JV Spotlight: Brendan Quinn, York Dukes

By Ross Forman – York is skating directly toward a state championship, with a mighty 23-2-2 overall record. And both setbacks have been 1-goal losses.

The Dukes also have 6 shutouts.

“The key so far has been our ability to get to the puck first and our aggressive forecheck that keeps constant pressure on the other team in their defensive zone,” said Brendan Quinn, 15, a right-handed shooting defenseman.

“We really gel as a team; we pass well and have a lot of unselfish players. Our coaches are extremely motivational and bring out the best in us each and every time we step on the ice.”

York has had a 12-game winning streak and was a perfect 10-0 in October.

They have 12 Scholastic Hockey League victories, with their 2 setbacks coming in overtime. They also lead the league in both goals scored and have surrendered the fewest goals against.

Bob Plummer and Eli Maurer are tied for the team-lead with 15 points in Scholastic League play.

Quinn, who lives in Elmhurst and wears uniform No. 37, has 1 goal, 3 assists in 14 league games.

“My personal goals for this season are to have more than 20 points and to lead my team to a state championship,” said Quinn, who previously played for the Elmhurst Chiefs and Chicago Blues.

Snapshots With … York JV defenseman Brendan Quinn

Style of Play: “Fast and aggressive.”
Favorite Hockey-playing Memory: “Scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime to send my Blues team to the semi-finals (of) the Wolves Cup.”
Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite NHL Player: Dustin Byfuglien
Favorite Sport (other than hockey): Football
Favorite Pro Athlete: Tarik Cohen
Favorite app: Snapchat
Favorite TV Show: Impractical Jokers
Favorite Pregame Meal: Chicken Caesar salad
Celebrity You’d Most Like to Meet: Kevin Hart
Best Hockey Tip: “Trust The System, from my current York coaches.”
Teammate Who, Someday, Could Be A Hockey Coach: Nick Soehn – “He is a really fun guy, but serious when it’s time to work.”
Hardest Slapshot on York: Luke Dizzilo
Most Accurate Shot: Bobby Plumber
Fastest Skater: Eli Maurer
One Pregame, Motivational Song: Bring Em Out by T.I.
Favorite Sports Movie: Miracle On Ice
The 2020 Stanley Cup Champion: New York Islanders
Best High School Jersey (other than York): Glenbrook North

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.

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