Millersville’s ice hockey team is performing great feats on and off the rink. The ice hockey team practices twice a week and then has group workouts in the fitness center once a week. On the weekends, the team plays two or three games. Millersville’s ice hockey team switches between home and away games, typically having thirty games in a season total.
The league they are in is the Colonial State College Hockey Conference. It is a mixture of Pennsylvania and New Jersey colleges including West Chester, Monmouth, Seton Hall and University of Pennsylvania. They compete against universities such as Liberty University, Rowan University and Virginia Tech. Last year, the ice hockey team took a trip to Virginia in order to play against Virginia Tech and Liberty University.
The players do not receive any scholarships to play. The money they receive from the university for being a club sport covers ice times, buses to away games and league fees. In order for someone to be on the ice hockey team, they have to pay for added expenses out of pocket. The team does not typically fundraise for these costs but apparel sales assist them. This does not stop the team from being charitable.
When the ice hockey team is off the ice, they spend time volunteering. In the past, the team has volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster by painting the walls of the facility. The have also participated in the Out of Darkness Walk for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They have cleaned up the Lancaster Ice Rink that they practice in. The team has raffled off jerseys, donating the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. Millersville’s Ice Hockey’s team has also has done charity work for the American Cancer Society and participated in the Relay for Life.
Matt Iehle, the president of the ice hockey team stated that the team is coming up with ideas on how to raise money for charities. They are also looking for ways to keep the organization going. “It is a great group of guys, everyone is real supportive,” Iehle said.
The team looks to recruit freshmen that have experience playing ice hockey. Iehle also wishes to see more people at their games.
If you would like to support the ice hockey team, you can attend one of their games at Lancaster Ice Rink. The team does not offer transportation to games. Admission is free. There is transportation provided to special event games such as homecoming and military night.