La Salle Academy celebrated the Seniors on the Boys’ Hockey Team in a grand way during the recent Winter break.
On Wednesday, 21 February, after team pictures and an early morning practice, Senior parents provided breakfast food and drink to the JV and Varsity players Later that day Senior defenseman Sean Gill received his Hobey Baker Award from LSA grad Governor Gina Raimondo at a Statehouse ceremony honoring the state’s Hobey Baker recipients. The High School Hobey Baker is awarded to a player from each team who demonstrates the trait of “Excellent Character.”
On Thursday evening Schneider Arena on the campus of Providence College was the site for the traditional Senior Night ceremony. A special attraction added to the traditional presentation of flowers to parents was a video that pictured each player on the Jumbo-Tron above center ice. Unfortunately the team lost a hard-fought battle to perennial Massachusetts powerhouse, Catholic Memorial HS.
On Saturday about 150 Varsity and Junior Varsity players and their families gathered in the School Chapel in the Brothers’’ Residence for the 2nd Annual Hockey Team Mass. Celebrated by school chaplain Reverend Thomas Woodhouse, hockey players served as greeters, readers, servers, and bearers of the offertory gifts. Later that evening the team defeated Burrillville HS in a league game.
On Sunday, five team members played in the RI Hockey Coaches’ All-Star game at the Smithfield Rink. Following that game which all members of the Varsity Team attended, players and families gathered at a local restaurant for a meal and testimonials for Seniors on the team. Junior class members of the team toasted and roasted their Senior peers; Seniors thanked the student moderators and videographers, the coaches and moderator, and their parents for their support during the season and during their high school career.
The ceremonies are over but the first place Rams still have two more league games and the upcoming playoffs in their future plans!