Alumni Winter Games provides the opportunity for alumni to return to the court and ice to relive their athletic experience. This year the alumni hockey game will take on an added dimension – it will be a battle of the generations. For the first time in Hill hockey history, father and daughter alumni goaltenders squared off in net for the 2020 Alumni Winter Classic on January 11, 2020.
Madeline Taubkin, class of 2019, was a four-year varsity goaltender for Coach Ari Baum. She became one of the first third form goaltenders in the 59-year history of Hill hockey to start nearly every single game, and in each of her first two seasons helped guide the Lady Blues to 16 wins. Following a devastating injury that sidelined her for the entire 2017-2018 schedule, Madeline - who was voted captain by her teammates - rebounded from surgery and rehab to play a solid senior campaign. She continues to play hockey at the University of Vermont for the women’s club team and, if current standings hold, has a chance to represent the Catamounts at this year’s national tournament in Texas.
Peter Taubkin, class of 1982, had the honor of playing two seasons at Hill for the legendary Thomas Eccleston, Jr. He was part of the varsity Hill boys’ two most winningest teams and was awarded Hill’s Chicago Cup his sixth form year. Described then as “Mr. Consistency” between the pipes, Peter went on to play at Colby College. Today, at age 56 - and patched together by various repairs and numbed by Advil in bulk - he still puts on the pads, playing two to three times a week for multiple men’s leagues in and around Clifton Park, N.Y.