Joe Gotfryd, varsity hockey head coach, was born and raised here in Chicago
and has firsthand experience and knowledge of the deep tradition of the Chicago
Catholic Hockey League (CCHL). He also knows the great sports history at St. Ignatius
College Prep. He played for St. Rita H.S. during the 1971-1975 seasons. During this
senior year the Mustangs were Kennedy Cup champions, defeating the Fenwick Friars.
Joe also took home honors of being the leading scorer in the CCHL that year.
Keeping with the Chicago hockey tradition, Joe moved on to The University of Illinois,
Chicago Circle campus to play Division II hockey for who were then called the Chikas.
In his freshman year he set a school goal scoring record by netting 29 goals. In
his senior year the team went to the NCAA Division II national tournament at Merrimack
College in North Andover, MA where they finished third in the nation. After college,
Joe played for the Chicago Cardinals of the Continental Hockey League. The team
took home the Walmer Cup as the league’s champion in 1984.
Joe’s coaching career began in 1986 when he went back to his old stomping grounds,
St. Rita, to coach the junior varsity team. After 6 years at St. Rita, Joe moved
to the Huskies Hockey Club where he coached their Peewee team for 2 years. Most
recently, he was back at St. Rita assisting with the Junior Varsity team during
the 2007-08 season.
Since 1991, Joe has been a member of the coaching staff for the American Hearing
Impaired Hockey Association / Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Hearing Impaired.
This rewarding experience lead him to Sundsvall, Sweden, where was assistant coach
for the bronze medal winning U.S.A. deaf hockey squad that competed in the Winter
Deaflympics. He also holds a level 4 coaching card.