Former NU Athletes Participate in Alumni Hockey and Basketball Weekend Dec. 2-4

Youth prevailed in the 27th Annual Alumni Hockey Game on December 3, with the White (even class years) dominating the Maroon (odd class years), thereby retaining the Cahill Memorial Trophy Cup for the third consecutive year. The "Old Timers" game is named in memory of William "Bill" Cahill '73, former hockey player and coach at Norwich, who died of a heart attack in 2003.

Kneeling: Paul Kohan '95, Dennis Erickson '77, Don Ryley '77, Robert Cole '79, Donald Poulin '79, Tom Viall, (brother of Charles Viall '64), Pete Byrne '61, Phil Coleman '75, Michael Dyment '97, Ken Howard '65, Toza Crnilovic '03, Pete Catalano '03, and Randy Hevey '03.

Standing: Peter Cahill, (brother of Bill Cahill '73), Head Coach Mike McShane, A.D. Tony Mariano, Trustee Charley Holden '67, John Broderick '75, Vinnie McDermott '90, Michael P. Stevenson '76, Greg McManus '80, Jack Martin '87, Dick Malatesta '66, Gene Curley '51, Andrew Senesi '05, Paul Noonan '86, Jamie Boyle '96, Chris Petracco '04, Curt Healey '00, Mike Meserve '92, Arthur Kramer '66, Joe LaBella '77, Fred Bradbury '76, and Dan Amborski '08.

Participants missing from photo: Mark Bolding '95, Keith Maurice '02, and Bob Reynolds '61.

The White roster was bolstered by the talents of rookies Chris Petracco ’04 and Andrew Senesi ’04, closely followed by goaltender Randy Hevey ’03 and defenseman Toza Crniulovic ’03 for the Maroon. 2005 NU Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Mark Bolding ’95 provided standout defensive action, though hindered by the limitations of “no contact.” Despite the no-checking rule, Maroon Captain Ken Howard ’65, received contact from a White Team player, resulting in Ken’s body having a hard feel for the ice, but Ken bounced back like the true NU Hall of Famer that he is.

Other elder statesmen gracing the ice included Gene Curley ’51, Art Kramer ’66 and Dick Malatesta ’66. Minding the nets were Randy Hevey ’03, Pete Byrne ’61, Tom Viall (brother of Charles Viall ’64) and current student Dan Amborski ’08. We applaud all our former players for their enthusiasm to lace up and for fostering maroon and gold hockey spirit!

Peter Cahill, brother of Bill Cahill, presented Norwich with a beautifully framed poster commemorating the Cahill Alumni Game, and to each player a special embroidered cap in honor of the occasion. Peter and his sister, Jane, expressed how deeply appreciative they are for what Norwich meant to Bill and their family.

Following the game, free skating was enjoyed by family members, and later in Milano Ballroom, 90 seats were filled with alumni, family, and hockey fans for a delicious lunch and Norwich hockey camaraderie. A.D. Tony Mariano served as emcee, with remarks by Head Men's Hockey Coach Mike McShane and NU President Richard Schneider.

(L-R): Guy St Louis '98 with son Benjamin, Scott Dyer '91, Head Men's Basketball Coach Paul Booth with son Ryan, and Scott Williams '73.

Several Alumni Basketball Players also returned to Norwich for a weekend of fun and camaraderie. Former players and their families enjoyed a reception held in their honor, as well as courtside seating at the Annual Hockenbury Invitational Basketball Tournament.

The returning athletes enjoyed an exciting weekend of home sporting victories, including Men’s Hockey versus Amherst and Hamilton Colleges, Women’s Basketball over Green Mountain College and Men’s Basketball against Newbury College.