DANBURY, CT – Antonio Felidi is a 5’9’’, 150-pound forward that recently signed a tender to the NA3HL Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. With the NAHL and NA3HL season right around the corner, the Hat Tricks have been tendering players over the past few weeks, but Anthony’s story is unique.
Anthony is one of the Hat Tricks first homegrown players. He rose through the ranks of Danbury Youth Hockey all the way to the NA3HL level here at Danbury Ice Arena.
Felidi grew up just down the road in Fishkill, New York. He attended John Jay East Fishkill High School and spent his childhood idolizing the New York Rangers while skating here in Danbury.
“I was never the biggest guy in the world, so I idolized the smaller guys and tried to model my game after them, especially Mats Zuccarello.” Said Felidi.
Antonio first skated at Danbury Ice Arena and said that he relishes the idea of playing in an arena where his hockey career started.
“It’s a really nice feeling.” Said Felidi. “Everything has come full circle; I am excited to play for the Hat Tricks after skating here over the past ten years.”
Antonio skated for the Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association, who just recently joined ranks with the Hat Tricks Youth Hockey Program.
Hat Tricks President of Hockey Operations Billy McCreary weighed in on Felidi, saying that “Antonio is a great story. Growing up playing youth hockey in Danbury Arena and now playing Junior Hockey for the Hat Tricks. That is a path we are excited to see many athletes take in the future.”
With the announcement of the Hat Tricks Youth Hockey Program this year, there is now a possibility that players spend a long portion of their youth careers through junior hockey within the Danbury Hat Tricks organization.
“We are trying to build a family here in Danbury,” McCreary continued. “It’s an incredible opportunity for kids to play here in Danbury from mites all the way through the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, college, and beyond.”
The NA3HL season is slated to start in mid-September and Antonio is elated to get it all started. “I can’t wait to get out there and compete,” said Felidi. “It’s been an awesome experience to sign a contract and see some progression from when I was growing up playing here until now.”