Joe Chitwood #24


Position: Forward
Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Carmel, Ind.
Last Team: Corpus Christi (NAHL)

2017-18: Played in 24 games…collected 14 points (3g/11a), including a four-point (1/g/3a) performance Oct. 27 vs. Bethel…tied for third on the team with a plus/minus rating of +7…Academic All-MIAC…2018 AHCA All-America Scholar.

2016-17: Played 17 games for SJU…totaled five points (3g/2a)…Academic All-MIAC…2017 ACHA All-America Scholar.

2015-16: Tallied three assists in 15 games for SJU as a freshman.


I am a Junior at Saint John’s University and my path to SJU was rather unorthodox compared to most. My hometown is Carmel Indiana, a suburb thirty minutes north of Indianapolis. I grew up playing hockey in the Indianapolis Racers as well as the Indiana Jr. Ice youth hockey organizations. I decided to stay close to home throughout my high school career playing AAA for the Indiana Jr. Ice. My senior year I was drafted by my hometown USHL team the Indiana Ice and I played three months there during 2013 before being traded down to the Corpus Christi IceRays (NAHL). I spent the rest of my junior career in Corpus Christi spending a season and a half playing for the IceRays organization. Halfway through my final season with Corpus Christi I began to look into DIII hockey programs that were interested in me and that I was interested in. A few teammates led me to consider Saint John’s University and their hockey program. The more I researched the more it seemed to match up with my values as well as academic and athletic interests. I applied to the school and received acceptance. I also reached out to Coach Schueller and Coach Palmiscno and they were interested. I came for a visit in the spring of 2015 and fell in love with this school and the people I met. I had a great freshman year and was able to play in half of the game last season before I endured an injury that kept me out most of the second half of the season. My experience thus far has been incredible and I am looking forward to another great season.

My academic major is Biology with a minor in Chemistry. With these studies I would like to be a surgeon. I am interested in spending a may term abroad learning and volunteering at a hospital in a Latin American country. I love working with people and helping people and I am very interested in the sciences. Since I was a kid I have been interested in how the body works and have felt that my skills would be best utilized as a doctor. My father was an important influence throughout my childhood, being a vascular surgeon. He went to the Indiana University School of Medicine and I hope to attend medical school in the Midwest as well after my time at SJU. In my short time here at SJU my favorite class has been biology and my favorite professor is Dr. Schaller. Outside of the classroom and the rink I love to be outside. Fishing, watersports, and snowsports are a few of my favorite activities.

My future goal is to attend and graduate from medical school and my dream job is an orthopedic surgeon. I would like to work with people while also maintaining a link to athletics, which has meant so much to me throughout my life. I would like to go to medical school in the Midwest and also build a family and live in the Midwest. I believe that my experiences and connections through Saint John’s will give me a great opportunity to accomplish these goals.

Career Firsts

Goal: Nov. 4, 2016 (at Concordia-Moorhead; W, 5-2)

Assist: Nov. 13, 2015 (vs. UW-Eau Claire; T, 1-1)

Power-Play Goal: Dec. 1, 2017 (at Saint Mary’s; W, 7-0)

Game-Winning Goal: N/A

Multi-Goal Game: N/A

Multi-Assist Game: Oct. 27, 2017 (vs. Bethel; W, 5-1)