Loyola University Hockey 2017 - 2018 Outlook
The Ramblers take to the ice this season with a new look both on the ice and behind the bench. In the off-season, the Ramblers hired a new head coach, Leo Bigott. Coach Bigott comes to the Loyola after coaching the Lake Forest and St. Viator high school programs. As a graduate of Merrimack College, Coach Biggot also served their program as a video coach and statistician. Coach Bigott is also a scout for the Binghamton Jr. Senators.
On the ice, the Ramblers graduated a number of seniors last season, leaving the current crop of juniors to lead the way on and off the ice. The lone returning senior is colorful netminder Rusty Cain. Also returning to the program are junior forwards Dominic Marcus, Dante Todaro, Matt Barnett and junior defensemen Will Gaudet and Michael Warmus. The upperclassmen are joined by returning sophomores Patrick McKnight (F), Steve Lockwood (D), Stefan Vlad (D/F), Micheal Beam (F).
The team will undergo a youth movement this season that includes incoming freshman Ethan Flowers (F), Dante Cecala (F), Lucas Hendry (F), Kevin Bennett (F), Michael Demarin (D) and Luke Ignell (F).
Coach Bigott expects his team to be quick and well disciplined saying, "We really have a great group of upperclassmen. I expect these players to lead the way both on and off the ice for the younger players. We have a skilled group through and through. Our biggest challenge in the early part of the season will be learning a responsible defensive structure that leads to a quick strike offense. I'm really excited to work with this group of players and participate in the growth of the program."
The team does return both its leading scorers in Dominic Marcus (Rochester Hills, MI) and Dante Todaro (Buffalo, NY). Both players have exciting components to their game that keep the fans on the edge of their seats. Todaro is a power forward with great speed and quick release. Marcus is a shifty two-way player that can setup and score goals with equal ease.
The Ramblers are also excited to add last year's goaltender, Zach Adams, as the team's new general manager. Zach will use his years of playing experience and an energetic style toward growing the program for years to come. Zach spends a significant amount of time looking for the next group of young talented players to join the growth of Loyola's hockey program.