Nov. 26, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army Athletic Association will honor former hockey player, Officer Representative and athletic department supporter Major Tom Kennedy during the Dec. 1 hockey game vs. American International. Face-off at Tate Rink is set for 7:05 p.m.
Kennedy, a 2000 U.S. Military Academy graduate, was killed in action in Afghanistan in August of this year.
A letterman on the hockey team, Kennedy returned to West Point and served as a Tactical Officer where he impacted the lives of thousands of cadets. In addition to his work with all of the cadets, Kennedy was an Officer Representative with the hockey program and was elected president of the Army Hockey Parents Association. He was deployed out of Fort Carson, Colo., following his term at West Point.
The Army hockey team is wearing "TK" stickers on its helmets and there are two spots on the ice with his initials and an American flag.
Prior to the game, members of Kennedy's family will be honored on the ice and then participate in a ceremonial puck drop. All fans at the game will receive the same sticker the players wear.
The Saints, a mites squad from Kennedy's hometown of Ramapo, N.J., will compete during the first intermission.
The West Point alma mater will also be played in honor of Kennedy and fans are reminded to remain in their seats following the conclusion of the game.
A limited number of tickets are available by visiting www.goARMYsports.com, by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or at the Army Ticket Office at Michie Stadium.
What The Players Say About Major Kennedy
#10 Zak Zaremba: "He was always around to help out the guys. He would walk around our tables during lunch and make sure we were all doing good. If we weren't, he'd help us out in any way he could."
#1 Rob Tadazak: "He was one of the best role models that I have had since I stepped on campus and his legacy that he left is unmatched."
#19 Josh Richards: "He would do anything for anyone and always put others first. He helped me make my summer schedule this past summer and was a great role model for all of us."
#18 Mac Lalor: "He was the go-to guy on the team and he helped us all out so much, and never asked for anything in return. He would come up to the rink just to say hi to the guys, and he was always in a good mood and a fun guy to talk to. Although I only knew Major Kennedy for a year, he had a huge impact on all of us and we'll really miss him around here."
#24 Maurice Alvarez: "I did not know him too well, but in the short time I knew him he was always there for me. Whenever I had an issue he was there to help. I appreciate anything he has done because it's probably more than I actually know of."
#17 Mike Santee: "He had a large impact on all of us. He was always there helping out and checking up on us; I don't think a day went by where he didn't check on us during lunch in the mess hall. He truly cared about all of us and no matter how much work he had to do, he did it with a smile and a positive attitude."
#35 Matt Walsh: "I never got to know him personally, but his legacy as an officer, a father, and a part of the West Point community is an exemplary example to all of us on the team, and one I personally wish to emulate."
#4 Cody Ikkala: "Major Kennedy was not only a role model but a good friend. He showed me what an officer should be like and what I need to strive to be like. Words can't even describe how amazing he truly was. I feel blessed to have met such an amazing person and I know that his legacy will always live on. Not many people know the sacrifices people make in the name of freedom for our country. I am just thankful to have had him in my life."
#5 John Clark: "We saw Major Kennedy everyday. He came and checked how we were doing at lunch all the time. His dedication to helping guys on the team with any issue at all is something I will never forget."
#13 Jon Bobb: "Major Kennedy was an awesome guy. I saw him pretty much everyday and he was always happy to talk with anyone, and help them out with whatever they wanted."
#11 Brian Schultz: "He was truly a role model for every player on the team. Being a prior player here, he was more like another guy in the locker room to go and talk to about problems."
#21 Andy Starczewski: "Selfless. He never overlooked anything or anyone. The spotlight did not matter to him, his pleasure came from the smile that he put on everyone's face."
#30 Ryan Leets: "Whether he knew it or not, his conversations with me during the hockey season my freshman year played a big role in my decision to stay at West Point. I'm glad he saw something in me because I could not imagine not being here today."
#25 Cheyne Rocha: "He had a way of making everyone around him better. He was a model for everyone around him about what they should strive to be every day, and he did it effortlessly."