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Assemblymen recognize Union hockey team

Posted: Updated: May 07, 2014 02:17 PM
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Assemblyman Jim Tedisco says he couldn't be prouder of Union College’s hockey team, as players and coaches were recognized for their national championship. 

On Wednesday morning, Tedisco and Assemblyman Phil Steck invited the team to the Capitol to have his alma mater recognized on the assembly floor.

Union’s hockey team has been in the spotlight ever since bring home the national title in April against Minnesota.   

“It’s not too bad. I guess it’s a good problem to have,” said player Sam Coatta.

Assemblyman Tedisco, who is a Union College alum and former student athlete, presented the players and coaches with a copy of a resolution honoring their big win. 

Head Coach Rick Bennett said they are humbled and grateful for the immense support from the community.

Bennett said the players were able to enjoy some time off from the ice, but they are already  training for next season.

“It's starting now. The guys are working out doing the things they need to do for next season,” said Bennett.

Since the end of the season, three team members have been signed by NHL teams; something Tedisco says is very impressive given that the college does not offer athletic scholarships.

On the Assembly floor, it was a special moment for the team. Coach Bennett said it's their first time inside the Capitol and although the team is appreciating all this attention, coach says it's back to work. 

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