The best hockey players in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League don’t always stay very long in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League. The prep school ranks or junior hockey come calling.
Andrew Fera stuck around. And the Bishop Hendricken star wouldn’t trade a minute.
“It was the time of my life,” Fera said. “I enjoyed every second of it. I have no regrets.”
Fera skated varsity from the start, scoring three goals and handing out two assists as a freshman. As a sophomore in 2011, he took on a bigger role, ranking third on the team with 10 goals and dishing out six assists. That year, he helped a senior-laden squad raise the state championship trophy.
As a junior, Fera firmly established as one of the best forwards in the division, tying for the team lead in goals with 14.
This past season, with one of his linemates graduated and another off to prep school, Fera returned as the unquestioned leader of a talented squad. He scored 14 goals again to lead the team and he had 13 assists.
The Hawks again had a lot of seniors, but Fera’s linemates were a freshman and a sophomore.
“I knew I had to step up and be a leader,” Fera said. “I had to show all the young guys what it’s like to play at Hendricken.”
His example helped the Hawks go 14-1-2, the best record in the division. They took a 1-0 lead in the championship series with Mount St. Charles before dropping the next two.
For Fera, who went on to first-team All-State honors, it was a tough ending. But ultimately, there was perspective. Fera finished his career with 41 goals, 35 assists – and a whole lot of wins.
“I felt good about the year,” Fera said. “It would have been nice to win a championship but there’s nothing we can do about. Everybody played their hearts out.”
Fera graduated this spring and will head to Salve Regina University, where he’ll play lacrosse and possibly hockey.