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.
“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.
Mikey transferred into Bridgedale Academy's 6th grade, skipping 5th, and then stayed through 8th grade, excelling academically as well as athletically.
"I always felt like Mikey was a little under-appreciated," said Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin. "He's a late birthday and so he developed physiologically a little later than most of the other 04s in his grade level while at Bridgedale. But his work ethic and determination never flagged and so we are not surprised to see the success he's having now."
"Mikey was always very hard-working, focused and conscientious,” said Christina Di Pauli, Bridgedale's Academic Dean, "and as a result he excelled both academically and athletically. He skipped a grade to come to Bridgedale, but with his work ethic and determination he was on track in no time and never missed a beat.”
Congratulations to Mikey (and his parents Mike and Helene) on his commitment to Arizona State University.
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