Kinnelon-Jefferson-Sparta goalie Rylan Gibbons, as well as Alexandra Donoghue of the Chatham-Millburn girls team were both selected as New Jersey Devils High School Players of the Month for December.
The two were part of a group of nine players selected from around the state, based off nominations from members of the media who cover high school hockey. The Devils pick one player from each of the eight boys conferences and one from girls hockey for each month of the season from December through February. It marks the 29th season of this program, which is sponsored by RWJ Barnabas Health and returned this season after a hiatus the last two years.
Gibbons, a junior goalie for KJS United, was named as the MCSSIHL’s Player of the Month representative. He went 5-1-1 in December and posted a .944 save percentage, giving up just 11 goals in seven games. His 31-save shutout of Mendham in a 1-0 win on Dec. 9 helped jumpstart a KJS squad which currently sits in first place in the Halvorsen Division.
Donoghue, a freshman defenseman for the Chatham-Millburn girls team, was the girls ice hockey recipient. She posted 14 goals in the month of December in leading Chatham-Millburn to a 4-1-1 record, a year after finishing 1-12. Chatham is now 5-2-2 on the season and Donoghue has 21 goals and five assists to her name.
Each award winner and their guests receive tickets to a Devils home game and receive a certificate presented by a Devils player and an RWJ Barnabas Health representative. Players were honored at Tuesday night’s Devils game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Prudential Center.
Other recipients from around the state included Ethan Chen of Paramus-Lyndhurst (Big North Conference), Charlie Luizza of Robbinsville-Allentown (Colonial Valley Conference), Christian Chouha of Christian Brothers Academy (Gordon Conference), Ryan Lukko of Woodbridge-Colonia-Iselin Kennedy (Greater Middlesex Conference), Brian Kramer of Gov. Livingston-New Providence (NJIIHL), Kevin Toye of Brick (Shore Conference), and Nolan Collison of Hillsborough (Skyland Conference).