Randolph NJ/Aspen Ice, March 29, 2017:

The Freeze Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Stephen Zaklukiewicz, will be taking on the role of USA Hockey SafeSport Coordinator for the organization. Stephen enters his fourth year of membership in the club with sons, Francis (1st year Bantam) and Thomas (1st year Peewee), respective playing levels for the 2017-18 hockey season.

Stephen is an attorney and Associate with the firm; Zaklukiewicz, Puzo & Morrissey, LLP (NYC). He was admitted to the Bar in 1995 and brings over 22 years of legal experience and knowledge to his field of expertise. Stephen attended St. Bonaventure University (1987) and St. John’s University School of Law (J.D. 1994). He is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Stephen takes over SafeSport responsibilities from Joe Ciccarelli, who has served as the club’s coordinator for the last three seasons since it was implemented and mandated by USA Hockey. He has helped in many areas of the club including coaching, assistant, team manager, scheduling and has functioned as a board member for the club. The Freeze would like to thank Joe for his efforts in the previous function as SafeSport Coordinator.

As a club’s SafeSport Coordinator, responsibilities include monitoring, supervising and ensuring that the aspects of the SafeSport Program (i.e., implementation and enforcement of policies, training requirements, screening requirements, responding, reporting and adjudication procedures, etc.) are being followed, and how they may be improved, so that they result in a safe environment for the participants. In addition, Stephen will work cooperatively with club board members to ensure proper communication and attention to the needs of players and members.

Stephen’s focus in the position will be support and keeping in compliance with USA Hockey requirements while advocating and aiding in the emotional health, welfare, and well-being of our players and the club. We look forward to his assistance and support within the club. If you have any questions or comments concerning player safety and well-being, feel free to email Stephen at: stephen@njfreeze.com

Article by Carmen Spagnuolo

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