Playing ice hockey in college is a dream for many young hockey players and for most, it remains an unattainable wish due to the amount of work and commitment that is required to even be considered by colleges. Enter junior forward Jack Ceglarski, a player who was fortunate enough to be able to continue his hockey career right here in Geneseo as a member of the Ice Knights.
Unlike a majority of Geneseo students, Ceglarski is not from the state of New York. Rather, he was born in Beverly, Massachusetts and grew up in Byfield, Massachusetts where his family still lives today. Ice hockey is to Massachusetts as lacrosse is to Long Island—practically everyone plays or has played at some point in their life.
Not only did Ceglarski grow up in an atmosphere that supports hockey, but his own family had strong ties to the sport. His grandfather and father both played, as did his two older brothers. Ceglarski started his ice hockey career young, stepping onto the ice for the first time as a 2-year-old.
Ceglarski explained that his original goal was to play for a Division I college, but when he realized that he would not be able to do so, he chose Geneseo for its welcoming environment.
“The campus and the atmosphere when I came on my visit here—I loved everything about it and honestly when I was leaving, I knew that I would come here and so it was an easy choice for me,” he said. “It was my goal to go Division I but at the end of the day when I realized that I wasn’t going Division I, I was totally OK with coming here and I do not regret one thing.”
Ceglarski has had a successful career as an Ice Knight thus far, tallying up four points this season and showing that he deserves to be playing at the collegiate level.
“My role on the team is to play an all-around complete game in all three zones, use my speed to beat other teams and find open teammates,” Ceglarski said. “I feel I've helped the Ice Knights the last few seasons by bringing hard work on and off the ice to keep the Geneseo hockey tradition going in the right direction.” Ceglarski’s dedication to his teammates exemplifies the strong bond that helps to make the Ice Knights so successful.
When he’s not on the ice, Ceglarski noted that he enjoys hanging out with his friends, listening to music and playing golf when the weather is nice. Ceglarski also noted that he cannot whistle.
Even though he may not be completely sure as to what he wants to do after Geneseo, Ceglarski noted that he is optimistic about seeing where his geography major and history minor may take him. Having one year left as an an Ice Knight and Geneseo student, he still has time to figure out his future while also helping his team move forward into the NCAA Tournament.