WNE's Sassi appointed to DIII Men's Hockey Championship Committee


Oct. 25, 2012
SPRINGFIELD – Joe Sassi, a senior associate athletics director at Western New England University (WNE), has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship Committee, effective Sept. 1. He will serve a four-year term until 2016.

"I am honored to serve on this prestigious committee and to represent the Western New England University community at the national level," Sassi said.

Sassi will be joining committee members Michael McShane, head hockey coach at Norwich University, Brett Petersen, head hockey coach at Gustavus Adolphus College, and Don Olson, director of athletics at College of Scholastica. The four-person group will be charged with the selection of the NCAA tournament field and championship administration of the sport.

The 2013 championship will be hosted at the famed Olympic Center in picturesque Lake Placid, N.Y., site of the 1980 Winter Games in which Team USA defeated the Soviet Union en route to the gold medal.

The WNE men's hockey team's 2012-13 schedule is available online and they'll be opening their season on Oct. 29 at Division II Stonehill College. The Golden Bears are members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Northeast, whose tournament champion receives an automatic berth into the NCAA playoffs.

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Tickets for the WNE men's ice hockey team's home opener on Nov. 2, against Westfield State University in the annual Falcons' Cup at the 6,866-seat MassMutual Center are on sale now, according to Golden Bears coach Greg Heffernan. Opening face-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 per person for general admission to see the non-conference game of local universities and the cost also includes a reserved seat for the second game of the evening pitting the Springfield Falcons versus the Hershey Bears at 7 p.m.

Fans can purchase tickets for the doubleheader at that very affordable cost on a cash-only basis at the Golden Bears men's hockey office located in the Alumni Healthful Living Center at WNE, 1215 Wilbraham Road.

For more information, call Coach Heffernan at 796-2283.


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