Jacksonville University students are not letting the sunny Florida weather prevent them from lacing up their skates and hitting the ice.
Meetings for a new ice hockey club team have been occurring throughout the spring semester on and off campus. During these gatherings, students have discussed where practices will be held, how much the dues will be and other team-related topics.
Although it might seem like an odd organization for the Jacksonville community, there has been a desire for a club team for some time, according to Joseph Shapiro, junior aviation major.
“There was a strong need for JU to have an ice hockey team,” Shapiro said. “Many students have been waiting for a team to start.”
Currently, there is no limit to how many students can join the co-ed club. There will be dues to pay in order to cover referee fees, ice time and insurance costs, which have not yet been determined. Practices will be held at Jax Ice and Sportsplex, which is located at the corner of Emerson St. and I-95.
“The more people that come out, the better it will be for everyone,” Shapiro said.
As of now, the club is still working out all of the details, but they say they will be ready by this coming fall semester. While the leaders straighten out all of the specifics, they will be updating their Facebook page, JU Hockey, as more information is decided upon.
“You don’t have to be wanting to play to join the Facebook page; it is for everyone,” Shapiro said. “We will be putting out a lot of information about the team and what’s going on through the Facebook page, so it would very beneficial.”
In order to be on the team you do not have to have any experience, and the team plans to play against big schools such as Clemson University, the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina.
The team is also looking for sponsors to help push their club to the next level.
“If anyone is interested, please go to our Facebook page and message us for more information,” Shapiro said. “One sponsorship opportunity would be to buy board space on the ice.”
Along with having sponsors support the ice hockey team, the soon-to-be team would like their fellow Dolphins’ support as well.
“Please let everyone know that we are starting a team and spread the word around,” Shapiro said. “This is going to be the next big thing at JU, and we would love all of the school’s support.”