By Cole Hepler ’20, Staff Writer
The LVC men’s ice hockey team has added ten new freshmen looking to make an early impact as the team prepares for opening weekend.
MIH has recruited ten new players from across the country as well as Czech Republic native, Ziki Mroz. Each of the newcomers played important roles for their his previous teams and displayed character that caught coach Don Parsons’ attention during the recruitment process. From their first steps on campus, the freshmen have been waiting for their opportunity to prove their skills on the ice as a Dutchmen.
“I am really happy to be here at LVC because of the great academics and hockey program,” Ziki Mroz, freshman defenseman, said. “Regarding hockey, I am more than happy with our team’s work ethic and skill. I think we have a great group as the season begins this week.”
The recruiting process is a year-round task where coaches and staff travel across the eastern coast watching players and evaluating their talents. The Eastern Hockey League and United States Premier Hockey League have developed nine of our ten recruits. The east coast has grown in terms of player development and advancing those players into collegiate programs similar to LVC.
“I’m really excited about the season, I believe this group has the potential to do something special,” Brad Viola, freshman forward, said. “We have a really good group of not only players but also great people and I am excited to see what the future holds.”
Expectations are high for each recruit to make an immediate positive impact for the team as the season begins Nov. 1, in New Hampshire against Saint Anselm College.