John Patrick Bruno '18 | February 9, 2015
"He's just like Rudy... on ice."
University of Notre Dame hockey coach Jeff Jackson's description of Joe Aiken fits the senior winger well. Notching his first career point Jan. 18 against Connecticut, Aiken was responsible for the game-winning goal in what would end up being a 6-1 contest.
But for Aiken, it has been quite a long journey.
As a freshman coming from Whitefish Bay, Wis., Aiken reached out to the Notre Dame hockey coaching staff about the possibility of becoming a walk-on.
"I got in here just for academics, and I knew I wanted to come here just for the strong academics," Aiken says. "But still, college hockey was always a goal of mine that I tried to keep alive in the back of my mind."