Story by Taylor Hodges, Sports Editor
Photo Courtesy of Andris Visockis
The Men’s Hockey team is off to a respectable start this year having posted a record of 5-2-0-1 so far. Back at the helm are coaches Mark VanVliet, Jordan Permoda, and Chris Laska. First year coach Taylor Keyworth is also expected to play a huge role, along with second year student manager Colin Emerson. With a slate of games coming up, the team will get some much needed practice before their conference games roll around.
Seeing as how the team is still relatively new – this is their fourth official year – there is much to be done when it comes to making a run to Nationals.
“Our level of compete in practice, our conditioning, and our on ice I.Q. could all benefit from some improvement,” said Associate Head Coach Permoda. “We are close to being where we need to be, we’re certainly trending in the right direction, we just need to be able to find that next level.”
With a slew of veterans and a couple of fresh faces the team is looking to build their depth for the coming years. New to the team this year are first-years Nick Brouillette, Tyler Layle, Austin Kuch, Sam Kaser, Zach Lloyd, and Nathan Aloisio.
“We have a handful of fresh faces in the room this year and they’ve all made an impact in their own way,” said Permoda. Junior Charlie Crowley chimed in by saying, “They have done a great job adjusting and can only go up from here.”
Leading the team in points so far is sophomore Billy Warren with 13. Right behind his tail is Aloisio with 10. Junior starting goalie Sean Schmeiser has picked up three wins while posting a 3.45 GAA and .903 SV%. Backup juniors Matt Glowacki and P.J. Nemish have picked up one win each.
Every hockey player’s dream is to play in the NHL. While most don’t get an opportunity to do so, you can’t help but wish you could trade places with one just to see what it’s like.
“It would be Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens,” said Kaser. “He played at The University of Michigan and looking at where he has come from his rookie season, it is a testament to that organization and he is a great fit as captain, an honor that I would do just about anything to have.” Sophomore Calvin Wojtaszak chimed in saying “Definitely Jaromir Jagr, guy’s 43 years old and he’s still living the dream. He’s a true beauty and he exemplifies what a hockey player should strive to be on and off the ice.”
You can catch the team’s next home game on November 14, 7:30 p.m., at their new home in Southside Arena.
About the writer…
Taylor Hodges is a senior majoring in Sport Management/ Business Administration. He is the sports editor for The Saint and interns with the public relations department for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He hopes to one day break into the hockey business as a General Manager, but until then, encourages you to follow him on Twitter and download his mixtape.