2012 Scott Smith Award – John Marcus
John Marcus – 2012 Scott Smith Volunteer Award Winner
As a Detroit-area native, John grew-up skating on the backyard rinks and frozen ponds of Michigan. John would describes himself as a die-hard fan of the Red Wings and of Hockey Night in Canada. As he grew older, John played organized youth hockey in Detroit and also in high school.
John matriculated to John Carroll University (Jesuit) where there was no club hockey. Undaunted, John began to play rugby and did so for 14 years: first in college, then in graduate school, and finally played club Rugby here in the Washington, DC area.
John’s greatest hockey experience was the four years his son Michael attended Prep. During the first two years, John assisted Peter Black, and then became the varsity manager during Michael’s last two years.
During that time, John tirelessly transformed the manager’s position. Among his many accomplishments as manager include his working with the local media, greatly enhanced team communications, leading all other sports at Prep by actively engaging players AND parents in weekly “Hockey Newsletters” covering all topics relevant to the team. John also developed the first “manager’s book”, ensuring that lessons learned were captured and providing continuity through the years.
2012 – Scott Smith Outstanding Alumni Award – Henry Albers ’08
Henry Albers – Varsity Hockey Captain, Georgetown Prep Class of 2008
Henry’s years playing on the Prep hockey team were defined by hard work, leading by example, centering a strong two-way line, and most importantly, being selected Varsity team Captain, proudly wearing the “C” during his senior season. Henry’s leadership style evoked a strong and positive response from his team, which played in the most competitive-ever IAC and MAPHL in Prep’s history.
Of his impressive qualities, Henry’s “never quit” attitude best exemplifies his life to date. As chronicled in the Prep hockey history: Perhaps one of the most memorable outings for Prep hockey during Henry’s senior year was an away game vs. Baltimore power Calvert Hall at the Mt. Pleasant arena. Trailing 2-1 with only half a period to go in the contest, Henry Albers single-handedly rallied his team, telling them that the Hoyas were not going to lose the game. Then, in Mark Messier fashion, Henry helped fulfill his rallying cry by drilling the game-tying goal that reversed the momentum of a game that became a thrilling upset in a 3-2 comeback victory over the powerful Cardinals.
Upon graduation from Georgetown Prep, Henry matriculated to the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg Virginia. Majoring in Finance, Henry continued to demonstrate his impressive work ethic by graduating summa cum laude. Henry is now an Investment Banker working for Morgan Stanley. He resides in New York City.