Builders’ Category ~ Class of 2018
Born on August 7, 1949, Terry Stasica was raised in Chicago with his older brother, Charles (Jack). In 1976, Terry moved to Hoffman Estates to start his career at Motorola and purchase his forever home. He worked for Motorola for 32 years and resided in the same home for the rest of his life. Terry had his only son, Derrick in February of 1981.
In 1991, Terry began his youth coaching career when he started coaching his son’s soccer team. From there he transitioned to coaching Derrick’s hockey teams throughout his high school years. He coached the Schaumburg Kings midget team from 1996-1997 and the Conant Cougars varsity team from 1997-2004. Terry was also the President of the Metro Northwest High School Hockey League from 2002-2004, and AHAI Director from 2006-2010. He also served on the AHAI High School All-State Selection Committee from 2008-2012.
Terry always believed high school hockey was much more important for player and personal development than travel hockey and he wasn’t afraid to share that opinion with anyone who would listen. He took his devotion to high school hockey to the national level in 2004 when he took over as the General Manager of Team Illinois in the America’s Showcase tournament which would continue to 2015. Terry took this position very seriously and was extremely meticulous with every detail from seeing to each player’s consideration at tryouts and their scouting opportunities to careful coaching selection, as well as everything logistical including transportation and lodging. He even planned out the bus ride to the event including where the team would stop to eat. He was also highly involved in the event itself. Even though Terry had his level 4 coaching certification, he never wanted to get involved in the coaching side for Team Illinois because he wanted to make sure the players always had the best on and off ice education prior to and during the tournament.
Terry was a fighter who would never let anything get in his way of making sure Team Illinois’ Showcase team had everything they needed to be successful each year, not even cancer which he battled for two years. Sadly, that fight ended in November of 2015 when he passed away unexpectedly of heart failure while beginning preparations for the 2016 Showcase team.
Terry may be gone, but he will never be forgotten in the youth hockey world. In 2016 the America’s Showcase committee added a sixth annual trophy named the Terry Stasica Outstanding Leadership Award. This award is presented in his honor to the coach or manager that has gone above and beyond in service to the high school players during the America’s Showcase tournament. Terry was also honored by the Illinois High School All-State Committee the same year when they announced the Terry J. Stasica MVP award which is awarded to the MVP of the boys’ and girls’ All-State games each year.
After all the years and countless hours put in to help shape high school hockey into what it is today, Terry would have been extremely proud to receive this monumental honor. We are confident that if he were here, he would personally thank everyone who helped him along the way.
NOTES: The 2018 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847/269-2922 or e-mail Norm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“To honor the excellence of those individuals who, through their exceptional endeavors both on and off the ice, have contributed in an extraordinary way to enhance the sport and image of hockey in Illinois.”
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