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FGCU Hockey Club Competes in National Championship March 7-10
2/23/2007

FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University Hockey Club competes for the American Collegiate Hockey Association's Division II National Championship March 7-10 at Epic Ice Arena in Fort Collins, Colo.

The 27-game competition is significant for FGCU. The Eagles moved up from ACHA Division III to Division II this year. Of the 130 eligible teams in Division II, the top 16 earned the right to play in the National Championship Tournament by way of regional tournaments and won/loss records. FGCU finished the season 34-4-1 and was ranked No.3 in the Southeast Region.

The official tournament website, www.nocosport.com/ncscevents/achachampionships.html, lists Eagles Justin Moore (No. 19), Allan Penney (No.8) and Nic Williams (No.15) as the players to watch during the tournament.

"These kids pay over $3,000 each per year to represent FGCU," said David Kakkuri, hockey club faculty advisor and director of the FGCU Center for Leadership and Innovation.

"Student Government subsidizes some of the costs, but the players pay for the vast majority of everything. In addition to this, there are some outstanding students on the club. One player is an engineering major who had a perfect 4.0 GPA for fall term."

The FGCU Hockey Club is an officially recognized student organization at FGCU and a non-varsity sport.

Colorado State University, the Northern Colorado Sports Commission, and the Fort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau host the tournament.

Tickets are available at www.nocosport.com/achatickets.html and include student and individual all-day and all-tournament passes. Tickets are limited.

Other schools playing for the national championship include Colorado State University, Davenport University, Eastern Washington University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, New York University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, San Jose State University, Siena College, University of Colorado, University of Miami (Ohio), University of Stony Brook and Wagner University.

For more information, contact Kakkuri at (239) 225-4203 or dkakkuri@fgcu.edu.


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