Adam Mahler is suiting up with the penguins.
The Ancaster native and St. Joachim Catholic Elementary School graduate (2018) has spent the past three years at North Catholic High School, a college preparatory school in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania which is partnered with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
This past season Adam had an opportunity to play hockey for the 16U Pittsburgh Penguins Elite. The team not only captured the Mid-America District title but qualified for the USA Hockey National Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, April 28 to May 3. The Penguins lost in the National Semi-finals, finishing third nation-wide.
More recently, Adam – who has dual Canadian/American citizenship – was selected to participate in the USA Hockey National Development Camp in Amherst, New York on June 23-28. The camp was the scouting ground for U18 Team USA for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup this August in the Czech Republic.
“It was an excellent experience participating with the top players in the United States,” says Adam, whose own hockey prowess was clearly evident during his school days at St. Joachim.
As a member of the Jaguars hockey team, he won five consecutive Division A championships at the bi-annual Daryl Mahler 3-on-3 Hockey Tournament. The tournament, hosted by Cathedral High School, honours Adam’s uncle Daryl Mahler, a former council president who played for the Gaels’ lone championship hockey team back in 1979. He was also a well-respected high school teacher in St. Catharines before he died in a car accident at the age of 48.