An historic season for Warrior hockey

Jakhari Desphy

The  hockey team made history with 20 total wins this season. Some impressive victories included wins over St. Edward, Holy Name and Padua. Also, the team won first place in the Shupe Memorial Tournament in December.

According to captain Drew Rossiter, ‘18, “The team [had] been working hard since we took the ice back in November, keeping our focus on the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Tournament in Columbus.”

The team’s hard work carried through into the playoffs when Walsh Jesuit blew past Aurora 9 -0 in their first game on February 18.  On February 21 WJ continued the streak and defeated Kenston 6 – 3 in the Kent District quarterfinal.

Head Coach Pat McKendry commented, “There is an impressive sense of commitment from all of the players on this team.  They are doing great things on the ice.”

Some of the highlights of the season included senior Jonathan Gabriel’s 10 goals in 12 Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL) games, earning him the GLHL Player of the Year Award.  Also, classmate Jakhari Desphy led the GLHL in goal tending with seven wins in league play.

With an assist from brother Gavin, ’18, (on the right), junior Geremy Davison celebrates his goal against Mentor.


Assistant captain Desphy said, “It has been a privilege to be the goalie for the Walsh hockey team, and this year’s group of players is one I will never forget.”

The Warriors defeated the Mentor Cardinals 4 – 0 on February 24 to win the semifinals.  Unfortunately, the Warriors were not able to push past the University School Preppers.  Despite many great plays by the Warriors, US defeated Walsh 6-2 in the district finals.

According to senior assistant Max Miotke, “Although the season did not end the way we wanted it to end, the team gave it their all, and we are proud of everything we accomplished.”