Athlete of the week: Michael Pontarelli

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By Art Simas Community Reporter
Michael Pontarelli

Southborough – St. Mark's School's sophomore right-winger Michael Pontarelli had quite a year on the ice this past season. The first-year student at St. Mark's tallied 38 goals and 13 assists in 26 games in the Independent School League.

“I chose St. Mark's because I had a lot of friends who were coming here. And I also heard about coach Scott Young,” Pontarelli said. ” To pass up the opportunity to play for him would have been ridiculous.

“I really love it here,” he said. “It's one big family and the faculty and the coaches are great. I feel like I's home.”

Originally from Montreal, Pontarelli has been skating since he was 2 and playing hockey since he was 5.

His best game of the season was against Roxbury Latin. Pontarelli scored 6 goals and had 2 assists in a 13-2 rout.

He credits his father, Joseph, for his constant support and encouragement to work hard all the time. And today, he's hearing that same advice from Young, who played 18 years in the National Hockey League.

Pontarelli said he definitely wants to pursue an Ivy League education, most likely in business, and also play hockey. Playing professionally would be his No. 1 goal.