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UNT’s Delta Gamma chapter tries to expand hockey through “penny wars”

UNT’s Delta Gamma chapter tries to expand hockey through “penny wars”

(Left) Logan Stabb, Nick Henderson, Chole Rogger, Daniel Schulman, and Mikayla Corwin (Right) pose for a portrait in front of Sage Hall as part of a Delta Gamma promotion of sports teams through Anchor Bowl event supporting service of site and ODA. The team ended up placing 1st in the Delta Gamma Anchor Bowl this past weekend. Kaitlyn St. Clair

UNT’s Delta Gamma chapter tries to expand hockey through “penny wars”
April 12
12:25 2017

UNT’s Delta Gamma sorority selected different sports to represent and collaborate as part of its Anchor Bowl event on April 6 to support service for sight through “penny wars.” One of those is the most popular winter sport: hockey.

But hockey has always had to deal with a lack of engagement from Americans in contrast to other sports. And in Texas, it’s even harder.

“The culture affects how hockey is doing,” said Mikayla Corwin, interdisciplinary studies junior and Delta Gamma sister. “Texas is a football state.”

Chloe Rogger, applied behavioral analysis and Delta Gamma freshman, said she always hears about football and baseball, but not much about hockey unless it’s from a die-hard fan.

The Dallas Stars hockey team was founded in 1967 as the Minnesota North Stars and merged right before the 1978-79 season with the Cleveland Barons due to financial reasons.

Young Hoon Kim, associate professor in the department of hospitality, said ice hockey makes less than 1/3 of what other professional sports such as football or baseball make. He added that the best way to expand the game is by sharing knowledge of it through both middle and high school involvement.

The UNT Ice Hockey team practices in hopes of getting a few wins under their belt with the remaining games in the season. The team was under a one-year suspension, issued in fall 2015, that was lifted in fall 2016. Their current record for the season is 1-17. Sara Carpenter

During their inaugural season in Dallas, the Dallas Stars played their first game on October 5, 1993, against the Detroit Red Wings at Reunion Arena, winning 6-4 in a sellout event.

In 1999, the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup against the Buffalo Sabres in a six-game event that brought some recognition to Texas hockey.

This inspired kinesiology junior Nick Henderson and criminal justice senior Daniel Schulman to start playing hockey at a young age. Now, both of these hockey players play for the UNT ice hockey team. Schulman added that if more kids are exposed to hockey at an early age then it may lead to an expansion of hockey.

Kinesiology department chair John Nauright and Kim traveled to Moscow to attempt to expand hockey globally. They shared ideas that focused on early childhood education on the sport, raising awareness for ice hockey at critical stages of children’s development.

“It deserves to be integrated into the household,” said Logan Staab, a marketing senior and Delta Gamma sister.

Kim and Nauright have attempted to focus also on the financial feasibility of the sport, especially in a state like Texas that doesn’t see snow let alone icy lakes or ponds. Kim said he addressed misconceptions like the expensive nature of hockey, compared to other sports.

“You can rent gear,” Kim said. “You don’t have to buy everything – or you can get it used.”

Kim added you don’t have to play hockey in the winter. Technology now allows ice rinks to function in all seasons.

“It’s also good to know the rules of the game in advance,” Kim said. “It makes it easier to watch and appreciate.”

Kim said parents could introduce ice hockey with other sports to their kids at an early age by just taking them to see the sport.

“It’s not necessarily about just the ice hockey,” Kim said. “Team building sports are important for our kids.”

Renting gear, hand-me-downs and buying used gear are all ways to keep hockey affordable. A notable thing, however, is the fact there is no ice hockey rink on campus where members can play. The UNT ice hockey team has to drive to Fort Worth in order to play the game.

“If you go to a Stars game,” Schulman said. “You may see people there who just want fights, which doesn`t really happen often anymore.”

The amount of violence is a big misconception also, Henderson said.

“Hockey is not nearly as violent as people think,” Henderson said. “Hockey is a self-policing sport.”

Henderson said that the biggest complaint with people who watch hockey on television is the puck size, but you can see it in person. He added that it is a misconception of how cold the rink is and that if the cold rink is stopping anyone from going, they sell long sleeve shirts at hockey games for a reason.

Featured Image: (Left) Logan Stabb, Nick Henderson, Chole Rogger, Daniel Schulman, and Mikayla Corwin (Right) pose for a portrait in front of Sage Hall as part of a Delta Gamma promotion of sports teams through Anchor Bowl event supporting service of site and ODA. The team ended up placing 1st in the Delta Gamma Anchor Bowl this past weekend. Kaitlyn St. Clair

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