The Hobart College hockey team will travel to Europe after the New Year to compete against some of the best semiprofessional teams in France. The Statesmen, who will also spend time in Switzerland, will take on four European teams in exhibition games Jan. 5-8.
“One of the main reasons we go on this trip every four years is to expose the team to higher levels of hockey,” said Head Coach Mark Taylor. “Many of our players have the desire to keep playing after college, and this may provide opportunities for them. It’s also a great travel experience with their classmates; something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”
Three of the four teams Hobart will play are in the Magnus League, which is the top league in the area. Former Statesman Carl Michaelson ’03 and former Hobart assistant coach Phil Roy both played in the Magnus League. The Statesmen will face Chamonix on Monday, Jan. 5, Morzine on Tuesday, Jan. 6, and St. Gervais on Wednesday, Jan. 7.
On Thursday, Jan. 8 Hobart will play a fourth team, Annecy, which is a Division I team. Michaelson currently plays at this level.
Before the competition starts, the players and coaches will have time to enjoy the city of Geneva, Switzerland, and the surrounding French Alps. They will also have time to take in the cultural experiences of every city they stop in (Chamonix, Morzine, St. Gervais, Annecy).
The Statesmen, ranked eighth in the nation in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll, hold a 10-4-0 overall record. They will return to their regular season schedule on Thursday, Jan. 15, when they travel to Morrisville State for a non-league contest at 7 p.m.