Thursday, December 8, 2005

In the Spotlight

By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Suburban Staff

This netminder tends to his goals

He hits the books as hard as he plays the game.


There are times when Colin Saltiel hunkers down in front of the net, practically daring opposing skaters to take their best slapshot.

The shooters succeed less than 10 percent of the time against the Bishop Eustace goalie, who uses every bit of his 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame to redirect and block shots.

Aside from physical skill, perhaps the junior's best asset is his time management.

In addition to being a standout hockey player, Saltiel may be one of the busiest high school athletes in South Jersey.

While playing for Bishop Eustace, he also is the starting goalkeeper for the Pennsauken Phantoms U16 AAA traveling team.

The 16-year-old is also busy at Bishop Eustace. He is a sportswriter for the student newspaper and a member of the journalism, Italian and film clubs. Saltiel is also in the National Honor Society and boasts a 3.85 grade-point average.

Saltiel plans to major in business administration in college if his dream of playing professional hockey doesn't materialize.

"I know what it takes to be a professional," Saltiel said. "You've got to be the best of the best. So realistically, it's going to be hard to do. So I have to have a backup plan."

Finding time to study for that backup plan can be challenging, especially during a week like this: two practices for Bishop Eustace (1-0), another for the Phantoms (11-4), plus playing in four hockey games.

Bishop Eustace travels to Monsignor Donovan today for a 4 p.m. game and hosts St. Augustine Prep tomorrow at the Flyers Skate Zone in Pennsauken. On Saturday, he and the Phantoms will square off against the Philadelphia Junior Flyers. A day later, they will meet the New Jersey Colonials.

As for study time, Saltiel acknowledged "it can get kind of rough sometimes. I have to stay up at night sometimes to 12:30 a.m. to 1 in the morning."

Still, the master of time management often studies between classes or before practice - whenever he can. Judging by his output on the ice and in the classroom, Saltiel's busy schedule hasn't stood in the way of his success.

Between the Pipes

Here's a look at some of the accomplishments of Bishop Eustace ice hockey goalie Colin Saltiel, a junior:

Statistics are from last season.