Board of Directors
Below is the list of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Alumni Hockey Tournament tournament. Each director will make significant contributions to the tournament, and more broadly to the Illinois Hockey community.
Mark Cassidy - Founder, Board Chair
Mark is a 2006 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School, where he played hockey for 4 years. He spent 2.5 years in Hawaii as a Teach for America Corps member and was inspired by the experience to begin hosting fundraisers to support kids in need. In 2013 he founded the Illinois Alumni Hockey Tournament and has helped grow the event from 30 skaters to 900 in 2018.
He is currently a full-time student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. After graduation, he hopes to someday make 'Illinois' more synonymous with ice hockey than 'Minnesota' by uniting the talent, expertise, and passion of the broader Illinois hockey community.
Kelly Bridgeman - Board Member
Kelly has been playing ice hockey in the southwest suburbs of Chicago since he was 6 years old. He is an '84 grad of the Homewood Flossmoor hockey team and played at the college-level for the University of Illinois and Illinois State University (let's not forget his 25 years of men's league hockey...).
Kelly holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from ISU and has spent 20+ years in IT related positions - Web Developer, Quality Assurance, Project Manager and Business Analyst.
Kelly has been involved with the Illinois HS Hockey Alumni Tourney since it's inception, and his HF team has competed every year. He enjoys participating in the administrative aspects of putting together a fun tournament that raises money for a great cause. He sees this tournament continuing to grow and improve in future years.
Jim Ramsey - Board Member
Jim graduated from Lincoln-Way Central in 2007. Jim began playing hockey in high school and quickly elevated his game all the way to the beer leagues! He served in the Navy for 4 years and was honorably discharged in 2012. Afterwards, Jim studied electrical engineering at Bradley University and has spent his working years at Caterpillar.
He joined the Illinois Alumni Hockey Board as a way to give back to the community. He is appreciative of the people in his life that have helped him find success and is excited to catapult this year's fundraising efforts to new levels.
Lucas McDonnell - Board Member
Lucas is 2013 hockey alum from Lincoln-Way Central. He is a product of a true "hockey family". His dad and four uncles all played in high school along with 12 of his cousins. If that isn't proof enough, a "Hockey Spoken Here' sign hangs visibly above the mantle in his home.
Lucas works for his family's construction company, which builds houses throughout the southern suburbs of Chicago. He has been involved with the Illinois Alumni tournament since its early years, volunteering endless hours of his time helping out during tournament weekend.
Chris Cimoch - Board Member
Chris is a 2009 graduate from St. Rita high school where he earned AHAI's distinction as Illinois Hockey Player of the Year. Chris went on to play college level at Robert Morris University. It is a fact: this guy can play.
Chris is currently the Youth Hockey Coordinator for the Homewood Flossmoor Park district. While he is not creating, budgeting, and coaching developmental classes, youth leagues, and adult leagues at HF, he is coaching for the Sandburg high school team and for Robert Morris.
After participating in the Illinois Alumni Tournament as a player for the past two years Chris wanted to get involved to help a fundraiser that hits at home for him. Being a part of many hockey communities, he realizes that we can use this fantastic sport for much more than just a game.
Jeff Leichenger - Board Member
Jeff grew up playing hockey in the Evanston community and is a '97 graduate of E.T.H.S. After a post-HS break from hockey, Jeff laced up in 2011 to play men's league. In 2014, he was forced to stop playing after being diagnosed with cancer. During his recovery, Jeff got involved with various cancer support non-profits and enjoyed helping with their fundraising. After regaining full health, he was ready to play hockey again and eventually entered Evanston's first team into the IL Alumni Tournament.
Jeff is an active ETHS alum. He organized a charity reunion game that brought together alumni players that spanned 50 years in age ages. Outside of hockey, Jeff is an attorney and lives on the Northside. He hopes to get more Northshore teams involved in Illinois Alumni Tournament tournament as it continues to grow. Jeff is ultimately motivated by a sense of fulfillment in bringing players together for a common goal that benefits the community.