Season Outlook 2019-20
In the 125th year of ice hockey at St. Paul’s School, the 2019–2020 boys varsity hockey team is proud to carry on the rich history of hockey excellence 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 young group of skaters, comprised of 17 underclassmen and 4 seniors. The team will be led by Fifth Form captain Jack Hepp (Green Village, NJ) along with assistant captains, Charlie Murphy ’20 (Andover, MA), Owen Stadheim ’21 (Lyme, NH) and Harrison Sweet ’20 (Los Angeles, CA). All four “Paulies” are poised to be important leaders for this year’s version of St. Paul’s School hockey. Stadheim, the team’s leading returning goal scorer with 9 goals in his Fourth Form year, and Joe Schubert ’21 (Okauchee, WI) with 7 goals and 15 assists in his first year with the “Big Red” will serve as catalysts to the team’s offense up front, along with Sixth Formers Charles Culver (Westmount, QC), Harrison Sweet (Los Angeles, CA), and Clayton Malone (Nashville, TN). The St. Paul’s School offensive attack will be rounded out by returning by Fifth Former Malcolm Bussey (Hammonds Plains, NS), and Fourth Formers Cooper Flinton (Auburn, NH), Fitz Frechette (Weston, MA), Mike Stoddard (Concord, NH), and JT Halliday (Saugus, CA). Newcomers Owen Sweet ’21 (Los Angeles, CA), Sam Sibold ’22 (Essex Junction, VT), and Colin Richard ’23 (Foxboro, MA) will also be looked upon to provide an offensive punch for the “Big Red” this winter.
On the blue line, the St. Paul’s School defense will be led by captain Jack Hepp. Returning from last year’s 17-10-1 campaign, in which good defense was key, are Bryson Russell ’21 (Palmyra, PA), Alex Lavigne ’21 (Trois-Rivieres, QC), and Jake Sullivan ’22 (Concord, NH). Playing key roles on the back-end will be new players Caid Cox ’22 (Livingston, MT) and Third Former Mick Frechette (Weston, MA). They will both be counted on to help round out the team’s defense. It the net, Sixth Former Charles Murphy ’20 (Andover, MA) will carry the brunt of the goaltending duties while new Third Former Rocco Bryant (New York, NY) will also be looked upon to stop opposing team’s offensive attacks in the net.
A lineup of tough teams faces the Pelicans in the month of December, as they begin the season taking on four consecutive Lakes Region league opponents (Brewster Academy, Tilton School, Vermont Academy, & Proctor Academy) in their second season of league play. The stretch of Lakes Regions opponents begins with the season opener versus Brewster Academy at home, on Friday, December 6, and the first month of play concludes when the team travels to Avon, CT, for the prestigious and highly competitive Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic, which is now in its 38th year. Following the Christmas Holiday, the Big Red will once again partake in the Joshua H. Weeks New Year’s Invitational at Tabor Academy, in Marion MA, and will play three games in the first five days of 2020.
From there, it is down the homestretch, with a nice blend of contests against historic Independent School League teams such as Belmont Hill, Lawrence, and Thayer Academy, as well Lakes Region and defending New England champion Kimball Union Academy, New Hampton, and Holderness Schools. Rounding out the remainder of the schedule will be long-time historic rivals and New England Prep School Independent teams Phillips Andover and Exeter Academy. The schedule for the 2019–20 boys varsity hockey season will be just as challenging as in year’s past, and the team looks forward to the opportunity to carry on St. Paul’s School hockey-rich tradition of hockey excellence, but also the chance to grow and develop as students of the game and outstanding members of the Millville community.