The Archbishop Wood Ice Hockey Team held its fourth annual Alumni ice hockey tournament on Saturday April 2’nd 2005 at Wintersport Ice Arena in Willow Grove. Three teams comprised of over 40 skaters participated in the alumni versus alumni round-robin format. The wide range of graduation year’s of those participating included current and former Wood hockey players from 1975 thru 2005. The Gold Alumni “Sophomore” team representing graduation year’s 1984 thru 1991 won the tournament in overtime of the final game over the Black Alumni “Senior” team comprised of graduates from 1975 thru 1983. Joe Magarity ‘ABW Class of 1983 was named the “Senior Division MVP” and also was given the Joel Gingras/Kevin Cluckey Alumni Tournament MVP award. Rick Gallagher ABW Class of 1988 was named the “Junior Division” MVP and James Pisaturo ABW Class of 2003 was named the “Sophomore Division” MVP.
After the game all of the players and their families enjoyed a post game dinner and party at Mike’s York Street in Warminster. This year the club paid tribute to former standout coach Glen Meyers and thanked him for his contributions in coaching and helping to build the Ice hockey club in its early days. Former players Frank Rego, Kevin Meyers, Johnathan Gingras, Rick Gallagher and John Menarde all paid tribute to former coach Glen Meyers and presented him with a special plaque in honor of his many contributions to the program.
The team also recognized Ron Fetch ’75, with the “Senior Participant Award” and Ron spoke to the group about the club’s first season in 1975 to commemorate the 30th anniversary as a team sport at Archbishop Wood. Also presented awards were Joe Uchinat ’92, Joe Magarity ’83, Kevin Magarity ’78 and Brian Magarity ’75 who all received the “Spirit and Contribution Award” for their extra efforts in making this years event so successful.
With the funds raised from this year’s event the Ice Hockey Alumni will be increasing the amount of the scholarship fund with the school that is given out annually to an eligible participant of the current ice hockey program. The Alumni were proud to award the first scholarship in December of 2004 to Kevin McMinn who is a member of the class of 2005.
All former Wood Ice Hockey players are invited to participate in next years’ event, which is tentatively slated for April of 2006 and plans are also in the works for an Ice Hockey Alumni golf outing in September of 2005. For more information please visit the Alumni link on the team website @ www.woodhockey.com or contact John Menarde class of 1986.
-John Menarde ’86