Pasquale was the College’s top netminder
for all four years of his college career. His goaltending has been
described as “challenging to shooters”,
“possessing inner confidence” as well as
“outstanding”. He played for the Mohawks from
1982-1986. During his tenure, coach and teammates honored him three
seasons in a row with the James Ellingwood Memorial Award. This
award is given to the Most Valuable Player on the Hockey team in
honor of their former coach, James Ellingwood. John played under
Coach Ellingwood’s leadership his freshman season. He was
honored with the award his sophomore, junior, and senior year.
His senior year was especially rewarding when his team won the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Championship outright, for the first time in school history. He was also selected to the All – MASCAC team that year.
Following his stellar college career, John was invited to the Minnesota North Stars Hockey Camp. Over thirty free agents were invited and John made the cut, down to the last five. Unfortunately, the North Stars had an abundance of goaltenders so John was sent to North Carolina to play with the North Carolina Thunderbirds of the Atlantic Coast League.