Hockey: Midlothian’s Gehrett Sargis to play for U.S. Team at Winter World University Games
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media December 9, 2013 9:46PM
Midlothian's Gehrett Sargis (left) is off to Italy to play in the Winter World University Games with the United States squad. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 11, 2014 6:23AM
Gehrett Sargis will miss four games for his Robert Morris hockey team this month. And since the senior has been one of the leading scorers for the team all four of his years at the school, that’s going to hurt.
His coach, Thomas “Chico” Adrahtas, understands.
Sargis, of Midlothain, has been invited to the 2013 Winter World University Games in Trentino, Italy, starting Tuesday, representing the United States Men’s National University team. Some of the top college players from around the country were invited to the event.
The U.S. teams plays Sweden on Tuesday, Latvia on Friday and Italy on Sunday.
The quarterfinals are scheduled for Dec. 18, the semifinals Dec. 20 and the championship Dec. 21.
“This is a great opportunity for Gehrett,” Adrahtas said. “He’ll miss four games for us, but he deserves to play in something like this.”
Sargis started his career playing street hockey in Florida before moving to the south suburbs.
“It’s not a big area for hockey, but kids in my neighborhood played street hockey,” he said. “I was probably 6 or 7 when I came up here. Playing on ice was different, but I caught on pretty quick. I think I was actually all right.”
He ended up playing for Brother Rice and a variety of junior hockey teams before hooking up with the Chicago-based Robert Morris program.
The Eagles are a national powerhouse, going 15-2-1 through their first 18 games, including victories over Illinois and Indiana. They were voted as high as fifth in the America Collegiate Hockey Association rankings this season.
The roster also features fellow Southland players Mitch Tews (Tinley Park), Derek Winkler (Tinley Park), Nick Ernst (Mokena) and Christopher Cimoch (Crestwood). Players from Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and even Russia dot the Eagles roster.
As Sargis’ college career is winding down, he’s thinking about continuing in the sport. His coach thinks Sargis is pro material — whether it’s in the United States or in Europe.
No one is predicting that he makes it to that level but Sargis is not ruling it out, either.
“It would be very tough but there have been a couple of players from our league who have gone pro,” he said. “It’s not too often. I don’t know. Maybe it’s a possibility.”