Busy first weekend on the horizon

20140215182054_EMP_3437_-X2The University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey Club is just days away from opening its inaugural campaign with two teams.  The Division I team opens up its season on the road with a stout test against Lindenwood-Belleville.  The Lynx open their second ACHA season after an emphatically successful inaugural effort that saw the team amass a 29-2-1 overall record including an undefeated record at home.  The Lynx reeled off 27 straight wins last season before sustaining their first losses at the hands of the University of Oklahoma.  Games are at the St. Louis Ice Zone at 8:10 pm on Friday, September 11, and 3:45 pm on Saturday, September 12.

Meanwhile, back at home, the Division III team plays host to Division II Augustana College, a first-time visitor to the Jones Center.  Game times are 7:30 pm on both Friday and Saturday nights. To round out the weekend, the Division I team plays its first ever home game at 1:30 pm on Sunday, September 13, against Augustana.  More information about tickets is available here.

Before dropping the puck on the 15-16 season, the program opens a four-day training camp on Friday, September 4, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  For the third consecutive season, the Oilers Ice Center will play host to the Razorbacks.

Gaboury commits to Arkansas

The University of Arkansas Men’s Hockey team is pleased to announce that G-Renaud Gaboury has committed to Arkansas.

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Renaud Gaboury

Renaud Gaboury, a 5’11” goaltender from Montreal, Canada, joins Arkansas after spending several seasons in juniors.  After playing for the Valencia Flyers (WSHL) during the 2013-14 season, Gaboury backstopped the Dallas Snipers this past year.  Prior to his junior career, Gaboury’s high school team won the 2010 Quebec High School RSEQ Provincial Championship and, before high school, Gaboury was named the 2009 Ottawa Bantam Tournament Best Goaltender.  Said Gaboury about joining Arkansas, “[a]fter meeting the coaching staff and returning players, it is clear to me that the Razorbacks are one of the top collegiate hockey programs in the nation and will remain so for years to come. I am very excited to join the University of Arkansas and make the best of the opportunity given to me by Coach Gallini.”  Gaboury is interested in criminal justice and sports management.

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).  The University of Arkansas was the first SEC school to field a Division I ACHA program and is currently the only SEC school with two hockey teams.

Kalik and Delisle make plans for Arkansas

The University of Arkansas Men’s Hockey team is pleased to announce another pair of commitments: F-Cory Delisle and D-Hutton Kalik.

Cory Delisle
Cory Delisle

Cory Delisle, a  5’9″ forward from Plano, Texas, joins Arkansas after playing the last several seasons in the Dallas Jr. Stars AAA Elite program. In three seasons with the Jr. Stars, Delisle has played on teams that were quarter-finalists at the Tier I U16 Nationals (2012-13), bronze medalists at the high school nationals (2013-14), and quarter-finalists at the Tier I U18 Nationals (2014-15).  In 40 games with the 2012-13 U16 team, Delisle scored 9 goals to go with 8 assists.  Most recently, during the 2014-15 season with the U18 team, Delisle potted 9 goals to go with 4 four assists.

Said Delisle, “Razorback hockey is a great program and I’m really excited to get the season started.”  He added, “I just hope I can help the team win and have a successful season.”  Delisle’s academic interests are business and accounting.

Hutton Kalik
Hutton Kalik

For his part, Hutton Kalik is a 6’1″ defenseman who last played for the Dallas Penguins U18AA team.  Teammates with Zach Palmer, the 2014-15 Penguins won the Texas Amateur Hockey Association U18 Tier II championship, became the Dallas Stars Travel Hockey League champions, and received a bronze medal at the 2015 U18 National Championships.  Also a Plano, Texas, native, Kalik played in 59 games for the Penguins.  A staple on the blueline, he chipped in 10 goals to go with 18 assists.  Kalik commented, “I’ve been playing Hockey since I was 4.  I’m at the peak of my game and it can either go up or stop, so I figured I should improve myself and see where it takes me.”  Kalik plans to study Business and Advertising/Public Relations.

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).  The University of Arkansas was the first SEC school to field a Division I ACHA program and is currently the only SEC school with two hockey teams.

Season ticket plans for both teams are now available until August 28.  You can learn more here.

Tryout dates and times released

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Interested in playing for the Razorbacks?

Tryouts are just days away.  Below is the upcoming tryout schedule.  If you’d like to tryout, but have not yet expressed interest, fill out a prospective player form here.

August 20, 4:00 pm, Registration at the Jones Center.

August 20, 5:00 pm, Off-ice testing at the Jones Center.

August 21, On-ice tryout #1, 8:30-11:30 am.

August 22, On-ice tryout #2, 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

August 23, On-ice tryout #3, 9:30 am-11:30 am.

All sessions are free and open to the public.  Come get an early look at this year’s teams!

Season passes now available

The best crowd in college hockey
The best crowd in college hockey

The upcoming season for your University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey Club teams is quickly approaching. The five-time SECHC Champion DIII team and the new DI team in the WCHL, encourage you to become a season pass holder!

For $129, the season pass will grant you access to all of the DI and DIII home games, which are played at the Jones Center in Springdale, AR. The $129 season pass price includes $4 per home game and a $5 processing fee. Season pass holders enjoy all access, which admits fans into the upstairs seating area (while space allows) or standing room only at the glass level.

Season pass holders will pick up their passes at will-call using a government issued photo ID at the first home series on September 11-13, 2015, when both teams play host to Augustana College.

Applications for season passes will be accepted until August 28, 2015. If you are interested in becoming a season pass holder, please email the University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey Club Student Board Treasurer, Sam Anderson, at syanders@uark.edu.

We hope that you will join us in cheering on the Razorbacks this year, as we work toward our sixth SECHC Championship and our first WCHL Championship!

The University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey Club is one of 30 active clubs in the club sports program operated by University Recreation at the University of Arkansas. Nicknamed the Razorbacks, the club plays in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I and III. It is not one of the 19 NCAA-sponsored sports within the university’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The club does compete against other club programs in Southeastern Conference and Western Collegiate schools. The purpose of the club sports program is to allow students the opportunity to participate in sports at a competitive or instructional level. Clubs are self-administered and self-regulated with parameters set by program and university policy.

NAHL product Austin Thielges commits to Arkansas

Austin Thielges
Austin Thielges

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that  Austin Thielges has formally signed to play at Arkansas.  A 5’8″ 175 lb defenseman from Frisco, Texas, Thielges last played for the NAHL Lone Star Brahmas.  In 45 games with the Brahmas, Thielges contributed 9 assists and racked up 14 penalty minutes.

Prior to his time with the Brahmas, Thielges completed two seasons with the Dallas Stars 16U program and more season with the 18U team.  In 74 games with the U16 team, Thielges scored 5 goals to go along with 12 assists.  During his time with the 18U roster, he potted 5 goals and added 26 assists.

Said Thielges, “[a]fter seeing the advancements the program has made, and communicating with players I know from the team, I decided it would be a good fit for me to continue my career at Arkansas. ”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).  The University of Arkansas was the first SEC school to field a Division I ACHA program and is currently the only SEC school with two hockey teams.

The Division I & III schedules are out.  You can view them here and here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Locker room plans move forward

LR Pic 1The University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey Club is pleased to report its progress on the program’s locker room project.  As longtime fans know, the project is years in the making.  The program’s hope for its own space became a reality on September 4, 2013, when the Jones Center for Families entered into an agreement with the University granting to the program exclusive use of a large unfinished space at the end of the players’ tunnel inside the rink.

Since 2013, the program has worked diligently to raise funds for what is by far the program’s biggest LR Pic 3financial undertaking.  Through the incredible generosity of its substantial fan-base, the team has raised nearly $30,000 on its way to a total goal of $45,000.  To date, that $30,000 has facilitated the purchase of or improvement to demolition, masonry, flooring, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and steel.  (Want to look inside the now completed plans for the ventilation system?  Click here.)

LR Pic 4So what’s left?  As the team moves into what is hopefully its last fundraising phase, the final needed $15,000 will help acquire player seating (check out the player stalls here), finalize entry door reconstruction, and custom paint. We would ask that you consider making a contribution to the last stage of our program’s historic project by following these instructions:

  • ONLINE:  https://onlinegiving.uark.edu/ (instructions: under the top section “Designation”, pick “Other department, program or fund” and enter “UREC Ice Hockey Locker Room” in the dropdown box).
  • MAIL:  If you prefer to mail a check, please make it out to University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey and write “Lockerroom fund” in the memo line.  You can then drop it in the mail to this address — Erin Brown, Univ. of Arkansas, 214 Graduate Education Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

LR Pic 6Your donation, no matter how small, matters.  And it matters more than ever as this coming season we begin Division I play in the WCHL–the most competitive conference in the ACHA–while seeking to maintain our success in the SECHC by fielding a second team.

The University of Arkansas was the first ever SEC school to field a Division I team and is the only SEC school fielding two hockey teams.  Your support helps us put a high quality product on the ice while simultaneously allowing us to work toward creating more history.

Faranetta and Arden are the next two to choose Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey program is excited to announce another pair of commitments:  F-Cameron Faranetta and D-Jacob Arden.

Cameron Faranetta
Cameron Faranetta

Cameron Faranetta, a 5’6″ forward from Allen, Texas, joins the Razorbacks after playing last season for the McKinney Lightning.  A decade-long veteran of the sport, Faranetta plans to study Finance/Economics upon enrollment.  Reflecting on his decision to attend the University, Faranetta commented, “the hockey program is very focused on academic performance while at the same time developing National Championship caliber teams.”

Jacob Arden (left)
Jacob Arden (left)

Jacob Arden, a 6’1″ 190 lb defenseman, joins Arkansas from Potomac, Maryland.  Arden, who also plans to study Finance/Economics, played last season for a Winston Churchill Hockey Club that won the 2015 Maryland State Championship.  During the 2014-15 season, Arden contributed 6 goals and 10 assists.  He was recognized as a 2015 Washington Post All-Met First Team Defenseman and a 2015 Montgomery All Gazette First Team Defenseman.  Said Arden, “Arkansas hockey will give me the opportunity to play high level college hockey while receiving a strong education.”  He added, “from what I’ve already experienced, the Coaching Staff holds the players accountable for their performance on the ice and in the classroom.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).  The University of Arkansas was the first SEC school to field a Division I ACHA program and is currently the only SEC school with two hockey teams.

The Division I & III schedules are out.  You can view them here and here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Greer and Friedenberger set to call Arkansas home

The Razorback Hockey program is excited to announce another pair of commitments:  F-Jackson Greer and G-Josh Friedenberger.

Jack Greer
Jack Greer

Jackson “Jack” Greer, a 5’9″ forward from Houston, Texas, played last season for The Woodlands High School varsity team and Team Houston Hitmen midget major.  In 27 games for The Woodlands last season, Greer notched 16 goals to go along with 22 assists.  A member of two Texas Tier II State Championship teams (2008-09 & 2010-11), Greer had this to say about joining the Razorback program:  “[a]fter meeting Coach Gallini along with some of the players, I saw how serious the program was and I just had to be a part of it.”  He also commented, “Arkansas Hockey is growing fast and it shows no sign of slowing down.  I’m excited to be part of its growth.”

Josh Friedenberger
Josh Friedenberger

Josh Friedenberger joins Arkansas from Nolensville, Tennessee, where he played goaltender for Ravenwood High School.  Friedenberger commented, “I chose the University of Arkansas due to the fact the coaching staff intends to develop disciplined players on the ice and develop young men of character, integrity, and a passion for life and the game.”  In his time prior to Arkansas, Friedenberger was recognized in 2007 as MVP of the 38th Annual Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament and backstopped his Tier II 14 & under team to a 2010 National Championship.  In 14 appearances for Ravenwood during the 2013-14 season, Friedenberger notched one shutout and posted a stout 2.09 GAA.  He replicated that success in 11 regular season appearances for Ravenwood during the 2014-15 season, when Friedenberger posted a 1.66 GAA that included two shutouts.  “Coach Gallini is committed to building a program that is not only successful today, but will continue to grow and be successful in years to come.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).  The University of Arkansas was the first SEC school to field a Division I ACHA program and is currently the only SEC school with two hockey teams.

The Division I & III schedules were recently released.  You can view them here and here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Ashmore, Husband, and Palmer all make plans to attend Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey program is excited to announce a trio of commitments:  D-Anthony Ashmore, F-Patrick Husband, and D-Zachary Palmer.

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Anthony Ashmore

Anthony Ashmore, a 6’0″ 205 lb. defenseman from Scottsdale, Arizona, played last season for the AHSHA Premier U18 team.  Appearing in 29 games, Ashmore notched 4 goals to go along with 6 assists.  Selected for recognition last season as an All-State Defenseman, Ashmore had this to say about his decision to attend Arkansas:  “I chose to attend the University of Arkansas to contribute to the continued success of a tremendous hockey program that Coach Gallini and his staff have built.”  Ashmore added, “I was also drawn to the rich academic history of the University and its business school. The hockey program itself has an inherent family culture that is hard to find, and ultimately helped me make my final decision.”

Patrick Husband
Patrick Husband

Patrick Husband comes to Arkansas by way of Gaithersburg, Maryland, where the 5’10” forward played for both the Piedmont Predators and Damascus High School.  In his time with the Predators last season, where Husband served as Captain, he potted 5 goals and added 5 assists in 34 games.  Husband also finished the 14-15 season +12.  When asked why he chose Arkansas, Husband said, “I want to complete at the most competitive level that I can; the Razorback Hockey program offers that and much more.”  Husband also commented, “[a]fter speaking with the coaching staff and following the team the past couple of seasons, I’m excited to be joining such an excellent organization.”

Zach Palmer
Zach Palmer

Zach Palmer played last season for a decorated DJHA Dallas Penguin team that won the Texas Amateur Hockey Association U18 Tier II championship, became the Dallas Stars Travel Hockey League champions, and received a bronze medal at the 2015 U18 National Championships.  A native of Frisco, Texas, Palmer played in 58 games where he scored 2 goals and added 10 assists.  Palmer, a 5’10” defenseman, said he chose Arkansas because he “want[s] to contribute to the success of the Arkansas Hockey program.”  He added, “I feel like playing for the Razorbacks was a good choice for my hockey career.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).

The Division I & III schedules were recently released.  You can view them here and here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.