“He did that because his soldiers were his teammates,” said Steven Hines, and it was clear Derek did so because didn’t want to differentiate himself from his men.
The message he delivered before they took the ice against BC High on Saturday clearly resonated with the Eagles.
“Mr. Hines gave us the whole story about his work ethic, Derek as a person ... it was really powerful,” Currier said.
“He talked about how Derek was a true leader,” Pinho said, “how he played the game and how he was as a lieutenant. It really hit home.”
“After Steven spoke, I didn’t say anything afterwards. I didn’t need to,” Hanson said.
As for the game itself, St. John’s Prep continued its torrid pace. Since the calendar turned to 2013, the Eagles have been the complete opposite of the actual temperatures that have blanketed the region. Saturday’s win gave them their seventh win in eight games this month, bumping their overall record to 11-2.
The triumph also increased their standings in the Catholic Conference — which they have not won since 1994, head coach Kristian Hanson’s senior season — to 5-1 with two league games remaining: home vs. Catholic Memorial on Wednesday (8 p.m.) and Xaverian on Saturday (5:40 p.m.).
“I’d say it was a pretty good day overall, wouldn’t you?” asked Hanson as he was getting ready to leave the rink.
Indeed it was for all involved.
Phil Stacey is the sports editor of The Salem News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-338-2650 and follow him on Twitter @PhilStacey_SN.