Brandon “.7” (pronounced “point seven”) Brownlow
Favorite teams: Hurricanes, Checkers, Panthers and any team that is playing the Penguins.
He’s been playing so long in our group that we can’t remember him not playing. Some say his trademark mis-matched socks hold magical scoring abilities. Others say it’s his Guy LeFleuresque locks that hold this mysterious power. All we really know is that he’ll score more often than not…as long as he’s on a team he approves of. Was on the winning team for the 2013 Almost Winter Classic.
Brian “Helmsy” Helms
Favorite teams: Hurricanes, Checkers, Panthers, Duke.
Not only is Brian a solid stay-at-home defenseman, he’s a stay-at-home forward as well. Well known for his wrist shot, his ubiquitous red Hurricanes t-shirt and passion for hockey in any form. Recently retired from goaltending duties, he has been on the winning team for all 3 Almost Winter Classics both as a goalie and a runner…which is surprising since we rarely witness him actually running.
Allan “Azuli” Azali
Favorite teams: Checkers, Steelers, Hurricanes.
The Bo Jackson of the group due to the many sports he plays throughout the year (broomball, flag-football, Frisbee golf, drinking…ok that last one isn’t a sport). As a result, there are not many parts of Allan’s body that do not hurt on a daily basis. His solid defense is the only reason Lou looked, at times, like a decent goalie. As of late, he is concentrating on goaltending to give his poor twisted body a well-deserved break. So many tats, he could go shirtless and still play on the dark team.
“Jerren” (Jerry Janiga and Darren Monaco)
Shoots: righty (both)
Favorite teams: anything Buffalo…bless their hearts.
Natives to the Buffalo area, the two are such close friends that they are lovingly referred to as “Jarren” (think Bradgelina). Much like Oscar and Felix, Garfield and Opie, Magnum and Higgins, Jerry’s usually easy-going style perfectly complements Darren’s sometimes antagonistic personality. Both are pretty much money in the bank when they take to the courts. But get them stirred up and it’s like poking a stick into a beehive. Jerry was on the winning team of the inaugural Almost Winter Classic.
Lou ” The Commish ” Harvatin III
Favorite Teams: Pittsburgh – Penguins, Steelers, Pirates. And the Charlotte Checkers for convenience.
Every solid building has to have an even more solid foundation. I’m not sure if Mr. Commissioner has lived up to that, yet… but we’re still here playing after a good 3 ½ years. Most are convinced he wears a cup but some believe his manhood never goes soft. Near-master of the dirty goal, he finds any way to penetrate the back side of the defense and make his presence felt. Sometimes easily persuaded, Lou just wants to please everyone. Possibly using his immense skills and leadership to develop his daughter into a purebred, athletic, scoring machine to maybe one day capture that elusive first AWC Championship.
In Lou we trust.
Ryan “MVP” Defazio
Shoots: Righty (I think)
Favorite Teams: I assume everything Carolina (Canes/Panthers) and UNCC of course.
One of our favorite college punks…when he actually shows up to play. He’s been minding the 4×6 on and off for about 3 years. But, every now and then, he strips down and tries to score
with on other goalies. Always has a smile…which makes you wonder what he’s up to. Or it may just be gas. Who knows? What we do know is that he’s a darn good goalie as evidenced his 2 RSHL Ironman and 2013 Almost Winter Classic championships.
Favorite Teams: Probably some crappy Michigan ones.
Yeah he’s a multi Almost Winter Classic winner. Yeah he’s a multi RSHL Ironman winner. Yeah he’s a YMCA league winner*. Yeah he was also on the team that won the inaugural CSHL Waymer Cup. Blah, blah, blah.
He has more replacement body parts than a Real Hollywood Housewife yet somehow always manages to sneak one by the goalie…and 9 months later his son was born! He’s the J.R. Ewing of CSH…the man you love to hate. And boy does everyone love him!