Coffman’s Rogers sets records en route to POY recognition

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At 5-8 and 135 pounds, Dublin Coffman High School’s Anthony Rogers doesn’t appear to be a prototypical hockey player. However, what Rogers may lack in stature, he makes up for with
dedication, heart and desire. Rogers, a senior, turned in a
record-setting performance this past season in leading the Shamrocks to
success.


At 5-8 and 135 pounds, Dublin Coffman High School’s Anthony Rogers doesn’t appear to be a prototypical hockey player.

However, what Rogers may lack in stature, he makes up for with dedication, heart and desire. Rogers, a senior, turned in a record-setting performance this past season in leading the Shamrocks to success.

For his efforts, he has been named the Huntington Bank/Ohio High Magazine Ice Hockey Player of the Year.

“I worked as hard as I could,” Rogers said. “I had a lot of good linemates who were helping me score.

“I never really thought I would have this much success. I was never really that strong. Usually hockey players are big and strong, so it was kind of surprising, but I’m glad I’m being recognized.”

Led by Rogers, Coffman captured the Capital Hockey Conference regular season title with an 11-2 mark, good for 22 points. It was the Shamrocks’ first conference title since Rogers’ freshman season.

The Shamrocks finished 23-10-2 overall, with other highlights including winning the Adam Allgeyer Memorial Tournament and recording a pair of long winning streaks. After beginning the season with two losses and a tie, Coffman went on a 10-game winning streak.

The Shamrocks won their final six games of the regular season to wrap up the coveted conference title.

Coffman finished ahead of St. Charles (10-2-1, 21 points), Dublin Jerome (10-3, 20), Olentangy Liberty (8-5, 16), Gahanna (7-5-0-1, 15), Upper Arlington (7-6, 14), Thomas Worthington (6-6-0-1, 13), Worthington Kilbourne (4-9, 8), DeSales (1-10-1-1, 4) and Dublin Scioto (0-13, 0). Cincinnati Sycamore eliminated Coffman from postseason action 7-2 in a district semifinal game.

“It was kind of upsetting just thinking about that that was the last time I would ever play with those guys again,” Rogers said of his final scholastic game. “It was a little sad and disappointing.”

The Shamrocks opened district play with a 3-0 win over Beavercreek. Rogers scored a goal in the victory.

Rogers, a forward, played a key role in the team’s success as he netted a team-high 64 goals and 38 assists. Rogers, who was plus-72, earned first-team all-league honors and was named the team’s most valuable player.

“It was a nice accomplishment at the end of the year, but really I just wanted my team to do well,” Rogers said.

Rogers shattered the school record for points in a season with 102 and also topped the conference mark for goals in a season with 22.

Rogers displayed steady improvement throughout his scholastic hockey career. The four-year letterwinner earned honorable mention recognition his sophomore and junior seasons before his breakout senior campaign. He helped the Shamrocks reach the district final his sophomore season before falling to top-seeded Upper Arlington 5-2.

“He quietly improved every year,” Coffman coach Perry Pooley said.  “He’s not big and strong or fast. He doesn’t possess a huge shot, but he was quick to the holes, he was good around the net, he was very smart getting open. He played with some good guys on the ice, too. That helped him out, but he was a thinker. He’s instinctive. You can’t teach that.”

Rogers also earned respect off the ice from coaches, teammates and opponents.

“He doesn’t get in any trouble,” Pooley said. “He does very well in school. He’s not real vocal, but he does the right things off the ice. You never had to worry about him in the classroom. He always got great grades, which is nice to see.”

The 2007-08 Coffman edition had a family flavor, as Rogers’ brother, Alex, was the team’s starting goaltender.

The younger Rogers, a sophomore, started every game in goal and recorded 760 saves for a .891 save percentage with a 2.58 goals-against average. He earned second-team recognition.

“I liked playing on the same team with my brother,” the older Rogers said. “He’s a really good goalie. Knowing the goalie that well, I knew what to expect from him.”

Anthony Rogers began skating at age three and turned to hockey a year later. He played travel hockey throughout elementary school and middle school before joining the Shamrocks.

He will continue his education and hopefully his hockey career at Ohio State, where he plans on pursuing a business major and will also play club hockey.

The future looks bright for the Shamrocks as Rogers was the lone senior on the team at season’s end.

Junior Chris Ridgway, who was second on the team in scoring with 39 goals and 46 assists for 85 points, is expected to help fill the void left by Rogers’ graduation.

“We’ve had a lot of success since I’ve been there,” Rogers said. “We’ve always had winning seasons. We’ve been about 10 games over .500 every year, so we’ve had some pretty good runs.”

Said Pooley, “We’ve had some pretty good hockey players. It’s going to be a void – his ice time and points – for next year. He got the most valuable player this year.

“Anthony Rogers is somebody people should remember at Coffman.”

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