As Union students packed up to head home for Thanksgiving and the Holidays, our team was off to the rink for practice. Union students have almost six weeks off to enjoy at home with family and friends. While they’re at home we are here for another three weeks. In the eyes of Union students many would see this as very unfortunate, but for us it is the best time of the year. We have the entire campus to ourselves and our job is to eat, sleep, and play hockey.
Having no classes, no homework and essentially no worries, we have a lot of time on our hands. As division I athletes it is important to have a positive and active role in the community. We took advantage of our free time by participating in different community service events as a team.
Earlier in December we took part in child services program ‘Adopt a Family’. As a team we raised $1,100 in which we shopped for three families purchasing both necessities and toys. The team spent the afternoon shopping, enjoying every minute while the best part was yet to come. The rest of the afternoon was spent wrapping the gifts. With some wrapping better than others, we managed to get everything wrapped top to bottom with bow and ribbons.
On December 2nd both the men’s and women’s hockey team hosted a SYHA skate and dinner. Young hockey players from Schenectady were able to meet and skate with all the players getting pictures and autographs. Later on in the month we had the opportunity to help run a youth hockey practice in Clifton Park. This gave us the chance to show them some tricks and tips on the ice.
To end off 2012 we loaded up the bus, packed our hats and mitts and headed up to Orono, Maine for back-to-back games. By golly it was an exciting weekend for the team as we pulled out the brooms from the closet for the sweep. Unfortunately the way we ended 2012 did not mirror the way we started the New Year as we encountered two very difficult loses against Harvard and Dartmouth. On the up side of things the weather for the Albany region is looking mighty fine with highs of 45 degrees this week with sunshine, definitely not mad about that. This upcoming weekend we face off against Penn State University.
Ta ta for now,