Victor hockey has enjoyed tremendous success the past several seasons, but that's not all the program entails: it's about getting everyone involved.
“Our coach preaches, we're going to be good hockey players but they want us to be better people,” Victor senior forward Jack McCandless.
The Blue Devils ushered in the New Year hosting the Victor Hockey Days, a community-wide event which included something new this year.
"Greg Helmer started challenger baseball and basketball as well at Victor and our kids were playing on the playground and he said hey, what about an opportunity for these kids to try hockey or just try ice skating," said Victor hockey coach Mike Ferreri.
McCandless said through the challenger program, they taught people how to stake, enjoying their time on the ice.
Challenger hockey was huge for us, one of our main goals this season is to be well-known in the community and I think we did that really well with the community coming out and having a good time,” McCandless said. “We did Ice Cats a couple of weekends ago, which is, again, skating with the special needs kids…they're just having a good time, smiling, just make their day."
The Victor players believe community service is a major part of the team experience.
"We do a mentor program at Victor as well,” Ferreri said. “The kids are teamed up with second graders and the kids are heroes to the second graders, and just how they look at them is amazing."