Former Howell Hockey Player Struck, Killed In Massachusetts

A college student from Freehold has been identified as the person struck and killed by a pickup truck along a road in Massachusetts, according to an article on

Matthew T. Schiek, 20, an honors student in mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst,
played ice hockey team at Howell High School and was a member of the school’s first team, in 2008-09. That team won a division title and the Dowd Cup that season, according to the Asbury Park Press.

The Gazettenet website reported Schiek was hit just before 2 a.m. on Saturday as he was crossing Route 9 in Belchertown, Mass., and was pronounced dead at the scene. The report says the Northwestern district attorney’s office has not released the name of the driver, who was headed east at the time Schiek was hit, but that the driver has cooperated with investigators. Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, told Gazettenet that drugs, alcohol and erratic operation do not appear to have been contributing factors in the crash.

Schiek, a junior with a 3.9 grade point average, also volunteered in the Amherst community with the Boltwood Project, which assists mentally and physically challenged individuals, according to the Gazettenet report.

Schiek played in 100 varsity games with four goals and 26 assists for the Rebels, who were 19-4-1 and won both the Shore C division championship and the Dowd Cup title, according to the Asbury Park Press.

He is survived by his parents and a sister, according to the Press.