Founded in 1981, the Loras College Hockey Club has just reached its 35th anniversary, so it’s time to give that group of athletes some recognition. The hockey club is one of the oldest clubs on campus with quite a history to go along with it. The best part about this club is that anyone who likes hockey is welcome, regardless of experience, skill level or gender. That’s refreshing — an all-inclusive team that doesn’t discriminate based on whether or not you’re the next NHL draft pick or whether you’re male or female; everyone gets an opportunity out on the rink. According to the club’s Facebook page, their goal is “to provide its members an opportunity to play competitive hockey in an atmosphere that produces many memorable friendships and experiences.” That motto has stood strong for 35 years now.
The hockey club currently has 22 members, all of whom get a chance to play, and who all share a love for the sport of hockey. It has been said that teams play better when their passion for the game trumps all other aspects of the sport, and that can be seen through this hockey team. These athletes go out on the rink each game day and put out their best effort simply because they love the sport, not because there’s some big trophy to win. As a group that represents Loras but is not an official varsity sport, they do a fantastic job personifying the Loras College image, carrying the name with respect and dignity when they go out and compete.
Since the hockey club isn’t affiliated with the NCAA, they don’t play games against other college teams, the exception being St. Ambrose who has a hockey club just like ours. Instead, they play Dubuque men’s league teams including the Senior Saints and the Fossils.
They also compete against some teams in the Quad Cities area, including the Narwhals, the Hooligans and Puck U. This string of opponents offers the club some great competition, and gives them the chance to advertise the Loras College brand as it often travels to Moline to compete against the Quad City teams on its schedule.
Loras students, faculty and staff can go out and support this outstanding group of athletes. The hockey club plays their home games at the Mystique Ice Arena, and they still have a few games left to play this year. Their upcoming games are on March 9, April 5 and April 12. All are encouraged to go out and support the hockey club in their coming home games; they love to see fans from the student body.
For those who may be interested in joining the hockey club, the team is always accepting of new members. Contact the club’s president, Tommy Cervenka, with any questions at Thomas.Cervenka@loras.edu.