Hunter Parrillo, a nine-year-old from Jefferson Township, was part of the Team USA Bulldogs youth travel hockey team honored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders at its meeting on February 28. The Bulldogs received county certificates for their five-game sweep in a special tournament in late December in Europe. Local players competed against elite youth teams from Finland and Sweden.
The invitation-only travel team includes boys ages 9 and 10 from area youth ice hockey teams who are chosen to compete. The team is based in the Aspen Ice Arena in Randolph.
“We are very proud of these young men who traveled overseas and represented their towns, their county, and – most importantly – themselves and their families in such a positive manner,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “On behalf of all Morris County residents, we are very proud of you.’’
Deputy Freeholder Director Christine Myers added, “The freeholders congratulate you for the hard work and dedication that led to your success. We also hope you had a lot of fun in traveling to Finland and Sweden and meeting people your age from another part of the world. Congratulations to you!”
In addition to playing hockey, the young Morris County ambassadors cruised from Helsinki to Stockholm; visited the Vasa Museum and the Alfred Nobel Prize Museum; toured the royal palace of the King and Queen of Sweden in Stockholm; and attended a Swedish Hockey League game featuring Djurgården Stockholm versus the IF Malmö Redhawks.