The college experience goes far beyond the rink and the classroom. Time spent with teammates and classmates, dorm life and school spirit create an atmosphere that is best described by a familiar refrain:
"The best four years of my life."
College life helps students develop a sense of independence and confidence while building friendships that last a lifetime. The bonds between college teammates last forever, as do friendships with classmates (and often future spouses).
|"Looking back, I wouldn't change a thing - the best years of my life. Vermont has always been in my life. I have a lot of friends there and keep in touch, try to make it up there every summer." - Martin St. Louis, Vermont/Tampa Bay Lightning
"Everybody says you go away to college to grow up and be on your own. That's exactly what it did for me. It got me on my own; grow up a little bit. Kind of prepares you a little more for real life. Hockey-wise it was just fantastic. A great steppingstone." - Bill Guerin, Boston College/19-Year NHLer
"I wish I would have stayed in college for another year." - Zach Parise, North Dakota/New Jersey Devils
Every Friday and Saturday night during the college hockey season, two teams play in front of an arena full of hyped-up fellow students, friends, family members and fans.
As many as ten thousand fans sing their school fight song after every goal. School spirit creates an atmosphere not experienced anywhere else in the world.