Jeremiah Kimento ’97 gave a lot of his time to Marist. As in, he took two-hour bus rides to and from the school from his Forest Park home. It was worth it though, for the good reputation, Catholic values, and hockey.
A varsity player from the start, Kimento remembers the success of the team during his freshman and sophomore years. More than that though, he recalls how the coaching staff was amazing and his teammates were fantastic. In fact, many of them are still his very good friends today. “I loved Marist,” Kimento said. “It was all boys and there were a lot of good friendships. The teachers were memorable, especially in auto cad class, Mr. Hemingway’s English, and law class.”
Marist hockey won the Kennedy Cup in 1994 and 1995. The team was second in state in 1994, and had an undefeated regular season that year. They were the first team ever to go undefeated and win the Cup. Kimento was the goalie and there was plenty of pressure on him, especially since he was only a freshman in the 1994 season. His teammates sing his praises, saying that he made plenty of clutch saves that gave the teams they otherwise would not have squeaked out. “I’ve got one warrior on the team and that’s freshman goalie,” then coach McPartlin said in a newspaper interview after a big win.
During his junior year Kimento played for Team Illinois, taking second in state. His senior year he played midget-major hockey and helped his team to the national championship. After graduating from Marist, he played one year with Danville Wings where he was recruited by the University of Notre Dame. He played for the Fighting Irish for four seasons and recalls them as the best years of his life.
The main lesson from the rink Kimento has held with him is resiliency. He learned to not give up on the ice, in the classroom or in life.
Today, Kimento works in sales in the business process outsource industry. High school sweethearts, he and his wife live in Tinley Park with their four kids. He coaches and serves as the goalie director for Orland Park Vikings and coaches the Cobras, a team with players from several high schools. He finds that coaching is sometimes even more rewarding than being a player.