Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Hockey: Coach of the Year: Kevin Sabella, River Dell/westwood

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Hockey: Coach of the Year: Kevin Sabella, River Dell/westwood

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Kevin Sabella on the bench means success on the ice for River Dell/Westwood.

The Golden Hawks' second-year coach guided them to an 18-6-1 record, equaling the program's highest win total in the past 30 years. They also captured their first division title since an 18-win campaign in 2000-01.

Sabella, The Record Ice Hockey Coach of the Year, led his alma mater further in the state tournament than it had ever been - something he first did as a player.

The 1995 River Dell graduate was the leading scorer when the team made its first appearance in the Public Round of 16 his senior year, a 17-2-3 season.

This winter, the program - which has been a co-op with Westwood since 2009 - advanced to the Public A quarterfinals and gave eventual champion Ridge a scare before falling, 3-2. Sabella is now 33-13-4 coaching the Golden Hawks and 133-86-22 overall, including eight years at Mahwah. …

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