O.P Hockey on a Roll


James Kim, Staff Writer

This year’s Oratory hockey team has been on a roll, possibly having one of the most successful seasons in school history. So far, the team is well above .500 at 12-4-1, earning the first place spot in the conference. Other schools in the conference include Frisch, West Orange, Dayton, and Newark East Side. I got the opportunity to talk to junior John Meehan about the team’s success.

Tell us about yourself (as a student at OP)

My time at OP has been great so far.  I play both baseball and hockey for the school and enjoy doing both.  

What is your favorite aspect of hockey?

My favorite aspect of hockey is being able to be a part of a team, in which we get to watch each other grow in potential on the ice, as well as off the ice.

How has your hockey career at Oratory been for the past 3 years?

My career at OP began as a defenseman, as our defense was not the strongest aspect of the team when I came in.  Defense often became frustrating, as I was often unable to do what I enjoy most, being fully involved in the play.  Now that I play forward this year, I am able to go out onto the ice and do what I can do best, which is skate the puck and create opportunities for our team to score.

How has the hockey team performed so far this season? What are the team’s accomplishments?

Thus far in the year, we have surpassed any expectations that we had at the start of the season.  Coming from a season where we were below .500, meaning we had more losses than wins, we have grown to a team with 12 wins and only 4 losses, in which we could have won a few of those games if a lucky bounce had gone our way.  This year, we hope to win our conference and advance past the first round of the state playoffs, which will be extremely tough.

Have you set/accomplished any personal goals?

Most of my “personal” goals fall under team goals, as I am just another player on the team that is trying like the others to bring us a successful season.  As a team, we have definitely gone above and beyond the expectations that we had for this year, and are currently looking to make school history.

Who are some key players that have brought success to the ice?

Each and every player on our roster has contributed to our team’s success in their own way.  Sophomore Jeffrey Jarvis has stepped up his game this year, and is clearly one of the main contributions to our success, much like many others.  There are too many other names to count in terms of who has brought us success, so everyone should be proud of what they have done to bring OP Puck to many victories.

Do you have a favorite game/opponent from this season?

My favorite game of this season was our most recent game from the time I have written this, where we played Frisch, who was our rival for the #1 seed in the conference.  Briefly before the game, one of our player’s mothers had passed away, which was a huge heartbreak and devastation to our entire team, as well as our school as a whole.  Each and every player is a part of our OP Puck family, so of course, we had his back.  We went out during this game, determined to bring a win for both him, as well as his mother.  We won 5-3, clinching the first place position of our conference.  As a team, we came together and fought our way to victory, and showed this individual that we all had his back and are going to be here for him every step of the way.

Are there any future games you look forward to?

I look forward to the conference playoff games, as well as to the history we are determined to make during the NJ State Playoffs, in which an Oratory hockey team has never made it before.

What are your expectations for the rest of the season?

My expectations for the rest of the season are that we win our conference, and give whoever we play against in the first round of state playoffs a run for their money.

Do you have any expectations for next year’s team?

In terms of next year, I feel that as the program is growing, so will we.  Next year, we will succeed in whatever division we take part in, and hopefully advance to the state playoffs for the second year in a row.What are your favorite goal celebrations?

I have not really celebrated until somewhat recently when I realized that it makes goals and playing a lot more fun.  My go-to at the moment is the bow-and-arrow, mainly because it looks cool, but also because it’s fun to do.

Any last words?



Through the talent and camaraderie of the players on the team, OP Puck has thrived in their ongoing season. Not only will they achieve team goals, but they will possibly make school history in the upcoming games of the season.