LONGPORT – Officer Alessandro “Alec” Morelli of the Longport Police Department volunteered his time, knowledge and skills Aug. 8 to a summer hockey clinic to develop local youths into skilled technicians on the ice.
The clinic is part of the department’s “Hearts Behind the Badge” program that aims to support young people through the use of the officers’ personal skills and abilities.
Morelli began his hockey career at age 6 and worked his way onto the ice at the collegiate level. After being accepted with Stockton University, he dedicated himself to his studies and started with the university’s ice hockey team for four consecutive years (2011-2015) earning the distinction as team captain. Following his tenure at Stockton, Morelli had some opportunities at the professional ranks trying out as a free agent with the ECHL and the SPHL.
Today, Morelli proudly serves the Longport Police Department and is dedicated to the agency’s mission and vision.
“Volunteering my time to help develop relationships among the youth through hockey is absolutely rewarding,” Morelli said. “My hope is to impact the lives of our community’s children through this great game of hockey.”