George Spicer got plenty of playing time during his first two seasons on the Father Gabriel Richard-Greenhills hockey team – whether he wanted it or not. It was a rough introduction to high school hockey but all that work is certainly paying off this season for the talented and successful Irish.
“During my freshman and sophomore years I was the only goalie,” says Spicer, now a senior at FGR. “It was hard knowing I had to play every game no matter what. I played numerous games sick or tired.”
But Spicer was thankful for all the support he received from his teammates. It was that support that saved the day for the young net-minder.
“The leadership on the team made it easy for me,” he said. “They helped push me through tough games. The transition to being an upperclassmen was easy because of the role models that I had in my first two years.”
Now Spicer is one of those role models on a team with big goals still to score this season.
“Our team goals for the year is to make it to USA Arena for the first time in school history,” he said. “My personal goal for the year is to be a role model to younger kids on the team and in the community.”
Spicer knows the road to USA Arena will not be easy to travel. There are a lot of good hockey teams out there.
“We need to practice at 100 percent,” he said. “We need to give 100 percent to help prepare for tough competition. The team is great. The chemistry between the guys is the best in my four years on the team.”
The Irish won the Dexter Tournament championship and also won the Dan Jilek tournament. FGR has a strong defense with Spicer in the net, making it hard on the opponents to score goals. Spicer has a 2.7 goals-against average and an 89 percent save percentage.
So far, so good for the Irish.
“Things are going good,” Spicer says. “I was bummed that we don’t get to play for the Catholic League, but with our record and how the guys have been playing so far I have no complaints about our guys.”
George, the son of Ted and Christy Spicer, also plays at a high level in the classroom with a 3.3 grade-point average. He also is the Student Body President and is in the Student Ambassador Program at FGR.
Spicer started playing hockey when he was only 2 years old.
“I liked the competitive nature and the teamwork that comes with hockey and I really started taking hockey seriously when I moved back to Michigan in the fourth grade,” he said.
After high school, Spicer plans on heading east for college and studying prelaw.
“Being a hockey player, my goal is to ultimately grow the game,” he says. “I coach learn to skate with the Livonia Hockey Association in the summer and seeing the smiles on the little kids faces when they play makes me to want the game to continue to grow.”