061223 DeGiulio Feature

061223 DeGiulio Feature - Sports DENNIS STIERER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Niagara Falls, NY - Marc DeGiulio, center for the Lewiston-Porter hockey team takes a practice shot during warm-ups,

Marc DeGiulio makes things easy behind the bench for Lewiston-Porter hockey coach Ken Browning. Browning knows the best coaching move he can make is when he sends DeGiulio over the boards for a shift.

“He’s the best kid I’ve ever coached,” Browning said. “He’s also the smartest kid I’ve coached. He’s three seconds ahead of the play. He knows what’s going to happen before it does.”

DeGiulio, a junior, had a team-leading 19 points on 11 goals and eight assists over Lew-Port’s first 10 games. The slick-skating center tries to emulate his hockey idol, Pat LaFontaine.

“I love watching the Sabres,” DeGiulio said. “Pat LaFontaine was always fun to watch.”

Not only is DeGiulio a smart player and a good skater, Browning said DeGiulio’s hands are a big asset.

“They’re just so quick,” the coach said. “Not only does he have a good shot, but he’s also a great passer.”

Browning noted even though DeGiulio is a junior, he’s the real leader of the team.

“Everybody wants to play on his line,” Browning said. “They know they’re going to get their share of points when they’re playing with him. And not just assists. Mark makes some great passes, so those players are going to have a lot of chances to score goals.”

DeGiulio, who has been playing hockey for eight years, said the number of goals he scores isn’t important.

“I don’t care if I score or if somebody else scores,” he said. “The main thing is that we win the game.”

But for all the talent DeGiulio displays on the ice, Browning feels he’s an even better person off the ice.

“You can’t ask for a nicer kid,” Browning said. “He’s a good student and a good person.”

DeGiulio hopes to continue his career after Lew-Port, playing junior hockey and eventually college hockey.

“But I haven’t really thought about the future yet,” he said. “Right now, we’re concentrating on having a great season and advancing to the state tournament.”

Contact Pat Murray at 282-2311, Ext. 2258.

Trending Video

Recommended for you