‘Rumble’ VIII Set for Jan. 12 & 13


If this eight-year-old event, the largest collegiate ice hockey tournament in the Southeast, unfolds true to form, Georgia Tech will square off with Georgia over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in the championship game of the Memorial Health Hockey Classic – the “Rumble in the Rink” – in Savannah, Ga.

This popular event, which annually plays to 5,000-plus spectators in the sold-out Savannah Civic Center arena, pits the club teams representing two pairs of long-time rivals on opening night, Jan. 12: Georgia and Florida of the Southeastern Conference and Georgia Tech and Florida State of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The next night the losers play in the consolation game, followed by the victors in the title game.

The Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs have reached the finale every year of the tournament, with each winning four titles. However, Georgia has prevailed in the last three events. The champion takes home the Thrasher Cup, provided by the NHL Atlanta Thrashers.
GT was ranked fourth in the ACHA’s Division III South Region at the end of the year; UGA was 16th.

South Alabama Ices First Club Team
With an eye on joining the American Collegiate Hockey Association for the 2007-08 season, the University of South Alabama’s first-year club ice hockey team is in the middle of its inaugural season with a 23-man roster.

Matt Placek, president of the club, is looking for more players for this season and next.

The USA club is also seeking donations and sponsorships. For more information, contact Matt Placek at mplacek34@yahoo.com.

Gift Giving
Georgia Tech hosted the Children's Health Care Holiday Tournament on Dec. 1 and 2 and helped collect toys for Scottish Rite Hospital patients. Handing out the toys Dec. 20 are Yellow Jackets captains BJ Stapleton and Christian Gattung, Chelsea Willhite of Children’s Healthcare and Tech coach Greg Stathis.

Last Hurrah!
Playing his last game for Georgia Tech, goalie Nick Rice, defenseman BJ Stapleton (3), left wing Tom Porter (12) and blueliner Jeremy Spafard (23) fend off Clemson in a 6-2 win over their American Collegiate Hockey Association foe.





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