Life on the ice
By Keegan Godwin
Founded in 1981, the Loras College Hockey Club is one of the longest-running clubs on campus. The club is founded on the principle of having all of its members play the game they love, no matter their skill level. The motto of the club is to: “provide its members an opportunity to play competitive hockey in an atmosphere that produces many memorable friendships and experiences.” This motto and principle has stood strong throughout the existence of the club. Members of the club include all races, genders, ages, and skill levels, and no one is turned down – even if they have never skated before or shot a puck in their life. Everyone on the team has the opportunity to play in the game itself. This year, the team consists of seven players, led by team captains CJ Marshall and Matt Waldeck.
Since the club is not NCAA Division III, they do not play the typical colleges you would expect a Loras College sports team to play. Instead, the team will compete against other college club teams, and most of those teams are multiple colleges mixed together.
To start their season off, the Loras College Hockey Team played the Loras College Alumni in the Homecoming game. This is a game played every year between the current members of the hockey team and alumni of the hockey team. This year, the current team played the alumni on Oct. 13 at the Mystique Ice Center in downtown Dubuque. The alumni beat the currents 14-8 in an action-packed and fun-filled game. The next game for the team is currently an undecided date, but they will be playing the Dubuque Fossils, a local hockey club here in Dubuque comprised of adult hockey players.
“The team is looking good from what I can tell,” said first-year Luke O’Connell. “[There are] a few new guys – including myself – [on] the team and a bunch of returning players as well. All of them are great guys and teammates.”
The team plays at the Mystique Ice Center in downtown Dubuque. The beautiful ice arena was opened in 2010 and has been proudly hosting the Loras Hockey team for many years now. The Mystique is also home to the Dubuque Fighting Saints; a Tier I Junior hockey team here in Dubuque. The team will travel to Chicago in the Spring to finish out their season.