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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!

 

 

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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 

 

 

St. John Vianney Hockey Cheerleaders Take Championship

The Vianney Golden Griffin Hockey Cheer Squad 2017-2018 Celebrates the Big Win!

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!

Vianney Scores Big In Win Over Lindbergh (Published in Webster-Kirkwood Times)

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

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.


Just 24 seconds into the matchup at Affton Ice Rink, Vianney's Zachary Drummond flipped the puck into the net for an early score. It was the quickest the Griffins had tallied a goal all season.

 
Vianney (5-6) connected four more times before Lindbergh (1-9-1) got on the board. Vianney's Daniel McGlynn, Collin Wobbe, Andrew Cook and Adam Rischbieter all tallied goals before Lindbergh's Hunter Heilmann scored.
 
The wind was already taken out of the Flyers' sails. Cook scored again late in the first period for a 6-1 lead prior to the first intermission.
 
After the break, Vianney kept its foot on the gas pedal for the next two periods en route to a 10-2 victory over Lindbergh. It was Vianney's third straight win.
 
"We're always pleased with a win no matter how it comes," Vianney High School hockey head coach Brian McGlynn said. "We had a lot of scoring chances and we connected on a lot of them. We have to move forward – it's a long season."
 
The Griffins had 34 shots on goal, with nearly a third of them finding the back of the net on Saturday night, but luck has not always been on their side.
 
Vianney started the season 1-5. After winning their season opener – a 10-2 win over Rockwood Summit – the Griffins skidded down a five-game losing streak. But Vianney has turned the page, winning four of its last five games, including the team's current three-game winning streak.
 
"We're just trying to build confidence," McGlynn said. "We're an up-and- down team. We've put a string of a few wins together now. We have to work through it."
 
McGlynn has depended on all 30 players on the roster to help the Griffins right the ship on the ice. As is the case with every high school hockey team, many times players are absent due to playing on various club teams.
 
During the game against Vianney on Saturday, Lindbergh was missing six of its team members who also play on other teams.
 
"We're like everybody else in high school," McGlynn said. "Every weekend we're missing different guys, different pieces because of the other teams that they play on, but we have a deep bench."
 
The Griffins have surrounded their three seniors with five juniors, 19 sophomores and three freshmen, rounding out the 30 roster spots.
 
McGlynn is hoping it's the right mix of players for a deep playoff push.
 
"We have a good bunch that has been together," he said. "It's a good camaraderie. They all get along."

Vianney Hockey Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017


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.

Vianney's Keegan Hegger Selected as Mid States Club Hockey Association & St. Louis Blues Player of the Week

Congratulations to Keegan Hegger, Junior Goaltender for being named this weeks Mid States Club Hockey Association & St. Louis Blues Player of the Week. 
 
In the game on Sat. Dec. 9, 2017, Keegan turned away 40 shots while Vianney went on to defeat previously undefeated St. Louis University High by a score of 2-1. The consistency of Keegan's effort in this game and final game results has earned him Player of the Week honors. 
 
When one Vianney player earns recognition, every member of the St. John Vianney Hockey Club wins! Keegan will receive recognition on the Mid States web site and at the Scottrade Center during upcoming St. Louis Blues Games.
 
Congratulations Keegan on a well deserved honor!

 

VIANNEY "TWIN" WINS! VARSITY AND JUNIOR VARSITY CAPTURE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT 2017 THANKSGIVING CLASSIC, COLUMBUS, OH

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.   

2017-2018 VARSITY CAPTAINS AND ASSISTANT CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED

The Vianney Hockey Coaching Staff is proud to announce the selection of the 2017-2018 Varsity Captains and Assistant Captains.