Mountaineers are champions on ice
The club sports ice hockey team from Appalachian State University won the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference (BRHC) Playoff Championship in February in Charlotte.
Appalachian's team won the championship trophy - the Hulsey Cup - by defeating Catholic University 7-5.
Sal Blair, who plays forward, was named tournament MVP after scoring three goals and three assists. Blair is a graduate student in the ASU Department of Biology.
Appalachian's team advanced to the championship after winning the regular season championship, which is awarded to the team with the best winning percentage in the BRHC. The team also won the title of BRHC Carolina Division Champions by winning their conference with a 9-1 record.
The team finished its 2009-10 season with an overall record of 19-8-2, a conference record of 9-1, and a regional American Collegiate Hockey Association ACHA south ranking of 15 out of 50 teams.
Appalachian has sponsored ice hockey as a club sport since 1997. The team last won the BRHC championship trophy in 2003. The team also advanced to the championship finals in 2006.
Since there are no ice rinks in Boone suitable for training or competition, the team travels to Charlotte for its home events.
The Blue Ridge Hockey Conference represents more than 20 college ice hockey teams, primarily in North Carolina and Virginia.
The Mountaineers ice hockey team is a member in the American Collegiate Hockey Association and the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference, in which they play in the Carolina division.