DeMatha Catholic High School ice hockey coach Tony MacAulay knew last spring that he would name Garrett Hasken the team captain for the upcoming season.
The senior center ended last season as the Stags’ scoring leader with 41 points, but more importantly, he demonstrated that he was a quiet and dependable leader. Hasken hoped he would receive the honor, but MacAulay held off naming him the captain until last week to keep him hungry and to allow his role within the team to keep evolving.
“I think what he really brings to the table is a good character,” MacAulay said. “He’s certainly a role model for our program because of how well he does in the classroom. He’s a very detailed person and a good communicator. He’s going to be a great link between his teammates, his friends, our family and the coaching staff as well. So, we’re looking forward to it.”
Hasken has had plenty of individual success during his high school career, but it’s obvious that doesn’t matter to him. Winning a championship is the only thing that would make his last year a success, he said.
During a 6-1 win against Langley on Nov. 14, the 6-foot, 190-pound star showed he’s a scoring threat.
Just more than a minute after Langley tied the game 1-1 in the third period, Hasken took possession of the puck in the neutral zone and moved left as he entered the Stags’ offensive zone. At the blue line, he made a quick move to the right, split two defenders and sent a low wrist shot to the net. The shot ricochetted of the Langley goalie’s leg pads.
With the goalie drawn out, Pat Tanski then swooped in and scored off the rebound. It was one of two assists for Hasken on the day.
But the soft-spoken Hasken wasn’t selected captain only because of his skills. His leadership is what stands out.
“He’s a quiet guy, but he’ll crack a joke every now and then,” senior Grant Grieco said. “But he’s a leader for us, on and off the ice.”
Said senior Spencer Keogh, “He’s a great leader off the ice. He gets guys in control, motivates guys, knows what to say and pumps guys up.”
Hasken has been close to championships but has never hoisted a trophy while with the Stags.
DeMatha has finished the past four seasons as the runner-up in the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League. Hasken, who will play lacrosse for the Naval Academy after graduation, was also on the Stags’ second place lacrosse team last season.
It’s all the motivation he needs.
“This year it’s championship or nothing,” he said.