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    Monday, April 18, 2022

    Behrens and Devine - National Champions!

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Two Years in a Row with a Bridgedale Grad Winning!


    Earlier this month, Bridgedale grads Sean Behrens and Jack Devine and their Denver University teammates beat Minnesota State to win the NCAA Division 1 National Championship.

    It was the ninth national championship for the Pioneers, tying for the most all time and capping off another amazing DU hockey season.

    Both Sean (#2) and Jack (#4) are true freshmen, having played together the last two years at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

    And this makes it two years in a row that a Bridgedale grad has hoisted the Championship trophy. Last year, Bridgedale grad Josh Lopina did it with UMass.

    To win it all, DU had to beat a dominant Minnesota State University team with another Bridgedale connection, as their Hobey Baker winning goalie Dryden McKay is the son of Bridgedale goalie instructor Ross McKay.

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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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    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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