In the 126th year of ice hockey at St. Paul’s School, the 2020 - 2021 boys varsity hockey team is proud to carry on the rich history of hockey excellence under the COVID 19 Pandemic dating back to the late 1800s, a tradition that has seen the likes of hockey legends such as Malcolm Gordon, Hobey Baker, Don Sweeney, Jeff Halpern, Jason Botterill, Jeff Giuliano and the first organized hockey game in the United States, on Millville’s very own Lower School Pond. It is on the banks of the pond, at the Hockey Center on the Gordon and Ingalls rinks, where the tradition of hockey excellence continues and this year’s edition of the “Big Red” hockey team will put in many hours of hard work, based around grit, determination, and discipline to improve as a team with each passing day this winter.
On paper, the Pelican roster is a mature and well seasoned group of skaters, made up of 18 underclassmen and 5 seniors. The team will be led by Sixth Form captain Jack Hepp '21 (Green Village, NJ) along with assistant captains, Owen Stadheim ’21 (Lyme, NH) and Owen Sweet ’21 (Los Angeles, CA). All three “Paulies” are poised to be important leaders for this year’s version of St. Paul’s School hockey. Stadheim and Sweet were among the team’s leading goal scorers last year with 23 and 28 points each. Fifth Formers JT Halliday '22 (Saugus, CA) and Cooper Flinton '22 (Auburn, NH) will also be counted on heavily to generate offense, as both Old Hundred skaters recorded 33 and 25 points in their Fourth Form seasons. The St. Paul’s School offensive attack will be rounded out by returning Sixth Former Malcolm Bussey '21 (Hammonds Plains, NS), and Fifth Formers Fitz Frechette '22 (Weston, MA), Mike Stoddard '22 (Concord, NH), Sam Sibold ’22 (Essex Junction, VT), and Fourth Former Colin Richard ’23 (Foxboro, MA). Newcomers to the forward group are Fourth Formers Dylan Biggs '23 (Vineyard Haven, MA), Ryan Doherty '23 (Concord, NH), Matt Grady '23 (Wilson, WY), Bryce Terry '23 (Conway, NH), and Third Former Josh Halliday '24 (Saugus, CA), as they will also be looked upon to provide an offensive punch for the “Big Red” during this six week winter hockey season.
On the blue line, the St. Paul’s School defense will be led by captain Jack Hepp '21. The “Big Red” defense is mature and ready to defend their own net, as well as contribute offensively when necessary. Bryson Russell ’21 (Palmyra, PA), Alex Lavigne ’21 (Trois-Rivieres, QC), Jake Sullivan ’22 (Concord, NH), Caid Cox ’22 (Livingston, MT) and Mick Frechette '23 (Weston, MA) will all provide great stability and leadership for this year’s group, while also helping to mentor newcomer Christian Yi ’24 (Lake Forest, CA). In the net, Fifth Former Cal Welch ’22 (Strafford, NH) and returning Fourth Former Rocco Bryant '23 (New York, NY) will also be looked upon to stop opposing team’s offensive attacks in the net.
The shortened season will be competitive and quick, as the team will play many of the Lakes Region opponents in back-to-back affairs each weekend in the month of February and early March. With that said, the team is happy to be assembled and have the opportunity to compete against other “Granite State” schools; it should be an exciting six weeks of hockey!