A star member of the Holy Cross Knights hockey squad topped the list of honorees of MSG Varsity’s 2014-15 All-New York City hockey first team.
Sean Hart, a senior defenseman from the Catholic high school in Flushing, received the honors from the online network devoted to high school sports and activities in the tri-state area. He also earned the New York City Player of the Year Award from the high school sports coverage team.
This is the third consecutive year that Hart has been named to the All-New York City hockey first team, after accomplishing the feat in his sophomore and junior years at Holy Cross.
Hart led all defensemen in the Catholic High School Hockey League (CHSHL) ‘A’ Division with 10 goals and 13 assists, for 23 points this year — one reason he was awarded this honor. His shutdown defensive play also aided him in winning the Player of the Year Award.
“It’s great to win it,” Hart said. “It is a very prestigious award for me to win, but it wasn’t just because of me, it was because of my teammates, too.”
Hart was also named to the CHSHL ‘A’ Division All-Star Second Team this year. He has previously been named to the CHSHL All-Star First Team for the 2013-2014 campaign.
Hart was named the captain of the Holy Cross hockey team this year, being one of only a few seniors on the team. Being a captain for his team has “helped me be more mature,” Hart said.
“I can help them with my four years of experience and I can help them out and get them ready for their next four years,” he added.
Hart has been playing hockey since the age of 4 and has excelled at the sport ever since. He quickly joined youth hockey leagues in Long Island and his travel team, Long Island Edge, recently returned from nationals where they finished 1-1-1.
“It was a great experience,” Hart said of making it to the nationals. “It wasn’t as good of an outcome as we wanted, but it was a good trip with that team.”
As Hart leaves his high school hockey career behind, he has started looking toward the future.
“It was a good run for high school and travel. It was a great experience,” Hart said. “To be around those groups of kids, especially being the captain and being looked at as a leader was really fun.”
“I’m trying to keep my options open at this point,” Hart said of his future. “I might be interested in playing hockey at college. I would like to keep playing as long as I can.”