Veteran blueliner Recchia leading by example with strong play from back end

FRASER, Mich. – Jason Recchia came to the Metro Jets prior to the 2015-16 season as a bit of an unknown.

He came to the team with a championship pedigree, however, as a part of back-to-back state champions with the Troy Sting.

One year later, he’s a vital cog on the Metro defense corps and a captain of the team.

“Thinking back on last year makes me hungrier to get back to that championship game and do whatever it takes to get there,” said Recchia, referencing the Jets’ run to the Silver Cup National Championship title game last April. “It’s an honor to be a captain on this team and hopefully, I can be a role model to some of the younger guys on the team just like our captains last year were to me.”

During the 2015-16 campaign, Recchia posted three goals and 23 points in 41 games. Through 13 games this season, the 20-year-old from nearby Shelby Township has three goals and six points.

“’Recchs’ is a great hockey player and even better person,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “He came here completely wide-eyed to what the junior hockey circuit was about and how it operated. He had a good skill set, good decision making and competed every chance he had. He earned every opportunity because of his humble approach, and now is a leader on the team in every sense of the way. I always tell people that ask me about his play that if he was six feet tall he wouldn’t be in the league. He makes strong plays and decisions everywhere on the ice and doesn’t let his smaller size affect his play whatsoever. He was another player last year that came a long way in his development, and will continue to be leaned on heavily throughout the season and in playoffs.”

In his final season of junior eligibility, Recchia wears an ‘A’ this season with fellow defensemen Dylan Naumovski and Marc Schwartz and captain Graham Day.

“I’d say all four of us have good chemistry,” said Recchia. “We are all pretty close friends.”

Recchia added that returning to the Jets this year “is the best place to continue developing my game.”

“My individual goal is to play the best I can to help win games and my team goal for this season is to win a national championship,” Recchia said. “The mood is great – there’s never a dull moment in the locker room.”

After this 2016-17 season, Recchia doesn’t plan on hockey coming to an end.

“My long-term goal for hockey is to continue to push myself to be the best I can be and continue to play at the highest level possible,” Recchia said.

Off the ice, Recchia has plans to go into criminal justice and work towards being a detective.

JET STREAKS

November is Jets Education Awareness Month.

All three games (Nov. 5, 12. 19 – all Saturdays) will be school supplies drives. The game on Nov. 19 is also being run by the Sterling Heights Nationals baseball team for their trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., next spring.

In addition, the annual toy drive game is on Saturday, Dec. 10.

More information forthcoming on www.metrojetshockey.com.