DJ LaVarre gives us a peak at the reigning State Champion Loyola Gold team and what to expect this season.
Last year's record: 53-10-2 Overall (26-1-0 SHL)
How many kids did you graduate?
Graduated 12 (10 Skaters, 2 Goalies). Like any team, graduating seniors leave a hole that someone else must step up and replace. We are expecting some returning and new guys to step into more meaningful roles this year.
Who are your key returning players? (Year, Position)
Aidan Finnegan (Sr, F)
Eamon O'Brien (Sr, F)
Cooper Prawdzik (Sr, F)
Nick Leibers (Sr, D)
Tim Hackett (Sr, D)
Declan Darcy (Sr, D)
Who are some new up and coming players you are counting on? (Year, Position)
Kevin Purcell (So, D)
Evan McEwan (So, F)
Eagan Callahan (Sr, D)
Danny Huber (Sr, F)
Matt Shauwecker (Sr, F)
Andrew Shearson (Sr, G)
Matthew Choate (Sr, G)
What will the style of the team be? What identity will the team have?
Hope to be a speed and possession team. Difficult to play against, especially at home rink.
What's a storyline or a trend to watch this season?
Hoping to build off of last year's success while establishing this team's own identity.
Who in the SHL or around the city is a team or player to watch?
GBN, GBS, NTG all should be strong.
Players: Soudan-Randle-Freedman-Ashmore-Travis (NTG), Mazurek -Jack Jones (BAR),Burke-Slovis -Wilcox Day-Nein (GBN), Botvinnik -Mckay-Paplas(GBS), Paschen-Lee (York).