Last week was bittersweet for the Ice Griffs as we had two of our own move on to new opportunities in their lives. Our equipment manager, Sean Schmidt, has accepted the position of Hockey Operations Manager at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
Sean is not only a very responsible and skilled equipment manager, but is also a great guy and friend to all the boys. Whether it is sharpening skates or suiting up for scrimmages with the team, Sean does it all. Although we hated to watch him leave, we are all very excited for Sean and wish him the best of luck as he moves on to the next step in his career.
In Sean's departure, the school immediately began the search for a replacement. They didn't have to look very far as Sean's replacement came from one of our very own Ice Griffs. Taylor Anderson, senior goaltender for the Griffs, has decided to take on the opportunity as Equipment Manager for the rest of this season and for the following two years while he works toward his graduate degree.
Taylor made his debut in the new position two weekends ago at UConn, where he handled all equipment issues thrown at him with ease. It seems like all this time of picking up after his roommates and being extremely organized will pay off for Taylor.
This past weekend we hosted the Holy Cross Crusaders for a two-game series. Saturday afternoon was a hard-fought battle by both teams in a very fast-paced game. It was an up-and-down game for the Griffs as we jumped out the gate early, scoring two quick goals, but would eventually lose grip on the lead and ended the game in our second-straight tie. On Sunday, the Crusaders made no mistakes in capitalizing on their opportunities and outmatched the Griffs in a tough loss.
The parents and fans that attended the games over the weekend may have noticed the wide variety of mustache styles on the faces of many of the boys. The Griffs are participating in "Movember" this month in support of Prostate Cancer.
The rules are fairly simple, as we must leave our top lips unshaven for the entire month of November. The difficult part for some of us is actually growing a mustache. A little tip for those fellas our there that face the same problem as Preston Shupe and me is to use a little bit of Just For Men beard dye in their "staches." It works like a charm. The Griffs have registered with Movember Canada at ca.movember.com and we encourage anyone who is looking to pledge in support of Prostate Cancer to contact Preston Shupe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was a tough week for the Griffs on the ice, as we seem to be in a time where bounces just aren't going our way. We know that we have some work to do and I know we have the right group of guys to do it. This week we will address what we need to improve on and will ensure it is done before our next test on Friday.
See you at the rink,
Scott Jenks #3