Twin hockey stars skating their way to Ivy League schools
June 16, 2018
They’re skating their way to the Ivy League.
Hot-shot hockey twins Nicholas and Emma Seitz hit slapshots as hard as they hit the books at elite Hunter College High School, and now are off to Princeton and Yale, respectively, after graduating on Thursday.
Emma, a hockey star since she was 14, will play defense for the Yale University Bulldogs.
Nicholas, who hopes to make it to the NHL, will take a gap year to play professionally in Canada before enrolling at Princeton, where he’ll take the ice as a forward for the title-contending Tigers, who lost to Ohio State in the NCAA tournament in March.
The Manhattan siblings were toddlers when they discovered their love of skating at Central Park’s Wollman Rink with their mom Lisa Seitz, 49, a pilates instructor.
By age 5, the twins were playing hockey. Every Saturday at 5 a.m., Lisa and dad Greg Seitz, 50, a real estate lawyer, would cart the kindergarteners to Chelsea Piers for practice. Even then, their dedication was evident, he said.
“We never had to force them to do anything,” Seitz said. “I think my kids smile more when they play hockey than anything else.”
Becoming a great hockey player is not easy in Manhattan, where there is only one indoor rink and no public-school teams.
Yet the twins managed — by lugging their sticks on the 7 train out to indoor rinks in Queens and playing hallway hockey in their Sutton Place apartment building, “hitting walls and breaking lights and things,” Greg said.
“My door has, like, 100 puck marks on it,” Nick added.
Their hard work paid off.
Nicholas was one of 200-some players invited to Team USA’s prestigious National Player Development Camp three years in a row.
In his final New England hockey season for the Junior Islanders, the 6-foot-1 standout led his team with 27 points and 14 goals in 20 games.
In addition to playing for club hockey teams, Emma played three sports at Hunter: soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She recently won the coveted Public School Athletic League’s Wingate Award for lacrosse.
And she was such a star on the ice, she played on her brother’s boys’ hockey team until body-checking started in the eighth grade.
“He kind of took it upon himself to make me feel safe and a part of the team,” Emma explained.
The two are each other’s No. 1 cheerleaders.
“She’s probably good enough to be playing with boys now,” Nicholas said.
The Ivy League doesn’t offer athletic scholarships — but their hockey skills and academic achievements (both scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT) impressed colleges.
The twins credit their parents for their success.
“They taught us life is more than sports, but sports are something that can get you to amazing places,” Emma said.