HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech Student Equipment Manager Matthew Sanregret recently served as an Equipment Manager for the U.S. Development Sled Hockey Team in a three-game series against Canada.
The Americans won the set with a 2-1 win on April 27, a 2-1 loss on April 28, and a 4-0 shutout on April 29 at the Howie-Morenz Arena in Montreal.
Sanregret follows in the path of Michigan Tech Associate Athletic Director Joel Isaacson who has volunteered with the U.S. National Sled Team since 2011. Isaacson has supported the efforts of the team that won a pair of World Championships, gold at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, and attended a number of other training camps and tournaments around the world. Assistant Athletic Director Brian Brewster has also helped the USA Sled Hockey team to gold at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver and the world championship in 2009. David Sproule, another Tech alum, has also volunteered as an equipment manager with the U.S. Sled Hockey Team.
Sanregret recently wrapped up his third season with the Huskies hockey team and talked about his experience with Team USA.
Had you ever been to Canada?
During travel hockey, I went to the Soo a few times to play.
How did you get involved?
Joel Isaacson got me in contact with Scott Aldrich near the end of March. Joel knew that I thought an opportunity to work with USA Hockey was something I wanted to do at some point. I had to work with my professors here at school and then Scott hooked me up with the team's liaison. I left Wednesday morning and flew from Hancock, to Chicago, to Newark, and then up to Montreal.
What did you learn?
Sled hockey is much different in the aspect of equipment. The sticks and sleds are obviously so much different than the sticks and skates our Tech players use and wear. I had never worked with sled hockey before so it was quite a learning experience. Joel was able to show me some of the basics but the guys [sled hockey players] worked well with me, and I asked a lot of questions. Just like our guys, every player has different angles on the picks of their sticks, different hallows for their steel—I mean the guys were just great when I got there. They understood that I had never worked with sled hockey before.
Do you have future involvement?
I would love another opportunity to work for USA Hockey. It was an incredible experience.