the bigger brother. So when Johnathan Gingras
took umbrage with Joel's treatment of a friend
during a pickup hockey game on a pond in
torn me to shreds," said Johnathan, SBU class of 1986. "And
Joel punches me with his hockey glove on."
"So I called him a (expletive)," he said, "and Joel drops his
Pennock and Johnathan Gingras -- the three leading scorers
in school history -- were leading the Bonnies to four Interna-
tional Collegiate Hockey League titles under head coach Dr.
"I'm standing in front of the net and get completely
and there's Joel on top of this guy, trying to wrench his
head off. I'm sure Joel thought, `He might be my little
brother, but lay a hand on him and you'll die.'"
Johnathan looking out for Joel's back, working
tirelessly with the help of family and friends to
really nice to know he was going to be at Bonaventure
Johnathan was intent on playing hockey in college, and
Moor expressed mutual interest, they came for a visit.
tagged along with Johnathan and Archbishop Wood High
School teammate Jim Kusters on the recruiting trip to Bona's.
town. Bonaventure is like an old pair of jeans that you put
on and they just fit perfect," Johnathan said. "Joel and I
never really had a conversation about it, but I think he felt
the same way."
came up Providence, I said I have to do two out of three
and it came up Bonaventure, Bonaventure." He called him-
self "the luckiest guy in the world" because he met the
were cemented for life," said Altmeyer, a freelance TV
sports producer. "We were blood brothers."
Johnathan was anything but a wallflower, yet even he
walk into Club 17, and he'd be having a beer with a guy
I've never seen before. He just had a way of connecting
with all sorts of people. The charity we run is a compilation
of all different sorts of people from every walk of life --
corporate executives, hedge fund managers, steelworkers,
plumbers ... kind of like all the different kinds of people
Joel was friends with at Bonaventure."
looking over his shoulder, bumping into things because his
balance was off. A CAT scan revealed a brain tumor that
doctors were able to only partially remove because it was
"entwined in his brain like a spider web," Johnathan said.
at St. Bonaventure in the 1980s.