Even though the season has been over since February, it’s always a good time to talk about NIU Hockey!
For those that don’t know—and many people on campus are shocked to hear this–NIU has a Division-II team and Division-III team that play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). Both of NIU’s teams play out of Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, which is an easy drive east down Lincoln Highway from campus.
Why are you reading about NIU Hockey, you ask? Well, because yours truly is the Media Relations Coordinator and Writer for NIU Hockey!
During the 2013-14 season, the D2 Huskies went 15-18-0-2-1 and made it to the first round of the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) playoffs; the MACHA is their conference. 3 Huskies were named to the MACHA 2nd Team roster at the end of the season, which is essentially an MVP roster: senior forward Nick Leon, junior forward Justin Rucinski and senior defenseman Troy Hickey.
The D3 Huskies went 8-20-0-1-0 during the 2013-14 season and even put together a 5 game winning streak to start the second semester off strong. Junior forward and team captain Jc Weems was selected to play in the ACHA D3 All-Star Challenge in Philadelphia, which took place March 27-30.
While September may seem like a long time away before the 2014-15 season starts up, there are still a few things going on for NIU Hockey during the offseason.
With 2 dates in April and May and 1 in June and July, NIU Hockey is hosting Spring and Summer Skates for prospects for the team. NIU Hockey also has a Jr. Huskies Summer Camp from July 14-17 at Fox Valley for children ages 8-13; current NIU players and coaches will be the instructors of the camp.
It’s always a busy time in the NIU Hockey organization. Once next season rolls around, don’t be shy to come out to Fox Valley and take in a few games!
Freshman Journalism major/Spanish Minor from North Aurora, IL