Mar. 01, 2011

Geneseo — home to 1,000 games of hockey

1000th game

The men's hockey team celebrates the 1,000th game played at Geneseo during the Feb. 26 home game. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1974, Paul Duffy coached the Geneseo Club Ice Hockey team in its first game at the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena. No one knew it was the start of a beloved Geneseo tradition. On Feb. 26, students, parents and fans packed into the ice arena to cheer on the Ice Knights as they ushered in a milestone — the college's 1,000th hockey game.

Geneseo played a SUNYAC playoff final competition against SUNY Plattsburgh. The Ice Knights lost in overtime, finishing their season at 16-8-2.

The college also celebrated, as Head Coach Chris Schultz '97 earned SUNYAC Coach of the Year honors.

Over the years, students and supporters have led cheering sections and initiated a pep band. Friday and Saturday night games are a staple for extra-curricular life, for the fans and for players.

"The four years I spent at Geneseo were the best four years of my life," says former player Mitch Stephens '07, a first-team All-American forward. "I loved the hockey, the university, the town — just a great experience that I will cherish forever."