Although there is not an official hockey team at Loras College, 12 times a school year, students can come and cheer on their fellow Duhawks in uniform as the Hockey Club play their games to put their practiced skills to the test.
The Loras College Hockey Club is one of Loras’ many inclusive organizations on campus. The club is open to all Loras students, regardless of prior experience or gender. Not only is the club a great way to make new friends, it is also a way to connect with Loras alumni and faculty.
The club has had a rich history of students past and present suiting up and trying their hand at a sport they otherwise may not have the opportunity to try. The team plays 12 games in their season, lasting from October to February. Dr. Roman Ciapalo has been faculty advisor for the club since 1982.
“If you love playing hockey and want to be a member of a welcoming and supportive team, then come join us. Our goal is to have fun playing hockey and to learn a few things about loyalty, courage, teamwork, and friendship along the way,” said Ciapalo.
The hockey club is a diverse group of students who all share in their goals of having fun and enjoying the sport.
“This gave me a fun way to do so without requiring a lot of prior skill. It was also a fun way for me to stay physically in shape,” said team member Brynn Jacobi.
The hockey club plays at Dubuque’s Mystique Community Ice Center, home of the Fighting Saints. All games are open to the public, so even if you aren’t looking to play, you can still come out and support our Duhawks. If only a few of the games can be made, be sure not to miss the alumni matches.
The first alumni game is held during homecoming weekend every year. This is a great way to meet former Duhawks, whether on the ice or in the bleachers. The second alumni game is the season-ender, played in Chicago. Ciapalo says that these matches are the best part of the season.
“My extra favorite times are the two alumni games that we play each year … because I get to see our current team interact with our hockey alumni, who love to meet our players and reminisce about their days playing hockey at Loras,” Ciapalo said.
For all those interested in hockey, the Loras College Hockey Club is a great way to learn the game or keep skills sharp.
While this year’s season has ended, look for them in the fall semester and watch for their game schedule.