Chicago Blackhawks: Chicago's hockey people
August, 11, 2014
By Scott Powers
Courtesy of Gino CavalliniGino Cavallini is in his fifth year as hockey director for the Chicago Mission Youth Hockey Club.This story is the second of a new series which will feature people in Chicago's hockey community
Former St. Louis Blues forward Gino Cavallini supports the Chicago Blackhawks, just don’t let his players on the Chicago Mission Youth Hockey Club find out.
“I did give a lot of blood for the Blues,” said Cavallini, who was involved in nine fights against the Blackhawks according to hockeyfights.com. “I cheer for the Hawks as much as anyone around. I wouldn’t admit that to the kids. They like to play up the Chicago-St. Louis rivalry.”
Whether it’s the Blues, who he played 454 of 593 career NHL games for, the Blackhawks or any other NHL team, Cavallini just enjoys watching good hockey these days. His only true allegiance lies with the Chicago Mission, the Woodridge, Ill.-based club, where he has been the hockey director for the last four-plus years.
“After going to college and turning pro, my brother [Paul Cavallini] and I always had hockey schools,” the 51-year-old Cavallini said. “I was always around hockey. We ran summer clinics and camps. I enjoyed giving back.
“This level of hockey, especially at our club at early ages, you can start projecting out what potential the kids have. I was fortunate to step into a position where we were trending up upward. It’s fun. It’s gratifying as director and coach myself to see the kids grow throughout the years.”