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  • GrantRiendeau

    Harrow Sports' own Grant Riendeau takes over Loyola University of Chicago's Men's Ice Hockey Team.

    The article below was posted in the Loyola Pheonix- Good Luck this season Grant!

    Men’s hockey skates to new future

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    The Men's Club Hockey Team plays their home games in Wilmette, a 20- to 30-minute car ride away from campus.

    The Men’s Club Hockey Team plays their home games in Wilmette, a 20- to 30-minute car ride away from campus.

    The men’s club hockey team is ready for new beginnings this year. Last year’s coaching staff is gone and a set of new coaches has been hired to take its place. Nobody on this staff has experience coaching college-level hockey, but that doesn’t mean they’re not familiar with the game or college-level play.

    In fact, the 2013-2014 head coach, Grant Riendeau and assistant coach, Konrad Gawel, both graduated from Loyola last year. Both were staple forwards on the team the previous four seasons.

    Current senior forward Michael Cronin played with both coaches the last three seasons and calls the adjustment from friend to coach “interesting.”

    “We’re good friends and now we have to separate that friendship from coaching,” Cronin said. “But [Riendeau] can relate to us better and knows what we struggle with.”

    Riendeau graduated with degrees in finance and marketing. And he still works close to Loyola, finding a (hockey-related) job in downtown Chicago as a sales consultant at Harrow, a sports equipment manufacturer.

    While the staff is new, the coaches have made active changes to create a more distinguishable presence for the team within Loyola and the city of Chicago.

    To begin that process, Riendeau spent time during the off season on the East Coast recruiting players to the team. In total, 12 new players are on the roster this season; the team held tryouts Monday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 1.

    The new recruits as well as changes within the team are preparing the program to eventually reach its goal of becoming a Division I sport.

    “There have been a lot of changes this season,” Riendeau said. “For the past four to five years, the team has been pretty stagnant. This year the talent level has increased; as a result, we see the culture changing.”

    The culture of the hockey program is undergoing a transformation overhaul, and Riendeau compared it to the Chicago Cubs organization as both teams look to bring in new talent and create a dominant Chicago team.

    “Chicago needs a college hockey team,” Riendeau said. “ We want to change the culture and how everyone thinks about it … There’s no NCAA Division I hockey team in the city. Our end goal is to be Division I; more doors open that way.”

    For the team’s first home game this season it will take on Marquette University on Friday, Sept. 20 at 9:45 p.m. In case some fans aren’t able to attend the home opener, the Ramblers play Marquette again the next night at 9 p.m.

    “Marquette’s a good team,” Cronin said. “It will be a good gauge to tell us where we are and what we need to do for the rest of the season.”

    The team plays its home games in Wilmette, a 20- to 30-minute car ride from campus. But students don’t have to worry about figuring out which bus to take to get to the ice rink because this year, for home games, the team will provide a fan bus to take students to and from the games.

    “When there’s a fan bus, more students get involved and the average fan bus will bring 100- plus students to the games,” Riendeau said. “We had that turnout at three-plus games last season. We’re trying to have a fan bus for every home game this season. Students can buy a ticket and get a shirt and a ride to and from the games. We’ll post signs around campus.”

    “ When there are fans at the games, it’s exciting,” Cronin said. “I hope everyone comes out to the games this season.”

    There will be plenty of time to make it to a game as hockey season runs from September to February. The team plays, on average, 30 games in the regular season.

    The playoffs aren’t out of reach in the team’s mind this year.

    “Making the playoffs is the goal,” Cronin said. “We haven’t done that in the three years I’ve played.”

    “Last season our record was a few games below .500,” Riendeau said. “This year, I’m expecting to be five to seven games above .500. … This is basically a building year. We expect to be in a higher league than the one we’re in now next year.”

    Currently, Loyola hockey is a part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II, Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division.

    While the game schedule for the team spans nationwide, the practice schedule for the Ramblers can be described with one word: grueling. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the team has, what Coach Riendeau calls, “late-night” practices: It meets and leaves campus at 10 p.m. and after a half-hour drive, the team members are at the ice rink, but it takes them another half-hour to dress for practice. They’re on the ice from 11 p.m. to midnight and home by 1 a.m.

    “We have practice so late because we have to wait for all of the guys to finish class,” Cronin said. “I’m used to it now. It’s difficult; you need to get all your schoolwork done before practice.”

    Aside from those two on-ice practices per week, they also have two off-ice conditioning practices and then play two games each week.

    “There are 12 new players, nine freshmen, a few seniors and a handful of juniors,” Riendeau said.

    While there are many new players on the team, that only increases the team’s competitive drive. “This season, the team has a better attitude,” Cronin said. “We have a lot of young players and guys are fighting for spots. The competitiveness brings out the best in every player.”

  • Did You Know?

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    Named after Harrow School in England, where the sport of squash was literally invented in the 1830's, Harrow Sports was originally founded as a squash supply company. Harrow Sports now carries field hockey, ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, apparel, and other racquet sports equipment. Even with the addition of the other product lines, we are committed to providing quality customer service and the best products on the market.

    When Harrow Sports was founded, our vision was to provide innovative, quality equipment that caters to the needs and desires of our customers- and this remains our passion! 

  • Squash in the Olympics?

    In 96 hours, the squash community around the world will be glued to the internet and social media outlets awaiting their fate. On September 8th, 2013 at 12:45pm (Buenos Aires Local Time) the International Olympic Committee, following the announcement of the 2020 Olympic Games Host City, will announce whether or not there will be a new sport joining the Olympic Games in 2020. The wrestling, baseball/softball, and squash communities have spent countless hours preparing their pitch to give their sport the best possible shot at joining (or re-joining) the Olympic Games.

    For most athletes, the Olympic Games is the pinnacle of an athletic career. It’s the ultimate achievement, the universal symbol of success. For squash athletes around the world, it's no different.  While the fate of their sport and their Olympic dreams lie in the hands of others, many would be willing to sacrifice anything to be able to have a chance at an Olympic medal.

    To read more about the squash community and their journey for an Olympic bid, visit Squash 2020.

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     Kasey Brown backing the bid!

  • New Practice Jerseys for Tri-City Storm

    Tri-City Storm is ready to rock the new practice jerseys from Harrow Sports. Yesterday kicked off their training camp for the new season. Click here for a look at the preseason schedule. Good luck Tri-City Storm!

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  • Did You Know?

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    Colorado Customers:

    Did you know you can now opt to pick up web orders at our Denver location instead of paying for shipping? On the checkout page, choose the "Pick up at Denver location $0.00" and then stop by our office at 600 W. Bayaud Ave to pick up your order!

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    Questions? Call our Customer Service Department : 800.541.2905

  • Preseason Field Hockey Polls Released!

    The 2013 NFHCA Preseason Collegiate Field Hockey Polls have been released.  Who will bring home the Championship this fall?

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    2013 NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll  

    1. University of North Carolina
    2. University of Maryland
    3. Princeton University
    4. University of Connecticut
    5. Syracuse University
    6. Penn State University
    7. University of Virginia
    8. Old Dominion University
    9. University of Michigan
    10. Duke University
    11. Northwestern University
    12. Stanford University
    13. University of Iowa
    14. University of Massachusetts
    15. Northeastern University
    16. Boston University
    17. Drexel University
    18. Wake Forest University
    19. Boston College
    20. University of New Hampshire

    2013  NFHCA Division II Preseason Poll

    1. West Chester University
    2. Shippensburg University
    3. Bloomsburg University
    4. Millersville University
    5. Merrimack College
    6. Indiana University of PA
    7. L I U Post
    8. Bentley University
    9. East Stroudsburg University
    10. Stonehill College

    2013  NFHCA Division III Preseason Poll

    1. Tufts University
    2. Montclair State University
    3. Middlebury College
    4. Bowdoin College
    5. Salisbury University
    6. University of Mary Washington
    7. Franklin & Marshall College
    8. Messiah College
    9. Christopher Newport University
    10. William Smith College
    11. DePauw University
    12. The College of New Jersey
    13. Lynchburg College
    14. Rowan University
    15. Skidmore College
    16. Amherst College
    17. Eastern University
    18. University of Rochester
    19. Trinity College
    20. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

     

  • Havoc Backpack Giveaway!

    Win a Free Havoc Backpack with your name embroidered on it! To enter, Like and Share our Contest Photo on our Harrow Sports Facebook page. One lucky winner will be announced on August 27th at noon! Like and Share now!

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    Check out the Havoc Backpack here.

  • Celebrating the New HarrowSports.com - Free Shipping!

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    Harrow Sports is celebrating the launch of it's new website, HarrowSports.com! We're offering free shipping on web orders over $50 until August 19th, 2013. Use the promo code "shipmefree" to receive free shipping on your order today!

    This promo excludes bulk balls, bulk pucks, or bouncebacks.  Available to US and Canadian residents only.
  • Congratulations to Donna Urquhart!!

    Australia’s Donna Urquhart won her first title on the women’s professional squash tour since April last year when she beat Danish number one Line Hansen in straight games to win the Crocodile Challenge Cup in Hong Kong on Sunday.

    Urquhart was in total control throughout as she disposed of Hansen 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 in an impressive display.

    The 25-year-old has been in great form of late, including a first ever win over fellow Australian Rachael Grinham at last month’s Australian Open.

    She followed that up by reaching the quarter-finals of the Matamata Open in New Zealand the following week.

    Urquhart went into the Hong Kong tournament as firm favourite and didn’t disappoint, dropping only one game on her way to her seventh career title.

    She now has a week’s break before the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, where she will play Czech Lucie Fialova in the first round.

    Semi-final results – prefix denotes seeding

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    1-Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt 3-Line Hansen (DEN) 11-6, 11-8, 11-6

  • Harrow Sports to become the official equipment supplier of UC Davis Women's Lacrosse

    DENVER, September 10th 2012 - Harrow Sports today announced an official partnership with UC Davis  to be the official sponsor of women’s lacrosse equipment for the Aggies.

    “UC Davis has a high caliber program and we believe this partnership will have an immediate positive impact for our brand”, said Mark Hayden, Harrow Chairman and CEO.  “This further demonstrates Harrow’s commitment to aligning elite athletes with the most innovative equipment in the market. We are excited to support Kate Henwood as she takes the helm as the new Aggies head coach.”
    "UC Davis is thrilled to begin a new era of excellence in Women's Lacrosse and, as the new Head Coach,  I am equally as excited to embark on this journey with Harrow as our official lacrosse equipment sponsor.” –Kate Henwood UC Davis Head Coach “Harrow integrates cutting-edge technology into their equipment, which will enable our players to perform to their maximum potential."

    The partnership will begin in 2012 and will last through the 2015 season. The UC Davis Aggies will use Harrow as its main supplier of women’s lacrosse equipment.

    About Harrow Sports

    Harrow Sports, Inc. is a leading marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of sporting goods and uniforms to the institutional and team sports market. Harrow's lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, and squash equipment lines, along with comprehensive apparel, bag, and footwear offerings are sold internationally and throughout America. Harrow is a devoted sponsor of the US WCLA Tournament, National Tournament and several NCAA programs.

    About UC Davis Women's Lacrosse

    Besides leading the nation in draw controls, the 2011 Aggies ranked third in Division I with 15.53 goals per game, shattering their previous school record by more than a goal per game.The Aggie's also scored 21 or more goals five times, including 22 vs. LIU on Mar. 27. Kate Henwood, formerly the top assistant at Villanova and most recently the head coach at Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, Pa., has been named as head coach for UC Davis women's lacrosse.

    Harrow Sports Contact
    Amanda Mastera, Women’s Lacrosse Brand Manager
    Email: amastera@harrowsports.

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