Former Goalie Gives Back to Ice Hockey

By Arlie Corday

Teammates form deep bonds over the joys and the sorrows of the game, and former ice hockey star Anthony Quesada '06 (right) often reminisces about his Holy Cross career.

"Being part of the hockey team was such an important part of my life," he says. "The memories we created together as a team are something I really cherish."

During his student days, Quesada served as the starting goalie and contributed to two league championships and NCAA tournament appearances. Holy Cross head coach Paul Pearl '89 says, "As a goaltender, Tony is one of the best to put on a Crusader uniform. He always performed his best in the biggest games."

"By far the greatest memory came our senior season when we beat the Minnesota Gophers in the NCAA tournament," Quesada recalls, "which quickly became one of the greatest upsets in college sports."

It more than made up for his second-year season, when Quesada got sick, literally, during a crucial playoff game he just couldn't miss without letting his friends down. He will never forget the highs and the lows of Crusader hockey, which he has honored ever since by generously supporting the team. "As a teammate and person, Tony was and is a leader," Pearl notes. "His generosity at such a young age shows that he is still leading his peers and is a wonderful friend to our program."

Athletic excellence has other benefits for Holy Cross, says Quesada, who now works as a professional photographer. "Sports are a critical way that schools can gain national recognition and prestige." To attract the best scholar-athletes, he continues, it is important to provide adequately for training and other needs.

 "I remember when I was doing my college tours. Like many student-athletes, I evaluated the equipment and facilities of every program I looked at," he says. "While it wasn't the deciding factor, it certainly had an influence. I hope that my support will continue to create a better program and provide today's players with a comfortable second home. I loved my time on the Hill and, by giving back every year, it helps me relive those moments. I hope my support allows other student-athletes to create their own lasting memories."