Senator Farley Congratulates Union College Men's Hockey Team

 
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    Text of the New York State Senate, sponsored by State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady):

     

     LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  congratulating  the  Union College Men's Hockey

     Team and Coach Rick Bennett upon the  occasion  of  capturing  the  NCAA

     Division 1 Championship

     

     WHEREAS,  Excellence  and  success in competitive sports can be achieved

     only through strenuous practice, team play and team spirit, nurtured  by

     dedicated coaching and strategic planning; and

       WHEREAS, Athletic competition enhances the moral and physical develop-

     ment of the young people of this State, preparing them for the future by

     instilling  in  them  the  value  of teamwork, encouraging a standard of

     healthy living, imparting a desire for success and developing a sense of

     fair play and competition; and

       WHEREAS, The Union College Men's Hockey Team are the NCAA  Division  1

     Champions; they defeated Minnesota with an impressive 7-4 victory before

     a  crowd  of  18,742,  on  Saturday,  April 12, 2014, at the Wells Fargo

     Center in Philadelphia; this championship earned Union College its first

     NCAA Division 1 Championship in any sport; and

       WHEREAS, The Union Dutchmen Hockey Team advanced to  the  championship

     game  after  defeating  Boston  College 5-4 on Thursday, April 10, 2014,

     before more than 17,000 spectators; and

       WHEREAS, Loyally  and  enthusiastically  supported  by  family,  fans,

     friends  and  the  community  at  large,  the  Dutchmen  finished  their

     outstanding season with a record of 32-6-4, the most wins in the 71-sea-

     son history of Union Hockey; in addition, they captured the ECAC regular

     season title as well as the ECAC hockey championship; and

       WHEREAS, Four members of this  extraordinary  team  received  AHCA/CCM

     All-America  Honors,  they are: Mat Bodie and Shayne Gostisbehere, named

     to the East First Team, and Daniel Carr and Colin Stevens, named to  the

     East Second Team; and

       WHEREAS,  Founded  in 1795, Union College, located in Schenectady, New

     York, is a small liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approxi-

     mately 2,100 full-time students; and

       WHEREAS, The athletic talent displayed by this team is  due  in  great

     part  to  the efforts of Coach Rick Bennett, a skilled and inspirational

     tutor, respected for his ability to develop potential  into  excellence;

     and

       WHEREAS,  The  hallmarks  of the Union College Men's Hockey Team, from

     the opening game of the season to  participation  in  the  championship,

     were  a brotherhood of athletic ability, of good sportsmanship, of honor

     and of scholarship, demonstrating that these team players are second  to

     none; and

       WHEREAS,  Athletically  and  academically, the Union team members have

     proven themselves to be an unbeatable combination of talents, reflecting

     favorably on their school; they are true role models for all  collegiate

     athletic teams across the Nation; and

       WHEREAS,  Coach  Rick Bennett, along with Assistant Coaches Joe Dumais

     and Jason Tapp, and Volunteer Assistant Coach John Ronan,  have  done  a

     superb  job  in  guiding,  molding and inspiring the team members toward

     their goals; and

       WHEREAS, Sports competition instills the values of teamwork, pride and

     accomplishment, and Coach Rick Bennett and the 27  outstanding  athletes

     have  clearly made a contribution to the spirit of excellence which is a

     tradition of their school; this impressive achievement is  a  source  of

     considerable  pride for the College, the City and County of Schenectady,

     and the entire State of New York; now, therefore, be it

       RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to

     congratulate  the  Union  College  Men's  Hockey Team; its members: Mark

     Bennett, Mat Bodie, Daniel  Carr,  Daniel  Ciampini,  Sam  Coatta,  Nick

     Cruice,  Theo  DiPauli, Sebastien Gingras, Alex Gonye, Shayne Gostisbeh-

     ere, Matt Hatch, Noah Henry, Cole Ikkala, Matt  Krug,  Eli  Lichtenwald,

     Griffyn  Martin, Max Novak, Dillon Pieri, Michael Pontarelli, David Roy,

     Alex Sakellaropoulos, Colin Stevens, Kevin Sullivan, Jeff Taylor,  Char-

     lie  Vasaturo,  Mike  Vecchione,  and  Matt Wilkins; Coach Rick Bennett,

     Assistant Coaches Joe Dumais and Jason  Tapp,  and  Volunteer  Assistant

     Coach  John  Ronan  on their outstanding season and overall team record;

     and be it further

       RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-

     smitted to the Union College Men's Hockey Team and Coach Rick Bennett.