Over the past few weeks the players from Team USA have casted their votes for who they see as the best qualified teammate to lead their team as captain at the Masters World Championships this June. Coach Jay Machin took this into account as well as who he thought would fit best and in the end has selected from Bellport, NY # 37 Anthony Cillo as the captain of Team USA. When asked for his thoughts on being named captain for the second time Anthony stated “I am humbled once again, as being named by your peers is probably the highest form of flattery. Congratulations to Tommy and Rob as also being named, they are Great Players and have always been leaders weather being the captain or not. We have many guys that fit that mold, we are in good hands as far as leadership goes. Team USA has a lot of work to do in a short period of time but, with the experienced group we have I believe we are ready for the challenge. To steal a line from Peyton Manning , This is probably the “Last Rodeo” for a lot of us. Winning Gold would be a great way to go out. I also see that the DC Captains have been named, I would like to congratulate those guys, they are great Competitors, Leaders and even Better People. I wish them luck!
Joining Anthony as Alternate captains will be from Stoneham, MA # 19 Tommy Gallagher who had this to say about being selected “It is truly an honor to be selected captain again, especially when surrounded by so many great players. We have some unfinished business to take care of in 2016. Hopefully I can do my part to lead us to Gold.” and from Ipswich, MA # 21 Rob Sheridan who stated the following “It’s a privilege and a tremendous honor to be selected as one of the captains of a USA Masters team with so many of this great sport’s legends”
As all players know having the letter “C” or “A” attached to a players jersey holds a lot of responsibility. We here at ASHI couldn’t think of four better players that could have been chosen for this honor. With these four players leading Team USA into competition in Banff, Canada in June it’s easy to see why Team USA will be entering the tournament as one of the favorites to leave Canada with the gold medal. Again from the entire coaching staff, the hockey community and ASHI congrats on such a great honor