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Ice Hockey Champs 2015

The team won the Independence Hockey League Championship for the first time in the leagues seven year history. In record low temperature at Junge' Pavilion, the Lions played one of their best periods of the season to start the game.

In front of a full and supportive crowd, the team stretched their lead to 3-0 in the second period, and then continued to score. The final score was 9-2, with a great performance both offensively and defensively.

The varsity team finished with a league record of 11-0-1, and did not lose in their last 16 games. Their overall record was 17-4-3. Coach Gurney says the teams focus was to display composure, have perseverance, and understand the details of the game.



Stop Hunger Now

More than sixty students and teachers took time out on the Presidents Day holiday to package food to feed the hungry. The event was organized by ANCSS's service club Delta Mu. In order to be able to host this event, the club needed to raise a significant amount of the cost, which they did by fundraising among the student body and from donations.

Stop Hunger Now distributes meals and other aid to vulnerable children and families around the globe. The Delta Mu sponsored event packaged more than 10,000 meals.



Colonel Dean Smith

Colonel Dean Smith is well-known to many in the broader ANC community, as a graduate himself, a father and grandfather of a number of graduates (including a granddaughter graduating this year), a member of the ANC Corporation and Board of Trustees over a number of years, and a pillar of the Washington New Church Society.

The Colonel took time from a distinguished career in the United States Air Force to serve the Academy in a wide array of capacities. In a statement from the Chancellor of the Academy, Bishop Brian Keith quoted from an ANC commencement speech Mr. Smith offered in 1975:

"To many of you in this room, this is the most exciting moment in your lives, and it should be. Seldom do we have the real opportunity to know how much we need each other than when we are about to part. With that state there is sorrow, and yet there is joy. For that is really what the Lord gives all of us-the ability to share the joys of His revelation."

Our thoughts go out to his extensive family, his friends and the community he loved, and especially his gracious wife Cathy, with whom he is pictured above.



Setting an Example

Rakeem Christmas, ANC 2011, is continuing to establish himself among the elite players in college ball, having already earned his Bachelors at Syracuse and continuing with post-graduate work. An article in The Black Cager makes the case that, at a time when many players are struggling academically, the Rak is setting an example by setting priorities.



A Glorious Season

The “Bryn Athyn Academy” (comprising ANC Secondary Schools and College) played its first ice hockey game in 1901. In the early days the hockey teams included both high school and college students. At first, these combined hockey teams generally played against other high schools or prep schools, but then, starting in the late 1960s, games against colleges and universities were included on the game schedules. Since 1971-72 the institution has been part of intercollegiate league play, and the College and the Boys’ School have had entirely separate teams since the 1970s. Even though several of the historic hockey teams achieved success and won championships, much of the institution’s hockey history has become largely forgotten. Dr. Fredrik Bryntesson therefore undertook a summer research project to elucidate the ice hockey history of Bryn Athyn.

This presentation will give an overview of the hockey history of the Bryn Athyn Academy including the development of the College’s hockey program. The main focus of the presentation is on the championship season of 1920-21. This team, composed of high school and college students, was arguably one of the best athletics teams in the history of the institution. Such was the strength ofthis team that it also played the Ivy-league teams from University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Its captain, Werner Schnarr, is the only Bryn Athyn Secondary School and College alumnus to have played professional ice hockey in the National Hockey League (NHL).


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