May 07, 2014The Legislature honored the Union College national championship hockey team Wednesday on the floor of the Senate and Assembly. Lawmakers in both houses presented the team with a resolution that congratulated the team for their hard work and perseverance throughout the season.
The Dutchmen secured the Division I title with a 7-4 win over the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers last month.
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, a graduate of the Schenectady-based college, noted that Union College only has 2,000 students while the University of Minnesota has an enrollment of nearly 50,000. In addition Union College does not offer athletic scholarships making their trophy winning season even more impressive.
"This team will always have the recognition of being the first individual athletic team in any sport to win a Division I NCAA national championship," said Tedisco, R–Glenville.
Two Assemblymen who represent areas in the city of Schenectady, Angelo Santabarbara and Phil Steck, commended the players on the hockey team on a great season.
"This is one of the greatest athletic achievements in New York state," Steck said. "This hockey team will be known for its spirit… and its heart."
"I would also like to echo the sentiments of my colleagues to congratulate the Union College men's hockey national championship team," Santabarbara said. "We are extremely proud to have the Dutchmen call the city of Schenectady home."