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Swinging For Skaters

Swinging For Skaters

Packed Murdoch Tournament Shows Support


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There were no slap or wrist shots taken despite nearly 100 hockey players swinging for five hours, but a full field of participants in the Murray Murdoch Yale Hockey Golf Outing enjoyed a spectacular day on the world famous Course at Yale to support the two Bulldog programs.  

Approximately 130 people took part in the event that included a golf tournament, reception and dinner, and an auction that sold numerous special vacation and golf packages and unique sports memorabilia.

First-year Yale Hockey Association President Daryl Jones '98 welcomed the crowd while they ate a wonderful dinner under a tent off the third fairway, just across from the spot where the men's hockey team had its famous pond hockey excursion a few winters ago. Jones, a stalwart blueliner on the 1997-98 ECAC Championship Yale team, took over the helm of the association from former Bulldog captain Bill Matthews '90.

Women's coach Joakim Flygh and Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Men's Hockey, also spoke about the day and their programs while former star forward Paul Castraberti '80 served as a very entertaining auctioneer.

Jones, Castraberti and former Yale skaters, Paul Farren '66, John Ormiston '71 and Susan Wyper '84 served as the committee to set up the great outing.

Former linemates from the class of 2010, Sean Backman and Mark Arcobello, teamed with a pair of friends of the program, Bob Jermain and Bob Murphy, on the course to take the low gross title. A trio of class of 1983 stars (in photo) Mark Crerar, Bill Nichols and Bob Brooke used former equipment manager Ed Maturo to capture the low net prize. The long drive winner was Yale's career scoring king Jeff Hamilton '00, while the most accurate drive went to current equipment manager Jeff Torre.

Attendees also had the opportunity to donate toward flags in memory of former Yale women's hockey player Mandi Schwartz and two great friends of Yale Hockey, Arthur Castraberti (Paul's father) and Jeffrey Beecher (Yale Youth Hockey).