Gehrett Sargis, who grew up in Worth,
Not only is the senior a top scorer for the Robert Morris University hockey team, the rest of the nation has taken notice of him, too.
Sargis was named to the United States National University team at the 2013 Winter World University Games Dec. 10-21 in Trentino, Italy.
The U.S. team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association. “The core group of players has a lot of hockey experience and we’re expecting to have highly skilled players throughout the lineup.” U.S. team leader Ashley Bevan said. Ryan Bachman of Orland Park and Adrian College and John Olen from Hawthorn Woods and the University of Illinois, are other players from the state on the squad.
The USA squad takes on Sweden, Latvia and Italy in pool play. Sargis attended Worth Grammar School and Brother Rice High School. He’s played in Canada as well as with the NAHL Janesville Jets and Helena Big Horns.
Sargis said he started playing street hockey when he lived in Florida and changed to the ice when he moved to Worth when he was 6.
“I’ve been doing it my whole life,” he said. “It’s always nice to compete every day. There are a lot of factors to the sport. Guys on a team — it’s like a family. You are always trying to give it everything you have and trying to improve. It’s a fun sport. Every day is different. You go through your ups and downs. It’s like life — things are always changing.’’
His college coach, Tom “Chico” Adrahtas, said Sargis deserves the national accolades.
“He’s a prototypical power forward,” the coach said. “He can beat you a lot of different ways and I think that’s what the powers-that-be who picked the team recognized. He’s been scoring on a national level since his first year with us. He’s the type of kid who is very strong on his skates. He has a very hard shot but it’s also deceptive. He passes the puck extremely well. In four years, he’s worked hard to become an all-around player.
“He’s not one dimensional. He can play in all three zones.’’
Robert Morris had a 15-2-1 mark in its first 18 games and Sargis was a big part of it.
His coach thinks Sargis can play after college.
“The NHL is somewhere he is not going to get to,” Adrahtas said. “But there are a lot of lower-level professional leagues and I believe he can play in a lot of them. He could be capable of playing in Europe. If he continues to train as he has, I think he can play at the next level.
“There are some people who want to get on with their professional lives after college. There are some who believe that if you are a viable athlete you should continue to play. Whatever Gehrett decides, we will support him and try to help him get to that next level if that’s something that he wants.’’