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Vikings Varsity Hockey Topples Mt. Lebo, 7-1 

CCVHC Honored to Welcome Former Varsity Coach Pat McQuillan

Sitting in first place in the AAA division of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL), the Central Catholic Vikings varsity hockey team dispatched the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils on Monday, January 30 Alpha Ice Complex in Harmarville, PA.

The team was honored to welcome game sponsor and former CCVHC Head Coach Pat McQuillan. McQuillan served as head coach of the varsity program from 1988-1992. Offering his congratulations to the hockey club on reaching the 50-year milestone, he reflected on his experience with the program: "I had the privilege of coaching Paul Sciullo during that time and it’s important to me to continue to honor his memory and legacy. Paul was my captain and he was a joy to coach."

Prior to the game, he met with the coaches and players in the locker room. He said this is the first time he has been back in a coaching environment since moving to Texas 30 years ago. It was evident from his locker room comments that "once a coach, always a coach" and he didn't miss a beat. 

Introducing Coach McQuillan, Coach Connelly reminded players that there is a lot of tradition, honor and sacrifice in playing for CCVHC, and reflected not only on Sciullo, but in the effort and sacrifice that Coach McQuillan made to travel for this one game.

Coach McQuillan graduated from Westmont Hilltop in Johnstown and played hockey in college at Penn State. He now lives in Dallas, TX. His brother, Art, still coaches in Western PA, recently taking the Bishop McCort Head coaching job after many years at Westmont.

After the handshake at center ice, the varsity team honored Coach McQuillan with a stick-tap salute.

Due to league and rink scheduling complexities, the varsity team has entered a three-week break until its next (and last) regular season game on Feb. 23 against Seneca Valley. See https://www.facebook.com/CCHSVikingsHockey for information about the team's season.


"Record-breaking" CCVHC 50th Anniversary Senior Night Details Set

The Central Catholic Vikings Hockey Club's 50th Anniversary graduating class is also its largest ever. The February 15, 2023 senior night will recognize 18 exceptional young men and talented hockey players.

The senior night events will be held at Alpha Ice Complex (USA Rink) in Harmarville, PA.  The 5 pm senior recognition ceremony will be followed at 6:30 pm by an all-senior scrimmage against another local program which calls Alpha Ice home, Fox Chapel Hockey. 

Due to the large number of seniors and that they are rostered multiple CCVHC teams, scheduling the ceremony prior to any regular Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) game was not feasible.  Given that the 18-player graduating class consists of 16 skaters and 2 goalies, the idea of an "all senior" scrimmage was born.

Knowing that the club wanted to do something fun and special, CCVHC contacted Fox Chapel about a scrimmage.  "Given that all of these kids know each other, have played with, and against, one another over the years – they are all very excited," said CCVHC President Caroline West. "The local hockey community is small and a lot of good-natured chirping is already going on!"

The 18 graduating seniors are:  Beckam Alger, Douglas Burek, Riccardo Castracani, Jakob Dold, Daniel Donahue, Joel Fabian, Samuel Gaffney, Tyler Gaffney, Clayton Kepperling, Aaron Krackow, Patrick Lettieri, Antonio Moret, Ethan Pievach, Rocco Salvitti, Alex Sarkis, Dante Scalise, Joseph Silvaggio, and Dante Talerico.

These talented seniors have added maturity, strength and leadership in all facets of the program. 

Good Luck to the 50th Anniversary CCVHC Class ... the CCHS Class of 2023! 


The 50th Anniversary 2022-23 banner is hanging at Alpha Ice Complex. The Class of 2023 is pictured in the center. They are framed by the varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams. The first CCVHC class from 1972-73 is pictured at the bottom.


Members of the senior class on CCVHC Photo Day.

Seniors waiting for the all-senior group picture on CCVHC Photo Day.

Seniors waiting for the all-senior group picture on CCVHC Photo Day.


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