Gateway hockey to honor alumni with annual honor roll induction
The storied tradition that is ice hockey at Gateway High School again will be celebrated in December, and five hockey alumni members and Gateway's first team will be inducted into the Gateway Hockey Alumni Honor Roll.
The Class of 2012 features the 1972 Gators squad, 1993 graduate Jeff Friday, 1985 graduate Greg George, 1982 graduate Jim Owens and 1977 graduate Del Kubeldis.
The induction ceremony will be Dec. 26 at Center Ice Arena in Delmont as part of Gateway Hockey Alumni's annual winter event.
The 1972 team is the first Gateway hockey team to receive induction.
Registration and photos for all Gateway ice hockey alumni on the day of the event will be from 2 to 3 p.m., and the induction ceremony for the Class of 2012 will begin at 3.
The alumni skills competition will follow at 3:30, and the annual alumni Black vs. White game will be at 4.
The Golden Gator award ceremony caps the afternoon of activities at 5.
Admission for all of the day's events is free.
The late Joe Zaccari, Gateway's first ice hockey coach, was inducted into the hall of fame last year, and he will be memorialized along with the players from that inaugural campaign.
With the Class of 2012, the alumni association has recognized, celebrated and placed more than 25 alumni on the Honor Roll.
The list of previous inductees include John LiPrando, Joe Friday, Mike Sargo, Rob Wareham and Brian Cooley from 2008; Jim Matthews, Matt Sargo, Sean Biancaniello, Matt Krusey and Steve Festa from 2009; Bryan Mulik, Mike Cummings, Craig Guiliano, Chris Renn and Larry Maiolo from 2010; and Rich Filar, Scott Lyon, Dave Donatelli, Rob Organ and Zaccari from 2011.
The Honor Roll recognizes alumni who have made a difference in the Gateway Hockey program.
The honorees don't have to be all-stars or be the highest scorer on the team, said Dr. Steve Biancaniello, Gateway Hockey Alumni coordinator.
He said the alumni recognized have contributed to the legacy of Gateway hockey through their actions, play on the ice, and their commitment and support to the organization.
Alumni who are at least eight years past their graduation year are eligible for nomination.
Each year, the alumni association posts a nomination ballot, and the process begins in June of each year and runs through the middle of August.
The ballot is published on the Gateway hockey website and both of the Gateway alumni websites.
After the eight-week nomination process is over, the eight alumni receiving the most nomination votes are placed on the final election ballot.
The ballot once again is published on all three websites.
The election process and the election ballot is active for another eight-week period between August and October. The five alumni receiving the most votes on this election ballot are then inducted into the Honor Roll in December.
For more information on the induction ceremony or any of the other activities planned for Dec. 26, contact Biancaniello at sbianca firstname.lastname@example.org.
The search is on for some of the players from the 1972 team.
Those team members can contact Kubeldis at dkubel email@example.com.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.