With the NHL in a lockout, hockey fans need to look no further than Oakland’s Division III Men’s Hockey Club to get their fix. The stands were packed with screaming fans as they kicked off their season opener on September 28th. The Grizzlies squashed their opponent, University of Michigan, with a final score of 10-1.
This year, the team has been working harder than ever. They hope to defeat their biggest opponent, Davenport University, and make it to Nationals. The key to their success is practicing multiple times a week and maintaining a strong team bond.
The team captain and 3rd year student, Jake Harlick, said, “We try to do everything as a team, on the ice, at school, on the weekends. There’s not much free time, but when we do get free time, we try to get as many people [on the team] together as possible. The better bond we have as a teamm the better it translates onto the ice.”
Being on a sports team can be really time consuming and can potentially hinder grades. The players balance ice time and class time by having study sessions together and putting forth extra effort off the ice.
Show your Grizzly pride and support the team as they face the University of Detroit Mercy Titans at home on October 12th. The puck drops at the Detroit Skating Club at 7:45pm. See you there!
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