We hope you can join us for the rescheduled CV v. Bishop Canevin Winter Classic Charity Game on February 7, 2024, at 7:35 PM at South Park Ice Rink! Proceeds benefit the Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House at the Washington City Mission!
The annual Winter Classic sponsored by the Bishop Canevin Hockey Association will be held at the outdoor rink at South Park on February 7, 2024, at 7:35 PM, with a Middle School Game at 7:45 pm and a Varsity puck drop at 9 p.m. vs. Chartiers Valley.
The pre-game Ceremony will begin at 7:35 pm, as the Crusaders will be honoring Canevin alum Marine Lance Corporal Ryan J. Kovacicek with Color Guard and National Anthem. Donations will be accepted at the door and raffle baskets and 50/50 will be available throughout the evening (cash, check or Venmo). Proceeds from the Winter Classic benefit the Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House at Washington City Mission.
Lance Corporal Ryan J. Kovacicek was more than just a Marine. From Avella, Pennsylvania, he attended John F. Kennedy Catholic School in Washington before moving on to Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh, where he lettered in hockey. He was a ferociously competitive hockey player, first with the Southpointe Rink Rats, then at Bishop Canevin High School, and the Hockey Club at IUP. Ever active, he loved skiing and golf and spending time with his friends and family. But “Kov,” as people called him, also had an infectious smile that would light up a room and a contagious wit that kept his many friends laughing.
LCpl Kovacicek was a Marine to his core. His college major in criminology and his plans for Marine Officer Candidacy School underscored how seriously he viewed being an American. He was open to what the future held for him after he served.
The September 11th attack on the World Trade Center that shocked America also shook something in Ryan’s soul. He was activated in the Marines shortly after 9/11 while a junior in college. He was ready to protect the freedoms he had never taken for granted even as a young boy.
LCpl Kovacicek was deployed to Iraq in March 2005 with the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines Kilo Company. On Sunday, July 10th, 2005 in Hit Iraq, LCpl Ryan Joseph Kovacicek was killed in combat. He was 22 years old when he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country