Name: Marty Cormack

Born: Chicago, IL

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Hockey Experience: I grew up in a neighborhood in south Oak Park where two Chicago Blackhawk players, Pierre Pilote and Ken Wharram rented homes during the NHL season. I learned to skate on a neighbor's back yard rink at age 6, and then immediately at the newly constructed Ridgeland Commons rink and played every sort of outdoor rink hockey, pond hockey, street hockey, boot hockey, floor hockey, as a youth, but did not play any organized ice hockey until age 17 when I played in the Oak Park District house league at Ridgeland Commons (where the Blackhawks practiced when the Chicago Stadium was not available).

I played intramural ice hockey my four years at Saint Mary's College in Winona, Mn, 1974-1978, and then latched onto the Al Bierly-Keith Dickman Sunday night hockey league in Rochester from 1979 until the present. Starting in the early 80's I played in the Senior Men's league with the Roto Rooter/Alexander Builders/Psimos team until 2008.

How did you get your start with MJDHL: My recollection is that I was invited by Mark Janes within a few days of my turning 50. I believe that coincidentally was when the OTDHL first started.

Started playing with MJDHL: January 19, 2006 to present

Jersey number and why you chose it: #3. My original number with Oak Park District was 32. I had 32 in college intramural and when it was available with Roto-Rooter/Alexander/Psimos, and when 32 wasn't available, I wore either 2 or 3. The last 15 years or so I had worn exclusively 3, so I've kept 3 since then.

Playing status: Active.

Family: With my wife of 31 years, Ginni, we had two sons, Andrew and Eric. Andrew had Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and played for the Rochester Raiders varsity adapted floor hockey team, played in the state tournament 3 times and then passed away in 2001 at age 18. The annual Rochester adapted floor hockey invitational tournament trophy is the Andrew Cormack Memorial Cup. Eric lives and works in Chicago and since 2010 is married to our daughter-in-law Summer. No grandchildren yet, but we remain hopeful.

Occupation: Retired after 30 yeras as IBM Systems Programmer and Data Center Manager; currently the Director of Technology for the Rochester Catholic Schools.

Other Hobbies/Activities/Sports you enjoy: With my wife Ginni, I am a Cojourner (lay associate member) of the Rochester Franciscan Sisters, recently making a Franciscan pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome. I am the president of my parish's Society of Saint Vincent de Paul conference (ministry of direct assistance to the poor in our community). I am also an avid road bicyclist, and Minnesota Wild season ticket holder.

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