Suffolk, NY – This past weekend the Suffolk Sting has entered their fifth year in the Professional Inline Hockey Association. In their first four years, they have seen their minor team go to four straight championships, and winning three of those; and their pro team go to the finals two consecutive years and winning their first Founder’s Cup championship last winter.
With all the success the Suffolk Sting organization has had, they have decided to expand to two pro teams and two minor teams. Last year’s championship team will go by the name “Suffolk Snipers” and will be led by captain, Greg Thompson, Jon Mosensen, John Healy and Pete Pennecke. With some old and some new faces, the team started their quest for a second Founder’s Cup with a 5 – 1 weekend in Pottstown, PA.
The second pro team will play under the banner of “Suffolk Sting”, led by Danny Healy, Matt Ketchum, Andy Zubak, goaltender John Kaminski, and some other familiar faces that have had much success in the minor ranks. This team also had an impressive opening weekend finishing 3 – 3. Head coach, Anthony Violante was quite happy with the inaugural weekend and says, “I was very pleased with how the boys played and worked hard. They are starting to understand that at this level, there is no room for error and you have to play all twenty-four minutes of every game.”
The minor teams also started their season this past weekend with a lot of new, young talent and a few veterans. The Suffolk Sting minors went 4 – 0 this weekend in their quest for a fourth title. The other minor team, who will go by the name “Long Island Sting”, took some bumps and bruises over the weekend, losing all six of their games.
General Manager, Jason Muro, was quite happy with the weekend overall but does know that there is plenty of room for improvement.
The Sting / Sniper organization will continue to strive toward excellence this season. Look for big things in the months ahead.