By Conor Hurley
On July 20, 2010, Syracuse University student Richie Carlston passed away in a car accident. Richie was going to be a sophomore at SU and was a goalie on the men’s hockey team.
I never knew Richie. I was the freshman goalie that was able to play as much as I did this year because of his passing. But from what I’ve heard, he was a great kid, he always had a smile on his face and he was always laughing. He was also a great teammate and player, and he is dearly missed.
At the first captains’ practice of this past season in August, the captains brought us all together and told us about Richie’s passing. They said the season would be dedicated to his memory, we would hang his #1 jersey up behind the bench during every game and practice, our chant before every game would be “RICHIE ON THREE: 1-2-3 RICHIE!” and that we would win the NECHL championship for him.
We were supremely motivated to do everything our captains said, and we did. Here is a recap of our incredible season, enjoy. RIP Richie. This was for you.
Video by Conor Hurley