Finishing their checks
Two seasons ago the York Hockey Club moved into the Scholastic Hockey League from the Illinois High School Hockey League's West Division. That put the Dukes in with heavyweights such as Loyola, New Trier and Glenbrook North.
"It's very good, but it also comes with its challenges," said club vice president Jamie Ray, a 1987 York graduate and former Dukes defenseman.
Regardless of how coach Bruce Turpin and team leaders Billy Paschen, Chris Lee and Matt Anderson are doing on the ice, York is winning the charity game.
On Oct. 20 at its home rink, the Addison Ice Arena, the team held its annual Spirit Night. In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month the club dedicated 100 percent of its silent auction proceeds and donations, about $6,000, to cancer research.
On Dec. 1, York Hockey will hold its annual Toys for Tots Night, the varsity game against Glenbrook North starting at 7:05 p.m., the junior varsity at8:55. There is no admission fee but attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy.
The York Hockey Club has held the event since 2009, but over the last few seasons, with opponents also chipping in, it's done very well.
"It's a pretty big deal, people get into it," Ray said. "Word on the street is each of the last four years we've donated 1,000 toys or more."