Next on our “Once a Warrior” is 2x Sutherland Cup Champion Kyle Casey. Casey sits 7th on the Stratford Hockey Clubs all time games played list, and 22nd on the all time assists list. Casey played NCAA hockey at Neumann College where he put up and 146 points in only 108 games.
KYLE CASEY, Stratford Cullitons #14
2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005
Growing up in Stratford, my dream wasn’t to play in the NHL… it was to play for the Cullitons. As a kid, nothing was better than watching the Cullitons play on Friday nights. Putting the iconic jersey on for the first time and skating out front of a packed crowd on opening night is something that I will never forgot. I was fortunate enough to play on four fantastic Cullitons teams, winning back-to-back Sutherland Cups in 2003 and 2004. Of course, the memories of those championship runs will last forever, but it’s the life-long friendships that I cherish the most about my time as a Stratford Culltion. Getting together with teammates from 15+ years ago at recent alumni games, golf tournaments, Warrior games, etc. and still laughing and reminiscing about the past has been great. We didn’t have many local players when I played, so it was especially rewarding for me to play on the best junior hockey team in Ontario for four years.
I can’t thank Dennis Flanagan, Phil Westman, and all my teammates for providing me with a lifetime of great memories.