Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Passing the Torch

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Passing the Torch

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As Don Bosco hockey coach Greg Toskos tells his team at the beginning of every season, the Ironmen play for no other reason than to win championships.

The first thing on display when you walk inside the Don Bosco locker room is team photos of every recent title the Ironmen have won -- serving as somewhat of a shrine to those accomplishments.

Senior Hunter Garlasco, a starter and contributor since the day he arrived at Don Bosco, has been a key part on a number of title teams the past three years, including three Bergen County championships and one Gordon Cup title last season.

Tonight, the playmaking forward will take aim at adding on to his already-impressive legacy with a fourth straight Bergen County crown when top-seeded Don Bosco takes on second-seeded Ramsey.

"I would say legacy does mean something to the kids," Toskos said. "Championships matter here, whether it's the county, the Gordon or the state.

"When you're old and retired and you walk into the gym, you're proud of the championships you won and the trophies and banners that are on display. I think Hunter understands that."

Coming from a big hockey family, Garlasco is the third of four hockey players. His father played semi-professional hockey and his two older brothers, Michael and Rory, played for Don Bosco under Toskos.

Rory was the captain of the Ironmen's 2012-13 team which reached the Non-Public state final and the youngest Garlasco, Graham, is a freshman who plays on the varsity squad.

The four brothers dabbled in other sports over the years, but always prioritized hockey.

Growing up watching his brothers don the Ironmen uniform, Hunter Garlasco astutely watched from the stands, just waiting his turn.

He has since developed into one of the state's premier players while serving as Don Bosco's team captain this season.

"I think being around the rink so much growing up definitely helped me grow as a player," Garlasco said. "Bosco hockey is just kind of in my blood. I wanted this team to do well before I was here and I'm going to want them to do well after I leave. Right now, I'm just trying to help them as much I can while I'm here. Bosco became the team that I love when I was younger. …

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