The Union hockey program celebrates its 25th anniversary season this year. On Thursdays during the season, The Daily Gazette will look back at some of the players who were part of the program.
YEARS PLAYED AT UNION: 1997-2001.
POSITION: Defense and forward.
CAREER STATISTICS: 115 games, 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME TO UNION? I saw an opportunity to play, as a large senior class had just graduated, Union fit what I was looking for in a school. I had figured that I would probably be an ECAC player.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF AT UNION? I learned that what mattered most to me were friends and teammates. Prior to Union, you wanted the best grades and most playing time so that you could get the attention of a Union. Once you got to Union, surrounding yourself, getting to know and working to help the people there was the best thing that you could do. Your friends and teammates from Union will do more for you than any job ever will.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Scoring the overtime game winner against RPI at Achilles Rink [Jan. 14, 2000].
WHAT HE’S DOING NOW? Assistant hockey coach at University of Nebraska Omaha.
HOW DID YOUR PLAYING CAREER INFLUENCE YOUR LIFE AFTER UNION? After four years at Union and three years of pro, my plan is to never leave hockey. So hockey plus Union provided me with a very rewarding career.