Statistics: 42 GP, 27-37—64
ago, the Colorado College Tigers watched the NCAA Regionals
from the stands in their own rink, then saw their arch-rivals
capture the national title. It was a painful way to end
a trying 2003-04 season.
about a reversal of fortune. This year, the Tigers have
been one of the nation's best teams since the puck dropped.
After claiming a share of the WCHA regular season title,
they won the NCAA Midwest Regional on hostile ice and now
have a chance to beat their arch-rivals in the national
every stride of the way has been junior center Marty Sertich,
our 2004-05 Inside College Hockey Player of the Year.
has made the Tigers' season a resounding success on the
ice despite facing challenges off it. His mother, Patty,
is suffering from brain cancer.
and family have always been intertwined for Sertich. His
younger brother, Mike, is also a Tiger forward. Their father,
Steve, and grandfather, Tony Frasca, both played for CC.
Frasca, a two-time All-American, was also the Tigers' coach
from 1958-63. The municipal rink in Colorado Springs, Sertich
Ice Center, is named after their paternal grandfather, Mark
“Pa” Sertich. Their uncle, Mike, was a longtime
coach at Minnesota Duluth and Michigan Tech.
Sertich has developed a brother-like bond on the ice with
wing Brett Sterling, the runner-up for our Player of the
Year honors. Their games fit together perfectly –
Sterling, the scorer, perfectly complements Sertich's style.
Both are among the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.
are both very talented and unique players," said Colorado
College coach Scott Owens. "They are only juniors.
Marty has been able to do it with some adversity in his
personal life. Brett has been a pure goal scorer."
style may not be as easily defined as Sterling's role as
the gritty goal scorer – Sertich is a playmaker, a
hard worker, a penalty killer, and a scorer. It's a combination
that has been magical for CC, erasing a lot of bad memories
in Colorado Springs.
Brett Sterling, Colorado College