On Saturday, January 23, 2016, Alec DeAngelo, Team Illinois Alumni and current captain of the NCAA DIII Lake Forest Foresters Men’s Hockey Team, was awarded the Peter Taylor Award for outstanding talent, leadership and love for the game to which best exemplifies the qualities of the player for whom it is named.
Peter Taylor, a Lake Forest College graduate in 1973. Taylor’s hockey career began at the Winter Club on Sheridan Road. He was co-captain of the Winter Club Bantam Team, which won the Illinois State Championship and competed in the National Tournament in Lake Placid, New York.
Taylor was a four-year player at the Berkshire School in Massachusetts. He broke the school scoring record his junior year, and was a Captain as a senior. Following a year at Boston University, Taylor attended Lake Forest College, where he became the leading scorer in College history with 130 total points and was named to the 1973 Western Division College All-American team.
The Peter Taylor award was established in fond memory by his family, friends and former teammates. It is awarded annually to one individual, selected by teammates, whose outstanding talent, leadership and love for the game best exemplify the qualities of the player for whom it is named – Peter Taylor.
Below is an excerpt from DeAngelo’s interview after receiving the Peter Taylor Award:
Explain the importance of this award?
Alec: I feel extremely honored and blessed to have been voted for this award by my coaches and teammates. It feels great to have their support both on and off the ice. They have made my four years here at Lake Forest very special, and I cannot thank everyone enough for everything they have done for me.
What memory stands out to you from competing on the men’s/women’s hockey team?
Alec: My best memory out of the four years is breaking the school record last season by going 15 games without a loss. It was a special team to be on, but I am looking forward to making more memories heading towards playoffs next month.
You’ve have achieved a ton in your career. What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to aspiring collegiate athletes and to your fellow teammates?
Alec: The best piece of advice I would give my teammates (especially the younger ones) is to not take any day for granted. These last four years have flew by, and now as my career is coming to an end, I can honestly say I did not take any day for granted.