Editor's note: Catholic Memorial senior goaltender Tommy Knox checks in with his first Player Diary installment of the hockey season with a recap of the Knights' early-season exploits and a look ahead.
This season for Catholic Memorial is filled with a lot of new faces who are led by a solid group of returning players. We are a relatively young team and are depending on some of the younger players to step up and contribute. Our team does not need much more motivation then the wise words of Coach Hanson.
The team this year is looking to accomplish the ultimate goal of every team in Massachusetts, win the state title and bragging rights for the year. To do that we need to accomplish some minor goals along the way. We need to take the season day by day and get better each time we take the ice. Whether it is a practice or game day, we need to come out competing harder and playing smarter than we did the day before. Another goal of ours would be to win the Catholic Conference, as we have done in the past. To accomplish these goals we need to have strong performances all year by our seniors like Marc Hetnik, Danny O’Hear, and Chris Stathopoulous mixed in with underclassman Liam Coughlin and Jack O’Hear.
For me, personally, I would like to accomplish one single goal: to be able to play well enough to allow my team to compete night in and night out. This will only give my teammates more confidence in my playing style and allow them to get better. Hopefully, that will lead me to play at the next level in hockey, while also opening a few eyes in the hockey world.
So far this season, we have gotten out to a good start playing a difficult schedule. We battled against an always strong Delbarton (New Jersey) team, but unfortunately came up short. We came back strong though later in the schedule to put together three very convincing wins against Central Catholic, Thayer Academy, and BC High. Once this CM team begins to push the rock uphill, it will be very hard to step in our path and at this rate we will be a very hard team to play against come late February and early March.