by Roger Wistar
Members of the 1992 boys hockey New England championship team reunited over Feb. 24-25 for a weekend of reminiscing and reconnecting.
More than 30 people, including 11 members of the '92 team and their families, attended the event, which included enjoying several meals together, attending the Hotchkiss-Taft game on Saturday, and even suiting up themselves for a scrimmage on Sunday morning.
Coaches of the team remember the boys for their impact in many areas of school life, beyond just hockey. Although unable to attend the event, the team's head coach Jeff Kosak wrote a note that was shared with the players on behalf of himself and assistant coaches Blair Torrey and Damon White.
"For me, Coach Torrey and Coach White, you were pillars in the school, setting examples of goal-setting, exemplary behavior, and recognition of differences. You became models, on and off the ice," wrote Kosak in his note.
Players attending the event included Russell Bitely '92, Daniel Bloom '92, Andrew Clark '92, Brendan Doyle '92, Eric Grahling '92, Matthew Herr '94, Markum McCormick '92, Jeffrey McGuinness '92, Aaron Oberman '92, Douglas Sproule '92, and Brendan York '92.
One of the highlights from Saturday came after lunch with a family skate, including the 14 children of alumni that attended the weekend, many of whom are playing on their own competitive teams.
On Sunday, it was time to get back on the ice, as the alumni enjoyed a pickup game with members of the current boys varsity team. Current head coach Mike Traggio and assistant coach Ted Weihman also participated in the scrimmage.
The afternoon and evening on Saturday were given over to spectating, as the team watched the Bearcats play an entertaining 2-2 tie with Taft in their season finale, and then watched recordings of their own games in the evening.
Harry Tower '18 and Helena Park '18 provided attendees with a campus tour on Saturday afternoon.