New York Jr. Aviators: Close to Sandy’s wrath, Aviator Sports and Events Center survives, lends helping hand

New York Jr. Aviators: Close to Sandy’s wrath, Aviator Sports and Events Center survives, lends helping hand

The New York Jr. Aviators call Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports and Events Center home, and matched up their name and logo with their home facility.

There continued to be spotty cancellations of programs, especially on-ice programs, even one week after Hurricane Sandy took a destructive toll on the five boroughs of New York City.

Facebook posts by the rink management did not mention any damage was done to the ASEC, but cancellations were necessary for a number of reasons. First of all, the Federal Government closed Gateway National Recreation Area, on which ASEC lies next to Floyd Bennett Airfield, forcing the rink to close on Oct. 29. Second, mass transit (subways and buses) were shut down through the next day, Oct. 30.

Aviator Sports and Events Center announced it was open on Halloween, Oct. 31, but with limited programming. It closed due to power issues Nov. 5 and 6, but again reopened with limited programming. The Aviator complex was also being used by Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) personnel. It’s also being used as temporary quarters for teachers and students of P.S./M.S. 114.

Getting back to hockey: Leading the charge, prior to Sandy’s arrival, was Jr. Aviators forward Ray Recco, a ’94-born Brooklyn native and Broad Channel High School product. He had seven goals and nine points through seven games.

Brooklyn-based St. Edmund Prep student Nick Lermer, a ’95, scored five goals in seven games, while Xaverian High School’s Peter Abounaoum scored seven points in seven games. If ever there was a good cross-section of talent from across Brooklyn, there it is.

Change of scenery: The Junior Aviators have unveiled a third jersey for the 2012-13 season. The sharp new jersey will display the Aviators’ home crest on a new custom tailored black jersey with red and white trim. Numbers will be displayed on front, back and shoulders with Aviator “flight” wings on both shoulders.

Outdoor game: The Aviators will join other IHPL teams at Airmen Pond in Williamsport, Pa., over the Dec. 14-16 for the IHPL Winter Classic. This is expected to be a competitive, high-level showcase, for which more information is soon to come on the league’s website at

Alumni update: Former Jr. Aviators forward Mike McCarthy, from right around the corner in Rockaway Park, N.Y., has found a home with the Siena College hockey team. Siena, located in New York’s Capital District, competes in Division 2 of the American College Hockey Association.

McCarthy matured into a solid college prospect during the 2011-12 season, where he finished strong at the power forward position.