If you were a fan of the Winter Olympics and were disappointed to see them end, the new addition of the ice hockey club at Eastern Connecticut State University may be the cure to lift your spirits and fill that empty winter sports void in your life.
Patrick Sullivan, who is not only the founder of the club team, but also serves as President of the E-board and team captain is the master-mind credited for bringing the new ice hockey club to campus. "Eastern never had a team and I've played all my life," Sullivan expressed in a recent interview. "Not being able to play was like an empty feeling in me."
Sullivan is not alone in his love for ice hockey. Katie Scott, who serves as both club advisor and team coach, is involved with all aspects of the team, attends every game and practice, and assists the students with completing all necessary paperwork and requirements. "Patrick Sullivan approached me and asked me to help him start an ice hockey club," said Scott. "Since I love hockey and enjoy advising student clubs I was happy to help out."
The ice hockey club has already become quite popular on the Eastern campus. "No one thought it was possible when I brought up the idea," said Sullivan. "And now that it's really going, everyone wants to go to games, is supportive, and wants apparel."
Recently, the Eastern ice hockey club played Connecticut College at a fan packed Bolton Ice Palace. Although Eastern ended up on the short end of an extremely close contest, everyone on the eighteen member team was proud of their performance, and grateful for the experience.
The club is already looking towards the future for their newly established program and are willing to take it as far as it can go. A goal for the club is to have a full season schedule next year, with plans to form of an ice hockey league between Eastern and the three other CSU schools.
The ice hockey club is a Student Government Association recognized club. For more information on this and all other clubs and organzations, go to the Student Activities web site.