Posted on 27 January 2014.
BY EVAN TEICH
Past and present Cypress Bay hockey players convened for an alumni game at Pines Ice Arena on Dec. 20. The head coach for Cypress Bay’s hockey team, Perry San, along with Adam Levy, coached the current players, while Bruce Greenberg coached the alumni.
Susan Geffin organized this year’s event. She is the mother of Ryan Geffin, who is a former hockey team captain and now attends University of Florida, as well as Drew Geffin, a current freshman player.
Ms. Geffin said the tradition began in the 2005-2006 school year, but it has been challenging to keep it alive due to scheduling conflicts, difficulty renting out the ice, and lack of communication. She said it is important to continue with the tradition.
“Because my older son had had the experience his first year and it was so much fun, I wanted the tradition to come back,” she said. “It was very interesting to see how the boys matured and developed.”
She also said the event is an amazing chance for all of the players to catch up on each other’s lives.
“It is a unique opportunity to see friends they haven’t seen in years,” she said.
Alumni, most of whom were decked out in Cypress Bay jerseys, came from colleges around the country, including University of Michigan and schools throughout Florida.
Ms. Geffin said the original plan was to have Cypress alumni play against the current players, but that did not last very long. At the end of the first period, the alumni were winning by a score of 7 to 1.
“They started off like that, but to keep it a more competitive and faster game, we mixed the teams up,” she said.
Kevin Masaro, Bay alumnus and captain of the 2011-2012 team, said that competing in the alumni game with some of his high school teammates was an incredible experience.
“Playing with them again felt like high school all over again,” he said. “Nothing changed. We clicked just like we did in high school.”
Ms. Geffin said the parents who attended the event had as much fun as the students.
“Things haven’t changed,” she said. “Everybody still loves to watch the high school games.”
Masaro said that getting back on the ice wearing a Cypress Bay uniform made him reflect on his time with the team.
“The program taught me to be a leader. As the captain my senior year, I had to keep the team on the right path,” he said.
Masaro is now a sophomore at the University of Florida. He is a defenseman on the school’s hockey team, which competes in Division III nationally in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
“I miss playing for Cypress, but I am currently playing at UF and we are on the road to a national championship,” he said.
Sophomore Josh Rosensweig, who leads the current hockey team in points and participated in the alumni game, said he had a great time competing with the former players.
“It was very good hockey,” he said. “It was an honor to be able to step on the ice and compete against some of the all-time greats at The Bay.”
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