The Union hockey program celebrates its 25th anniversary season this year. To commemorate it, I’m taking a look back at some of the players who were part of the program and have them share their memories of playing for the Dutchmen.
YEARS PLAYED AT UNION: 1998-2002.
CAREER STATISTICS: 119 games, 23 goals, 40 assists for 63 points.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME TO UNION?: I fell in love with Union on my recruitment visit. I loved [how] small and beautiful the campus was and knew that I wanted to go to Union after the weekend. I had opportunities to go to other visits and decided not to attend. I loved everything about it.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF IN YOUR TIME AT UNION?: In all honesty, a lot. Union saved me from a rough neighborhood. I learned the value of hard work and dedication and, most of all, how to respect people. I don’t even want to think where my life would have been had I not attended Union.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: I have few, however, the comeback against rival RPI at home sticks out. (Union overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 14, 2000. Hutchins assisted on Ryan Campbell’s goal with 36 seconds left in regulation).
WHAT HE’S DOING NOW: Hutchins recently retired from being a professional hockey player after 13 seasons, six of which he also worked as Digital Marketing Manager for a UK bank. He was also player-head coach for the past three seasons in Dundee, Scotland. He is now in China coaching the China Dragon of Asian Hockey League.
HOW DID YOUR PLAYING CAREER INFLUENCE YOUR LIFE AFTER UNION?: A lot of the skills I learned as a student-athlete have certainly helped me over the years, mainly a strong work ethic, commitment and time management. I owe everything to my time at Union and the game of hockey.