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Program to detail Fox Chapel hockey's storied past

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Fox Chapel senior Ethan Schollaert shoots and scores during a recent scrimmage at Shady Side Academy.

The history of Fox Chapel Area High School hockey goes back 40 years and all of the memories will soon be in print.

Members of the Fox Chapel Hockey Club, boosters and alumni have collaborated to put out a commemorative program which will soon be in print.

“As far as when we will be done, let's say that we're in the home stretch,” Lisa Schmidtetter, board secretary of the FC Hockey Club, said. “We'll be going to press with it soon and it will be released at the hockey banquet on April 21.”

The banquet will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club.

The idea for a special program surfaced last year.

“We started talking about it and decided to do it,” Schmidtetter said. “There was quite a bit of work to be done. Getting the historical stuff was challenging. It wasn't like we could get everything from the library. We don't have an office where we could have kept all the info from years past.”

That's where the individual contributions came into play.

“We used the old high school yearbooks to contact a lot of the alumni and they came through with flying colors,” Schmidtetter said.

“There were a lot of helpful people and they came through with old programs, photos and newspaper clippings that they had saved. We did get info from all 40 years and there were some interesting bits of information. We discovered that there used to be a girls hockey team at Fox Chapel in the 1990's and also that Bill Thomas is the only former FC player to make it into the NHL. He's also in the Fox Chapel Sports Hall of Fame.

“It was nostalgic to look at some of the old photos. Just by looking at the different hair styles, we could determine what years the photos were from. There were a lot of horn-rimmed glasses in some of the older photos, too. It's nice to honor the history of the organization. We're also hoping that the program will rekindle interest in the hockey program.”

Due to a lack of players, the high school did not field a varsity team this season.

“There were only seven players, not enough to put a team on the ice but we did put together a miniseason,” she said. ”We knew we could give it a go. Rick Villani coached and he did a great job of putting a team together. It was a great group of kids and they came out to play because of Rick. We're hopeful for next year. It's impressive that these kids stuck with the program and the Fox Chapel hockey community got behind them. We're planning on having a successful varsity program next year.”

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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