Name: Zach McConnell
School: Bishop Guilfoyle
Sport: Ice hockey
Athlete of the week achievement: Goalie allowed one goal and stopped 50 shots in helping BG capture the Laurel Mountains Hockey League title with two wins.
Season update: Allowed 1.39 goals per game this season with a 0.923 save percentage and was 16-4 with six shutouts.
Coach John Antesberger's quote: "[McConnell's] stellar play in our two playoff games capped off a great four-year career for us. He has started at goalie for us since ninth grade. He was the rock of stability for us on and off the ice this year, and he's the most level-headed goalie I've ever coached.''
Favorite teacher: Mr. Sutton
Favorite subject: Environmental science
Favorite movie: "Pineapple Express''
Favorite food: Buffalo chicken salad
Favorite song: "Rocky Raccoon'' by The Beatles
Outside interests: Snowboarding, hiking, soccer, basketball
Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Favorite college team: Pitt
Pro athlete most admired: Bruins goalie Tim Thomas
Best athlete I ever played with: Jamesy Rossi
Best athlete I ever competed against: Sam Lafferty
Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Jim and Nancy
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the LMHL championship.
How I got my start in hockey: "I was a catcher in baseball, and Ken Partner asked me if I was interested in ice hockey, and I started playing. Then I switched to goalie, and I always liked it.''
Future goal: "I'd like to go to IUP or UPJ. I'm not sure of my major, but I want to go four years of college, get a job and start a family.''