Charleston, South Carolina: known for its temperate climate, historic houses, and tranquility of a small southern city. While most people choose to bask in the almost never-ending sunlight, one group of College of Charleston students prefers the blustery conditions of an icy snow-rink.
The adrenaline filled, action packed game of ice hockey is alive and well here at the College of Charleston. Playing their home games at the Carolina Ice Palace, the College of Charleston’s men’s hockey team travels across the South to partake in games against other top-flight university hockey programs.
Started in 2006 as a roller hockey club, the program decided to switch over to ice hockey in 2009. The team has generally improved leaps and bounds since its inception, first by winning the Carolina Division in 2012, and then ending that season in the rankings as one of the top teams in the Southern Region.
This year, the team has been experiencing a rebuilding year (6-9 record), with many young and inexperienced underclassmen under first-time head coach, David Jarman. With only one player leaving after this year, the program seems poised for great things.
“I’m really looking forward to next year, next year will be a year that really shows how good we are,” said junior, left winger TJ Thaler.
Right now, it seems to be a feeling out period, as the youthful squad attempts to learn from their rookie head coach. David Jarman will have to use all of his previous experience and youthful exuberance in order to put his own mark on this program, and lead them into the future.
“Coach Jarman played Division 1 at Sacred Heart, ended up down here for work, and has a real love for the game,” Thaler said. “He is here to improve the program, so that 10 years from now, the program will be at a higher caliber.”
This weekend, the team will be traveling down to Georgia to play against Georgia Tech and Life University in its last few games before the season draws to a close. The team’s last three games will be at home, as they look to round out their season with a couple more wins and start preparations for the next season.
The foundations are being set now for this young team to excel in the future. Keep an eye out for this young squad, as they look to propel into prominence and make a name for themselves as one of the premier hockey teams in the Deep South.