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Judge tops Ryan to take Jimmy O’Connor SWAT Cup

Father Judge captain Sean Ford accepts the Jimmy O’Connor SWAT Cup after his team shut out Archbishop Ryan, 3-0.

Father Judge defeated Archbishop Ryan, 3-0, in hockey action to capture the Jimmy O’Connor SWAT Cup.

The cup is in memory of police Sgt. James O’Connor IV, a SWAT member who was shot to death in March 2020 as he was serving a fugitive murder arrest warrant in Frankford.

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Judge and Ryan played on St. Patrick’s Day at the Flyers Skate Zone. Judge earned the cup for a year, and it will be up for grabs next season in what will become an annual event. Spike’s Trophies provided the cup.

Jimmy O’Connor V shakes hands with Archbishop Ryan captain Connor Smith after ceremonially dropping the puck before the game.

James O’Connor V, who is also a police officer, dropped the ceremonial puck before the game with captains Sean Ford of Judge and Connor Smith of Ryan.

“We’re overwhelmed with the love and support we have,” O’Connor said, adding that his dad was a hockey fan.

Several members of SWAT watched portions of the action.

Ford, Colin Howell and Matt Devine scored for the Crusaders. Goalie Dave Marcellino earned the shutout.

Dillon Gallagher made 53 saves for the Raiders, who were outshot, 56-9. ••

Father Judge players and coaches pose with the Jimmy O’Connor SWAT Cup
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