The National Hockey League invited 16 Titans players to see the Capitals play the Maple Leafs at the Stadium Series this week, which was played outdoors at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis March 3.
As guests of the NHL, the Titans, their coaches and their team manager will watch the action, take some photos and reflect on a terrific season as it comes to a close and many players look forward to Notre Dame Hockey Camp this summer.
While the Titans don't court media, the reporters seemed to keep finding our players in recent months. Titans were featured in stories by The Washington Post, ESPN and WUSA-9 this year, all on various topics -- especially sportsmanship. The players, who were sometimes interviewed on camera, comported themselves well.
A Great Titans Season
Of course, there were many other great things about this year’s Titans season. The Titans roster was the largest ever, and we increased scholarships by 57 percent. We were able to double the amount of ice time over last season. We received our first grant, and used it to host our first Try Hockey for Free event, which drew more than 45 participants—50 percent more than anticipated.
In January, we launched our first formal fundraising campaign, which is designed to help five scholarship players get to Notre Dame Hockey Camp this summer. The goal is $5,000 and we are almost halfway there (help us get there -- every dollar counts!)
Thanks to the NHL
The NHL’s kind invitation allowing our Titans squirts to see the Stadium Series is one more example of Titans interacting in the community. Our players volunteered on MLK Day. They collected 100 pounds of canned goods for the holiday food drive. They hosted a women’s basketball team from Chicago—go Cheetahs!—and showed them around Washington (and the Titans will visit them this summer). Most important, the Titans played with a positive attitude and strong sportsmanship all season long.
A hearty thanks to the NHL for showing our Titans that solid play and good works have their rewards.