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NO. 102. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE PANTHERS ICE HOCKEY TEAM ON WINNING ITS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP.

(J.R.H. 83)

Offered by: Representatives Ginevan of Middlebury, Nuovo of Middlebury and Smith of New Haven.

Whereas, intercollegiate ice hockey of the highest competitive caliber has become legendary at Middlebury College where the extraordinary Panthers commenced the 1998-1999 season as the four-time consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III champions, and

Whereas, proudly skating in the glory of their prior season's accomplishments, and thrilled to be playing before large and supportive crowds in the sparkling new 2,200-seat Chip Kenyon '85 Arena, the Middlebury Ice Hockey Team was motivated to aim for another NCAA Division III championship title, and

Whereas, on February 21, the Panthers concluded their regular season play with a 5-2 victory over Williams College and an impressive record of 18-4-1, and

Whereas, they entered the NCAA competition with great anticipation, and

Whereas, after convincingly defeating Rochester Institute of Technology by a score of 9-3 in the semifinal NCAA Division III contest on March 20, 1999, the Middlebury College Panthers shut out their opponents from Wisconsin Superior 5-0 and became the first five-time defending champions in the history of college hockey, and

Whereas, the formidable Panther squad, consisting of Jeff Anastasio, Phil Anderson, Ben Barnett, Nickolai Bobrov, David Bracken, Andrew Campbell, Christian Carlsson, Ryan Constantine, Scot Curtin, Grayson Fertig, John Giannacopoulous, Jr., Curt Goldman, Scott Goldman, Matt Hoffman, Jack Kennedy, Chad Knowles, Jon Marsh, Jason Mikula, Brady Priest, Ross Sealfon, Matt Skoglund, Matt Singerman, Matt Snyder, Brendan Tuohy, Bruce Young, and Eric Zink, all deserve special commendation for their outstanding performances on the ice, and

Whereas, Head Coach Bill Beaney and Assistant Coaches Wes McKee and Lou Santini provided inspiring leadership to the team throughout the regular season and NCAA competition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 1998-1999 Middlebury Panther Ice Hockey Team on its historic fifth NCAA Division III Championship, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Brad Nadeau, Sports Information Director at Middlebury College.