The Hawks’ Red Ice Hockey Team had an outstanding first year in the UWHL! These women began together in the clinic almost two years ago, and then moved to playing non-UWHL games last year. Led by their dedicated coach, Dan Bellefontaine, the Red team finished in 2nd place in the UWHL playoffs by beating the Moose in the first round, but losing to a tough opponent in the finals, the Philadelphia Freeze. Their overall record for the regular season was 9-4-1. The Hawks’ Red team leading scorer was Megan Sims, their team Captain. Unfortunately, they will lose Sims next year, because she is moving to California.
This team has grown together tremendously; both on and off the ice. These women work together very well, and encourage each other each practice and each game. We win as a team and we lose as a team, and really respect each other’s abilities.
This starts with goalie Gwenn Amos, who has dedicated herself to the Red team, even though she is an excellent defenseman. Red team centers: Sims, Gina (“G”) Weikel and Jill Sitek (Our ice climber!), were surrounded by excellent wingers in: Megan Schumann (Shoot, Schumann!), Christine Aherne (Did you break another stick?), Danielle (“Dani”) Bishop, Maribeth (“MB”) Lyle (aka “Cleaver”), Colette Raebiger (What is your name?) and Christy Lewis (Skate, Christy!).
Defensemen were: Linda McGuigan-Miller (Assistant Captain), Stella Volpe (Assistant Captain), Jessica Anderson (Happy Birthday, Jess!), Jamie (“Crash”) Krass, Heather McDevitt (How are your ribs?), and Kacie Gallen (Who also played wing when needed).
We look forward to a successful 2014 season. We all want to express our thanks to our D1 and D3 teams; a special congratulations to them for a great season and for D3 for winning their UWHL championship!
We want to thank all of our dedicated fans, our family and friends. A very special thank you to Arden Lewis, Christy’s youngest son, who was at almost every practice and every game! A special thanks to Pat and Jacky Foley for coaching our games and practices on a few occasions when Dan was out of town. Our team would also like to thank Ken Miller (Linda McGuigan-Miller’s husband) for being a bench coach for many games. Judi Elliot – thanks for allowing Dan to spend so much time coaching us, and to you for attending some of our games and being on the bench with us.