Defending National Champs Schedule Media Day
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, October 23, 2001
The hockey team at Hudson Valley Community
College will hold a Media Day on Thursday, November 1. Players and coaches
will be available for interviews and photographs from 4 to 5 p.m. at the
Robert M. Conway Jr. Ice Arena, which is located in Hudson Valley's McDonough
Hudson Valley posted a 24-4 record in 2000-01 and
captured its first junior college national title by defeating Minot State
University-Bottineau in Bottineau, N.D. Hudson Valley was one of just three
collegiate national champions in 2001. National titles were won at the
NCAA Division I (Boston College), NCAA Division III (Plattsburgh State)
and junior college levels.
Hudson Valley boasted six All-Americans last season,
four of whom will return to lead this year's squad. The returning All-Americans
are: Michael Paine (Saratoga H.S.), who was third on the team with
53 points in 2000-01; Jim Sturges (East Hampton H.S., MA), who led
the nation in scoring with 66 points; Dean Vandervort (North Burlington
H.S., NJ), the Most Valuable Player at the national championship tournament;
and goaltender Jason Vasco (CBA), who played 900 minutes last season
and posted a 2.78 goals against average.
The Vikings begin their 2001-02 campaign at Siena
College on October 30. They begin Eastern Junior College Hockey League
play on November 3, with a home contest against SUNY Canton.
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy,
offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions;
Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and
Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University
of New York system, Hudson Valley Community College has an enrollment of
more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance
learning initiatives and worker retraining.