SSM Recognizes Legendary Hockey Leaders

July 21, 2017

Athletic Facilities and Areas Will Be Named in Their Honor

At a recent hockey alumni golf outing, Shattuck-St. Mary’s recognized key individuals who have shaped the School’s nationally and internationally renowned hockey program.

The Shattuck-St. Mary’s ice hockey program was revitalized in 1990 when former NHL player Craig Norwich joined the staff and began to recruit student-athletes who would serve as the “pioneers” for the new hockey era at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. The walk from the crossroads by the tennis courts to the Sports Complex will be named “Norwich Walk.”

The oldest ice rink on campus will honor 40-year coach John Sumner and be called the John R. Sumner Arena. John Sumner joined the hockey coaching staff in 1971 and spent 40 years at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

The practice rink will be named the Tom Ward Rink. Tom Ward coached at Shattuck-St. Mary’s for 17 years and led the hockey program from 2006 until his departure to join the NHL Buffalo Sabres in 2016.

Finally, the school is completing its efforts to secure the funds to name the newer ice arena the J.P. Parisé Arena. The School plans to renovate existing facilities as well as build an addition to the current Sports Complex, which will include a new gym, weight room, indoor track, locker rooms, offices, and alumni room.

A formal dedication of the newly named spaces will take place this fall.