Annual Dominik Pettey Memorial Purple White Game
Friday, Nov. 9, at Fort Dupont Ice Arena
Opening Ceremonies begin at 4:00 pm; Puck Drops at 4:30 pm.
Gonzaga Ice Hockey kicks off the 2018-19 season with the Annual Dominik Pettey Purple White Game, an inter-squad game played in honor of friend and teammate Dominik Pettey ’15, who died in a car accident in 2014.
The event raises money for the Dominik L. Pettey ’15 Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund at Gonzaga. Dominik, whose #11 was retired by Gonzaga hockey after his tragic death, embodied the spirit of Gonzaga, and the fund is one way we keep his legacy strong on Eye Street. All gifts help make a Gonzaga education possible for deserving students.
Click HERE to view video about Dominik Pettey.
Sammy Gerdano ('10), Gonzaga varsity's new head coach, led the Varsity II to the MAPHL A Division championship last year.
Gonzaga Hockey Director Bill Slater relinquished the head coaching duties to Sammy Gerdano (`10) this past summer. Gerdano served as co-head varsity II coach last season, leading the Eagles to its second straight MAPHL A Division championship. Below is a letter sent out by Gonzaga Athletic Director Joe Reyda announcing the changes.
Dear Gonzaga Hockey Community,
I am happy to share that Mr. Samuel Gerdano has joined the faculty of Gonzaga and will be teaching computer science this coming school year. With that development, I am also happy to announce that he will assume the responsibility of Head Varsity Hockey Coach. It is a terrific development for the school, the hockey program and, particularly, the boys themselves. Bill Slater and I feel it is critical to the long-term success of the program and most important to the day-to-day success of the boys themselves that the coach is accessible during the school day.
Coach Gerdano is a graduate of Gonzaga and has been coaching for the last three years, winning two championships with the Varsity 2 team. He and Ford Lands were named MAPHL Co-coaches of the year this past season. The majority of the coaching staff from this past season will return with the exception of Captain Bill Harris who has been relocated to San Antonio with the Air Force.
Bill Slater will remain Program Director working closely with Coach Gerdano and the entire coaching staff to continue to keep the Gonzaga hockey program the premier program in the DMV.
Please join me in congratulating Coach Gerdano.