OXFORD, Ohio – As Miami Hockey prepares to embark on a new era with the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), the program will spend the upcoming weekend reflecting on the past as over 50 hockey alumni will return to town July 12-14 for Miami Hockey’s annual summer Alumni Weekend. The weekend will feature a golf outing, alumni game and recognition of the 1992-93 Miami hockey team.
Hockey’s Alumni Weekend begins Friday with a golf outing at Indian Ridge Golf Course. The alumni will gather at 1 p.m. for lunch at the golf course, before heading out on the links for a shotgun start at 2 p.m.
On Saturday, Miami will hold its annual alumni game at 1 p.m. in Steve Cady Arena. The game is open to the public and admission is free. Fans are asked to enter Steve Cady Arena through the west-side concourse doors. During the alumni game, the pro shop at the Goggin Ice Center will being having a sale with 20 percent off all Miami hockey jerseys in stock.
Prior to the alumni game, the alumni will receive a program update from the coaching staff, while Miami Hockey’s Number Legacy project will be unveiled in the locker room. The 1992-93 Miami team will also be honored and recognized prior to the game as the 2012-13 season marked the 20-year anniversary of the first Miami squad to win the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season title and make the NCAA Tournament.
Several members of the 1992-93 team will be in attendance for alumni weekend, including Brendan Curley, Brian Savage, Bobby Marshall, Shawn Penn, Derek Block, Dan Carter, Jason Mallon, Matt Oates, Kevyn Adams, Andrew Backen, Pat Hanley and Eustace King, as well as current Miami head coach Enrico Blasi and possibly current Bowling Green head coach Chris Bergeron, who captained the 1992-93 team. Also returning are several members of the 1992-93 coaching staff, including head coach George Gwozdecky and assistant coaches Steve Miller and Mike Mudd.
In addition to the greats of the 1992-93 team, other alumni coming back to Oxford include Miami’s all-time leading scorer Steve Morris (’83), Bowling Green assistant coach Barry Schutte (’97), current San Jose Shark Dan Boyle (’98), current New Jersey Devil Andy Greene (’06) and fellow Shark Tommy Wingels (’11). Pat Cannone (’11), who is a member of the St. Louis Blues organization, and Chris Wideman (’12), a member of the Ottawa Senators organization, will also be returning.
Along with Blasi, other members of Miami’s current coaching staff who will be partaking in Alumni Weekend include assistant coach Nick Petraglia (’04) and strength coach Matt Cady (’04). Former Miami head coaches Steve Cady and Bill Davidge (and Gwozdecky) will be back as well for Miami Hockey’s Alumni Weekend.
Photo galleries from Friday’s golf outing and Saturday’s alumni game will be available on MURedHawks.com.