Gaudreau, Agostino head 2018 NJ HS Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees

Paul Bruno
Paul Bruno
Paul Bruno covered college and high school ice hockey for The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger from 1988-2012. A 1984 graduate of Seton Hall University, he played collegiate hockey for The Hall in the Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference. He also served as an intern in the New Jersey Devils public relations department during the 1983-84 season. Bruno later coached the Seton Hall University ice hockey team (1985-1987) and has covered the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils training camps as well as the ECAC ice hockey championships in Lake Placid, NY, for the Ledger. Bruno, who has been a contributing hockey writer to New Jersey Monthly Magazine, has covered hockey for Sideline Chatter for the past three seasons.

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Johnny Gaudreau and Kenny Agostino squared off against each other in their final scholastic hockey game in March of 2010.

Next spring, the two standouts will skate into the New Jersey High School Hockey Hall of Fame together, highlighting a marquee group of 11 players to be inducted on April 15, 2018 at Mayfair Farms in New Jersey.

 Gaudreau, now starring for the Calgary Flames, had a distinguished scholastic career and finished with 51 goals and 57 assists during his final two seasons at Gloucester Catholic, leading the South Jersey school to the NJSIAA Non-Public championship as a junior in 2010.

 “Johnny Hockey” has fashioned one of the most impressive hockey resumes for anyone ever coming out of the Garden State.

 Gaudreau, the 2017 Lady Byng trophy recipient — awarded each year to the National Hockey League’s Most Gentlemanly Player — earned the NCAA Hobey Baker Award as college’s finest player in 2014 when he led the nation in goals (36), assists (44) and points (80); won a gold medal with the U.S. National team in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship; and helped Boston College win the NCAA National Championship as a freshman.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Gaudreau. “I would like to thank my parents, family and my school team-mates from Gloucester Catholic. My high school hockey career prepared me to play at Boston College and ultimately in the NHL while allowing me to play the sport I love.”

 Agostino has also built a fabulous hockey portfolio in his own right.

 The only two-time Star-Ledger State Player of the Year (2009 & 2010), Agostino closed his stellar career at Delbarton by scoring 50 goals as a senior– four coming in a 7-2 victory over Gloucester Catholic for the NJSIAA Non-Public championship on March 13, 2018 — to go with 33 assists for 83 points. In his four seasons Delbarton posted a 103-7-5 record that included three Private state titles, three consecutive Star-Ledger Trophies, four Gordon Conference championships and two Gordon Cup trophies. 

 Agostino is Delbarton’s All-Time leading scorer with 261 career points, surpassing the previous Delbarton record of 242 set by Dale Reinhardt in 2004Agostino went on to play for four years at Yale, winning an NCAA National Championship with the Bulldogs before playing in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins.

This week, Agostino was  named AHL Player of the Week, after scoring two goals and three assists in the Providence Bruins first two games of the 2017-18 season.

 Another inductee to be honored next spring will be former Randolph star Dan Pencinger, who used his tremendous speed and wicked shot to finish with 176 points in 76 games on 94 goals and 82 assists. The fleet skater helped guide Randolph to its first NJSIAA Public championship in 2003, where he was a Star-Ledger All-State pick and a two-time Morris County Player of the Year. Pencinger went on to play at Trinity Pawling and three seasons at Suffolk University, scoring 127 career points in 95 games and a 2007 ECAC Northeast All-Conference selection.

The other inductees include Don Julich of Livingston, who led New Jersey in scoring two consecutive seasons (44-45-89 in 1981 & 40-51-91 in 1982); Paul Giblin of Bergen Catholic (1993 state scoring  leader with 76-40-116); Pat DiMarco of Toms River North and Peddie (256 career points, led state in scoring in 1991 with 45-59-104); Bobby Acropolis of Brick (three-time All-Stater totaled 265 career points); Matt Beattie of Pingry (230 points in 100 games, Star-Ledger Central Player of the Year in 2010); Martin Williams of Chatham Township (defenseman, 86 points, All-State & Otto Haas Award winner in 1981-82); Reynold Fauci, Jr. of Delbarton; Dave Tracy of Seton Hall Prep.

The St. Augustine Prep team of 2007, the only undefeated/untied team in New Jersey history will be inducted along with the 2003 Randolph squad and the 1982-83 Christian Brothers Academy entry.

St. Augustine, the only team in New Jersey history to post an unbeaten/untied season, went 23-0 in winning the HandchenCup and the NJSIAA Private championship, while Randolph posted a 24-6 record that included the NJSIAA Public title and an appearance in the Mennen Cup final. The 1982-83 CBA team posted a 22-2-1 record and was the first non-Gordon Conference squad to claim a state championship, earning The Star-Ledger Trophy as the top team in New Jersey.

Also to be honored are coaches Frank Horan of St. Joseph of Montvale; Don Eccleston of Montclair; Harry Rulon Miller of Princeton Day. The Builders and Contributors honorees are Tom Pengitore, Ralph Dougan and Robert Triebe. Longtime official Peter Lanigan will also be inducted.

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