Newtown High boys hockey coach Paul Esposito likened it to when an NHL team acquires a key player at the trading deadline.
Newtown High senior Jonathan Lovorn moved to Newtown from the Chicago area prior to his junior year, but rather than play hockey for the Nighthawks, he decided to play for a travel team based in Brewster, N.Y. Right before this current season started, however, Lovorn informed Esposito that he wanted to play his senior season for the Nighthawks.
“A couple weeks before the season started, he came and let me know that he wanted to put on the Newtown jersey and play for us. I told him we’d be happy to have him,” Esposito said last Saturday following the Nighthawks’ 3-1 victory over Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury, a game in which Lovorn scored his 13th goal of the season and added an assist.
Even on a team with nine talented other seniors, Lovorn has stood out and helped lead the Nighthawks to a 9-2-2 overall record and a 5-0 mark in Division III.
“He’s got a couple extra gears in there,” Esposito said. “When he wants to go, he can really go. He’s a good kid and he’s got a great hockey sense out there. He’s been a great addition to the team.”
When his days as a Nighthawk are finished, Lovorn may very well have a chance to play college hockey. He’s currently weighing his options.
“We’ll just have to see where the road takes me,” he said.