The theme of the 2017 All Star Day is “Veterans” versus “Young Stars”. Over the years the Friday night Downsview Park Tier 2 loop has become ultra-competitive and every session seems to be stronger and stronger. With so many players par taking at the level deciding who gets the nod is almost impossible. So without further ado here are this year’s representative’s for the Tier 2 All Star game “Veterans” vs. “Young Stars”. With the large number of players participating at both the Tier 2 and Premier level players will only be selected to play in one All Star game.
The coaching staff of the “Veterans” will showcase the brain trust behind the current Tier 2 Champions the North York Leafs. Jason Mallais and John Ventullo returned to the winners circle by capturing the 2016 Fall Championship and will look to match Gabroo in winning back to back DP Tier 2 Championships in the 2017 Winter season. These two seasoned veterans will head the “Vets” side.
With youth comes excitement and this side will be youthful and explosive. The job to get this side ready to take on the vets will be 2016 Fall Coach of the Year Remo Settimo of the Toronto Titans. Joining Remo will be long time Tier 2 coach Mario Ventullo of The Big Bastone who's club finished in first place this past Fall season. These two head coaches have gone head to head dozens of times but this time they’ll put their heads together and work as a cohesive unit.
The goaltenders will play a big part in which side is victorious and a true veteran of the sport Ralph Pellicori from The Big Bastone will tend the net for the “Vets” side in this annual classic. His partner in crime will be John Dinardo of the Nordiques. Can anyone count how many times these two have started a ball hockey game? The number must be in the thousands.
Opposing them at the other end looking to match save for save will be Justin Cruz of the North York Leafs and Mark Hawrylak of the Toronto Titans. These two young stars have made a name for themselves rather quickly and the future is bright.
Who will be the next line of defence, who will line up in front of the goalies and attempt to stop the high flying forwards? The “Vets” will house a defence core that have years of experience under their belts and have been through both the battles and wars of the Tier 2 divisions over the years.
Andrew Dimonte - The Big Bastone
Trent Gaudon - North York Leafs
Kal Kakish - Nordiques
Manu Mand - Gabroo
Rui Martins - North York Leafs
Mimmo Servello - Nordiques
Chris Stavrou - Toronto Titans .
The "Young Stars” will feature speed and more speed. This group together will help bring tons of scoring from the backend. The "Vets" better prepare for a slugfest.
Young Stars Defencemen
Harsimran Brar - Jantha HC
Brian Creador - Pirates
Sandeep Dhaliwal - Gabroo
Dylan Garcia - Bastone
Arshan Gill - Jantha HC
Farooq Khan - Gabroo
Massimo Vitale - Toronto Titans
The Forwards for the Tier 2 All Star Game will be many house hold names that we're used to and a slew of new comers who have made a name for themselves with outstanding play and determination. This will be a must see game! The “Vets” will be loaded with experience and the “Young Stars” will be full of excitement with a point to prove to all, that they are the future. So who will line up in the mid-season classic? Wait no more here are the forwards in the 2017 Tier 2 All Star Game.
Frank Costa - The Big Bastone
Mike D'Arpino - Nordiques
Harm Deol - Jantha HC
Sean Duggan - North York Leafs
Robby Gill - Jantha HC
Dillu Kalhar - Gabroo
Steve Lindo - Pirates
Chris Manalis - Nordiques
Paul Palermo - The Big Bastone
Anthony Quattrociocchi - Toronto Titans
Rajwinder Sandhu - Gabroo
Craig Stojsin - Toronto Titans
Young Stars Forwards
Jaskaran Brar - Jantha HC
Francesco Cimicata - North York Leafs
Aadil Chohan - Jantha HC
Brandon Demelo - Pirates
Matthew Dickson - Toronto Titans
Shaukat Khan - Gabroo
Stefano Magliocchetti - North York Leafs
Curtis Nestor - Toronto Titans
Nick Senra - Pirates
Jazz Singh - North York Leafs
Jeff Smith - The Big Bastone
Dylan Steele - The Big Bastone
With the squads now complete its time for the debate to begin who will reign supreme in the age old battle of youth vs. experience. Congratulations to all the players selected! Come see all the action on Jan 21st at Downsview Park inside The Hangar as we celebrate our 7th DP All Star Day!!!
"IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY! SEVEN YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG!"