I'd like to start off by thanking and applauding former senior Scott Jenks on the job he did with Campus Chronicles last year. He is set to begin his professional hockey career in the coming weeks and I am honored to take over for him this year. I'd also like to send a congratulations to last year's seniors Cory Conacher, Vincent Scarsella, Phil Rauch, and Eric Rex for signing professional contracts for this year.
The start of the year has been busy but exciting so far as our team is welcoming in 12 freshmen this year. Yes, that's not a typo, I said 12 freshmen. Given so many new faces we have all been trying extra hard to help the freshmen feel welcomed and at home in Griffville, the place they will be calling home for the next four years. From a goalie who stands 6'5" to a forward from Sweden, we have a bit of everything in our freshmen class and the upperclassmen are glad to welcome them to our family.
The team just ended our annual Army ROTC Training Week, possibly the most famous week on our calendar. While the word "famous" would probably be defined differently by every player in this context, the 5:30 am wake-ups and tasks including pushing vans around Delaware Park are indeed famous within the program. In the end, we appreciate the effort the ROTC program puts forth during this week in helping bring our team together as we focus on becoming a single unit. In addition, we respect the daily work those in the Canisius ROTC Program must do and we are truly grateful for their future service to our country.
Brightening up the 5:30 am workouts is the excitement that the season is only a couple weeks away. From growing accustomed to our daily class, lift, and hockey routines, to hanging out as a new team and receiving our equipment, there are many little things that make us anxious for the year. While this is my last year, nothing will ever be able to replace the feeling we get as teammates when we see each other after summer vacation. Though we may not talk about it, the bond a team has is one most aren't able to understand. Being able to have our best friends right down the hall or right down the street for the year is awesome, and helps get over the loss of summer and the cold weather that's to come.
I had a lot to cram into this first issue but I look forward to getting into more detail and hopefully humor as the Chronicle begins its weekly schedule. To all Griffs supporters, we look forward to seeing you at the rink this year and we appreciate all of your support. I will be updating our team Twitter account daily as well, giving people a look at the team from a different angle, so follow us on Twitter @GriffsHockey! All of the boys had a safe and fun summer but it's time to put our noses to the grindstone as we prepare for another year of hockey.
Until next week, keep your head up.
Scott Moser #24