The late Kevin McCormick was raised in Hamilton, where he attended Saint Gregory the Great School and graduated from Steinert High School in 1994.

McCormick played a little bit of football and a lot of ice hockey and golf.

After Kevin found hockey, it didn't take him long to find the position that would elevate him to all-star status.

"Once he got on the ice he found his niche, he wanted to be a goalie," Ken McCormick, his father, said.

"Kevin was a competitor," said Len Bardsley, a former Times of Trenton sports writer. "He really seemed to enjoy the challenge of taking on the 'established' hockey programs in the Colonial Valley Conference.

"He was one of the key players in helping put Steinert ice hockey on the map, because his ability in goal helped the team go toe-to-toe with some of the top programs in the division.

"He had very quick reflexes and could make the saves that should have been goals. A good player to build around."

In his summary of McCormick for the 1993 CVC All-Stars Bardsley wrote: "McCormick was one of the busiest goalies in the league, facing over 30 shots a game in the nets for Steinert. The tireless McCormick had 385 saves and started every contest. An intense competitor, McCormick is known for pacing around the net while play is stopped. McCormick's top game came against Peddie when he had 56 saves against the Falcons in Steinert's first-round loss in the Mercer County Tournament"

McCormick earned recognition throughout New Jersey, too. His name appeared on all-state teams by The Star-Ledger, he was selected for the inaugural High School Ice Hockey All-Star Game for seniors and he played in the Garden State Games on the winning team.

McCormick also played hockey for the Mercer Chiefs, and with the University of Maryland for four years. He built a successful career in medical sales, and he married the love of his life, Jennifer, in September of 2005 in Ashland, Oregon. Kevin was 35 when he died in 2012.

Photo at top left: Mary and Ken McCormick, who accepted their son's HOF Award, hold a photo of Kevin.