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A Note from Coach Schafer

Coach Mike Schafer
December 2020
Dear CHA Members:

The 2020 roller-coaster has brought the Cornell Men’s Hockey program incredible highs and devastating lows. As a coach, it is so difficult to make sense over things you cannot control. For our student-athletes unable to complete their chapter of the 2019-20 season and then find out they were not going to have a 2020-21 season were brutal blows to an incredible group of kids. We have leaned on each other to get through these uncharted waters much like we all have had to do during this world-wide pandemic.

These are unparalleled times, yet I have felt the unwavering Lynah Faithful spirit and support. Though the CHA Board of Directors delayed announcing membership benefits this year, we still had almost a hundred renewal or new memberships for 2020-21. I can’t express how much this support means to the program. We all miss being in Lynah Rink this winter, but despite a cancelled season and no fans-in-the-stands, we still have the most loyal fans in the country!

If you have not joined, please consider doing so. Support from the CHA has been very important to the program. Recently, to help our training programs, we purchased heart-rate monitors. These extras items are not covered by our normal budget, but make a world of difference assessing team performance. If you have questions, please reach out to any of the Board members listed on the CHA website. Thank you to all who have renewed membership and to our new members. We can’t wait to see you in Lynah Rink when it is safe to do so.

We are excited to have PSP Unlimited and OMG (Order-My-Gear) developing a new CHA/Cornell Hockey merchandise website. You’ll want to visit often to see new and featured merchandise. We expect this site to be on-line by mid-December and will send you the link and post it on the CHA website. Show your pride for the Big Red and help support the program. A portion of sales will be returned to the CHA.

As we close out this calendar year, I hope you, your family and friends find much to be thankful for during the upcoming holiday season. We all hope that 2021 will bring things back to normal and we will once again be able to join together and celebrate another talented and motivated Cornell hockey team. Please stay safe and healthy in the coming months.

Mike Schafer