Campus Celebrity: UR Men's Hockey Team

I had the pleasure of interviewing 6 members of UR Men’s Ice Hockey. Last month, the team won the UNYCHL Men’s Championship game!!

Name: Matt Trombley

Class Year: 2017

Major: Business Management (B.S.)

Position: Team Manager

 

Name: Alex Herrmann

Class Year: 2016

Major: Chemical Engineering (B.S.)

Position: Center

 

Name: Patrick O’Sullivan

Class Year: 2018

Major: Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

Position: Right Wing

 

Name: Ian Gabalski

Class Year: 2017

Major(s): Physics (B.S.) & Mathematics (B.A.)

Position: Right Wing

 

Name: Ben Abbatematteo

Class Year: 2017

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Position: Forward Center

 

Name: Nick Carrothers

Class Year: 2016

Major: Genetics

Position: Defense

 

From left to right: Ben Abbatematteo ('17), Nick Carrothers ('16 T5), Matt Trombley ('17), Alex Herrmann ('16), Patrick O'Sullivan ('18), Ian Gabalski ('17)

When did you guys first started playing hockey?

Matt: I started playing hockey when I was 5.

Alex: I started playing hockey around age 5 or 6.

Patrick: I started playing hockey when I was 12 years old.

Ian: I started playing hockey when I was 12 years old.

Ben: I started playing hockey when I was 8 years old.

Nick: I started playing hockey when I was 4 years old.

 

What sparked your guys’ interest in playing ice hockey in the first place?

Matt: My dad is from upstate New York. He’s the one who influenced me.

Alex: My mom is also from upstate New York. She’s from Fredonia. I’m a big Sabres Fan.

Patrick: I started out with roller hockey. My roller hockey coach also coaches ice hockey so that’s how I got into ice hockey.

Ian: I used to watch ice hockey on TV. I love the Sabres.

Ben: My parents love skating. It’s a family thing.

Nick: My older cousin used to play ice hockey so that’s how I got into ice hockey.

 

How long have each of you played on the U of R ice hockey team?

Matt: This is my first season managing the hockey team (Note: Matt is the team manager. He doesn’t play on the team.)

Alex: I started out my sophomore year. I’ve been playing on the team for 3 years now.

Patrick: I started out my freshman year. I’ve been playing on the team for 2 years now.

Ian: I started out my freshman year. I’ve been playing on the team for 3 years now.

Ben: I started out my freshman year. I’ve been playing on the team for 3 years now.

Nick: I started out my freshman year. I’ve been playing on the team for 5 years now. (Note: Nick’s a Take 5 student this year!)

 

Where was the championship game held?

Alex: We played at Bill Gray’s Regional iceplex at MCC

 

Who did you guys play against?

Ian: We played against Union College in the first game and Hamilton in the second game.

 

How did you guys prepare for this championship game?

Ben: We practiced Monday and Tuesday. Each practice lasted 1 ½ hours.

Ben in action!

How did you feel about winning? Was this your first time winning the championship?

Alex: Our first win was in 2014.

Ian: Although that was kind of like a fairy tale because we lost a lot of games in the first half.

Alex: Yeah, I think the team was a lot better this year. We only lost one game this season.

 

What’s next for the team? When does the new season start?

Ian: I would say we can focus more on other things now, like school.

Ben: Our first practice for next season starts mid-September.

Ian: And our first game usually starts around mid-October.

 

Fun fact about each of you?

Ian: I’m very good at playing piano.

Patrick: I play the drums.

Alex: I play the viola.

Matt: I coach the U-12 Boy soccer team.

Ben: I play the guitar.

UR Men's Ice Hockey 2015-2016 members