On the morning of December 20, 2011, the Long Island youth hockey scene lost possibly it's most influential member. Marie Drisco, the general manager of St. Anthony's hockey for over 20 years, finally lost a decade-long battle with cancer this morning.
To all those connected with St. Anthony's hockey, losing a devoted, motherly figure like Marie is difficult. Today is certainly a day for heavy hearts, but it's also a day for remembrance and appreciation of everything she's done for the organization, and the legacy she leaves behind.
In an organization that's now more known for an abundance of trophies and talent, Marie always fought to ensure everyone who wanted to be a part of it would have a place to play. She ran the club like a well-oiled machine, making it a desired destination for some of Long Island's top players. She maintained a winning tradition while cultivating the happiness of so many lesser players, who just wanted to be part of the team.
Marie was a once-in-a-generation kind soul who came down to the rink for every Tuesday practice just to see "her boys" happy and playing hockey. The lady who quickly became the mother of St. Anthony's hockey loved nothing more than seeing her Friars win. And win we did, quite often in fact. Marie helped build one of the most dominating high school hockey programs in New York. After serving as the program's general manager while her son was attending the school, Marie prepared to resign, as per club rules, when he graduated in the early 90s.