Hockey will drop the puck March 9, football kicks off April 16
By LORENZO RECUPERO
In recent years, Everett High School hockey’s been heating up.
Beginning March 9, the official start date of this year’s Coronavirus-shortened regular season, which is slated to stretch over 8 games total, the Crimson Tide will hit the ice looking to assert themselves as one of the Greater Boston League’s (GBL) top teams.
At 4PM on Tuesday, fittingly, they’ll start their mission against Medford, one of the top hockey programs in the area. Getting an opening day win there would immediately put the Tide in the top-teams conversation.
“Last year, [we didn’t win a championship] there was moral victories, including a big win over Medford,” said longtime EHS coach Alex Naumann, assessing where his team stands now while looking back at a late season win (8-5) over Medford last year. The win meant so much because Medford pummeled the Tide, 17-1, in their first meeting.
The redemption tour for EHS hockey may have started with the win over Medford last year, as they narrowly missed by just one point their first postseason berth in several years.
Crimson Tide starting defenseman Kaleigh Snook comes from a long line of EHS hockey alumni, and though she’s the only female on the list, she’s just one of the guys when on the ice.
“I first started at about 2-3 years old and evolved from there,” said EHS junior Kaleigh Snook on where this playing hockey thing all started for her.
Her father, Chris Snook, is a class of 86’ alumni who played hockey for the Tide. His brother, John Snook, a class of 77’ alumni, was a former hockey all-star at EHS. Kaleigh’s two brothers, Ryan (17’) and Nick (19’) also played defenseman for the Tide. So It’s safe to say Kaleigh’s had ice running in her veins since she was born.
“Hockey has been in the family,” said Chris Snook, who coached all three of his children during the developmental youth league years and is proud that hockey has become synonymous with Snook in Everett.
It’s been a long four years since Everett High School put a team on the ice in the postseason.
And now, a win or a draw away from clinching a tournament berth, there’s no one better to tell the tale of how the Crimson Tide have turned it around than senior captain and goalie, DJ Schovanec.
“I know it sounds crazy to think about [EHS in the playoffs] because when you hear Everett you don’t really think about hockey, ” said Schovanec, who was semi-part of the last team to make the postseason four years ago as an eighth grader that participated in practices for the junior varsity.
He was watching that game from the stands four years ago, and his recollections tell him he’s got to make sure he changes how he remembers things.
“[The playoff loss] wasn’t even pretty, as an eighth grader watching I could see that we were getting blown out of the water,” recalled Schovanec, who is 9-4-1 overall in net this season and looking to change Everett hockey’s fortunes for the better this time around. Continue reading EHS hockey a draw away from postseason