Chris Staines, a hockey superstar, received Honorable Mention to the Record All-Decade team for his substantial accomplishments, which included a then school-record 71 goals as well as 51 assists, while playing primarily as a defenseman.
In Chris’ four years as a starting defenseman, he helped lead Glen Rock High School’s recently-launched ice hockey program from being in the lower Blue Division of the North Conference to the middle White Division and then to the top Red Division.
During his freshman year, the Rockers won the Blue Division regular season crown and the Nardello Cup by winning the postseason tournament, and thereby were promoted to the White Division. In Chris’ sophomore year, the team won the White Division regular season crown and the McMullan Cup, and earned promotion to the top Red Division. An “offensive defenseman” with a lethal slap shot and a “defensive defenseman” with a strong physical presence, Chris scored 14 goals and had 17 assists and was named to the First Team, North Conference (White) and First Team, All Suburban. In his junior year, with GRHS now playing even stronger teams, Chris scored 22 goals and had 11 assists, and was named to the Second Team, All North Jersey, the First Team, North Conference (Red) and the First Team, All Suburban. Finally, in his senior year, he was the Captain of a team that won the Red Division postseason tournament, the Earl Hoemer Cup, making Glen Rock the first team to ever win cups in all three divisions. During that year, Chris led the team in scoring with 32 goals and 18 assists, including 23 goals after Chris was moved upfront in the middle of the season to strengthen the team’s offense (while returning to defense on penalty kills). After the season, Chris was named to the First Team, North Conference (Red) and the First Team, All Suburban.
After graduating from GRHS, Chris helped lead the Sacred Heart club hockey team to two NECHA titles. After college he went on to play for the New York Apple Core of the Eastern Junior Hockey League and the Hartford Junior Wolfpack of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.
Chris is currently working in law enforcement at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.