By Josh Moro ‘18
With the regular season coming to an end, five seniors were honored at their last home game against St. Rita on January 19th. The Skating Crusaders may have lost the thriller in overtime, but the team kept their chins up as the five seniors reflected on the years they played with the Crusader on their chest
Four of the seniors honored before the game have been a part of the hockey program for four years. Coming from the Romeoville Huskies travel team, Dylan Misch has played a huge part on both sides of the rink as a forward and defenseman. Out of his four years, his favorite moment was playing in the Winter Classic against the Marist Redhawks. Misch also went on to say that the team he loved playing the most was Rita because, “They are our biggest rivals and everytime we play them it’s a great game.” Like Misch, Timmy Kirkwood has also played as a blueliner and forward. Wearing the number 99, Kirkwood is known throughout the state for his electric speed and cannon like slapshot. With the skill he has obtained, he sits as one of the leading point getters on the team and has established a leadership role on the powerplay and penalty kill.
The four seniors were the foundation for the team, but Brett Bagus and Ryan Hanacek also had the responsibility of leading the team through thick and thin for the past two years as captains. Brett Bagus played for many programs before Rice like, the St. Jude Knights, the Orland Park Vikings, and the Chicago Fury. Unfortunately, Bagus suffered an ankle injury earlier this year, but was able to keep leading the team off the ice and finally came back on senior night. After high school, Bagus looks to attend the University of Mississippi and to study nursing. Like Bagus, number 93, Ryan Hanacek played for the Chicago Fury when he was younger, but he also played for the Oak Lawn Eagles, and the Chicago Hawks based out in Darien. Hanacek has been a leading point getter for the Skating Crusaders the past three years, even as a sophomore. Both Hanacek and Bagus had their favorite moments on the ice come nine days after senior night as the hockey team was able to upset the number 2 seed, Benet, in two games. After the riveting two wins, the Crusaders look to keep the season alive as they will play either Fenwick or Notre Dame in the second round of the CCHL playoffs.