Navy hockey team surprised with Stanley Cup visit

The Baltimore Sun

The Navy hockey team celebrated its best season ever in 2014, winning the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association title and reaching the quarterfinals of last month’s ACHA Division 1 National Championships. On Tuesday, the team got a reward.

The team was treated to a day with hockey’s greatest prize, the Stanley Cup, thanks to a program from Discover credit card that allows more than just each year’s NHL champion to spend a day with Lord Stanley’s Cup.

“I am so proud of the incredible season these young men had,” Navy coach Mike Fox said in a news release. “For Discover and the NHL to recognize our accomplishment by allowing the team a chance to spend a day with the Stanley Cup, is a perfect ending to the season; especially for some of our players, who will be leaving to serve their country in a few short weeks.”

Navy competes in the ACHA’s Division 1, the highest level of club hockey. A 5-1 win over Drexel in their league championship game in February gave the Midshipmen a bid to the national championship tournament in Newark, Del., where they topped West Virginia in a play-in game before beating perennial power Liberty University in the round of 16, 4-3 in overtime.

The team’s Twitter feed is full of pictures from the day with the Cup, which seemed like a great reward for a successful season and long-deserved recognition for a strong club hockey program.

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