The following piece was submitted by Ted Hoffstatter, a 1987 WHS graduate and alum of the HS hockey team, about the annual game between current and past WHS hockey players.
This year’s Wilton Hockey Alumni Game [on Friday, Nov. 28] proved to be a huge success; current, past, and future players’ comments offer overwhelming evidence!
“Wilton Hockey to me means traditions, bonds, and building a second family,” said current varsity captain Kyle Jonas.
“To me, being a member of Wilton Hockey carries a lot of responsibility. You have to represent forty plus years of alumni on and off the ice,” said captain Jameson Hill.
“Wilton Hockey is what introduced me to high school sports and showed me how much fun you can have playing a sport with your friends. Wilton Hockey remains the tightest brotherhood at Wilton High School and I am very proud to be a part the fraternity of players, coaches, and alumni,” said captain Christian Hansson.
Last year’s team captain Joe Cullinan, now a United States Marine, also added, “My whole hockey experience helped me a lot at recruit training. The biggest thing we were taught down there was that the team comes first and that it is not and never will be about you, but about the Marine next you; if you have his back, he’ll have yours. I was lucky enough to have great coaches and teammates through my four years who taught me that. So that when I got down to recruit training that whole concept wasn’t something new to me.”
For this year’s game, Cullinan shared alumni captain status with senior alumni Ted Hoffstatter, who said, “For me, this was especially exciting to play with such great guys, coming from WHS Class of ’87. My five year old son Wyatt, who is playing now in the same rink I grew up playing in, was here for the game. He was so excited, and when he came into the locker room afterwards, the current team and the alumni treated him like a little brother. That’s what this is all about!”
This year, the alumni won the contest 13-6, but the numerical score proved to be an afterthought to the participants. Looking to this season, Hill said, “The team’s expectations this year are to make a run at the Yale Whale. We have a very strong core of seniors returning (14) and plan on having a successful senior season. People generally sell us short and as a team we embrace this and strive to prove all these people wrong, it adds a fuel to the fire so to speak.”
Wilton Hockey is alive and kicking!