Club Sports News

Hockey coaches evaluate players, select teams for 2016-17

August 31, 2016  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Liberty senior forward Grant Garvin, the Flames' leading scorer last season, poses for a portrait in the men's Division I locker room last week.  test test test test
Liberty senior forward Grant Garvin, the Flames' leading scorer last season, poses for a portrait in the men's Division I locker room last week.

Tryouts for Liberty University's three ACHA men's hockey teams started Sunday night at the LaHaye Ice Center and rosters for the Division I, II, and III squads will be finalized by Friday. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames' women's combined ACHA Division I and II tryouts opened on Monday and will conclude tonight. Liberty is still the only ACHA hockey program in the country with teams in all five divisions.

Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN) sideline reporter Monika McKenzie took some time on Monday night to interview Flames ACHA Division I men's hockey Head Coach Kirk Handy about the tryout process, which drew record numbers of returning and prospective men's and women's players.

"It's been a great tryout," Handy said. "We had almost 90 players try out, so it's been great. All three teams are going to benefit from the talent we've seen out here. It's the time of year where you're really looking forward to seeing the depth that all three teams have."

He said the influx of talent from a strong freshman recruiting class has solidified the foundation of the program for the foreseeable future and he is excited to see how the Flames' DI team competes in its first season affiliated with the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL).

"Our goal is simply to go out and be able to compete every night that we're out there and to be a consistent team that competes game-in and game-out and I believe that we have the team and the lineup to do that this year," Handy said.

Liberty's DI men open their season Sept. 16 with a game against the Richmond Generals Junior "A" team starting at 7 p.m. in the LaHaye Ice Center. 

Schedule
Results
Triathlon
at Collegiate Nationals
Apr 3, 7:00 AM - CANCELLED

Men's Volleyball
at vs. Southern Virginia University
Apr 3, 5:00 PM - CANCELLED

Men's Lacrosse
vs. Boston College
Apr 3, 11:59 PM - CANCELLED

Beach Volleyball
at Stevenson University
Apr 4, 8:00 AM - CANCELLED

Equestrian
at Hunt Seat Zones
Apr 4, 9:00 AM - CANCELLED

Full Schedule

May 21
Crew
at Nationals
CANCELLED

May 4
Men's Lacrosse
at MCLA Nationals
CANCELLED

Apr 25
Figure Skating
vs. Praisefest
CANCELLED

Apr 25
Archery
at USA Archery 2020 East Region Outdoor Collegiate Ch
CANCELLED

Apr 24
Men's Lacrosse
at SELC Playoffs
CANCELLED

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