Oswego State Men’s ACHA D1 Hockey Team Says Thanks

Dear Editor:
Another season has ended for the Oswego State Men’s ACHA D1 hockey team and we have many people to thank for our successful season. We could not have done as well as we did without the financial support of the Student Association of Oswego State University.

We also want to thank Mike Paestella for his donation of an authentic Ryan Miller USA jersey which we raffled off, our sponsors Clean Check Hockey, Damn Good T- Shirts and Battle Axe Hockey of Oswego and Tavern on the Lock and Uniforms, Etc. of Fulton. Their generosity is very much appreciated.

We would also like to thank the people behind the scenes who helped to keep our team running: Kathryne Davis and Adam Rupczyk of Oswego State who wrote articles on the team which were published in both the Oswegonian and Oswego Campus Celebrities; our official team photographer Karl Backhaus who took over 5,000 action shots of the team, many of which can be seen on the team facebook page; Deanna Drexler and Jamie Reece who announced our games and kept our stats.

A big thank you to Brian Tosti who did live broadcasts of our games over the web- the parents and alumni appreciate it!

A big thank you also goes out to the Hibbie, Javiar and Dwayne, the rink maintenance staff who keep the ice surface in such pristine condition. Their outstanding assistance during practices and games has been invaluable to our program. They are some of our biggest fans.

As we do every season, we need to say good bye to our graduating seniors and wish them well in their futures.

Adam Webster, Nick Phelps, Chris Cavanaugh, Mike Reid and Mike Weronski have been an important part of our program and although we will miss them and hate to see them leave, we are proud of them and wish them the best. Our “Voice of the Lakers” Deanna Drexler, also graduates, and we wish her the best in her future. We are very proud of the fact that our team has a 100% graduation rate.

We are very proud to announce that six (6) players from this year’s team have earned the distinction of being named Academic All-Americans. This is the largest group to earn this honor since the program has joined the ACHA.

They are: senior Mike Reid, and juniors Mike Renick, Aaron Frohm, , James Hollowell, Chris MacRae and Derek Farley.

Our biggest thank you goes out to our great parents and the great community of Oswego who supported us all season.

August is just around the corner, and new players will be trying out for the roster spots that were held by Adam, Mike, Nick, Chris and Mike. The new players will be wearing their numbers but they will always be a part of our Laker team.

Jay Peacock, Head Coach
Bruce Zellar, Faculty Advisor
The 2011-2012 Oswego State ACHA D1 Men’s Hockey Team