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Congressman Tonko congratulates Dutchmen on championship win


ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Union College Dutchmen are still getting praise for their big championship win.

On Monday, Congressman Paul Tonko delivered a speech on the house floor last night congratulating and recognizing the team.

"I rise today to acknowledge the Union College Dutchmen Hockey Team and congratulate them on winning their first NCAA Division I national championship.

The Dutchmen wrapped up a dream season on April 12th, defeating Minnesota by a score of 7-4 in the finals of the Frozen Four.

Union College, a school of just twenty-two hundred students from Schenectady with a stress on academic excellence, a team that doesn’t even give out athletic scholarships, overcame the Big Ten Giant to become national champions.

The Union Dutchman are a reminder that it does not matter how big you are or whether the average person can pronounce the city you represent; persistence, selflessness and willpower can achieve great things.

From the city that lights and hauls the world to the Union Hockey team that lit up the scoreboard and hauled the campus into national attention, I thank the Union Hockey program, its players, their parents, and head coach Rick Bennett for inspiring us all with an unforgettable season.”

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