Friday, June 24, 2011

Show your Support for 'Goals for Good'

Hi folks,

A friend of mine and a former player on Colgate's playoff-run Cinderella team, Kevin McNamara, asked me to share with you his new project.

'Goals for Good' is a non-profit charity which partners teams in the ECAC with charities in close relation to the schools and/or communities. This initiative will utilize the competitiveness of the teams, fans, students, and alumni of these universities to better assist the various chosen charities.

This project will operate though a website and allow donors to give to the various partnered charities. Prospective contributers will be able to donate money by way of the amount of goals scored by a chosen team in a weekend, goals scored by the team over the course of the season, or a one-time donation.

Their mission is to provide a vehicle inspiring people to donate to chosen non-profit organizations through collegiate ice hockey competition. For more information please contact Kevin McNamara at kevin@goalsforgood.org, or 'Like' the 'Goals for Good' facebook page here!

-JZ

Score for Kristen & the Kids raises over $10,000 for Ewing's Sarcoma patients

Union College Athletics has announced it raised $10,383,81 in funds for patients of Ewing's Sarcoma through its “Score for Kristen & the Kids,” fundraiser during the men's and women's ice hockey seasons.

Ewing's Sarcoma / Peripheral Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors (PNET) of bone is a type of cancer usually found in children and young adults. Kristen Shinebarger is an active eight year old who was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in November. She is the daughter of Shelly Shinebarger, the Director of Student Support Services at Union College.

"We have found the Union College community support incredibly comforting and as a result are able to focus on Kristen's care and well-being," the Shinebarger family said in a statement. "We want you to know that you have made a difference."

During this initiative, funds were raised by pledges toward each power play goal by the Dutchmen and Dutchwomen, from January 7 games through the end of each season. Donations were also accepted at each game in a donation box in the lobby of Messa Rink.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Union Announces 2011-2012 Regular Season Schedule

Hi folks,

Hope everyone enjoyed the Stanley Cup Finals this past week. What a win for the Bruins, huh? First Cup in 39 years. I dont think many people expected them to get passed Vancouver. I was in downtown Boston last night to celebrate with fans, and I will most certainly be there on Saturday for the parade.

But in other news, Union College just recently announced their schedule for next season. On paper, this looks like a very challenging schedule, but I think the Dutchmen will definitely rise to the occasion. I am very excited to see them matchup against University of Michigan, University of New Hampshire, Merrimack, Denver, and Colorado College - all of which made the NCAA tournament this past spring.

I am also excited to see a Tuesday night game in Troy against RPI. Wouldn't that be a hoot to bus students from Union over to RPI to see the game? What else is there to do on a Tuesday night in October?

Below is the 2011-2012 schedule:

10/8 @ Army

10/14 vs. Western Michigan
10/15 vs. Western Michigan

10/21 @ Niagara
10/22 @ R.I.T.

10/28 @ University of New Hampshire
10/29 vs. A.I.C

11/4 @ St. Lawrence
11/5 @ Clarkson


11/11 vs. Brown
11/12 vs. Yale

11/15 @ RPI

11/27 @ University of Michigan

12/2 @ Quinnipiac
12/3 @ Princeton

12/10 vs. RPI (in Lake Placid)

12/17 @ Merrimack

12/30 @ University of Denver
12/31 @ Colorado College

1/6 vs. Harvard
1/7 vs. Dartmouth

1/13 @ Harvard
1/14 vs. RPI

1/20 @ Yale
1/21 @ Brown

1/27 vs. Clarkson
1/28 vs. St. Lawrence

2/3 vs. Colgate
2/4 vs. Cornell

2/10 @ Dartmouth

2/17 vs. Princeton
2/18 vs. Quinnipiac

2/24 @ Cornell
2/25 @ Colgate

So plan ahead, clear your weekend schedules, and come see the Dutchmen!

-JZ

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Goodbye and Farewell


Dear UHB Readers,

This is my final post.

I really don't know what to say except thank you. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog and everyone that has helped me during my four years. I can't believe how much this blog has grown, and how many people read and care about it.

There are so many people to thank. I have to start off with Mark McGuire of the Times Union, who gave me the idea of creating the blog. My junior year he came to a Concordiensis workshop to talk about sports writing. After his presentation I chased him down in the parking lot and asked him about the world of sports media. He said I had to get on the Internet and to create a blog. Right after we talked I went into my room and created this thing.

I also have to thank the legendary Ken Schott, who has been my buddy in the press box for my four years. He's taught me a lot about being a sports writer and I learned a lot about the profession through observing things that he does. I remember my first game in the press box with Ken. Union just scored a big goal and I jumped out of my seat and yelled "Yeah!" Ken gazed at me and basically said that's not allowed. It was the first of many lessons I learned from Ken. The same can be said of Sean Martin (Times Union), who was the friendly face in the press box this season.

This past season I've been lucky enough to have a great mentor in Jeff Weinstein, who is Union's Assistant Sports Information Director. Jeff has been so great to me since Day 1, and I 've learned so much from him. We've spent so much time together this season and each second has been extremely fun and valuable. Jeff has helped me with decisions on my future and for that I am so thankful, but more importantly he has been a great friend. Union's Athletics department has been tremendous as a whole. I honestly feel that Eric McDowell is the nicest guy in the sports media world. He truly does care about every student-athlete on this campus and Union College as a whole. Dave Heberger has also been a great guy to work with, and I wish him good luck on his next job. Also, AD Jim McLaughlin has been a great person to work with. Like Mr. McDowell, he really loves the students here and the school. I also have to thank Kevin Zalaznik who has been a great help to me at Union and with the Albany Devils. I have learned a lot about professionalism and work ethic from him.

I also have to thank the boys. Over these four years my relationship with them has grown tremendously where I can call many of them my friends. I remember my freshman year when Brock Matheson and Corey Milan lived in the same hallway with me in the Fox Basement. Since then, these guys have gone from the super-Canadian dude (Brock) and the crazy guy with the drumset (Corey) to friends of mine. The team as a whole has been so great as professionals and as friends. They know when it's time to have fun and when it's time to get down to business. It's been a pleasure working such a great group of guys, especially the seniors. I want to wish them all good luck in their futures and I hope we cross paths in the years to come. On the same note, I have to thank Coach Leaman, Coach Bennett, and the other coaches for treating me like a professional. I'm sure it might get annoying having some 20-something kid asking some tough questions about you and your team. Good luck to Coach Leaman and Coach Barr at Providence, and Coach Bennett with his new position. I really think Mr. McLaughlin made a great decision in promoting Coach Bennett.

Also, special thanks to team manager Phil Cohn '13 and superfan Will Friedman '10 (aka UnionHockeyManiac) for the support of this blog. These guys are down to talk Union Hockey all the time.

Last, but definitely not least, I have to thank my parents for their support. I can honestly say that if my Dad never took me to my first Army Hockey game when I was four years old that I would not be a college hockey superfan and this blog would not be here today. I also have to thank my Mom for allowing my Dad and I to keep our season tickets after I told her that I wanted to go to Army and play hockey. I guess she really didn't want me with a crew cut haha.

If I forgot anybody I am very sorry.

Even though I am graduating on Sunday, I am ecstatic to announce that UHB will live! Justin Zolot will be the new head honcho for the blog, and will receive help from Evan Slavit and Zach Pearce. You guys already know Justin, but let me briefly introduce Evan and Zach. Evan has replaced me as Sports Editor of the Concordiensis and has been co-Sports Director of WRUC 89.7FM with me. Zach is the new head of WRUC and is a writer for the Concordiensis. You might remember him from the great article he wrote about Dennis Flavin. I know for a fact that these guys will make this blog even better, and will bring it to a whole new level.

As for me, my future is still pretty undecided. I'm still waiting to hear back from a few jobs I applied to and the Georgetown Sports Industry Management school. But, I have a great summer internship lined up. I'll be working for PuckAgency, which is led by Union grads Jay Grossman and Adam Paget. I am very excited to work with these men and learn more about the business of sports. Who knows what will happen after the summer? Maybe I'll end up back in Schenectady.

Well, that's it. There really isn't much more to say. I really can't describe how important this blog and Union Hockey as a whole has meant to me during my time here. I love this school and I love this team. I will forever and always be a loyal supporter.

The show goes on...

Sincerely,
Dan Greene

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Video: Senior Athletes Appreciation Dinner

In honor of Senior Week I thought I would post this video.

Last week all Union senior athletes were honored at the annual Athletics Appreciation Dinner. Many Union hockey players won awards and some made speeches. Here is the video of the entire dinner.

Check out the speeches from these Dutchmen:
Brock Matheson (1:43:50)
Stephane Boileau (2:06:24)

Have a great week guys!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Beal named new Volunteer Assistant/ Local kid Jeff Taylor committs

Union has announced that former Union star Joel Beal '05 will be the new volunteer assistant coach for the Dutchmen. He replaces Jason Tapp, who was promoted to assistant coach a few weeks ago. I heard rumblings that Beal would be joining the staff earlier in the week.

From 2001 to 2005, Beal collected 27 goals and 74 assists for 101 career points. He is one of 19 Union skaters to ever eclipse 100 points. Beal also shares the single season assists record with Kelly Zajac (29 assists).

For the past two years he has coached locally for Albany Academy as an assistant coach and as a head coach for Troy Albany Youth Hockey Minor Midget AAA team. Beal also coached for the Schenectady Youth Hockey Association after his graduation.

I like this move. It's always great to bring back former players (and good one's for that matter) and put them on the coaching staff. Since they're at their alma mater they probably have a little more incentive and passion. Beal will also know what it's like to play at Union and can help the guys out with things he went through while he was at Union. He could also help with recruiting since he knows what it's like to play here and has a good idea of the talent in the NE Prep Leagues.

Fun Fact: Beal is from Brantford, Ontario which is the hometown of another famous hockey player... Wayne Gretzky.

For more check out Union Athletics.com.

On another note, Rick Bennett has reeled in his first recruit and he didn't go too far to get him. According to Heisenberg, Albany Academy's Jeff Taylor has committed to come to Union in 2013 or 2014. As a junior defenseman for AA, Taylor picked up 35 points in 36 games in a tough New England prep league. He is currently listed at 5'11" and 170 pounds, which isn't too big. But, he will play one more year at AA and at least one year of juniors where he will continue to grow and develop.

We'll see how this kid develops, but right now he seems like a good pickup. The numbers he put up this past season are pretty impressive and hopefully he will get even better. Plus, it's nice to have local guys on the team.

For more go to Ken Schott's Blog.

Monday, June 6, 2011

College Hockey Video of the Week (6/6/11): Most Memorable Moment of my Union Hockey Experience

This will be my last week running this blog, so I thought this would be a fitting video to show. I will have more news later in the week about the future of UHB.

This video contains highlights from Union's 5-0 victory over Princeton on Senior Night to claim the Clearly Cup. I will forever remember this moment, and I'm sure the seniors on the team will call this moment the greatest of their careers.  From the time I got to the rink to having Andrew Buote thank me during his speech to celebrating with the team after the game, I can easily say that night was the most fun and exciting nights of my four years.

Good luck to all the Union students in their upcoming finals, and congratulations to all the seniors that will be walking with me at graduation this upcoming Sunday.

Whatever it takes...