Five regional mens Division III hockey coaches met on Sept. 18 in Lake Placid, N.Y., to promote the NCAA Division III Mens Hockey Championships, which will be held March 20-23, 2008 at the famed Olympic Center. The five coaches were Aaron Saul from the State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam, Ed Gosek from Oswego State University, Bill Beaney from Middlebury College, Mike McShane of Norwich University and Bob Emery from Plattsburgh State University.
The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and SUNY-Potsdam are co-hosting the 25th anniversary event.
Lake Placid native Beaney is looking forward to the chance to bring his Middlebury College team to the Olympic Center.
Beaney is in his 14th year as head coach of the Panther golf teams. His strong coaching abilities have also developed the Middlebury golf team into one of the top teams in the region.
The Panthers have won eight national mens hockey titles, including an NCAA record five in a row from 1995-99 and won three in a row from 2004-06 before being beaten in overtime last year by Oswego.
It will be a little bit more difficult not to look down the road for the opportunity to play in Lake Placid, conceded Beaney. Its a great opportunity for Division III hockey to come and play in a fabulous venue. I think it would be establishing a great tradition for Division III hockey and I really think that anytime you get a chance to play in arguably the most famous arena in the country in a small town like Lake Placid, I think the experience of the players, families and fans could be second to none. Nobody does it any better. I hope the committee considers having it back here more than once.
When the committee decided to take on Lake Placid, I said Boy, what a natural, Norwichs McShane said. I know Billys (Beaney) teams have played here before, the location for the other teams is a natural. I know our fans would love to come over here. Everything is walking distance and its a great atmosphere. I certainly would be honored to be back here as a participant. It would be fabulous. I think we have to look at this for a permanent site.
The weekend features a full array of tournament-related activities and offerings from Lake Placids Olympic venues. One of the elements that makes this championship unique from other sites is the fact that spectators and fans will be able to experience bobsledding, skiing or riding, ice skating, tobogganing and more while waiting for the puck to drop in the evening. A full schedule of events will be released later this winter.
Tickets for the NCAA Division III Mens Ice Hockey Championships go on sale October 1 at the Olympic Center Box Office. Tickets may be purchased by calling 518-523-3330.
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