Last Wednesday, in the middle of training camp, the Titans held a college hockey symposium in the upstairs area at Middletown Ice World. The event had a full slide show and a panel of experts that walked the kids through what it takes to play college hockey and how to get to that level. Hundreds of Titan players and parents attended the seminar, and got an in-depth look into college hockey. The slide show was full of information and went through D1, D3, and ACHA college hockey and the steps needed to play college hockey.
Olivia Mucha, Titans women’s hockey director, also went through the girl’s hockey process and what it takes to play women’s college hockey. Coach Mucha just graduated from Princeton where she played all four years. “I thought we gave the players and parents a new perspective to their role in the college process like the importance of attitude and the timeline of the self-recruiting path.”
The panel that ran the seminar included Vinny Dicks, Coach George Haviland, women’s coach Olivia Mucha, Delaware coach Rocky Romanella, Met coach Gary Golczewski, U18 coach Randy Walker, Met coach Jason Franzone, and U16 American coach Adam Houli. The panel had a wealth of knowledge to share about the two paths taken to play college hockey. A few of the panel members played prep school while the others took the junior hockey route. Because of this diversity, the audience was able to see the pros and cons of the various routes to college hockey.
Overall the symposium was very informative and educated both parents and players alike. The process of finding a school to play for can be very daunting, but the players and parents that attended the seminar definitely learned a lot about how to manage the process. U18 Titan Tim Gelatt had this to say, “It was very informative. It was interesting to hear about the different roads to college, like prep versus juniors.”