A typical day for an Illinois State Redbird includes classes, homework, work, clubs and well-known and supported athletic teams. However, for the ISU Ice Hockey Club,  this might look a little different.

Spending most of their time together, each player in the RSO brings in positivity and care for another that creates a strong bond and community. With the season going from late August to about March, these boys will say that everyone on the team is like a brother or best friend to them. 

Spending most of their time together, each player in the registered student organization brings positivity and care for another, creating a strong bond and community. With the season going from late August to almost March, these boys will say that everyone on the team is like a brother or best friend.

“We’re all pretty much one big family. We fight like brothers on the team. You get your arguments, but everyone pretty much is like one big family. You’re with them so much,” forward Ryan Glennon said.  

Whether they are together on the court or in the locker room, they are always willing to help each other out.

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ISU hockey team players prepare in the locker room before a match.

“We get super close with each other. I mean I know everything about everyone on the team, so it’s nice. We have a really good sense of community,” defenseman Crosley Duckmann said. 

In the locker room, this can be showing up to their arena a couple hours before the game. This time is spent helping each other with any personal pre-game rituals and superstitions to getting ready for game time. 

“Everyone is completely different getting ready for a game. I like to stretch out and get here as early as possible. We get here about two hours before the game, and I immediately grab a roller and start stretching,” Duckmann said. 

With long practices and difficult opponents, the club team always has work to be done and much to practice during the six to seven month season. 

From a couple warm-up drills at the beginning of practice to group work drills and suicide-like conditioning drills at the end, the team members have a variety of ways to get ready for each game and opponent they play in their divisions. 

With a full team of talent and community, the boys have a lot to offer. 

“Everything is a little different. It depends because each team plays a different way. You [have to] get in the mindset,” Glennon said. “Like when we play Missouri State, it’s a lot more physical [and] it’s a lot more strenuous. You [have to] be ready to get hits, you [have to] be ready to give hits.” 

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The hockey team has a lot of pre-game rituals that they do together, said the players.

With this past spring being the 50th anniversary of Redbird Hockey, the program was able to announce its first class of inductees to the Hall of Fame. 

This is also as they were able to celebrate all of the success over the long years of building the program and recent success in the past few years.

Split into two teams, the Division I and Division II teams, there is still much success to celebrate and work to be done. 

The Division II team was able to clinch the American Collegiate Hockey Association Central Regional Tournament title back in the 2014-2015 season. 

Both division teams have continued to look for more success since then.  
The team generally has its games on Friday nights and Saturdays at the

Grossinger Motors Arena in Downtown Bloomington. The team is also constantly updating and promoting its game schedule on social media

KELLIE FOY is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at vidette_kafoy1@ilstu.edu  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 

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