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    Monday, October 18, 2021

    Bridgedale Grad Mikey DeAngelo Commits to Arizona State

    On a Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    We are proud to congratulate Bridgedale Academy grad Mikey DeAngelo on his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at Arizona State University. This season Mikey (still only 16 years old at this writing) is playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL.

    Last season Mikey started with the Chicago Mission U16 team before being called up to USA Hockey's NTDP. He also represented the USA in the prestigious Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Czech and Slovakia last August, where his 7 points in 4 games led the team.

    A skilled, left-handed shooting forward, Mikey becomes the 22nd Bridgedale Academy grad to have earned his D1 scholarship.

    (Click to see all Bridgedale's college commitments.)

    “Mikey's speed and skills at speed are both excellent,” said Gino Cavallini, Mikey's coach the last two seasons at the Mission, "and he plays a complete 200 foot game. Last season he really came into his own. It was a joy watching him take his game to the next level."

    "Mikey respects what it takes to become a great player," added Cavallini. "He's super coachable and respects the process. To me he's like a combination of the skill of (Bridgedale grad) Matty de St. Phalle and the all-around game of Owen Lindmark."

    That's high praise from Coach Cavallini as both Lindmark and de St. Phalle now star for the University of Wisconsin.

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    Tuesday, October 5, 2021

    Bridgedale Grad Kaden Varga Begins his Professional Career

    Playing for MAC Budapest

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    We are proud to congratulate Bridgedale Academy grad Kaden Varga on beginning his professional hockey career with MAC Budapest in the Hungarian Erste Liga. 

    Kaden, an offensive defenseman whose grandfather is former long-time Chicago Blackhawks equipment manager Lou Varga, has taken an unusual path to get where he is now.

    After a fine youth career in Illinois, Kaden played prep hockey in Connecticut before a stint in the NAHL with the Jamestown (NY) Rebels that got cut short by the COVID shortened season.

    He spent a season in Florida with the Everblades in the USPHL Premier league. This was a step down from the NAHL but it proved to be the perfect opportunity for him, not only because hockey was still being played in Florida, but also because he received plenty of playing time.

    That's when his opportunity to play professionally in Europe came about.

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    Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Bridgedale Grad Zack Sharp Commits to Western Michigan

    On a Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    We are proud to congratulate Bridgedale Academy grad Zack Sharp on his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at Western Michigan University. 

    This season Zack competes for the Chicago Mission U16 team. He is also likely to see time in the USHL this season, having been selected by the Souix Falls Stampede in the second round, the 17th pick overall. A talented offensive-minded defenseman, Zack becomes the 21st Bridgedale grad to have earned his D1 scholarship.

    (Click to see all Bridgedale's college commitments.)

    Zack attended Bridgedale Academy for two years, making huge strides and developing not only athletically and as a hockey player, but also as a student during his time at Bridgedale.

    "Zack has been a big part of our Mission team over the last few years," says Yanic Perreault, Zack's coach the last two seasons at the Chicago Mission. "He has great offensive instincts, tremendous speed and a really good shot."

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    Monday, July 26, 2021

    Behrens and Lopina NHL Drafted

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Seven Bridgedale Grads and Counting

     

    Bridgedale Academy grads Sean Behrens and Josh Lopina were recently selected in the 2021 National Hockey League Draft. This makes four years of Bridgedale grads (00s, 01s, 02s and 03s) to have been drafted over the last four NHL drafts, bringing the Bridgedale total to seven.

    Sean was selected in the Second Round (#61 Overall) by the Colorado Avalanche, and Josh in the Fourth Round (#98 Overall) by the Anaheim Ducks.

    Sean spent the last two seasons with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program and will suit up for the University of Denver in the fall.

    Josh had a season for the ages last season as a freshman at UMass. First he captured the Hockey East Rookie of the Year honors and then capped things off with UMass's first-ever Division 1 NCAA National Championship. 

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    Josh Lopina - National Champion!

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    A Man of Many Firsts

     

    Last Saturday, Bridgedale Academy grad Josh Lopina and his UMass teammates defeated St. Cloud State to win the NCAA Division 1 National Championship.

    It was the first-ever national championship for the Minutemen, capping off an amazing season.

    And Josh, as the team's second line center and top face-off man, was a major contributing factor in the team's unprecedented success.

    And all this in his first season as a freshman with the team.

    But by now Josh is used to being "first."

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    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    Private Showings at Bridgedale Academy

    Visit and do some Classroom Observations

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    For obvious reasons, Bridgedale will not be hosting any Open Houses this winter.

    Instead, we are offering Private Showings for interested families.

    Schedule your own Bridgedale Academy Private Showing

    Your Own Private Open House Showing

    And so we cordially invite you to have your own “Private Open House.” 

    Take a break from the stress of your son’s e-learning and come to Bridgedale on a day of your choosing.

    See first-hand what makes Bridgedale the perfect option for the serious student hockey-player.

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    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    Parent Testimonial Nov 2nd 2020

    One of the Best Decisions We Ever Made

    By Dan Murashige, Bridgedale Academy Dad

    Our son Joey is now in his second year at Bridgedale Academy. My wife and I believe our decision to enroll him has been one of the best decisions we ever made.

    There are many reasons we believe this but I'll discuss just a few.  

    * Bridgedale's Response to COVID last spring

    For one, when last year's shelter-in-place COVID lockdown happened, most schools, and therefore most parents, were woefully unprepared. Like everyone else, we were in a state of shock. Yet the Bridgedale team confronted the challenge aggressively with zero hesitation, transitioning overnight into full-time, 5-days-a-week Zoom classes.

    And as a result Joey and his Bridgedale classmates didn't miss a beat. They stayed totally on track academically all the way through the end of the 2019-20 school year. It was truly amazing.

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    And to my knowledge, it was unmatched by any other schools, public or private, in Illinois.

    * In-Person for the 2020-21 School Year

    We are now ten weeks into the school year and Bridgedale is teaching in-person, with carefully-instituted, intelligent, comprehensive COVID safety protocols.

    The fact is that the boys at Bridgedale Academy love going to school.

    * Great Teaching Staff and Small Class Sizes

    The Bridgedale faculty is truly professional and the small class sizes enable them to address and understand each student's personalities and needs.

    As a parent you get feedback and insights on your son you would not normally receive.

    * Classical Curriculum combined with Great Athletic Training

    The experience and leadership of (Bridgedale Headmaster) Mike McPartlin and (Bridgedale Academic Dean) Christina Di Pauli give my wife and me complete confidence in the excellence of Joey's academic and athletic education.

    Bridgedale's classical curriculum, with such an excellent teaching staff, combined with the athletic training from such outstanding coaches, make it a fantastic school and a perfect fit for our son Joey.

    In my opinion it is a rare opportunity for young student hockey players. 

     
    Dan Murashige appears by permission. He is Vice-President for Products Development with Production Products, Inc., a company that has been providing labor saving machinery and innovative products to HVAC duct and sheet metal fabricators worldwide for over 25 years.
     
    Dan's son Joey, an 8th grader at Bridgedale Academy, is a skilled, smooth-skating defenseman who plays with the Sabres organization. 
     
     
    At Bridgedale we are committed to the development of our young student-athletes. In this time of challenge and uncertainty due to COVID-19, we are proud to be offering our academics and on-ice and off-ice athletic instruction in person. We continue to help our student-athletes develop their physical and mental skills so they can perform at their best when it matters most, no matter the arena of life that challenges them.
     
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    Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

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    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

    2020-21: Bridgedale Offering High School

    Bridgedale Joins w/ K12 Private Academy to offer high school grades!

    By: Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

     

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    Friday, July 3, 2020

    Why We Celebrate the 4th of July

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    What does it mean to be a nation?

     

    The word “nation” comes from the root word for “birth.”

    Compare the words natal, nascent, native and nativity; all relate to things being born.

    A nation, therefore, is something that has come into existence - A Nation is Born.

    The United States of America is unique in all of human history.

    It is unique for many reasons, one of which is that, like a human, it has a birth certificate.

    Our nation’s birth certificate is the Declaration of Independence.

    Our character as a nation, imprinted on us at our birth, is embodied in the core principles, in the self-evident truths, stated in the Declaration of Independence.

    These core principles include: 

    that all men are created equal 

    that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights

    that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

    That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men

    deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed 

    That whenever any Form of government becomes destructive of these ends

    it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it

     

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    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    2019-20: A School Year for the Ages

    Our Talented, Caring Teachers Crushed it!

    By: Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    Parents ecstatic with Bridgedale's distance learning.

    The 2019-20 school year at Bridgedale Academy was truly one for the ages.

    When it became clear in early March that the COVID-19 pandemic was about to have a profound impact on how we do things at Bridgedale Academy, we began making our preparations.

    We pride ourselves on the "dynamic engagement" of our in-person classroom instruction. And with our boys-only environment, and small class-sizes, we especially take pride in how well ALL our boys do academically, and how virtually all of them come to LOVE LEARNING.

    Click here to read Testimonials from Bridgedale Parents

    But a mandated school shutdown meant that we would lose that in-person instruction.

    So what could we possibly do to maintain that same high level of engagement?

    It turns out plenty.

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