Albertus Magnus Announces Men's Program

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Albertus Magnus College has announced plans to launch a Division III men's varsity hockey program effective in the Fall of 2019. The announcement came on Wednesday, April 4th, in a joint press conference between College president Marc M. Camille, and New Haven, Connecticut mayor Toni Harp.  The program will be the only Division III program in New Haven, which has housed longtime Division I member Yale University and nearby neighbor Quinnipiac as well. 

"Growing up in New England, some of my fondest athletics memories are of playing ice hockey, which I was fortunate to continue playing into college," Camille said in the school's release."The addition of a men's varsity ice hockey team builds on the excitement and spirit of Albertus Falcons athletics, and we will evaluate the potential for adding a women's team in the future."

The joint announcement also brought the news of a partnership between the city and the college. The Falcons are due to play at the City-owned Ralph Walker Skating Rink, which has been in the midst of a long rennovation process that began in 2016. The unique structure is partially open to the air, in a very similar manner to how Hobart's Geneva Recreation Center once stood before undergoing rennovations earlier in the milennium. The multi-million dollar project includes adjustments to the ice dimensions, upgrades to the rink slab and ice plant equipment, center hung scoreboard, and new locker rooms, seating, and concession stands. The partnership will give the Falcons a home, while also helping the city to maximize the quality of the planned improvements. 

"Through its academic programs and this new sports partnership, Albertus is deepening its commitment to and integration with greater New Haven, providing the types of experiences that broaden and enrich residents' lives," Harp said.

Albertus Director of Athletics Jim Abromaitis also brought to light the significant growth opportunities for the institution, and for Division III hockey in the state of Connecticut, which currently counts Wesleyan, Trinity, and Connecticut College among Division III hockey schools playing inside its borders. With so much room to grow in the state, Abromaitis says the school plans to work quickly. 

"There are 32 Division III hockey programs in New England but only three in Connecticut," Abromaitis said.  "We will begin an immediate search for a coach and plan to field a varsity team for the 2019-20 academic year. As is the case for all our varsity teams, our ice hockey focus will be to build a competitive program while emphasizing the student-athlete experience in the spirit of NCAA Division III athletics."

No conference affiliation was announced at the press conference. Albertus belongs to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference as its primary league. 

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