Hirschfeld Leads The Cats Offensive Attack!

by Coach Elliott on January 23, 2006

Alden Hirschfeld is one of four captains for the Northview Wildcats, but is clearly #1 when it comes to lighting the lamp for the offense. The third year senior came to Northview with an impressive resume that included Sylvania travel as well as stops in Atlanta, Toronto, and with AAA Compuware. The coaching staff knew he was a special player and were very excited when he decided to come and play with the Cats for his sophomore season.

As with most players coming into the High School he spent some time adjusting to a different style of play than he was used to in his other leagues. After that short adjustment period Alden became a force near the end of his sophomore year. Not satisfied with the numbers most kids would die for (19 goals, 36 assist) Hirschfeld committed himself to getting stronger and better. During the summer between his sophomore and junior seasons Alden worked out with weights and committed himself to being the best player on the ice.

That dedication paid off with the second best statistical season (55 goals, 48 assist) in the history of the program, MVP of the team, and a player of the year award honor from the NHC. Problem was there were a couple of awards that were missing from those great accomplishments. One was a league title and a second was a trip to Columbus for the final four.

This year Alden has continued that torrid scoring touch that made him such a force in and out of the league. His 46 goals put him within 11 goals of breaking the single season mark of 56 set by 1987 graduate Ron Johnson. Furthermore his 223 points put him third on the all-time scoring list behind Johnson’s 281 and Bob Napierala’s 241. But more important to Alden than those personal goals, is that his Wildcats are alone in first place in the NHC and trying to become the first team since 1987 to win the league title. They are also readying themselves for a possible long run in the state playoffs. Congratulation Alden on a great career, and congratulations wildcats on a great year. Reach for your goals boys, you are making the alumni and Northview family very proud.

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