After playing on Cape Cod Canal Youth Hockey until he was 8 years old, Schemenaur advanced to his first select team, the New England Junior Hurricanes. They traveled all throughout the region, playing stiff competition.
“That team was legit,” Schemenaur recalled. “I remember being in hotels almost every weekend.”
And just like the old adage “Steel sharpens steel,” the step up in competition prepared the senior Blue Knights’ netminder for the rigors of a Division 2 varsity schedule. As a two-year starter between the pipes for Sandwich, Schemenaur has a decorated a tenure in the two-tone blue sweater. In addition to a Jeff Hayes Memorial Tournament victory and various all-league nominations, Schemenaur posted a shutout, stopping all 20 shots he faced in a 2-0 win against Bourne in last week’s Canal Cup, taking home MVP honors in the process.
But while hockey is a big part of the senior’s life, it’s not the only thing that keeps him busy on the East Sandwich campus. When winter turns to spring, Schemenaur trades in his skates for cleats, but still stays firmly planted between the pipes as a goalie for the Blue Knights’ lacrosse team.
Much like hockey, lacrosse is a sport he’s played since his early childhood. But unlike hockey, he can’t dedicate the same amount of time in the off-season to it. Nevertheless, Schemenaur has excelled—helping his Blue Knights win the Division 2 South Sectional title for the first time in the program’s history.
Outside of school, Schemenaur has a strong passion for fishing—with a knack for chasing down tunas.
“It is my job, and practically my life, over each summer. Tuna is probably my favorite fish to catch, and I target them throughout the entire summer,” he said.
What do you love about hockey? What drew you to the sport, and what made you stick with it?
Throughout my life, I have always played hockey. Hockey has been a huge part of my life ever since I was about 2 years old. My dad would build hockey rinks in the backyard every winter. Having a backyard rink as a kid inspired me to play the sport. Watching my two older brothers play pushed me as a kid to play much harder as well as tougher. I love hockey because every time I see someone with the puck, it pushes me to make that save that could possibly win the game. I like having all the pressure on me during the game, it inspires me to be the best that I can for my brothers.
I would like to say thank you to my coach for pushing me all four years of every drill to every sprint; being pushed to my limits made me a significantly better goaltender. I first started playing hockey when I was about 2 or 3 years old when I got my first pair of hockey skates. I started by playing hockey for my town team until I was about 8 years old. Then I tried out for my first select team, the New England Junior Hurricanes. The team was legit, I remember being in a hotel almost every weekend, and traveling everywhere around New England. We played significantly harder teams than I would’ve played being on the town team. I played for the select team up until my freshman year of high school. Playing at a higher level of hockey than some of the other kids definitely made a difference in my game. I have played for Sandwich High School for the past four years and I have loved every year of it.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
I like to listen to “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, “All Of The Lights” by Kanye West, and “Back in Black” by AC/DC. I listen to these songs before almost every game to pump myself up and motivate myself to play a great game.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would probably be Batman; growing up I always would love playing games with him in it.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
My biggest role models growing up were my Mom and my Dad. I would always look up to them. My dad would travel everywhere with me, to all of my games no matter how far away it was. My dad would always have an enormous smile on his face no matter what, and I always loved that about him. My dad was my best friend. Both my mom and my dad inspired me to go to college and become successful with my life. My father was a firefighter for a small town; little did I know, I will be following in his footsteps as I will be going to college to study fire science.
Another role model would be Tuukka Rask; growing up he was a huge inspiration to me. I would stand in front of the TV and watch how he played every time the Bruins were on. Tuukka inspired me because he is a very successful goaltender, he’s won the Stanley cup before, and he is ranked as one of the best goalies in the NHL.
Do you have plans for after graduation?
I have a few different schools in mind but I believe that I will be planning on the University of New Haven. I plan on majoring in fire science and pursue my dream of becoming a firefighter.
What is your favorite school subject?
My favorite school subject would probably be Sign Design. It is a very relaxing and laid-back kind of class. I can go into that class, talk to my friends, hang out and make pretty much whatever I want to make. It’s pretty much a high schooler’s dream class.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
My greatest high school moment would probably be winning the Jeff Hayes Tournament. That game was one of my best games that I have ever had. The game was tied 3-3 in the third, with one minute left. I had an extreme amount of pressure on my back; the game was in my hands at the moment. I made a couple huge saves to further the game into overtime. The overtime period was set for five minutes. Time flew by and, with overtime almost over, it was still a 3-3 game. Going into the shootout of the game was my biggest fear. It’s a one-on-one with the other player. Tracking and following where the puck is about to go are critical for a goalie.
Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would invite Tuukka Rask, Bobby Orr, and Adam Sandler. I would serve some of my favorites meals such as lobster, pizza, and pasta.
Which professional athlete do you most relate to?
I relate mostly to Tuukka Rask because we are both butterfly goalies, and I play a lot like he does. We both do practically the same off-ice pre-game warmups. I have always looked up to Tuukka as the best goalie and his style of playing.
You’re stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
I would bring a knife to protect myself and for many other uses; my fishing rod to catch food for myself—fishing would also keep me busy until I find help. Another thing I would bring would be my phone with a solar-powered charger; that way I can stay busy and find service to call for help.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank my Mom for always being by my side through thick and thin. Thank you for always pushing me to be the best that I can be, on and off the ice. I would also like to thank my coaches, current and past, for always pushing me to my limits and making me the best goalie that I can be. I would also like to thank my entire family for supporting me at all my games and for always cheering for me and being by my side.