NHL Playoff Predictions

PlayoffsThe best time of the year is here for all hockey fanatics around the world. Playoff hockey has begun. And this year, all the talk is about the Las Vegas Golden Knights and their phenomenal regular season and tremendous 4-0 start in the playoffs, clinching the first round series against 2014 and 2012 Stanley Cup champions LA Kings.  Two of The Mirror’s staff reporters have their Stanley Cup predictions. [Read more…]

Catching up with A.J. DiCesare ’17

This is part of an ongoing series where catch up with recent graduates who postponed college for junior hockey.


A.J. DiCesare ’17 signs an autograph for a young fan.

What have you been doing since you graduated?

I am playing for Corpus Christi [Texas] IceRays in the North American Hockey League (NAHL)

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Catching up with Matt Petizian ’17

This is part of an ongoing series where catch up with recent graduates who postponed college for junior hockey.


What have you been doing since you graduated?

I’m playing junior hockey for the Hawkesbury Hawks in the CCHL. Hawkesbury is a small town just outside of Ottawa and west of Montreal.

How does it compare to the caliber of Northwood last year?

The caliber of hockey in juniors is different than the hockey I played at Northwood for the past three years. Junior hockey is a lot faster and way more physical. Players have less time and space to make plays. There’s also more fighting. The hockey is a bit more competitive in the sense that any team can win on any given night. It’s just whichever team shows up to play. It really gets players ready for what’s ahead in college hockey.

How’s the living situation compared to boarding school?

At boarding school I was living in a dorm on campus along with all the other boys on my hall. It was always loud and there was always something going on, which made it fun. It kind of felt like summer camp at times. The only time I was in my room was to sleep or study. Now I live in a “billet home,” where an older lady looks after me and three of my teammates. There’s different billet homes all over town where other guys live. It’s mostly quiet in the house, and I spend most of my  time in my room watching Netflix. It’s my responsibility to cook and clean for myself. It has allowed me to become even more independent than at school.

What do you miss most about Northwood?

I miss always being busy and having something to do. Whether it was class, hockey, school activities or even hanging out in the living room, there was always something going on at Northwood, and I was never bored. I also really miss socializing with people other than my hockey teammates.

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

I plan to play my last year of junior hockey in Hawkesbury and hopefully get a scholarship to play at a Division I college the following year.

Catching up with Kevin Lombardi ’17

This is part of an ongoing series where catch up with recent graduates who postponed college for junior hockey.


Kevin Lombardi ’17 mixes it up for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL.

Where are you playing junior hockey now?

I play junior hockey for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the United States Hockey League (USHL).

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Humans of Northwood: Sam DiBitetto ’18


“I’m from the ‘Dirty Roch.’ I am 18 years old, I was born in Rochester, New York, I’m half Italian, a quarter German and a quarter Irish. I’m 5’8. This is my second year at Northwood. I am positive you will never meet a kid who loves Northwood and this environment more than myself. I love it here so much because I am with my best friends everyday. The teachers here are really awesome, and the hockey environment is what completes it all. I play hockey here during the winter season, then come off season, I am all about the lax life. Only good times and laughs with the boys on and off the field every day. I have really learned to appreciate my Speech class taught by Mr. Riffle, because it will help me develop skills that are crucial later on in life. I was terrified of public speaking, but Mr. Riffle did push me pass my fear, and I am forever thankful for that. Mrs. Edwards was one of my favorite teachers at Northwood, before she left us for China. Being in this amazing environment has opened my eyes to multiple different career paths, specifically in education and coaching. Coach Cassidy and all my current and previous teachers have demonstrated the skills needed to be a successful teacher/coach, and it is something I would for sure love doing in the future.”

As told to Shane McGrath ‘18

Humans of Northwood: Logan Stewart ’18


Photo: Shane McGrath ’18

“I’m from Cary North Carolina, I am 18 years old, I was born in Portland, Oregon, I’m a quarter Japanese, my favorite color is blue, and I’m 6’2. I’ve been in prep school for three years now, but this is my first year at Northwood. I am a senior. The last two years I was at St. Mark’s School in Southborough,  Massachusetts, which is 40 minutes outside of Boston. I played hockey, soccer and lacrosse there. I played soccer and hockey here at Northwood, and I am going to play lacrosse. Northwood is a lot smaller, so on a social level there is a lot less drama and unnecessary chaos. It’s pretty straightforward here at Northwood: everyone pretty much does their own thing and moves on; nobody gets caught up on anything too small. The staff are a lot nicer and a lot friendlier. They’re not on the hunt for trouble like it was at St. Marks. Economics is piquing my interest right now. I wasn’t planning on taking it until recently, so I’m glad I did. Dr. Finnerty Paul is a wonderful teacher, and maybe I’ll chose a career in economics.”

As told to Shane McGrath ’18

Mr. Reed Reflects on How Northwood Students Have Changed

Mr. Steve Reed has taught at Northwood for over 40 years. He has been chair of the English Department, Assistant Headmaster, Director of College Guidance, Director of Hockey Operations, and coach (of what?).  Mr. Reed’s deep connection with the school gives him a valuable perspective on how the school and its students have changed over the years.

Senior Shane McGrath sat down with Mr. Reed to understand how the students and the school have changed over the past forty years.


Mr. Steve Reed (file photo)

Shane McGrath ‘18: How have the students changed at Northwood since you started teaching here?

Mr. Reed: In most ways, they are similar: the same ambitions, the same insecurities, the same naivete. I think that in the early seventies, the students were more assertive and independent, more willing to break rules and be non-conforming. They probably presented us with more challenges, hence, more rewards.

McGrath: Have you noticed trends over the decades?

Reed: More trends are evident as I think of the school itself. The additions of girls in 1971 changed the school for the better, but the transition was not without bumps. The girls who pioneered were remarkable for their toughness, their strength in a masculine and somewhat insensitive environment. I think the paternal warmth of Mr. Friedlander was crucial in providing support in those years.

Somewhere around 1977, both changes in faculty and an easing of the rebelliousness of the Vietnam era made the school seem a bit less raucous, a bit more conservative and traditional. The changes have been more superficial in regard to the student body. The admissions of students from Asia added much to the talent pool, but offered challenges as we worked to find ways to fully integrate them. In general, it seems to me that while our students are respectful of and friendly with one another, there is perhaps an unfortunate tendency to be primarily part of a definable group (hockey players, skiers, Asians) than there was in the early days when there were fewer of those types.

The kids today are politer, more concerned with their future goals, and more homogenized. Less likely to challenge or threaten authority. That is both good and bad, in my opinion.

McGrath: Do any graduating classes stick out as particularly memorable?

I’m a hockey fan, as some might guess. I think the team we had in 1987 sticks in my mind because it was arguably the best high school/prep school team ever. Having said that, I tend to remember the individuals, not the classes.

McGrath: What common traits do memorable students at Northwood have?

For me, the kids I’ve become closest to had he most intense personalities: individualistic  and driven. I’m a fan of the tough, not needy (although everybody including me, suffers from that flaw). A great sense of humor separates the most from the least memorable

Restaurant Review: Smoke Signals

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Smoke Signals in Lake Placid.

2489 Main Street in Lake Placid is the address of the famous Smoke Signals, my favorite restaurant in all of Lake Placid to eat out at with friends and family. Tourists love eating at Smoke Signals because of its unique view of Mirror Lake, the phenomenal food they serve on their plates, live music nights, amazing vibes given off and more.

Smoke Signals reminds me a lot of a popular restaurant back home called Madisons. From the sports coverage, to the attentive waiters and great food, it feels like home. [Read more…]

Junior Team Sweeps First Home Series

The Huskies went 2-0 over the weekend, playing some excellent ice hockey Saturday and Sunday. The Northwood Junior team hosted Quebec-based Stanstead College for their first two home seasons games of the season.


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Major FL Storm Hits Near Student Homes

Hurricane Irma was the most devastating Atlantic hurricane seen in nearly twenty years. Several Northwood students reside or have family in the Sunshine State.  The hurricane was the first category five storm to hit the United States in more than a decade.

Seniors Alec Herman and Sierra Benjamin live in usually sunny Florida when not attending school. [Read more…]

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