State of the Union: Optimism High as Blazers Gear Up for Volunteers

By: Reed Gossard

The ice shone like polished marble, the sounds of sticks and pucks clacked and clanked up and down the boards. and the air dripped with palpable energy as the U.A.B. Blazers turned in a solid two days of hockey this weekend at the team’s annual try out. With the program’s attention turned towards this weekend’s home opener against the Tennessee Volunteers, many in the program are optimistic this could be quite the special season for the Blazers.

Some players and coaches sat down to share their thoughts on the team and the upcoming season:

Aaron Roe, Goalie: “We’re starting to see the work we’ve put (into the program) the last few years pay off.”

Jakob Hornsby, Forward: “We’re already better now than we were at the end of last season.”

Assistant Coach Colin Pritchard: “Looking forward to it, we have a strong group of players. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Adil Patel, Forward: “Best team we’ve had so far.”

Matt Zbell, Defenseman: “(We) definitely (have) a lot of raw talent; we have to work through some kinks but the talent is there.”

Ryan Kalson, Forward: “We have a lot of raw talent.  Great moments are born from great opportunities.”

Head Coach J.T. Smallwood: “We’re evolving, chemistry is developing, we just need to get our legs under us and get out on the ice.”

The U.A.B. Blazers kick off the 2018-2019 season this weekend, September 7-8th against the Tennessee Volunteers. Both games will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Blazers play all home games at the Pelham Civic Center. Check arena for ticket pricing.

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