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.
Reis Braccio – Senior, Central Bucks South High School
A leader on and off the ice, Braccio was voted an assistant captain by his peers. The senior forward plays a regular shift on the first line and is on both South’s power play and penalty kill units. Through 10 games, Braccio leads the Titans with 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points. In the classroom, he boasts a 3.5 GPA while balancing the demands of AP statistics, a course load of honors classes as well as high school and club hockey.
Note from the coach:
“Reis has been a leader for the past two years, even though this year he has the title of assistant captain,” coach Shaun McGinty said. “He has always led by example. He’s a very consistent player game in and game out and often sets the tone for others around him. He’s a hard worker at practice. He puts time in during the offseason. We do some voluntary workouts in the spring and summer, and he’s one of those kids that puts the time in. Putting that time in during the offseason is what helps you excel during the season.
“He plays his size well. There are a lot of smaller guys that are fast and rely on their agility, so what you want to do as a big guy – you want to focus on your skating and make yourself as agile as a smaller player, and that’s what we focused on this summer with him, his agility and quicker release with his shot. Those sort of things are helping him. I know he’s looking to play at the next level, whether it’s prep or junior or college. Obviously, he values education, so hockey is not the (end) all deal, but if it’s a vehicle that can propel him into school, he’ll
“You would think someone that big would be overly aggressive and want to constantly be that guy, but as big as he is, he’s also very much a finesse player. He’s got good speed, he’s got really good hands. Besides his size, his biggest asset is probably his shot. He has a very heavy shot.
“He wants to be the guy to get the game-winning goal. He wants to be put in that pressure situation because the pressure doesn’t break him. That’s what’s special about him besides the fact that he’s a senior and we lean on him for his senior abilities. He’s having a good year. We’re a different team than we were in the past, but Reis has been around this organization when we were doing really well, and he’s been a part of really good teams, but he’s not acting like a prima donna. That’s a sign of maturity. He’s a good kid from a good family. His parents are involved and are just great people. When push comes to shove in the playoffs and Flyers Cup, he’s the guy I want on the ice.”
Best memory playing high school hockey: Playing at the Wells Fargo Center
Part of the game I enjoy most: Playing with my teammates
How did you get involved in hockey? Watching the NHL Network
My role models are: My Parents
Music on mobile device: Old Meek Mill
Favorite food: Chipotle
Favorite class: Mathematics
Future plans: Attend college
Four people I’d invite to a dinner party: LeBron James, Michael Jackson, Claude Giroux, Pavel Datsyuk