Tony Sgro ’82 was
the type of hockey player his teammates and friends
remember fondly—so much so that they set up a
fund to name a locker in his memory in the Lakers locker
room at the new Campus Center.
Friends of Tony
Sgro ’82 gathered
to dedicate a locker in his name. Flanking Tony’s
son, Tyler Sgro (center), are fund organizers
’81 (left) and Rick
Pratt ’82 (right).
Sgro, who died Sept. 12 of cancer at age 49, played
center for the Lakers from 1978 to 1982.
“Tony was a special guy to a lot of people, especially
in this room,” said Rick
Pratt ’82, who along with Todd
Amann ’81 spearheaded the drive to name
the locker for Sgro.
Pratt was speaking to friends gathered in the locker
room Dec. 29 at the opening of the Pathfinder Bank Oswego
Hockey Classic. The group included Tyler Sgro, Tony’s
son, who was visiting campus. Tyler Sgro has made his
decision to attend Oswego and play hockey for the Lakers.
“I look at Tony as an example of how to live your
life,” said Pratt, who was Sgro’s roommate
on campus. “He didn’t want to be the top
scorer, he just wanted to help everyone.” Pratt
said that after college, Sgro was happy to raise his
family and help people. “If I can be a little
like Tony Sgro and live life like he did, I’d
be a better person,” Pratt concluded.
Sgro’s coach on the Lakers echoed the praise.
“Tony was one of the nicest people you’d
ever come across — a real gentleman, always had
a smile, always enthusiastic,” said Coach Emeritus
Herb Hammond, who led the Lakers from 1968 to 1980.
“He played hard for me the years he played and
made the most of the ability he had.”
Tyler said that Oswego was “a very special place”
to his father, who would be very happy with the locker
dedication. He was representing his mother, Michelle;
brother, Spencer; and grandparents Doug and Valerie
Bricknell at the ceremony.
His father talked a lot about his memories of Oswego,
Tyler said, and before Tony passed away, father and
son made some Oswego memories together. They attended
the 2005 Plattsburgh game, and in February 2006, they
were on hand when the Lakers played the last game in
Romney Field House.
“Hockey brought us closer together,” Tyler
said. “I had always heard about Oswego. To be
able to come here with him and see his face light up
like when he was 20, I was glad to get to share that
To learn more about naming
a locker in honor of someone or other memorial gifts,
contact Joy Westerberg
Knopp '92 at the Office
of University Development, 315-312-3003 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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