Recently, Father Jim Donohue, Professor of Theology and the Ice Hockey coach here at the Mount, was awarded the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference (DVCHC) coach of the year award. Fr. Donohue he has been coaching the Mount Ice Hockey team for a total of 20 years now.
He was awarded the coach of the year award when the commissioner of the conference told him that some of the coaches in the DVCHC respected how his team played with a lot of effort and class. Even though the team was outnumbered with other team’s rosters in the league they still managed to have class in the games they played and gave all the effort they had.
The conference coaches also said that they thought it was a true testament to the character of the team and its players by how they represent themselves in each game they play. Fr. Donohue stated, “We may have lost games on the scoreboard, but we never lost our team effort or hustle or discipline.”
He said that he often cites the game where they made a major comeback to defeat Messiah 8 to 7, a game that they were behind 2 to 0 in the first and then of 5 to 2 at the end of the second period. He uses that game to demonstrate how they never gave up and kept playing hard which is why they got to where they did, by ending up winning their first game after three years.
The Mount went in overtime against Messiah and Fr. Donohue commented, “Our players had the puck in their zone the majority of the time.” They ended up winning in overtime making the final score 8 to 7. “This award, like any award of this kind, is more about the players on the team, specifically their dedication and hard work through every practice and every game” he added.
Team president, junior Ryan Wilburn had the following to say on Fr. Donohue winning coach of the year: “The team is very proud of Fr. Jim for being recognized as coach of the year. We appreciate all that he does to help us, and we congratulate him on winning this honor.”
In addition, on April 1 the team held their annual alumni game. The current team took on a team of alumni players, comprised of players from the past twenty years of Mount hockey. There were a lot of alumni and their families in attendance who cheered on both teams. The alumni team ended up victorious in the friendly game, winning 12 to 9. Overall, it was a great time had by all and the team looks forward to hosting their next alumni game next year.