Lo Hud honors Alum Ben Hurd as “Hockey Player of the Decade”


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Ben Hurd, Class of ’17, celebrates after a goal.

Irene Beldiman, Junior, Managing Editor

During the last two weeks of December, Lohud announced their picks for various athletes of the decade and PMHS alum, Ben Hurd, was named as the hockey player of the decade in the Lower Hudson Valley. Graduating in 2017, Hurd brought the team to a state victory and was a key player in the Section 1 championships for all his four years. His senior year, the team achieved the most successful season in Pelham history. Finishing the season off with a 27-0-1 record, and winning 8-0 in the state final in Buffalo, Hurd led the team to victory.

Coach Ed Witz said, “I don’t know that you can replace a player like that. Ben is something else. Athletically, he’s the best. Academically, it’s hard to do any better than what he’s done. Ben volunteers for a favorite charity. Socially, he’s very popular and very inclusive. It’s crazy the kind of kid he is. What he’s done on the ice, playing in a 20-game era against tougher competition than our program’s other greats, I’ve never seen anything like him.”

Besides Lohud, Hurd was recognized for his teamwork county wide. In 2016 and 2017 he was back to back Journal News Player of the Year. Through his 95 games, he scored 106 goals and assisted 104. Although his career did not carry on into college, Hurd’s legacy for his athletics at Pelham will be remembered forever