NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Coming into the 2012-13 New Rochelle varsity hockey season, senior Chris Ramondelli knew his role was to score goals and be a playmaker.
The senior has been a dual threat and it has resulted in the Huguenots sporting a 5-2-2 record. Ramondelli leads the Huguenots with 16 goals and 16 assists. His performance has earned Ramondelli The New Rochelle Daily Voice December Athlete of the Month honor.
“Our team has always been an offensive-minded team,” Ramondelli said. “I know that my job is to play well every game, especially every game. I know that if I play that way every game the team will have a better chance to win.”
Ramondelli is shadowed from the moment he steps on the ice until the time he reaches the bench. All of the added attention has made Ramondelli even more dangerous on the ice.
When Ramondelli has the puck on his stick, he will draw a double team, which results in him finding an open teammate. If the double team does not come, Ramondelli will dart by a defenseman and be in on the opposing goalie.
“I will always do what is best for the team whether it is passing or shooting,” Ramondelli said. “Since I was younger, I was always one of the smallest kids so I learned to get rid of the puck quickly to make plays. Since we have so many other good players who can put the puck in the net it allows me to either pass or shoot.”
New Rochelle, a sectional semi-finalists the past two years, is off to a fast start and once again among the top teams in Section 1 Division I hockey. The Huguenots have demonstrated their resiliency by rallying from early deficits to earn a win or tie.
“Our team never gives up,” Ramondelli said. “We were behind Scarsdale 3-0 after two periods and came back to tie it. We have also come back from 2-0 down two times, against Christian Brothers Academy and Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville, to win. We will always fight back.”