The Crusader varsity hockey team competed in the Chicago Interscholastic Showcase in Darien on the weekend of November 14-15, 2015. The skating Crusaders racked up wins over Glenbrook North, St. Rita, and Benet – all three who are top 10 ranked teams. The Crusaders finished 2nd in the tournament after a tough loss to rival Providence in the championship.
The varsity Crusaders improved to 4-0 in the Catholic League this season with a 7-0 victory over rival Marist. Colton Edling posted his first Catholic League shutout of the year. Ryan Hanacek led the way with 2 goals and 3 assists, while Brett Bagus and Andy Batzel stepped up with 2 goals each.
The team and Coach Paul Manning were inspired by the support and energy of the Crusader Crazies and hopes to see many fans at their next home game on Saturday, November 7, at 2:40 P.M. at Morgan Park Ice Arena.
The JV skating Crusaders went 1-1 over the weekend with a tough 2-0 loss to Providence and a 14-0 rout of the St. Laurence Vikings.
Congratulations to our Varsity Hockey team, who posted a 5-4 Win over rival St. Ignatius on Sunday afternoon! The Crusaders rallied back from a 3-1 deficit for the thrilling victory. Brett Bagus and Tim Kirkwood led the way with 2 goals and an assist each! Dylan Misch added a goal as well. The Crusaders improve to 6-2 on the ice and will take on Rival Marist Redhawks this Sunday at 5pm at the new Morgan Park Ice Arena at 115th and Western. Come by and show your support this Sunday!!
The Crusader JV hockey team won 6-0 over Benet. Alec Aiello scored 2 goals; and R.J. Manning, Joe Dvornek, Andy Batzel, and Andres Fernanandez came away with 1 goal apiece. Josh Moro recorded the shutout.
The JV Hockey Crusaders defeated Mt. Carmel 2-1 on Sunday, October 11, 2015, in overtime. Matt Moro scored with 4.5 seconds left in the 3rd period to tie the game as the Crusaders scored the game winner in OT. Great job Crusaders!
Paul Manning, the new head coach at Brother Rice, is crystal clear about his goal for the program: win the Kennedy Cup, first and foremost. Then shoot for the Illinois State Championship.
“The Kennedy Cup is the most important (accomplishment); I want each boy to hoist the cup,” Manning said. “The Kennedy Cup stands for tradition. My brother played for John Duran back in the late 1970s (and) John was instrumental in starting the (Chicago) Catholic Hockey League. It is the most important trophy – win that first, and think state second.”
But that means Brother Rice must skate past league front-runners Benet Academy, last season’s state runner-up; and Providence Catholic, which was ranked the No. 1 team in the state in early-September.
“These boys have some real skill and determination. I just need them to stay focused and out of the penalty box,” Manning said. “My hope is to be the team to beat. I would like to be at the top of the league. With the returning powerhouses Benet and Providence, we know we have some catching up to do. I am sure they will be the class of the league.”
After a long season, an off-ice program is extremely important. Strength training in the offseason will translate into a better, more conditioned athlete once the fall season begins. The exercises Dan Atkenson will stress will help improve speed, power and quickness, translating into a more improved and enhanced performance on the ice.
The off-ice component will be led by Dan Atkenson at Brother Rice High School. Off-ice will take place from 5:00-6:30 P.M. on the following dates: May 18, 21, 28; June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29: July 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29; and August 1.
On-ice skills development will be led by Coach Paul Manning and Brian Jacque at Southwest Ice Arena. The skill development dates are May 13 from 8:45-9:45P.M.; May 19 from 8:10-9:10 P.M.; May 27 from 8:50-9:50 P.M.; June 3, 10, 17, 24 from 9:10-10:10 P.M.; and July 1 from 9:10-10:10 P.M.
If you have any questions, please contact Paul Manning at 773-517-7602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brother Rice welcomes Paul Manning as the new head coach of the hockey program.
Manning has been active in the St. Jude Hockey Club has been home to Paul Manning for many decades. He began his youth hockey years in 1973, and he played high school hockey for Mt. Carmel High School, where he helped his team win 3 Kennedy Cups and 3 state championships.
After high school, Manning played Division III hockey at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. In 2007, he returned to his St. Jude roots to share his love of hockey as a coach for the mites, squirts, peewees and bantams levels.
In 2010, Paul Manning led his teams to the NIHL President’s Cup and the Wolves Cup and was named the AHAI Coach of the Year. The Chicago Blackhawks and AHAI presented St. Jude with the 2010-2011 Minor Hawks Program of the Year. Manning has coached Central State teams to two consecutive second place finishes.
Manning’s term as hockey’s head coach begins with 2015 summer events. He said he is looking forward to his new challenge with the Crusader hockey program.
By: Daniel Sweeney ‘15
With the winter sports coming to an end, all athletes know that one thing is certain: playoffs are right around the corner. With playoffs coming, the Brother Rice student athletes are working harder, playing tougher, and preparing to take on their rivals. Senior hockey captain Bill Spell is no exception.
After playing four years on varsity hockey, Bill Spell has been elected captain of the Crusaders and has led his team to one of its most successful seasons in recent history. Spell says he is extremely satisfied with the season so far this year, and believes that this is the first time in the past few seasons that the Crusader hockey team will be competitive in the Catholic League championship. With a not-too-shabby 9-11-1 (wins-losses-ties) record in the Catholic League and an incredible 12-1-0 record in the Illinois Suburban High School League (ISHSL), the Crusader hockey team has proven itself capable against top notch teams. Spell is excited for the playoffs.
Aside from his career as hockey captain, Bill Spell perfectly exhibits the ideal Brother Rice “student athlete.” Carrying a 4.640 GPA and ranking 12th in the senior class, he serves as a role model to his teammates. Furthering his career, Spell has been accepted into Vanderbilt University where he says he will continue his career for the Commodores.
The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni announced Bill as one of the recipients of this year’s annual Alumni Scholarship Award.
“I think if you work hard at anything, you can achieve it,” Spell says. “I think with the team we have now, we are working hard, and I am excited to see what we bring to the playoffs.”
The Crusader hockey team will commence its playoff season early next week.
The varsity hockey team beat St. Rita 4-2 in game 1 of the Kennedy Cup playoffs. Mike Jeffers, Dylan Misch, Jake Conrad, and Brett Bagus scored goals. Assists were made by Brett Bagus, Jake Conrad, Brandon Gyrion, and Dylan Misch. Game 2 will be played Wednesday night at 5:45 at Oak Lawn.