Bain Kurtz ‘18 and Ice Cats start strong

Team harbors dreams of third straight OHSAA Division I title

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By ALEC STIMAC ‘19

This is an exciting time to be part of Wildcat hockey. Saint Ignatius has two teams this year, a Prep team and a Varsity Blue team, which will both be among the top 15-20 teams in the state. Both take on all comers and play very challenging schedules. Coach O’Rourke says, “We aim to represent the school and the state well in all of our travels. On the ice, they have multiple goals – to win state championships and advance as many players to college and junior hockey as possible.”

Off the ice, the hockey teams attend Chapel sessions together each week, do service together, and attend team parties (usually to watch an NHL game or the Olympics) together. Coach says, “All in all we hope
to give all of the players the best Ignatian experience we possibly can. Usually that’s fairly easy when you are fortunate enough to have a group of nice, hard-working boys, and luckily we do.”

Recently, the Ice Cats just won the Holy War, a 2-0 victory over St. Edward on Saturday at Brooklyn. Bain Kurtz scored both goals. The hockey team has a 5-2 record start to the season. The hockey team will continue to be traveling, heading to Michigan and numerous other out of state games.

Led by two captains Bain Kurtz ‘18 and Michael Mcaffery ‘18, the Ice Cats plan to make it a great season of hockey and to go toward that big goal of winning their third straight Division 1 OHSAA State Championship.