When you think of Jews, you tend not to think of good athletes. And you certainly don’t think of ice hockey. But one school in Maryland is challenging those stereotypes.
Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md., was 10-0-1 and made the playoffs of the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League, in only its first year of fielding a team. And in true Jewish fashion, they did it without once playing a Friday night game or forgetting to call their mothers.
JDS players have been excelling for years, but scattered among other regional teams since the school never fielded one of its own.
Over the summer, JDS officials decided to form their own team and they hired [Jason] Kersner, an alumnus and the coach of Team Maryland’s 18-and-under team.
When practice started, he discovered plenty of players — and plenty of talent.
“We have great senior leadership,” he said, referring specifically to Adam Goodman (16 goals, eight assists), Eyal Breit (nine goals, seven assists) and Daniel Kaprow (five goals, seven assists). “We kind of let those guys run the team. We don’t have to do much.”
Believe it or not, there’s a handful of Jewish players in the NHL, a list that to the casual fan, starts and ends with Mathieu Schneider and Marty Turco. But Stephen Weiss, Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Cammalleri and Peter Mueller are familiar to anyone who plays fantasy hockey. Heck, there was even a World Jewish Ice Hockey Tournament. (Won by the US, of course. We might do better than the Latin American countries at the World Baseball Classic if we exclude all the Catholics.)