Jason Schwartz ’17, Staff Writer
This week marks the start of St. Luke’s winter athletics, ushering in the long-awaited arrival of ice hockey season at St. Luke’s! Once again, the players of the St. Luke’s Storm’s Varsity Hockey team sharpen their skates, gather their bulky hockey uniforms, and hit the rink, excited and eager to play hockey. At seven years old, the St. Luke’s Varsity Hockey program is young. Initially, the program suffered a history of losing records, including 2012’s 1-11-1 record. However, in more recent years, the Varsity Ice Hockey team has achieved a variety of accolades in a short amount of time. SLS Puck won the FAA championship in 2015, beating Rye Country Day 5 to 3. The team, led by Mr. Gammill and Mr. Brusko, has a good chance of earning a winning record this season–and hopefully defend their FAA championship title. That being said, the team has myriad plans to share and some new faces to watch out for.
The Varsity Ice Hockey team has a ton of goals, both practical and aspirational. One of the hockey team’s greatest ambition is to win the FAAs. At the very least, the team wishes to have a winning season. ” Co-Captain Will Foster ‘17 exclaimed, “We want to get less than three losses for the season.” As for the team’s plans on the rink, the team has plenty to look forward to. “We have a good team. We are superior in the corners and behind the net. Our primary strategy is to screen in the garbage goal,” said Foster. For those unaware of what a garbage goal is, it is a dirty shot that occurs right in front of the net.
The hockey team has new faces ready to shred the ice. A notable new player to watch out for is Michael Thompson ‘20. Co-Captain Will Foster ‘17 says, “MT is an all-around good player and a key addition for our defense.” Another new member to the hockey team is William “Goose” Ansaldi ‘20. Charlie Whiteley ‘17 exclaims, “Goose is ferocious on the corner.” The mentioned players are among the many new members on the team, and all of them will definitely add to the team in some way.
The varsity hockey team has two upcoming games this week. This Wednesday, the Storm is at Canterbury for their first game. On Saturday, the Storm has their home opener against Kingswood Oxford. Will Foster ‘17 has some advice on transportation to hockey games: “ask any senior can give rides or hockey seniors. They’ll know how to get there.” For those who can’t make their first game at Canterbury, make sure to attend their home opener! Home games are located at the SONO Ice House in South Norwalk, Connecticut. It is an easy 15 minutes car-ride from the Hilltop. Be sure to show and cheer for the boys in maroon.