Number 16’s Volleyball Journey


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Kari White, setter for the Augustana Women’s Volleyball team. Photo Submitted.

With the Winter academic term in full force, we have seen the Augustana Vikings’ various sports teams compete again and again. In this issue of the Dagligtale, we interviewed Kari White, an Augustana women’s volleyball team member. It is her first year at Augustana as a transfer student, and she is in her fourth year. We sat down with Kari and got some insight into how she prepares for a game and balances school with sports.

Here are some excerpts from our interview:

Why are you interested in playing volleyball?

“I started playing the sport when I was twelve years old, and this was the only sport I liked playing, so I just stuck to it. Sometimes, I wanted to quit playing the game, but I never did. I am glad I didn’t, because I have found myself at Augustana with such a great team.”

What is your favorite thing about playing volleyball?

I think that would have to be the bonds I have made with teammates over the years. Volleyball is a sport that makes you feel connected with people, and you can make life-long friendships. 

How do you manage to juggle academics and volleyball?                                                                                                

Being a student-athlete takes a lot of discipline, but it helps if you surround yourself with people who have similar goals and are motivated. It becomes a lot easier to put in the work that is needed. When you are with your teammates, you can put in hours of studying. It also helps that the professors in Augustana are understanding.

Do you have a routine before a game?

One of the essential things I do on game days is to ensure I have a good breakfast. All my roommates are on the volleyball team, so on the days we have games or bus trips, we play music in the kitchen or sing along to music on the way to school. Once I get to the locker room, I try to focus on breathing, relaxing and focusing on the game. 

What advice would you give someone that wishes to get involved in sports?

I would say that the harder you work, the more opportunities you will receive. This sport requires a lot of practice, but it can change your life if you stick with it.

How does the team approach losses?

We have a talented team, so we take every loss as a learning opportunity. There have been a few tough losses in the season, but they have helped us figure out the direction we would like to take as a team and what to do to get there.

How has being an athlete helped you know more about yourself?

Everything is a learning opportunity. I am sure everyone in sports knows that there are many heartbreaking moments you have to work through, and being an athlete has taught me how valuable those moments are.

What is something people do not know about you? 

I have a cat named Bitsy, who I like to cuddle. I enjoy reading, and the most recent book I have read is Bell Jar. When I am not on the volleyball court, you will catch me in the lab, being a biology nerd.

Vikings Men’s Basketball: 15 Questions with Number 15


Tyler Weenink, #15 on the Men’s Basketball Team. Photo submitted.

December is a time of reflection, a time to close old chapters and prepare for new ones. Not only is it the end of the year, but it is also the end of the basketball season for 2022, and the Fall academic term here at Augustana. With this series of events coming to a close, my interview with 5th year Biology Major and Viking’s Basketball player, Tyler Weenink, took place at just the right time. Originally from Rimbey, Alberta, Tyler is also double-minoring in Chemistry and Physical Education. In the following interview, we take a look back on Tyler’s experience as a student athlete and what he hopes to take away from his time at Augustana. 

Our conversation went as follows:

1.  What initially got you interested in Basketball?

“To be honest, it was mostly because my older brother started getting interested in it, and of course, as the younger brother I was super competitive with him. As soon as he started getting into it, so did I. But this happened a little later on, and I didn’t start playing until about grade eight. At that point, he was in high school trying out for the team and I kind of followed in his footsteps and wanted to be like him. That’s when I started playing and fell in love with it from there. Despite trying out other sports such as hockey, soccer, and a little bit of football, basketball is the one that stuck.”

2.  What is your favorite thing about basketball?

“I think for me it’s the team aspect of it, getting to play on the team with my friends, building that relationship with them, and working as a team is one of my favourite things about it.”

3. Since this is your last year at Augustana, what is some advice you would tell your first-year self? This can be related to sports, academics, social life, etc. 

“I would say to be more open and be yourself. When I first came here I was concerned about what everyone else was thinking of me constantly. But now that I’ve opened up a lot more and do things for myself, I don’t worry as much about what others might be thinking. You just enjoy yourself so much more when you’re doing what you want to do. I definitely wish I would’ve come out of my shell a little sooner.”

4.  Do you have a pre-game ritual or a routine to lessen any anxiety beforehand?

“I don’t really have anything in particular that I try to do. Usually before an away game I’ll listen to an album from one of my favourite artists on the way up. Other than that I just take the time to stretch and get myself in the mental headspace for the game.”

5. Pros & cons of being 6’8?


  • You hit your head on everything: doorways, light bulbs, exit signs…
  • You can’t really fit on the bus
  • Anything where I have to fit in a small space is not ideal. 


  • It’s great in crowds and concerts, it’s easy to see and be seen. 

6.  If you had to sum up the season in 3 words, what would they be? 

Exciting, challenging, and rewarding.”

7. On a scale of 1-10 what would you rate how your overall year has gone so far? (academics, sports, etc.)

“It’s been a pretty good year, I’m gonna go with 8.5.”

8.  What do you find the most challenging about being a student athlete, or about basketball in general?

“The most challenging part would be time management, knowing you have to get work done a little earlier without having as much time in the day. Even selecting classes that fit your schedule can be challenging.”

9. What advice do you have for anyone contemplating getting involved or starting out in sports?

“I think the biggest advice is to remember that you’re there to have fun. Even as you progress throughout the years on the team and you get more responsibility, it is still important to remember that you’re there to enjoy yourself.”

10. As a team, how do you approach losses?

I think the biggest thing is that you never lose if you learn something from it. Our coaches try to instill that; taking on a mentality where you can be prepared for losses but still get the best out of it. Instead of focusing on the loss, we focus on what we can do differently next time.”

11. What is something else that you would like people to know about you, or, a fun fact?

“I can play the guitar. I started learning a couple of years ago, so I’m not that great. Actually, I got into it as a part of a class assignment, and I borrowed my mom’s guitar. I have enjoyed it ever since so I kept going with it.”

12. What are your plans for after Graduation, and where do you see basketball fitting in, if at all? 

“I applied to Medicine for next year. I am waiting to hear back, but if I don’t get in, my plan is to take a year off. I will either stay in Camrose or move to Edmonton with my brother. I would also like to do a bit of travelling as well. Pretty much just using that year to do things that I haven’t had as much time for. Either way, I’m excited. Basketball wise, I don’t plan on doing much competitively in the future, but I might end up coaching some day, who knows?”

13. What will you miss the most about being a Viking? 

The team, the guys, I will miss the camaraderie. I’ll miss the competitive aspect of sports, that’s what makes it fun. Once you’re not playing at a high level, it just won’t feel the same.”

14.  What lessons has being an athlete taught you that you can or have applied to other areas of your life?

“Being able to manage your time and figuring out ways to manage how you approach tasks. It’s kind of cliché, but putting in hard work and getting through things even when they’re tough.”

15. What do you hope to take away from your time playing basketball at Augustana?

“Well, we’ve touched on this a bit already, but taking away lessons like being able to work in a team, work through struggles, and balance between work and sports. Especially the connections I’ve made on the team after spending so much time with them.”

My interview with Tyler left me thinking a lot about the future, and reflecting on the past. It was a pleasure to hear about his time here at Augustana and about what he looks forward to. The next home game is taking place on January 13th with the women’s game at 6pm and the men’s at 8pm, where our basketball teams will be up against Concordia University of Edmonton. I’d like to thank Tyler for taking the time to share about his experiences. It was interesting hearing about what it is like to balance the demands of playing on a sports team and staying on top of academics, as well as all the exciting things that have come out of his past few years at Augustana.

Happy Holidays, readers!


Women’s Basketball Player Looks Ahead To Success


It is no secret that the Augustana Vikings’ various sports teams enjoy many successes and a good deal of viewership, uniting the university in recognition of our athletes. For this issue of the Dagligtale, I chose to spotlight the Vikings women’s basketball team, which has been successful so far in the season, but also no stranger to defeat. To learn more about a team I had been unable to watch yet this year, I figured the best avenue would be to ask someone who had access to “insider” info.

Emma Fraser, member of the Augustana Vikings basketball team. Photo from web.

Emma Fraser is number 23 on the team, and currently plays the position of forward. She was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and attended school at Ross Sheppard High School, which is where she began her basketball career: “I got started pretty late, I started around Grade 9, which is usually later than most would start … I’ve always loved it, since elementary school when I gravitated towards basketball at recess. It was my aunt, actually, who convinced my dad to get me into clubs and teams, and I just went from there.”

While it was her love for the sport that brought her to Augustana, she acknowledges that what she loves even more is what she’s able to do with the team: “I just love playing on the team, being so close with my teammates, that family that we create … it’s just amazing.”

When I asked Emma how she feels about the progress of the season so far, she responded positively. “I think we’ve been doing well this season–we have a really talented team. We’ve had some struggles with some of our games, you know, but we’ve really started to pick it up.” She singled out their November 19th game against SAIT as an example of their improvement, saying that she believes the team has started to show what kind of group they are and where they belong. Conversely, she admitted that there has been no shortage of struggle. “I think a lot of it starts in practices,” she said, “in picking up our pace and focusing on what we need to work on … at the beginning of practice we set goals for ourselves, but we really just need to commit to it. There’ve been a few games, too, where we started off not as strong, and that definitely hurt us. But it starts with that commitment and hard work. And taking care of ourselves on and off the court. We’ve been doing better at that, but there’s still room to improve.” 

She added as well that she feels the team has made great strides in their confidence about the season, stating that it feels as if all players are eager to commit to the team and want to work hard to win as the season progresses. “We’re good at keeping each other accountable.” The team’s ultimate goal, Emma explains, is obviously to succeed everywhere they can, but she and her teammates look a bit further: “Our goal, kind of, is definitely to go to nationals … and win! I really think that we can do that, yeah, and that this is a team that can go forward with that.”

The next home game will be on Friday the 13th of December against Concordia. Games can also be watched after the fact online at

Vikings Men’s Volleyball Training to Break Streak


The Augustana Vikings sports teams for the 2022/23 seasons include basketball, curling, cross-country running, hockey (men’s), soccer (women’s), indoor track, nordic ski and volleyball. This season, the Vikings have been victorious in many fields. The Vikings Women’s Basketball team recently brought home a win over the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens. The same can be said for the Men’s Hockey team, who won a game against the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings in a split series, falling 6-3, before returning home for a Saturday night match-up in front of Vikings fans for a 4-3 win. 

Despite the many wins in many of the sports offered by Augustana, we have unfortunately been having a poor streak of losses for the men’s volleyball team. I wanted to find out why such was the case, so I took the opportunity to interview two members of our team: Boris Kuljanin, one of the outside hitters, and our very own team captain and libero, Bryce Boan.

I wanted to delve into the motivation behind what got the two players into volleyball. “My dad tried to get me into it,” said Bryce. “I was more of a hockey player and a soccer player and things like that. And then in grade eight, I made the volleyball team, and it was fun, you know, but I didn’t care too much for it, but it made me happy and I grew to enjoy it. It was fun to play with buddies. I started playing club because it was something I could keep doing all year round during school. And I got better at it. Something that really hooked me onto volleyball and kept me going is just the emotional impact that this game holds. It has a lot more than other sports just because you’re right there at that moment. And when it’s neck and neck, and somebody thunders down, that feeling of adrenaline and high blood soars and lifts you up. It’s a feeling I’ve never felt. So that got me hooked. And I’ve been pushing and striving after that feeling ever since.”

Boris’s interest in the sport arose from his peers from high school. “I would say for myself, a lot of it had to do with being with my friends. We had a lot of fun together and grew as a group throughout high school. So for me, that really became a feeling of belonging and community. For me, that was my childhood.”

We then got to the elephant in the room. Despite the rigorous training and dedication for volleyball, why had we still fallen behind our opponents? Both team members answered honestly, to their credit, discussing their strengths and weaknesses. “So we’ve had a tough schedule to start this year, minus our first game against Concordia,” Boris began, finding the opponents quite formidable. “We played against Kings University, NAIT and Red Deer for the next three games. Red Deer placed first in provincials last year. NAIT was second, and Kings got the bronze. We’ve played back to back, which doesn’t help–during the first game against Concordia at home, the first game of the season, our nerves were running a little bit. I feel like we played well. But in the first game, nerves got to us a little bit, I think. But we are seeing a lot of good things in each game, especially playing those last three high-level teams where we see good things, and we are trying to build off that, and we also see some bad things that we might need to fix. But again, it’s still early.”

Playing against those big teams is really tough. We can’t give them anything. Otherwise, they’ll just run with it, and then it’s very tough for us to climb back.

Bryce Boan, team captain

Bryce believed it was due to the common mistakes made by the team. “I would say closing out late in the game when we get to about 20 points like we’ll be giving with teams. Then we’ll make a lot of unforced errors, like on our side serving some hitting errors, and slight miscommunications that kind of just–again, playing against those big teams is really tough. We can’t give them anything. Otherwise, they’ll just run with it. And then it’s very tough for us to climb back. Then, late in the game, there are only so many points you can give up until they win the set. Bryce replied. 

Fortunately, the team has been prepping well to ensure a win and tackle these obstacles. Bryce states that the team is doing a “better job this year of planning for every team they’re playing against.” They meet once a week and go over the film to create a plan for the next weekend against the opposing team. “We replay them twice during the weekend. So after the first game, we’ll have a little debrief and see what we need to adjust and then we’ll go on from there. We’ll see what to do in the next game. So goal wise, it would be to show that despite our record, we can still hang with many teams. And that shows in a lot of our sets. Like last night against Red Deer, we were neck and neck with them in that first and second set. We had a lead, but we were closed out at the end.  

The team worked hard over the summer to make this a successful season, hiring a coach to virtually work through training schedules. “We were all following a training program over the summer, which was pretty good. We all sent videos to show our progress through chats together. So that was nice as it held us accountable over the summer. Even though we didn’t get to see each other, we still knew what everyone was up to.”

Overall, I believe our team still has a good shot this season to bring us wins. While interviewing the two, I could feel their passion for the sport, the drive and resilience required to become fine athletes and dedicate their lives to the game, and I hope this will translate well in the oncoming matches. As fellow students of Augustana, we can channel our inner school spirit and cheer on our team at the next home game on November 18th!

Boris Kuljanin, left, and Bryce Boan, members of the Augustana Vikings Volleyball team. Photos submitted.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.



The first Augustana Vikings Men’s home volleyball game of the Winter 11-week term kicked off at 8:00 PM on the 1st of February, 2020. The Vikings played against the Concordia Thunder, who won the game with a total score of 3-2. The first two sets of the game were won by the opponent, with the Vikings only falling short by a couple of points. The respective box scores for each of the two sets were 25-20. As the game progressed, the Vikings put in substantial effort to make a great comeback, winning the following set with a score of 20-25. This raised the intensity of the game as our team began to catch up to the Thunder. The Vikings also won the next set with a score of 22-25, tying the games won per team. This led the game into an intense fifth and final set, in which the Vikings just fell short, by a score of 16-14. Although our team lost the game, the players did not give up and strived throughout the game to try their best to win. The MVP of the Augustana Vikings was awarded to Greg Kaliel who scored a total of 16 points, the highest total of any player in the game.

After the game, I had the opportunity to interview the co-captains of the team, Owen Murray and Thomas Zimmerman. When asked how the games went, both players had much to say. Murray said that “it was an inconsistent game” and Zimmerman said that “it was a tough battle to five sets, falling just short in the fifth set.”

Following up, when asked what they hoped to achieve in this game, Zimmerman further elaborated that they hoped to beat Concordia as they were currently in a three-way tie with them but failed to do so, as they couldn’t play to their full potential. Moreover, the co-captains were asked how they thought they performed, as well as how they thought the rest of their teammates performed. Murray stated that he “struggled the same as the team during the first and second sets as (they) started slow but managed to pick up the pace in the third and fourth sets, but could not hold it for the fifth.” Additionally, Zimmerman stated that “as a libero, I only focus on the defensive side of the game. From a serve-receive standpoint, I thought that I played very well. Jonah and I did a lot of 2-man serve-receives, pinching Owen out in order to allow him to focus on hitting, while the two of us focused on passing. We were able to run our offense effectively due to the quality of our passing and ending the fourth set with a perfect pass which allowed for Evan and Duncan to run a right-side x-ball. Speaking on the defensive side of things, I thought I was doing a good job picking up a lot of balls with 16 digs throughout the match, bringing me up to second in the North for total digs in the league. Meanwhile, looking at the team, our middles did a great job offensively, being stopped only a couple of times throughout the game. Our other hitters were on and off throughout the game. From a blocking standpoint, we had our moments but also let a couple of balls through, making it hard to play defense. We have struggled with this throughout the year as we have 3 setters, all with little experience in the ACAC, so trying to find a good connection all-around has been a struggle we are striving to overcome.”

Proceeding with the interview, the co-captains gave some thoughts on potential weaknesses of the team. “We struggled with forgetting our little errors. That’s why we were unsuccessful in Friday’s match, and part of Saturday’s match,” Murray said. Thomas added: “Our strong suit is definitely that mid-game chunk where we tend to dominate, but struggle during the start and finish of the game, while tending to battle hard to catch up throughout the game. Once the score hits 20 we tend to tense up and make errors in our gameplay. Not being able to close out at the end of the sets makes it hard to win games.”

When asked what they would’ve liked to improve upon, Murray said that they “needed to improve on resetting after making small mistakes on the court.” Instead, he wished that the players could move on and get their heads back in the game. Zimmerman further supported this by stating that the players needed to “work on their mental game as it is something they have been struggling with lately.” He believes they are a strong team and could definitely win more games but falter ever so often when they mentally fall apart.

Concluding this interview, and to gain some perspective on the players’ roles, the co-captains were asked to highlight some of the responsibilities they might have and how they worked towards achieving them. To this, Murray replied, “The one thing I need to continue to work towards is the team’s intensity. We may be out of the playoffs this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t compete in order to become a better team for next year,” and Zimmerman replied, “A big part of being a captain is just looking out for the others on the team and helping them where it’s needed. The biggest responsibility is to effectively communicate from coach to players.”



As the soccer season comes to a close, we interviewed the captain of the men’s soccer team to get his perspective on his season.  We started off by getting a short review of their last game in his words here is what he had to say; “Our last game of the season we played Lethbridge who is 2nd in the south and is a very strong team. Having a very depleted roster of 12 guys we were ready for the challenge and went out on the pitch and played a very strong first half even though the score was 2-0 for Lethbridge. In the second half 5th year striker Jaeden Norton scored to make it 3-1. With 15 minutes left we start to play more offensive to push for some goals but come up short with a 5-1 loss. Aside of the score I was very proud of how every guy played for our last game of the season.”
1. How was this season? Did it meet your expectations?
This season, I think, was a great season for Vikings soccer, even though we had a record of 2-12, which is not good, but coming off a couple zero-win seasons I like to think it was a win in my eyes. Aside from that I don’t think we met our expectations for this season. Going into the season we were in a new division and were hoping to prove ourselves with a winning record but throughout the season we lost a third of our roster to injuries and other issues. It is tough to keep up with the top-notch teams when that happens.
2. In your opinion did you guys play better this year than last?
Compared to last season I think we played better, especially coming into a new stronger division for soccer this year. I think this was because we had a core group of guys that were really committed and dedicated to the team this season.  We won two games and scored almost 4 times as many goals as we did last year.
3. What would you say was your best game this season?
Our best game this season, if you look at from a score perspective, was our away game against Ambrose. We won 2-1 with a man down the entire game. We had two goals from Jaeden, and they only scored with one-minute left. But some of our best games I think were some of the last even though the result wasn’t what we wanted. We played with a certain confidence that we didn’t have early in the season. We moved the ball well, held some possession, and every player was on their game.
4. Do you have any distinct moments that made this season memorable for you?
Some memorable moments this season were of course winning 2 games, as well as some absolutely beautiful snipes from Paul Lovsin, Qais Alizada and Jaeden Norton.
5. What was the toughest game of this season?
I think our toughest and most hard-fought game are our second game against SAIT, who is 1st.  The game before we lost our key starting midfield Paul to an injury and we were down in numbers. But aside from all the injuries and loss of players all the guys travel 3 hours to Calgary to battle against the best team in the league.
6. What are your hopes for next season?
As a fifth-year student and athlete I am graduating. But all I can hope for is that all the boys continue to be dedicated to the team and sport and work every practice to improve as players and to continue the upward trend of Vikings soccer.
(Originally published November 6, 2019)



The women’s soccer team kicked off their season with a bang. Their first game they won with a score of five to two. In their second game the following weekend, they dominated with an amazing score of ten to two. We spoke to the head coach, Tom McManus, to get an insight on how the team prepared for their season.

After spending the past year recruiting for the women’s team, they brought in twelve new players who the head coach acknowledges as being a great asset.  The teams arrived early in August to start training for their season; the coach said they worked on fitness training in each session to keep the team fit so the players stay in top shape.  When asked what other steps are taken to keep the team playing at a high level, the coach expressed that competition is in all parts of the pitch. He further explained that in order to better his players he wants them to surpass someone they see as a great player. “I tell them that I need someone better, not ‘as good as.'” The last thing the coach said was he really enjoyed working with all the players.

Crowds and supports have a big impact on the game. When the crowd gets excited and cheer, the energy they give off feeds the players. This makes the crowds crucial for the game; when we asked the coach about the impact of the crowd, he said, “the crowd is great. They definitely impact the games. I love hearing them and seeing them on the other side of the field, the players feed off it as well. The crowd of fans that we have is fantastic. We really appreciate them.”

(Originally published September 27, 2019)

Winter Rec Library: A Great Way to Ski and Skate with Augustana


Those walking through the Forum Nov. 27 would have seen a table set up in front of the Wellness Week motivational posters. Manned by Augustana Advancement staff, Assistant Director Bree Urkow and Communications Coordinator Sydney Tancowny, the two were helping spread the word about and collect donations for this year’s Giving Tuesday project.
Giving Tuesday is a follow up to the spending that happens during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, often putting funds towards community and social justice projects. This year, Augustana Advancement was collecting donations for a Winter Rec Library.
According to Jadene Mah, the Athletic Services Coordiantor, this project was encouraged by Dean Allen Berger almost three years ago. The idea is that the Winter Rec Library will be a borrowing program comprised of skates and cross country skis made available to Augustana students, “in part with the hope that we could promote an active outdoor life during the winter for our international students,” said Mah in an e-mail.
Mah said, Nordic Legend, Les Parsons, pushed the project forward and contacted Head Librarian Nancy Goebel, whom Mah said “was on board immediately!”, and Feisal Kirumira, as an International Student Advisor. Almost three years later, with much support from ED of Student Life, Randal Nickel, the project is starting to take off.
The parties involved with making this project a reality are the Augustana Library, the Augustana Vikings’ Nordic Club Team, Campus Recreation – Student Life, Augsutana Advancement, and Dean of Students’ Office.
During Giving Tuesday, the group was looking to raise $4,000 for the project, which already includes a $2,000 matching gift. They have also already received an additional grant of $7,000 from the Dean of Students’ Office to make this project a reality.
Although the bulk of the fundraising effort was done through Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27, the Winter Rec Library is still accepting gifts. Those who are interested in donating can visit the Office of Advancement (L-34D AG01 Founders Hall) or do so online, indicating the gift is for the Augustana Innovation Fund (Giving Tuesday-Winter Rec Library).
All fundraised monies will go towards costs of the project, which includes purchasing skis and skates and storage cabinets.
The group is looking to purchase 20 complete sets of cross country skis and 10 pairs of boots to go along with them and an undecided number of hockey style skates.
Although ski donations are not being accepted, skates can be donated, as long as they’re hockey skates in good conditions. The sizes most needed are men’s 8, 9, and 10. Those can be dropped off at the Augustana Fitness Centre with name and contact information.
To go along with the equipment, there will also be programming put in place. There will be Learn to Ski and Learn to Skate programs rolled out in the New Year.
“Programming will include instruction and encouragement from the Nordic and hockey teams,” said Mah, adding that, “the ‘learn to’ opportunities are critical parts of our larger plan to encourage campus rec involvement.”

The Art of Going Down… To Australia to Play Hockey


Ever heard of the AIHL? Of course you haven’t. It’s the Australian Ice Hockey League. The current champions of the league are the Newcastle North Stars, and Augustana has some claim to their fame. Beau Taylor, Scott Swiston, and Connor McLaughlin all played for the league this past summer. “We rented a tent truck and drove up the east coast. We went sky diving and even ended up setting off the sprinklers and flooding the parking lot of the Sydney opera house.”

“Yeah my summer wasn’t much fun either” I offered. When I asked them how they replicated the magic of Australia in Camrose, Alberta, they stated “Well, it’s very different. Winter in Australia still gets up to 21 degrees and they play European style hockey.” They explained that the European style was a lot cleaner so I asked them if they enjoyed the violence in hockey that is more present in Canada. “Yeah, as much as people want to get rid of it, it’s part of the game,” said Beau.

“Players will take your number and get you back later” said Scott.

I will say that I went to my first hockey game in four years last Friday and ended up chanting “Now beat him with your stick!” all the while Dean Berger was only four seats away from me.

It’s the players last year at Augustana this year and upon asking them what their future plans were they stated that they wanted to play professional hockey in Europe. “What if that doesn’t work out?” I asked rudely.

“Well, I’ll probably do the big boy thing and get a job,” replied Scott. Let’s hope for these boys, and so many others at Augustana, that it doesn’t come to that.

Fun fact, both Scott and Beau’s most inspiring person is a man called Elon Musk. For those of us who aren’t business majors, he is the inventor of PayPal! So if you love hockey, violence, people who have been to Australia, and PayPal, you should come check out the ‘bromance on ice’ as I now like to refer to hockey. Beau states “We’ve played together for five years now and it would be nice to have one more championship with Augustana under our belt.”