by Brittani Hall
Rochester College’s hockey team held its 5th annual Fan Appreciation Night Sept. 15 at its home rink at Suburban Ice Macomb to express thanks for support and to better connect the team to its fans.
During the event, fans were able to skate on the ice with players and watch a red versus white scrimmage.
Head Coach Scott Cagnet said the night is a “great way for fans to be able to interact with and get to know our players.”
Samuel Berry, a senior social entrepreneurship major and alumnus of the hockey team, participated as a player in the very first Fan Appreciation Night. “It has a special place in my heart.”
He says having fans who care about the team is essential to its success. “We feel extremely tight like a family, no cliques. We feel like the fans have a special part in that too. The fans inspire us,” he said. “We need the fans. We love the fans!”
Jacob Burford, a junior nursing major and hockey player, believes the event is beneficial for the team and the fans alike. “It brings the team together,” said Burford. “It is a night to not take too seriously, and it is a memorable time.”
Fans of the team also enjoyed the event and commented on the positive energy in the rink. Jadera Purdue, a junior musical theatre major, said she felt it was nice to “know that our appreciation is needed.”
The RC hockey team is off to a slow 0-3 start. It’s next home game is Thursday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. against Lawrence Technological University.