Hockey, the coolest game on ice, is played by people of all shapes and sizes. Founded in October of 2007, the Baltimore Saints give people with special needs like Autism and Down Syndrome the opportunity to play the great game of ice hockey in a safe environment. The Baltimore Saints organization reached out to local ice hockey teams like Gilman and Boys’ Latin to play a prime-time game at Mt. Pleasant in efforts to raise money for their program.
Some players on the Boys’ Latin ice hockey team like Luke Levendusky and Adam Shuster volunteer at the Baltimore Saints hockey program. Levendusky volunteers for the Saints every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Levendusky said, “It’s all about the kids. They’re more excited when they step on the ice than we are.” He also said it’s a great opportunity for kids with special needs to try something new.
Ice hockey at Boys’ Latin is a commonly liked sport around campus as many students attend games when they are available. Once every year, Boys’ Latin and Gilman face off at Mt. Pleasant on a Friday night where many students and families attend to see the two teams clash in Roland Park.
This year’s battle between BL and Gilman is on “Saints Day”, which is named after the Baltimore Saints. The Baltimore Saints rent out ice slots from Mt. Pleasant ice arena to set up their fundraiser. Every spectator of the BL-Gilman hockey game will be charged admission to raise money for the program which will cost students $3 and adults $5.
There will be two other hockey games on Saints Day as the St. Paul’s Crusaders JV and varsity teams play the Calvert Hall Cardinals JV and varsity teams before the prime time match up between Gilman and Boys’ Latin.
The rivalry between Boys’ Latin and Gilman in hockey is a big deal to both teams. The rivalry is intense as Gilman upset BL in the 2013 MIAA B ice hockey championship which still stings in the hearts of the players. This past season, Boys’ Latin beat Gilman 4-2 in a hard-fought victory for the Lakers.
The players are just as excited for the game as the spectators are as many players on the Boys’ Latin team have been eyeing up this game since the beginning of the season. Will O’Dell, a winger on the hockey team, said he has been “preparing for this game all season long.”
Boys’ Latin must come out and play hard if they want to have repeated success against Gilman. Head coach Chris Maisel said, “Gilman loves to play fast and systematic, while we play physical and gritty.” The Lakers and the Greyhounds will duke it out on January 26th at Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena.
Update: Friday night’s game ended in a 3-3 tie.
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