By Dale Caprara ’82
On April 13 and 14, the IUP Apache hockey team returned to Indiana for its annual reunion and tournament. Players mostly from the ’70s and ’80s were invited, and the participation rate continues to rise as more and more former players become aware of
The weekend began with a round of golf on Friday at the Lenape Heights Resort, five miles south of Kittanning. Former players John Boarts (’82-’86), Jerry Supko (’81-’84), Lloyd Cravener (’81-’85), and former Penn reporter Dale Caprara (’81-’82) formed the first group. Playing in the second group were Darren Marynchak (’84-’87), Mike Tomera (’87-’90), Chris Brown (’86-’89), and Dan Powell (’87-’90). Shorts, golf shirts, and sunscreen were the order of the
day as the temperatures climbed into the mid-’70s for the first time since October. Many thanks to Lloyd for organizing the event.
After golf, the players made their way to the Belmont Arena Complex for the first of two games between the Vinyls (players from the ’70s and early ’80s) and the CDs (players from the mid- to late ’80s).
The Vinyls took game one 11-9 due in large part to Dan Custred (’78-’83) who led all scorers with four goals. Bill Capone (’89-’91) and Bob Duke (’81-’83) chipped in with two goals each, while Ed Dalesandro (’74-’78), Paul Bucher (’77-’81),
and Paul Niederkorn each contributed one goal apiece.
Robert Carey (’85-’89) led the CDs with four goals. Jim Hickey (’77-’81) scored twice, while Brown, Robert Clark ’88, and Loren Tyler each added a goal.
Following the game, all participants and their partners were invited to a party at the home of former player Brett Robinson and his wife, Leslie Wood Robinson ’91. Dinner consisted of fried chicken, chicken tenders, Brett’s
special wings, Leslie’s buffalo chicken dip, pasta salad, and mac and cheese. Fresh fruit and assorted pastries completed the dessert menu.
After dinner, bar hopping ensued, as many relived the days of their youth at places like Al Patti’s.
Game two on Saturday was won by the CDs by a score of 8-6. Chris Brown scored a hat trick, giving him four goals for the weekend and tying Robert Carey for the team lead. John O’Leary ’87 scored twice, with Darren Marynchak, Loren Tyler,
and Mike Heilman (’91-’95) also picking up tallies.
Dan Custred scored two more goals for the Vinyls, giving him six for the weekend to lead both teams. Andy Taymans (’78-’82) also scored twice, with Jim Hickey and Bill Capone each notching their third goals of the weekend.
Following game two, dinner was served at Spaghetti Benders on Philadelphia Street. About 20 players and partners joined together for one final time before departing for home. They shared good food, good times, laughter, and lots of memories of youthful
escapades. Another weekend of renewing acquaintances and getting caught up with teammates was complete.
The weekend would not be complete without a special shout-out from all the players to Brett and Leslie Robinson for their hospitality and to Gary Montebell. Gary is the director of the Belmont Arena Complex and was instrumental in reserving
the ice for the team. Gary, your efforts are always appreciated and never taken for granted.
Some of the places former Apaches now call home are Burlington, Vermont; Keller, Texas; Minnesota’s Twin Cities; and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. No matter where they currently reside, however, all former Apaches call Indiana home.
The next installment of Apaches memories will be made March 29 and 30, 2019. Mark your calendars now!