Championship CUA Ice Hockey Cardinals Recruiting
By Charles Hostovsky
This past February, CUA’s Frozen Cardinals won the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference championship cup in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) on a 13 game wining streak. They defeated their archrival UMD Terps 5-4 in the final playoff game.
What started as club hockey around the USA a number of years ago due to the reluctance of the NCAA hockey to expand beyond the northern states, the ACHA has grown from 15 schools in 1991 into a highly organized league of 382 men’s and 36 women’s teams in 3 divisions throughout the country. (ACHA.org) In fact, the term “club” is consider a four-letter word in the ACHA and the league is recognized by the National Hockey League.
In there first 2 exhibition games September 25 and 26, the Cards lost both to the George Washington Colonials in the home and home series – being heavily outscored by GW. One could chalk it up to their regular goaltender being away for a while and the lack of an experienced back-up keeper, but the Colonials are also in a higher division. However, the Cards beat them last season. Hopefully a back-up goaltender can be recruited soon.
If you are interested in trying out for the Frozen Cardinals contact Coach Nick Williamson ([email protected]) or this Faculty Rep ([email protected]).