By Len Bardsley
Jan. 27, 2006
TRENTON, N.J. – The true depth of a player’s character is not necessarily best measured in the glow of a championship. After all, everyone looks good smiling and holding a trophy overhead.
You can get the true measure of a player when the trophies look a long way off and no praise is coming from the stands. Scott Bertoli has been at both ends of the spectrum and has handled each situation with the dignity and class of a true professional.
That is why he is the face and foundation of the Trenton Titans. It is fitting the Titans’ veteran forward was named captain of the American Conference All-Star Team. There are few players that can match Bertoli’s consistent play on the ice and his character off it. Bertoli represented the American Conference well scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 7-6 loss to the National Conference at Save Mart Center in Fresno on Jan. 25.
“It was nice taking the opening faceoff and having some of the younger players ask me questions,” Bertoli said of being captain of the American Conference. “It was nice to be recognized like that.”
There are only a handful of players in ECHL history who can match Bertoli’s tenure with one team. Bertoli never thought about leaving the Titans even during his most frustrating moment when he was benched against the Boardwalk Bullies opening weekend of the 2003-2004 season. Bertoli easily could have joined coach Mike Haviland with the Bullies that season, but he felt he had unfinished business with the Titans.