Wednesday, November 30th
The now 14th ranked UVM men's hockey team is back home following a memorable and successful trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland that culminated with the Cats winning the Friendship Four tournament.
Following the championship game, a 5-1 win over 3rd ranked Quinnipiac, fans were given a look behind the curtain at head coach Kevin Sneddon's unique locker room celebration. This dance is one coach Sneddon says he has been doing since his arrival at UVM, but that he only breaks it out after the team has won both games of a weekend series, or swept the weekend, thus the broom included as a prop.
Video of the dance was posted on the official Twitter feed of the Friendship Four tournament following the game, something coach didn't realized until it was too late.
"Yeah, I didn't know that was going to be publicized.", said a smiling Sneddon at the team's weekly media session Wednesday. "I looked at the end of it and saw all these different media type people there and thought 'uh oh'. That's usually an internal, locker room jig that I've done for the boys for probably 14 years now. So it's now out there. Now that I've seen it I don't know if I really want to do it that much more, but we'll fight through it for the guys."
"I think it's great.", said captain Mario Puskarich. "Everybody is jumping up and down and laughing. I remember freshman year, seeing it for the first time and thinking 'does he acutally do this every time?' But I think it's great. It makes you think about that Saturday game, if you win Friday, in the back of your head...make coach dance...is one of the jokes we have, so I think it's great."
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