Hockey has first winning season
The club hockey team is gearing up for its sixth season in the rink after finishing last season with a winning record.
“We made the play-offs for the first time last season,” team president Kevin Schink said. “This year we’re looking to get the team more out there and show how good we are.”
With an experienced group of 12 players returning and a handful of new recruits, Schink believes that this season could be the best yet. Growing up with hockey and being a regular player, the junior biology major understands how hard it can be to find players with enough experience to lace up their skates and play against schools like the University of Florida and Virginia Tech, but now he feels like he and his teammates are shaping into a tight, skilled group
of hockey players.
“When I first took over as president, the team felt separated,” Schink said. “I’ve worked to build a team that’s close together, like we’re brothers. Now we’re more confident and ready to gain even more recognition.”
The team regularly attends two tournaments a semester, one in Atlanta and one near Columbus, S.C. This year, however, they will be travelling to North Carolina for the first time to compete. Last year, the Student Activity Budget Committee granted the team $4,000 in order to join the league they compete in, but everything else is taken care of by the players.
“It’s all done by us, finding transportation and places to stay as we travel,” Schink said. “We work hard, and we want to gain as much respect and recognition as we can.”