The Art of Zamboni

Hockey Concludes Season

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Coming off of a 28-5 record last year and being the reigning Baron Cup Champions, the West Geauga hockey team was hoping to be division champs again for new head coach, Mr. Todd Guenther. They fell a little short of that goal, having a final record of 5-17 this season, playing their home games at Gilmour Academy. “We could have finished a lot better. You’re never satisfied with a losing season, no fault to the kids,” said assistant coach, Mr. Kurt Wells. The team lost to Orange in the first round of the playoffs.

Going into the season, the seniors this year were Graham Solon, Blake Gruly, and Mattias Grantkvist.  The tri – captains, Solon, Daniel Sternen, and Gruly led the team with a motto focusing on, “Teamwork, commitment, dedication, hard work, and sportsmanship.” These objectives were the focus when some players playing pre-season and post-season hockey in the summer and getting some work in when the rink was provided in the off season.

Throughout recent years, West Geauga has welcomed some exchange students to the hockey program. This year the team had the pleasure of having junior Daniel Mavrov, from the Czech Republic, and senior Mattias Grantkvist from Sweden as unexpected guests. Coach Wells added that they brought talent and the team learned interesting facts about their lives as the season went on.

As for next year, junior Jack Makee said, “It should be a good season next year with many returning juniors and a couple foreign exchanges on the way to add some talent to the team as well.” The coaches have contacted one upcoming freshman and have heard about a possible second one.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the team you can visit their website at www.westghockey.com.