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NYU Ice Hockey honors 11 players at senior night

The Violets honored their senior hockey players and the three-year team rebuilding effort in one of the season’s last home games.
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Senior Chris Cataldo leads teammates waving their hockey sticks in appreciation to the crowd. (Krish Dev for WSN)

The NYU men’s hockey team honored 11 members of its 25-man roster at senior night on Feb. 10 at the Chelsea Piers Sky Rink. The Violets (10-6-4) were defeated 1-2 by the University of Rhode Island during both the Friday and Saturday games.

The 11 players include forwards Joe Solovey, Tommy He, James Orne, Videep Vemulapalli, Adam Svoboda, defenseman Josh Stich and goalies Chris Cataldo and Ryan Füeg, as well as forwards Theo Hembre and Alex Chernyavskiy, and goalie Daniel Onatsky, who graduated in December.

Two N.Y.U. hockey players lead an adult woman and child wearing N.Y.U. merch and shoes on the ice. The right N.Y.U. player has his hand touching the shoulder of the little boy. The woman is holding a bouquet of pink flowers.
Senior Adam Svoboda walks out with his younger brother, first-year Alex Svoboda, and the rest of his family during the senior night ceremony. (Krish Dev for WSN)

Currently sixth in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League, the Violets went into their Saturday evening game looking to redeem themselves after a 1-2 loss to Rhode Island, the first ranked team in the ESCHL, the previous evening. 

Rhode Island Rams jumped to an early lead on Saturday, scoring their first goal within minutes of the game’s start. A goal from NYU team captain Svoboda tied the game early in the second period, but the Rams reclaimed the lead only a few minutes later. Despite several more attempts, the Violets were unable to score again.

“We played against one of the top programs out there, and I think that we really left it all out there,” Svoboda said. “Hopefully next weekend we’ll top the season off with two wins.”

This season will be the first and last year Svoboda will share the ice with his brother, first-year Alex Svoboda, who began his collegiate career this season as a defenseman. 

“It’s great because I get to show him a program that has meant so much to me over the past three years,” Svoboda said. “For him to get to be best friends with my best friends, it’s really something to cherish.”

The seniors have been part of the effort to rebuild the team, which has struggled since the beginning of the pandemic three years ago. The club has had to deal with a canceled season, limited practice due to citywide restrictions and three new coaching staffs in as many years. 

An N.Y.U. hockey player wearing the number 13 in a standard black and purple uniform poses with his parents on the ice. He is wearing his uniform while his parents wear everyday clothes and shoes. His mother is holding a bouquet of yellow flowers.
Senior Tommy He walks out with his family during the senior night ceremony. (Krish Dev for WSN)

“The seniors have been amazing,” Head Coach Dustin Good said. “Anything that still exists in a way that looks something like it did before the pandemic is a testament to the people that are involved.”

Like Alex Svoboda, James Orne joined the program after watching his older brother, Jack Orne, play for the Violets. In 2017, Jack Orne helped bring the Violets to the Division II American Collegiate Hockey Association’s national championship.

Members of the championship roster were in attendance at senior night to cheer on their former teammates and new Violets alike. 

James Orne said that there was a lot of uncertainty regarding the team’s new recruits early this season. But he said that every member of the roster stepped up this year, surpassing everyone’s expectations and making it a special year for the graduating class. 

“I can’t thank the younger guys enough,” Orne said. “I really couldn’t be prouder of them. I think it’s really headed in the right track, back to those national championship days.”

The Violets final home game and penultimate game of the season is scheduled for this Friday Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. at the Chelsea Pier Sky Rink.

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  • Senior and captain Adam Svoboda glides forward during a Violet counterattack. (Alisha Goel for WSN)

  • Graduate student Jackson Oleson attempts to shoot the puck after faking out an opposition player. (Alisha Goel for WSN)

  • Senior Videep Vemulapalli fights with two opposition players to win the puck. (Krish Dev for WSN)

  • Senior Joe Solovey attempts to steal the puck from an opposition player. (Krish Dev for WSN)

  • The Violets celebrate after senior Adam Svoboda scored a goal. (Alisha Goel for WSN)

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Sydney Barragan
Sydney Barragan, Sports Editor
Sydney Barragan is a senior majoring in Journalism and Public Policy. She spends her free time reading, rewatching the same TV shows and talking about the Dodgers. Find her on Instagram @sydneybarragan.
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Alisha Goel, Photo Editor
Alisha Goel (she/her) is a junior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Integrated Design and Media. When she is not at WSN, she is developing video games/apps, reading a long book, or creating mildly disturbing art with her photography. You can find her at @03alisha17 on Instagram.
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Krish Dev, Multimedia Editor
Krish is a first-year planning to major in Computer Science and Linguistics at CAS. In his free time, he enjoys posting photos on @krish_dev.creations, obsessing over geography, watching new films with friends, taking public transport to new places and letting Arsenal make or break his week.

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