2014-15 Boys Prep Hockey
2014-15 Season Preview: A Culture of Winning
By: Kristy Booher, RAA – Associate Director of Athletics
The Gilmour Academy Boys Prep Hockey team has a focus this season of playing together as a team to develop a culture of winning. First-year head coach Mike Chiellino wants his team to hold itself to high standards and take pride when stepping on the ice in the Gilmour jersey. He inherits a program with only seven returning players, but regards his team as a “very good group of leaders who are reliable and experienced.”
Senior captains forward Zachary Ritter and defenseman Mitchell Popp are two players who will undoubtedly lead the team both on and off the ice. Each possess strong leadership skills and are highly-respected as both players and young men. Two other players who will be counted on to step up are assistant captains, senior defensemen Ryan Burns and junior forward Chase Sriprajittichai.
One of the team’s main goals is to improve from a development standpoint. Coach Chiellino understands no matter how much experience his players have, all are new to learning his coaching style, but he feels as long as they remain committed to playing as a team; the development process will be quite smooth.
One effortless transition the team will make this season is in goal with senior Cedric Hansen. He is back tending the net for the Lancers after seeing key minutes last season and is expected to pick up right where he left off.
The Lancers hope to finish in the top half of the Midwest Prep Hockey League (MPHL) and then make a successful run during the playoffs. They’ll use their size and strength to accomplish this goal. Gilmour has 11 players who check in at 6-feet or taller, and all have been working hard in the weight room. Their size and strength will be much needed as they face a very challenging schedule. The Lancers will encounter more than 15 teams who hold Top 20 rankings in the country, not to mention a host of strong teams from Canada.
“I’m mostly looking forward to guiding this team from a slow start of the season to a very strong finish,” said Chiellino, “We are a culture of winning and our actions of playing as a team will lead us to be successful.”