In many ways, Aidan Spellacy '16 is a trailblazer.
Plenty of talented Ice Cats have walked the halls of Saint Ignatius High School. But none had earned a college scholarship to play hockey.
The path to college hockey and the National Hockey League is a long and difficult one. The road requires young icers to forgo a college education in favor of playing for a junior league team. The journey exacts every ounce of energy and resilience, as the player spends a year or two far away from home with strangers.
Naysayers told Spellacy he could not do it. But Spellacy achieved his goal -- attaining a Division I college scholarship, and paving the way for current and future Ice Cats to follow in his footsteps. (For more on the development of the Saint Ignatius hockey program, see the feature story in the Saint Ignatius Magazine, mailing this week.)
On Tuesday, May 15, Spellacy announced his commitment to Robert Morris University. In doing so, Spellacy became the first Saint Ignatius varsity hockey player to earn a college hockey scholarship at a D1 school.
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