‘From the net outward’


“Save by Ginn” is a phrase commonly heard by hockey broadcasters at any College of the Holy Cross hockey game in the last four years. In fact, it has been said more than 3,000 times during Matt Ginn’s ’15 career at the College. The Lindsay, Ontario, native has been a mark of consistency on the ice, while tacitly leading his teammates from the net outward. Over the years, Ginn has broken countless school records for the men’s ice hockey program. Most recently, he has claimed the No. 1 spot on the school’s all-time career saves lists.

On Nov. 1, Ginn recorded 26 saves in a 2-2 tie against Sacred Heart in front of a home crowd at the Hart Center. The senior captain breaking the all-time saves record, surpassing Paul Pijanowski (1984-1987) who held the record with 2,915. As of Nov. 15 Ginn now has over 3,055 saves which is the most career saves by any current Division 1 goalie in the nation.

Before Ginn started breaking records at Holy Cross he was a member of the Victoria Grizzlies in the British Columbia Hockey League. The move from junior hockey to the collegiate level was tough, adjusting to new teammates and surroundings, though it did not take Ginn long to feel at home . “There was a real family mentality from day one, and having the seniors around on and off the ice was a huge help” said Ginn.

“There are a bunch of great leaders on this team. Matt Vidal and I are honored to dawn the ‘C’ on our sweaters, but I prefer to lead by example” Ginn remarked. “I let my actions help guide the team, and help the younger players out when they need me just as the seniors helped me when I was making strives as a freshman.”

The goal has always been the same for Ginn since his arrival in Worcester: to win an Atlantic Hockey championship and play in an NCAA Tournament. Ginn, in his final season, has a chance to leave behind a bigger legacy than just the records on the wall. He has the opportunity to raise a conference banner and help lead his team to a tournament appearance.

“We have to be ready for every game,” said Ginn. “It does not matter if it is the first game , a game in the middle of the season or a playoff game. We have to come to work each day with the same mindset. This will help us make strides as we progress through the season.”

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This "Holy Cross in the News" item by Kelly Ethier.