My name is Robert Moliterno and I am a 2020 center from New Rochelle, NY. I have been thinking about playing college hockey since I was a peewee playing for the Bronxville Blackhawks as their center. I remember being impressed watching the older teams play; the speed of the game, their aspirations, drive, work ethic, and leadership inspired me to strive for the same end goal. My love for hockey is something I want to continue as I pursue a degree.
I feel that playing AAA & high school hockey has prepared me to balance the workload of academics with practice, games, and travel. I have maintained a 90+ average throughout Junior High, Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Year at Iona Preparatory School, where I also take a several honors classes. It is because of my schedule that I have excellent time management and organizational skills. My work ethic, mannerisms, promptness, and leadership skills are characteristics my teachers and coaches have often commented on.
What I feel makes me different from others is my desire to have my teammates play their very best. It's important to win games, but there are times you encounter a faster, better and stronger team. The value and lesson is in asking yourself if you played your best, if you left it all on the ice, if you played as a team and are proud of your attitude during the game, even in the face of a loss. Positivity and respect are two things that you should always give your coaches. I feel that if you are interested in playing college hockey, you will always be working hard to develop your skills, but your attitude and your respect toward your teammates and coaches are two things that should always be consistent and present.
I have been fortunate to be named as assistant captain on my travel team and captain on my high school team for not only my hockey skills and IQ, but equally important, for my leadership qualities, work ethic, and respect for my teammates and coaches. I am always looking for feedback from my coaches on how to improve my game to be a better player and teammate.
I have experienced titles such as HVHL Champions, USPHL/EJHL Championship Finalist and CHSHL Champions in years past. Those experiences have been some of the highlights of my time and effort on the ice. I can only imagine the feeling a player has stepping onto the ice in a collegiate hockey arena where the stands are full, and the energy is contagious. I hope to experience that feeling in the Fall of 2020.
I have attended tournaments at The Beantown Classic, BJB Shootout, CCM World Invite in Chicago, Prospects Prep Jamboree, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Prospects Combine and will be playing for the Middlesex Black Bears in July where we will be competing in the Chowder Cup and Hockey Night Boston. I have also attended Shattuck St. Mary’s Summer Camp in Minnesota and the Prospects Camps at Quinnipiac University where I had the pleasure of being instructed by the head coaches of Quinnipiac University, RPI, UMASS Amherst and Colgate. I have been putting into practice the advice that I was given at these camps, and I am committed to growing in strength, speed and skill over the course of this season. I continue to educate and train myself with top instructors in my area such as Erik Nates, Ryan Koresky and Kevin Hagen. I am also a hockey instructor for Erik Nates Euro Hockey this summer.
As I continue to pursue my academic and athletic goals, I am committed to be a strong contributor and leader to my team and my coaches. I hope to leave whatever college that I attend as an alumnus that my teachers and coaches are proud of, and as someone who takes that same work ethic, on and off the ice, to my future career and beyond.