WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The White Plains varsity ice hockey team had an excellent December led by senior and captain Kevin McGee.
The Tigers went 7-2, including an overtime win over 2012 New York State Division I champion Suffern. McGee scored a team-leading 14 goals and added 10 assists in December, earning him The White Plains Daily Voice Athlete of the Month.
Prior to the season, White Plains coach Howard Rubenstein sat down with McGee. The tandem discussed moving McGee from defense back to his natural position, center.
“Kevin played defense for us last year because we had a young defensive corps ,” Rubenstein said. “They have all stepped up this year so we wanted to take advantage of Kevin’s offensive talents. We felt he could really dominate the game on both ends.”
McGee understood why Rubenstein needed him at center with the graduation of two offensive forward. The transition back to center has been smooth and one that McGee is thriving in.
McGee said he enjoyed his time on defense and knows that it has made him an even better defensive player.
“Last year helped me focus on the defensive aspect of the game,” McGee said. “We really pride ourselves on our defense and not giving up a lot of goals. Getting a firm grasp of the defense helped me show the guys last year how important defense is.”
When McGee is on the ice on the opposition has the puck, he is quick to get back on the forecheck, which will usually force a turnover and a White Plains offensive rush.
McGee is proud of what the team has accomplished this season and said he feels the best is still yet to come.
“I don’t think many people in the section expected us to do as well as we’ve been doing,” McGee said. “We only have five seniors, but the underclassmen have really stepped up. Our second line is a junior, sophomore and freshman. We’ve had a lot of statement games and we feel that we’ve exceeded expectations, so far.”