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every year,” said Faucons head coach Shawn Anderson. “As a player, you need to "nd a way to "t into that.” At Canisius, the Faucons met with assistant coach Scott Moser, a Gri#n alumnus with a hockey mind and the "nger on the industry’s pulse. Cani- sius’ vision is one of excellence, with a thriving program high on talent and deter- mination. A full scholarship (full ride) at Canisius is around $200,000, but with a limit of 14 per year, those scho- larships can be divided up among members of the team. To get the holy grail of "nancial aid, the players have to be exemplary and adhere to the four pillars of the program which are integrity, com- mitment, discipline and family. “We are beating some of the top schools

in the country and our guys are in class, with their teammates, earning a degree and pushing themselves to be elite athletes all at the same time,” said coach Moser. It’s the beauty of it, but it’s by no means easy.” !e Faucons are less than two months into their prep school odyssey but many are already looking ahead and college is, for some, the very reason why they chose Le Sommet for their hockey development. “No doubt, the NCAA is


Division I action is the pinnacle of US college hockey, a path to greatness on the ice and in the classroom. Last month, the Sommet Academy Faucons got a taste of the NCAA systemwhile visiting Canisius College in Buffalo, home of the Golden Griffins. The players soon found out that there’s no shortcut to D1 and that the few living the dreams are gutsy and tough as nails. Last year, only 1,172 players made the cut for D1 hockey, which has 44 teams scatte- red across the USA. “!ere’s about 125,000 players that are available for NCAA hockey

“There’s about 125,000 players that are available for NCAA hockey every year,” said Faucons head coach Shawn Anderson. “As a player, you need to !nd a way to !t into that.”

the ultimate goal and the Faucons are, for me, the best place to get better and being seen by recruiters,” said forward Vincent Roy, who played AAA midget in Québec last season. Coming here (Canisius), seeing the facilities and all

While grades and determination are as- sets, talent will always be the game changer in the NCAA. At Canisius, the players are "lmed during practice and get videos from the coaches right on their cellphone. !e objective is to form athletes that can go the distance, athletes that have the heart and the brain to be successful in life, long after their hockey career. “We had 15 NHL teams at our opening night last year,” concluded Scott Moser. “Our new arena is attached to the Bu$alo Sabres’ one and the atmosphere is crazy. !at’s college hockey, an experience like no other, if you want it to be. But to make it, you need to work hard now. Run with it and never quit, because there’s a long line of players wanting that very spot on the lineup.” Canisius won an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship after winning the Atlantic Hockey title in the conference playo"s, but lost in the #rst round to top-ranked Quinnipiac.

the e$orts put into the program and how they do their training with videos and stats, it’s awesome and inspiring. It’s an eye- opening experience and I’ll have to work my butt o$. Very fewmake the cut and you just can’t slack o$.” While explaining the pillars of the pro- gram, Scott Moser pointed out that the players need to unleash the warrior wit- hin and understand that hockey is truly a team sport. Excellence being one thing, the players need to take a good look at themselves, "nd their true calling and accept their role on the team. “No need to be one-dimensional, but being average at everything won’t cut it either,” said Moser. While on campus, the Faucons crossed path with defenceman Alex Jaeckle, a 20 year-old freshman majoring in accounting. !e Michigan native told them how living by a rigorous schedule is a necessity to stay sharp on the ice and at school. “You really need to plan you schoolwork, even if our schedule is molded around the hockey one,” said Jaeckle.

Gri!ns assistant coach Scott Mosergave an inspiring speech to the Faucons in Bu"alo, telling them to unleash the warrior within.

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Defenceman Alex Jaeckle had a little chat with the Faucons about college life and hockey.

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