1965

1965

The resounding slap of sticks on YMCA ice and bone-crushing contact like that of ancient gladiators ushers in another season for a relatively new Orange and Blue sport.  New uniforms and equipment added luster this year to the members of this not yet varsity team.  But such is not the only description of the 1965 hockey edition.  The year involved several innovations such as a hockey league composed of Wheaton, St. Procopius, Lewis, and Northern Illinois.  Still in the process of growth, Wheaton ice hockey completed its third season of competition with a 4-5 record.  Enthusiasm, drive, and hustle tried to counter-balance the lack of experience and depth, and the insufficient ice time for practice made the battle up-hill all the way.  The team was sparked by the outstanding play of sophomore Bob Bennett, who proved to be the top scorer with 16 goals.  Close behind, John Wroblewski added 13 to complement the defense of Jim Brandt and freshman Jon Harnish.  Hopes are raised for the future because no starters are lost via graduation and wandering into the sight are the ultimate goals of varsity status and a home rink.

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