That’s how co-captain Billy Zegras described the scene this weekend when 40 hopeful young men showed up to battle for a spot on the 2021-22 UCLA Hockey Club. After two days of tryouts, cuts were made and the roster was trimmed to 23 players ahead of next weekend’s season opening games at Eastern Washington.
Zegras is a senior and has seen the program grow during his tenure. He and co-captain Duke Fishman have an ambitious vision to take Bruins Hockey to the next level. Part of that involved finding a home rink where the team would have pro-level facilities. They found that at The Cube in Valencia.
The players selected to represent UCLA Hockey this season, including sophomore standout Alex Setteducati, moved into their locker room. They now have white unis to go with their traditional powder blue kit. After losing their season last year to COVID, it’s going to be an exciting season for these athletes and I’m proud to be working with the #ColdBrus to be their best as they enter their 95th year.