Simpson Uses Icy Sidewalks To Help Recruit For New Hockey Team


As revealed in talks with the All Campus Budget Committee, Simpson College will be placing more emphasis on growing its Division III sports teams. In an attempt to recruit more Minnesotan students, a key component of the strategic plan, Simpson is in the process of creating a D3 hockey team. But, finding students ready to commit to the team has been “difficult” according to Athletic Director Brian Niemuth. 


“Students in Iowa just aren’t ready to play hockey. Most have little to no experience on ice, so we’re stuck in the very beginning stages of this process,” said Niemuth.


However, Simpson Athletics took matters into their own hands this morning. Athletic staff covered every sidewalk on campus with a layer of ice to simulate the conditions found on an ice rink. Scouts were placed in high traffic areas to observe which students handled the icy conditions well. Niemuth expects the experiment and subsequent recruitment to be a great success. Students who show promise will be contacted via email and encouraged to join the new Simpson hockey team. 


Campus Services stated that the ice rink conditions will be in effect until there are enough students to fill the starting line-up for the hockey team. They also stated that they would remove the ice more quickly if the mascot were to be changed to the Fighting Bill Buxtons.

By: Molly Monk

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