On Mission U16 Title Team
by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy
Bridgedale Academy grad Josh Lopina became a USA Hockey National Champion this week.
Josh is a 2001 birth year player who played on the same Chicago Mission U16 team as Bridgedale grad Wyatt Schingoethe and present Bridgedale student Jacob Perreault.
The Mission U16s defeated the Team Wisconsin U16s in the USAH National Finals on Tuesday in Philadelphia, PA. They earned six straight tournament wins en route to the title, including victories over Little Caesars, Boston Jr. Eagles and Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, powerhouses all.
"Josh attended Bridgedale for three years, graduating from 9th grade two years ago,” said Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin. "He has been with the Chicago Mission organization since he was a second year Squirt."
“Josh was actually the very first Bridgedale Academy student,” noted McPartlin. “His dad Bill was the very first Bridgedale parent to enroll his son at Bridgedale, prior to our even opening our doors.
"In addition to being an outstanding hockey player, Josh is an excellent student and wonderful young man. Obviously we are very proud of Josh and excited for what his future holds.”
Congratulations to Josh (and his parents Bill and Pam) on his outstanding achievement.