Sunday, February 6, 2011

We Are - Penn State Hockey!

When Joe Battista showed me this video a couple of weeks ago, all that I could say was, "WOW!"

Icers alumnus Michael Messner, through his Pittsburgh-based Mind Over Media company, put together this promo video that was officially unveiled at last night's alumni dinner.

To say that it brought the house down is a gross understatement. In fact, it was played twice, and received a standing ovation.

The video promotes Penn State hockey, but it is much more than a promo video. In just over three minutes it says all that needs to be said about why this entity that we call the Icers Family is so special, and why the bonds within the family run so deep.

To have so many alumni travel so far in miserable conditions is testament to how tight the bond is between those players.

Mike's video is just one of a number of highlights from a day and a night that spawned a wide range of emotions.

Emotions ran high when it was announced that 90-year old John Dufford wants to be the first person to skate on the ice of the Pegula Ice Arena. Knowing John, he'll be ready to lace them up in the fall of 2013.

There was a steady stream of alumni and family members thanking Terry and Kim Pegula for making the dream come true. The Pegulas were presented with two special gifts that will play a prominent role in the future.

One of the loudest standing-O's of the night was for Athletic Director Tim Curley. Mr. and Mrs. Curley hosted the event, and the open bar - which drew the most applause!

Barbara and I enjoyed ourselves immensely, reconnecting with old friends from past teams and meeting with some Icers players from before our time in Hockey Valley.

It continues to be our honor to be a part of this family that is Penn State hockey.

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