Many alumni have laced up their skates for the Crusaders over the years, one of which recalls a very special moment during his time with the team. Zane Kalemba was in net for the Crusaders when they captured their first ever State Championship in 2001.
“One of the best hockey experiences of my youth was winning the State title during my freshman year," said Kalemba. "I have many life-long friends that were on that team including the best man in my wedding." Zane continued, "We weren't always the favorite to win, but we had great team chemistry and leadership from our upperclassmen. It was a surreal experience when it happened, and a feeling I will never forget.”
Following the State Championship season, Zane went on to play Junior hockey for the Tri-City Storm and Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL. Those opportunities would help propel him to Princeton University where he would become the netminder for the ECAC Division 1 team. The 2008-2009 season would see Zane earn ECAC Hockey Player of the Year honors, as well as the ECAC Ken Dryden Award for outstanding goaltender. He was also selected as a Division I All-American.
Following his successful collegiate career, Zane played professional hockey in the ECHL before heading over to Europe where he tended net for the Manchester Storm of the Elite Ice Hockey League. Zane has since returned to the United States where he currently serves as USA Hockey’s Associate Director of Player Development for the Atlantic District. Zane also serves as emergency goaltender for the NHL's New Jersey Devils.