Rutgers Prep is proud to add Club Hockey to its sports offerings this year.
The idea to have a hockey team came when Dan Renzulli ’18 and Millo Lazarczyk ‘17 were talking about the lack of opportunities for hockey players at Prep. Together, they decided to create a hockey club to fill that void.
Both individuals are active hockey players outside of school. Millo has been playing since he was just four years old, and plays travel hockey for the Protec Ducks. He loves hockey because the sport is very physical and active, where you are constantly moving and never staying still.
Dan has been playing for three years, and currently plays travel hockey for the Bears.
Hockey is an extremely expensive sport, leading to many high schools opting not to have hockey teams, or have them as clubs that don’t receive significant funding from schools. A serious youth hockey player can spend upwards of $1000 dollars on quality skates and sticks, and a season’s worth of rink time can cost anywhere from $1400 to $2100.
Despite these costs and the lack of funding from schools, high school ice hockey is a healthy sport, with 26 teams in NJSIAA Non Public alone. Despite the setbacks in funding, 15 upper school students have signed up to be part of the team.
The school and athletic department were behind the team, and it was quickly approved, with specifics still needing to be worked out. The duo brought in Matt Setola from the Breakaway Proshop to coach the team.
Rutgers Prep Hockey, affectionately known as ‘Prep Puck’ is more laid back than other sports at Prep. The team has only one practice or game a week, and actively encourages newcomers to the sport.
“Everyone is welcome” is a common sentiment among the members of the team. The first practice will be held November 17th.