shachtman goal with assists from Will Rosenberg and Kyle Wiesman.
HP came out shooting to start the second and Billy Cohen buried a Ben Abelson pass to give the Giants a 2-0 lead less than a minute into the period. While Marist struggled to generate any scoring chances during the first period, they created chance after chance over the course of the second. Fortunately HP goalie, Shai Lichtenfeld, facing 17 shots in the 2nd, was up to the challenge stopping odd man chance after odd man chance. However, there were only so many saves Lichtenfeld could make when Marist finally broke through with 3 minutes remaining in the second to cut the HP lead in half. The Giants regained a 2 goal lead less than a minute later on a Rosenberg goal set up by Shachtman and Jack Elbaum. Just when it appeared HP had regained control of the game, the Giants got caught with too many men deep in their offensive zone and Marist made it a 3-2 game on beautiful 2 on 1 passing play to end the period.
As the 3rd period started, it was clear that the 12 Seniors on the Giants roster did not want their HS hockey careers to end on the coldest night of the winter. Halfway through the 3rd, with the Giants dominating the play in their offensive zone, Elbaum scored the game winner on a beautiful tic-tac-toe play with Shachtman and Wiesman to make it 4-2. If you could give assists to everyone that participated in the play, another assist would have been credited to Rosenberg when he started the play with a pass to Wiesman on the point. Just like the Giants, the Marist Seniors clearly did not want their HS careers to end either which led to a frenetic conclusion to the game. Marist posted 12 shots on Lichtenfeld during the third period with almost all of them following the Giants goal and with HP taking a penalty with 3 and a half minutes to go, Marist took advantage of the opportunity and scored to make it a 4-3 game with just over 2 minutes to play. Following the ensuing face-off, Marist pulled their goalie to add a 6th attacker but Lichtenfeld did the rest to secure the victory and ensure the Seniors careers were extended for at least one more game.
The Giants are back in action next Wednesday 2/19 at 9pm in Addison when they face York HS in the 2nd round of the State playoffs.
Marc Eisenberg Signed As HP Giants Varsity Head Coach
Mike Schaffer, President of the Highland Park Giants Hockey Association, is pleased to announce the signing of a multi-year contract with Coach Marc Eisenberg. Following Marc’s stint as the “Interim” Varsity Head Coach since early November, the Board and Marc came to an agreement that it would be mutually beneficial for the “Interim” label to be removed and for Marc to be the new Varsity Head Coach, effective immediately.
Coach Eisenberg, a Highland Park resident, took over the Varsity team as the Interim Head Coach back on November 4th, 2019 and brought stability and direction back to the program. A long-time coach and mentor of high school aged players, Marc spent extensive stints coaching with the Express, Falcons and most recently Deerfield HS. His playing career included 4 years on the University of Wisconsin’s D1 club team. Most of you know Marc either as Casey’s dad, a 2017 HP graduate or as a long time HP Giant Board member and supporter of the Giants Hockey Association.
Please take a moment to congratulate Marc the next time you see him at the rink!
Garrett James Collopy
July 9, 1998 - February 3, 2020
It’s with great sadness we share the loss of former HP Giant Alternate Captain, #79, Garrett James Collopy, Class of ’16. Garrett passed away on Monday February 3rd at the age of 21.
A highly skilled, feisty and accomplished player, Garrett, a 3 year varsity letterman was respected and beloved by his teammates and coaches. He loved representing our community and our High School. It brought Garrett great pride, during his final High School game, with HP losing by 1 late in the third period, to score and force a shootout. As the final shooter for HP in the shootout, Garrett buried the game winning goal and celebrated with his teammates and best friends.
Garrett will be missed. The entire HP Giants Hockey Organization has the Collopy family in its heart and its prayers.
Sam Shachtman Selected To Try Out For
2020 Team Illinois Showcase Team
Congratulations to Sam Shachtman for being selected to try out for the 2020 Illinois Showcase Team. Players who are selected will play at the America’s High School Showcase at the Center Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Missouri in April. The purpose of the event is to allow High School Hockey Players from around the country the opportunity to compete against the best of the best and be seen by every high level college and junior program in North America.
HP Defeats Deerfield 6-3 to Open League Playoffs
Lichtenfeld: Stellar Between the Pipes
The Giants, winners of 6 of their last 8 games, have been playing some of their best hockey heading into the playoffs. After losing 2 games and tying one to Deerfield prior to the Winter Break, the Giants looked like an entirely different team last night defeating Deerfield 6-3.
Shai Lichtenfeld stopped 33 shots while Co-Captains Jack Elbaum and Sam Shachtman each tallied 2 goals and the defense, anchored by Alternate Captain Josh Velick, gave the potent Deerfield offense fits all night.
Deerfield took the early lead less than a minute into the game. The Giants settled down and with 3 minutes to go in the first period Sam Shachtman scored his first of the evening with assists by Will Rosenberg and Jack Elbaum. With a late goal by Deerfield, the Giants trailed the Warriors 2-1 at the end of the first period.
The Giants continued their solid play in the second period by burying 2 goals while shutting out the Warriors. Zach Simon, on an assist by Sam Howard, scored a beautiful goal 5 minutes into the period by using the Deerfield defenseman as a screen to beat the goalie in the top left corner of the net. Jack Elbaum closed out the scoring in the second by cleaning up a rebound of a Shachtman shot off of a great pass by Rosenberg.
The Giants scored again just a minute and a half into the 3rd period when Ben Abelson corralled a loose puck in front of the Deerfield net and beat the Deerfield netminder to give HP a 4-2 lead. However, HP put themselves in vulnerable position by taking 2 penalties less then a minute apart. Deerfield used their timeout and scored a 5 on 3 power play goal to cut the Giants lead to one, but that was as close as the Warriors would get. Elbaum scored his second of the evening, on an assist from Rosenberg that gave the Giants a 2 goal lead and Shachtman closed out the scoring by netting his second goal of the game with less than a minute to play.
The Giants are back in action on Saturday night when they visit Evanston for their 2nd of 5 playoff games during group play. The top 2 teams from their group will advance to the league semi-finals. You can catch the Giants at home next Monday, February 3rd at 9pm at Centennial when they will face New Trier Grey in an exhibition game before the playoffs continue next Thursday, February 6th at Centennial when the Giants host Libertyville.
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Giants Spring 2020 Hockey Registration
Below is the information for 2020 Giants Hockey Association Spring Season
SPRING SEASON STRUCTURE
Giants practice schedule for the Spring season is tentatively as follows:
Varsity: Tuesdays or Thursdays & Sundays (subject to change)
Junior Varsity: Tuesdays or Thursdays & Sundays (subject to change)
COST & PAYMENT
Returning Players: The fee for the Spring season is $745 per player if you played during the 2019/20 Winter season or any previous HPHS Winter season and includes pre-season evaluations, practices, practice games, Spring League and tournaments.
New or Incoming Freshman: The fee for the Spring Season is $795 per player and includes two spring jerseys, pre-season evaluations, practices, practice games, Spring League and tournaments.
Starting with this 2020 Spring Season, players that play in any Spring Season and do not tryout the following fall will need to petition the Board for an exception due to special circumstances and payment of a reinstatement fee to participate in a future Spring Season.
Please note that while every hockey playing student (or prospective student) at HPHS is welcome to participate in our Spring program, if your 9th, 10th or 11th grade son played at the AAA level this past season they will only be included on a game roster if there is room.
If your son is interested in playing Spring League with the Giants, please complete this online registration tool below by March 1, 2020. Any Player who does not pay by 3/10 will not be allowed to participate as of that date.
Missing Spring Jersey: The fee is $50.00 for the replacement of Spring jerseys. It is mandatory for all players to have home and away jerseys for the Spring season. Please contact Mark Romo at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or replacement jersey needs.
Once your online registration is completed, you have TWO payment options. You can mail a check to P.O. Box 558, Highland Park, IL 60035 OR you can pay by Credit Card, in which case a $20.00 service fee will be added to your fees. Please send an email to: email@example.com to pay by credit card. Upon receipt of payment, your son is welcome to attend tryouts.
Checks should be made payable to the "Highland ParkGiants Hockey Association."
REQUIRED FORMS & REGISTRATIONS
Along with the accompanying online registration tool, all new and returning players are required to have a valid USA Hockey Registration Number. If you played for the Giants or another USAH organization for the Fall/Winter 2019/2020 season, you DO NOT need to re-register with USA Hockey for the Spring season.
There will be two or three tryout sessions held at Centennial Ice Arena in mid to late March. The specifics will be sent by e-mail and posted on the website:
To Register please click on the link below:
Jack Broderick represented the JV team in the league All-Star game on Saturday January 4th. Jack, the JV team leader in assists and points, had an outstanding game and recorded 2 assists to contribute towards his team’s win. Congrats to Jack!!
Congratulations to our Highland Park Giants Hockey Association All Stars for the 2019-2020 Season. Sam Shachtman and Jack Elbaum, both Seniors, were selected from the Giants to play in the Champions Division Varsity All Star Game. Sam Schlussel and Jack Broderick, both Juniors, have been selected to play in the JV Gold Division All Star Game. Good luck to them on All Star Sunday January 4th. The JV All Star Gold Game starts at 2:50 PM. The Varsity Champions All Star Game starts at 7:50 PM. All games are at West Meadows Ice Arena, 3939 Winnetka Ave in Rolling Meadows.
HP Varsity Giants Win Wright Angle Tournament In Madison
Highland Park Giants Hockey
Honored By City Council