1963

1963

Wheaton College’s newly organized hockey team began inauspiciously with makeshift equipment, but admirably proceeded to assail enemy net-minders.  Joining an inter-collegiate association with Northwestern, Elmhurst, and St. Procopius, Crusader skaters aimed at becoming Wheaton’s tenth varsity sport.  Recognition as such is now pending after the fine performance this initial season.  With no home facilities, all games were on foreign ice.  Early in the season a new rink was completed under McCully’s stands.  This 180 by 53 foot practice area constituted a means of keeping the blades rust-free.  In the opener, the Crusaders were clad in homemade “uniforms” but demonstrated a professional knowledge of the whereabout of the cage.  They skated off with an 11-3 conquest of Elmhurst.  The high point of the season was a two-game scoring spree.  In a 20-4 win over Elmhurst followed by a 13-2 victory over Northern Illinois, Wayne Faris contributed a phenomenal 17 of 33 goals.  All season long, goalies Tom Rost and John Plankeel alternated tending the nets, while Dick Loescher, Ross Foley, and Ken Kott supplied most of the scoring.  From the first face-off, Wheaton displayed fine potential, endeavoring to get in on the ground floor of the fast growth of midwestern college hockey.

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