Players’ Category ~ Class of 2018
Joe began skating at Ridgeland Commons at the age of 4, following in the footsteps of his father Rob. Rob was his first coach for the Oak Park Eagles, and would be instrumental in Joe’s development into an NHL defenseman.
After a couple of seasons, Joe moved on to play for the Chicago Hawks, coached by Wally Neumenko and assisted by father Rob. This led to an opportunity to play for the Chicago Young Americans from Pee Wee Minor to Bantam Major, capping it off with a National Championship. Joe also double rostered at Fenwick, playing for coaches Mike McPartlin and Jerry Korab.
Joe was recruited by NCAA Division 1 colleges to play baseball and hockey, eventually choosing hockey at Western Michigan University, where he went on to earn All-Rookie honors and All-CCHA honors. Chosen for the World Junior team in his sophomore year, he used this opportunity to win a silver medal, best defenseman award, and propel himself up in the draft in which he was passed over his first eligible year.
Selected 83rd overall by the Kings in 1997, Joe went on to have a 12 year career with 5 teams – Los Angeles, Carolina, Boston, Washington, and a run to the finals in 2007 with Ottawa. He was also selected to Team USA twice to represent his country in the World Championships.
Joe currently lives in River Forest, Illinois, with his wife Angela of 15 years, and their 2 boys Cam and Maddux. He coaches both boys in the Chicago Blues organization. A true athlete and competitor by nature, Joe continues to stay active, earning a spot to compete in The CrossFit Games this past August.
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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