Story by Ben Vessa, photo by Paul Baillargeon
2020-2021 Mid-States Conference Champions
History and Philosophy
As a founding member of the Mid-States Club Hockey Association beginning with the 1971-72 season, De Smet Jesuit takes great pride in our long tradition of hockey excellence as we begin our 50th season in 2021-2022. Over this span, De Smet Jesuit has won 14 state championships and has finished in the final four 34 times. Championships were won in 1972, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2010. Varsity Head Coach Chris Durso and the rest of the coaching staff are committed to maintaining and building on this tradition of excellence.
With this long tradition of winning also comes a commitment to the program’s core values, including developing the young men to their fullest potential both on and off the ice. This commitment includes dedication to teaching and learning self-discipline, hard work, dedication, individual sacrifice for the betterment of the team, and respect for teammates, the game, and the officials. The coaching staff, the team, and its players recognize that they represent De Smet Jesuit High School at all times and live the “men for others” credo both on and off the ice.
For more information on the hockey program follow the team on twitter @desmethockeystl, on Instagram @de_smet_jesuit_hockey, or on facebook at www.facebook.com/desmethockeystl
Challenge Cup Finalist 2018 & 2019
Story by Steve Overbey, photos by Paul Halfacre