Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight Bo Buckley – Notre Dame Academy boys’ hockey
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Bo Buckley
Parents: Patrick and Brenda Buckley
Activity: Boys’ hockey
Bo Buckley is the starting goaltender on the Notre Dame Academy boys’ hockey team.
The Tritons began the season 9-0 before a 3-1 loss to Verona Dec. 28.
Notre Dame was ranked No. 1 in the state in the latest Wisconsin Prep Hockey coaches’ poll.
Through 10 games, Buckley has surrendered seven goals and has five shutouts on the season.
You made more than 500 saves last season and surrendered less than two goals a game.
“When I make a save, I have an adrenaline rush. I love the challenge of saving pucks. Each shot is different, and I try my best to stop each puck coming my way.”
Talk about the memory of going undefeated in Fox River Classic Conference play last year and making it to state as a sophomore.
“Our team had great chemistry, and we all worked toward one goal – making it to state.”
What’s your most memorable moment on the ice?
“The game against University School of Milwaukee last year. During the game, I made 44 saves, and we won 2-1 in overtime. It was a great win for our team.”
Talk about the mental and physical aspects of playing hockey.
“It’s very strenuous and challenging physically; however, the mental game is equally as difficult. I strive to be consistent when preparing and playing every game.”
How do you avoid participating in gossip and be a leader in school?
“By ignoring those types of conversations. I am nice and friendly to everyone.”
If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?
“Cleveland Browns player Baker Mayfield. He believed in himself and was able to walk-on and play quarterback at two colleges. It was impressive.”
Talk about your family and how they have supported you through the years.
“My dad never misses a game. He has traveled with me all over the Midwest and is always there for me. My mom and sister [Taylor] come to most of my games. If they can’t make it, they watch online.”
Favorite physical education activity?
What’s something about you most people don’t know?
“I love to sing, especially country music.”
What are your college aspirations?
“To play hockey and get a good education.”
How did you get started playing sports?
“My dad signed me up to learn how to skate and play flag football. I wasn’t happy going to learn to skate, but afterward, we would get ice cream – that made it better.”
Favorite Olympic sport besides hockey?
“Men and women’s volleyball. I’m a big fan of the sport.”
What are your hobbies?
“Working out, playing Xbox with the boys and being around teammates, friends and family.”
What’s your favorite song to listen to before a game?
“’Levels’ by Avicii.”
What three words describe you?
“Funny, loyal, charismatic.”
What school do you enjoy playing against?
“Bay Port. When we play the Pirates, the atmosphere is crazy, the crowd is energetic and the games are close.”
If you could invent an after-school club, what would it be?
“Something to do with shoes. I love shoes.”
Attend the Stanley Cup Finals in a box seat or a chance to meet with a player?
“A Stanley Cup Finals game in a box seat – a Vegas Knights’ game.”
Who is your favorite pro hockey player?
“Marc Andre Fleury from the Golden Knights.”
What other sport could you have excelled in?
“Football. I played for six years as a running back and defensive end until I attended Notre Dame for high school.”
I can’t live without …
“My cell phone.”
Food: Olive Garden fettuccine alfredo with chicken
Television Show: “Friends”