Post Season Bear Hockey news

The tremendous Captain Moms (Ms. Barton, Jones and Lindner) continued the tradition of inviting the team and families to a house (the Barton’s) for a delightful evening to recall the season together. This year’s team was special; the chemistry between these boys contributed to its remarkable success. That spirit was equally evident among the boys, parents, coaches and trainer at this event.

Coach Gammill started the presentation part of the festivities by thanking the Captains’ Moms; few fully comprehend how much these ladies devote to all the little details which contribute to the victories on the ice. The Coach then spoke from the heart about the six skaters of the Class of 2014 and what they meant to the season.seniors









After that long soliloquy, Coach Anas was asked to announce the winner of the Coaches Award. The former goalie spoke about the growth, grit and determination of the senior net minder, Sean O’Brien. The praise extended for the minutes spent in the crease, but especially the critical moments when a goal might have impacted the outlook. Coach Anas was proud to announce that #1 was named the All IAC Goalie.

Coach Farnstrom had the honor of announcing the Brian Fishman Award and provided a history about the Bear for whom the trophy is named and in particular the characteristics which Brian’s parents specified should be exemplified in the play of the current Landon hockey player as reflected in their fallen son. Specifically the coaches saw great determination, integrity and enthusiasm in the play and practice of Aaron Beguelin. The applause from the group made it clear that the choice was well respected.

The privilege of announcing the MVP Award was Coach Gammill’s and the selection was Jack Barton. Though there are no posted statistics (to emphasize the team concept), it was clear that #6 was at the top of the charts on many statistics, but Coach Gammill’s talk focused on the rushing defenseman’s leadership. The relationship between Coach and Captain was most telling. Jack was selected to both the ALL MAPHL and All IAC teams.

Next year’s captain, Colton Rupp, was chosen for the All IAC team.

The next day it was announced that Coach Gammill decided to retire from Landon as a winner, hang up his hockey coaching skates and head off to Nashville, TN where he will assume the even more challenging head of a middle school there. Landon’s hockey program under Coach Gammill’s leadership and assistance of Coaches Farnstrom and Anas, has achieved a very high level of success perhaps best measured in the quality of the play, rather than just the wins (which were numerous). He will be missed.



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