By Brandon Marcello
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE — Ever seen a pig on ice?
It may sound awkward and provide a strange image, but the Arkansas ice hockey team looks just fine on the rink.
The University of Arkansas club hockey team, comprised of 25 students, will attempt to make school history today in Germain Arena in Fort Meyers, Fla.
It’s the site of the club’s first ever appearance in the national championship tournament, set aside for 16 of the best teams in the nation.
The Arkansas athletic department has been supportive, but is limited in its capacity to provide anything more than a verbal showing of support to the hockey club.
“There’s not a whole lot we can do,” Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long explained.
An online fundraiser on Woopig.net began March 4, and on the eve of Arkansas’ first game in the national championships Wednesday, contributors at the site had raised $1,599, said Steve Jackson, owner and operator of Woopig.net.
“The bottom line is, pretty much anybody that has a Razorback on their jersey is going to be somebody we want to support,” said Steve Jackson, owner and operator of Woopig.net “… If they’ve got Razorback on their jersey, we’re going to check it out and we do what we can to help them, even if it’s only exposure.”
The message board Woopig.net, known for its members’ sharp wit and unfiltered takes on sports, has several topics discussing the team and its national championship hopes. The interest in the team — and the sport, for that matter — on the boards began with the Olympics, Steve Jackson said. From there, interest grew and the recognition for the team couldn’t be overlooked.
“People need to know about it,” Jackson said. “Sure it’s a club sport and all, but people still need to know about it. … We’ve got a Razorback team that is competing for a national championship.”
Read Brandon’s entire article HERE.
Arkansas vs Colorado game thread here.