Chagrin 2020-2021 Hockey Preview

Charlie Cimperman playing in 2019-2020 season 
Photo by Zenith alumni Elle Moore

Charlie Cimperman playing in 2019-2020 season Photo by Zenith alumni Elle Moore

It’s almost that time to lace up the skates and take the ice for the first time this season. 

Coming off a successful 13-2-1 record, and a Baron Cup Championship, the Tigers are looking forward to another successful season.  

“Winning the Baron Cup last year was the highlight of the season for me, hopefully we can repeat and win it again this year,” junior Matt Revnew said. 

Last year was Chagrin’s first Baron Cup Championship since 2008. The Tigers are looking to make it two in a row for the first time in school history. 

Before competing in the Baron Cup Championship, the Tigers will have to go through a grueling regular season schedule. 

“The schedule is difficult this year but our team is up for the challenge. This schedule will help prepare us for the playoffs at the end of the season,” junior Henry Westendorf said. 

Even though the Tiger’s schedule is challenging, they hope they can finish out the regular season with a respectable record and enter the playoffs as one of the top seeds. 

There are a lot of big games on the schedule this year. Right at the top of the list is the matchup against Kenston. 

“The game I am looking forward to the most this year is the game against Kenston. The atmosphere is always crazy when we play against rival schools,” senior Andrew Kirkpatrick said. 

Kirkpatrick and his teammates hope they can continue to have success against their archrival. 

The Tigers will have a double header against Columbus Academy, who will prove to be one the toughest teams they will face this year. 

“We have never played against Columbus Academy, so I am definitely looking forward to that. They are supposed to be a pretty good team, but we will be prepared for them,” Revnew said. 

The Tigers will find out a lot about their team by playing Columbus Academy. If they can upset them, it would be a huge victory for their season. 

Before the season begins, The Tigers will need to continue to work on the fundamentals. 

“We need to work on everything before the season starts, but in particular our passing and stick handling. Almost everyone has been involved in a fall sport, so we need to start focusing on hockey again,” Westendorf said. 

Once the Tigers start consistently practicing again, they will improve and be ready for the season.

After graduating nine seniors, this Chagrin team needs time to play together and build team chemistry. 

“We lost a lot from our team last year and so far we have had little time to play together and build chemistry,” Revnew said. 

Although team chemistry might be a concern at the moment, the Tigers will build it through practices and scrimmages, before the games officially start. 

The hockey team encourages everyone to come to as many games as possible to support them. 

“Come support us whenever you can. I want to see the stands packed, especially when we play Kenston,” Kirkpatrick said.