For the second year in a row, the HP Giants Hockey Association presented a check to The Cancer Wellness Center (based in Northbrook) from its “Pink in the Rink” t-shirt sales. Through the generous donation of the t-shirts by Julie and Dean Manone along with the efforts of the Varsity team Ambassador, HP Junior Sam Shachtman, to organize the sales effort, the t-shirt fundraiser generated over $2,200. Nancy Bulzoni, Executive Director and Kim Matthews, Support Programs Coordinator for The Cancer Wellness Center were on hand at Centennial Ice Arena on Sunday, January 14th for the ceremonial puck drop ahead of Giants game against Lane Tech and to receive the $1,100 donation from the Giants.
The Cancer Wellness Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, provides services ranging from lectures and workshops to wellness classes, counseling and more for those dealing with cancer. Established in 1989, the Center is dependent upon donations as it provides all of its service free of charge.
Like last year, Julie and Dean Manone wanted to help make it possible for the Varsity team to raise money for a local cancer charity as well as for the Giants Scholarship Fund. Once again, half of the money generated from the t-shirt sales went to The Cancer Wellness Center with the other half going to the Scholarship Fund.
HP GOES FOR 3 GAME SEASON SWEEP ON DECEMBER 1ST
The Giants followed up their 5-3 victory over Deerfield on 10/28 with a convincing 5-2 victory in front of a capacity crowd at Glacier Ice Arena on 11/21 to retain the District 113 Cup. With the 3 seniors on the HP Blue team joining the Varsity line-up for the evening, the Giants dominated play from the opening face-off when Captain Sebastian Thomas, off a beautiful pass from Sam Shachtman, put a rocket from the point in the back of the net to open the scoring only 3 minutes into the game. As the period progressed, both teams traded quality chances and played a good, clean period. With a minute and a half to go in the first and the Giants moving the puck well, Jack Elbaum put the Giants up 2-0 following a beautiful tic-tac-toe play between Shachtman, Josh Velick and Elbaum.
HP came out sluggish to start the second and Deerfield pounced on the Giants and tied the game with 2 goals in the first 3 minutes of the period, but that would be the best Deerfield had during this annual rivalry game. HP wore down the Warriors as they put 17 shots on goal in the second and if not for an outstanding effort by the Deerfield goalie, the game would have been over before intermission. However, the game was far from over as the arch rivals entered the third period tied at 2.
Just like in their first meeting this year when the teams were tied at 3 going into the final period, HP proved to be the better conditioned and more disciplined of the teams. With Zach Gordon between the pipes turning away shot after shot and the HP defense led by seniors Thomas and Jordan Meek, playing one of their best games of the year, the Giants offense went into another gear and put the game away to the delight of the Giants faithful. Max Kaufman scored the game winner on a skillful redirection of a Thomas shot from the point a minute into the final period. Elbaum gave HP a two goal lead 5 minutes later, with his second of the evening, when George Giese fed Elbaum to put him on a breakaway that he buried. Giese closed out the Giants scoring with a “SportsCenter highlight reel” move with 4 minutes to go in the game.
GAME NOTES: HP outshot Deerfield 34-27. The Giants go for a 3 game season sweep of the Warriors when they visit Deerfield at Twin Rinks in Buffalo Grove on Saturday December 1st at 7:15pm. The Giants are back in action over the Thanksgiving holiday when they play in the Annual Loyola Academy Thanksgiving Invitational.
The Grey Giants squad prevailed in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory against the D155 Predators to win the Wright Angle Tournament in Madison Wisconsin. Goalie Shai Lichtenfeld was outstanding in the net holding a strong Predator offense to just one goal early in the first period. Tournament MVP Pierce Romo tied the game early in the second period with a sharp wrister off a fancy dish from defenseman Jack Forman who had drove the puck deep into the offensive zone. Shai and the rest of the defense held off the hungry Predators and forced the game in to a sudden death overtime. Just 30 seconds in to the 3-on-3 OT, Daniel Morgenstern took a pass from Forman and took control of the Giants tournament by driving behind the net, drawing two defenders with him, and dropped the puck off to Romo. From behind the net, Romo promptly took it to the top of the crease, scored in the five hole backhand, and led the yard-sale celebration for the Giants.
On Friday night, Grey kicked off the tournament for the Giants with an exciting 3-2 victory over the D155 Predators. 4 of the 5 goals came in the last 2 minutes of each of the first two periods. Grey broke the tie midway through the third with Ilya Mondrowski’s second well positioned goal of the night. Romo sandwiched Grey’s second goal late in the third. The defense and Shai were able to hold off a late game surge from the Predators to hold on to the win, and narrowly missing a couple of empty net attempts.
The momentum for Grey continued in to Saturday morning. Against a physical Cyclone club from Geneva IL, the Giants toughened up and delivered a solid 5-0 victory. Shai was a brick wall in the net and barely seemed to break a sweat with his shut out. Derek Kasemir started the fun off with a laser from the blue line, followed up with another 2 goals from Mondrowski while Sam Schlussel posted 2 of his own including a sweet late game shorty.
The only setback for the Grey Giants came Saturday night. Lane Tech was winless in this tournament going into the game but they have Grey’s number this year as the Giants fell in a tough 5-3 loss.
“Over the last few months the boys have really been coming together as a team, which is evident by the success they’ve achieved at this tournament,” Head Coach Brian Kelly said. “Every player on that bench brings something valuable to the ice, no matter what their role is on the team. They deserve it.”
Below is a list of the students in The Highland Park Giants Hockey Association who have qualified as Members of the HPHS Honor Society. The Highland Park High School Honor Society was established to recognize Junior and Senior students’ achievements.
Highland Park, IL 4/9/18 – Mike Schaffer, President of the Highland Park Giants Hockey Association, is pleased to announce the hiring of Anthony Booth as the programs new Hockey Director and Varsity Head Coach effective June 1st, 2018.
Coach Booth, with over 15 years of High School and Youth coaching experience from AAA to A, joins the Giants following his most recent position as the Head Coach of Loyola Academy’s Maroon Varsity team.
Coach Booth brings extensive experience in player development to the Giants through his experience as Director of Player Development at PuckPros Hockey Training Center in Glenview from ’08-’13 and as the Founder and Owner of Precision AAA Hockey, a recognized leader in youth hockey skills development, since its inception in 2007. In addition, Coach Booth boasts an impressive head coaching resume including coaching stints with the Wisconsin Rampage (Jr. A), CYA, Team Illinois, the Skokie Flyers and the Lake County Atoms.
“We are thrilled to have Anthony, with his impressive coaching accomplishments and resume take over the Giants Hockey program”, said Mike Schaffer. “We look forward to Anthony helping teach our boys, both on and off the ice, how to be responsible and accountable hard working young men.”
Anthony resides in Lindenhurst Illinois with his wife and 4 daughters
As all of us know, playing hockey is an expensive endeavor. We believe every Highland Park HS student should be able to play the sport he loves regardless of his family’s financial circumstances. Our club has a well-established Scholarship Fund, which is administered by a third party review panel, to assist those in need. Over the past number of years, we have helped over 20 families cover the costs to ensure that their son(s) has been able to play hockey for the Giants.
Recently an anonymous donor has stepped forward and offered us an exciting opportunity whereby the donor will match, dollar for dollar, up to $11,400! The Giants Hockey Board has taken on the challenge and we are seeking your help.
So how do we get the funds we use? Through the generous financial support of people like you. As a hockey lover, we know you support keeping skaters on the ice and out of trouble. Please consider helping us meet this challenge through a tax deductible donation at one of the following levels:
$50 - Assist
$100 – Play Maker
$250 - Goal Scorer
$500 - Hat Trick
???? - Cup Champion
Through your generous donation, you will help keep the hopes and dreams alive of young men to enjoy this incredible game, build life long friendships, and stay focused in school. Whatever you can afford, will help us to ultimately achieve the match of $10,000!!!
An added benefit: for every $100.00 dollar increment of your donation will earn you an entry into a drawing for 1 of the 3 generously donated prizes listed below:
12 Tickets and 4 parking passes to a suite at a Hawks Game TBD 2018 – 2019 season
Donated by Banner Kitchen & Bath Showroom
12 Tickets and 4 parking passes to a suite at a Bulls Game TBD 2018 -2019 season
Donated by Banner Kitchen & Bath Showroom
1 Samsung 55” Black UHD 4K HDR LED Smart HDTV Donated By ABT Electronics and Appliances
You can either donate via Credit Card by requesting a pay-pal link from our treasurer Josh Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or with a check made out to "Highland Park Giants” mailed to:
HP Giants Hockey Assn. NFP
PO Box 558
Highland Park, IL 60035
We are a registered 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.
Thank you in advance and we truly appreciate your support.
Board of Directors
Highland Park Giants Hockey Association
The HP Giants and their families celebrated our seniors and all of their accomplishments.
Click here to read the HP Landmark article about the HP Giants Varsity Hockey team and giving back to the community.
Photo: Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media
In a competitive game this past Wednesday evening, the GIANTS Varsity Hockey Team broke open a tight game midwaythrough the third period to beat the Deerfield Warriors 6-3. In the victory, the GIANTS brought home THE CUP in this yearly rivalry game. The electric atmosphere at the completely packed Glacier Ice Arena had both Student Bodies and Fans on the edge of their seats. Both Teams were tied 2-2 after the first period. In the second period, Michael Gallo scored his first of two goals on the evening to put the GIANTS up 3-2 after the second period. Goals by Dylan Abt, Alec Powers and Michael Gallo in the third put the game out of reach. Offensively on the evening for the GIANTS Ryan Genender, Dylan Abt, George Giese and Michael Gallo had two points each. With Charlie Levine-Wolf, Sam Frazer, Sam Shachtman and Alec Powers contributing with a point each. Goaltender for the GIANTS Jack Manone, had a strong evening with 20 saves including a big save on a Penalty Shot. It was very impressive seeing the Sportsmanship these young men displayed embracing each other and shaking hands after the game. Most of them playing hockey with each other since they were very young.
Coach Freeman’s Varsity Hockey Team showed both determination and endurance this past weekend. The GIANTS traveled to Madison, WI. for the Mad City Veteran’s Cup Tournament. They played five games in less than 48 hours, and won them all. Once again, the Goaltending and Defense were tremendous. Netminders Zach Gordon and Jack Manone just keep getting better. The GIANTS offense also showed up in outscoring the competition 22-3 after four games. In a fantastic Championship game, the GIANTS prevailed 1-0 against the pesky Barrington Bronco’s. With many momentum changes throughout the game, Kyle Powers’ scored on a great assist from Sam Frazer with just 45 seconds left in the game. Jack Manone was astounding in net for another one of his shutouts. Mark your calendars for the big game against the rival DeerfieldWarriors on November 22 at Glacier Ice Arena.
HP Giants are the Champions of the Mad City Veterans Cup!
On Sunday evening, the HP Varisty GIANTS Hockey Team welcomed our Local Chapter of the Tiger Scouts to take in a game. And what a game they saw! The GIANTS hosted the Evanston Wildkits at Centennial Ice Arena. Senior Michael Gallo got the GIANTS on the board with a crafty shot from the slot. The Wildkits tied the game early in the second. With the score tied for over thirteen minutes, Senior Defenseman Grant Silver landed a rocket in the back of the net for the game winner! Goalie Zach Gordon has been stellar for the GIANTS this season. Zach had another outstanding game with 17 saves against an aggressive Evanston Team. The win puts the GIANTS in a tie for first in the tough CHAMPIONS DIVISION. Thanks to the Tiger Scouts for their great spirit and support. We hope to have them back soon. The GIANTS are off to Madison, WI. this weekend for the Mad City Veterans Cup Tournament. COME OUT AND BE A PART OF GIANTS HOCKEY!
HP GIANTS HOCKEY is already getting ready for the BIG GAME against Deerfield next month The GIANTS are excited about their SPIRIT WEAR for the big game. Get your Hats and T-Shirt’s NOW! Your order must be in by November 3rd. The game is November 22. Come out and enjoy some competitive Hockey!
The Varsity Team had another exciting week of Hockey. Sunday the Team never quit and came back from being down 2-0 after to two periods to tie the #3 Glenbrook North Spartans 2-2. The action was outstanding from the outset. After the Giants gave up a couple of power play goals, the goaltending and defense shut the Spartans down the rest of the way. The Giants fought back with a beautiful goal from Ryan Genender early in the third period. Then with an amazing effort from Dylan Abt in the offensive zone, Zach Chamberlin was able to score at the buzzer on a rebound from a Abt shot. What a game! Monday evening the Giants hosted New Trier Gray. With Zach Gordon in net, the Giants dominated the play from start to finish putting up a 5-2 victory. The Giants scoring came from Michael Gallo, who had two goals, Jordan Meek, Jack Elbaum and Sam Fraser. The GIANTS schedule remains strong when they host Loyola on Sunday evening 7:10 PM and New Trier White on Tuesday the 17th at 9 PM. Both games are at Centennial Ice. COME OUT AND BE A PART OF GIANTS HOCKEY!
The Giants organization extends a big congratulations to Coach Dan and his wife Lindsay on the birth of their son. His name is Nolan John, and parents and baby are happy and healthy!
The Highland Park Giants Hockey Association’s third annual alumni game on June 24 at Centennial Ice Arena saw the Blue team defeat the White team 21-12. Players and fans enjoyed the game, and the funds raised supported the Scholarship Fund.
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