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 NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY- HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2002


 Art Chicchetti-  (Ithaca 1972-94)


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ART WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ITHACA, NY. HE PLAYED BASKETBALL AND BASEBALL AT ITHACA HS. HE ATTENDED ITHACA COLLEGE WHERE HE STUDIED PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

 

AT ITHACA HE WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE BASEBALL TEAM AND WAS DRAFTED BY THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX  AND PLAYED IN THEIR MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM FOR 2 YEARS.

 

ART RETURNED TO ITHACA, MARRIED HIS WIFE SIGRID AND HAD 5 SONS. HE THEN STARTED TEACHING ELEMENTARY PE IN 1965 AND THEN BECAME THE ITHACA HS BASEBALL COACH IN 1969.

 

AS A BASEBALL COACH FOR 18 SEASONS HIS TEAMS WON 7 SOUTHERN TIER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TITLES AND 4 SECTION 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS.

 

ART THEN LEARNED THE GAME OF HOCKEY WHEN HIS SONS STARTED PLAYING IN THE ITHACA YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION. AS HE WAS LEARNING THE SPORT, HOCKEY SOON BECAME HIS FAVORITE SPORT.

 

HE STARTED COACHING HOCKEY FOR ITHACA HIGH SCHOOL IN 1972. DURING HIS 22 SEASONS HIS TEAMS WON 6 SECTION 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS AND 3 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS [ 1984,87 AND 94 ].

 

DURING RETIREMENT ART ENJOYED PLAYING GOLF AND SPENDING TIME WITH HIS GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.

 

HE IS A MEMBER OF THE ITHACA HS, THE ITHACA COLLEGE, THE SECTION 4 AND NOW THE NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY COACHES ASSOCIATION HALLS OF FAME.

 

ART WAS A FIERCE COMPETITOR BUT WIN OR LOSE HE ALWAYS GREETED HIS COMPETITORS WITH THAT WELL-KNOWN SMILE.

 

Art was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2002, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.
 
 

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.


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