By Ross Forman
Hugh Brady is one of the main reasons Loyola Gold earned the No. 1-seed in the top-tiered Red Division of the 2018 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, as the goalie boasted a 16-0 record in Scholastic League play this season, including an 8-0 win over Fenwick on Jan. 23.
Brady earned the boys’ hockey Goalie of the Year Award.
Runner-up: Ian Moran, Glenbard.
The girls hockey Goalie of the Year Award goes to, Lena Flores (Fenwick), while New Trier’s Hayden Snow is the runner-up.
Here’s a look at the other award-winners this season, as compiled by Ross Forman:
Boys Coach of the Year:
Winner: D.J. LaVarre, Loyola Gold
Runner-up: Tim Benz, Saint Viator
Boys Forward of the Year:
Winner: Jackson Leptich, Stevenson
Runner-up: David Rubin, Glenbrook North
Boys Defenseman of the Year:
Winner: Ryan Haraldsen, Ignatius
Runner-up: Gavin Spahr, BG/H/W
Girls Coach of the Year:
Winner: William Brush, New Trier
Runner-up: Steve Hamelin, Glenbrook South
Girls Forward of the Year:
Winner: Jordan Moore, Warren
Runner-up: Mae Olshansky, New Trier
Girls Defenseman of the Year:
Winner: Lyndie Lobdell, Naper Valley
Runner-up: Madison Itagaki, Glenbrook South
Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 15 years and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross by email at Rossco814@aol.com.