STATE WARS ALUMNI UP FOR HOBEY BAKER AWARD
Courtesy, Greg Thompson, State Wars: Day after day you keep hearing about how roller hockey kids are excelling in the ice hockey world. Two New York players that grew up battling against one another found themselves on the same college hockey team. Danny O’Donoghue and Matt Zay are both players at Mercyhurst University and both of them have been nominated for the Hobey Baker. As an individual that is one of the best awards in all of college sports.
State Wars Hockey president, Tim McManus, has had the privledge in coaching Matt Zay on the Mission Labeda Snipers. Matt was always the “go to” player on the team and always had something special about his game. “I loved coaching Matt and I knew he had a bright future. We had some great victories and built amazing memories. His parents were always so supportive and that definitely played a huge role in Matt’s devlopement.” Matt was also on Team New York’s inaugural 1991 team at the first ever State Wars.
Danny O’Donoghue is another New York player who was always a dominant player growing up. Danny always battled against Matt Zay and the Snipers with the Long Island Stars. O’Donoghue won loads of championships with the Stars and owes a lot of his ice hockey success to roller hockey. One of his roller hockey championships came with Team New York at State Wars! I remember watching Danny as a kid and I knew he had something special and unique about his game. His drive and work ethic definitley sets him apart from the rest!
Not only are these two great players, but they are very humble and down to earth kids. There are loads of ice hockey players that played roller hockey but Matt and Danny are true roller players! We wish them the best of luck in their hockey careers!
Greg Thompson of State Wars Roller Hockey completed a FULL interview with both of these players and has it posted online at the State Wars website - CLICK HERE to be redirected to their page and read what these guys have to say about roller hockey and how it impacted their game!