It is a tremendous honor to be named a captain of a varsity program at Catholic Central, and we wanted to take some time to check in with our hockey captains with some Q&A...
What was your first reaction when you heard you had been named a captain?
Nich Borchardt '21 - When I was named captain, I was very proud. While playing on varsity for three years now, I have played under some great captains and great teams. I was proud to be able to contribute to this tradition of great leadership.
Brenden Cwiek '21 - I was proud of myself and excited at the same time to be able to lead a great CC hockey program towards our goal of another state championship.
Thomas Shea '21 - I was proud and thankful. I thought of our captains for last year and what a job they did leading our team.
Bret Beale '21 - I was excited and pretty happy.
As a captain, what additional responsibility do you feel toward the team?
NB - I feel the responsibility to ensure we are approaching every practice or game in the right manner. Also, I feel the responsibility to keep the team in a positive attitude throughout the season.
BC - My responsibility is different from that of my coach and that was something I struggled with when as a captain on previous teams. My responsibility isn’t to point out my teammates' mistakes, but to encourage them to live up to their potential. Ultimately, my greatest responsibility is to ensure that hockey is fun. No matter if we win or lose, hockey needs to be fun.
TS - I feel an obligation to make sure we stay thankful for our season. In addition, a responsibility to keep a positive energy and keep the team pulling in the same direction despite the COVID-19 obstacles.
BB - I feel like I need to be a leader and do everything I can to help my team be successful.
What are your best memories of competing for Catholic Central?
NB - My best memory is winning the state championship my sophomore year alongside my brother.
BC - The relationships among students. The student section is certainly something you can’t forget. However, it’s more than just the presence of the student body, it’s the energy and community that makes the student section special. Running out onto the ice, on Thanksgiving Eve, against our bitter rivals, Brother Rice, with the student section roaring, will forever stay with me as the embodiment of the Shamrock Brotherhood.
TS - Beating St. Mike’s (Toronto) in 2020. Not only was it a hard fought game won in a shootout, but we also had dinner with the players from our brother school after.
BB - My best memory was my junior year when we beat Livonia Stevenson 4-0.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through competing at Catholic Central?
NB - One of the most important lessons I’ve learned through competing is what it means to belong to a family/team. Every team I’ve been on has truly been a family and I’ve learned how to contribute to this family in a positive manner.
BC - The strength of community is invaluable. Through the pandemic, the only thing that has made going to school bearable is the spirit of the relationships among students. You don’t realize the importance of your relationships until they are the only thing you can rely on. Catholic Central creates an environment that forms a strong, supporting community.
TS - Playing for something more than ourselves. Our coach has stressed that we don’t just play for ourselves, our teammates, coaches or even the program, but rather for CC.
BB - The most important lessons that I’ve learned are to always work hard, and always keep your head up.
What advice would you give a student who is considering attending Catholic Central?
NB - Get involved with something. You should try to get involved as much as possible in your freshman/sophomore year.
BC - Every situation and every opportunity is what you make of it. CC offers the potential for each student to accomplish great things. The students who buy in, those who embrace the community, will leave CC with a sense of improvement and prospective future. Those students will experience the full power of a CC education.
TS - Make sure to get involved. CC provides a unique experience and shared understanding between all of the student, but you’ve got to get involved to truly feel it.
BB - Simple... Attend. There’s no other school like it, and it’s the best thing that ever happened in my life.
Coach Kal '00 did not hesitate to offer praise for his captains.
"We are very fortunate to have such exceptional seniors and captains," Coach Kal said. "With all of the challenges this season has produced on and off the ice and what these young men have had to endure in the past 12 months, these guys have done a tremendous job of leading this group through some very uncertain times. They have kept their teammates committed, have held themselves and their teammates accountable, and have continued to push the team forward throughout the season. I am not sure there is anymore our coaching staff could ask of these young men.
We wish the team the best of luck as they continue their efforts for a state title this year!
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.