Even though the hockey season is over, the St. Olaf men’s hockey team has been very busy this spring, volunteering in the campus clean up, with the Special Olympics, and with the Northfield book fair. Freshman center, Carter Lukenda, said, “It’s been really fun to get out and volunteer because volunteering is all about giving back to the community that calls us one of its own. When we volunteer, not only do we come together as a team, but it also brings us closer to the community.” Members of the team participated in a campus-wide clean up on April 18th, took part in the unified sports bean bag toss with the Special Olympics on April 19th, and volunteered to help bring books to and from the book fair at the Pepsi Center in downtown Northfield. Professor Mark Pernecky reported that his Economic Justice class donated 558 books that the men’s hockey team brought from Holland Hall to the book fair at the Northfield Pepsi Center. These books helped raise over $1000 for cancer research.
Players also came together to participate in Northfield’s Relay for Life on May 2nd to help support the fight against cancer. Freshman forward, Drew Otto, said, “I grew up going to Relay For Life with my parents because cancer affected my extended family and I always found it to be a fun time for a good cause. Now that I am older I like to participate because I’ve had friends parents who have suffered through cancer and this is a way to show my support for them and everyone else who struggles through cancer.” After the Relay For Life, junior forward Andrew Anderson said, “It meant a lot to participate and see the power of community we have here.” Ole Hockey has had an eventful spring, which has helped them become closer as a team and closer to the campus community. Make sure to check out their newly created Twitter and Instagram accounts @olemenshockey for more updates and all things Ole Hockey!