Humans of Northwood: Landon Cole ’23

Growing up, I had to move a lot for my dad’s work. I lived in Germany, Canada, and around the United States. Raleigh, North Carolina, is my place to be, but I have enjoyed the experiences of living around the country and the world. I chose Northwood for a couple of reasons. My dad had great recommendations for the school, some of my family lives close by in northern New York, and I have also had family members attend the school in the past. I found a deep sense of home within the Northwood community, especially with my teammates. I have made lifelong friendships with most of the guys on my hockey team and throughout the school.

Looking up to my dad, I have found a love for hockey growing up so close to the sport. I appreciate all the relationships I have built from hockey; it is something I will always cherish. It is my number one focus from fall to spring, and I can’t get enough of it. In the spring, however, I love playing golf, especially finding serenity on the course. I enjoy spending time with the people close to me, like my friends and family.

I always look forward to sunny days on Lake Gaston during the summer. Near my home in Raleigh, we have a lake house where I spend most of my summer days on the water jet skiing, boating, and tubing. It is a place I hold close to my heart.

I’m looking forward to a great senior year ahead of me. I hope to continue my hockey career in juniors next year.

As told to Jackson Smith ’23. Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge.

New League, New Opportunities for Girls Hockey in JWHL

In this past off-season, the Northwood Girls’ hockey team moved to the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL), the premier ‘Junior-style’ ice hockey league for girls in North America. The JWHL’s U19 Division has seven teams, including four from Canada. The teams include:

  • Balmoral Hall School (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
  • Mount Academy (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada)
  • North American Hockey Academy (Wellesley, MA)
  • Northwood School (Lake Placid, NY)
  • Pacific Steelers (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada)
  • Stanstead College (Stanstead, Quebec, Canada)
  • The Washington Pride (Washington, DC)

The Mirror sat down with Head Coach and Athletic Director Mr. Trevor Gilligan to learn more about this big decision.

Gilligan said the JWHL is the best league for the Northwood Girls’ hockey team because “the girls will be able to play a much better set of competition and develop rivalries with teams in the JWHL like Balmoral Hall and especially Stanstead College. These teams are some of the best in North America.”

Gilligan also spoke highly of the travel and exposure opportunities the JWHL would bring. “The team can now travel the country and play these league games in reputable Division I Arenas. Our league games take place in college arenas such as the University of Minnesota, Boston University, Boston College, Providence, and many more,” Gilligan said.

The JWHL League games are also three 20-minute periods. Gilligan states that this was also a crucial factor for the girls because it prepares his players for college games. All the games are streamed live, making it an accessible platform for college recruiters.

The JWHL also has a significant effect on the training of his team. “The 60-minute games are long, and it has altered our training and preparation for games. They stay more conscious of sleep and diet in the days leading up to the games,” Gilligan said.

Joining the JWHL was an excellent decision for Northwood. The girls are having a great season and mixing well with the new competition. Good luck this year!!!

Varsity Hockey Has Promising Start to the Season

Hockey action at the Olympic Center in October 2022 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The Varsity Boys’ hockey team has been off to a good start this season. On September 10-11, the team had home games against CP Dynamo and won both. It was a great way to start the season and instill confidence in the boys. The squad won the first game because of a last-second tying goal by Jackson Barbieri ‘24. They then went on to win in overtime and shared a great experience as a team for their first game. The second game was similar as they pulled out the victory in overtime for the second game in a row.

On the 23rd and 24th of September, the boys traveled to SLU and played Nichols School on both days. They won on Friday, 4-3, and won again on Saturday, 4-2, with an outstanding game from young goaltender Cash “Money” Lawrence ‘25.

The following weekend, September 30 – October 2, they traveled to South Kent School and battled South Kent on Friday, PAL Islanders on Saturday, and Palmyra on Sunday. They had a tough loss Friday at 2-8 against the selects U16 team. They had a tough fight against PAL Islanders and lost in OT 6-7. The Huskies finally pulled it together for the last game and beat Palmyra 3-2 in overtime with a great OT goal from Landon Cole ‘23. Good job to Northwood’s Prep team for winning that tournament.

On October 6-7, the Varsity squad faced Stanstead in two games. They played hard on Thursday’s first game but couldn’t put the puck in the net. Stanstead won 0-2. On Friday, the boys came back even harder. In the first 6 minutes of the game, they buried four goals on the opposing netminder. Before the end of the game, they netted four more to secure an 8-0 win. Cam Abel ‘23 had a hat trick, and Drew Donatello ‘24 had a shutout to leave the team 1-1 on the weekend.

The following weekend saw the team battle South Kent Selects again. They came out slow in the first game but kept the score close throughout, eventually losing 6-3 with an open net goal. The boys showed up the next day and dominated from the beginning and won 4-2 with a great game from all the boys.

The team is still working out the kinks, but the boys look great this year. They continue to get better and better. #RollHuskies

Humans of Northwood: Sophia Kelting ‘23 

“I am from Saranac Lake, New York. I chose to transfer to Northwood because I wanted to find greater Nordic Skiing opportunities and increase the volume of my training. I found Northwood to suit me very well because of the people around me with different backgrounds and with extensive diversity.  

“Growing up in the Adirondacks has made me who I am today. I love the outdoors. As a kid, my parents had me in the Dewey Mountain ski program. I was deeply involved in my community. I was hiking mountains and spending all my time outdoors.  

“I am very excited to further my academic and athletic career in college. I am currently looking to ski Division 1. I took part in the US Junior Nationals last year in Minnesota, and I continue to train daily.  

“I am also looking forward to studying environmental engineering. I love studying math and science and hope to translate that into a college major.” 

As told to Jackson Smith ‘23. Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge.

Varsity Team Sweeps Nichols in SLU Barn 

The St. Lawrence University Men’s Hockey locker room (photo: Northwood Athletics Instagram)

The Varsity team traveled to Canton, New York for the final contests of September to face off against Nichols in St. Lawrence University’s Appleton Arena. The boys went 2-0 and swept their prep school foe. The Huskies were victorious in the first game in overtime and won the second contest 4-2.  

The team started off the weekend with a tour of SLU from Northwood’s Alumni Will Arquiett ‘19. He has been playing at SLU for a couple of years now after graduating from Northwood. He took the team through the facilities and showed them what the school had to offer. At the end of the tour, they made their way into the varsity men’s hockey team’s locker room. The squad was all impressed to see the facilities for players at that level. It was inspiring for all of them, and a great shared moment for the team.  

The Appleton Arena at St. Lawrence University (Photo: St. Lawrence University)

“Playing at Appleton Arena was a lot of fun,” said postgrad Bailey Bartholemew. “The rink had a great atmosphere, and I really liked the whole wooden arena. The ice was fast and nice to play on” added Bartholemew. “The rink matches the vibe of the whole campus, a rich old place that was still very clean and nice,” he added. 

Hayden Newman ‘24 also enjoyed playing at a collegiate facility. “I think that playing at the SLU arena was an enlightening experience. Getting to step onto the ice and play an actual game was really cool to me because one day I’d like to play at a high level just like what’s held on that rink.” 

The entire team was grateful to share such an enlightening and inspirational experience. What a great weekend for the boys. Something they will remember forever. 

Hockey Team Meets Famous Rap Artist

While the Boys’ Varsity Hockey team was in Canton, there was news a concert was being put on at St. Lawrence University by the famous rapper Waka Flaka Flame. We had just listened to his music on the way to the hotel and we were excited that he was going to be in town at the same time. On the way to the team’s first game at the Appleton Arena, the Husky players were waiting in the hotel lobby for the buses and one of the boys recognized Flaka. They ran outside and got his attention. They had a conversation with him about the concert and the games. This reporter was one of the players on that team. Wacka Flocka was a great guy, and we loved our short experience with him. We got a picture with him, and he was kind enough to repost it to his Instagram followers 

Three Legendary Defensemen Retire from NHL

This week, we saw three players in the National Hockey League make retirement decisions. P.K. Subban, Keith Yandle, and Zdeno Chara, each “franchise defensemen” during their careers, retired from the NHL.  

Subban with the Canadiens (Photo: Twitter).

P.K. Subban has decided after thirteen seasons in the NHL to retire. He had a very admirable career, one lots of hockey players looked up to. Being an African American in a predominantly Caucasian league, he showed younger audiences that with perseverance and dedication, anything is possible. He was very thankful to all the organizations he was a part of, including the Montreal Canadians, Nashville Predators, and the New Jersey Devils. In 832 games, he scored 115 goals and had 352 assists. 

Yandle with the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo: NHL).

Keith Yandle has retired after 16 seasons in the NHL. Last season, Yandle was on a 989 consecutive game streak. His streak ended when he was scratched by the Philadelphia Flyers deep into the season. Yandle has spoken about retiring before, but he found it to be a difficult process because hockey is all he knows. In Yandle’s record-breaking 989 consecutive games, he scored 103 goals and 516 assists.  

Illustration: Boston Bruins

Zdeno Chara is the last to retire. This is an end to his 24-season career. Born in 1977, in Trenčín, Slovakia, he moved to America after being drafted to the NHL. Over his 24 seasons in the NHL, he had many accomplishments and set records. Some facts about him: at 6’ 9”, he is the tallest player to ever play in the NHL; he was the captain of the Boston Bruins when they went to the 2011, 2013, and 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, in which the Bruins won the championship in 2011; and in 2009 he won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL.  Charra signed a one-day contract with the Bruins this week so that he could official retire with the team where he spent most of his career.

All three of these defensemen will be missed on the NHL stage as we move into the new age of players. We are coming to the end of an era—who will replace them as legendary defensemen? 

Northwood’s 5 Core Values Personified in My Teammates. 

Northwood’s five core values are Compassion, Courage, Responsibility, Integrity, and Respect. Throughout my four years at Northwood, I have seen vivid examples of these values displayed in my hockey teammates. I feel that, thanks to these values, they have brought all of us much closer and created a family.  

Mark Monaco ’20

In my second year at Northwood, I had a memorable example of Compassion. Early in the season, at an evening practice, our team was outside waiting to go back to school on the bus when we all heard Eli behind us. Eli was very young at the time, and it was his first time away from home. He was on a phone call, in a very emotional state, feeling very homesick, trying to find a way back home for the weekend. As the time continued, no one knew how to help or comfort him in this moment. We were all frozen. When a senior on the top team saw what was happening, he jumped right into action to help Eli. He dropped his bag and engulfed Eli in a comforting hug and helped him get through these feelings. He did not care what anyone else was thinking; he just wanted to comfort Eli. Eli remembered that moment. “I was very upset, and Mark Monaco ’20 came up to me without hesitation to help me out,” he said. “He knew exactly what I was going through, and he had been there, telling me everything was going to be okay in time, and my teammates are all there if I need to talk. Later that night almost everyone on the team came and tried to cheer me up.” How my team treated Eli is a great example of compassion and a gesture that left an impact on all of us. 

Giordan Gulati ’23

At the beginning of this year, I witnessed one of the most courageous moments in my time at Northwood. In our first team hockey meeting, we were all sitting in the auditorium to discuss meaning and purpose. Towards the end, the coaches asked if anyone had anything to add and a new player stood up from the back and got up in front of 50 of his peers to speak about purpose. He spoke about why he was at Northwood and his recent experience. He told me about that moment. “I stepped up to the stage that day because we were talking about purpose. This past New Year’s, my best friend was killed by a drunk driver, and she was the most outgoing and interpersonal person that I have ever known. When she passed, I made a promise to her and to myself that I would try to be more like her every day. I made another promise to myself that I would put myself out there early when I got here, so I would not make the same mistake I did at my last school, because that did not go well. I know that if she was there with me in the room she would tell me to go up there and introduce myself to everyone, so I did it because I know that’s the kind of confidence she would want me to have. After her death, I have become very active in the fight against drunk driving, and I plan to continue these efforts.” That speech struck a chord in all of us in the room. Giordan Gulati showed us all what courage is.  

Sam Lyne ’24

To be a good teammate on and off the ice, a person must be responsible all the time and hold himself to a high standard. In my nearly four years at Northwood, I have not met a person who holds themselves to a higher standard than Sam Lyne ‘24. On the ice and in the gym, he continues to push himself every day to become better. He feels a true responsibility to push himself and others around him, ultimately making him a great teammate and a great role model. When describing responsibility, Sam said, “Being responsible is one the most important qualities one can show. It means to set a bar higher than the current standard in order to lift your teammates and classmates, and also yourself, above and beyond.” I see Sam in the gym, keeping promises he made to himself, working his hardest almost every day of the week. I asked him why he was so responsible in the gym, and he told me, “The reason I’m responsible in the gym is because it is a place where you need to push yourself and your teammates. When I started working out and I was skinny and scared, there were older stronger teammates that set the example so high that I had to work harder than anyone else. So, my goal is to be what those older teammates were to me, an inspiration,” said Sam. 

Peppi DelliQuadri ’22

Last season, Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22 achieved one of his biggest goals by stepping on the ice for the Prep team in the Northwood Invitational Tournament. He worked every day for 3 ½ years to make it to that spot. He had many setbacks and tough moments along the way. Integrity is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles,” and Peppi demonstrated integrity throughout his entire process of making it to that stage. When I asked him what he had to say about his experience he said, “Being at Northwood for four years and starting at the bottom of the program, I had to put in the work every shift and every chance I got…Being at the bottom, I had to improve myself in every way on the ice and off the ice.” Peppi is a great example and someone I look up to when working towards my goals.  

Rintaro Akasaka ’20

Carson Hall ’22

Respect cannot be defined by just one situation. Our hockey team, like a family, thrives on respect. Whether the respect is towards each other, the coaches, the staff, or the opposing team, we need it to be a successful group of guys. My first year at Northwood, no one showed as much respect on the ice as Rintaro Akasaka ‘20. He lifted his teammates up all the time and treated us as equals. Playing against other teams he would always show them great respect in every game. In the dining hall for four years, Carson Hall ‘22 is another example of respect Carson showed respect to the staff by cleaning up messes left by others. Every single one of my teammates holds this value very close to them. I feel that demonstrating respect is the most important part of being a close-knit team.  

These are my examples of Northwood students living the school’s core values. Which students would you choose? 

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