Open Letter to Men's Hockey Alumni and Friends

Dear Men's Hockey Alumni and Friends,

I have been on the job for a little over a week, and in that time I've already had the chance to speak with many of you. I am invigorated by the unwavering passion for Saint Anselm College and Hawks hockey.

As I stated when I was introduced, it is an honor to be named the head coach of this great program. We have a strong tradition of fielding outstanding teams who have embodied the true meaning of being a student-athlete. I am optimistic we will not only sustain this tradition but also enhance it to an unprecedented level of excellence on and off the ice of Sullivan Arena.

It is also important that our culture includes respect and admiration for all eras of our program. If our culture and relationships are strong on the inside we will be able to withstand the noise and negativity from the outside. I sense that our program has this strength and much of it comes from you, our alumni and supporters.

You can be sure I will try to lead the program with a high level of optimism and inspire all with clear vision and purpose. You can expect OUR team to play hard, fast, and an aggressive style of hockey. We will prepare methodically each day to become the best we can possibly be as individuals, and most importantly, as a TEAM. A great coach once stated that three things take zero ability:

1. Giving Effort
2. Mental Toughness - to sustain what we are doing
3. Being Responsible and Knowing Your Job.

I look forward to building relationships with the entire Saint Anselm community of students, faculty, alumni and friends as we move forward into the new era of men's ice hockey.

In the coming months, we will communicate the dates for the alumni weekend and the finalized 2017-18 schedule. Hopefully we will see you at many of our home and away games. I know we are all anxious for the season to begin! Only 141 more days until our first official practice!

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to helping the Hawks become one of the premier NCAA programs in the country.

Go Hawks!

Jim Tortorella
Head Men's Ice Hockey Coach

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