Michael Li / Staff reporter
The teacher versus student ice hockey game was a popular activity that will be revived this year. This hasn’t happened in the past few years, this year, teachers and students are planning on a healthy rivalry to have fun. Brian Unger, Lorenzo Cirillo, Cam Comeau and Chris Turpin, the four teachers responsible for the organization, held a meeting in room 121 during Thursday’s lunchtime. Every student interested in participating was welcomed to join in. The actual hockey game will be on February 27 at Port Moody Arena 1. They will play from 2:30 to 3:45 PM. All players must have the full gear to attend.
Unlike in the past, this year’s game looks to be more exciting. Carson Walker, grade 9, said the game is “going to have some astonishing plays.”
This year the students have Jenna Buglioni, grade 12, playing; a hockey player with a full-ride scholarship to Ohio State.
“Though there are tough players on the teachers’ team like Turpin and Comeau, the students also have a strong competitive lineup,” said Buglioni.
“In the last couple of years, the school hasn’t had a game because we haven’t had enough staff members who played hockey,” explained Brian Unger, socials teacher. Unger sees this meeting as a plan “revive the tradition” that has long been a part of the school’s culture.
Unger described that the hockey game has been “a work of a couple of weeks. The meeting “is a way to get a commitment from who’s able to play.” His ideal of the game is to “put together a team on the ice and have some fun with the large student body and see who comes out on top.”
“Students will see teachers in a different light, playing the sport on ice, not always standing in front of the classroom,” stated Lorenzo Cirillo, Coast program teacher. He commented that “some students might be able to take their frustrations on their teachers legally [in this game].”
Cam Comeau, a physical education teacher, referred the hockey game as “primarily a showcase for hockey player embedded among the student body.” Comeau suggested that the event “promotes team spirit regardless of skill level” and they wanted students to “recognize hockey as a part of the fabric of Canadian culture and how it intertwines with our lives. It’s important to celebrate this identity from a grass root level here at Gleneagle.”
Comeau also described the game will ensure that the students and teacher will be “pleasantly surprised the game can promote school unity and break down the barriers.”
“While teachers teach, students do their work for course credits, it’s important to see what other talents students have besides the classroom or gym,” concluded Comeau.
The trophy that the teachers and students are competing for is a replica of the Stanley Cup.
Chris Turpin, socials studies teacher pointed out “the trophy is a joke comparing to the Stanley Cup that the NHL play for and the one we have for fun. This game itself is still competitive, students have won before; this year, teachers will use their proficient experience to show them whose boss.”
This year’s game is very special. “The student team has “players from 4 different grades, said Turpin. “It’d be fascinating to see how they interact with each other on the ice, on the bench, and see how they come together.”
The school revived the ice hockey game with a healthy rivalry between teachers and students. This long tradition brings teachers and students together not only for enjoyment but also for a closer connection within the Gleneagle community.