Calvert Hall vs. Loyola. When area sports fans speak those words it conjures thoughts of football on Thanksgiving Day morning.
The intense rivalry spans 70 years and usually attracts 10,000 fans to Memorial Stadium.
Tomorrow night the two longtime rivals will face off for the second time in yet another venue -- ice hockey. The game will be played before a sellout crowd of 500 at the Mount Pleasant Ice Arena.
Both teams are members of the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League but are aligned in different divisions.
"We've scheduled this game because our players and fans have been clamoring for it," said Calvert Hall coach Mike Reardon. "It's a natural."
This is the second year for the MSHL and fan interest has increased rapidly. The championship game has been played at the Capital Centre with DeMatha winning both years.
Prior to last year, ice hockey was last played here on a high school level in the 1953-54 season when Calvert Hall, Loyola, Mount St. Joe, Poly and Forest Park participated.
Reardon said his top players at Calvert Hall include Chip Garbe, Tasso Pantoulis, Rich DeSantis, Jason Windsor and Mike Towson. For Loyola, he singled out Jesse Krebs, Reed Mitchell and Mike Gately. Other area players drawing praise from Reardon include Dave Iglehart, Jason Griswold and Jon Theodore of Gilman and Mike Hayes of Boys' Latin.
Reardon came to Baltimore in the early 1960s when his father, Terry, became general manager of the Baltimore Clippers of the American Hockey League. "I'm so glad our family came to this area," he said. "Baltimore is a great place to live."
Reardon has played for and coached teams associated with the amateur hockey programs in the area. Loyola coach Steve Kucharski played for Reardon in the 1970s.
"I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Steve step on the ice with the Loyola team," Reardon said. "I'm delighted to see him involved with the youngsters. However, I hope this isn't a case of a former player out to demolish a former coach."