End is only the beginning

What a great last couple of days we had in Europe. Yesterday we spent time in Innsbruck while on our way to Zurich Switzerland.

We spent the better part of last night and this afternoon in Zurich. It is a beautiful city but to rich for my blood. I read somewhere that the Main Street is the third most expensive street in the world! Crazy.

I have to reiterate how amazing this trip was and what a great beginning to our year it has been. Thank you to all those who supported us, donated, and helped fundraiser with the guys. They all really appreciate and each has their own experience and stories to share with you all.

We are headed to the airport now for our long flight home. Sleep is going to be the priority of most in the following days.

Focus on details and success will follow

Today I spent a lot of time thinking and paying attention to the details that i see are the only things that sets us apart from Europe.

When I imagined coming to Europe, I thought of a place that would be completely different from home. A place where the cars, houses, and people would be the biggest differences. However as I spent the week here I noticed that it isn’t really the cars, houses, and people that are the biggest differences, it is the little details that the European culture pays so much attention to.

Keep in mind that the European culture has been around for so many more years than North American culture and I feel that has a big influence on my opinion. Anyways lets get on to the details that may sound irrelevant but when you notice them they strike you frequently.

The first thing I noticed were the bus seats. Not only do they recline they also slide out in to the isle to give more room to your seat mate. What a great idea.

Simple things like the light switches are different, which just seem better for some reason. Road signs are digital, so speed can be adjusted. Tipping is included even in the smallest of orders and when given any extra over the bill, the waiter or waitress is very thankful.
A couple other things, you will not notice any litter, they power wash train an bus stations, streets are clean, and even bathrooms are top notch in most places. Finally, handles on the doors are just designed beautifully and the details they put in to their buildings and living quarters is just amazing.

Most of these things may seem small and inadequate, but when you compare them to home they really do make an impression. I also know that we probably have that stuff at home and maybe we just take it for granted but for some reason this week has opened my eyes to the smaller details in life.

Talking with Alex throughout the beginning of this year I have come to attach details to the success of our team in the future. Every team strives for the same goal so you have to find ways to separate the team from the rest. This is where I found a comparison in the “details” of European culture and the accomplishments of our team. I really believe a team that can focus on the small details, work on them, and perfect them, can in turn breed success.

This trip has been am amazing experience for the players as well for the coaches. I am very thankful for the opportunity and I am excited to use it to help our team reach our goals. 20121011-231358.jpg

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Last But Not Least

The Castleton hockey team finished up their set of games tonight versus the local team of Kitzbuhel. The team put together an amazing three periods of hockey and were able to come out with a convincing win. Dan Bell led the way with five points. Freshman Michael Restuccia scored his first ever goals for Castleton hockey tonight with two beauties. Sophomore Brian Greene also contributed to the offense with his first goal. Finally, freshman Jake Stafford had twenty saves in the net for his second win of the trip.

As coaches, we have talked about how we wanted the team to progress and improve each and every game. We looked at these games as a chance to evaluate our team at the current time and also as a chance to better our play at every level.

This game was the culmination of hard work and a good work ethic. Every part of our game was firing on all cylinders. Each player had his best game of the trip and we were able to see the potential that our team possesses. This game excited us and we look forward to the beginning of our season with high aspirations.

The guys played with class and represented the Castleton community very well and as expected.

Everyone is looking forward to a couple of days away from the rink as we travel Munich Germany tomorrow where we will first visit Dachau; a concentration camp from WWII. This is sure to be a meaningful and eye opening trip for our team.

Thanks again for following along, we all appreciate the support!

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Rain Can’t Stop The Fun

The Men’s hockey team faced off against Zell am Zee tonight (city by the lake). For a select few freshman it was a chance of a life time to suit up for a European team.

Eric Mack, Michael Restuccia, Gabriel Cromp, Taylor Swarter and Peter Kazakis were awarded a once in a life time opportunity when the local team ran in to some roster trouble due to unforeseen circumstances and were short some players.

The boys got to suit up in the bright, sponsored covered jerseys and play with the European squad. They added some skill to the team which helped make it a great game for all.

Both teams came out strong and Junior Eric Cinotti had to come up with some big saves to keep the game even.

In the second period Castleton’s powerplay came to life tonight and generated a trio of great goals as each unit were able to put nice shots behind the Zell am. Zee goaltender. The final score was 5-0!

The weather did not cooperate today, however it has not dampened anyone’s spirits. Tomorrow we hope to do a group gondola trip up the mountain for some amazing views and pictures. We will play our final game of the trip at 7:30 versus the local team of Kitzbuhel!

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Offensive Explosion

Tonight the Men’s hockey team faced the hockey club Kufstein. The arena was very cool, no pun intended, because of the open end which showed views of a castle and the mountains surrounding the city.

The team came out strong with an offensive explosion as 16 players recorded at least one point tonight. Leading the way was senior captain Dan Bell and junior Collin Murray who each had 5 points. Bell was awarded a penalty shot in the third period and scored top glove with a nice shot.

Juniors Kyle Richards and Kyle Pichler also had good games, specifically on the penalty kill where they were able to generate some offense even down a man.

Freshman Eric Mack playing in his first game, recorded a hat trick and Derek Gingera had a very strong game on the powerplay and ended up with 2 goals and 2 assists.

Last but not least, Freshman Jake Stafford was up to the task when tested and recorded his first shut out as a spartan goalie.

The final score was 14-0. Game tomorrow afternoon at 4:30. Look for an update following.

Thanks again for being a part of our European journey!

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