BAR HARBOR – As the winter sports season begins, one Mount Desert Island High School athlete will headed to Bangor every school day for practice.
Sophomore Stephen Gilbert will be playing on the John Bapst ice hockey team under a co-op arrangement approved by the high school board last week.
The cost to MDI, Athletic Director Bunky Dow told the school board, would be “about $5 for stickers to put on his helmet.”
The $300 activity fee—Bapst students also pay this—will be covered by Gilbert’s family, Dow said.
Last winter, Gilbert and his classmate Logan Beckwith played for the Hallowell-based Maine Moose club team, which won the USA Hockey Tier 2 (2A) National Championship tournament in New York state in April. That meant hundreds of hours on the road two and from practices and games.
Bangor is much closer, and the Class B John Bapst Crusaders needed players this year.
“There are a lot of co-op teams in the state,” Dow told the school board. He was approached by the athletic director at Bapst, he said, who wanted to know if any MDI students were interested in joining the Crusader team.
Gilbert will follow the same eligibility rules as students playing on MDI teams.
Principal Matt Haney pointed out that Gilbert’s presence on the Bapst team won’t chance their school-size classification that puts them in Class B competition.
“This particular move is possible because of [Dow’s] leadership on the classification committee” of the Maine Principal’s Association, Haney said.