Bergey's Inc. SOL SHSHL Player of the Week: Ben Heywood

Bergey’s Inc.
SOL SHSHL Player of the Week

This recognition is sponsored by Bergey’s Inc. Athletes are chosen based on nomination of coaches, and the recipient must be a positive presence on the ice and a credit to the game. Consideration also is given to the student-athlete’s standing in the school and community.


Ben Heywood – Senior, Hatboro-Horsham High School
A three-year veteran of the program, Heywood is a natural wing but will play wherever needed. He leads the Hatters with four goals and seven assists in seven games (11 points). He is the consummate team player for a Hatter squad that is the defending SHSHL A champion. Heywood also excels in the classroom.

Note from the coach:
“Our team is successful beyond wins and losses due to the fact that the kids play as a team,” coach Gianni Lafratta said. “All teams have so many moving parts that it's easy to become divided, but Ben is what keeps everyone together, moving forward towards the same goal. He is a great teammate in every sense of the word; people gravitate towards him for many reasons. He's a great kid - funny but appropriate, confident but humble, driven by success but not selfish. 
“You know Ben is going to have an impact on the outcome and his teammates each and every game. He is a point per game player and takes great pride in setting up his teammates. He is one of those remarkable young student-athletes that truly believes goals and assists are just as important as the plays that don't make their way onto the scoresheet directly.
“He is a versatile player. He can play any position, but he’s strongest on the wing. If he needs to go into the corners and get the puck, he will. If he has to spend time in front of the net and take a couple of lumps just to free up space for teammates, he’ll do that to. He’s that player that’s going to do what the team needs.”

About Ben:
Best memory playing high school hockey:
 Winning the SHSHL A championship last year as a junior.
Part of the game I enjoy most:  The competitive nature of the game.
How did you get involved in hockey? I wanted to play after seeing hockey on TV for the first time when I was six years old.
My role model is:  My father
Music on mobile device:  Any country music
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite class:  Physics
Future plans: Go to college.
Four people I’d invite to a dinner party:  Warren Buffett, Bob Ross, Franklin Roosevelt and Albert Einstein.