This past weekend, the extended Connecticut College men's ice hockey family gathered to cordially celebrate the culmination of years of Camel men's ice hockey. Alumni spanning four decades gathered in New London to commemorate and honor players of the program's past while also getting the opportunity to support members of the present and future.
The festivities began early Friday with the annual CCMIH golf outing. In "Open Championship" conditions, alumni were able to take their talents to the Cedar Ridge golf course to showcase their skills around the greens. Foursomes were comprised so current players had the opportunity to meet and speak with members of the alumni group in a fun, casual environment.
In CCMIH "Blue Paint" fashion, the scramble was decided via a playoff hole in which the dynamic duo of Paul Capozzi `21, Mike Capozzi P`21, Brendan O'Connell `20, and Tom O'Connell P`20 defeated the team of Marc Roper `15, Tim Dipretoro `16, Adam Rimmer `14, and Michael Petchonka `14.
Following the golf outing, everyone headed to the infamous Mr. G's restaurant to celebrate the day with the current student-athletes on the men's hockey team, alumni and parents. Mr. G's currently serves as the team's gathering place for meals following Friday night games at Dayton Arena.
Katherine Bergeron, the President of Connecticut College, was able to speak in front of the CCMIH community and reinforced a strong commitment to the program. Remarks by Bryan Ackil `21 and Michael Moccia `91 were also well received.
In addition, this was also a chance for alumni to converse with legendary former coach Doug Roberts (1979-2003). Thoughts were heavy as the CCMIH community held a moment of silence to remember Coach Robert's late wife Emily who had passed away earlier in the week.
After a night of continued festivities for alumni old and new, the CCMIH family gathered in Dayton Arena again on Saturday morning for the playing of the annual alumni game. The game gave the alumni a chance to skate off some rust and relive former glory on home ice.
With the game in a 5-5 deadlock, the teams elected that the best way to settle things was a "showdown- style" shootout. During this exhilarating finale, an unlikely hero emerged for the blue alumni team. Former self-proclaimed "The People's Goalie" goalie Tim Cooney `18, who played the game at forward, ended the contest with a beautiful "bar-down" goal.
Following some great times and laughs in the locker room, the alumni joined the CCMIH family outside Dayton Arena for an informal reception and a series of drawings and prizes. John Anthony (The King), the CCMIH-sponsored Team Impact member, was deemed by Coach Ward as the drawer of the wide array of prizes. Coach Ward and Michael Moccia `91, a Connecticut College Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, were able to address everyone about the exciting growth the program has seen in recent years and hopes to continue in the foreseeable future.
Overall, the event was a resounding success in bringing together the CCMIH community, and it also proved to be tremendous opportunity for current players to network themselves with members of the extended CCMIH family.
This year's festivities would not have been possible without the help of Mike Moccia '89, who is the head of the CCMIH alumni as well as the program's all-time leading scorer. The program would also like to give a special thanks to the rest of CCMIH alumni council, which inclues Todd Taplin `91, Gaar Talanian `86, Stephen LaMarche `86, Chris Doyle P`19, Jake Henry`07, Greg Bertschmann `86, and Andrew Clavette `06.