Monday, April 16, 2012

Writers For Next Year

ATTENTION UNION COLLEGE STUDENTS: If you're reading this and are interested in writing for the blog next year, please email me (rivkinm@union.edu) for more information. To qualify to write for this blog, you must fit the following criteria...
-Attends Union College as a student
-Attends most (if not all) games
-Knows the game of hockey inside and out
-Has average or above writing ability

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kelly Zajac signs ATO with Albany Devils


Zajac at a Devils prospects scrimmage in July of 2011



Official Press Release

Congratulations to Kelly!

EDIT (4/14): Some friends and I went to the A-Devil's game today and Kelly not only good out there, but he created opportunities left and right for his teammates. I expect for him to do very well next year (fingers crossed) in the A.

The Devils will be at home for the final three games of the season on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first two games start at 7:00, and Sunday's is a 4:00 matinee. If you can make it to the Times Union Center, cheer Kelly on!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Union, Welsh Featured on "Puck Daddy"; Union Boasts 3 All-Americans

Jeremy Welsh got some serious ink today on the preeminent hockey blog on all of the interwebs, Puck Daddy. You can read the article here.

Writes Ryan Lambert, author of the article:
Mat Bodie: All-American
Welsh said he was approached not only by guys you might expect, like director of hockey ops Ron Francis and assistant GM Jason Karmanos, but also coaches Kirk Muller and Rod Brind'Amour, who made it clear that he'd get a very legitimate shot in the organization.
He also reports that the Bruins and Blackhawks were courting Jeremy; we had heard that Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman was on hand in Bridgeport (along with a plethora of scouts).

Lambert also writes:
But the reason these appearances are important is that it now appears as though we have two burgeoning national powers on our hand [Ferris State and Union]. This was Union's second straight 26-win season (in college hockey, 20 is considered a good year, and 22 is usually enough to get you into the tournament). In fact, Union has now won 92 games in the past four seasons. So it's unlikely that they lapse back into the perennial 12-to-16-win team they were five or six years ago.
Jeremy Welsh was also named an All-American, along with Troy Grosenick and Mat Bodie. Congratulations to the three of them--the honors are well deserved.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Jeremy Welsh Signs With Carolina Hurricanes

An eventful day in Dutchmen-ville: after bowing out to Ferris State in a tough game in the NCAA Championship semi-finals, Junior forward Jeremy Welsh announced his signing with the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL. Jeremy will play his first NHL game on Saturday. Congratulations are in order to Jeremy, his family, and to Union Hockey. This is at once a sad and exuberant day for the Dutchmen on so many levels: despite the loss to Ferris State, Union fans have a wealth of riches to be proud of. Union loses its most prolific scorer and assistant captain, but Welsh also achieves a lifelong goal. Welsh finishes his college career at the century mark: in 119 games, he had 100 points: 53 goals, 47 assists. Affectionately known as Welshie, he dominated this year's postseason with 9 points in 8 games. A respected leader, offensive weapon, teammate, and most of all, good guy, Welsh will be missed.

Says Ron Francis, director of hockey operations for the Whalers 'Canes (and a damn good player himself):
Of all of the college free agents available, we identified Jeremy as the one who most fit our organizational needs. He provides another big body for us down the middle, and is a player who has shown character and leadership at the college level, in addition to scoring ability.
But eschew the sad, be happy, and most of all, be proud of Jeremy Welsh and the Dutchmen. After all, #27 will always be a Dutchmen. When his bio is displayed on TV on Saturday, all should be proud to see "Union College" under his name. We'll have more on this later, but once again: congratulations to Jeremy Welsh and the Union Dutchmen. For more, check out Mike's interview with Jeremy from last month.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Game Time: Ferris State vs. Union-Frozen Four Semifinal

The narrative throughout the week leading up to the first game of the Frozen Four has been the "David and Goliath" one. Little Union and little Ferris State matching up, waiting to take on the winner of heavyweights Boston College and Minnesota. But Union and Ferris State are no pushovers, although some have derisively labeled this game the "junior circuit." No such thing.

We took a look at the competition earlier--and Ferris State is a good opponent. The Bulldogs often mirror the Dutchmen, except for school size. Ferris State University, of Big Rapids, Michigan, enrolls 14,581. Head Coach Bob Daniels, along with Rick Bennett, was a Spencer Penrose Award nominee. Daniels, in fact, won the award for  NCAA Division I coach of the year. (Nate Leaman won last year for Union). Ferris State boasts a lock-down defense and a very good, baby faced goaltender who dominated in the second half of the season. Taylor Nelson, who split time with CJ Motte, has a 2.10 GAA and .923 SV%. The CCHA team has eight players with 20 points or more on the season. Jordie Johnston leads the way with 20 goals and 16 assists. The Bulldogs don't have quite the high octane offense of other teams, but they are rock solid defensively--a key to success that saw them top a very tough conference.

Union Dutchmen
15 Matt Hatch - 19 Kelly Zajac (A) -  21 Wayne Simpson
9 Daniel Carr - 27 Jeremy Welsh (A) - 7 Josh Jooris
16 Kevin Sullivan - 12 Kyle Bodie - 17 Daniel Ciampini
23 Cole Ikkala - 18 Max Novak - 11 Sam Coatta

22 Mat Bodie - 28 Shawn Stuart
2 Nolan Julseth-White (C) - 3 Ryan Forgaard
14 Shayne Gostisbehere - 20 Greg Coburn

1 Troy Grosenick
30 Colin Stevens
31 Dillon Pieri

Ferris State Bulldogs
28 Kyle Bonis-22 Derek Graham-12 TJ Schlueter
11 Jordie Johnston-20 Matthew Kirzinger-16 Garrett Thompson
17 Eric Alexander-8 Cory Kane-5 Aaron Schmit
32 Tommy Hill-9 Travis Ouellette-18 Andy Huff

4 Chad Billins-2 Scott Czarnowczan
27 Brett Wysopal-7 Jason Binkley
3 Travis White-26 Simon Denis

29 Taylor Nelson
30 CJ Motte
31 Rob Granett

Notes 
Local businesses in on the fun
  • The Dutchmen keep their lines the same, to no surprise. 
  • Many Union fans have made their way down to Tampa, and many more will filter into their homes, local bars, and Messa Rink today to support their team.
  • Also of some mullet-awesomeness, frequent reader Ryan Fay shares this old hockey card of Coach Bennett.
  • Tweets Eve Richards, a Union student who made the trek to Tampa: "This is so surreal. Lets go @UnionHockey!!!! #bringithome #tampa12". It's at once surreal, strange, thrilling, and terrifying for all Union fans. But no matter what, this should be fun.

Scouting The Opposition: Frozen Four

In just a few hours Union will be playing in its first ever Frozen Four...I can't believe I was just able to type that.

Their opponent in the semifinals is Ferris State. They, like Union, are new to the Frozen Four. Yet, they are probably the best opponent Union has faced so far in this tournament.

Ferris State won the CCHA during the regular season. The CCHA sent five teams to the tournament, and Union has already beaten two of them (Michigan St. and Umass-Lowell). In fact, so far this tournament the ECAC is 3-1 against the CCHA (Cornell beat Michigan, and lost to Ferris State), so much for the EZAC.

In the tournament, Ferris State has won both games by identical 2-1 scores. The first win was over Denver, and the second over Cornell.

Ferris State is a very strong defensive team. They rank in the top 10 in both defense and penalty kill.

"Going into the Regional we had 460 blocked shots, and people kept talking about our willingness to sacrifice our body and put ourselves in the line for the guy next to you," said Ferris State goalie Taylor Nelson. "And I think that's the big part of the success that was attributable to us winning the regional. I mean, our penalty kill in both those games was phenomenal. Guys putting their bodies on the line. They understand the ramifications of a lost game; it's over. The season's done. And this group of guys is such a tight knit group of guys and we don't want this to end yet. We want to keep going."

(My favorite thing about that quote is I feel Grosenick could've said a similar thing when asked about Union's defense.)

Scoring will be at a premium in this game, and an early lead will be important to both clubs.

When scoring first Union is 15-5-6, Ferris State is 12-6-2. When leading after one Union is 21-2-4, Ferris State is 10-2-0. However, when trailing after one Union is 0-3-1 and Ferris State is 2-6-1.

Union has crushed its opponents in the first period this season, outscoring them 62-20. Ferris State has barely outscored its opponents with a 28-23 advantage in the first. If Union can jump out to an early lead like they have done all season, they should have a good chance of advancing to the finals.

Either way this should be one of the toughest and most exciting games the Dutchmen have played all season. Hope everyone is excited and ready for the game, and LET'S GO U!

A Reaction to "Dear Alma Mater: I'm Sorry"

Seal of Union College in Schenectady, New York...
Seal of Union College in Schenectady, New York, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I opened up the e-paper today, my heart skipped a beat. Union hockey featured on Puck Daddy? In Sports Illustrated? A New York Times post penned by editors of the Concordiensis? A lengthy piece in the print version of the Wall Street Journal? This must be the land where milk and honey meet ice and sticks. Union's good vibes have been resonating around the internet lately, and for good reason. With cynical lenses or not, it has been hard to diffuse the glare of a tremendous story. Little Union of just over 2,000 students and no athletic scholarships taking on the Goliaths of the hockey world...and winning. But they've done more than just win; they've given credence to a belief that hard work and years of patience coupled can pay off. Two headliners have grabbed the college hockey world's commendation. Jeremy Welsh, he of 27 goals and an imposing frame is a legitimate NHL prospect and a supremely poised, humbled player. Troy Grosenick, "The Man With the Golden GAA," is sincere, hardworking...and very good at hockey. (But this isn't the time or place to focus on the media, or the fact that it has hardly been just Welsh and Grosenick carrying this squad). It is hard to avoid the undertow of the Union wave. 

When I opened the final link on my docket, an article in the Wall Street Journal written by Union graduate Matthew Futterman, I was enthused. Until the third paragraph. And things unraveled from there.

Mr. Futterman spins a yarn detailing his self-described campaign to "kill Union's Division I hockey program before it started." There is nothing fundamentally wrong about Mr. Futterman's self-described campaign "to kill Union's Division I hockey program before it started...21 years ago." Every student has the right to his predilections and to the equally essential license to make his voice heard. This element cuts to the core of Union's foundation as a liberal arts institution. It is an irrevocable right enjoyed by citizens of a "free world." Mr. Futterman's reasonings are his own, and rightfully his. They are, too, in my opinion, deeply misguided, bitter, and an unfortunate work of self-aggrandizement that has little to do with Union's appearance in the Frozen Four. 

Cohn: Pump-up Artist

Can 4:30 get here faster? Phil Cohn strikes again:


Interview With Matt Dubrey and Brian Unger

Our friend and frequent reader Chad Polenz provides us with a stellar interview with the voices of Union Hockey, Matt Dubrey and Brian Unger. Enjoy, and thanks again to Chad.







Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Troy Grosenick Interview 4/2/12




Troy was kind enough to take some time on Monday to chat with Kevin and I about very pressing issues such as stick tape and nicknames. We caught him just as he was finishing attempting to get Dan Carr to crack up during an interview.
G.R.O.S.E.N.I.C.K System In Action

Troy was in the top 10 for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and put up amazing numbers this season (22- 5 - 3, a save percentage of .936%, and a goals against average of 1.64 goals per game). If you haven't seen it already, here is just one of his highlight reel goals that he made last weekend. Dude's real good.

UHB: How does the system in front of you benefit you as a goaltender?

Troy: Playing behind a defensive system like we have, guys keep shots to the outside. They stress blocking shots from the point, D Men fronting shots. Our D Men are great at clearing shots. All of that really makes my job way easier.

UHB: How do you explain your ability to make clutch reflexive saves?

Troy: It comes down to battling, doing whatever you can to keep it out of the net. You always have to live by the motto that you’d rather get hit by a bus than let one in. You do whatever it takes to keep it out of the net and sometimes that means making some crazy looking saves.

UHB: Do you think spending a year not starting in goal helped you develop better?

Troy: Definitely. Going into it, you never realize, going into it, what you can gain. For me, it was the first time I was ever a backup, so it took some time to adjust from that. Learning from Corey and Keith helped me realize what it was going to take to be successful at the college level. Knowing that you probably won’t be playing on the weekend, you can do so much more work both on the ice and in the weight room. You don’t really need to manage your energy as much. On a thursday, even if you feel your legs being taxed, you know that you don’t really have much to save it for, so you can work that much harder. When you’re a starter, on a thursday, you really need to watch how your legs feel and make sure you’re ready to go for Friday night.

UHB: Do you have any go to pregame meal or ritual?

Troy: Meals: Whatever the team is eating, which is usually chicken or pasta, maybe some veggies. Ritual: Not too much out of the ordinary. My roommates, Ikkala and Jooris, and I always walk the same route from our dorm to the rink. We have a little dance party on our way up just keeping it loose. Once I get to the rink, I stretch out, juggle a little bit, visualize, and then get back to team warmups.

UHB: Would you say you thrive under pressure or do you not let pressure get to you?

Troy: I try to approach things the same way no matter what. To me, pressure is built up by the media. Playoffs are win or go home but I try to approach every game the same way. I think that helps with consistency mainly. Knowing that if you stick with what has gotten you there makes you successful in the long run.

UHB: How do you stay focused in a game? Do crowds like the UMass fans at Bridgeport get under your skin?

Troy: No. I try to keep it between the boards during the game. As far as staying focused, I have some key words: Challenge, check puck, big chest and those things allow me to focus on what I think it takes to play well and that’s really all I’m focused on; to play well and the puck. You’ve got to keep in all within the glass.




UHB: Why is it that the majority of goaltenders wear white pads and what do you think about black tape on a white goalie stick?

Troy: Black stick tape on a white stick is just awful style. I’ve never done black tape just because I feel like when the puck is at your feet, you can lose it in the black tape so I think that’s why most goalies use the white tape. As for the white goalie pads, I think there has been a study, I don’t know how scientific it was but, I think white pads look bigger than predominantly colored pads. I know that’s why Marc Andre-Fleury switched from gold pads to white pads. People told him he looked bigger, so he kept with them so I think that’s why goalies have been doing it.

UHB: Opinion on puck playing goalies?

Troy: If you can do it, and do it well, I think it adds a huge element to your game. Defensemen always like a guy that’s playing the puck well because it makes life easier on them. They don’t have to go head for a puck in the corner when they can’t really see what’s behind them. A good puck playing goalie is huge but at the same time, if you’re playing the puck and you’re not really good at it, you can get the team into a lot of trouble really quickly.

UHB: What exercise or practice is the best thing for a young, aspiring goaltender?

Troy: Make sure you’re stretching every day. That’s huge for goalies, flexibility. That, and a lot of foot quickness off the ice as well as juggling and any hand eye coordination. Those are the biggest off ice things I can recommend.

UHB: Who is the best goaltender in the NHL?

Troy: Henrik Lundqvist is hard to argue with. I think that there are so many guys out there that are good for so many different reasons. Timmy Thomas has the greatest battle level. There is something to be said about that. The guy is just a diehard competitor. As far as a goalie that I like to emulate the most, I’d go with Pekka Rinne. He’s a stud.

UHB: Favorite movie/book?

Troy: Book: I don’t know. There are so many. (Struggle) The Game by Ken Dryden is probably the one that made the biggest impact in my life.

Movie: Step Brothers is up there with me so I’ll go with that

UHB: What is being played a lot in the locker room right now?

Troy: I’m not a DJ. A lot of Avicii, deadmau5.

UHB: How have your saves being on SportsCenter changed the amount of Facebook friends you have?

Troy:
Facebook, not so much. Twitter, that one blew up. That one, I got a lot of request in the past couple of days.

UHB: Who has the best nickname on the team?

Troy: Jooris. He’s got Ja-booooonnnnneeee. I’d go with Jooris.

UHB: Favorite off-ice activity (a whole day without obligations, what would you do?)

Troy: Relax. Sit on the couch and watch TV with the guys. Maybe do some facebook creeping. Maybe play some video games.

UHB: Favorite hockey themed band?

Troy: Five for fighting. Easy.

Thanks to Troy for the interview.

Mat Bodie Interview 4/2/12


Heavy lifting at Fenway
My good friend Kevin Giron and I stopped by the rink on Monday to chat with some of the men in uniform before they ship off over there (Tampa). Kev took the reigns on this interview here, formulating and asking the questions, so this is a guest interview, so to speak.

If this is your first time, Mat helps quarterback the very dangerous powerplay and has 30 points in 37 games. Mat is a spectacularly sound defensemen in all areas of play and fits the mold of the new era of defensemen that now entering the NHL.


Forever pensive: Mat Bodie
UHB: You’ve been throwing around the body a lot more than I remember. Is that a conscious change in your defensive style?

Mat: I guess it’s something I worked on with Coach Bennett a little bit. He’s always saying finish the shooter, especially after he takes a shot or makes a play. I guess, in the heat of the moment, you’re more willing to sacrifice the body a little more.

UHB: Do you prefer being the left D-Man in your pairing or the right D-Man, or does something like that really not matter?

Mat:
I’ve played right all this year and all last year with Brock [Matheson]. We’re a pretty left-handed heavy defensive core so, obviously a few will have to go to the right side. I’ve been playing this was for a couple of years now so it’s becoming more natural.

UHB: Does having the team Captain, Nolan Julseth-White, as a defenseman help other D-Men in particular mature and develop their game?
Mat: A little bit. I think Juice is a great captain but we’ve got a pretty mature group of guys back there. We have 3 juniors that play every game and Juice is a senior, so we’ve got a pretty mature group of guys back there, so it helps a little bit.

UHB: With Juice leaving next year, do you anticipate taking on a leadership role in the defensive core, or would you say everyone knows how to handle themselves?

Mat: I think there will be guys stepping into that leadership role. We have a lot of guys capable of doing that. Cobes [Coburn], Stuie [Stuart], Foogs [Forgaard], they’re all guys that have been here for a while. I think we’ll have a pretty mature D-core for the next couple of years.

UHB: Who’s your favorite team to play against in the ECAC?
Mat:
I guess I’ll go with the rivalry game; RPI. They’re always fun. They always seem to play us really hard and the crowds are always good. It’s always a fun game to look forward to.

UHB:
Your brother, Kyle, has become a more prominent figure in this year’s lineup, is it surprising to see or is it something you kind of expected all along?
Mat: I expected this. He was a great player in junior, he was one of our team leader in points and a leader as well off the ice. He didn’t have quite the chance he was given this year in the past but Coach Bennett gave him some chances. It’s kind of like a new lease on life and he’s making the most of it.

UHB: When did you start skating?


Mat: I think I was about 4 when I started skating lessons. Quite a while.


UHB: As a team without the biggest guys on the blue-line how have you guys managed to put up such good defensive numbers?

Mat:
It starts with our goalie, Troy Grosenick. He’s able to bail us out quite a bit. We preach good positioning, good team defense. D-men are always having stick on puck and the forwards are always coming back, so it makes it a lot easier on us.
Mat and Troy, pre-hug
UHB: How’s practice been this week? Light skates? Skill skates? Or just the normal grind?

Mat: It’s been pretty regular. Coach doesn’t want to change too many things up. We’ve been sticking to the process and we’re just really excited to get going to Tampa.

UHB: Do the guys in the locker room feel any jitters? Has the fact you’re in the final four hit you guys yet?

Mat: I don’t think anyone has jitters. We’re all pretty excited. Obviously, you’re going to get some pre-game butterflies but after the first shift or so, those will go away.

UHB: Has it hit you yet that you’re going down to Tampa for the frozen four?

Mat: We’re still treating this like another weekend. Obviously, there is a lot more hype and a lot more fan reaction coming into this. I think it’ll probably hit us when we step on the plane or once we get down to Tampa.

UHB: So you’re from Peg City... how excited are you about the Jets?

Mat: Well... they didn’t make playoffs so that kind of sucks. I got to go to a couple of games when I was back home for Christmas. It’s really helping the city out and the MTS center is packed. It’s good to see for the city.

UHB: If you had a chance to play in the show... would you want to play in Winnipeg or would you really care what team you were on?

Mat:
You take it where you can get it. It’s pretty competitive at that level. You can’t be too picky.

UHB: Who was your favorite childhood hockey player?

Mat:
I started as a forward and my favorite forward was Joe Sakic. Once I moved back to D, Scott Niedermayer, he’s just the ultimate D-man, I thought.

UHB: Have you ever been on a road trip in a car that had no business going on a road trip? [Cue the sound of wind rushing over Mat's head as it did mine. If you have no idea what this question is referring to, go to 0:36 in this clip.]

Mat: Uhh...... I guess so. I have a ‘99 ford taurus at home. When I was playing in Powell River, I actually drove it out to Powell River. Going through the mountains in Canada, I got pretty lucky to get there. I had to replace the brakes as soon as I got there.

UHB: What’s your favorite line from Sean William-Scott’s new hockey movie, “Goon?”
Mat: That’s a new movie, so I don’t know if everyone has seen that. It’s a good movie so I suggest everyone to go out and watch it.

Thanks to Mat for taking some time to chat.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What Makes a Title Contender

A common request I have received from fans is a post spotlighting the programs top players. The request makes perfect sense. When you watch a game, you naturally look for the stars. They are usually the most exciting, and have the most effect on a team’s chance of winning.

For this team, however, I don’t think a spotlight of the team’s best players is appropriate. This team has made the frozen four on the strength of all 31 players, not a select few.

What makes this Dutchmen team so dangerous is its talent and hard work. All four lines work relentlessly to secure a loose puck, finish a hit, and block shots. And, most importantly, all four lines can score.

To expand on that a little, here are the forwards lines from the NCAA tournament games, with the total goals scored from the members of that line:

Matt Hatch - Kelly Zajac (A) - Wayne Simpson - 33
Daniel Carr - Jeremy Welsh (A) - Josh Jooris - 54
Kevin Sullivan - Kyle Bodie - Daniel Ciampini - 15
Cole Ikkala - Max Novak - Sam Coatta – 14

Now let’s look at the lines again, but take away goals scored shorthanded or on the power play:

Matt Hatch - Kelly Zajac (A) - Wayne Simpson - 21
Daniel Carr - Jeremy Welsh (A) - Josh Jooris - 30
Kevin Sullivan - Kyle Bodie - Daniel Ciampini - 10
Cole Ikkala - Max Novak - Sam Coatta - 13

Those numbers are a little more even now. And this isn’t including seven goals for players who have manned the third and fourth lines this season, but did not start in the tournament. What this goes to show you is in even 5-on-5 play the Dutchmen are getting solid contributions from all four lines they send out.

On top of that, several of the players from the third and fourth line, are big contributors to the power play and penalty kill for Union. Both those units rank in the top 10 in the entire nation.

While this does a good job of illustrating the offensive depth Union has, it does not begin to describe its defense, which currently ranks first in the nation.

Defensively the team is led by captain Nolan Julseth-White. He anchors a unit that gives up an average of 1.8 goals a game. The next best defense in the nation is Boston College, and they give up 2.07 goals a game, a big jump.

Like the forwards, you will not find a bad line in the bunch. And, again like the forwards, there will be guys sitting in the stands that would be starting on other teams.

Besides individual players, their defensive success comes from coaching and the system they run. Union is a team you will hardly ever see giving up a breakaway, or an odd man rush, and they give up very few shots a game.

Overall, Union allows 25.9 shots a game. To compare that to the other teams in the Frozen Four, Ferris State allows 27.5, Boston College allows 26.9, and Minnesota allows 24.9. Not coincidentally, all four of these teams are in the top 10 in defense. Just to harp on this a bit longer: in both NCAA games Union played, they only allowed 13 shots through the first two periods.

None of this takes into account the play of their goaltender, Troy Grosenick. While he will be the first to admit the guys in front of him make his job easier, he was nominated for the Hobey Baker for a reason. He has been a revelation in net for the Dutchmen this season, and is just as responsible for the strong defensive numbers as anyone. You don’t finish in the top 2 in both GAA and Save Pct. by accident…even with a strong defense in front of you.

On top of all the statistics, come the intangibles these guys have. Every time you talk to them, every time you see them play, every time you hear one of their quotes, you can’t help but walk away impressed. They just seem to do everything right.

You’ll rarely hear a player who scored the game winner take any credit for the goal. You’ll never hear a player call someone out. You’ll never see a player dog it through a game.

With the chemistry, leadership, and talent that this team has shown this season, it is no wonder they are here in the Frozen Four. Just don’t expect one player to get the credit for it.

SIDE NOTE:
If you really really want some names to focus on during the games this week, check out this article.

Just know it doesn’t list even half of the big time performers for this Dutchmen squad, and comes nowhere close to explaining why they are one of just four teams remaining in the tournament.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Dutchmen Details: Frozen Four Edition!

It's still strange to type the words "Frozen Four" next to Union's name. The Dutchmen have gotten tons of coverage on the national scale.


Articles
  • College Hockey News has written some great pieces on Union lately, one that has "Union climbing another mountain," and one that provides an historical sweep of the program. Adam Woodson a very good writer, so be sure to give his article a read. He also takes a rather decisive tack when it comes to discussing Roger Hull. It's also one of the best historical capsules of Union hockey I've read. One quote that I not only want to post to the Masthead of this site, but to perhaps put up in Messa Rink:
Like Andy Dufresne chipping away at a stone wall in Shawshank for decades, Union got where it is today amid numerous obstacles and tireless work of a series of individuals. 
Max Novak will stop at nothing to get his Rookie of the Month Award
While many people don't know much about this team, they know what they do best and don't stray from a winning game plan.
Events