Reading, Pa. (July 15, 2012) - The summer continues to heat up for the Crusader Ice Hockey team with the addition of more west coast hockey talent. Alvernia welcomes Billy Borrmann (Lakewood, Ca./Somerset), who played his last two seasons as the captain of the Long Beach Bombers Jr. A program based in Los Angelos County.
Borrmann, a 2010 graduate of Somerset High School resides in Lakewood, California. Playing his final season in the WSHL (Western States Hockey League) for the Long Beach Bombers, a Jr. A Tier III level hockey conference. Playing in 30 games, Borrmann totaled 28 points with a well-balanced 14 goals and 14 assists. He contributed three power play tallies and one short handed goal. A spirited physical player, Borrmann totaled 101 penalty minutes.
He will begin his collegiate career in the Fall 2012 and will study Athletic Training.
Bombers Head Coach Chris White: ”In addition to Billy Borrmann – Alvernia University, the Long Beach Bombers are also extremely proud to announce the following 2011-2012 Bombers Alumni college hockey commitments: Brian White – Curry College, Sal Tecci – Worcester State University, Justin Hopkinson – Mercyhurst College, Tim Linehan – University of California Berkeley, & Johnny Linehan – University of California Berkeley. Each of these players earned their way to the next level through on/off-ice dedication & performance, while balancing their hockey/academic careers. Our organizational goal is to provide a platform for players to take the next step to NCAA athletics. These players have shown that the WSHL and, specifically, the Long Beach Bombers are indeed a great stepping stone to college hockey.”
Reposted from Alvernia University Athletics
After four successful seasons at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts, Tecci turned down a few NCAA Division III hockey offers, after being talked into trying-out for the expansion Port Huron Fighting Falcons of the Tier II North American Hockey League by a friend.
He went in not expecting much but shined at their main camp and was one of the three goaltenders chosen out of over 40 goaltending prospects.
Tecci played in just six games with the first-year Fighting Falcons, before he, along with about 10 other players, were eventually cut nearly 1/3 of the way through the season.
Tecci returned home to Henderson, Nevada to be with his family and think things over, before eventually getting into contact with the Bakersfield Jr. Condors (now Ogden Mustangs) of the Western States Hockey League and then-Head Coach Jamie Cooke, who asked the 6’3” 195 pound goaltender to suit-up for his struggling squad.
Not concerned with records or their place in the standing, Tecci agreed and packed up again, this time for Central California.
Tecci stormed into Bakersfield and provided a huge boost in net, starting 10 games the rest of the way, while appearing in eight more in mop-up duty. Over the 18 total contests, Tecci sported a goals against average of 3.98, save percentage of .903, while playing for a team that only won nine games all season.
The numbers don’t exactly jump off the screen but Tecci stood on his head while seeing well-over 40 shots per night in a Jr. Condors uniform, while also battling lingering injury issues nearly the entire time.
Last summer, Tecci bounced around numerous NAHL camps and played well enough to make a few teams but was continually told that he was “too-old” in junior hockey terms, as many teams prefer to develop 16 year-old prospects rather than take-on a 20 year-old, even if they happen to be at a higher skill level and give the team a better chance to win.
Tecci took it in stride however and wound up back in the WSHL this season, as he hooked on with the Long Beach Bombers.
Even though his team has struggled at times, Tecci has not gotten frustrated, while proving himself as one of the top goaltenders in the WSHL.
In 20 games played on the season, Tecci’s numbers may fool you, as he is just 5-12-0 with a goals against average of 4.35 and a sub-.900 save percentage. What you won’t find on the stat sheet however, is how often Tecci has kept his team in games they should not have been close in, while drawing the praise of his entire organization.
He is not concerned with his own statistics however, as many young players happen to be, “To me it’s not about putting up numbers, it’s about giving my team the best chance to win and I think I do that.” Said Tecci during a phone interview.
The biggest sign of his prowess came during his homecoming, at the All-League Showcase in Las Vegas, as Tecci played well in front of many of his family and friends. Despite a couple of losses, Tecci was swarmed by numerous college hockey scouts after each game and received offers from many of them.
Even while running into a bit of bad luck, Tecci has never let it get to him and that all paid off last Monday, when he got a chance to live out every hockey players’ dream.
With All-Star goaltender Jonathan Quick in transit back to Los Angeles after spending the weekend in Ottawa, Ontario for the NHL All-Star Game festivities, Kings’ assistant coach Jamie Kompon, in need of a goaltender to fill-in, got on the phone and got into contact with Tecci’s goaltending coach, James Jensen
When Jensen approached Tecci with the offer, Salvatore immediately thought it was a joke, “James (Jensen) called me and told me the Kings want me to come out to practice. I was a bit taken-back but figured he was joking, so I didn’t even really react.”
Once he found out it was far from a practical joke, big Sal was ecstatic and quickly got on the phone with his parents, who took the first flight out of Las Vegas to watch their son skate with some of the top players in the world.
Tecci showed-up outside the Kings’ practice facility last Monday and was met there by Kompon, who gave him a tour of the Kings’ luxurious facilities.
“I though maybe I’d have my own little room off to the side but they gave me the tour of the locker room and let me dress in Quick’s stall.” Said a surprised Tecci.
Tecci got to meet the various team staff and coaches before settling in and preparing for the practice.
As the Kings players began filing in, Tecci sat on the couch watching television, “They were so confused when the walked in and most of them had to double-take, wondering who I was. Once I introduced myself they were awesome, down to earth guys.”
Unlike most So-Cal hockey players, Tecci admittedly couldn’t recognize many, if any, of the Kings players due to the fact that he is a Bruins fan, “I knew Kopitar by his face but that was about it. If they were Bruins players I could have named them all.” Tecci said while laughing.
Tecci stepped out onto the ice for his first-ever NHL practice and immediately was surprised by the size of the crowd, “The crowd for the practice was crazy but the amazing thing to me was the pace of the practice, from drill-to-drill, it was incredible.”
Tecci got his feet wet with a shooting drill, in which he claims to have allowed only one goal, a good start for someone who a week before was seeing shots from some of the WSHL’s best and was now looking at some of the world’s best.
The team then broke off into a scrimmage, with his team consisting of the bottom two lines going against the top two lines and top goaltending prospect Jonathan Bernier.
Tecci stood strong during even-strength but was beaten a few times on a 5-on-3 power play drill, “They were just so quick with the back-door play, and I couldn’t get across in time.” Said Tecci.
Late in the practice, Kings’ leading scorer Anze Kopitar had a little fun with Salvatore. After the perennial all-star beat him with a glove-side wrist shot, he threw a good-hearted celebration, to laughs from his teammates.
Tecci sums up his experience and great attitude best, “The last few seasons have been tough at times but this was definitely the best hockey experience of my life and worth it all.”
Before leaving, Tecci shook the hand of Head Coach Darryl Sutter and thanked him for the opportunity, hoping one day, he might be able to return again.
Good things continue to lie ahead for Tecci however, as after he finishes up his final season of junior hockey. Salvatore is set to head east again, as he plans to enroll at Worcester State University in Massachusetts and tend crease for the Lancers in the fall.
Salvatore Tecci is a perfect example of how hard work and a good mind-set can pay-off in the long run.
Story by Brent T. Maranto. Photos courtesy of David Sheehan.
Important information for Bombers parents and fans who are planning on attending this year’s WSHL Shootout Showcase Tournament.
Western States Hockey League
Shootout Showcase 2012
December 16-20, 2011
Stratosphere Hotel and Casino
2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
Las Vegas Ice Arena
9295 W. Flamingo,
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Las Vegas Ice Arena is approximate 20 min. drive from the host hotel
Spectator Admission Pricing:
Adult – Showcase Pass = $45.00
Adult – Day Pass = $15.00
Children under 16 and Seniors 65 and over ½ price.
The WSHL has recently published the game schedule for the 2011 Shootout Tourney. The Bombers have the following games scheduled:
12/17 8:00 AM – Bombers vs. New Mexico Rengades
12/18 3:45 PM – Bombers vs. Ogden Mustangs
12/19 10:30 AM – Bombers vs. Dallas Ice Jets
12/20 12:30 PM – Bombers vs. Cheyenne Stampede
Please view the WSHL Shootout schedule for specific rink locations.
IMPORTANT – The 11/27 contest between the Bombers and the Valencia Flyers has been changed to a 1:00 pm (PST) start time. Please mark your calendars accordingly.
The Bombers are hosting a Movember Celebration Game against the San Diego Jr. Gulls this Saturday 11/12/11. Puck is set to drop at 7:45 pm at Glacial Gardens Skating Arena in Lakewood, CA. Free admission and one free beer ticket** will be granted to attendees sporting moustaches (real or fake). Come out and cheer for the Bombers.
** must be 21 years or older to receive beer ticket
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. More @ http://us.movember.com
The Long Beach Bombers (7-5-1) host the second-place San Diego Gulls (8-6-2) in the back end of a home-and-home series this evening at Glacial Garden Skating Arena. These two Western Division rivals played last night in San Diego. Last weekend, the Bombers travelled to Phoenix and came back with four points—taking two of three games against the Knights—and pulled into a three-way tie for third place in the Western Division of the Western States Hockey League with the Knights (7-13-1) and Arizona Redhawks (7-4-1).
In the first game in Phoenix, F Eric Laporte broke a 3-3 tie with his second goal of the game, with 10:51 remaining in the third period, and it held up for the winning goal. The Knights threw 41 shots on the Long Beach goal but G Salvatore Tecci made 38 saves to make Laporte’s goal hold up. F Andy Kocoglu also had a two-goal game for the Bombers.
Phoenix came back the next night with a 7-2 win over the Bombers. The Knights scored twice early and never looked back despite the Bombers holding a 33-29 edge in shots on goal. F Stephen White and F Zach Jennings scored the Long Beach goals. It was the team-leading 10th goal of the season for White.
The Bombers won the rubber game, 6-4, on Sunday morning—scoring two goals in each period. F Tyler Forest scored a hat trick and added an assist for a point-point game.
“Without our #1 Center, Robby Johnson, rookie Tyler Forest really took his game to a new level,” said Bombers head coach Chris White. “His efforts were rewarded with his first career hat-trick.”
It was the third time in the last five games that Forest has had there or more points in a game (5-5-10 in that span). Tecci was back between the pipes after a night off, and made 35 saves in the win.
Newly-acquired LW Dante Patron had a strong weekend, dishing out two assists. Two-game suspensions to Kocoglu and D Guy Laporte were handed out on Sunday, so they will not play this weekend.
“We are happy with the development of our team, as a whole, and satisfied with winning two-of-three games the last three series,” said Coach White. “Still, we have plenty of room to improve, and we are focused on putting forth a solid effort each period, each game, and each series.”
In addition to Patron playing in his first home game on Saturday, the Bombers are extremely proud to welcome D Brian White. He has played the past two seasons in the Tier II Junior A North American Hockey League for the Wichita Falls Wildcats, and will be looked at to provide instant leadership and production from Bombers’ the back end.
The Bombers also added to their goaltending depth by signing 16-year old Brendon Hanser of Billings, Montana.