Friday, October 13, 2006

Penn State Icers are No-Names

Just like the football team, the other sports teams at Penn State University prides itself on honor, discipline, and athletic sportsmanship. The University strives to provide character building in its student athletes and most of the time its done by example.

The previous coaching regime had built a legacy of a strong honorable tradition. To reinforce this mindset, the PSU Icers hockey team will go this season without the names on their jerseys.
"It was an internal decision that I made because I wanted us to continue with the school tradition of playing for the name on the front of the jersey and not the names on the back," head coach Scott Balboni said.
But the move to change the team's look has yet another motive. 20 of the 28 players on this years team are underclassmen. They hope that this will start a chemistry to build on for years.
"We have a lot of guys who are able to step into leadership roles," Jordan said. "There are some really good leaders on this team, so I think it is a joint effort and I'm just the one with the 'C' on my jersey."
The winning tradition is certainly well known among Pennsylvania hockey fans. PSU dominates the ACHA-Div. 1 every year. If they don't win the National Championship, then they place second. In 2006-07 season, the Icers did well on opening weekend (1-1, 1-0 ACHA). But tonight, the team makes their home debut against Scranton and Navy on Sunday.

[Via:PSU Daily Collegian]
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