USF Ice Hockey Club “Pink the Rink” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


The USF Ice Bulls are holding their second annual Pink the Rink event Friday night at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex as the players lace up their skates to take on FAU. The team will be sporting pink jerseys, pink stick tape and pink skate laces to show support for breast cancer awareness month.

“Pink the Rink is something we started last year, it’s now going to be an annual thing,” said Daniel Hoeflich, a senior civil engineering major and captain and president of the Ice Hockey Club. “We basically just show up and we wear our pink jerseys that we check out through the university and we raise awareness for breast cancer in the month of October.”


Image courtesy of Sean Brosnan

Last year, the club auctioned off the jerseys with all proceeds and additional donations going toward the Susan G. Komen non-profit organization. This year, the team is still deciding on the charity but opted to rent out the jerseys from USF Sport Clubs rather than sell them so that the club can continue the tradition for years to come.

“Everyone at least knows somebody that’s been affected by breast cancer,” said Richard Budd a junior biomedical sciences major and goalie and vice president of the club. “My mom had breast cancer five years ago—survivor—so it’s cool to get to honor her in that way, just by wearing the pink jerseys.”

Budd is not the only player to have an emotional attachment to the game, either. Postgraduate and media studies major Will Korte’s grandmother also survived breast cancer—twice.

“My grandmother is now 90; she had breast cancer once when I was born, 23 years ago, had chemo and beat it,” Korte said. “Now just last year at 89, she had breast cancer and they were able to cut it out and she’s still going strong.”

After taking a year out between his bachelor’s and master’s degree, Korte relishes the opportunity to put on the pink jersey and play in this season’s Pink the Rink game.

“Being able to put on a pink jersey and play for something that’s bigger, more important than yourself, that’s a pretty special feeling,” he said. “I know we’re all going to go out there and give it our best, we all know somebody who’s been affected so we’re going to go out there and have fun and it’s going to be a great way to honor those we know and raise awareness.”

The Ice Bulls beat UCF in last year’s Pink the Rink game, with the help of two goals from assistant captain Huw Baveystock to defeat the Knights 5-2.

“Last year, the event went great, we had a really good turnout and we played UCF and we got to beat them,” Budd said. “The fans were really into the game, it was definitely a very exciting game.”


Photo courtesy of Karen Martin

Sophomore and biomedical sciences major Logan Sheehan is playing in his first ever Pink the Rink game after bringing his talents to USF from UT this fall.

“This is my first ever time doing it,” he said. “It seems like a great way to raise awareness and it seems like a really exciting way to get everyone involved.”

Sheehan will not only be playing for breast cancer awareness but also for sibling bragging rights as he faces off against his brother Hunter Sheehan, the captain of FAU’s team.

“There’s more at stake for me because my older brother’s on the team,” Sheehan said. “It’s going to be kind of surreal playing against him because I’ve never played against him and we usually work really well together so I think it’s going to be interesting to see what we each do and kind of take that to the game—I’m definitely excited.”

Sheehan currently leads rookies in points with two goals and one assist after netting two against UCF. He hopes to keep his hot streak alive against FAU.

“This team has probably been the best team I’ve ever joined,” Sheehan said. “I transferred over to this new school looking for a fresh start and it’s been great getting to know the guys, I’ve made a lot of friends and it’s been really fun.”


Photo courtesy of Karen Martin

This weekend, the Ice Bulls hope to get their first win of the season against an FAU team that they haven’t lost to since 2013. The team will play FAU again on Saturday at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex in a doubleheader.

“We’ve had kind of a shaky start—0-6,” Hoeflich said. “We have two games that I think we’ll have a pretty good chance of winning this weekend.”

The team hopes to gain some momentum as the players fly off to Michigan next Thursday, Oct. 27, before hosting FSU and Miami in the coming weeks.

“Looking forward, we’ve got a big Michigan trip that I actually think we can compete in,” Hoeflich said. “We’ve got a couple games coming up against Florida State and then Miami so we’re looking to get back on track.”

This season, the Ice Bulls’ goal is to make history by earning a bid to the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) nationals in March.

“I definitely think we’ll see ourselves well in the rankings, maybe not exactly where we want to be but I’m pretty sure we’ll be in the top 10,” Hoeflich said. “We’re looking late in the season to be in the top five, move onto regionals, do what we’re supposed to do and get a trip to nationals, wherever it is, for the first time in our history.”

Pink the Rink is Friday, Oct. 21, at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, faceoff at 9 p.m. Attendance is free so wear pink and come out to show your support for breast cancer awareness and the USF Ice Hockey Club!

The USF Ice Hockey Club also plays Saturday, Oct. 22, at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, faceoff at 2 p.m.

For more USF Ice Hockey Club information, visit their website.

For more USF Sport Clubs information, visit our website.

By Huw Morgan-Baveystock, USF Sport Clubs Marketing Assistant




USF Surf Club Members Become Teachers for Surf School


The USF Surf Club members will be teaching new surfers how to surf at Cocoa Beach next Saturday as they host their annual semester event, Surf School. The fun-filled day at the beach is also an education session that teaches students about the ocean as well as getting them out on surfboards and riding the waves of the east coast.

“The whole reason we do Surf School is not many people honestly know we even have a surf club,” said Austin Duty, a senior environmental science and policy major and president of the Surf Club. “We like to use Surf School as our main way of getting people out knowing that we do surf, take them to the east coast and show them what it is like to surf.”

Although Surf School is aimed at new surfers, the club is always welcoming to experienced surfers who want to join the team.

“We want the new people who haven’t surfed before; we want them to come out, teach them how to surf so they can slowly get into it,” Duty said. “Then of course we want experienced people to also come out to feel what it’s like to be out with the team and hopefully they’ll come back recurring and join in our competitions.”

Sophomore and civil engineering major Matt LeRette, treasurer of the Surf Club, says students who have never surfed before surprise themselves once they get out on the water at Surf School.

“One thing I’ve noticed is when I ask people if they want to come, they’re just like ‘oh I’ve never surfed before I’m going to be so bad’ and it’s like, you don’t know that,” LeRette said. “Lots of people out there, they end up having a great time and doing better than they think they would—that’s why I try to encourage people to just give it a try.”


Duty, now going in to his fourth year on the team, was just like those students who were new to surfing when he first joined the team, having grown up inland North Carolina.

“When I joined the club, I had no idea how to surf; I was from North Carolina, I had never surfed before,” Duty said. “So I came to Florida, the second I saw a surf club I immediately joined it so I could learn.”

The club has come a long way since then, now competing in Longboard and Shortboard divisions with a maximum of nine members every month at New Smyrna Beach.

“We’ve only had one competition this year so far and we did rather good (sic) in it,” Duty said. “[LeRette] placed third in the longboarding division and we had another person come in the very last semi-finals of the Shortboard competitions.”

The club hopes to keep this winning streak alive with other competitions coming up this semester and in the spring.

“One of our harder goals is right now we’re trying to get more people that serious into competing,” LeRette said. “We’re trying to get our competition team better and start placing more.”

When the Surf Club isn’t competing, its members do surfing-specific training, skate sessions and have movie nights to bring the team together.

“When we can’t do surfing stuff we just try and hang out with each other and have social events when we can,” LeRette said. “We want it to feel like a big family for everybody.”


Duty felt that very same sense of family when he first joined the club and now that he’s president, he wants to pass that on to other students at USF.

“It didn’t feel like a club, it felt more like a family and that’s something I wanted to be a part of right off the bat,” Duty said. “It was a great experience and I’ve had a blast doing it ever since.”

The Surf Club will be carpooling to Surf School, Cocoa Beach from the USF Campus Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 a.m. Its only $10 to rent a surfboard so come out for the day to learn how to surf!

For more info about the Surf club, join the Facebook group page here.

For more information about Sport Clubs at USF, visit our website.

By Huw Morgan-Baveystock, USF Sport Clubs Marketing Assistant