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Thursday parade will celebrate Union’s big win

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A parade will be held for Union College's men's hockey team on Thursday.

The parade will begin at 4 p.m. in front of Alumni Gym on Alexander Lane and proceed past Messa Rink. The parade will then exit the campus with a left hand turn onto Nott Street and proceed south onto Seward Place. The procession will head west onto Union Street before turning south onto Jay Street and will conclude at Schenectady City Hall. 

Fans and residents are encouraged to line the parade route and join the team at city hall in celebration of their 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey championship win. 

The parade will feature youth hockey players and bagpipers as well as Union College officials, trustees and the pep band. The players and coaches will ride atop four local fire trucks from the city of Schenectady, Niskayuna, Clifton Park and Thomas Corners.

The Franklin/Liberty Parking Lot, Center City Parking Lot and Broadway/ Liberty Parking Lot will have limited access from noon to 8 p.m. Please visit www.ParkSchenectady.com for parking information.

Hopes also remain high that the spotlight on Union will shine on the college's focus on academics as well as athletics.

Union has 2,200 students and no athletic scholarships, but that didn't stop them from toppling the nation's best to become the newest champs.

School President Stephen Ainlay says he is particularly proud the players won while maintaining the school's high academic standards.

In an era where the term "student athlete" is regularly derided as meaningless, Ainlay says he hopes this team redeems that phrase.

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