PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama Frozen Tide head coach Mike Quenneville must really love hockey. In fact, he loves it so much that he coaches his team for free.
Quenneville commutes from Huntsville, and that’s the message he’s teaching his guys – commitment.
“We were fortunate as kids to have good coaches, so we’re trying to pass on that information,” said Quenneville.
That love is infectious in the Frozen Tide locker room. It’s so infections that even though it’s unlikely the team’s players will play in the pros after college, they still commit to the team.
Together the players are creating a legacy.
“We had 15 original skaters show up to play, and for this season we had 47 kids,” Quenneville said.
Many of those kids are native New Englanders, like goalied Tommy Condon.
Condon loves Alabama hockey for a number of reasons, but perhaps none bigger than the fact that hockey weather in Alabama isn’t exactly like hockey weather back home.
“It’s nice to be able to walk outside the rink in shorts and a t-shirt and not freeze,” Condon said.
The Frozen Tide took to the ice Sunday night against Arkansas to play for the SEC Championship.
Arkansas knocked off the Tide 2-1, and now Alabama awaits the final verdict on its postseason status.
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