Varsity and Junior Varsity combined for a regular and post season record of 40-23-2.
Varsity (17-16-1) was the #6 seed in the 2017-2018 Mid States Club Hockey Association Challenge Cup advancing to the Quarter Finals. Varsity also won the Varsity Division Championships in both the 2017-2018 Mid Wes High School Hockey Invitational, St. Louis, MO and the 2017-2018 Thanksgiving Classic High School Hockey Tournament, Columbus, OH.
Junior Varsity (23-7-1) was the #2 seed in the 2017-2018 Mid States Club Hockey Association Junior Varsity Playoffs advancing to the Semi Finals. Junior Varsity also won the Junior Varsity Division Championship in the Thanksgiving Classic High School Hockey Tournament, Columbus, OH
Good Work and Best of Luck at the 2018 USA Hockey High School Nationals and the 2018-2019 season!
The Vianney Golden Griffin Hockey Cheer Squad 2017-2018 Celebrates the Big Win!
The Vianney Hockey Cheerleaders swept the 2017-2018 Mid States Hockey Cheerleading Competition on Sun. Feb. 19, 2018 at Lindbergh High School. The Griffin Girls finished first in Chant, first in Cheer and first in Dance.
Vianney Hockey Cheer was the Overall Champions of the competition. Great way to cap off the season....great work girls.
WE ARE PROUD OF YOU SAY, WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!
The girls would like to thank the players that turned out to cheer them on!
USA Hockey (then known as the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States) crowned its first national champion April 3, 1938, when the Hershey Bears completed a three-game sweep of Detroit Holzbaugh Ford to win the Senior Open title.
USA Hockey’s first underage national championship, for players under the age of 20, was won by the Boston 97 Club, which claimed the Junior title in 1940.
New Haven, Connecticut, coached by future Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Lynn Patrick, earned USA Hockey’s first national championship for players “under the high school age” by blanking New York, 2-0, at Madison Square Garden in 1949.
Since then, thousands of players have taken the ice to compete for one of amateur hockey's highest honors: a USA Hockey national championship. Hundreds have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including Joe Pavelski, Zach Parise, Phil Kessel, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Kevin Shattenkirk, Jeremy Roenick, John Gibson, Scott Gomez, Jack Johnson, Nathan MacKinnon and many, many more.
This season, the St. John Vianney Griffins will represent the State of Missouri at the 2018 USA Hockey High School Nationals in Plymouth, MN on March 22 - 26, 2018. Last year's Division 1 High School Champions were Bayard Rustin EPA out of Pennsylvania. They defeated Santa Margarita, CA 4-3 in the finals. By chance, Vianney has faced off two other times in other tournaments against Santa Margarita winning both match ups. Early this season, Vianney met another team that participated in the 2017 USA Hockey High School Nationals, Omaha Jr. Lancers and beat them 4-2 in the Championship game of the Mid West High School Hockey Invitational. Clearly the Griffins are ready to step into the National spotlight and showcase their program and players.
Among the older generations of USA Hockey youth nationals alumni, star participants included Mark and Marty Howe, Paul Holmgren, Gordie Roberts, Jack Brownshidle, Rob McClanahan, Neal Broten, Mark Wells, Ken Morrow, Herb Brooks, Craig Norwich, Steve Ulseth, Tommy Williams, Jeff Lundgren, Dates Fryberger and Bobby Crawford, just to name a few.
Whether you were watching, playing or just following along, these lists of all-time USA Hockey National Champions are sure to bring back some memories. Good luck Griffins and you participate at this years USA Hockey High School Nationals.
2017-2018 VIANNEY VARSITY 1-3-1 POST SEASON 9-12-0 REG. SEASON 17-16-1 OVERALL
Thurs. Mar. 22 - Sun. Mar. 25, 2018 USA Hockey High School Nationals - Game Times (TBA), Plymouth Ice Center, Plymouth MN
2017-2018 VIANNEY JUNIOR VARSITY 2-1-0 POST SEASON 14-2-0 REG. SEASON 23-7-1 OVERALL
2017-2018 VIANNEY B TEAM 3-4-1 REG. SEASON 5-5-1 OVERALL.
Sat. Feb. 10, 2018 TIE Vianney 3 vs. Francis Howell Central 3
Fri. Mar. 2, 2018 Vianney vs. Lutheran South 7:30 pm @ All American
Vianney's Andrew Cook #10 and Lindbergh's Patrick Elliot #79 vie for control of the puck during the game on Saturday, Dec. 16. The Vianney Golden Griffins scored early in the game and held onto the lead for a 10-2 victory over the Lindbergh Flyers. photo
It didn't take long for the Vianney High School Golden Griffins hockey team to jump out to an early lead over the Lindbergh High School Flyers on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Left to Right: Bill Bommarito, Scott Simpson, Duane Swacker, Robert Croghan Sr, Brian McGlynn
This year St. John Vianney Hockey is proud to announce the Vianney Hockey Hall of Fame - Class of 2017.
Bro. Norbert Grass - Coach
Mr. Robert Croghan, Sr. - Builder
Mr. Duane Swacker - Player
The Class of 2017 was introduced and inducted at the 2017 Alumni Night Sat. Dec. 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm in the Upper Meeting Room @ Affton Ice Rink.
St. John Vianney reigned supreme in both Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions of the 19th Annual Midwest Thanksgiving High School Hockey classic, formerly the St. Charles Thanksgiving Invitational. The tournament has become the largest high school hockey tournament in the Midwest and one of the largest in the entire country. Vianney only recently returned to the tournament over the past two seasons but has appeared in this tournament eight times. The tournament which began in 1999 with 13 teams in two divisions now hosts 50 teams in six different divisions. Teams participating in this year’s tournament are from across Ohio as well as across the Mid West and Canada.
The tournament, began on Friday November 24th, and utilized all six sheets of ice at the Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin and Chiller North facilities. All in all there were over 90 games played culminating with the championship games on Sunday November 26th. Vianney opened up Varsity pool play against two time defending Ohio State High School Champions, Dayton. The Griffins quickly got on the board just after the opening face off on a goal from their Assistant Captain, Danny McGlynn. This goal set the tone for the weekend where Vianney Varsity out scored their opponents 34-4 in four games. In the first game, Griffin goaltender, Nick Niemeier held Dayton in check the entire game allowing 1 goal on 23 shots. This effort made it possible for Vianney to hold the momentum till late in the second period when Senior Captain, Zach Drummond capitalized with a Power Play Goal. Going into the break between the second and third periods the Griffins held a 2-0 lead. The final tally of the game came midway through the third period on a goal, his first as a Vianney player from Freshman Defenseman, John Verdu. That same evening, the Junior Varsity Griffins kept pace with the "big team" beating Liberty, 4-0. The shut out from Sophomore, Evan Lovera.
Super Saturday at the tournament included two games for each Varsity and JV. The Varsity Griffs drop the puck against Wooster just 15 minutes across town from where the JV team would face off against Upper Arlington. The Varsity skaters went right to work against Wooster who appeared last season in the final four of the Ohio State High School Hockey Championships. This game was all about solid goaltending and defense. Being backstopped again with a solid game by goalie, Nick Niemeier, the Vianney Sophomore defenders provided all the scoring. Two goals from Will Gruener, one from Joey Boccardi and a final tally from Assistant Captain Joe Schulze salted away the win for the Griffins, 4-2. Meanwhile back at the JV game the Jr. Griffs wasted no time in defeating a very good opponent Upper Arlington by a score of 6-3. This game was split in the nets by Sophomore goalie, Jack Sitner who allowed just 1 goal and Freshman keeper, Drew Steinmetz. As was the case throughout the whole weekend, scoring for the JV team was scattered across the line up. Goals from Tanner Placke, Jack Breheny (Captain), Riley Fleig, Michael Giegling, Tommy Gruener, and Colin Wobbe sealed the win for Vianney JV.
With two wins each, Varsity and JV had a small break for a team lunch and were right back on the ice Saturday evening. A win for both teams would assure them a place in the Sunday Championship games. Varsity made quick work of opponents St. Francis DeSales with an 11-0 win. Junior netminder, Keegan Hegger recorded the shut out. The Junior Varisity team faced a very capable opponent St. Charles. This game was a battle from start to finish but with solid goaltending again from Evan Lovera the JV Griffins came out on top 3-2.
Championship Sunday had the Varsity team facing off against Kenston OH in a late morning game while JV would play Dublin Jerome just after the lunch hour. Coach McGlynn and the Griffins rode the hot goalie Nick Niemeier into the Championship game. Niemeiier did not disappoint allowing just 1 goal. But the story of this game early was the Vianney Penalty Kill. The Griffins were sent to the box seven times in the first two periods opposed to one penalty to Kenston. In between killing off 14:00 minutes of penalties Vianney scored three times with goals from Danny McGlynn, Zach Drummond and Senior Captain, Drew Doran. Going into the intermission between periods it was 3-0 Griffins. Vianney came out strong knowing that they were just a period way from the Championship. They put away Kenston 6-1 with three third period goals. Two from Juniors, Kam Sengheiser and Ian Somogye and the final goal, his second of the game from forward Drew Doran. The Junior Varsity team had their work cut out for them facing opponent Dublin Jerome. This club has a lot of history in the tournament and they would not go easy. Just like Varsity, the JV Coaches stayed with the hot goalie, Nick Lovera and also were not disappointed. Lovera allowed only 1 goal in this game and a skimpy 3 goals over 3 games on the weekend. Paced by a first period goal from Sophomore, Zach Adamac the JV team would add three more goals to win the JV Championship 4-1. One goal and the Game Winner from Freshman, Tommy Gruener and two goals from Sophomores, Cameron Beck and Jack Breheny.
This was a tremendous weekend for St. John Vianney on both levels, Varsity and JV....offensively and defensively. Two goaltending shut outs and outscoring their opponents 51-9 gave the Griffins a lot to be thankful for in the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic.
ROAD TO THANKSGIVING CLASSIC VARSITY DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Fri. Nov. 24, 2017 WIN Vianney 3 vs. Dayton 1
Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 WIN Vianney 4 vs. Wooster 2
Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 WIN Vianney 11 vs. St. Francis DeSales 0
Sun. Nov 26, 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WIN Vianney 6 vs. Kenston OH 1
ROAD TO THANKSGIVING CLASSIC JUNIOR VARSITY DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Fri. Nov. 24, 2017 WIN Vianney 4 vs. Liberty 0
Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 WIN Vianney 6 vs. Upper Arlington 3
Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 WIN Vianney 3 vs. St. Charles 2
Sun. Nov. 26, 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WIN Vianney 4 vs. Dublin Jerome OH 1
The Vianney Hockey Coaching Staff is proud to announce the selection of the 2017-2018 Varsity Captains and Assistant Captains.
2017-2018 ANNUAL MID WEST HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY INVITATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP VARSITY DIVISION - FINAL SCORE VIANNEY 4 OMAHA JR. LANCERS 2
If you are interested in being a Vianney Hockey Cheerleader for the upcoming 2017-2018 season please mark your calendars for the important dates......If you have further questions call: Jamie Schwartz 314-651-8292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
BE A GRIFFIN HOCKEY CHEERLEADER - CHEER WITH A CHAMPION!
On Friday, December 23, 2016, the St. John Vianney Hockey Club retired two jersey numbers representing the careers of three players spanning a twenty year history of the hockey club.
Bill Bommarito #19 - Class of 1973
Brian McGlynn #20 - Class of 1978
Scott Simpson #20 - Class of 1982
Each of the above mentioned players were honored at the home game on the ice on Friday December 23, 2016. Their jersey numbers will hang permanently in the rafters of the Affton Ice Arena. Their individual accomplishments have brought them to the forefront of the Vianney Hockey Club. Their commitment to excellence on the ice led the Vianney program through the first two decades of competition. Their individual accomplishments will be outlined in detail in a special section of the St. John Vianney Hockey Club website and there will be a plaque placed at Vianney High school paying honor to their accomplishments and welcoming them as the First Class of the St. John Vianney Hockey Cluib Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to Bill, Brian and Scott and please check back to view the NEW section of the Vianney Hockey website titled HALL OF FAME after the first of the year for more information.
CONGRATULATIONS, "THE ROAR IS BACK!"
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