This past Saturday, I went to a University of Miami hockey game.
Field hockey, you assume? Wrong.
Roller hockey, you guess next? False.
Ice hockey. The University of Miami has an ice hockey team.
It’s a pretty incredible story, actually. The club started out as roller hockey, with former ice hockey players making the switch to wheels because that’s what was available on campus. In 2011, the then-roller hockey team won the Division II Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships. The team fundraised its own way to nationals, held in Wisconsin, and part of these efforts included the club’s first ever ice hockey game. The Hurricanes trounced FIU, 11-3.
Immediately on the heels of the 2011 roller hockey season, the jump was made to ice hockey. The team went 17-0-0 in its first season on ice, and this season is currently 20-8-2 with two games remaining to be played in the regular season.
When I went on Saturday, the Canes faced off against the Life University Running Eagles. It was a bit of a massacre. If you don’t know much about hockey, here’s how it works: there are five players plus the goalie on the ice for each team, but because hockey involves skating at full-throttle for such a long time, there are line changes every minute or so. This means that the players on the ice are constantly rotating, meaning fresher legs and a fast-paced game all the way through. A typical hockey team has about 20 players on the roster. Well, Life University showed up with all of seven players (in addition to their goalie). Needless to say, they didn’t get much rest. They all played more or less the entire game.
The Canes scored their first goal within the first two minutes of the game, and it only got worse from there. The final score was 9-0, and by the end the players for Life could barely stand up. So, okay, it wasn’t an entirely fair contest. But Miami’s record speaks for itself: these boys are no joke.
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The Hurricanes play their home games at Kendall Ice Arena. They next play Palm Beach State in a two-game series on Feb. 7 and 9, both at 8:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.umicehockey.com or the team’s Facebook page.