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The CU Women’s Club Hockey Team consists of 20 students who have a passion for hockey. Despite having two new coaches and a young roster half full of freshman, the team is 5-1-2 and exceeding expectations.
“This team’s kind of underestimated and people think we’re not going to make it but our team’s looking a lot better,” said freshman forward Stephanie Dubin.
The team's improvement has a lot to do with their drive and passion for the game.
“They enjoy to play. They come here every practice and they work because they want to play,” said assistant head coach Azita Zeyghami. “And that probably helps the chemistry.”
The girls practice twice a week on Monday and Thursday nights, sometimes until 10 p.m. They also play 37 games and will travel to four out of state tournaments this season.
“The team’s really driven. There’s some club teams that, you know, it’s a joke. Practice once a week,” said Dubin. “But for the limited ice time that we get, we really use it to our advantage.“
The team is also taking on the challenge of making it to nationals. While they have been invited the past ten years, this season only eight instead of 12 teams will be eligible.
“We’re a little bit more nervous about it, but I really think they can do it,” said new head coach Kristen Van Slyke.
CU plays the biggest game of the season on Thursday, November 5 at 5 p.m. at the Pepsi Center. They take on in-state rivals the CSU Rams.