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CLS Gator Hockey Club Banquet and Board Meeting

CLS Hockey Club Banquet:
Celebrate the past season and player achievements! 2014-15 Season players, parents and siblings invited; RSVP requested. Food and beverages will be served.
Saturday, April 18th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Home State Bank (lower meeting room)
611 S Main St Crystal Lake, IL 60014
CLS Hockey Club Board Meeting:
Immediately following Banquet - approximately 4:00 PM. ALL Members welcome.
May Board Meeting: Monday, May 4 at 7:00 PM
1032 Interloch Ct., Algonquin, IL 60102
SEE calendar for current board meeting dates, times and locations.

Congratulations to Alternate Captain Stephen Bonne and his CLS VEI UnderWrapz team

Congratulations to Assistant/Alternate Captain Stephen Bonne and his CLS VEI (Virtual Enterprises International) UnderWrapz team, which earned accolades at the first virtual Illinois Trade Show:
The team placed in six of the competitions, including two 1st place wins.

Matt Kinker: All State

The 2015 Boys High School All-State game was played on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. Players were selected by the High School Varsity coaches throughout the State of Illinois. Congratulations on Gator Hockey Varsity Captain Matt Kinker #4, for being selected to the team!

Varsity Captain Matthew Kinker

Varsity All Stars

IHSHL All Star Games

Crystal Lake South Hockey Club participated in the Illinois High School Hockey League's 2015 All-Star games on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows.

The Gators compete in the IHSHL's North Central Division.

CL South Hockey Club was well represented by seniors Johnny Mutchler, Matt Kinker, Stephen Bonne and sophomore goalie Josh Albrecht for the Varsity All-Star game.

Freshmen Harrison Hinz and Jimmy Benages represented the Gators in the JV All-Star game. 

Josh Albrecht took home the special honor of MVP Goalie for the varsity game.


Congratulations to all the Gator Hockey All-Stars!

JV All Stars: Harrison Hinz and Jimmy Benages

Varsity wins 2014 PREP Tournament

The Crystal Lake South Varsity team won the PREP Thanksgiving Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 30, at West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows.

The Gators won four games - beating CHFS (Conant, Hoffman Estates, Fremd & Schaumburg) twice, Crown Point, Ind., and Lincoln Way - before heading into the finals against host team, PREP, a combination team of players representing Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove Village and Prospect high schools

The Gators beat PREP 4-3 on Sunday, Nov. 30. It was the second year the Gators won the PREP Thanksgiving Tournament title.

The Gators JV Team advanced to the semi-finals in the same tournament, but lost out to PREP's JV team. Waubonsie won the championship in the JV division.

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Gator Varsity Team, Pink Out Game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

Gators Pink-Out Night Raises Money for American Cancer Society

Crystal Lake South Hockey Club held a Pink-Out Night on Sunday, Oct. 26, to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Volunteers from the club held a bake sale, raffle, chuck-a-puck contest and pink jersey auction during the Gator's JV and Varsity games held at the Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee.

In all, the Gators raised $300. All proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society.

Thank you to all the Gator families, fans and players who participated in this special event!

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Gator JV Team, Pink Out Game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

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2014 Gator Cup Tournament Photos

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2014 Gator Cup Fall Classic Tournament a Huge Success!

By Gator Hockey Club

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Thank you to the all the high school hockey teams, fans, parents and coaches for making this year's Gator Cup Fall Classic Hockey Tournament a huge success!

This year's tournament, held Sept. 12-14, at the Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee, drew 24 area high school teams with 391 players participating! See you next year!

Congrats to the following winners:

2014 Sportsmanship Awards

Varsity – Barrington

Junior Varsity - PREP GOLD


2014 Championship Trophies

Varsity 1st Place - Barrington

Varsity 2nd  Place – Deerfield

Junior Varsity 1st Place – PREP Black

Junior Varsity 2nd  Place – Highland Park 

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Homecoming Parade, Sept. 2014

GATOR HOCKEY CLS Homecoming Float

Gator Hockey 3-on-3 Tourney Champions: Gold Team!

3on3 CHAMPS! Aug. 2014. L to R: Nate Rubsam, Griffin Schofield, Stephen Bonne, Joe Rutkowski, John Eberle, Goalie Hayden Hooghkirk. Back row: Injured Bobby LaRue

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The Gators JV Team Holds the Championship Banner, Feb. 23, 2014

Gators JV Team- League Champions!

The Gator JV team captured the Champions Cup with a 3-2 victory over Carmel Catholic High School on Sunday, Feb. 23, at West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows.
South fell behind early 1-0, but fought back with three goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead going into the final period. Junior Colin Price got the Gators on the board first beating the Carmel goalie to the short side after an aggressive forecheck from sophmore Leo Johnson kept the puck in the zone and moved the puck to the front of the net.
Freshman AJ Saputa also assisted on the first goal. The Gators grabbed the lead for good 92 seconds later when the freshman duo of Benny Price and Eric Helm struck on the power play. Price found Helm across the slot and Helm fired in a one timer for the go a head goal.
Johnson and C. Price worked hard in front of the net again and, less than 2 minutes later, Johnson slipped the puck between the Carmel goalie's legs to give South a 3-1 lead. Senior Captain Dave Nicholas also assisted on that goal.

From there, the Gators relied on a stingy defense led by Nicholas, juniors Mitch Newberry and Nolan Kremer and freshman Nick Fattori.
Freshman goalie Garrett Wiese was sensational in net, as he has been throughout the playoffs, stopping 26 of 28 Carmel shots. He finished the league playoffs with a 92% save percentage.
A congratulations goes out to all the Gator JV team as they worked hard through the entire season to capture the banner for the first time in school history!

The JV team is comprised of:
Senior: Dave Nicholas (captain)
Juniors: Mitch Newberry, Nolan Kremer (Alt. Captain), Tony Marsella (Alt. Captain), Danny McSweeney, Hayden Hooghkirk (Alt. Captain), Colin Price
Sophomores: Leo Johnson (Alt. Captain), Connor Webb.
Freshmen: Nick Fattori, Benny Price, Eric Helm, Dominic D'Amico, Garrett Wiese, AJ Saputa

2014 Graduates

Crystal Lake South Hockey Board

Congratulates the

Gators Class of 2014!

Congratulations to CLS Hockey seniors:

Shane Gustafson

Connor Hudak

Cory Lamasky

Dave Nicholas

Sean O'Neil 

Max Rudolph

Cory Wasilewski

Good Luck, boys. We will miss you!

Matt Kinker and Connor Hudak

Matt Kinker, left, and Connor Hudak, right.

Kinker Earns Best Offenseman, Hudak Named Best Defenseman of IHSHL North Central Division

Crystal Lake South Hockey Club defenseman Connor Hudak was awarded "Best Defenseman" and forward Matt Kinker was named "Best Offenseman" for the Illinois High School Hockey League North Central Division for the 2013-2014 season.

Hudak is a senior, and Kinker is a junior.

Most Improved Player Award

Josh Albrecht, goalie, for CLS Hockey Varsity Team

Albrecht Named "Most Improved Player" for 2013-2014 Season

Freshman goalie Josh Albrecht earned the CLS Varsity Hockey team's "Most Improved Player" award for the 2013-2014 season. The Gators announced the honor at the club's Awards Banquet in April.

Junior Stephen Bonne earned the "Sportsmanship" award for the season.

Congratulations to both players!

Most Improved Player Award

Dominic D'Amico earned the "Most Improved Player" Award for JV

D'Amico Tapped "Most Improved Player" for JV Team

Freshman forward Dominic D'Amico was tapped "Most Improved Player" for the 2013-2014 season for the Gators Junior Varsity team. D'Amico, who began his hockey career in spring 2013, received his award at the CLS Hockey Club Awards Banquet in April.

Junior Tony Marsalla, who began skating with the Gators in Fall 2013, earned the "Sportsmanship" honors.

Congratulations to both players!

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CL South Hockey Club: Senior Class 2014. Left to right: Dave Nicholas, Cory Lamasky, Shane Gustafson, Max Rudolph, Sean O'Neil, Connor Hudak. Goalie front: Cory Wasilewski.

Connor Hudak Named to All-State Team

Connor Hudak has been named to the Illinois High School All-State Team for the 2013-2014 season.

Hudak is one of only 12 defensemen from the Illinois High School Hockey League selected to participate in the All-State game scheduled for 8:35 p.m. Feb. 3, at AHAI Hockey Center at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. 

High school varsity hockey coaches from throughout the state select the top 40 players to participate in the annual All-State game. Scouts and representatives from college and junior teams attend the game in search of new players.

Hudak is senior at Crystal Lake South and has skated with the Gators all four years of his high school hockey career, three of those on the club's varsity team.

"Connor is an active defenseman. He reads the plays as they're happening and is able break up the opponent’s offense and jump up to make it a Gator scoring opportunity. Connor served as the team’s alternate captain as a junior and co-captain this season," Varsity Coach Rich Perillo said. 

Hudak was selected to the Junior Varsity All-Conference team as a freshman and the Varsity All-Conference team as a junior and senior. He also was selected to try out for Showcase as a junior. 

As of this past Friday, the defenseman had 24 career goals, 73 assists and 97 points making him the all-time leading scorer among Gator defensemen.  

For the past 24 years, the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois has been conducting high school All-State games for varsity divisions statewide.

Connor Hudak

Connor Hudak

Connor Hudak

Connor Hudak

Varsity All-Star Game

Gator Varsity All-Stars: Connor Hudak, Matt Kinker, Max Rudolph, Shane Gustafson (left to right). Jan. 5, 2014.

JV All-Stars

Gators' JV All-Stars: Benny Price, Eric Helm (left to right). Jan. 5, 2014.

Illinois High School Hockey League 2014 All-Star Game

Crystal Lake South Hockey Club participated in the 2014 Illinois High School Hockey League's 2014 All-Star games on Sunday, Jan. 5, at West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows.

The Gators compete in the IHSHL's North Central Division.

CL South Hockey Club was well represented by seniors Connor Hudak, Max Rudolph, Shane Gustafson, and junior Matt Kinker for the Varsity All-Star game. Freshmen Benny Price and Eric Helm represented the Gators in the JV All-Star game. 

Kinker was named MVP of the varsity game, and Helm earned MVP honors for the junior varsity game. 

"This is the first time Crystal Lake South has earned MVP in both the JV and Varsity games," said Gators Coach Rich Perillo. 

Eric Helm MVP of JV All-Stars Game

Gators' Eric Helm- MVP of JV All-Star Game. Jan. 5, 2014.

Matt Kinker - MVP Varsity All-Star Game

Gators' Matt Kinker: MVP Varsity All-Star Game. Jan. 5, 2014.