A season full of changes

Norwin Ice Hockey undergoes lots of off season changes


Varsity Assistant Captain, Jake Meier, clears the puck from in front of the net.

Sam Coll

The Norwin Boys Hockey team is looking to turn things around this year and keep pace with last year. Last season, the team took things all the way to the first round of the playoffs. After a rough start to their season, their record stands at 2 wins, 3 losses.

     At the end of last season, 8 seniors graduated, and the Varsity Head Coach resigned. This puts any team in a tough position, but the new group seemed resolved over the summer to put in an even greater effort this season, and to make it back to playoffs.

   The absence of players due to COVID certainly contributed to the loss, but more will have to change in order for the Knights to get back to winning. 

      “We need to get back to how we started the season, playing fast and with heart,” said Cadin Anlauf, varsity captain. The Knights started their season with a 7-3 win over South Park, after performing well in their pre-season games. 

     Like many other sports teams this fall, COVID-19 has affected Knights Hockey. Several players tested positive recently, forcing the season to a halt. 

     “I’ve missed 3 weeks of hockey personally and the team had to take a two week break,” said Anlauf.  Missing that much hockey will be hard for the team, but Anlauf seems optimistic about the season’s return. “It’s not that it is hard but it is upsetting because it is my last year and I hate to miss it. I think the season can continue if we all follow the safety precautions.” 

     COVID-19 was not the only change that Norwin hockey has had to work with.The team got a new coach this year, Vinny Scalamonga, who quit early on into the season due to personal reasons. The new head coach, Mike Robinson, seems adamant about turning the team’s record around, and got to work right away.

 “Our new coach is definitely the best coach I’ve had throughout my years in the Norwin Hockey Program,” said Anlauf.

 The Knights look forward to getting back on the winning path once the season returns.