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AIC hockey season puts team and school on national stage

August 29, 2019


CIARA: THE AIC MEN’S HOCKEY SEASON MAY BE OVER …BUT IT WILL GO DOWN AS THE BEST IN THE SCHOOL’S HISTORY. 22NEWS REPORTER HECTOR MOLINA EXPLAINS HOW THE TEAM’S SUCCESS HAS IMPACTED THE COMMUNITY ON CAMPUS. WE MUSTVE HEARD FROM 20 DIFFERENT PEOPLE SAYING WHERE IS AIC? WHO IS AIC? NOBODY REALLY KNEW AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT PUTS US ON THE NATIONAL MAP NOW. AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE IS NOW A NAME TO BE RECKONED WITH IN COLLEGE HOCKEY. THE 2018-2019 AIC MEN’S HOCKEY SEASON IS ONE THAT COACHES, PLAYERS AND FANS WILL NEVER FORGET. THE NUMBER-18 SEED AIC HOCKEY TEAM HAD AN UNBELIEVABLE SEASON…ENDING THE YEAR WITH 23 WINS, 17 LOSSES AND A TIE. BUT THE BIGGEST WIN CAME ON FRIDAY AGAINST THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE NATION ST. CLOUD STATE, MARKING ONE OF THE BIGGEST UPSETS IN NCAA HISTORY. WE CAME OUT THINKING WE COULD WIN AND ONCE WE WON IT WAS CRAZY. EVERYONE’S PHONES WERE BLOWING UP IN THE LOCKER ROOM SAYING CONGRATS. IT DIDN’T ALL SET IN TILL YESTERDAY WHEN WE GOT HOME AND WE REALIZED WHAT WE DID WAS PRETTY SPECIAL. THE CINDERELLA SEASON CAME TO AN END FOR AIC ON SATURDAY IN THE NCAA REGIONAL FINAL AGAINST DENVER, BUT THE TEAM’S SUCCESS HAS EVERYONE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND ACROSS THE NATION TALKING ABOUT THE YELLOW JACKETS. IT FELT LIKE MIRACLE ON ICE, I KNOW I WASN’T AROUND FOR THAT BUT THAT’S WHAT IT WAS SIMILAR TO. MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION, PLAYERS, AND FANS ALL AGREED THAT THE IMPACT OF THIS TEAMS SUCCESS, EXTENDS WELL BEYOND THE HOCKEY RINK. HOPEFULLY THAT’LL TRANSLATE INTO STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN COMING TO AIC. THIS PUTS US ON A NATIONAL MAP NOW NOT JUST FOR HOCKEY OR AN ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT BUT FOR THE ENTIRE INSTITUTION. WITH AIC RETURNING A MAJORITY OF THEIR STARTERS, THE YELLOW JACKETS ARE EXPECTING ANOTHER RUN AT THE FROZEN FOUR NEXT SEASON. IN SPRINGFIELD HM 22NEWS.

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