76 posts tagged Union College
76 posts tagged Union College
Want to relive the highlights from Saturday night’s championship? Check out this video.
Union Hockey on SI.com. We could get used to this!
The parade route through Schenectady to cheer on our national champions!
Hockey captain Matt Bodie ‘14 has signed a contract with the New York Rangers. Read about it here.
(Bodie [left] is pictured here with ESPN announcer John Buccigross and teammates Shayne Gostisbehere and Daniel Carr)
Messa Rink is home to the best fan’s in college sports. Here’s some shots from Saturday night’s viewing party as the men’s hockey team defeated Minnesota to become Division 1 men’s hockey champions.
Excitement continues to build in the community as the men’s hockey team prepares for its trip to the NCAA Frozen Four this week in Philadelphia.
On Monday, the Chamber of Schenectady County joined local business and civic leaders to unveil two 5-foot-by-24-foot banners hung from a pedestrian bridge over Erie Boulevard in the shadow of College Park Hall.
The banners, stating “Go Union,” will greet the 25,000 vehicles that travel the roadway daily. In addition, the Chamber will distribute window posters for area businesses to show their support in the team’s quest for a national championship.
“Regardless of what happens, our community is incredibly fortunate to be the home of Union College and the remarkable student-athletes who make up this team,” said James Connolly, chairman of the Chamber.
Calling it an exciting time for the city, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy wished the team well and said the community would be rooting loudly for them to return home as champions.
“We are thrilled by the success of the hockey team and what they represent,” said Union President Stephen C. Ainlay. “They certainly represent the College, but we’re also very proud they represent the city of Schenectady. The resurgence of Union hockey mirrors the resurgence of the city.”
Pointing out the team’s success not only on the ice, but in the classroom and community, Ainlay said “Union hockey is a demonstration of the fact you can still choose to excel in academics and athletics. One doesn’t have to make a choice between the two.”
Coach Rick Bennett has led the team to its second Frozen Four in three years. The team is appreciative of the support the program has received from the community.
“Every time our guys put on that jersey, they are playing for the school, true,” he said. “But they are also playing for the community.”
Ray Bleser, owner of Northeastern Fine Jewelry, presented Bennett and Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin with garnet-encrusted hockey pucks to mark the team’s success.
Also, Chamber President Chuck Steiner announced that Mazzone Hospitality has created a special Frozen Four dessert, a flourless chocolate cake resembling a puck with the College logo on top in fondant and four scoops of gelato to represent the four teams. The treat will be available all week at the group’s Schenectady restaurants, Angelo’s Tavolo and Aperitivo Bistro.
“This is an exciting time for everyone in the community,” Steiner said. “Go Union!”
The team leaves tomorrow for Philly, and Coach Rick Bennett got a last minute haircut Saturday. The coach participated in the St. Baldrick’s event at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, raising money and awareness for child cancer research.
Scenes from the NCAA East Regional Final in Bridgeport, Conn.
Check out the call from Saturday’s game. “Where is it? Where is it? Diggy. Diggy. Diggy. Diggy. Blocked!”
See what people are saying online about Union’s quest to the Frozen Four and join the conversation by using the hashtag #UnionCollege on Twitter and Instagram!