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Vianney Junior, Mickey Zahoran Named St. Louis Blues High School Player of the Week.

In the first round of the Wickenheiser Cup Playoffs, Zahoran scored 6 goals and added 4 assists to help move Vianney onto the second round.

Congratulations....GO Griffins!

 

 

GRIFFINS HAVE GOOD EARLY SHOWING

Preseason hockey is generally to help coaches determine who will rise in the ranks and make a Varsity roster. This season many players from Freshman to Senior are trying to make their statement early. On the weekend of September 18, 19 and 20, 2015, Vianney hosted The Rampage a high school Varsity and Junior Varsity team from Owensboro, KY. The Griffins swept the series with good individual performances from forwards Reid Zimmerman, Grant Griffin and Nick Sorrentino. Freshmen forward Kam Sengheiser quickly showed why his "never back down" style of play will help lead the rest of the new young Griffins. Defensively, Alex Kammien (Senior) and Sean Griffin (Junior) anchored the backline and brought confidence to the total team attitude of the team. 
 
Two weekends later Vianney and Chaminade hosted the Omaha Jr. Lancer's High School Teams. This weekend proved to be a true test and a bit of reality for the Griffins and Chaminade Red Devils. The Omaha teams played like a Top Ten Mid States Club Hockey Association team which truly prepared both local rivals, Vianney and Chaminade for the upcoming Top Hat Tournament and regular season. After a weekend that saw the Red Devils and Griffins go down in close games to the Lancers, Vianney emerged with a tie after a late goal from the Lancers in the last minute of the final Varsity game. All goalies, players and coaches were put to the test this weekend which brought the team together and began the deeper learning that in order to be successful this season Vianney must play for each other.
 
The opening game of the Top Hat Tournament pitted Vianney against none other then their old cross town Marinist rivals, Chaminade. Vianney lost 0-3 but did receive a solid outing in goal from Ricky Christensen (Senior) but more importantly the Griffins carried the pace of play throughout this contest. Forward Drew Doran, Kam Sengheiser and Josh Bauman showed grit and determination while the defense learned that their core of six players must stand together in the face of the offensive attack. The coaches saw signs of what was to come. The next game against Lutheran South found Ricky Christensen back in the nets showing great confidence stopping 34 or 36 shots in route to a 4-2 Vianney win. Forwards Grant Griffin and Drew Doran both posted 2 point performances, each with a goal and an assist. While Doran's goal proved to be the game winner, Reid Zimmerman capped off the win with a third period tally. Vianney forwards Ethan Steele and Mickey Zahoran began to pick up their level of play while young defensemen Braden Wuesthoff and Zach Drummond showed confidence and control. With the Griffins now standing 1-1-0 in Top Hat play, their final pool play opponents would be the Lindbergh Flyers. Facing a capable Lindbergh team, Vianney would need this win to send them to the Quarter Finals. This game can be summed up quite easily. Total team effort! The Griffins were nearly flawless only posting one minor penalty the entire game. Final of this game was 5-2 Griffins. The game winner was scored by Danny McGlynn (Freshman) with more terrific defensive play from Sean Griffin and Alex Kammien. Goaltender, Billy Bandera was solid in this effort and gave Vianney the "one, two punch" that they will need in goal with Vianney posting two back to back Top Hat wins against Lutheran South and Lindbergh. 
 

Vianney now earns their highest seeding in the past three seasons as the #2 behind CBC in the Black Conference division of the tournament. The Griffins will cross over in the Quarter Finals to play DeSmet Jesuit #3 in the Orange Conference division Thurs. Oct. 22, 2015 @ 6:50 pm at the Webster Groves Ice Arena.     

Vianney Hockey Cheerleaders Win!

Vianney Makes Final Two Varsity Leadership Decisions

Head Coach Brian McGlynn released the following information regarding selection of team leaders for the 2016-2017 season.

"The St. John Vianney High School Varsity hockey team has added two Assistant Captains to the 2016-2017 team, 

Charlie Iles (#42 Defenseman, Junior) and Drew Doran (#43 Forward, Junior)

Both players have distinguished themselves as team leaders and committed players.  The coaching staff feels the addition of these team leaders completes team leadership goals that have been established for the team moving forward.  Both of these players are to be commended for their leadership and commitment to the hockey program."

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Assistant Captains.

Junior Varsity Coaches Announce Captains

This season Vianney will field two Junior Varsity teams. JV BLACK and JV GOLD.

The coaches are proud to announce the following players that have earned the position of Captain of their JV teams. 

JV BLACK - Sam Sallee, Junior..Greg Bauer, Sophomore..Keegan Hegger, Sophomore

JV GOLD - Nikolas Walden, Senior..Zach Drummond, Junior..Ian Somogye, Sophomore

Congratulations and Good Luck to all the JV Captains and their teams!

 

Vianney Hockey Alumni, Scott Simpson '82 Selected as Inductee to The St. Louis Hockey Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame

Vianney #9 in Challenge Cup Ranking

The MSCHA Varsity Playoffs are just around the corner. After posting a 8-11-2 record in the regular season and running off a 5-4-1 record since Christmas, Vianney is prepared for the second season, the MSCHA Challenge Cup Playoffs, which begin this Thursday evening. Vianney was ranked #9 our of 35 Varsity teams that compete in the St. Louis, MO area. The last three games of the regular season are indicators of a strong playoff run. With a full team the Griffins dismissed Westminster 5-1 in a terrific "team win". A balanced attack and solid goaltending were the hallmarks of this late season win. In the final two games the Griffins had a shorter bench due to conflicts and illness but were up to the task posting wins against Lindbergh and John Burroughs.

Here is the schedule for St. John Vianney in the first round of the Challenge Cup Playoffs

Thurs. Feb. 2, 2017 vs. Oakville (#5) 7:00 pm @ South County Rec

Fri. Feb. 3, 2017 vs. Parkway South (#12) 8:00 pm @ Affton Ice Arena

Mon. Feb. 6, 2017 vs. DeSemt (#4) 8:15 pm @ Queeny Park

(The first team listed above is the home team)

 

Here are the rankings for the Challenge Cup Playoffs.

  1. St. Louis University High (SLUH)
  2. Christian Brothers College (CBC)
  3. Edwardsville
  4. DeSmet Jesuit
  5. Oakville
  6. Chaminade
  7. Kirkwood
  8. Marquette
  9. St. John Vianney
  10. Ft. Zumwalt West
  11. Wentzville Timberland
  12. Parkway South

To see complete Challenge Cup First Round game schedule go to:

http://www.midstateshockey.org/upload/files/challenge.pdf

Vianney Hockey Provides Christmas Magic

A second grade girl, Alicia, wrote out her Christmas Wish List for Santa this year and the first item on her list was to have something signed by Tony Twist to give to her dad.  She said her dad has had a tough year because he works 2 jobs, his car keeps breaking down, he is always tired and he has to spend a lot of time going to the hospital and doctor visits.  The reason her dad spends so much time at the hospital and medical offices is because Alicia has been battling cancer for the past few years. She has been in and out of Cardinal Glennon Hospital and is now cancer free, but they did have to amputate her leg this year.  She was recently blessed with a prosthetic leg so she can get around as well as other children.  She wanted to do something special for her dad to surprise him and make him smile. Alicia, her brother Brian and her dad have always been St. Louis Blues fans, but her dad is a huge fan of former Blues player, Tony Twist.  

Alicia’s wish list was passed on to the Griffin Hockey Club to see if they could help grant this wish.  The club decided they would not only grant her this wish, they would also make her the hero of their Varsity game on December 23rd to drop the puck.  Prior to the game, Alicia and her family joined the hockey club for a Christmas dinner and Alicia was able to give the varsity players a pep talk and then present several surprises to her dad.  Tony Twist signed a Jersey, several framed photos personalized to dad, a puck and several other items.  Dad was overwhelmed with emotion as he hugged Alicia and was so thankful to the team.  Tarasenko also heard about Alicia’s special wish, and that he is her favorite player, so he signed a game stick for her as a surprise.  The hockey team also purchased multiple santa bags full of gifts for Alicia and her brother and wrapped them as if they were from Santa.  Those gifts were delivered to their home so they would be surprised Christmas morning from Santa Claus.  The hockey club also raised enough money to pay one month’s rent for Alicia’s family.  

After Christmas, she came back to school and shared how amazing her Christmas was for her whole family.  She wrote a special thank you note to the Vianney Griffins Hockey Players and shared her special Christmas story with her class.  She has vowed to come back for more games to cheer them on to victory.  

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V-High JV Teams Finish High in Rankings

For the first time in Vianney Hockey Club history, this season there were two Junior Varsity Teams put on the ice. Conventional thinking may be to "load up" one team and run the table on the way to a JV Championship. But as the Vianney program earns back a prominent spot at the Varsity level the development minded coaching staff made the decision to continue to ready players for their upperclassemen years on the ice at Vianney. This decision proved that keeping the pipeline full of qualified candidates for future Varsity rosters will be secure.

The Vianney Gold and Vianney Black JV teams earned the #5 and #6 spots over all as they enter the 2016-2017 MSCHA JV Playoffs. The Gold teams first round opponent will be Wentzville Timberland (#12) while the Black team will face Parkway South (#11). No first round game dates have been released by MSCHA officials but are expected to be released this week. The Vianney Gold Team posted a final regular season record of 9-4-3 while the Vianney Black team finished the regular season 9-7-0. Very impressive records to be sure and experience that will pay big dividends for Vianney Hockey's future.   

Vianney Hockey Student Athletes Make the Grade

Recently, Vianney High School released the Student Athletes that made the First Semester - First or Second Honor Roll. Out of the current enrolled Vianney students that play hockey, fifty (50%) percent of them achieved Honor Roll status.

Congratulations to the following Student Athletes from the St. John Vianney Hockey Club.

1st Honor Roll - 3.80 + GPA

Seniors 

Lucas Ott

Sophomores  

Keegan Hegger

Freshmen

Will Dapron, Will Gruener, Andrew Hoyt, Tanner Placke

 

2nd Honor Roll - 3.25 - 3.79 GPA

Seniors

Reid Zimmermann, Nik Walden

Juniors

Zach Drummond, Sam Sallee

Freshmen 

         Adam Rischbieter, Jack Breheny, Michael Gigling, Zach Adamec,              Joey Boccardi, Ben Cummins, Wes Farhatt, Stuart Laub, Nicholas Niemier,            Tim Pazdernik, Riley Flieg, Evan Lovera, JT Mossinghoff, Jack Sitner,       John Hazelton