I am proud to say that I graduated from the University of Vermont. The memories will last a life time (at least those I can remember), good friends, great times and an education to boot. UVM, as it is affectionately referred to has a rabid hockey fan base. In that there isn’t a ton else to do in town on weekends, UVM hockey is very well supported by the local crowd in addition to the student body. The gutterson arena is a great place to watch a game and is always filled when the Cats (short for Catamounts) are playing.
Ironically enough, the first time I met Brian Burke the Hartford Whalers (who’s owner’s son lived down the hall from me) were holding training camp at the Gutt. Anyway, when I was there I was fortunate to watch John LeClair play or should I say dominate every game he played. At the tail end of my college life Martin St. Louis was playing as were Aaron Miller, Eric Perrin and Tim Thomas were all starting their careers.
Now, for the first time that I can remember the Leafs have a former UVMer on their roster. Jaime Sifers was recently called up and is on the road with the Leafs. I have do admit I didn’t recognize his name when I read the call up notice however I just received something which highlights his career in Vermont.
“Sifers was just the second three-time captain in Vermont’s history and played for the Catamounts from 2002-06. He saw action in 143 games in his career, scoring 15 goals and 55 assists for 70 points. He was a finalist for the 2006 Humanitarian Award given each year to college hockey’s finest citizen. In addition, he was a semi-finalist for the Walter Brown Award given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.”
Good luck tonight Jamie, I will have my go-cats-go cowbell ready to cheer you on! I hope he gets to play against fellow alum Patrick Sharp who is having a great year with the Blackhawks.