Humber Men’s extramural hockey players might joke around off the ice but once the puck drops it’s all about winning.
Recreation coordinator Jennifer Maclam said extramural sports bridge the gap between the intensity of varsity and the relaxation of intramurals.
“It’s usually people who have played rec sports before, people cut from varsity, people looking for more competition than the intramural level,” she said.
Maclam said varsity level college hockey did exist until 2001. Humber’s varsity team won the last OCAA championship that year, their success has continued at an extramural level.
This year Humber won the Champions Cup held March 20 and 21 in Brantford. They entered the tournament seeded eighth, winning three comeback victories to take the cup over 11th ranked Trent University.
First-year paralegal student and left wing Mike Doran scored the winning goal with 10.8 seconds left in the game and assisted on the tying goal only a minute earlier. He said the team atmosphere is laid back until the game starts.
“When it comes to playing games everyone’s pretty serious and fired up, when we hit the ice it’s not a joke to anybody,” said Doran.
Sports Management student Jonathan Moore assisted Doran’s championship goal. He joined the extramural team as a defenseman for the competitive environment.
“Intramurals anybody can put a team together and play, at the extramural level players are looking for competition,” said Moore.
He said goalie Matthew Faoro’s performance was essential to the team’s success.
“No matter how many shots he faced he always came through for us and helped us win,” said Moore.
Moore and teammates Fraser McKeown and Konnor Deodato all said if a varsity squad existed they would prefer to play at that level.
Business student and forward Deodato said varsity is faster paced, has harder competition and stronger players. He plays pickup hockey at woodbine arena for more ice time.
Moore said the lack of funding translates into the lack of play time. Extramural players have one practice a week and five tournaments each year, including the Champions Cup.
McKeown said the team is available for anyone looking to play hockey. He said fall try-outs are widely advertised, but the level of competition at Humber is high. For any players not quite up to the challenge intramurals are easily accessible.