Pulling that UVM jersey on for the first time is something I will never forget. I was so excited that I felt like a freshman all over again. We played Penn State at home in our first two games of the season. They were both great games and a lot of fun to play in even though we ended up coming away with a loss and a tie. The next weekend we played a two game series at RIT and split with them. It was a little weird playing there because my very first college road trip with Amherst was to RIT just about three years ago! We played really well in our Saturday game and I think we learned a lot from the weekend as a whole. It was our first road trip of many over the next month as we don’t play at home again until the second week of November. I love road trips because they are full of team bonding and provide a nice escape from the stress of classes. During our bus trip to RIT we watched a lot of movies and played games which really made the time fly by. Our next one is just a day trip to RPI this upcoming weekend but the following weekend we head to Robert Morris which is over ten hours away.
Our next home game is on November 8th and it is a really important one for us. It is our “Pack the Gut” game and we are attempting to sell out Gutterson Fieldhouse for our game against Boston College that night at 7. Tickets are only $2 and we are hoping to fill all 4,007 seats! It will be a great game to watch and will be an even better opportunity to grow the game in Vermont. So save the date and come out to the Gut to help us reach our goal!
Seeing as we only have one game this weekend our team is going to be practicing in Waterbury on Sunday and getting to skate and hang out with some local youth players. Although I love any opportunity to spend time with younger players I am especially excited about this weekend because I will get to see a lot of the Vermont Stars girls. After coaching there this spring/ summer I got to know a lot of them and am excited to be able to see them! Our team went up to St. Albans a couple weeks ago for a practice and to spend some time with youth players up in that area. Some of them watched our practice and then we signed autographs for a little while and ended with some dancing. The Cotton-Eyed Joe, Electric Slide, and Gangam Style were a big hit!
Personally, I’ve really enjoyed the last month even though I can’t remember ever being this busy before! The combination of six classes, hockey, lifts, and some coaching leaves little time for anything else but I wouldn’t change any of it. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons I am helping coach the BAHA u12 girls team here in Burlington. I just went to Lake Placid this past Sunday to get my USA Hockey Level 1 coaching certification and it turned out to be an awesome day. I wasn’t sure what the clinic would be about and I was pleasantly surprised when I found out we got to create our own practice plans, come up with drills that addressed certain tactical points, and talk about effective leadership and communication strategies. I normally have trouble sitting through my classes that are longer than an hour but I had no trouble sitting and talking about hockey for 7 hours and was actually kind of sad when it ended!