Barrington Foursome Means Business, On and Off the Ice

Bronco seniors have ventured into fishing endeavor

By Ross Forman – Their on-ice friendship drives their off-ice passion.

Or, maybe the other way around.

Four Barrington seniors – Landon Marcinek, Carter Andreae, Patrick Gull and Quinn Rowley – are key parts of the Broncos’ drive to return to the glory that the team had last season. They also are budding businessmen.

These four can talk slapshots and hip checks or hooking into muskies and selling merchandise.

Let’s start on the ice.

Barrington had one of its best seasons ever in 2019-2020, two wins away from the school’s first-ever state championship. They finished 15-11-0-0-1 in the Scholastic Hockey League.

“We had a great team last year and were very strong on all fronts,” said Rowley, a right-handed-shooting center. “Our performance throughout the season was stellar. Our team had great depth; we were able to run all four lines and all defensive lines. This allowed all players to get plenty of playing time and keep everyone refreshed. Near the end of the year our team had great chemistry and were truly playing as a team. In the state playoffs, we defeated New Trier White and Providence. These two victories put us in the final four. The team was working harder than it ever had, everything was coming together in practice and we had great confidence going into the final 4. Unfortunately, the season came to a halt due to Covid-19. Our 2019-20 season was a great one and never will be forgotten.”

The Broncos want to pick right up this season and they have the same goal: Win State.

But Barrington lost 17 seniors from last season.

“Most of these kids have been playing together for the past couple years and have worked well together previously and we’re seeing that transition into this season as well,” Rowley said. “This year, we have a really strong defense. These guys have all been playing together since they came into the program and can flow well in and out of the zone.

“We have a lot of potential to make it back to the final four in state this year, and we all want to make it farther than last year.”

All four know and feel the pressure.

“We have been looking super strong in practice and feel confident,” Rowley said.

Rowley sings the praise of the team’s defense – and the three others live it, playing D.

Marcinek, 17, is a right-handed shooter who formerly played for the Hoffman Estates Wolf Pack. Andreae shoots right-handed and formerly played for the Barrington Redwings and the Crystal Lake Yellowjackets. Gull, also a righty, formerly played for the Northwest Chargers, Highland Park Falcons and Team Illinois.

All four live in Barrington – and that’s where the story goes in the water. They all have a passion for fishing.

“When we are not on the ice, we are fishing – maybe a little too much, to be honest,” Marcinek said.

The group first started filming their fishing adventures and consistently posted fish photos on Instagram.

Then they ventured into YouTube to showcase their fish tales, and they now have been uploading fishy videos for about a year.

Next came fishing-related merchandise, anchored around their social media accounts.

Welcome, Non Stop Angling – their business.

Their short-term goal is to grab 1,000 subscribers on YouTube and continue to sell their merchandise.

Long-term, they want to hit 100,000 subscribers and get monetized by YouTube.

“Due to COVID-19, all of the younger kids (in the area) weren’t able to play sports over the summer which meant they were scrambling for things to do. I am fortunate enough to have a pond in my backyard, so I thought it would be a good idea to reach out to some families with kids that may be interested in fishing lessons,” Marcinek said. “I was surprised at how many people were interested. In no time I had people texting me left and right asking to get their kids in for fishing lessons. I spent the summer doing this and was able to make a good amount of money. This also gave me the opportunity to tell more people about the YouTube channel and provided customers for our merchandise.”

The entrepreneurs print vinyl designs and then iron them onto the hoodies or t-shirts. “It’s a small process but worth it in the end. We get a decent amount of money from it, but what we love most about it is seeing other people wearing our (brand). It’s a pretty cool feeling,” Andreae said.

Marcinek said that running a business venture with teammates has been quite an experience. Sure, they disagree at times, “but we’ve been able to move past those and make a somewhat successful business out of it.”

Marcinek does all the editing and most of the filming for the YouTube videos, and he also chips in on the merchandise process. Andreae has done a lot to help with the merchandise process. He is knowledgeable when it comes to the software involved in the process and is a huge help when it comes to applying the vinyl to the clothing. Gull is strong with customers and creating more exposure to the channel. Rowley is often flying their drone for videos and uploading to their social media.

“Being on the team has provided us with easy exposure for our YouTube channel as well as customers for our merch,” Marcinek said.

**Check out their YouTube channel here**

Slapshots With … Barrington’s Fishy Foursome (BFFs)

Jersey Number: 70
Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite NHL Player: Patrick Kane
Favorite Sports-Themed Movie: Slapshot
Favorite Pregame Meal: Italian beef sandwich
Celebrity You’d Most Like to Meet: Scott Martin
Favorite App: Spotify
Little-Known Fact: “My favorite fish to catch is a musky.”
Best High School Jerseys (other than Barrington): Stevenson

Jersey Number: 65
Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite NHL Player: Andrew Shaw
Favorite Sports-Themed Movie: The Goon
Favorite Pregame Meal: “I like to eat chicken and plain buttered noodles a couple hours before a game.”
Celebrity You’d Most Like to Meet: Sacha Baron Cohen
Favorite App: Snapchat
Little-Known Fact: “I played baseball up until 8th grade.”
Best High School Jerseys (other than Barrington): Stevenson

Jersey Number: 16
Favorite NHL Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Favorite NHL Player: Phil Kessel
Favorite Sports-Themed Movie: Miracle
Favorite Pregame Meal: Buttered pasta
Celebrity You’d Most Like to Meet: Butch Brown
Favorite App: Instagram
Little-Known Fact: “I played baseball until 7th grade.”
Best High School Jerseys (other than Barrington): Stevenson

Jersey Number: 76
Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite NHL Player: Patrick Kane
Favorite Sports-Themed Movie: Miracle
Favorite Pregame Meal: Pasta and veggies
Celebrity You’d Most Like to Meet: Butch Brown
Favorite App: Instagram
Little-Known Fact: “I played baseball for 6+ years.”
Best High School Jerseys (other than Barrington): Providence

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

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