Hockey Club hopes to become official sport

By Caitlyn Johnson, Contributing Writer

If you can’t get enough of hockey, then there’s a club for that. The hockey club is a fairly new edition to the West Liberty campus.

The club was founded last year by Paul Henry, who is now a sophomore and the club president. Since then the club has made leaps and bounds to be recognized as part of the athletics at school.

Once Henry applies to the school to obtain NCAA status and is recognized, West Liberty will have an official hockey team.

Although the team has yet to find a permanent coach, the 15 members haven’t let that daunt their passion for the game.

They practice at the Wheeling Park arena in preparation for their upcoming season. Although last year their record was 1-4, the team is far from being deterred.

In fact, Henry was very optimistic about their approaching games. He played hockey at Central Catholic High School located in Wheeling, and when he made the transition to college, he decided to found a club due to his own interest, and the interest of many others in the sport.

“I owe many thanks to Pat Henry, my father and advisor, Jason Koegler, Angie Zambito, Stefanie Trouten, and the rest of the office of development for all of their help,” Henry said.

The club is also a member of the  National Association of Intercollegiate Hockey (NAIH).

The NAIH’s mission is to provide a governing body to intercollegiate hockey teams in the United States and Canada.

The majority of their home games are held at the Wesbanco Arena, but some will take place at Wheeling Park.

The first tournament will be held September 23 in Newark, Ohio. Their first home game will be October 1 at 8 p.m. as they take on Wheeling Jesuit.

Tickets can be purchased at the rink before games.

All games will be announced in Hilltopper Headlines. The club plans on participating in community service projects in the near future.

The members also plan on having fundraisers such as t-shirt sales.

If you are interested in joining the hockey club, you can contact Paul Henry through email at pjhenry@westliberty.edu , or by phone at 304-312-9832.

Henry emphasized that anyone is welcome to join the team, no matter what skill level a player is.

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