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Red vs. white pandemic game

Senior Night, Pandemic Game and the "Covid Cup"

The end of a tough year for Denison Hockey. Covid shut us down but didn’t keep us down. We persevered. Three Seniors had their last college hockey game last night. Three really great boys that did much heavy lifting to keep our program moving forward these years. Unfortunately without much fanfare we’ll send them off this year without family to watch their last game or hand flowers to mothers who drove them to hockey practice for years. It hurts me I couldn’t do more. I had to petition to allow us to play this Red vs. White game just to let the boys pull their sweaters on one more time. You should have seen it! It was a fast paced and surprisingly physical tilt played with passion by both squads. Red won with a late goal in regulation, only :38 remaining, to seal victory 12-11 over the white team. Red will take the Covid Cup this year. I hate the overall feeling of writing off this year. You can’t write off these boys.

The seniors, (Captain) Nick Wert , (Assistant Captain)Colin Szanyi and (assistant Captain) Sean Hickey deserve to be honored for their contribution to this team and this program. Thanks boys. Way to stick it out and see this through.

 

 

Denison V. Kent State University

Denison Moves up to ACHA Division II 

October 3, 2019 

6:44 PM EDT 

JILL REINER 

Staff Writer for The Denisonian 

After a successful 2018-19 campaign that was highlighted by a regular season championship, the Denison Men’s Ice Hockey program will be making the jump from ACHA Division III to ACHA Division II for the 2019-20 season. With this change, Denison will now face tougher opponents than they ever have as a program, with the likes of Ohio State, Xavier University, the University of Kentucky, and Central Michigan University, to name a few. Coming off of such a triumphant season, Head Coach Jeff German and the team know what to expect facing these tougher opponents, but they know that they are heading in the right direction as a program. “We made great strides this year, picking up some great freshman while holding onto a core group of really good hockey players. Without question, we will miss the five seniors from last year. All in all, we expect to take a few lumps this year, but overall, it is a step in the right direction.” 

It is safe to say that Denison Hockey has come a long way since its inaugural season in 1955. 

Since becoming the Head Coach in 2014, Coach German’s objective from the start “was to establish Denison as a hockey school.” The jump from ACHA Division III to ACHA Division II to compete at a higher level will definitely help put Denison Hockey on the map. 

Over Coach German’s five seasons coaching Denison Hockey, he has seen the program evolve greatly thanks to its great alumni, the athletic department, and the Denison administration. “Five years ago, the program was pretty lifeless. There was a core group of freshmen and a few upperclassmen that shared our vision. Now, after five seasons, the team’s trajectory is on a steep upward track. Mostly because we stay active in recruiting the best student athletes we can find. Also, the Denison Hockey alumni have really done a lot of the heavy lifting by staying deeply and personally committed to the team’s success,” German said. 

He also spoke about how the team has gained the support of administration. “We have the attention of the athletic department, President Adam Weinberg and the ACHA; all helping to support our team and put Denison Hockey on the map. We still have a long way to go, but we are definitely taking all the correct steps to ensure success.” The future of Denison Hockey is looking as bright as ever before. Denison is quickly making themselves known as a program that should not be overlooked. The jump from ACHA Division III to ACHA Division to is “the single most important move we could have made for our program,” said Coach German. “While we will inevitably have some doubts and regrets as we journey through this season, I think we all understand that this is where we need to be. To be honest, getting to the level we need to be at in the next couple of seasons isn’t the hard part, sustaining that level of talent and commitment is where the real challenges lie as future seasons unfold.” 

Though the team may not fare as well this season as they did in seasons prior facing easier opponents, in order to get to where they ultimately want to be, the team must sustain the high level of skill and commitment that they have now in its future seasons. Be sure to come see the Big Red in action at the Lou & Gibb Ice Arena in Newark and stay up to date with the latest news and scores on Instagram (@denisonhockey), Twitter (@denison_hockey) and online at denisonhockey.com

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