Photo by Sandra Wong Geroux: Tommy Spero ’17 is the starting goalie on the Varsity Hockey team.
Tommy Spero ‘17, the goalie for the Mamaroneck Varsity “A” Ice Hockey team is no stranger to the spotlight. Last year, Spero led the team to its first ice hockey state championship in school history. When asked how it felt to win states last year, Spero shared, “It felt incredible. To do it with the team we had was just amazing; to do it for “Chappie,” his first one ever for hockey. It was just an incredible moment and I am looking forward to doing it again this year.” The miraculous achievement was built upon years of dedication and preparation.
At the age of four, Spero moved to Mamaroneck from Florida. He grew up watching Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and instantly took a liking to the fast-paced sport of ice hockey. Eventually, he began to play himself and even took it upon himself to play the game’s most important position: goalie. From the first time he stepped onto the ice to his senior year, Spero has created quite a legacy. With a career varsity record of 46-9-1, he is only eight wins shy of the school record.
In the 2015-16 season, Spero’s stats were phenomenal: 22 games, 20 wins, a .944% save percentage, 9 shutouts, and an insanely low GAA (goals against average) of 1.24 goals per game. He made first team All-State, an achievement which few experience – especially as a junior. Spero currently holds the all-time record for most shutouts in Mamaroneck hockey history with 16 and now is only four away from breaking the state record.
Tommy, now a captain of the Varsity “A” team, has learned a lot from his nine years on the ice. “Hockey is a team game, and to succeed in hockey you have to be a good teammate and support each other on and off the ice. This is what we have here at Mamaroneck.” Now in his final season in the Mamaroneck orange and black, Spero is more determined than ever to play to the best of his abilities and go back to Buffalo, the site of the state final four. “This year gives me even more motivation. I’m trying as hard as I can not to lose any games and when it comes down to playoff time, I’m going to play like a senior always does, with the relentless attitude to never lose.”
By Sam Geroux